November 7, 1999 – Day of mourning for the families of Egyptair Flight 990 which plunged into the ocean off Nantucket, killing all 217 passengers. So far, it’s been a slow agonizing process, getting to bodies, recovering wreckage of the plane and attempting to locate the flight’s Black Boxes. The Navy hoped to get its underwater robot back to work, looking for the flight data and voice recorder in order to find clues as to what brought this plane and all of its passengers down. But high seas were threatening to curtail the search. Today was the day many of the family members were finally able to say goodbye to those they lost earlier in the week. The day before, the Navy escorted small groups into tents set-up in order to identify debris and whatever was recovered so far from the crash site. To many, the violence of the impact became tangible. Later on this day, they were to be taken out to a point, jutting out into the Atlantic for a multi-faith service. It was the last scheduled event for the families as many would be returning home the following day. It was a tragedy that held more questions than answers; a seemingly flawless flight, suddenly plunged out of control and broke up with no warning or sign of trouble. An investigation was underway to determine exactly what had gone wrong.
Meanwhile, in the Israeli resort town of Netanya, 9 pipe bombs went off injuring over a dozen people. Israeli police believed Palestinian Militants carried out the attack with the apparent aim of torpedoing a new round of peace talks which were slated to begin the following day on a final peace agreement.
And the New York City Marathon was getting ready to start. Runners from 100 counties and all 50 states were gathered at the starting line of the 26 mile marathon, with thousands lining the route, cheering the runners on.
And that’s a little of what was going on, this November 2, 1999 as reported by CBS Radio News.