American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into a Queens, N.Y., neighborhood because the airplane's vertical stabilizer separated in flight as a result of aerodynamic loads that were created by the first officer's excessive rudder pedal inputs after the aircraft encountered wake turbulence, according to a final report adopted by the NTSB Oct. 26. The Safety Board said that contributing to the Nov. 12, 2001, crash were characteristics of the airplane's rudder system design and aspects of the ...


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