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    more for the safety of my family Why should we be made to suffer this way Tommy Rayder who works at JFK Airport kept looking past the fire barricades toward a place where the autumn leaves had been burnt off the trees The homes that were gone belonged to neighbors Tommy knew because in this part of the city we all know everybody I want to believe it was mechanical I m hoping it was an accident These days Tommy Rayder sighed an accident is what you pray for That s a weird thing to say isn t it Here a jet plane comes down in the middle of a neighborhood and you pray it s an accident because you can t bear to think they d do it again to us Not here not in Rockaway You figure it couldn t happen again cause we already suffered enough Standing a few feet away James Gill tried as best he could to comfort his wife who appeared to be deep in the throes of this new suffering We are up on the Cross Bay Bridge James Gill said driving over from Richmond Hill to look at a house My wife saw the whole thing What she saw was an explosion way forward on the engines sort of just behind the cockpit I had to pull over just there on the bridge Amanda was hysterical She dialed 911 on the cell phone and just started to scream Help me Help me After being rocked by the sound of an initial explosion James Gill said he looked up to see American Flight 587 in flames and attempting to bank only to wind up in a flat death spiral I was in munitions in both the Army and also the Navy I know

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/bh-11-13-01.htm (2016-02-13)
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    plane and rip both engines from the wing The board last night released some preliminary data from the recovered flight data recorder indicating that the vertical tail fin came off first Both engines continued to operate normally for a short period after the crew said on the cockpit voice recorder that they had lost control Further information from the sophisticated recorder should provide a wealth of other evidence The pilots immediately lost control after the vertical fin came off and the plane spiraled and tumbled into a neighborhood of neatly kept houses in the Rockaways section of Queens destroying four houses and badly damaging three others Investigators at first believed the plane landed nose down because of the lack of wider destruction that would have resulted had it hit the ground at a shallower angle That did not explain however why they found so many intact or nearly intact bodies so quickly Several sources now believe the explanation may be the speed of descent The plane they believe having lost its heavy engines and vertical tail made a relatively slow belly flop nose tilted down and turning sideways Its engines were found about 800 feet away with the left and right engines exactly opposite to where they would have been attached to the plane indicating the plane might have been upside down or flopping around The composite material used in the doomed aircraft was a carbon fiber reinforced plastic which like most composites is much lighter and stronger than a like amount of aluminum The Airbus A300 pioneered the use of composites in the early 1980s and both Airbus and Boeing have used them increasingly since then The new Boeing 777 the most modern passenger aircraft flying is significantly made up of composites Blakey announced American s planned inspection of all 24 of the tail fins on its Airbus A300 600 fleet She also said the FAA was sending its chief scientist to the Flight 587 scene to study the possible relevance of composite materials FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said that if the scientist and other FAA officials find that more inspections or corrective actions are needed in other parts of the aircraft industry the FAA will mandate that immediately Hans Weber an airline engineering expert in San Diego said most airliners still have metal tails He also said that although the composite tails on Airbus planes are made with carbon fiber the composition of that fiber has been constantly evolving as the plane maker tries to keep costs down Composite tail structures are five times more expensive than aluminum 1 500 a pound compared with 240 a pound Weber also noted that the composite tails can be repaired but that in most cases when damage involves a primary structure they are not readily repairable and are often discarded The layering bonding and curing of the materials he said have to be just right and they have to be inspected more often than aluminum tails Officials continued today to describe

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/wp-11-15-01.htm (2016-02-13)
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    after takeoff from Kennedy Airport under clear skies Nov 12 The plane headed for the Dominican Republic crashed moments later in the Rockaways killing all 260 aboard and five more on the ground Probers have reportedly been focusing on the violent shaking of the plane after it encountered the second of two wakes from other planes and whether the Flight 587 pilots may have overcompensated as they tried to right the plane through the use of the rudder In its defense American Airlines insists that its pilot training program was revamped in 1999 to address the concerns of overuse of the rudder And both pilots aboard Flight 587 received the new instruction which moves away from relying too heavily on the rudder during turbulent situations an airline spokesman says in this week s edition of Time magazine In addition regardless of how the rudder may have been moved the tail shouldn t have sheared off the way it did some pilots and American officials have said The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing to investigate the cause of the crash A structural or mechanical failure has not been ruled out The baffling case has led the NTSB to call in

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/nyp-12-3-01.htm (2016-02-13)
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    straight at the plane It made a bank turn and suddenly there was an explosion orange and black on the righthand side of the fuselage It was a small explosion about half the size of a car The plane kept on going straight for about two or three seconds as if nothing had happened then vwoof the second big explosion on the right wing orange and black It was only then that the plane fell apart It was after the explosion and I m telling you the tail was there until the second explosion Lynch who lives near the crash site in Belle Harbor claims he has 13 people who saw the plane on fire before the breakup Until the explosion the tail was intact He contacted the FBI NTSB Rep Anthony Weiner and Sens Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton I got no response from anyone said Lynch Sabotage That s for other people to decide At first we hear there were seagulls in the engine the plane was caught in a jet stream and the tail fell off No damn tail fell off until after the second explosion Jim Conrad who retired last month as a police lieutenant after

