Halifax Stanfield International Airport today marked events that took place ten years ago. On that fateful Thursday morning October 14, 2004, an MK Airlines Boeing 747-200F cargo jet, with seven crew members on board, went down during take-off.
The aircraft was carrying seafood and tractors to Zaragoza, Spain. The impact caused an intense fire. There were no survivors.
Members of the crew lost that day were Steven Marcus Hooper, Gary Saunders Keogh, David Findlay Lamb, Peter Charlwood Launder, Christopher George Strydom, Michael Mytton Thornycroft, and Mario Zahn.
“This tragic incident is at the forefront of our memory today, and our thoughts are with the families of the seven crew members,” says Joyce Carter, President and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA). “It is a time for reflection and an opportunity to once again express heartfelt thanks to our emergency response team and all other agency personnel who answered that call, and for the selfless service they provide every day.”
HIAA’s Emergency Response Services were on the scene in three minutes, breaking through a gate in their haste. They were aided by the Halifax Regional Fire Department, medics, RCMP, and other first responders.
“Many people throughout our airport community were affected by this tragedy,” said Ms Carter. “It was a dark day in the history of our airport that we will never forget.”
A monument has been erected near the site where the aircraft came to rest as a memorial to the seven crew members. In commemoration of today’s anniversary, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the monument, followed by a moment of silence. Airport flags are also flying at half-mast from sunrise to sunset today.
Caption: HIAA’s President & CEO Joyce Carter and Firefighter Tim Bull