NEW YORK – The Big Apple remembers the victims of the tragedy of Flight 587 on its 20th anniversary on Friday.
American Airlines Flight 587 fell at Bell Harbor in Queens just minutes after taking off from John F. Kennedy Airport for the Dominican Republic on November 12, 2001.
The aircraft was carrying 251 passengers, the vast majority of them Dominicans, including two pilots and seven flight attendants. Five people also died on the ground.
The tragedy shook the entire Dominican community in the tri-state area of New York and also the Caribbean country.
Despite the pandemic, and in the middle of a rainy day, friends and family are expected to gather this Thursday in Bell Harbor to remember their loved ones.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack, after its investigation revealed that the accident was caused by excessive use of the plane’s rudder, which caused the vertical stabilizer of the aircraft was detached from the craft.
The NTSB said in the report that the co-pilot reacted aggressively to try to stabilize Flight 587 after being affected by severe turbulence; it could have been caused by an American Airlines Boeing 747-400 plane that took off moments before bound for Japan.
New York authorities raised a monument in the area of the accident to remember the victims after the plane crash, where family, friends and city politicians gather every year to venerate their memory.