This weeks marks the 60th anniversary of the KLM Flight 607E disaster.
On 14th August, 1958, a Dutch KLM Super-Constellation airliner named Hugo De Groot crashed into the Atlantic, about 100 miles off the Conamara coast, with the loss of 99 lives. The plane was en route from Amsterdam via Shannon with eight crewmen and 91 passengers. Nobody survived. It was the worst disaster involving a single plane in the history of commercial aviation up to that point.
During the funeral procession, all of the church bells in Galway city tolled, shops were closed, and business suspended. Ten thousand people lined the streets, kneeling and praying as the funeral procession passed. Today’s picture above was taken at Bohermore cemetery.
In memory of the victims of the crash, Mass will be offered in the Abbey Church, Francis Street tomorrow morning at 10:30am.