American Airlines Flight 587
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#1 Oct 27, 2012
American Airlines Flight 587
American Airlines Flight 587 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to Las Américas International Airport in the Dominican Republic.
On November 12, 2001 the Airbus A300 operating the route crashed into the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens, a borough of New York City shortly after takeoff. All 260 people on board were killed, along with five people on the ground.
It is the second-deadliest aviation accident involving an Airbus A300, after Iran Air Flight 655, and the second-deadliest to occur on U.S. soil, after American Airlines Flight 191. Not counting the September 11 attacks, American Airlines Flight 587 had the highest aviation fatality count in 2001.
The accident took place two months after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Several factors, such as the date, time, aircraft size, airline, eyewitness accounts, and location in New York, raised concerns that the crash was caused by another terrorist attack.
According to Northeast Intelligence Network, Al-Qaeda listed the crash among its successes, and a Canadian militant cooperating with authorities suggested that it had been brought down with a shoe bomb.
Nonetheless, terrorism was officially ruled out as the cause by the National Transportation Safety Board, which instead attributed the disaster to the first officer's overuse of rudder controls.
#2 Oct 27, 2012
Barry Schiff is a pilot and author of more than 1,500 articles published in 90 aviation magazines;
With more than 27,000 hours logged in more than 300 types of aircraft, Captain Schiff has received worldwide recognition for his wide-ranging aeronautical accomplishments.
Schiff holds five world speed records and has received numerous honors for his many contributions to aviation safety. These include a Congressional Commendation .
Schiff's flight experience includes experimental flight testing of light aircraft, transoceanic, polar and international aircraft operation, air taxi, corporate, and flight-training activities. He has flown numerous military aircraft.
Dozens of eyewitnesses have reported they saw an explosion and/or a fire at the juncture of Flight 587's wing and fuselage moments before it began to break up, losing its tail first, then both its engines.
Multiple sources tell us the air conditioning unit of an airplane is located there and emits a bunch of heat. Reportedly anything "heat seeking" would home in on the air conditioning unit's heat.
we are supposed to believe that wind turbulence from another plane is the most likely cause of the crash. I don't think so! In addition to the United Airlines captain who called me, a former jumbo-jet veteran pilot who was quoted in the New York Post was also highly skeptical of the turbulence theory.
"If wind turbulence caused that accident, I'll never fly again," said Barry Schiff,
#3 Oct 28, 2012
The NTSB prefers to err in favor of operator error. If that's not possible it will go with equipment failure or poor maintenance. Don't want to spook the flying public, now do we? Frequent flyers would like to be reassured with something like, "We just had a bad day. It won't happen again."
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