Was pilot misled into error that caused New York crash?
By David L. Chandler ON 12 November 2001, the tail fin and rudder of American Airlines flight 587 broke off shortly after the plane had taken off from John F. Kennedy airport in New York. The Airbus A300-600 plunged to earth, killing all 260 people on board plus five on the ground. Three years after the crash, investigators from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said last week that the tail failed because the pilot – the first officer – had used the controls with unnecessary force. But the investigators’ detailed findings,