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    because of his sexual misconduct he would be banned on transatlantic flights to the United States according to Taha The U S flights carry prestige and additional pay because of their length Outwardly Batouty still seemed an easygoing family man Taha said But Taha and other colleagues interviewed by investigators said that under a veneer of normality lurked a life of quiet desperation Seeking Asylum Taha who was interviewed in London where he sought asylum because he feared retribution from Egyptian authorities for speaking to U S officials after the crash made sweeping accusations of widespread immorality and corruption among those who run EgyptAir which is owned by the Egyptian government Egyptian aviation officials dismiss him as an antigovernment Muslim fanatic U S officials apparently reluctant to say anything on the record that might rupture relations with the Mubarak government said they would not comment publicly However transcripts of FBI interviews show that many of the questions agents asked Egyptian officials were based on what Taha had told them During nine hours of interviews with The Times Taha provided detailed accounts from inside EgyptAir during the early weeks of the Flight 990 investigation He said he knew Batouty well Taha and investigative transcripts gave this account of the hours before the plane s departure from John F Kennedy International Airport in New York As Batouty rode to the airport in a van shortly before midnight Oct 30 he was accompanied by a number of other EgyptAir personnel including Rushdy a man described by Taha as the personification of Batouty s problems Because of its length Flight 990 carried two full crews Capt Ahmed El Habashi 57 and First Officer Adel Anwar 38 were scheduled to handle the takeoff the first five hours of the flight and the landing in Cairo Capt Nour El Din Sayed 52 and First Officer Batouty were scheduled to fly the less demanding cruise portion of the flight over the mid Atlantic Rushdy who hours earlier had reprimanded Batouty and told him he would not fly to the U S again was among several EgyptAir personnel seated in the first class section Bautouty sat there too awaiting his turn in the cockpit With Habashi and Anwar at the controls Flight 990 lifted off a JFK runway at 1 20 a m Oct 31 and made a routine climb toward cruise altitude Transcripts show radio conversations between the cockpit crew and air traffic controllers were similarly routine with no indication of any problems Not long after takeoff Rushdy visited the cockpit according to a transcript of the cockpit voice recording recovered from the wreckage He chatted with the cruise crew about flight procedures As Rushdy left the cockpit Batouty entered I think Gamil Batouty had been looking at the door looking at the moment when Rushdy is out of the cockpit Taha said This is the most suitable moment to fulfill what he is going to do Batouty suggested he take over the co pilot seat immediately according to a translated transcript of the Arabic conversations in the cockpit Anwar objected but Batouty persisted You will get up he told the younger man according to the transcript Go and get some rest and come back Anwar complained but left the cockpit after a couple of minutes Batouty took his seat At 1 48 a m as the plane cruised at 33 000 feet beyond the eastern tip of Long Island Habashi left to use the toilet The cockpit voice recorder picked up the sound of the door closing behind him Batouty was alone in the cockpit In the next 20 seconds as the plane continued to fly normally the recorder picked up several unintelligible words before a voice said faintly I rely on God In the moments that followed the recorder picked up thumping noises Taha a Muslim said Batouty probably was offering a Muslim prayer bowing crossing his arms tapping his knees with his hands and thumping his feet on the floor He is preparing himself as he would if he were to be executed Taha said He s asking God to support him to finish his mission A few seconds later the man at the controls disengaged the plane s automatic pilot according to readings from the flight data recorder which was the second black box recording device salvaged from the wreckage The recorder indicated that there was nothing wrong at any time with any of the plane s mechanical and control systems Once again the voice in the cockpit repeated I rely on God An instant later the engines were throttled back and the control yoke was pushed forward putting the twin engine jet into a steep dive During the next two minutes as the plane hurtled nose first toward the ocean a voice in the cockpit repeated those same words seven more times I rely on God Suddenly despite zero gravity conditions from the dive that must have made movements extremely difficult Habashi a large man with arthritic knees and an ailing back managed to clamber back into the cockpit What s happening Gamil he shouted according to the voice recorder What s happening Batouty s only answer was those same words I rely on God An instant later he shut off the fuel supply to both engines What is this Habashi yelled in apparent disbelief What is this Did you shut the engines In the seconds that followed the flight data recorder showed an abnormal configuration of the plane s elevators sections of the wing like structure in the tail that pitch the plane up and down The two halves of the elevator one on either side of the tail s vertical fin normally move in tandem but the recorder indicated that they were moving in opposite directions Investigators say this could only mean one thing One of the pilots was pushing forward on the control yoke trying to keep the plane plunging toward the sea The other was pulling back on

