On this day: American Airlines Flight 587 crashed in 2001

American Airlines Flight 587

On the 12th of November, 2001 American Airlines Flight 587 crashed just after take-off. Leaving from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, it went down in Queens, killing all 260 people on board, killing five more on the ground and injuring another.

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American Airlines Flight 587 just before take-off.

The timestamp is one hour off.

Though the crash was not a terrorist attack, it occurred only two months and one day after the September 11 attacks, and so of course the immediate assumption was that it was linked. New York was once again shut down – albeit temporarily – as an investigation began.

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