American Airlines Flight 587

American Airlines Flight 587

Noah
Ok, first, to start off, there was no Airbus model with American Airlines livery, so I used a 767. American Airlines Flight 587 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to Las Américas International Airport in the Dominican Republic. On November 12, 2001 the Airbus A300 operating the route crashed into the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens, a borough of New York City shortly after takeoff. All 260 people on board were killed, along with five people on the ground. The accident has the second highest death toll of any incident involving an Airbus A300, after Iran Air Flight 655. The accident is also the second deadliest aviation accident to occur on U.S. soil, after American Airlines Flight 191. The accident took place two months after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Several factors, such as the date, time, aircraft size, airline, eyewitness accounts, and location in New York, raised concerns that the crash was caused by another terrorist attack. According to Northeast Intelligence Network, Al-Qaeda listed the crash among its successes, and a Canadian militant cooperating with authorities suggested that it had been brought down with a shoe bomb. Nonetheless, terrorism was officially ruled out as the cause by the National Transportation Safety Board, which instead attributed the disaster to the first officer's overuse of rudder controls in response to wake turbulence.
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