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    back of the jet right behind the engine It went at an angle like it was aimed at the jet She added however that the object did not get close enough that it could have brought down the airplane It may be nothing but it s important for somebody to follow up on this Mrs Mucci said She said the flare or rocket rose from a spot down the slope of the Potomac River beyond the jogging trail next to Reagan Airport halfway between Memorial Bridge and the airport She said she called a Federal Aviation Administration telephone number the next day She left a message on voice mail but received no reply After news accounts of the incident at BWI Sunday Mrs Mucci called the FBI yesterday The FBI guy said Hold on a minute Mrs Mucci said Then a woman in the background said I don t want to talk to another psychic Then I was put through to somebody s voice mail and I didn t leave a message FAA Eastern Region spokesman Jim Peters said he had no information on Mrs Mucci s January report We have no record of receiving a call from Mrs Mucci on or about that day Mr Peters said He also said he had no idea of how often other people say they have seen rockets near airplanes FBI spokesman Chris Murray said Our office is unaware of that incident Southwest Flight 454 was on approach 12 to 14 miles southeast of BWI at 3 000 feet at 7 10 p m Sunday when the pilot said he saw the rocket The FAA acknowledged the incident at BWI publicly for the first time Tuesday Mr Peters said yesterday the agency was looking into it Fraser Jones spokesman for the national office

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    of the perpetrators The major television stations have announced they will assist the healing process by not replaying devastating footage of the planes crashing into the Towers I will not be manipulated I will not pretend to understand I will not forget I will not underestimate the intelligence of our adversary who patiently planned and meticulously orchestrated a devastating act of war I will not forget that the terrorists desire a world society where women are chattel and freedom is forbidden I will not isolate myself from my fellow Americans by pretending an attack on the USS Cole in Yemen was not an attack on me I will not forget the Clinton administration equipped Islamic terrorists and their supporters with the world s most sophisticated telecommunications equipment and encryption technology thereby compromising America s ability to trace terrorist radio cell phone land lines faxes and modem communications I will not be appeased with pointless quick retaliatory strikes like those perfected by the previous administration I will not be comforted by feel good do nothing regulations like the silly Have your bags been under your control question at the airport I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the press to kick our country when it was vulnerable and hurting I will not forget that ABC TV anchor Peter Jennings questioned President Bush s motives for not returning immediately to Washington DC and commented We re all pretty skeptical and cynical about Washington I will not forget that CBS anchor Dan Rather preceded President Bush s address to the nation with the snide remark No matter how you feel about him he is still our president And I will not forget the ABC s Mark Halperin warned if reporters weren t informed of every little detail of this

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    manner of speaking bonded These days there are no more rumblings from the kingdom that Iran might have been involved in the terrorist bombing of an apartment building in Saudi Arabia in 1996 that left 19 U S servicemen dead In fact Saudi Arabia announced last month that it would allow its national airline to fly in and out of Tehran for the first time since shortly after the revolution So the question in Washington is What s up The stability of the Saudi kingdom is of so much concern to the United States that since the bombing of the military housing a special task force of analysts has been studying the kingdom under the same rigorous process used to assess the most serious potential threats to U S national security The Saudis who hold power now are not about to walk away from the United States of course It s just that the relationship is a lot more difficult than when King Fahd was in good health in charge and eager to please the United States Crown Prince Abdullah who is running the country on a day to day basis simply isn t as likely as his brother the king to say yes every time the United States asks for something When Defense Secretary William Cohen visited in February in a vain effort to win support for possible military action against Iraq Crown Prince Abdullah simply made himself unavailable Prince Sultan the defense minister stood in A week later the crown prince did turn up for a meeting with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Ever protective of his boss State Department spokesman James Rubin said she found the encounter fascinating other officials described it as a stern lecture by Abdullah on the failings of U S policy in the

