AA Flight 587 5th Anniversary

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It's been a day of sad remembrance for the families of those who died in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 five years ago Sunday.

265 people died when the plane crashed moments after taking off from New York's Kennedy airport, bound for the Dominican Republic.

Sunday morning, bells tolled and the names of the victims were read.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand to dedicate a memorial in a beachfront neighborhood of Queens. The curved wall bears the name of all those killed in the nation's second-deadliest air accident.

The memorial wall has windows and a doorway offering views of the ocean. It also bears a quote, in English and Spanish, from the writings of a Dominican poet. It says: "Afterwards I want only peace."

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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