In other news...October 30, 1996
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Federal safety agency blames pilot for mishap
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that pilot error was to blame for a runway accident at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport last December.
Two dozen people suffered minor injuries and a flight attendant was seriously hurt when a Tower Air 747 slid off a slick runway after the pilot aborted takeoff during a snowstorm. Two of the jet's engines broke off as it slid along the runway, and the plane's nose gear collapsed.
The NTSB said the pilot turned the plane's nose wheel too far instead of using the tail rudder to keep the plane straight. A report said the pilot made the skid worse by reapplying forward thrust 7 seconds after aborting the takeoff.
The agency also called the airline's flight attendant training and management at the time of the accident "inadequate."
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