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  • hull-12-29-00
    330 just east of JFK proceeding direct to PVD It was about 10 15 PM when an aircraft asked center the following question were there any fireworks going off in the area Center replied in the negative to the best of their best knowledge The aircraft then reported they had something streak up towards them from the left and pass in front of them and through their altitude There was silence on the frequency I asked center the position of the aircraft reporting the event Center replied 20nm south of HTO It was a foreign carrier but judging by the accent of the pilot I would say it was Air India or Pakistan Intl I didn t get a call sign and to my surprise center did not ask any more questions It was a crystal clear night and we could see the Hamptons from our position There were no fireworks taking place anywhere Unless the controller was working both frequencies the aircraft was at least climbing to or in the high sector I did a little bit of checking and found out Air India leaves at 7 30 PM and Pakistan Intl leaves at 9 45 PM from Kennedy It doesn t really matter who it was Fact is someone reported a streak that came from the ground and to the left of them and passed in front and through their altitude It was 10 17 when center replied to me that the aircraft was 20nm south of Hampton Is it merely a coincidence this is close to where TWA 800 blew up or is something else going on I don t believe the aircraft was flying inverted and that was a meteor that streaked by their windshield Again I was amazed at the silence of the controller after the report This event certainly got our attention November 17 1996 WCBS TV WCBS TV reports that last night Pakistani International Airlines flight 712 radioed Logan International Boston that a missile had just flown by their plane the story implied just missing them Boston confirmed two unidentified blips on radar at the same time as the PIA report November 17 1996 Associated Press FBI spokesman Joseph Valiquette said Sunday At this point we don t know what if anything was seen Shah pilot of PIA 712 said they were told by Boston air traffic controllers that there were no military exercises in the area He also said the pilots were interviewed by officials with the U S Embassy in Frankfurt A TWA plane flying immediately behind the Pakistanis jet Saturday made a similar sighting and asked to turn around The TWA plane was rerouted and the air corridor used by the Pakistan Airlines flight was closed For a transcript and audio file of this incident see The Tale of the Tapes December 12 1996 1 SHa baan 1417 A H 2 Tevet 5757 Event in the NY Metropolitan Area A Saudi Arabian Airlines crew reported sighting a bright greenish object streaking by their plane as it approached Kennedy Airport Thursday morning It was approaching Kennedy airport 15 miles south west of East Hampton at about 12 000 feet when the object appeared on radar At least one crew member saw the object from the cockpit window for about two seconds February 7 1997 28 RamaDHaan 1417 A H 30 Shevat 5757 Event in the NY Metropolitan Area Passenger Charlotte see also August 12 1997 item below from JFK to Atlanta on Delta Flight 592 which has a scheduled departure of 6 45 am between 7 15 and 7 30 am seated on the left side of the plane observed a missile rocket It was an early morning flight and after a delay of about half an hour the plane took off It was a very clear morning with excellent visibility Charlotte had taken a window seat on the left side of the plane About 10 minutes into the flight the plane had just finished a rather wide turn and had reached about 8 10 thousand feet It was still climbing but had taken a course heading that took it over the coast Passenger could see the coastline all the way down to her left and the ocean beyond As she looked down she saw a trail of light gray smoke pouring out of a missile that came up from the ground she could see the smoke trail it arched out pouring smoke from the rear wobbling as it went and took a heading parallel to the coastline There were no visible fins or coloration of the fuselage It was about 2 000ft below the left side of the plane moving she believed in an easterly direction following the coastline but inland perhaps a mile or two The plane was she believes heading in a southerly direction directly across the coast and then over the Atlantic At the time she was a bit amazed at what she was seeing and remember saying to herself Thank God it is going in the other direction The missile was land launched missile about 2 or 3 miles inland from the coast of eastern Long Island She did not speak of this to anyone at the time it seemed too unbelievable that TWA Flight 800 had been lost and here was a missile going up in the same general area She finally broke her silence after reading frequent articles and hearing news reports about the authorities leaning toward mechanical failure in spite of the many reports of missile sightings She called Delta Airlines on 4 16 97 in Atlanta and spoke to Warren Garland Mgr of Consumer Affairs Her presence on the flight was confirmed and great interest was shown in what she had to relate She also called TWA on 4 17 97 and again much interest was expressed She then called the Airline Pilots Association AOP in Virginia and again there were many questions and much interest She finally called the FBI in Melville on the same day or within a day or two The person who handled the