9 KCAL News in Los Angeles interviewed airline disaster attorney Paul Hedlund about the NTSB's (National Transportation Safety Board) investigation into the possibility of wake turbulence causing this airline crash, just two months after September 11, 2001.
Mr. Hedlund describes wake turbulence as, "round swirls of air that come off the ends of the wings". It occurs when planes take off from the same runway in a short period of time. Reports say that AA Flight 587 took off just under two minutes after another jumbo jet, which is against FAA regulations. All 260 people aboard the Airbus A300 were killed along with five other people on the ground. The airline disaster law firm of Baum Hedlund represented seven victims from this accident.