20 Years After JFK Jr.’s Fatal Plane Crash, Carole Radziwill Made An Emotional Confession

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Image: Carole Radziwill via Daily Mail

It’s now been 20 years since the shocking news of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death made headlines across the world. But one woman felt the loss even more acutely than the public who adored John Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. You see, Carole Radziwill knew the Kennedys personally. And after two decades, the reality TV star has revealed new details about the fatal plane crash – as well as confessing just how much it devastated her.

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Image: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

As many know, the tragedy occurred on July 16, 1999, after John Jr. had first radioed into Martha’s Vineyard Airport. Then a short while later, at 8:38 p.m., he and his passengers – Carolyn and her sister Lauren – set off from Essex County Airport in New Jersey. But while the trio’s journey to Martha’s Vineyard should have taken around 90 minutes or so, tragically they wouldn’t get to their intended destination.

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Image: George De Sota/Liaison/Getty Images

Yes, by 2:15 a.m., John Jr. – the son of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy – still hadn’t arrived at the small airport, and the worrying scenario in turn led the Kennedy family to call the authorities. Then, from 4:00 a.m., the Coast Guard started to look for John Jr. and his passengers in the Atlantic Ocean. And, sadly, the searchers soon discovered signs that the worst had happened, as fragments of the Kennedy aircraft were seen floating in the water.

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