Timeline for American Airlines Flight 587
(CNN) – A timeline for events leading up to and following the crash of American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300, en route from New York to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and carrying 246 passengers and nine crew members:
-- 8:40 a.m. EST -- Flight 587 scheduled for departure from Kennedy International Airport in New York.
-- 9:14 a.m. EST -- Flight 587 takes off.
-- 9:17 a.m. EST -- Flight 587 crashes five miles from Kennedy airport in the Rockaway section of New York borough of Queens.
-- 9:25 a.m. EST -- President Bush, in a National Security Council meeting, receives word of the crash.
New York declares Level One Alert; 44 fire trucks, 200 firefighters dispatched to scene.
Witnesses claim they heard an explosion and saw flames coming from the right side of the aircraft before it crashed.
-- 10:30 a.m. EST -- NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces security measures being taken around the city, including the temporary shutdown of area airports. The city's tunnels and bridges are closed. They are later reopened for outbound traffic.
-- 12:07 p.m. EST -- White House spokesman Ari Fleischer holds news conference, saying "we have not ruled anything in, we have not ruled anything out" in the investigation.
-- 12:24 p.m. EST -- American Airlines holds news conference. Don Carty, CEO of AMR Corporation, calls Monday "an incredibly sad day."
-- 1:00 p.m. EST -- Giuliani holds news conference, telling people they should not "speculate" about the cause of the crash. Also, Giuliani says it appears there are no survivors in the wreckage.
-- 1:30 p.m. EST -- NTSB holds news conference. Marion Blakey, NTSB chairwoman, announces they have recovered flight data recorder from plane. Later, it was learned that it was the cockpit voice recorder that was found.
-- 2 p.m. EST -- NYC-area airports reopen, accepting incoming flights. LaGuardia and Newark also allowing departures.
-- 3:30 p.m. EST -- Mayor Giuliani, Gov. George Pataki hold news conference. Pataki says it appears the pilot "did dump fuel over Jamaica Bay before the crash, which is consistent with the pilot thinking that there was some failure."
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