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I live 10 blocks from the crash site

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

Submitted by Chris Jonny (United States), Aug 31, 2004 at 13:34


First off, let me say that I did not live where I live now at the time of the crash, but about 15 minutes away. That said, I did move into the area in 9/02, and the controversy over what really happened that day still rages over here, especially with this area hit so hard in the attacks on 9/11.

Our local paper, "The Wave", has run and continues to run periodic updates about this. I suggest this link--it doesn't get quite to the index I wanted to pass on, but it will get you in an area to access further information.


But the general feeling here, backed up my eyewitness accounts who swear they witnessed an explosion in air (sound similar to the recent acts of terrorism in Russia?), and then the tail section falling off. This is consistent with an explosion on board, near the fusilage area. And apparently, there are sections of the plane still at the bottom of Jamaica Bay that could shed further light upon this. A recent article in The Wave goes into great length about this issue.

So this relevation isn't surprising. And if a cover-up did occur, one might rationalize it as a way to save the foundering airline industry from complete collapse following 9/11. But the FAA and NTSB need to come clean. Pressuring our local officials to implement Mr. Pipes' recommendations is a good place to start.

Chris Jonny
Rockaway Park, NY

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