Ninth Anniversary Of AA 587 Crash Draws Crowd To Beach 116 Street
The five locals who died in the crash have their own place on the memorial wall.
Nine years after American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300-600 airliner on its way from John F. Kennedy Airport to the Dominican Republic, crashed into the intersection of Beach 131 Street and Newport Avenue in Belle Harbor, hundreds came to the crash memorial site on Beach 116 Street to remember and for a somber ceremony headed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
After the ceremony, many family members went to the Beach 131 Street crash site, where there is a small plaque in the ground commemorating the crash. New homes have been built on the site to replace those that were destroyed.
Mayor Bloomberg, right, speaks with Monsignor Brown of St. Francis de Sales Church, who gave the benediction, and City Councilman Eric Ulrich.
A large crowd gathered at the beach end of Beach 116 Street for the November 12 memorial service, once again headlined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Many Rockaway residents, including a number of the Beach 116 Street denizens, came to the ceremony.
Congressman Anthony Weiner (left) speaks with Parks Department officials before the ceremony.
Family members carried flowers and photos of their loved ones who died in the crash. All 280 people on the plane and five locals on the ground, died in the crash, making it the second most-deadly in United States history.
Flowers were provided to family members and many left those flowers near the name of their loved one on the memorial’s face.
Local police officers and Community Council officials, led by Deputy Inspector Thomas Barrett, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, at the ceremony.