For Release: April 22, 2002
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RELEASE NO. 02-028
NTSB CHAIR TO VISIT NASA LANGLEY
First media access to flight 587 tail investigation area
NTSB chairman Marion Blakey will visit NASAs Langley
Research Center in Hampton, Va., May 3, to participate in a press
briefing and allow access to the restricted area where the tail of
American Airlines Flight 587 is being examined. This is the
first time the media will be allowed to see the tail since its
shipment to NASAs Hampton facility last December.
The press conference will begin at 10:30 a.m., in NASA
Langleys Reid Conference Center, during which Chairman Blakey
will summarize the tail investigation to date. She will be joined
by Dr. Mark Shuart, Director for Structures and Materials at NASA
Langley who will give an overview of Langleys composite
research. Following the press conference, the news media will be
admitted (in shifts) to the examination area for photography.
Please note: Due to space limitations, no interviews will be
conducted in the examination area.
Members of the media will be allowed access (in shifts) to the
tail assembly in the restricted examination area immediately
following the 10:30 a.m. press conference at NASA Langley Research
Centers Reid Conference Center. To arrange for credentials
and access, interested parties should contact Bill Uher in NASA
Langleys Office of Public Affairs at (757) 864-3189.
American Airlines Flight 587 crashed, Nov. 12, 2001, seconds
after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New
York, killing all 260 persons aboard and five on the ground. The
tail assembly was sent to Langley Research Center for evaluation.
Langley Research Center is NASAs Center of Excellence for
structures and materials.
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