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Wednesday, July 21, 1999 Published at 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK

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The Kennedy search in pictures

Kennedy Tragedy
A massive search and rescue operation was launched to find John F Kennedy Jnr's plane.

He was flying with his wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren Bessette from New Jersey to Massachusetts.

But the rescue operation soon turned into a search for bodies.

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From the moment the young John F Kennedy Jnr saluted his assassinated father, he won a special place in the nation's heart. His progress through life was always closely monitored.

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Within hours of the news breaking that his plane had disappeared, a number of sites - including Mr Kennedy's family home in New York - became impromptu memorials.

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Part of the search was carried out on land, as debris was washed ashore at Aquinnah Beach, Massachusetts.

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From the air, spotter planes scoured the ocean for clues to the crash site.

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And at sea, divers and sonar equipment were used to find the wrecked fusilage of the Piper Saratoga, which was carrying Mr Kennedy and his two passengers.

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Among the debris washed ashore was a travel bag and one of Lauren Bessette's business cards.

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Robert Kennedy Jnr and his wife Mary joined other relatives at Hyannisport, Mass, to wait for news.

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But before any bodies were found, the Kennedy clan had acknowledged another tragic loss and lowered the Stars and Stripes to half mast.

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