2004-07-30 / Front Page

AA 587 Report Postponed

By Howard Schwach

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has once again put off the final report on the crash of American Airlines Flight 587, which crashed in Belle Harbor on November 12, 2001, killing all 260 people on board and five local residents on the ground.

The final report, originally scheduled for early this summer, has now been postponed until this fall.

“A board meeting will be scheduled in Washington [D.C.] probably in the fall, at which the five board members [of the NTSB] will consider the final report, which will contain conclusions, the probable cause, and any safety recommendations pertinent to the findings,” said Ted Lopatkiewicz, a spokesperson for the agency. He added that the hearing would be webcast.

Lopatkiewicz told The Wave, “Most of the investigative efforts are completed,” but that “at this time, only minor technical issues are being resolved to insure an accurate report.”

When asked when the meeting that will reveal the final report will be scheduled, Lopatkiewicz replied, “The NTSB will announce the date of the final board meeting when it is scheduled.”

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