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NTSB to rules on cause of Flight 587 crash
Last updated: 22 December 2014

published: 27 OCT 2004
by Harro Ranter, ASN

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"The crash of American Airlines flight 587 in November 2001 was caused by an in flight separation of the plane's vertical stabilizer as a result of aerodynamic loads that were created by the first officer's unnecessary and excessive rudder pedal inputs after the aircraft encountered wake turbulence, according to a final report adopted by the NTSB. The Board said that contributing to the crash were characteristics of the airplane's rudder system design and elements of the airline's pilot training program." (NTSB)

» Summary of NTSB AAR-04-04