Five years later, victims of New York jet crash get memorial

A memorial to the 265 people who died in the second deadliest aviation accident in U-S history will be officially dedicated today.

It was five years ago today that American Airlines Flight 587 plunged into a quiet neighborhood in the New York borough of Queens. The plane had just taken off from Kennedy Airport en route to the Dominican Republic.The nine (m) million-dollar memorial was designed by a Dominican native and was funded with public and private dollars. It includes a curved wall bearing the names of the victims, many of whom lived in a heavily Dominican neighborhood in Manhattan.The accident happened just two months after Nine-Eleven, and at first, there were fears it was another terrorist attack. Federal safety investigators later determined that the tail of the Airbus A-300 had fallen off.

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