Tragedy struck 20 years ago on Tuesday when a single-engine plane crashed into waters off Martha’s Vineyard, killing John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister.
Kennedy, 38, was piloting the plane from New Jersey, but it failed to land. A frantic search for the passengers, which also included Kennedy Jr.’s wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and her sister, Lauren Bessette, came to an end nearly a week later when their bodies were found in the sea.
The National Transportation Safety Board deemed pilot error as the cause of the crash. A report by the safety board stated haze obscured Kennedy's view of the horizon.
Kennedy was remembered as a well-liked, charming and charismatic magazine editor.