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Conrad Bali Commemorated 1974 Pan Am Flight 812 Tragedy Forty Years On

April 29, 2014 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Conrad Bali has commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the 1974 Pan Am disaster that killed 107 passengers when the Boeing 707-321B crashed in Bali’s remote northwest. 

From left to right: Conrad Bali Director of Business Development, Kevin Girard; Eileen Keating and Kathleen Keating (daughters of Flight Engineer Edward Joseph Keating); Scott Moser (grandson of Captain Donald Bain Zinke) and Conrad Bali General Manager, Jean-Sebastien Kling.

From left to right: Conrad Bali Director of Business Development, Kevin Girard; Eileen Keating and Kathleen Keating (daughters of Flight Engineer Edward Joseph Keating); Scott Moser (grandson of Captain Donald Bain Zinke) and Conrad Bali General Manager, Jean-Sebastien Kling.

The April 22 commemoration of Bali’s worst air crash was held at the Pan American Monument, which is inscribed with the names of the deceased and is located on the banks of the Ayung River at Padang Galak.

Over time the monument had fallen into disrepair. Seven years ago, Conrad Bali’s team undertook a clean-up of the monument by clearing the overgrown site, making Balinese offerings and holding a ceremony in respect of the victims including Maurice Raymond, who was then corporate vice-president for food and beverage of Hilton International.

Most team members in the clean-up crew were not born when Flight 812, a scheduled international flight from Hong Kong to Sydney with a stop at Denpasar, crashed into mountainous terrain. After cutting trees, grass and scrubbing the monument, Conrad Bali arranged for local communities to maintain the site and make regular offerings.

This year’s inauguration ceremony, presided over by Master of Ceremony Mr. Anak Agung Gede Rai, commenced at 15.45 local time with a traditional Hindu prayer offering followed by a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” and a musical tribute by the International Gamelan Orchestra.

The Bali Community Choir performed and there were readings of Islamic, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu and Buddhist prayers. Conrad Bali’s team representatives, led by general manager Jean-Sébastien Kling, read all of the victims’ names aloud, with a gong sounding between each name.

The ceremony concluded with a soloist singing “Lilin Lilin Kecil”, literally translated as “Small Candles” and written by famous local artist Chrisye. During the performance guests participated in the lighting of 107 candles.

Conrad Bali’s team will remain committed to the caretaking of the monument for years to come through its Tri Hita Karana committee, which champions all annual activities that connect the resort to the community: connecting people to the place, the culture and the surrounding environment.

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