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Mayor de Blasio’s cites ‘rough night’ for missing part of ceremony for crash victims

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NEW YORK (AP) — Victims’ relatives have remembered the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 with a solemn ceremony — and some pique at New York City’s mayor for being late.

Flight 587 crashed shortly after takeoff on Nov. 12, 2001, killing 260 people. It was bound for the Dominican Republic.

A moment of silence was scheduled for 9:17 a.m. Wednesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at 9:23 a.m.

De Blasio said later Wednesday he’d felt sluggish after a “rough night” of trouble sleeping but should have gotten “moving quicker.” He added that heavy fog delayed the police boat that officials had thought would be the fastest route to the ceremony in the Rockaways.

Some attendees bristled at his tardiness. But the organizing committee’s president expressed appreciation for City Hall’s help arranging the event.

 

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