Sixty-nine Japanese flow half way around the world to attend a simple Buddhist memorial service in the Ermenonville Forest, near Paris on Wednesday (6 March).
SV Coach arrives with relatives and
Buddhist priest out of car and greeted by French officials
SV Relatives walk to crash site past guard of honour
SV Crowd watch as Buddhist priest conducts service
SV Relatives pay homage and look for mementoes
MCU Man examines piece of cloth
SV Couple look for mementoes of relatives
SV Relative leave scene of crash
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Background: Sixty-nine Japanese flow half way around the world to attend a simple Buddhist memorial service in the Ermenonville Forest, near Paris on Wednesday (6 March). They were relatives of the fifty Japanese nationals believed to have died Sunday (2 March) in the worst crash in aviation history. In all, 346 passengers and crew died in the plunge of the Turkish Airlines DC - 10.
After the service, the relatives toured the crash scene, hoping for some signs of those who were killed. Later they went to the nearby town of Senilis to attempt to identify clothing remains found at the site. Bodies were too badly mutilated for identification and have been taken to a morgue in Paris.
The visit of the relatives came amid mounting speculation in the French cress that the crash had been caused by a sudden de-pressurization of the 'plane when a faulty door to the luggage hold blew out.