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Case Study American Air Flight 191

The probable cause to the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 is the asymmetrical stall and the ensuing roll of the aircraft due to the un-commanded retraction of the left wing outboard leading edge slats and the loss of stall warning and slat disagreement indication systems, resulting from maintenance-induced damage leading to the separation of the number one engine and pylon assembly at a critical point during take-off. Contributing to the cause of the accident were the vulnerability of the design of the pylon attach points to maintenance damage; the vulnerability of the design of the leading edge slat system to the damage which produced asymmetry; deficiencies in FAA surveillance and reporting systems which failed to detect and prevent the…