Flight 1420, an American Airlines MD-82, leaves Dallas-Fort Worth for Little Rock two hours late due to thunderstorms.

To keep the airline schedules on track, the American Airlines dispatcher tells the crew to “expedite their arrival” to beat the storms to the Little Rock airfield. As 1420 begins its descent, severe thunderstorms close in on the airfield, bringing with them dangerously unstable winds.

Who or what was initially blamed for this disaster?


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