November 12, 2001
An American Airlines plane crashed this morning just after takeoff from New York’s JFK Airport. The jetliner, which had 255 people onboard (of those 246 were passengers) was a non-stop bound for the Dominican Republic. It crashed in the borough of Queens, in the Rockaway area. New York city officials immediately closed bridges and tunnels as a precaution; these have since reopened. The city's three area airports were closed to incoming and outgoing air traffic following the crash; Newark and LaGuardia have reopened for incoming and outgoing flights while JFK opened for incoming, not yet for outgoing. For information on passengers who may have been aboard the airliner, call American Airlines at 800-245-0999. If you were planning to fly on American out of any of New York’s three airports (Newark and LaGuardia, in addition to JFK), go to www.aa.com/gatesandtimes or www.aa.com. In the meantime, a spokeswoman from Royal Caribbean, which was in the midst of New York-based inaugural celebrations for its brand-new Adventure of the Seas, reports from onboard the ship that it arrived safely at Manhattan’s Pier 88 this morning at 5 a.m. Adventure returned from a two day cruise-to-nowhere following Friday’s official naming ceremonies and, onboard, were families of New York City’s police and firefighting forces. Royal Caribbean has canceled any further promotional events -- New York’s port is closed as well as bridges, tunnels and airports -- and the ship will sail today to its home port in San Juan.