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Published on Aug 16, 2008
The day was Dec. 16, 1960, and two airplanes had collided in midair over Staten Island. One, a United Airlines DC-8 from Chicago heading to Idlewild (now Kennedy) International Airport, smashed into buildings in Sterling Place, just west of Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn ... many thought a bombing occurred. Later that year, the USS Constellation -- which was built by New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y. -- a fire broke out in the last stages of her building. Fifty civilian workers died in the blaze.