call showed no interest compared to the others almost no questions a whole different reaction On 5 12 97 she called a Newsday reporter after seeing a TV interview of one of the Newsday reporters who said almost everyone believed the TWA crash was due to mechanical failure She spoke to a woman reporter who was very interested and called her back with more questions Witness also flew to San Diego via Los Angeles on July l0 1997 She got into a conversation with passenger seated next to her a radar expert from Long Island who travels around the world setting up and checking on radar installations They talked about TWA800 and he related that he had a close relative at the beach that evening She and some thirty other people she was with saw a streak from the water go up and the plane exploded March 17 1997 19 15 EST 8 Thw al Qi dah 1417 A H 8 Adar II 5757 Event in the NY Metropolitan Area Northwest Airlines D93 Flight 775 Newark to Minneapolis and Flight 361 A320 Laguardia to Minneapolis report missile both departing at 6 55 PM about 15 Minutes into flight Plus Delta and US Airways flights A Reuter report of April 10 1997 indicated that Northwest Airlines pilots reported that they saw what appeared to be a missile or a rocket over the New York area the evening of March 17 the Saint Paul Pioneer Press reported Thursday In a copyrighted story the Pioneer Press reported that investigators are piecing together tapes of air traffic control radar recorded the night of the sightings Two other flight crews from Delta Airlines and US Airways have filed similar reports the newspaper said The possibility that missiles are flying in commercial airspace is particularly significant in the aftermath of last summer s crash of TWA flight 800 minutes after takeoff from JFK International Airport in New York the Pioneer Press said The pilots of a Northwest Airlines DC 9 reported a possible missile sighting about 15 minutes into their flight from Newark International Airport in New Jersey in March according to the Newspaper A second Northwest flight crew in an aircraft that left from La Guardia Airport in New York reported a similar sighting For a transcript and audio file of this incident see The Tale of the Tapes March April 1997 Event in the NY Metropolitan Area Personal communication from a BA Flight Officer but not confirmed by an independent source A BA Concorde from JFK passing FL 270 on the climb before Nantucket Island had a near miss with a missile The plane was still subsonic and the missile was within 1 2 mile The British Government may have complained to the U S Department of Defense May 23 1997 1 20am 16 MuHarram 1418 A H 16 Iyyar 5757 Event in the NY Metropolitan Area Witness states We were driving south on Route 67 in Oxford heading home It was about 1 20am and my first thought was that a plane was coming into Oxford Airport but they usually don t have planes coming in at that time of night I may be mistaken but I believe Oxford Airport does not stay open 24 hours a day But even before I finished formulating the thought that it was a plane coming into Oxford Airport I then thought Gee it s coming in at a strange angle looks like it might crash and almost immediately it dawned on me we were too far south on 67 not too far from the Seymour town line for the light to be a plane going to Oxford Airport it was around the area of the Hawthorne Inn and Oxford Plaza heading south towards Seymour southbound on Route 67 which goes basically NW to SE so we were basically facing approx SE What we saw was a bright green light just slightly paler than a traffic light going at high speed coming from a generally NNW direction heading generally ESE basically coming generally from the direction of Danbury Poughkeepsie and heading generally to some point east of New Haven IF it had made it that far That s what REALLY drew our attention to this thing there was this strange bank of clouds not very wide but spanning almost the entire sky from NNE to SSW there was a full moon that night and periodically when the clouds would drift that way you could see the moon thru them so they weren t particularly thick they were approximately 50 or so degrees above the horizon This strange green light streaks at a high speed coming from behind us and to our right passes in front of our line of vision enters this strangely shaped bank of clouds AND DISAPPEARED At the speed it was going it should have emerged within a second or two from the other side but it blinked out like someone turning off a light switch It was this phenomenon that really made us notice this thing until that point neither of us had commented on it but when that happened we turned to each other and said Did you see that and were very glad that the other HAD else we d wonder if we were seeing things Weather clear except for a weird band of clouds in front of us spanning the sky approx 50 degrees up from the horizon maybe 10 or so degrees wide the rest of the sky displayed stars and the moon just west of apogee in front of us and somewhat to our right We ended up explaining it away as a meteor but it seems strange that the meteor could burn itself out at the exact time it entered that cloud bank For the first few seconds I thought really not consciously thinking that it was the headlight of an aircraft coming towards us but I immediately realized that was wrong because the light was green and heading away from us The light was not blinking it actually looked like a blowtorch a bright point of green