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Thrust reverser activation.

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

Submitted by Brian Morris (United Kingdom), Feb 19, 2007 at 16:56

The most plausible cause I have seen is that the port engine thrust reverser operated, thus causing a violent spin and disintegration of the aircraft. This should not be possible unless it was sabotaged. Cutting a hydraulic pipe would, when power was applied, result in the reverser being activated.

Anyone with sufficient knowledge who could gain access to the aircraft on the ground could do this. In short this was terrorism.

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