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Giuseppe Bafunno
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Birth: unknown
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 11, 1996
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

Attached photos of Memorial is at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn South Cemetery, 11655 SW 117 Ave, Miami,FL. ValuJet Flight 592 - Accident on the afternoon of May 11, 1996. Intense fire in the front cargo bay area that spread to the passenger cabin and damaged the flight controls causing the aircraft to lose control and crash nose first into into the everglades at a speed in excess of 507 miles per hour. There is also another memorial about 8 miles to the South of the crash site along Tamiami Trail, 12 miles west of Krome Avenue in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

On the afternoon of May 11, 1996,Flight 592 pushed back from gate G2 in Miami after a delay of 1 hour and 4 minutes due to mechanical problems.

There were 105 passengers, mainly from Florida and Georgia, on board, as well as a crew of two pilots and three flight attendants, bringing the total number of people on board to 110. At 2:04 pm, 10 minutes before the disaster, the DC-9 took off from runway 9L and began a normal climb en route from Miami to Atlanta. At 2:10 pm, Captain Candi Kubeck and First Officer Richard Hazen heard a loud bang in their headphones, and noticed the plane was losing electrical power.

Seconds later, a flight attendant entered the cockpit and advised the flight crew of a fire in the passenger cabin. Passengers' shouts of "fire, fire, fire" were recorded on the plane's cockpit voice recorder when the cockpit door was opened. Though the ValuJet flight attendant manual stated that the cockpit door should not be opened when smoke or other harmful gases might be present in the cabin, the intercom was disabled and there was no other way to inform the pilots of what was happening. By this time, the plane's interior was completely on fire.

Kubeck and Hazen immediately asked air traffic control for a return to Miami due to smoke in the cockpit and cabin, and were given instructions for a return to the airport. One minute later, Hazen requested the nearest available airport. Kubeck began to turn the plane left in preparation for the return to Miami, but lost control soon afterward; all the wiring and hydraulic cables melted.

Flight 592 disappeared from radar at 2:13:42 pm. The passengers and crew lost consciousness due to the toxic fumes, and the plane began to dive, picking up speed. It rolled onto its side and slammed to the ground nose-first in the Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area in the Everglades, a few miles west of Miami, at a speed in excess of 507 miles per hour (816 km/h). Kubeck, Hazen, the three flight attendants, and all 105 passengers aboard were killed instantly. Recovery of the aircraft and victims was made extremely difficult by the location of the crash. The nearest road of any kind was more than a quarter mile (400 m) away from the crash scene, and the location of the crash itself was a deep-water swamp with a bedrock base.

The DC-9 shattered on impact with the bedrock, leaving very few large portions of the plane intact. Sawgrass, alligators, and risk of bacterial infection from cuts plagued searchers involved in the recovery effort.

On the third anniversary of the accident in 1999, another memorial was dedicated to the victims in the Everglades. The memorial, consisting of 110 concrete pillars, is located just north of Tamiami Trail at 2545'42.613"N 8040'19.308"W about 11.9 miles west of Krome Avenue in Miami-Dade County, Florida and points to the location of the crash site eight miles to the north. The memorial was designed by students at University of Miami in conjunction with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Project coordination was provided by the International Masonry Institute and the memorial was constructed in large part by the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers, Local 1 with materials donated by local suppliers. The 110 pillars represent the lives of those who perished in the crash.

Born in Columbus OH, Giuseppe passed away in the ValuJet 592 crash. He resided in Blackwood, NJ, at the time of the accident.
"They are Loved and remembered"
Woodlawn Park Cemetery South
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA
Created by: JOHN SVADBIK
Record added: Dec 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102023915
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