New York – New Monument Marks 1960 Brooklyn Air Crash

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    Bagpipers warm-up before the start of an unveiling ceremony at Green-Wood Cemetery in New York, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. The historic cemetery has a new memorial honoring the 134 people who died in a midair plane collision over New York City 50 years ago. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York – A historic cemetery has a new memorial honoring the 134 people who died in a midair plane collision over New York City 50 years ago.

    Bagpipers played “Amazing Grace” as about 150 people, including relatives, watched the unveiling of a granite monument on Thursday. A bronze plaque bears the names of the victims of the Dec. 16, 1960 crash.

    The collision of a United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA propeller plane left a legacy of improved air safety in its wake.

    The United plane destroyed at least 10 buildings when it crashed into the Park Slope neighborhood.

    The memorial is at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.

    It is the final resting place of many notables, including composer Leonard Bernstein.

    Kevin Root, right, hugs Fern Liddy near a just-unveiled monument to the victims of the midair plane collision on Dec. 16, 1960, in Green-Wood Cemetery in New York, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. Both of Root's parents, Sam and Florence Root, were killed in the collision; Sam Root was also Liddy's employer at the time. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


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