2002-11-16 / Front Page

A300 With Engine Problem Returns To JFK

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

The anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300-600 on its way to Santo Domingo, because a little more stressful for 175 passengers and 10 crewmembers when American Airlines Flight 635, an A 300-600 on the way to Santo Domingo, had to return to New York City’s JFK Airport because of mechanical problems with one engine.

According to (Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) sources, the pilot of the A300 reported a strange vibration in the engine just before 3 p.m., about an hour after takeoff from JFK. The pilot decided that as a precaution, he would return to JFK rather than continuing on to the Dominican Republic.

After landing safely, the passengers were put onto another plane and continued their flight.

The in-flight incident occurred just hours after hundreds of local residents and Dominicans joined in a memorial and a moment of silence at the crash site of flight 587 in Belle Harbor.

A recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing on that crash focused on the aircraft’s stabilizer, which came off prior to the crash. The hearing found no problem with the aircraft’s engines, both of which popped off the plane before it crashed, one landing in Bulloch’s Gas Station on Beach 129 Street and the other in a backyard on Beach 128 Street. Earlier in the year, several American Airlines pilots issued a joint letter to both the NTSB and the FAA asking that the Airbus A300-600 be grounded for further testing.


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