AA 587: Monument Promised, Final Report Expected In Spring
Yesterday marked two years since American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300-600, crashed in Belle Harbor, N.Y., killing all 260 people on board and five on the ground. The NTSB released an update this week on its investigation, saying it has tested a bolt like those in the A300-600 tail fin, and the bolt did not fail until it was subjected to a load beyond its design ultimate limit. The board said its final report will not be completed until sometime in the spring of next year. Meanwhile, N.Y. Gov. George Pataki pledged on Sunday to build a "suitable and fitting" memorial to commemorate those who died. An impromptu memorial has grown at the site, but it is on private property, and it is not yet clear where a site will be found for the permanent monument.