American Airlines and Airbus will soon engage in their final Flight 587 showdown. The NTSB meets this week in Washington for the final hearing that will determine the probable cause of the Nov. 12, 2001, accident, in which the vertical tail assembly separated from an American Airlines Airbus A300-600 shortly after takeoff from New York JFK International Airport. The crash killed 260 people on board and five on the ground. It was Airbus' first accident in the U.S. There is much ...

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