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Vancouver to get memorial for Kanishka bombing victims

A $800,000 memorial will be built for the 329 victims of the 1985 bombing.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2007 13:05 IST

A $800,000 memorial for the 329 victims of the 1985 Air-India Kanishka air crash has been unanimously approved by the Vancouver parks board.

The design of the monument, which will be built near Second Beach, has been kept simple at the request of the victims' families, according to its designer Eric Lees.

The stonewall will be shaped to evoke the trajectory of Flight 182 to the point where it crashed into the sea off the coast of Ireland June 22, 1985. The wall will be 1.87 metres high, with a span of 15 m.

The approval for the memorial was given last week. The project is expected to be complete by July.

The Air-India Flight 182 exploded while at an altitude of 31,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, south of Ireland. All on board were killed, of whom 82 were children.

Up until Sep 11, 2001, the Kanishka bombing was the single deadliest terrorist attack involving aircraft. It is also the largest mass murder in Canadian history.

The names of the 329 passengers and crew will be inscribed within at the stone memorial and a dove tree will be planted nearby as a symbol of peace.

A nearby children's playground will be upgraded and dedicated to the memory of the 82 children aboard the plane, according to the Vancouver Province newspaper.

Once a year, the site will be used to host a ceremony commemorating the Air-India tragedy.

First Published: Apr 11, 2007 12:55 IST