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Wake Turbulence and Pilot Error Definitely to Blame

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Submitted by F Arango (United States), Mar 1, 2007 at 09:00

Wake Turbulence and Pilot Error were definitely to blame here. Not so much the wake turbulence, but the way the pilot handled it. This pilot had a reputation for using the rudder pedal aggressively and excessively for minor turbulence. This puts extreme pressure on the tail.

If you listen to the tapes you can hear him say " we are stuck in something". You can hear the terror in his voice. If there was an explosion they would have known about it and stated it over the air. The fact that he was stuck in the wake turbulence caused him to panic and push the rudder pedal to the max, which caused the tail to break off.

As far as an explosion or fire, the SECOND that the tail broke off, a fire would have ignited due to the severing of electrical systems in that area of the plane. This would then cause the fire to spread and cause more flames and smoke as seen by eyewitnesses before the plane went down. So for all of you normal individuals, please go to you tube and type in flight 587 videos or something to that effect. That has a short film about 7-9 minutes, which gives a great logical story on what happened. For all you others, let the dead rest in peace and stop putting stress on these families with your ridiculous theories.

PS - MOST Plane crashes are pilot/crew error and what would terrorists want with dominicans anyway, the Americans are who they are after.

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