light with a paler triangular vaporous tail behind it it was pretty bright but not brighter than the moon which was pretty full that night No sound was heard but we had the windows of the car up I didn t see any launch i e we didn t see anything rise up from the horizon what we saw was streaking in basically a horizontal path slightly downwards approx 70 or so degrees above the horizon if it WAS a missile it either came from an airborne vehicle or was shot from the ground well behind us to the north and west and had reached apogee and was just starting to descend trajectory would have put a launch beyond Danbury somewhere in the Hudson Valley perhaps even west of the Hudson I d guess Poughkeepsie or its environs If the thing hadn t burnt out it would have continued south and east probably crossing the coastline somewhere around East Haven or Branford and definitely would have gone over the eastern end of Long Island crashing somewhere well out into the Atlantic I wonder if it would be worth anything to check the air traffic that night out of JFK Laguardia Newark check even Tweed New Haven to see if any airliner could have been on a flight path at that time which may have put it on a possible collision course which may explain the sudden burn out perhaps a decision was made to scrap the missile if indeed that is what it was rather than risk another TWA800 August 9 1997 5 Raby al THaany 1418 A H 6 Av 5757 Event in the NY Metropolitan Area Washington September 26 Reuter A Swissair passenger jet flying over New York had a close encounter last month with a weather balloon the Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday The crew aboard the Swissair 747 flight 127 traveling from Philadelphia to Boston said the encounter occurred on Aug 9 at 5 10 p m local time over Deer Park Long Island New York The crew could not identify the object which the airplane passed at an elevation of 23 000 feet 7 000 metres The airplane was traveling about 500 mph 800 kph at the time A United Airlines flight passing through the same area a short time later identified the object as a large balloon the FAA said An FAA investigation of the incident concluded that it was indeed a weather balloon FAA spokesman Jim Peters said He said the National Weather Service balloon had been cleared in advance to be in that area Swissair spokesman Ulrich Wohn said the pilot followed standard procedure by reporting the close encounter He said the flight landed on time in Boston and continued on to Zurich without incident At no time were any of the passengers at risk said Wohn They didn t even see it September 26 1997 11 42 10 PDT Drudge Report An unidentified object narrowly missed a Swissair Boeing 747 while the aircraft was at 23 000 feet passing in air space between Philadelphia and New York on Aug 9 Swiss radio reported this morning Major newswires are taking the story and moving it The pilot described the object which passed within 50 yards of the aircraft as white elongated and without wings and strongly rejected U S explanations that the object was a weather balloon the radio report said The object was moving at very high speeds Swissair spokesman Erwin Schaerer tells the NTSB The plane was Zurich bound from Philadelphia AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE is reporting that there may be passenger witnesses to the incident September 27 1997 Neue Zuricher Zeitung Swissair has revealed that an unidentified flying object almost collided with one of its planes over the United States last month The captain and his co pilot said an oblong and wingless object shot past at great speed only fifty metres away from their Boeing Seven Four Seven The American air traffic authorities said it was probably a weather balloon September 27 1997 Electronic Telegraph Issue 856 An unidentified object narrowly missed a Swissair jumbo jet with 64 passengers aboard at 23 000 feet near New York a company spokesman said yesterday The object was described by the 747 captain as elongated white and without wings but the co pilot recalled it as being more spherical American aviation authorities dismissed speculation that the object was a missile and said it was a weather balloon Swiss Radio reported the captain as saying he did not find that explanation credible although neither he nor his co pilot thought it was a missile The near miss occurred on Aug 9 close to the spot where a TWA airliner exploded in July last year with the loss of 230 lives Swissair flight 127 was travelling from Philadelphia to Zurich via Boston March 5 1999 www cbcnews com Ottawa CP A Swissair pilot reported his 747 jet was nearly hit by an unidentified flying object possibly a missile near the area off New York where a TWA airplane crashed in 1996 The Canadian Press has learned Swissair Flight 127 was cruising at 23 000 feet on Aug 9 1997 when the pilot interrupted an address to passengers to report the near miss by a round white object says a report by the U S National Transportation Safety Board Sir I don t know what it was but it just flew like a couple of hundred feet above us he radioed Boston air traffic control I don t know if it was a rocket or whatever but incredibly fast opposite direction In the opposite direction asked the controller Yes sir and the time was 2107 Greenwich mean time It was too fast to be an airplane The

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  • irvine-12-30-00
