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Kimberly W. Land
(Phone 757/864-9885, 757/344-8611 mobile)
RELEASE : 05-021
Thursday, April 7
NTSB Official Cites Cause of American Airlines Flight 587 Crash

On Nov. 12, 2001, American Airlines flight 587, an Airbus A300, crashed into a residential area of Belle Harbor, New York, shortly after takeoff from Kennedy International Airport. All 260 people aboard the plane died, as did five on the ground.

The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) immediately launched an investigation and discovered that the vertical stabilizer had broken off in flight. Over the past three years, the NTSB has worked with NASA Langley to understand the aircraft's structural breakup.

John W. DeLisi, Chief of the Aviation Engineering Division, NTSB, will speak on "Investigation into the Crash of American Airlines Flight 587" at a colloquium at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at NASA Langley's H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. DeLisi will give the Board's determination of the probable cause and the evidence, which included the research conducted at NASA Langley.

Media Briefing: A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., NASA Langley Research Center. Video is also available to members of the media who wish to attend. Contact Kimberly W. Land at (757) 864-9885 or 344-8611 (mobile) to arrange for credentials.

DeLisi holds an aerospace engineering degree from the University of Michigan and has done graduate work in engineering management at Washington University, St. Louis. In 1992, DeLisi joined the NTSB as an aircraft systems engineer and investigator.

The 2004 winner of the Managing Director's Award for management excellence, DeLisi has been involved in more than 20 major airline accident investigations and has authored safety recommendation letters that have led to improvements on a number of air carrier planes.


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