Opening Remarks of Mark V. Rosenker
Vice Chairman
National Transportation Safety Board
Aircraft Accident Report on American Airlines 587
October 26, 2004

Thank you madam chairman. Before I begin my questions this morning, I would like to welcome and offer my sincere condolences to all of the families of the passengers, crew and ground victims of American flight 587. Today’s proceedings culminate a long, thorough, objective investigation of this tragic event. With our adoption of this report, which will include probable cause and a number of recommendations to improve commercial aviation safety, we on this board will begin a new phase of dealing with 587, and that is of an advocacy role - ensuring that the improvements we suggest are implemented as quickly as possible thus preventing this type of accident from ever happening again. I hope today’s Board Meeting answers your questions and brings closure and some comfort during this difficult period of grief.