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Monday, 12 November, 2001, 22:28 GMT
In pictures: New York plane crash
An American Airlines plane carrying 255 people has crashed in a residential New York, shortly after take off from John F Kennedy airport.

BBC News Online shows the aftermath of the tragedy in pictures.

Smoke rises from the crash scene
Smoke could be seen rising from the borough of Queens from miles away

Firefighters
Firefighters survey the wreckage at Rockaway Beach

Wreckage from the Airbus A-300
Eyewitnesses said they saw an engine fall off the plane shortly before it plunged to the ground

Plane debris
Police examine a piece of the plane wreckage

Crowds and firefighters
The Rockaway community battled the flames with bottles of mineral water, hoses and anything to hand

Firefighter in front of smoke, which affected the light
Witnesses said up to 12 buildings were set on fire, and there was a pall of black smoke

Fire engine at the scene of the crash
Residents said the atmosphere was tense and solemn

Emergency service personnel in streets close to the scene
It is believed there was an explosion on board the plane before it crashed

Flames and people on the street at the scene of the crash
The district of Rockaway Beach was engulfed in flames

Mourning woman and firefighter
A grieving woman is comforted by a firefighter

New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, at the scene
Shocked New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani said he was focusing on finding victims

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