We are dedicated to helping recover disaster victims.

About Us

Samuel W. Douglass established Douglass Airline Funeral Coordinators 49 years ago. It was created in response to a small incident where two pilots were killed in a training accident. The airline, unsure of how to handle the return of the pilot’s remains, asked Jacque Douglass, then head of the Clipper Club, if her husband Samuel, a second generation Funeral Director, would assist them. They were pleased with the outcome; He accomplished the task quickly and kept the Airline's name out of the press.

So when other airlines had incidents, they asked whom they had used and Douglass Airline Funeral Coordinators name kept surfacing. Since then we have handled the return of the remains in 38 Aircraft disasters for 15 airlines in 23 cities handling more than 3500 victims returning to 20 different countries. Our goal is to get the victims identified and returned home in a rapid yet dignified manner so you can get the incident out of the press.
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We have handled some of the largest air disasters

1977 Tenerife Air Disaster - 574 Victims
1996 Long Island, N.Y. Air Disaster - 239 Victims
2001 Terrorist Attacks NY, PA, Pentagon - 265 Airline Victims
2001 Queens, New York Air Disaster - 265 victims

We have handled some of the smallest incidents:

2001 Passenger heart attack in flight
1999 Little Rock, Arkansas - 9 Victims

Simultaneous Accidents

1996 Miami, Florida and the Long Island, N.Y. Air Disaster
2001 Terrorist Attacks at 3 simultaneous locations:
New York, New York, Somerset, Pennsylvania, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Our Services

Informing your response teams on our duties and goals

Recovery of remains
Personnel & equipment

Identification of remains
Collection of ante mortem information

Establishing a level of care higher than industry standards

Coordination with shipping lines to establish a quick return of the victims

Burial of the Unidentified Victims and Remains
Removal, preparation and establishment of a burial site

Memorial Services
Establishing the standards of care for memorial services

Collection, Verification, Imbursement of Funeral Bills

Personal Effects
Collection, cleaning, repair, catalog creation and return

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