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Developments in NYC Plane Crash

November 12, 2001

Developments related to the jetliner crash in New York City:

_ American Airlines jetliner en route to Dominican Republic crashes after takeoff from New York’s Kennedy Airport, setting homes on fire in the Rockaway section of Queens.

_ No immediate word casualties among the 246 passengers and nine crewmembers on Flight 587.

_ Bush administration officials said FBI believes an explosion occurred aboard the plane. But federal law enforcement official said there was no early evidence of terrorist involvement.

_ All NYC metropolitan-area airports _ Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark, N.J. _ are closed after the crash. Delta Airlines diverts its NYC-bound international flights to Boston, Cincinnati and Washington’s Dulles airport.

_ Bridges and tunnels into the city are closed except to emergency vehicles. The United Nations is partially locked down.

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