13th anniversary of Alaska Air crash

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) — Families have made their annual pilgrimage for a Southern California beach memorial service 13 years after an Alaska Airlines jetliner plunged into the Pacific Ocean, killing 88 people.

Flight 261 was headed from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Seattle when it crashed on Jan. 31, 2001, some eight miles off the Ventura County coast near Anacapa Island.

The Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/Tjc8ee ) says families gather each year at the Port Hueneme (Y-NEE-mee) Beach Park memorial to celebrate the dead.

On Thursday, they prayed for the victims and read the name of each person who died. With each name, a bell rang and a rose was placed on the names ringing the 10-foot sundial monument.

Failure of a jackscrew in the plane's tail caused the crash.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com

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