U.S.Read has released Part 6 of our preliminary report: "Eyewitness
For us who have closely followed all the aspects of the
AA 587 Investigation, it began with the eyewitness statements and has
come full circle back to them. In this release we include 27 eyewitness
accounts -- so you can hear from the very people who were there that
Throughout, we have remained objective. We have remained open to the
possibility that tail separation was indeed the cause of the crash and
that perhaps there was a flaw with the rudder system or the tail.
Throughout this process what we found was that there was not a single
piece of evidence which *strongly* supported the conclusion that the
tail departure was the cause of the crash. On the other hand, *all* the
evidence suggests that:
(a) the tail was just a consequence of a crash sequence that was already
(b) the the tail departed several seconds after the NTSB has concluded
it did -- *after* the crew had lost control of the aircraft.
(c) the witness statements, far from being in conflict with the
evidence, offer a consistent and disturbing glimpse into the events of
that awful day and the failures of the NTSB investigation.
We have been astounded at the complete absence of a discussion, from not
just the NTSB, but even the parties to the investigation, of all the
evidence we have offered to you: radar data, debris field, tollbooth
video, DFDR, CVR, witnesses, etc. It's amazing how rudder/tail centric
this investigation has been from the beginning.
Many of you have asked us ... "what's next?" .... "what can we do?"
We must move on and away from AA 57 ญญ although we will *never* forget.
As the families are slowly moving on from the terrible grief of losing
their loved ones ญญ we too will move on. U.S.Read will not make AA 587
some life long crusade. We will not be filing FOIA (Freedom of
Information Act) requests till the cows come home. It is my hope that
soon after the Final Report (it may take several weeks for the NTSB to
make the full docket available) ... we will release our final AA 587
article. We hope we have provided a service for those who care about AA
We will attempt to release one or two more parts of our preliminary
report before the NTSB's final report ญญ to cover the CVR and DFDR
issues. But given the proximity to the final report by the NTSB ... we
may wait till the NTSB closes the AA 587 docket.
Victor Trombettas and Brett Hoffstadt
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Robert E. Donaldson. All