Statement by Premier MacLellan -- Swissair Crash

Premier's Office

September 3, 1998 10:20 AM

Nova Scotians were shocked and saddened to awaken this morning to
news of the tragic crash of Swissair Flight 111 in the waters off
Peggy's Cove.

"On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I wish to extend our deepest
sympathy to the family and friends of the passengers and crew,"
said Premier Russell MacLellan. "The tragedy is almost
incomprehensible. The grief you carry today must be unbearable.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time."

Premier MacLellan expressed admiration and gratitude to the
hundreds of Nova Scotians who came together in the dark hours of
last night before hope was lost for survivors among the 229
aboard the Geneva-bound flight.

"I watched the faces of Nova Scotians on TV this morning --men
who had rushed to the scene in hopes of rescue," he said. "What
was obvious was their sense of frustration in not being able to
do more; what was visible was their personal grief for the

"But I want to say to them, and to the hundreds of other Nova
Scotians who responded without hesitation when the call came in
last night, you did your best. And I am sure those who lost
family and friends know that."

The premier said Nova Scotia will spare no effort to extend
support and sympathy to family and friends of the crash victims.

"This province will open its doors and its arms to those who lost
loved ones, many of whom will be coming to Nova Scotia in the
hours and days ahead."

Premier MacLellan has instructed the provincial government to
provide whatever assistance family and friends require while in
the province.


Contact: Peter MacLellan
         Premier's Office
         424-3750 or 483-3188

ngr                 Sept. 3, 1998                10:20 a.m.