See dramatic photos of the 2001 Flight 587 crash in Queens


It's been 15 years since American Airlines Flight 587 crashed in Queens, killing all 265 people on board.

The doomed flight was en route to the Dominican Republic from John F. Kennedy International Airport when it crashed in Belle Harbor.

The crash, which came two months after the Sept. 11 terror attack, rattled New Yorkers, prompting evacuations at the Empire State Building and United Nations Headquarters. The NTSB determined that the cause of the accident was mechanical failure.

Scroll down for photos from the tragic accident.

Firefighters and NYPD officers respond to Neponsit Avenue in Belle Harbor. (Credit: Alfred G. Ott)

Firefighters and NYPD officers stand near the wreckage of crashed Flight 587 at 130th Street and Neponsit Avenue in Belle Harbor. (Credit: Alfred G. Ott)

Crews respond to the impact site of Flight 587 in Belle Harbor. (Credit: Bill Bennett)

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Firemen respond to the crash scene of Flight 587 at 130th Street and Neponsit Avenue in Belle Harbor. (Credit: Alfred G. Ott)

One of the crashed Flight 587 jet engines hit a residential area of Belle Harbor. (Credit: Mark Barnett)

One of the engines crashed into a Belle Harbor backyard on 128th Street. (Credit: Robert Mecea)

The engine damaged a nearby home. (Credit: L.I. News Daily/Bill Bennett)

One of the crashed Flight 587 jet engines landed in a Texaco gas station in Belle Harbor. (Credit: Mark Barnett)

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