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- July 15, 2002
- Eyewitness Andrew Feldman on Flight 587 and the Witness
- As an eyewitness to the horrible disaster of November 12th,
I attended the meeting that was held at The Beach Club. I sat
with a young lady and her family that I have known for the last
12 years who lost her mother and 2 aunts on the plane. While
I did not get up to speak, I must say that I thought the meeting
was an outstanding outlet for all of us who have been haunted
by the event. I hope that something positive may result from
this, but have serious doubts that the bureaucrats in Washington
have our best interests at heart.
I have been a Belle Harbor resident all my life (49 years), and
have literally grown up with airplanes flying over my house.
I remember as a child driving with my parents over the Marine
Park Bridge onto Flatbush Avenue and watching fighter jets coming
in for a landing right over our car at Floyd Bennett Field. I
also remember watching seaplanes land in Jamaica Bay and taxi
up the ramp at the airfield. I can tell without looking when
the Concorde is taking off merely by the difference in the sound
that it makes. Until that fateful day, I never gave any of them
a second thought.
I bring this out to highlight the fact that it was not a coincidence
that I jumped out of my chair as I heard a loud noise (possibly
an explosion), the sound of jet engines increase dramatically
in volume and watched as Flight 587 flew over and literally shook
the entire house. As I looked out the window, I clearly saw the
plane on fire, watched as the plane banked to the left and the
engines fall from the wings and then saw the plane nosedive to
the ground. My wife and I immediately ran up to the crash site
to see if we could help, but the scene was literally hell on
earth. Since that day, we have been acutely aware of every airplane
that flies overhead.
I want to thank you for putting this website out there and will
make it a point to bring it to the attention of as many people
as I can.
Belle Harbor, NY
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