In this episode of Zwaailicht (Beacon), show host Wilfred Kemp interviews Marieke Poelmann about the indescribable day when she heard her parents had both died in the Tripoli airplane crash. She wrote the book ‘Alles om jullie heen is er nog’ (Everything Around Them Is Still There) about her loss. The best friends of her parents, Johan en Marian Huitema, share their memories. Assalina Hamming, a volunteer at Slachtofferhulp (Victim Assistance, a non-profit organization in The Netherlands) talks about how she assisted Marieke and her two brothers. How do you cope with such an immense loss? Finally, family and friends all come together in the Dominicanen kerk (church) in Zwolle to memorize Peter and Adri Poelmann.
‘Everything around them is still there’. That’s the titel of the book Marieke Poelmann wrote about the loss of her parents, five years ago in Tripoli. Marieke remembers it like it was yesterday, on May 12th in 2010 Afriqiyah Airways flight 8U771 crashed. The plane took off from Johannesburg, South Africa and was supposed to continue to London after a layover in Libya. During landing procedure, the restart went wrong. There was a lack of cooperation and communication in the cockpit.
SBS ‘Hart van Nederland’ interviewed Marieke about her book.