Things have moved on. Swissair 111 came and went. The news media are no longer interested in that Canadian crash. A crash that the FAA was loathe to consider anything other than an international or a Canadian incident. It didn’t matter that the plane took off from the US nor that the aircraft was manufactured and certified in the United States (US) in accordance with applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR). In fact Swissair 111 was a Delta code-share. US passengers who'd bought a Delta ticket didn't realize they could be carried by another airline. But still the FAA proudly announced that 1998 had been one of the safest on record… and chose not to include the deaths of two hundred and twenty nine people aboard Swissair 111 in its end-year celebrations.
That word again.
No dignity in dealing with the technical issues that brought Swissair 111 down.
No dignity in the humanitarian issues that were forced on to those who lost loved ones in the crash of Swissair 111.
IASA stands for Dignity and giving a voice to both the technical issues that brought Swissair 111 crashing down into the sea and to the humanitarian issues that surfaced as a result.
May the two hundred and twenty nine people, including my husband Raymond M Romano, who perished in the September 2nd 1998, crash of Swissair 111 rest in peace.
Mrs. Lyn S Romano
Wife of Raymond M Romano
Passenger Swissair Flight 111
Chairman International Aviation Safety Association (IASA)
Prepared by John Sampson, IASA Australasia, IASA wishes to thank Randy M. Romano (Ray's son) for not only creating the background entry page for this retrospective, but also the text appearing on that page.