The Remains of Flight 587
Carl Macgowan reported for the Associated Press that the families of the victims of the American Airlines Flight 587 that crashed in Belle Harbor on Nov. 12, 2001 to Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx to visit a crypt bearing the unclaimed remains of people who died in the plane crash. The crash killed 265 people and left hundreds of body parts, most of them unidentified. Family members received letters from the mayor, inviting them to the cemetery, but some don't plan to attend saying the city ignored their pleas for a Catholic Mass. There has been a question of where to bury the remains since the flight bound for the Dominican Republic from Kennedy Airport crashed. It was reported that many of the crash victims were Dominican.
Verena Dobnik reported for the Associated Press that the last unidentified remains of people killed in the crash have been placed in two crypts. Susan Olsen, a cemetery official said the unidentified remains, in four caskets, were entombed Friday at a mausoleum in the cemetery. The bodies of all the crash victims had been identified, but the medical examiner's office was left with some remains that could not be matched, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner. Borakove said from her knowledge, the 889 bone fragments and other pieces were from Flight 587. The cemetery space was purchased by the city. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that part of the tail assembly of the Airbus A300 had fallen off, and it blamed pilot error, inadequate pilot training and overly sensitive rudder controls. On the fifth anniversary of the crash in November, Mayor Michael Bloomberg a memorial wall bearing the victims' names and overlooking the ocean about 15 blocks from the crash site. The $9.2 million memorial was funded with private and public money.