Today marks the 16th anniversary of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette's deaths, when their plane crashed into the Atlantic ocean.
What was supposed to be a relaxing trip to Martha's Vineyard for a family wedding, turned tragic in a matter of moments. JFK Jr., who was a semi-experienced pilot, lost control of his small Piper Saratoga plane, due to bad weather conditions.
It took days before navy divers were able to locate the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law. The intense force of the plane's impact with the ocean surface is what likely killed all three victims instantly.
JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette were United States royalty and a beautiful couple taken too soon:
Remembering JFK Jr., Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and Lauren Bessette
Remembering JFK Jr. on the anniversary of tragic death
John F. Kennedy Jr leaves the White House Correspondents' Dinner 01 May 1999. The body of John F. Kennedy has been located and removed from the wreckage of the small plane he was flying with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette on 16 July 1999 off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, MA.
The August Fourth Cover Of Vanity Fair Magazine Features Carolyn Bessette Kennedy Who Died When The Single Engine Plane Piloted By Her Husband John F. Kennedy Jr Crashed Into The Waters Off Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts, July 16. John Kennedy Jr. And Carolyn's Sister Lauren Also Died In The Crash.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. and wife Carolyn attend a function in honor of his mother, Jacqueline Onasis, October 4, 1998 at Grand Central Station in New York City. July 16, 2000 marks the one year anniversary that John F. Kennedy Jr., 38, died in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 33, and her sister Lauren Bessette, 34.
A Coast Guard ship carrying the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Lauren Bessette.
A metal sculpture of a young John F. Kennedy, Jr. saluting his father's casket at his 1963 funeral stands among the floral tributes and other items that continue to be placed at the memorial at his apartment building in the Tribeca section of Manhattan 20 July 1999. The search continues for the plane that disappeared 16 July 1999 that was carrying Kennedy, his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette.
Noureddine Ouldsfiya and his daughter Isabel of Chelsea, Mass., look over bouquets and notes left by visitors to the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Friday, July 23, 1999, in Boston, in memory of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, whose plane crashed off the coast of Martha's Vineyard on Friday July 16.
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Although gone, they are never forgotten. Friends, family, and even the members of public took to social media to commemorate the 16th year anniversary: