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  • pr-5-15-01
    read format for use by the media and the general public as well as by airline industry professionals Interview with John Clark Air Safety Online Editor Dan Rupp sat down with John Clark the director of air safety at the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington DC Mr Rupp and Mr Clark discussed trends in aviation safety in the United States past and present and their possible implications for future air travel Fuel Tank Dangers In Fuel Tank Dangers Air Safety Online took an in depth look into the causes of the all too common explosions in the center fuel tanks of Boeing made airliners Examples used in the report include the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 and the fatal March 2001 explosion of a Thai Airways Boeing 737 Search for Answers Air Safety Online Editor Dan Rupp went undercover in Search for Answers to determine exactly how much critical safety information a major U S airline will provide to a passenger prior to the purchase of a ticket The Unhealthy Skies Renowned Aviation Health Institute Director Farrol Kahn discusses the causes of DVT the so called economy class syndrome that has possibly taken hundreds of lives Methods of prevention are also presented in an easy to follow guide exclusive to Air Safety Online This report Air Safety in America is truly groundbreaking Never before has there existed a single web site where air travelers can look up the safety record of a particular airline free of charge said Air Safety Online Editor Dan Rupp The Air Safety in America Special Report can be found only on Air Safety Online at http www airsafetyonline com Air Safety Online also today released crashDATABASE com the Internet s first fully searchable aviation accident database At crashDATABASE com users can locate accident

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  • faa-5-7-01
    Rulemaking Advisory Committee ARAC continues to evaluate fuel tank inerting and is expected to make recommendations to the agency in July The SFAR portion of the rule affects 6 971 transport airplanes with 30 or more seats manufactured by Airbus Aerospatiale ATR Boeing British Aerospace Bombardier De Havilland Dornier Embraer Fokker Lockheed Saab and Shorts The SFAR amends current FAA rules for both existing and new model airplanes For existing airplanes Manufacturers must conduct a one time design review of the fuel tank system for each transport airplane model in the current fleet to ensure that failures could not create ignition sources within the fuel tank Manufacturers must then design specific programs for the maintenance and inspection of the tanks to ensure the continued safety of fuel tank systems Operational changes for existing airplanes Based on the information provided by the manufacturer under the SFAR operators must then develop and implement a FAA approved fuel tank maintenance and inspection program for their airplanes For new airplane types Manufacturers must further minimize the existence of ignition sources in fuel tanks Future transport category airplanes will be designed to better address potential failures in the fuel tank system that could result in an ignition source Manufacturers must develop maintenance and inspection programs to ensure fuel tank safety Some airplane types are designed with heat sources adjacent to the fuel tank which can heat the fuel and increase the formation of flammable vapors in the tank The rule requires manufacturers to reduce the time fuel tanks operate with flammable vapors in the tank by designing fuel tank systems with a means to minimize the development of flammable vapors in the fuel tank or a means to prevent catastrophic damage in the unlikely event ignition occurs Manufacturers have 18 months from June 6 the

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  • pr-5-22-01
    the aircraft sat at the gate an event Boeing and FAA officials argued was impossible just like TWA 800 all the FAA has ordered is that each manufacturer of aircraft with more than thirty seats revalidate their fuel system certification analysis The FAA assumed that if it did nothing there would be about five more fuel tank explosions in seventeen years This calculation was made before the most recent that killed a flight attendant The FAA went on to reason that if airlines keep the center fuel tanks fueled somewhat and pilots don t run fuel pumps in a dry tank about 4 3 of these accidents can be avoided leaving only 8 that are likely to occur What that means is that if you are a passenger in a 350 seat airliner whose center fuel tank explodes as you fall to earth still alive in the fiery debris you can rest assured that no other planeload of people as unfortunate as you will statistically speaking die the same way in the remaining portion of the seventeen years Comforting huh What is most remarkable about this abdication of responsibility is that statistical analysis of the risk was done by none other than the guys who certificated the airplanes fuel systems as safe and who claimed that an explosion from such causes was impossible The SFAR was in fact written with the help of none other than the plane makers and airlines who do not want to have to make a retrofit or design fuel inerting into new aircraft In short the foxes that guard the henhouse are responsible for the new rule Equally frightening is that in 1972 a test program funded by us taxpayers demonstrated that in a DC 9 aircraft fitted with a nitrogen inerting system fuel system

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  • cbs-6-12-01
    charged and sources say the indictment will be made public reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart And although it will contain numerous references to Iran and its radical Revolutionary Guard it will not name any Iranian official as either an indicted or unindicted co conspirator to the attack Such a finding appears to directly contradict previous conclusions reached by the FBI s own investigation of the attack and comes at a time when the U S is eager to improve relations with oil rich Iran following the re election there last week of President Muhammed Khatami a political moderate Despite statements by suspects in Saudi Arabia that they were recruited and trained by Iran plus substantial physical evidence sources say prosecutors have backed away from accusing anyone in Tehran for planning the attack and the reason is not clear Law enforcement sources hint at State Department and White House second guessing Others suggest the FBI s case was never strong enough Meanwhile family members remain frustrated Every country here is dancing No one wants to really find out who exactly was to blame for this bombing said Catherine Adams mother of a slain service member This would appear to be

