A lot of attention for the Bijlmer air disaster

On October 4, we commemorate that 30 years ago a cargo plane crashed on the Klein Kruitberg and Groeneveen flats. This year a lot of attention is being paid to the Bijlmer air disaster: from an exhibition, podcast, documentary to a drama series.

Here you will find an overview of a number of activities related to the Bijlmer air disaster.


Deep-rooted: legacy of 30 years Bijlmer plane disaster

A triptych exhibition reflects on the impact that the Bijlmer air disaster still has 30 years later. For example, stories and memories can be heard and seen in a living memory presentation prepared for that purpose. Imagine IC and Amsterdam Museum collaborated in preparations to commemorate the Bijlmer air disaster in Southeast and city-wide. An exhibition can be seen at both locations, which has been put together in consultation with local residents and which together shed light on several aspects of the air disaster. The exhibition is open to you from September 24, 2022 to February 1, 2023. More information can be found at Imagine IC.

The opening of the exhibition is on September 22 from 19:00 to 21:00. The program starts in the Amsterdam Museum. In the meantime, you will move to Imagine IC. Can’t make it on the 22nd? The public opening will take place on Friday 23 September with guided tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

  • When: September 24, 2022 to February 1, 2023. Opening September 22 and guided tours on September 23.
  • Where: Imagine IC, Bijlmerplein 393.
  • You must register via [email protected]
  • Free entrance.

Collecting the City: 30 years Bijlmer Airplane Disaster Amsterdam Museum

The crash of the Boeing was a major event that many people still carry with them today. The exhibition reflects the feeling that Amsterdammers have about the disaster. How do they commemorate? And how do different generations process this trauma?

  • When: September 25, 2022 to May 21, 2023.
  • Where: Amsterdam Museum, Amstel 51.
A memorial site for the Bijlmer air disaster.
A memorial site for the Bijlmer air disaster.

To be seen on television

KRO-NCRV . 5-part drama series Disaster Flight

When on October 4, 1992, a Boeing 747 of the Israeli airline company El Al crashes into an apartment building in Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer, the Netherlands is suddenly world news. After a period of national mourning, the Netherlands is returning to business as usual. But in the months that follow, pets get sick and residents and rescuers get medical complaints. Could it be that there was more on that plane, is anyone holding anything back? What went wrong? Who has failed? What had to be kept secret? The drama series is a large-scale conspiracy thriller about the disaster itself and the many questions and mysterious events that gripped the Netherlands afterwards.

Documentary ‘A Hole In My Heart’ by broadcaster Zwart

On October 4, 1992, a plane crashed in the Groeneveen and Klein-Kruitberg flats in the Amsterdam Bijlmermeer. At the time, children from the area were instructed at school to draw their experiences in order to process the trauma. These stories have been compiled in a book. Now, 30 years later, Akwasi and his fellow sufferers confront their shared trauma. What place do the experiences of 30 years ago still have in their lives today? Is the trauma something to be resolved, or something that deserves the space to be there?


New Metropolis Southeast commemorates Bijlmer plane disaster

In conversation about 30 years of commemoration and looking ahead. The conversation is with Helen Burleson, among others. She is chair of the Growing Monument Foundation, which organizes the commemoration. Also listen to the podcast with Helen Burleson of Annick van Rinsum (New Metropolis).

  • When: September 30 at 7:30 PM.
  • Where: New Metropolis, Bijlmerplein 876.

The article is in Dutch

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