2004-10-22 / Community

Final AA 587 Report On Tuesday

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a public Board meeting Tuesday, October 26, at 9:30 a.m., in its Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C.

The sole item on the agenda is a final report on the crash of American Airlines flight 587 (an Airbus A300-605R, N14053) in Belle Harbor, New York on November 12, 2001. 

The plane crashed minutes after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport on a flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. All 260 people aboard the plane and five on the ground were killed.

The public is invited to observe, but not participate in, the meeting.  To avoid disruptions, members of the

general audience may not use cameras during the proceedings.

The meeting is expected to last a full day. 

A live and archived web cast of the proceedings will be available on

the Board’s website at www.ntsb.gov.  A summary of the Board’s final report, which will include findings, probable cause and safety recommendations, will appear on the website shortly after the conclusion of the meeting.  The entire report will appear on the web site several weeks later.

It is expected that the NTSB report will find that the first officer, who was flying the departure that day, reacted to a wave turbulence incident by over-controlling the rudder, causing it to be ripped from the fuselage.

There has been a lot of finger pointing between American Airlines and Airbus Industries about fault in the crash.

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