Flight 587 Still Remembered
The annual memorial service marking the ninth anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 will once again be held on the anniversary of the crash, in this year’s case, on Friday morning, November 12, at the Flight 587 Memorial, located at Beach 116 Street and ocean Promenade.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will speak at memorial service which begins at 9 a.m. A moment of silence will be observed and tolling of the bells at 9:16 a.m. The names of the 265 victims will then be read aloud.
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 crashed into Belle Harbor on November 12, 2001, killing all 260 people onboard and five people on the ground. The large aircraft augured in at the corner of Newport Avenue and Beach 131 Street, destroying several homes on and around that corner.
It is expected that the majority of those family members who died on the flight will 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.