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Remembering Flight 587 in the Rockaways

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It has been 16 years since Flight 587 from JFK to the Dominican Republic crashed after take-off in the Rockaways, killing 260 people on-board and five on the ground, the second-deadliest air disaster in U.S. history.
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Because the plane crashed into homes in Belle Harbor, killing five bystanders on the ground, the city’s first responders are a big presence every year at the memorial service.
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The grandchildren on Hipolito and Ubencia Algarroba, who died in the crash, grasp their picture during the service.
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The memorial’s curved wall was designed with openings to symbolize those who are missing. Mourners filled the holes with white roses.
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In the week after the mayor was re-elected to a second term, several people at the memorial congratulated him on his landslide victory.
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The family of Regina Arroyo left not just roses on the memorial wall, but their invitation from City Hall for the annual remembrance ceremony.

Sixteen years after the second worst airline distaster in U.S. history, a memorial service was held for the 265 people killed in the crash of Flight 587 in the Rockaways.

The plane, bound for Santa Domingo, went down minutes after taking off from JFK.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was the first to lay a white rose in the memorial wall that stands at the foot of Beach 116th Street.

A decade and a half has not diminished the grief shown by about 200 mourners who attended the service last Sunday morning.

Updated 4:27 pm, November 15, 2017
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