- Aviation expert and former National Transportation Safety
Board official Vernon Grose said late Monday that he's increasingly skeptical
that the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 was purely accidental.
- "I am backing away from the ready idea that this
is simply an accident," Grose told Fox News Channel's John Scott.
- The veteran air crash prober said that he questions the
sequence in which the plane broke up over Jamaica Bay before slamming into
a residential area in Rockaway, Queens.
- "Photographs you've already shown tonight [indicate]
the vertical stabilizer of the aircraft with the American Airlines insignia
right on it [fell into] Jamaica Bay long before the engine falls off in
Queens," he told Scott.
- Grose said that if the vertical stabilizer detached from
Fight 587 over Jamaica Bay, which the plane traversed before plummeting
to the ground in Rockaway, it suggested that catastrophic engine failure
alone may not have caused the crash.
- "No, I don't think that's the situation at all,"
he told FNC.
- "The engine that came free, which apparently was
the number 1 left engine, crashed on land. That was well after the vertical
stabilizer was detached from the aircraft, and that tells me that somehow
... the airplane was progressively disintegrating, not just losing an engine
and then diving into the ground."
- "Earlier today I thought it was simply the loss
of an engine that caused this," Grose said. "But I'm not convinced
now. ... I am becoming more skeptical."
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