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  • pr-6-23-01
    running an extraordinary 1 hour interview about TWA 800 with Jack Cashill producer of SILENCED FLIGHT 800 THE SUBVERSION OF JUSTICE and author of the 5 part World Net Daily Series about 800 Dave Forman Reality TV Producer and host of ON SCENE EMERGENCY RESPONSE conducts the powerful interview Forman has researched TWA 800 since it went down off of Long Island WORLDWIDETALK NET a network of 4mnbroadcasting com is

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  • wnd-6-25-01
    what I saw that night Based on the time line as I understand it the flare that I reported seeing off the right side of and below USAir 217 COULD NOT I repeat COULD NOT have been TWA 800 in crippled flight just before and after it exploded There are two reasons why First TWA 800 would have been moving in my field of view from left to right not from right to left as I clearly observed and Second my understanding of the basic laws of aerodynamics leads me to conclude there is no way that TWA 800 with the nose section gone could have possibly climbed 3000 4000 feet as the CIA video portrays Not all responses to the project however Have been supportive In the May issue of Kansas City business magazine Ingram s and comparably in a five part WorldNetDaily series I wrote of Peter Goelz the then managing director of the National Transportation Safety Instructive in Goelz s technique was his handling of Kelly O Meara a reporter for The Washington Times Insight Magazine Some time after the crash O Meara interviewed Goelz about some radar data newly released by the NTSB itself As soon as O Meara left his office Goelz called Howard Kurtz of the rival Washington Post to plant a story Kurtz would quote Goelz as saying She really believes that the United States Navy shot this thing down and there was a fleet of warships As O Meara s audiotape revealed It was the mocking and evasive Goelz who raised the issue of missiles not O Meara Wrote Insight editor Paul Roderiquez In my experience as a veteran newsman journalists would never roll over and allow government bureaucrats to use them to slime their colleagues Yet that precisely is what recently happened Peter Goelz was quick to respond In a letter dated June 5 he wrote Your story like O Meara s is a melange of half truths outright falsehoods and sheer stupidity The sad thing about your piece and Ms O Meara s is the hurt that they can cause to the 100 s of Navy personnel who worked 24 hour shifts to recover all 230 victims and for the family members of flight 800 who may read your groundless charges In the end there were no missiles no bombs no mystery fleet no fleeing ships no terrorists no U S Navy involvement It was just a tired old 747 with an empty explosive center wing tank For all those involved it was a tragedy of incalculable pain For pundits like you a topic for sport and financial gain Shame on you Shame on Ingram s When Goelz saw the WorldNetDaily series he responded once more this time by email under the subject heading GARBAGE Just finished you sic five part WND series it s really garbage and to think you re trying to make a buck off it as well I fear it s a new low By the

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  • nyt-6-23-01
    on on state sponsored terrorism United States officials have said they have evidence of Iranian involvement and at a news conference announcing the indictment Attorney General John Ashcroft charged that Iranian officials inspired supported and supervised members of Saudi Hezbollah in the attack But prosecutors stopped short of bringing charges against any individual Iranian officials Why haven t we been more forward leaning on Iran asked one former United States official familiar with the long debate in the government over the Khobar Towers case The intelligence on Iran is pretty strong and they could have named names of Iranian officials The Clinton administration was widely criticized for its failure to pursue evidence that Iran was behind the bombing but now the Bush administration has shown that same reluctance Prosecutors did not cite Iranian officials by name despite what some officials said was the hope of Louis J Freeh the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Iranian officials would be charged Mr Freeh who had taken a personal interest in the case said on Thursday that it would remain open and Mr Ashcroft made it clear that the United States would be willing to pursue charges against Iranian officials if more evidence emerged The United States has often been willing to punish lesser nations when they step over the line into support for terrorist acts often with less evidence of their involvement in specific acts than was the case with the Khobar Towers bombing The United States bombed Libya in 1986 after it linked it to the bombing of a Berlin nightclub that killed American soldiers The Clinton administration launched missile strikes against Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998 after the embassy bombings in East Africa Yet several administrations have hesitated to retaliate against Iran By 1999 the evidence linking

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  • ap-7-13-01
    job as senior vice chairman for administration in early September His salary was not disclosed Freeh was unavailable for comment MBNA said Wilmington based MBNA began courting Freeh shortly after he announced May 1 that he was retiring after eight years as FBI director and would not finish his 10 year term Several of us at MBNA have known Mr Freeh for many years and admired his leadership and people development skills MBNA president Charles Cawley said When he announced his retirement from the FBI we immediately talked with him about joining MBNA Freeh s tenure at the FBI was marked by conflict over Clinton era fund raising allegations the arrest of longtime agent Robert Hanssen news web sites on charges of spying for Russia and accusations of agents withholding documents in the Oklahoma City bombing case The FBI and MBNA the largest independent credit card lender in the world are no strangers MBNA vice chairman Jules Bonavolonta worked for the FBI for more than 25 years heading its organized crime and narcotics units before joining MBNA about six years ago He introduced many of us to Mr Freeh MBNA spokesman David Spartin said We think he ll make a

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