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

Submitted by Fred Keller (United States), Aug 30, 2004 at 12:01

I was in my car listening to the news when this happened, shortly after the crash the station interviewed several eye witnesses. One was a policeman who was looking directly at the plane from a fairly close distance and was pointing to parts of the plane while he was explaining to his small son how an airplane can fly. His story matched all the other eye witness accounts. He said that there was an explosion at the front leading edge of the wing where it attaches to the fuselage, it then spread to the back of the same wing and then to the other wing. One woman was in a car and the plane passed directly in front of her so she had a good view of what was happening.

At that time, I fully expected that it would be announced that this was a terrorist attack so you can imagine my surprise when the TSA said it was an accident and the plane crashed because its tail fell off. The TSA then told these eye witnesses that they didn't see what they had seen and that they were all mistaken. To this day, I suspect this was a cover-up for a terrorist attack and that Richard Reid was actually shoe bomber number two, but why the U S didn't say so is beyond me.

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