Somber family and friends gather at Flight 800 memorial

Today marks 16 years since a TWA jet carrying 230 people plunged into the waters off of Long Island, and somber family and friends of

EAST MORICHES, NY - JULY 18, 1996: Wreckage

EAST MORICHES, NY - JULY 18, 1996: Wreckage from TWA flight 800 floats in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean as a coast guard cutter continues the search in the distance July 18, 1996 off the coast of Long Island, New York. The 747 TWA aircraft exploded in mid-air with 230 people on board bound for Paris. (Credit: JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)

SMITH POINT PARK - Today marks 16 years since a TWA jet carrying 230 people plunged into the waters off of Long Island, and somber family and friends of the victims gathered to honor them at the TWA memorial at Smiths Point Park.

All 230 passengers were lost in the crash, including 14 Long Islanders.

Jim Hurd, of Maryland, came all the way up to the Island to lay a bouquet of flowers for his son, Jamie, at the memorial. Jamie Hurd was 29 years old when Flight 800 went down, and now his name is etched into the marble memorial at Smith Point.

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