2001 Travel News ArchiveTravel

AA flight headed to DR crashes in NY City

American Airlines flight 587, an Airbus 300 (dating back to 1988), went down at approximately 9:17 am in Queens, New York, shortly after takeoff. The flight was headed to Santo Domingo from JF Kennedy Airport. It crashed approximately seven miles from the airport, near the intersection of Beach and 122nd Streets in the Rockaway district. On board were 255 persons, including nine crew members. So far, the US aviation authorities have not linked the incident to a terrorist attack. News reports indicate a mechanical failure is suspected. The flight was supposed to leave at 8 am and was delayed until 9:15 am. It was scheduled to arrive in Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport at 12:48 pm.
The passenger list was mainly composed of Dominican nationals, many of them coming home for the holidays. Some 175 Dominicans were on board. Local TV reports have been showing scenes of inmense sorrow and shock of family members upon hearing of the tragedy. Ambulances were sent to the airport to provide assistance to the relatives of victims. AA has prepared an area in the airport to assist the relatives at an airport third floor room was described by TV producer Freddy Beras Goico as a large “funeral home.”
As reported on the DR1 Message Board, an eye witness stated that an engine fell off, the plane turned to its side and went down nose first. One DR1 reader who works in the World Financial Center says that “people are pretty nervous but still working here.” For updates from DR1’s New York readers, see http://www.dr1.com/board/index.cgi
For international news sources covering the story, see http://www.google.com/news/
For the American Airlines news release on the crash, go to http://www.aa.com/
Also see the Global News Network report at http://208.251.133.165/html/WorldReacts/alert358.html (12 November 2001)