American 587's engines coming to Tulsa for inspection

Wednesday, November 14th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa airline mechanics will play a major roll in solving the mystery of what caused American Airlines flight #587 to crash.

The American Airlines facility in Tulsa is responsible for all major maintenance on American's A300 Airbus jets. So it comes as no surprise that the engines will come here for major inspection. Investigators have moved one of the engines from the neighborhood where the plane struck on Monday. One of the engines from the plane fell close to a Texaco gas station. The other engine fell into the back of a house.

George Black, Jr, with the National Transportation Safety Board says both engines will be thoroughly inspected at the American maintenance facility in Tulsa. "We'll be moving the engine to a hanger for a more detailed inspection. We'll remove the pylons. The pylons will go to the Bennett Field site. The engines will go to Tulsa for a full tear down."

At this point, the NTSB says it has found no sign of birds flying into the engine or fan failure from inside the engine.