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Investigators probing the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in the Rockaways in November 2001 reportedly found signs of damage to the tail fin of a similar plane, prompting regulators to weigh further inspections of the Airbus A300 fleet. The National Transportation Safety Board said an inspection last week of an Airbus A300-600 at American's maintenance base in Tulsa, Okla., revealed signs that internal layers of the carbon-composite tail fin had begun to separate at the point where it connects to the fuselage. Additional tests using ultrasound will be performed to confirm what was found -- potential flaws that were not present when the plane was manufactured, board officials said. The tail fin on the tested plane has been taken out of service.  **** PICTURED HERE: American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into a residential area in Rockaway, Belle Harbor 3 minutes after taking off from JFK International Airport. New York, USA. November 12, 2001. © 2001 by Alecsey Boldeskul/NY Photo Press.   ..*PAY-PER-USE*      ....NY Photo Press:  ..phone (646) 267-6913;   ..e-mail: info@nyphotopress.com
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