Mourners remember victims of American Airlines Flight 587 crash
Dozens of mourners gathered on Thursday to remember the 265 lives lost when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed in a Queens neighborhood 19 years ago — an incident that briefly sparked terror fears on the heels of 9/11.
Mayor Bill de Blasio joined some 50 family members of victims, who braved cold winds and rain for the annual remembrance ceremony in Belle Harbor.
“The fact that you’re still here gives me such hope. The fact that the love you feel for those you lost, and the love for each other, sustains you is a reminder of the strength of the people of the Dominican community. The strength of all New Yorkers,” De Blasio said.
The New York-to-Dominican Republic flight had barely taken off from JFK Airport on Nov. 12, 2001 when one of its tail fins snapped, sending the Airbus A300 plummeting into Rockaway Park.
All 260 passengers and crew died, along with five people on the ground. Officials ruled it an accident the following day.
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