Memorials will remember 88 who died on Alaska Airlines Flight 261

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2001

Relatives of 88 people killed in the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 will mark the anniversary of the Jan. 31, 2000, tragedy by returning to Port Hueneme, Calif., near where the jet plunged into the Pacific Ocean. Some events:

--Aircraft wreckage, stored in a military warehouse, will be available for viewing by family members Tuesday and Wednesday.

--Area residents have arranged for Channel Islands Harbor boat owners to ferry victims' relatives and friends to the crash site Tuesday and Wednesday.

--A private service will be held Tuesday at Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. Flowers gathered there will be dropped at the crash site from a Coast Guard helicopter.

--Families will gather Wednesday in private on a beach at the Navy's Point Mugu base, observing a moment of silence at 4:21 p.m., the time of the crash.

--A public memorial service will be held at the same time at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.

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