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The incident under investigation occurred Tuesday as American Airlines flight 48, originating in Dallas, approached Charles de Gaulle International Airport. As the plane was descending through 6,000 feet, the flight crew told investigators, the plane's elevators did not respond as expected when they moved the control column.
originally posted by: thebozeian
a reply to: Zaphod58
Yes I remember that AD, pretty sure I had to do the inspection on at least one aircraft before we retired them all later that year. Its possible they hadn't done it and well, you know what that could mean.
Accounts from witnesses included those who described hearing "the surging of the engines" and others thought they were hearing lightning, but that appears to have been the plane, Hawthorne said.
"But there's no doubt he was having some kind of problem with the airplane, according to the eyewitnesses, and then it turned and went into a nosedive," the sheriff said.