Mayor Misses Moment of Silence at Ceremony for Plane Crash Victims

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 to join them.

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

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

Altagracias Estrella, who lost a relative in the crash, said the other family members were "insulted" by the mayor's absence at that key moment. 

De Blasio said later Tuesday he woke up feeling sluggish but should have "gotten myself 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.

The president of the committee that organized the event said the group appreciated City Hall's help putting it together. 

Others said the mayor, who has taken hits for tardiness in the past, needs to be on time.

"He's the top man in New York City  He's gotta manage his time better or do what ever he needs to do to be on time," said Aixa Brea, a Washington Heights woman who knows people who lost loved ones in the crash.

Ida Siegal contributed to this report. 

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