Dover Air Force Base Finds 34 Pages

The public information office at Dover Air Force Base has released 34 pages of documents related to the airlift of bodies from Jonestown to the United States. The military chose the air base in Delaware to receive the bodies due to its previous experience in processing over 500 victims of an airplane crash at Tenerife in the Canary Islands in 1977.

The release includes 26 pages of After Action reports which summarize the problems, solutions and recommendations for improvement which various agencies at the air base faced. The reports cover environmental health, engineering, medical, and religious components of the operation.

The other eight pages which Dover Air Force Base released pursuant to this request consist of magazine and newspaper articles, and a December 13, 1978 press release from Delaware Governor Pierre duPont asking for removal of the bodies to California.

Last modified on March 16th, 2014.
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