[This story originally aired December 14, 2012.]
Gander, Newfoundland isn't much bigger than Mayfield, KY, but since the 1930s, it's been one of the world's more important airports. It played a pivotal role in World War 2 as a staging area for U.S. and British Commonwealth war planes. More recently, the people of Gander played host to the more than 66 hundred air travelers stranded there by the closure of North American airspace following the 9-11 attacks.
Gander has, however, been closer to American tragedy.