Developments in New York plane crash

Monday, 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 Rockaway section of Queens.

-- No immediate word about whether any of the 246 passengers and nine crewmembers on Flight 587 survived.

-- Crash set houses on fire in the densely populated area. At least 15 people reported injured on the ground.

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

-- White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said there were no unusual communications from plane's cockpit. He said National Transportation Safety Board is leading investigation.

-- All NYC metropolitan-area airports -- Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark, N.J. -- are closed. Delta Airlines diverts New York City-bound international flights to Boston, Cincinnati and Washington's Dulles airport.

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

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