American Airlines Flight 587

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American Airlines Flight 587

Plane crash site
Accident summary
Date November 12, 2001 (2001-11-12)
Summary Tail structure failure because of pilot error in wake turbulence
Place Queens, New York City, United States
Passengers 251
Crew 9
Injuries (non-fatal) 1 (ground)
Fatalities 265 (including 5 on the ground)
Survivors 0 (none)
Aircraft type Airbus A300B4-605R
Airline/user American Airlines
Registration N14053
Flew from John F. Kennedy Int'l Airport
Flying to Las Américas Int'l Airport
Dominican Republic

American Airlines Flight 587 was a scheduled commercial flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to Las Américas International Airport in the Dominican Republic. The aircraft used was a Airbus A300-600. On November 12, 2001, the aircraft crashed into the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens, New York.[1] All 260 people on the flight were killed. Five people on the ground were also killed. The crash was caused by the failure of the plane's tail because of pilot error in wake turbulence (turbulence that forms behind an airplane as it goes through the air).[2] It is the second-deadliest plane crash in the United States after American Airlines Flight 191, which occurred on May 25, 1979.

The accident took place two months and one day after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan. This made people think that the crash was caused by terrorism.[3]

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