    was months before the CIA became involved in the case Wire says that he told them essentially the same thing both times that he had seen what appeared to be a firework rising from the far side of a house near the ocean ascending high in the sky and then arching over and speeding out to sea Seconds later he saw a fireball fall from the sky and very soon after that he heard and felt four strong explosions Dwight Brumley a former Navy master chief was also described as an excellent witness by the CIA Brumley was flying north on USAIR Flight 217 when he saw what appeared to be a missile speed past his plane at a lower altitude He then saw an explosion ahead of his plane at the lower altitude He said he did not see TWA 800 but he told the FBI that the passenger in the seat behind him a Mr Nugent told him he saw its cabin lights before it was blown up Brumley saw a missile overtaking his plane traveling north Nugent saw TWA 800 in front of their plane traveling northeast They both saw TWA 800 explode Brumley and Wire alone should be enough to discredit the phony theory on which the CIA built its video simulation of the crash but there are many more eyewitness reports that do the same It appears that the White House ordered the CIA to come up with something that would discredit the eyewitnesses because it could not accept the missile theory which was the only explanation for the crash that was supported by both the forensic evidence and the witnesses Admiral Thomas H Moorer former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former Navy aviator is one of many aviation professionals who has looked at the evidence and concluded that it clearly shows that TWA 800 was downed by missiles He has called for a congressional investigation That should not be necessary If the Bush administration puts individuals dedicated to the truth in charge of the Justice Department the FBI the CIA the Defense Department and the National Transportation Safety Board it should have no difficulty in finding evidence in the files that will expose the cover up of the cause of theTWA Flight 800 crash Those appointed to head those departments agencies and bureaus should be individuals who can be trusted to do just that The absurd CIA video was a major part of the cover up and the head of the CIA should investigate it release a report disavowing it and get rid of those responsible for producing it George Tenet will obviously not do that Please allow me to cite two other cases in which the CIA is covering up wrongdoing by refusing to honor FOIA requests for documents that clearly should be available to the public My organization Accuracy in Media is suing the CIA to obtain the report of a debriefing that they conducted on the morning

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  • reuters-12-30-00
    aboard shortly after taking off from New York The NTSB issued a report on the accident in August but was unable to conclude what caused the crash Its 1 665 page assessment appeared to dismiss Egyptian theories that technical problems may have been behind the disaster U S investigators have left little doubt that they are working on a theory that relief co pilot Gamil al Batouti deliberately crashed the plane a theory Egyptian officials refuse to accept Egypt s pilots federation has threatened to file a lawsuit against U S President Bill Clinton if U S investigators fail to consider all possible other causes of the accident such as missile impact or technical failure The federation has said it wants U S authorities to release radar images and to question an air traffic controller on duty at the time of the crash as well as two pilots from Germany and Jordan said to have seen missiles while flying in the area at the time of the crash On Saturday armed forces vehicles transported the remains of 20 officers who were aboard Flight 990 and took them for burial at a cemetery reserved for members of the military EgyptAir organized

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  • SUBJECT : TAPE TRANSCRIPT - TWA 800 INCIDENT
    TEN MILES OUT SAY AGAIN N776 SKYHAWK 776 WE JUST SAW SOMETHING BURNING IN THE OCEAN HERE ABOUT EXACTLY ELEVEN MILES OUT SOUTH OF THE AIRFIELD UM AT 037 DEGREES FROM WESTHAMPTON BEACH AIRPORT 01 03 02 N776 32 min TOWER 776 IN SIGHT CHECK WHEELS DOWN RUNWAY 24 CLEARED TO LAND NUMBER ONE WIND CALM N776 776 CLEARED TO LAND RUNWAY 24 01 05 45 N776 776 I DON

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  • ap-1-5-01
    short term while the incoming national security team assesses America s foreign policy needs and the CIA s role Tenet would not be auditioning for a long term appointment but rather would be a placeholder said the official speaking on condition of anonymity The situation appeared to be in motion Thursday A Tenet friend said Bush had not contacted the CIA director but a senior Republican said the call was imminent to gauge his interest in staying aboard The friend said Tenet was interested early on in continuing in the job but has lost interest given that so much time has passed without a job offer And yet a CIA official said Thursday Tenet was open to the notion The official and the friend spoke on condition of anonymity Republican Rep Porter Goss a former CIA agent and current chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee said he advised Bush to take his time finding a new director for the spy agency He said the Clinton administration lacked national security focus which stopped the CIA from defining its capability and Tenet would be good in covering until that focus is found Tenet provides some very good continuity has done some very good things in the intelligence community said Goss himself a prospect for the CIA job At the FBI Freeh who clashed frequently with Clinton has two years remaining on a 10 year term and was asked to remain on the job under Bush We don t expect people to leave until their terms expire spokesman Ari Fleischer said He s staying Freeh already had sent FBI employees a pre Christmas message that made his intentions clear As I have said before I was appointed to a 10 year term and have no plans at this time to leave the

