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Reader comment on item: Why Did American Airlines 587 Crash?

Submitted by dpierce (United States), Aug 30, 2004 at 14:55

Reid's operation was intended to occur at an altitude where he could place the shoe against the hull. The resulting depressurization event would have downed the plane or at least killed a large part of those on board.

I don't think enough explosive could be contained in a shoe bomb to bring the aircraft down on takeoff.

However, as an aerospace engineer, I know more about aircraft than explosives...
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