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Courtesy of Vetty Marcon

Un habitant d’Orry-la-Ville (à 4 km) a pris cette photo unique de l’explosion du DC-10

An habitant of d’Orry-la-Ville , Paris photographed this scene seconds after flight 981 plummeted into the forest 4 kilometres from the crash. It shows a plume of smoke which filled the atmosphere and was published in PARIS MATCH dated March 16th 1974.

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The memorial at Ermenonville, Paris which is dedicated to the passengers and crew of THY 981

A vous tous qui ce jour-là étiez heureux,
Filant vers un pays lointain,
A vous tous, confiés entre les mains de Dieu,
Vivant votre dernier matin.

Pour vos âmes, plus question de patrie,
Quittant bien vite l’enfer et le feu,
Abandonnant les pauvres corps meurtris,
Elles ont acquis la paix, c’est notre vœu.
Je viens parfois devant votre pierre,
Et je me demande souvent pourquoi,
Pourquoi cela, maudite clairière,
Faite de Chair et de sang, oui, pourquoi ?

Hommage à vous tous, martyrs,
Hommage à tous ceux qui vous aiment,
Et pleurent à n’en plus finir,
Cette pierre est votre emblème !

A la mémoire des victimes du 3 mars 1974
Et qu’à l’éternité ce coin de terre soit sacré.

– Guy Marcon

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In memory of the victims of March 3rd, 1974
And that for the eternity this corner of earth be sacred”

“To all of you who were happy that day,
Flying to a far country
To all of you, entrusted in the hands of god,
Were living their last morning,

To your souls, no more question of fatherland,
Quickly leaving hell and fire,
Leaving poor hurt bodies,
They acquired peace, this is our wish.
I do come sometimes in front of your stone,
And I do often ask why,
Why this, accursed glade,
Made from flesh and blood, yes, why?

Honour to you all, martyrs,
Honour to all those who love you,
And do cry with no end,
This stone is your emblem!

In memory of the victims of March 3rd, 1974
And that for the eternity this corner of earth be sacred

Translations courtesy of Bruno Druesne

This website is dedicated to the memory of the victims and their families who were affected by the crash of Turkish Airlines, flight 981 in 1974. It is a forum where information regarding the accident is available to the public and as a remembrance.

For all families or relatives who were too young at the time, it may offer the answers related to the crash, which articles and photographs have been archived to a tragic man-made event that occurred over 30 years ago.

To also remember and understand the conditions of the accident. Together, this site will provide a forum and an exchange in preparation for the creation of an Association of Families of the Victims of Flight THY-981

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Ce site est dédié à la mémoire des victimes et de leurs familles qui ont été affectées par l’accident d’avion de Turkish Airlines du 3 mars 1974, le vol THY 981. Il s’agit d’un forum où les informations concernant l’accident sont à la disposition du public, c’est un lieu de souvenir.

Pour toutes les familles, et leurs proches, qui étaient parfois trop jeunes à l’époque, ce lieu met à disposition les réponses aux questions liées à cette catastrophe. Les articles et les photographies ainsi archivées relatent un tragique événement survenu il ya plus de 30 ans, et sont un témoignage de la défaillance et de la négligence humaine.

Pour savoir et se souvenir, ensemble, ce site pourra servir de lieu d’échange pour la préparation à la création d’une Association des Familles des Victimes du Vol THY-981

Richard Bolai / Bruno Druesne Copyright © 2010 All Rights Reserved

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The Titanic – TC-JAV phenomenon

Recently, I was asked a question over the phenomenon regarding this accident. It was the fact that there had been so many published reports, documentaries and numerous websites on the subject. So why? Ermenonville and the airplane, TC-JAV, and my fascination and others over it? In its circumstances, in its as one reader put it, domino effect, probability, misfortune, malice and neglect that sent 346 people to their deaths in an airplane that trapped and careened their hopes into the earth of France. Their blood seeped into the soil of Ermenonville.

The intention over this website has become part of a bigger picture in telling a story about sacrifice, and of its repercussions unto a nation, the aviation industry and to the people who are still deeply affected over it thirty four years ago. The comments resonate this phenomena as so many people still remember that Sunday, the news, the images, etched in their memory from that day on. Also, the proliferation of the photographs which I had placed on this site, August 2007, is used on the other internet sites, youtube, facebook, etc, in memory or in discussion. So why this intrigue?, why this Titanic effect?


A scale model reinterpreting the tragedy courtesy of Korkut Varol


A moving tribute at an accident we all wished that never happened


A scale model of TC-JAV and the forest at Ermenonville. Paris


See the complete model diorama of the tragic crash

As a child, after hearing the reports over the radio, I thought first to myself, I hoped no one was hurt as this airplane landed on leaves of trees. The more I try to end this, it draws me back, the website is a place of remembrance, its time for the collective forces to complete it, to whatever it needs, and to release me as I have done my deed.

Richard Bolai © 2010 All Rights Reserved