20 years ago on November 12th, 2001
American Airlines Flight 587 crashes in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens on takeoff from JFK Airport, killing all 260 people aboard and five people on the ground
The NTSB determined that the cause of the crash was overuse of the rudder controls when the plane encountered turbulence from a larger aircraft that took off in front of it, causing a piece of the tail to break off.
The flight was headed to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, so a large number of those killed were Dominican nationals. In memory of those lost, a memorial wall stands along Rockaway Beach designed by Dominican artist Freddy Rodríguez that features windows and a doorway that face in the direction of the Dominican Republic and includes the names of all those who perished in the crash.