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  • reuters-1-8-01
    States The airline has seen tragedy too from the TWA Super Constellation that collided with a United Airlines DC 8 over New York City in 1960 killing 134 people to the ill fated Flight 800 jumbo that exploded and crashed in the Atlantic off Long Island with the loss of 230 people in 1996 And for many the photograph of a pilot with a hijacker s gun at his head in the cockpit of a TWA airliner at Beirut International Airport in 1985 is still a searing image of terrorism In its three quarter century history has seen its share of ups and downs though it hit turbulence in recent years The airline went into a financial tailspin with airline deregulation in the 1980s Corporate raider Carl Icahn acquired control of TWA in 1985 and three years later stockholders approved Icahn s proposal to take the company private The privatization took 610 3 million out of TWA and added to its debt TWA has not made a profit for 12 years has twice filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and has 100 million in debt that starts to come due next week On Monday executives of AMR Corp the parent company of American Airlines were locked in negotiations with advisers on a possible deal to acquire TWA It s all a far cry from the early days of aviation when a small company called Western Air Express was incorporated in July 1925 and two years later Transcontinental Air Transport started a coast to coast air and rail service on a route laid out by legendary flyer Charles Lindbergh On Oct 1 1930 TWA was born when the two companies merged to form Transcontinental and Western Air Inc although it wasn t until 1950 that TWA s corporate name was officially

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  • apa-1-8-01
    on a wet lease basis with our pilots flying around 10 or 11 DC Air planes American would compete with United on five routes from US Airways hubs where United and US Airways now compete The routes include Charlotte Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Three of the routes are from Philadelphia to San Jose Denver and Los Angeles Another is from Charlotte to Chicago O Hare and the fifth is from Pittsburgh to Reagan National In exchange American would acquire at least five slots at LaGuardia four at Boston Logan three at Reagan National and one each at Newark Philadelphia and Atlanta The deal includes American buying 86 aircraft including Fokker 100s MD 80s and 757s American would also absorb up to 500 US Airways pilots United and American would jointly operate the East Coast Shuttle The two carriers would alternate hourly with each flying under its own livery The airlines would not share revenue By dividing US Airways assets between American and United the deal is more likely to win federal antitrust approval The other significant development is a possible acquisition of TWA which is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy sometime during the next several days American would then step in to provide financing ultimately taking control of all of TWA s assets including its employees If both deals go forward American would have about 25 percent of the U S market compared with around 26 percent for the newly expanded United Airlines According to Mr Arpey the US Airways United American deal could conclude as early as today but would not become final until approved by the Department of Justice Meanwhile discussions are ongoing with TWA management After talking with Mr Arpey yesterday evening I held a conference call last night with the APA Board of Directors Vice

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  • state-1-6-01
    and private American citizens worldwide As always we take this information seriously As a result U S Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert In addition U S Government facilities have and will continue to temporarily close or suspend public services as necessary to review their security posture and ensure its adequacy In light of the above U S citizens are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness to reduce their vulnerability Americans should maintain a low profile vary routes and times for all required travel and treat mail and packages from unfamiliar sources with suspicion In addition American citizens are also urged to avoid contact with any suspicious unfamiliar objects and to report their presence to local authorities Vehicles should not be left unattended if at all possible and should be kept locked at all times U S Government personnel overseas have been advised to take the same precautions U S citizens planning to travel abroad should consult the Department of State s Public Announcements Travel Warnings Consular Information Sheets and regional travel brochures all of which are available at the Consular Affairs Internet web

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