Eight Years Later, Flight 587 Still Remembered
The annual memorial service marking the eighth anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 will once again be held on the anniversary of the tragic crash, in this year's case, on Thursday 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.
American Airlines Flight 587 cra - shed into Belle Harbor on November 12, 2001, killing all 260 people on - board and five people on the ground.
Nearly three years after the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its finding on the reason for the crash, blaming it on aggressive use of the rudder controls by First Officer Sten Molin, who was flying the departure of the Airbus A- 300 from John F. Kennedy that morning.
Many locals who witnessed the crash believe that the aircraft began to break up in the air, even before its rudder departed the plane and crashed into Jamaica Bay.
A number of other aircraft in the same series manufactured by Airbus Industries have suffered "upsets" where uncontrolled rudder movements were encountered.
In one case, the rudder separated from the plane.
The large aircraft augured in at the corner of Newport Avenue and Beach 131 Street, destroying several homes on and around that corner.
All of the homes have been rebuilt.
It is expected that the majority of those family members who come to the memorial service will visit the crash site and leave flowers on the lawn of the rebuilt home on that corner, a site some of those relatives believe to be sacred.