Date: November 12, 2001
Location: Belle Harbor, Queens, New York
Aircraft: Airbus A-300-605R
Reg: N14053
Airline: American Airlines
Flight No: 587
Fatalities: 260 : 260 +5

Three minutes after taking off and while in a climbing left turn, at 2,800 ft., parts of the plane, including the vertical stabilizer and rudder, fell from the aircraft. The crew soon lost control of the plane which nose dived and crashed into a residential neighborhood. After flying into the wake turbulence of two aircraft about two minutes into the flight, investigators believe a series of quick rudder swings by the copilot whipped the tail so severely that the fin broke off