NASA Langley has sent two large fin panels from the crashed American Airlines Airbus A300-600R for investigation at the Ford car company in Michigan. The section is the lug-to-skin load transition area; Ford has non-destructive scanning equipment to image any ply separation, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The scanning is due to continue for "another week or two". Undamaged tail parts have been removed for testing. There is to be a public hearing in October on the accident, which occurred on 12 November last year in Belle Harbor near New York.

Source: Flight International