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NTSB seeks rudder changes on Airbus A300-600s
Last updated: 13 December 2017

published: 28 MAY 2004
by Harro Ranter, ASN

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In a safety recommendation letter, the NTSB urged the FAA to require Airbus to alter the design of the control that limits the A.300 rudder's movement when the aircraft is changing speeds quickly. Too much back-and-forth motion can result in too much aerodynamic load, or air pressure, on the vertical tail. The recommendation arose from the NTSB's investigation of an accident on May 12, 1997, involving an American Airlines A.300 near West Palm Beach. (NTSB)

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