Today in Latin American History
AA Flight 587 Crashed En Route to the Dominican Republic Killing 265 in 2001
Photo: American Airlines
Today in Latin American history, American Airlines Flight 587 crashed in NYC en route to the Dominican Republic killing 265 in 2001.
The flight crashed into the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens, a borough of New York City, shortly after takeoff. All 260 people on board the flight were killed, along with five people on the ground.
The accident took place two months and one day after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan, initially spawning fears of another terrorist attack.
An investigation proved that the first officer’s overuse of rudder controls in response to wake turbulence or jet wash from a Japan Airlines Boeing 747-400 that took off five minutes before it caused the crash.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan footballer Enzo Francescoli who played for the National team was born in 1961
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Sammy Sosa who played for the Chicago Cubs was born in 1968