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Photos: Honoring victims of Alaska Airlines crash off Ventura, 10 years later

A United States Coast Guard helicopter flew over the memorial event at Port Hueneme before flying to the crash site off Anacapa Island and releasing roses.

-- Scott Harrison
See more of Harrison's photo essay on the memorial here.

Photo, at bottom: The extended family of Avinesh Deo, Anjest Prasad and Avinash Prasad, cousins who were killed in the crash, pose for a group photo after the services.
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release balloons???

why not just bring your trash can down and put trash in the ocean without the wait?

Apparently, most balloons these days decompose at the same rate as an oak leaf and are made of biodegradable latex.

Latex balloons are biodegradable (NOT PLASTIC). These balloons break up into pieces within hours of being released. They decompose at the same rate of leaves. Research it before judging these poor families.

They flew that plane upside down for 30 seconds before plunging into the sea...Could you imagine as a passenger, hanging from your seat upside down for 30 seconds pretty much knowing your fate....very scary...

Look at the beautiful smiles on the faces of the relatives. The Indians know things about life that we Westerners don't. They have a much bigger picture.

Hey Jerry give it a rest. Two of my close friends went down in that wreck. Go pick on someone else if you have that much time. Maybe go visit some friends of your that weren't on that flight.
My heart goes out to all the families of the lost on the flight.
May God bless you.

The 4 people in the front are children of two pastors from this flight. The mission they were on was to help the poor (children and adults). They died a heroic death and the people left to honor the dead are heros also. God bless you R,J, M and P. J.

Tony D and Jerry B be thankful that it was not your loved one, friend or family on this plane crash. We Indians have big hearts and love to help each other and others in good and bad times. Behind those smiles are broken hearts that you can't even imagine.

Attention posting staff

please change name from Tony D to Dodger T in the first sentence.

Thank you

The families that lost members are deeply touched and have grown closer to everyone they know. Friedns and Families know that even thought some of us have not lost anyone that we have still been touched by the strength and love that they still show to all the people that they meet. Thank you to the Families and Friends for showing us how we should Love.

You Mr Westerner(TONY DODGER), we INDIAN'S know life better than anyone else. We know when and how to care about others and we have respect not only for the dead but also for the ones living. Please do not degrade Indians, just look around you and see how many INDIAN Doctor's and Engineer's you have in this country.

Thank You,

I wanted to add my two cents to this after reading some of the comments. The picture is of my family. We lost 3 young men on this life (my brother and 2 cousins). Two of them were 19 and the other was 23. This was a tragedy that no one could ever live with, but somehow we are living with it as best we can, and on occassion we smile and thank God for the opportunity to have them in our lives. It's bittersweet, but if we had to have a place to go to pay respects, we are happy to be at the beach closest to them. We are HUMAN before we are INDIAN, we know nothing more of life other than it's not permanent and that tragedies like this still hurt. Please respect the families as the other folks have done because God forbid any of you would have to go through anything close to what we have these past 10-years. Because you can not attach a face to the name it's easier to say anything you want, but before you comment, please be respectful.


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