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Flags at half-mast honor air crash victims

Published November 12, 2013

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings — including those at UB — be flown at half-mast on Nov. 12 in remembrance of the 12th anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in Belle Harbor, Queens.


Just months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Flight 587 crashed into the residential neighborhood of Belle Harbor shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport en route to Las Americas International Airport, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. All 260 passengers aboard the Airbus A300-600 aircraft, as well as five residents on the ground were killed in what was the second-deadliest airline crash to occur on U.S. soil.