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Reader comment on item: Why Did American Airlines 587 Crash?
in response to reader comment: "Wake" up!

Submitted by K. Rowlings (Australia), Sep 7, 2007 at 02:28

Perhaps time travellers from the future deliberately sabotaged Flight 587's tailfin and engines to ensure such a disaster and to prevent an even worse disaster!

Perhaps the rudder had been repaired with cardboard and chewing gum after a cherry-picker reversed into it on the tarmac whilst trying to remove a cat from a flag pole!

Perhaps it was gremlins!

Perhaps it was the beating of a butterflies wings in Calcutta!

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The above suggestions are, quite obviously, ridiculous. As is the suggestion that American Airlines flight 587 was taken down by anything other than a combination of wake turbulence and pilot error.

Turbulence flipped a Delta DC-9 on its back during a training exercise in the 1970s, and was the cause of two 737 crashes in the 1990s. Human error is even more common, and can have even more fatal consequences.

P.S. How does a shoe bomb shear the tail off a A300 anyways? Did the terrorist kick the rear bulkhead?

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