ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that
flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on November 12, in
remembrance of the 12th Anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight
587 in Belle Harbor, Queens.
"Today, we pause to remember all those who perished in the tragic crash of Flight 587," Governor Cuomo said. "The 265 men, women, and children who were lost in this tragedy are missed, but not forgotten. Their families continue to be in our thoughts and prayers on this anniversary."
Just months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, Flight 587 crashed into the residential neighborhood of Belle Harbor shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport en route to Las Americas International Airport, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. All 260 passengers aboard the Airbus A300-600 aircraft, as well as five residents on the ground were killed in what was the second-deadliest airline crash to occur on U.S. soil.
American Airlines retired the flight route destination and in the years since, has retired the Airbus A300-600 aircraft line from all service.
A memorial for the victims of the tragedy designed by Dominican artist Freddy Rodríguez and Situ Studio currently stands in nearby Rockaway Park, Queens. A scholarship fund, administered by New York States' Higher Education Services Corporation was also set up for the children, spouses and financial dependents of those who perished to cover the cost of attending college in New York State.