American flight 587's engines in Tulsa

Friday, November 23rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

It’s crash sent a second shock wave through a nation still recovering from the attacks of September 11th. Now, part of the investigation into what went wrong on American Airlines flight 587 has moved to Tulsa.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board the two engines from Flight 587 have arrived in Tulsa for inspection and teardown. Investigators will be here at American Airlines to start the job next Wednesday. The engines arrived in Tulsa early Tuesday at the maintenance facility - shipped here by truck, from New York.

Investigators have determined both engines fell from the airplane shortly after takeoff - it crashed just a couple of miles from the airport in a neighborhood. The rudder and tail of the airplane also fell off - and investigators believe severe turbulence could have played a role in the failure of the aircraft. All 265 people on the plane were killed.

Representatives from the government, the airline and GE, the manufacturer will be here when the teardown begins next week. They expect the job will take about ten days.