2008-11-07 / Top Stories

Seven Years Later Flight 587 Still To Be Remembered

All Death Suits Settled, Two Property Suits Remain

A crowd, smaller than in years past, attended last year's memorial service at Beach 116 Street, where the AA 587 memorial was erected in the memory of the 265 people who perished on November 12, 2001. A crowd, smaller than in years past, attended last year's memorial service at Beach 116 Street, where the AA 587 memorial was erected in the memory of the 265 people who perished on November 12, 2001. The annual memorial service marking the seventh anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 will be once again be held on the anniversary of the tragic crash, in this year's case, on Wednesday morning, November 12, at the Flight 587 Memorial, located at Beach 116 Street and the boardwalk.

The memorial service will begin at 9 a.m. and will include an appearance by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. There will be a moment of silence and tolling of the bells at 9:16 a.m. The names of the 265 victims will then be read and honored.

Similar to last year, the city is providing bus transportation for family members and the Mayor's Office says the buses will depart after the memorial service. However, sources say the city is anticipating that at least some of those who attend the memorial will want to visit the crash site and/or attend Mass at St. Francis de Sales, as in years past.

The crash of AA 587 into Beach 131 Street and Newport Avenue destroyed several homes in the area. The crash of AA 587 into Beach 131 Street and Newport Avenue destroyed several homes in the area. American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into Belle Harbor on November 12, 2001, killing all 260 people onboard and five people on the ground.

The lawsuits surrounding the crash of the Airbus A-300 aircraft into Rockaway have been going on for years, says Rob Spragg, an attorney for Kriendler and Kriender, a Manhattan firm that represented the majority of those who filed suit.

Spragg told The Wave on Tuesday that all of the wrongful death suits against American Airlines and Airbus Industries have been settled out of court.

Two personal injury or property damage suits from local residents remain unsettled, although Spragg declined to identify the two plaintiffs that remain because he is not handling those cases.

Spragg says that there will probably not be a trial involved now that the great majority of cases have been settled.

"This has been a long and drawn-out process," Spragg said, pointing to the fact that the federal judge hearing the case stayed the proceeding for nearly three years - from May of 2003 until fall of 2006 - to allow the two defendants to attempt to settle the suits without a long and expensive trial.

Firefighters, police officers and civilians fought the massive fires brought by the crash of the jetliner into Rockaway. Firefighters, police officers and civilians fought the massive fires brought by the crash of the jetliner into Rockaway.

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