This is awful. 4 buildings are on fire. The Mayor has put NY in a full stage 1 alert. Stay away if you can.
It was an American airlines 767 plane headed to JFK airport..
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More info from CNN and Washington Post:
American Airlines flight crashes on takeoff in NYC borough of Queens
FAA: American Flight 587 -- Airbus A300 -- from JFK airport to Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
NYC Port Authority: 246 passengers, 9 crew
All NYC area airports closed, bridges and tunnels leading into city closed
Affiliate WCBS reports at least 4 buildings on fire
New York Fire Department dispatches 44 trucks, 200 firefighters
It seems there is one eyewitness who saw fragments falling from the sky before the plane crashed which could mean that there was an explosion on the plane before it went down. This was said on "ARD" (German Television).
In 1979, an engine fell off American Flight 191 (a DC-10) as it took off from O'Hare. The plane rolled and crashed just outside the airport perimeter. Don't have a TV today but the early reports sound eerily similar.