BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Spanish Portuguese Caribbean
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Americas  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
Tuesday, 13 November, 2001, 18:36 GMT
Tragedy of New Yorkers hit twice
Firefighters working at the scene of the crash
Many firefighters live in the Queens district
Two of those who died in Monday's plane crash in New York had survived the World Trade Center attacks on 11 September, it has emerged.

Hilda Yolanda Mayor, aged 26, worked in the Au Bon Pain restaurant on the first floor of the World Trade Center, but survived the terrorist attack unharmed.

Mayor, one of New York's half million Dominicans, was travelling on American Airlines flight 587 to join her mother and two children on holiday in the Dominican Republic.

Relatives wailed with grief at the family's home in the Dominican Republic after hearing of the fate of her flight.


One firefighter lost his son in the World Trade Center and now his restaurant is gone

James Prendergast, Queens resident
"We were going to make a meal. We were going to have all the family together," Mayor's mother Virginia Hernandez said.

Felix Sanchez, who also died in Monday's crash, was a Merrill Lynch employee who worked in the World Trade Center.

They were two of several victims of the crash whose lives had already been deeply affected by the terrorist attack.

Navy man

Navy Petty Officer Ruben Rodriguez, 32, was also on the flight, heading for a reunion with his wife and children after seven months aboard the USS Enterprise, a US aircraft carrier acting as a base for planes attacking Afghan targets.

"My brother's 3-year-old son keeps saying to his mother, 'When's Daddy coming? Where's Daddy?"' said the officer's brother, Felipe Rodriguez, as he mourned with two dozen relatives at a community centre in Washington Heights on Monday.

"All we want is the body back so we can mourn properly, and the truth," he said, holding a photo of his brother in military uniform.

 A Queens resident cries near the crash scene
Around 70 Queens residents died on 11 September

Firefighter Tom Mulqueen told ABC News's Good Morning America a tale of double loss experienced by the family of a colleague who died at the scene of the World Trade Center collapse: "The widow's father was on this flight," he said.

And Queens resident James Prendergast told the BBC how part of the Airbus A-300 landed on a property belonging to the father of a man killed in the attacks.

"One firefighter lost his son in the World Trade Center and now his restaurant is gone," he said.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
The BBC's Emma Simpson
"The crash site is still sealed off"
The BBC's Jane Standley
"New Yorkers can scarcely believe disaster has struck again"
Don Carty, Chairman, American Airlines
"Our thoughts and our prayers are with the families of our passengers and employees"

Key stories

Analysis

Background

CLICKABLE GUIDE

FORUM

TALKING POINT

AUDIO VIDEO
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Americas stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Americas stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes