November 12th, 2001

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Plane Crash

From CNN.com:

Plane crash in NYC
A plane has crashed in the Queens borough of New York City. American Airlines confirms it was one of their planes. Thick black smoke was billowing over the area, and local media reported several houses on fire.



From MSNBC.com:

Plane crash in N.Y.
Crash not far from JFK airport
A plane crashed Monday in the Rockaway Beach area of New York City, not far from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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www.7online.com

Passenger Jet Crashes into the Far Rockaways
(New York-WABC, November 12, 2001) ? A plane crashed Monday morning near Beach 129th Street and Newport Avenue, in the Rockaways, Queens.

Buildings are reportedly on fire in the neighborhood. Thick, black smoke could be seen. The plane was a Boeing 767, an American Airlines flight.

The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management has confirmed the plane was a Boeing 767, an American Airlines flight. The plane crashed at 9: 17 a.m. The city declared a Level One emergency mobilization for all of its emergency personnel. This plane was an inbound plane and there is no word on where it was coming from.

All three New York City airports were closed after the crash.

There is no word on how the plane went down and how many people were on this jet.
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The latest:

(New York-WABC, November 12, 2001) ? A plane crashed Monday morning near Beach 129th Street and Newport Avenue, in the Rockaways, Queens.This is an area witnesses call a heavy populated area with many homes and local businesses.
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www.nytimes.com

November 12, 2001
Homes in Queens Reportedly on Fire
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK -- An American Airlines flight that had just taken off for the Dominican Republic crashed Monday, and buildings reportedly were on fire in the Queens section of New York City.
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latest update from www.fox5ny.com

Witness Says Sound Of Plane Coming In Was Chilling
(New York-AP) -- A woman who lives near the scene of today's crash in the Queens borough of New York says she heard the engines of a plane, "loud and low," before the crash. Phyllis Paul tells CNN she looked out the window to see a "silvery piece of metal" falling from the sky, several blocks away. Then, she says, she heard an explosion. She says she and her son went outside and saw the black smoke rising from the Queens crash site. She says it was "horrifying." Paul says the sound of the plane gave her a "chill" because of what happened on September 11th.
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Update

There was apparently an explosion on the plane before it went down, but they think it was a malfunction and not a terrorist attack.
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Updates

The UN was closed, if you haven't heard. All bridges, tunnels, ports, and airports in the city are closed as well, as well as Newark airport in NJ.

The airplane was flight 587 headed for the Dominican Republic, an American Airlines Airbus A300, carrying 255 people (9 of those were crew). If you have family that might have been on that crash, there's a toll-free info line you can call to inquire about them: (800) 245-0999.

12 buildings are burning/damaged by falling debris. The plane apparently suffered from an internal explosion before going down, and one of its engines went flying off before it hit. They believe it to be a malfunction and not a terrorist attack.

That's basically all of the relevant news I've got, folks. Back to work for me.