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/nyp-12-2-01.htm (2016-02-13)
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    of fame on a bit of macho posturing that might have come back to bite him Three weeks later whether by design or by an act of God a perverse irony was played out when American Airlines Flight 587 an Airbus A300 jetliner plummeted right into Moran s close knit community one already hard hit on Sept 11 As the plumes of acrid black smoke billowed out across their isolated sandbar oasis off Queens you couldn t help but wonder whether the crash was the result of another pinpoint terrorist attack After all what were the odds of an Airbus exploding on impact in Rockaway by virtue of sheer coincidence Even all these weeks later we are still seemingly getting no honest answers At first self important talking heads alternately opined that everything from wind shear to a flock of seagulls to wake turbulence caused the cascading inferno Anything but sabotage Wake turbulence a new one on me temporarily became the media darling even though no one knows for sure if any such horizontal tornado vortex had ever brought down any commercial aircraft before Now the talk is about the disintegration of the tail even as reports have surfaced from some eyewitnesses who say they saw the tail intact until a couple of explosions wracked the jet The truth is that the experts are once again stonewalling And their reticence has many rethinking the official explanations for other recent New York air disasters Was the crash of TWA s Flight 800 off Long Island N Y on the evening of July 17 1996 really caused by a spark in the plane s fuel tank Why did the FBI investigation so readily dismiss the accounts of 96 eyewitnesses who described a flare like object seen streaking from the surface of the

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/pdn-12-4-01.htm (2016-02-13)
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    killing 265 people United mechanics found the flaw a tiny separation in the composite material in the area where the vertical tail fin connects to the fuselage Airbus officials say this defect does not mean there is a design problem with its jets However the discovery will be examined closely by crash investigators The mechanics found the defect by using an ultrasound test The discovery is likely to increase calls for broader ultrasonic testing of composite material on passenger planes The Federal Aviation Administration and French authorities ordered visual tests of A300 and A310 jet tails after the crash and no damage was found But a visual test cannot detect defects within composite material The United jet an A320 is a different model from the one that crashed but has a similarly constructed tail fin United decided to test three Airbus jets with vertical stabilizers that had been repaired at the factory before delivery Airbus had detected flaws inside the composite material on those jets The American Airlines Airbus jet that crashed had a similar factory repair United s ultrasound test this week on the 6 year old A320 found a flaw on the opposite side of the stabilizer from where the factory repair had been made We found a small ply separation on the other side of the tail said Lou Mancini United s vice president for engineering You can t see it the indication showed up on an ultrasound test We think it had been there since manufacturing Mancini said the airline notified the FAA and United will soon test its other two Airbus jets The FAA is keeping a close eye on the issue said spokeswoman Laura Brown but so far doesn t believe there is a safety risk Airbus spokesman David Venz said the defect is

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/usatoday-12-17-01.htm (2016-02-13)
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    the possibility of fire or explosion aboard the aircraft prior to its disintegration Obviously your investigators are working on many aspects of the crash which may not be reported publicly as yet Those of us whose names are listed below were eyewitnesses to the accident Further we all witnessed one or more explosions while the aircraft was still airborne and prior to any portions of the aircraft leaving it on its way down We understand that the NTSB will conduct a public hearing as part of its investigation Please accept this as a formal request on our behalf that we will be called to testify in that hearing regarding what we witnessed This request is made in the spirit of response by all citizens called for by the President immediately following the crash A map that indicates each of our locations from which we observed the aircraft is enclosed In addition to those listed below we have spoken with eighteen others who witnessed the aircraft on fire while still airborne Further we respectfully request that you advise us as to the process you employ to solicit eyewitness accounts during your public hearings on major accidents so that we can prepare

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/ntsb-1-7-02.htm (2016-02-13)
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    in flight fire or explosion many of which are adamant that the fire explosion occurred before any tail or engine breakups The NTSB has thus far deemed this crash as an accident not having explained yet the sequence of events or how a fire or explosion can be present in flight and not have this raise suspicions of possible foul play or some other catastrophic failure beyond the tail If the NTSB had maintained objectivity they would not have said the crash was being treated as an accident when there seems to be sufficient reason to at least suspect foul play Sometimes one needs to ask a cab driver to get the facts stated Patrick Moynihan former senator Well ask most people what they think about this crash and the reply is Something s up As we are at war with terrorists the luxury we don t have is time and the year or two that it may take to determine the cause of this crash is unacceptable in this time of conflict Some of us had the misfortune of being eyewitnesses to the explosions fire and breaking apart of flight 587 We know that our senses are subject to

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/lynch-12-28-01.htm (2016-02-13)
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