- Note - We rate this 'final, official' report of 'pilot
error' as the cause of the JFK, Jr. plane crash right up there with that
outrage called the Warren Comission Report, and at least as disgusting
as the NTSB's claim that TWA 800 crashed because of a 'center fuel tank
spark and explosion.' Nearly all major evidence and circumstance of the
JFK crash point to the opposite conclusion of 'pilot error.' Witnesses
have contradicted that premise from day one, other witnesses have suddenly
stopped talking, and JFK's Flight Instructor has not been seen or heard
from in public since the crash. The radio contact JFK wasn't supposed
to have had, the rushed autopsies and alleged burials at sea, the never-displayed
plane wreckage, and the dozens of other puzzle pieces that don't fit the
NTSB game board, blatantly and obviously point to practically anything
but pilot error. The murder of John Kennedy, Jr., like that of his father
and uncle, and hundreds of other sacrificed souls is yet another grim affirmation
of a world gone mad. For more on the crash and the evidence ignored, enter
'JFK, Jr' in our site search engine. - ed.
- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Investigators
have concluded John F. Kennedy Jr. probably became disoriented and lost
control of his plane last year, resulting in the crash that killed him,
his wife and her sister.
- In its final report issued on Thursday on the July 16,
1999, crash of the Piper Saratoga II aircraft into the sea off Martha's
Vineyard, Massachusetts, the National Transportation Safety Board said
darkness and haze obscuring the horizon were contributing factors.
- Kennedy, son of the assassinated president, was flying
from Essex County Airport in New Jersey to a family wedding in Massachusetts
with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister, Lauren Bessette.
- An examination of the plane's debris revealed no sign
of mechanical or electrical problems, the safety board said.
- Kennedy had an estimated total flying experience of about
310 hours when he crashed but he did not have an instrument rating, the
safety board said.
- Although airports along the coast reported visibilities
of between five and eight miles, pilots flying similar routes on the night
of the crash reported no visual horizon while flying over the water because
- The safety board stated the probable cause as: ``The
pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during a descent over
water at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation. Factors in
the accident were haze and the dark night.''
- The crash sparked a massive search by the Coast Guard
and the U.S. Navy for the plane and the remains of those on board.
- All three were eventually cremated and their ashes scattered
into the Atlantic Ocean from a U.S. Navy destroyer not far from where the
plane went down six days earlier about 7.5 miles southwest of Gay Head
on Martha's Vineyard.
- In the final moments before the crash, radar data showed
Kennedy's plane made a series of turns and changes in altitude suggestive
- Kennedy had completed about 50 percent of a formal instrument
training course in the 100 days before the crash. But the accident report
pointed to Federal Aviation Administration advice that even qualified pilots
can take up to 35 seconds to establish full control by instruments after
losing visual orientation.
Re uters Photo Continued visual flight into adverse weather ``is regularly
near the top of the cause/factor list in annual statistics on fatal aircraft
accidents,'' the report said.
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