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

Submitted by P Mones (United States), Aug 31, 2004 at 18:38

I was entering Newark Airport when we saw thick plumes of smoking rising from the east. Within moments military vehicles swarmed all areas of Newark Airport. Everything was instantaneously shut down. My flight was cancelled and I re-booked out of Philadelphia. In the car, I heard the changing reports about AA flight 587 that started with one technical explanation for the crash, then switching to another. I am not an aeronautics engineer but neither sounded plausible. At all.

The crash site, black box, and all surrounding info of 587 were wrapped up and spirited away so quickly in a neat package that it seemed clear to me this was an event not meant for public eyes or ears. Plus all the evidence was at least to my knowledge sent down to NASA.

Most people don't even remember this crash. There was no recall of any Airbus equipment. Nothing.

When I read the tiny article the other day about this event hinting that a tiny amount of daylight that may be shed on AA 587, I immediately searched for other humans paying attention. I'm grateful Mr. Pipes has started this dialogue.

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