American Airlines Flight 587 facts for kids
|Date||November 12, 2001|
|Summary||Tail structure failure because of pilot error in wake turbulence|
|Place||Queens, New York City, United States|
|Injuries (non-fatal)||1 (ground)|
|Fatalities||265 (including 5 on the ground)|
|Aircraft type||Airbus A300B4-605R|
|Flew from||John F. Kennedy Int'l Airport|
|Flying to||Las Américas Int'l Airport
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. 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). It is the second-deadliest plane crash in the United States after American Airlines Flight 191, which occurred on May 25, 1979.
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