BELLE HARBOR, N.Y. (WPIX)—It was the second deadliest plane crash in U.S. history and this weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587.
The plane was headed to the Dominican Republic when it crashed in the Belle Harbor section of Queens, killing 260 people on board and five on the ground.
At first, some people thought it may have been another terror attack, since the crash happened just two months after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
After a three-year investigation, federal officials determined the cause of the crash: the plane's tail broke off, due to overuse of the rudder.
A memorial was built 15 blocks away from the crash site, on 116th Street and the Boardwalk.
Survivors and victims' family members will gather at the memorial on Saturday, November 12th, to remember the lives lost.