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/nyt-4-12-98.htm (2016-02-13)
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    found no pre existing problem The article goes on to say that investigators are intensely exploring whether the pilots in trying to correct and control the plane after the turbulence might have put more stress on the tail than it was designed to handle which suggests that the pilots made improper excessive rudder inputs In response APA pointed out that the information contained in the Digital Flight Data Recorder DFDR has not yet been validated The DFDR includes such information as rudder inputs and other control surface positions that could yield clues to the accident s cause Public discussion of theories and speculation regarding the cause of this accident is wrong It places everyone on the defensive and distracts from what needs to be an objective factual investigation said Captain John Darrah APA President We must be patient and permit this investigation to run its proper course so that the true cause can be established Darrah emphasized that the investigation into the cause of the Flight 587 accident is still in the early fact finding stages Moreover all parties to the investigation including APA American Airlines the National Transportation Safety Board and Airbus have all been directed to refrain from

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/alliedpilots.htm (2016-02-13)
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    000 feet the cabin crew rang to alert him to a hijacking in progress A man was holding a gun to the head of one stewardess and a woman had pulled grenades from her brassiere One steward attacked the male hijacker who shot him five times Leila Khaled Hijacker foiled The terrorists were demanding that Capt Bar Lev open the cockpit door One of the cockpit crew suggested he comply because according to International Air Transport Association rules he was responsible for the welfare of the passengers But Capt Bar Lev quickly decided he would have no control over their destiny if he surrendered My reply was Sit down we are not going to be hijacked Figuring almost everyone but the hijackers would be strapped in Capt Bar Lev put the plane into a negative G dive a downward arc often used to train astronauts to experience weightlessness Sure enough the hijackers were thrown from their feet and the two plainclothes El Al marshals on board pounced The male hijacker was killed and the woman knocked unconscious After her blonde wig was pulled back they realized she was the notorious Leila Khaled who had hijacked a TWA plane to Damascus the previous year in an attempt to capture Yitzhak Rabin then Israel s ambassador to Washington he had changed flights Capt Bar Lev knowing he had to get his bleeding steward to a hospital made for London He also knew the dead hijacker could mean legal problems He was right On arrival he and the crew were detained and questioned by police for hours but all feigned ignorance as to how the hijacker had died The marshals Capt Bar Lev now reveals had slipped out a maintenance door on the bottom of his 707 soon after he hit the tarmac

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/wsj-9-25-01.htm (2016-02-13)
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    them anything conclusive about what brought the plane down James K Kallstrom the assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York described the cockpit debris as a pile of things that are all mashed together To see that massive jumble of wires certainly brought home to me how difficult it s going to be if the rest of the front of the plane looks like that Mr Kallstrom said Law enforcement officials said last night that a new pile of wreckage which they believe contains bottom pieces splintered off the front of the aircraft was found near the area where the cockpit had been sitting In the next several days investigators plan to pick apart pieces of the cockpit wreckage Bomb experts will examine the cockpit at the Grumman hangar looking for pitting consistent with a bomb blast And some pieces of it will be tested for chemical residue from an explosive But at yesterday afternoon s press briefing investigators attempted to lower expectations about how quickly they could conclusively determine whether the plane had been destroyed by a bomb a missile attack or a catastrophic mechanical failure Law enforcement officials have said privately that they believe a bomb destroyed the aircraft severing the cockpit and first class cabin from the rest of the jet For that reason they said the recovery of several large pieces from the front of the aircraft is potentially significant After 18 days of a painstaking recovery effort on the seas 10 miles off Long Island salvage workers have retrieved several important pieces of the front of the aircraft where they believe an explosion occurred Besides the main chunk of the cockpit investigators have pulled up a 40 by 60 foot arc of metal from the roof over the first class section of the jet the left cargo door a large metal cargo container and the front landing gear and nose wheels Samples of those pieces were tested for explosives in the last several days by agents of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms at the Grumman hangar One law enforcement official who insisted on anonymity said the test results were negative For the second straight day the recovery effort accelerated as thousands of pounds of debris were brought through the Shinnecock Inlet A steady convoy of barges hauled large heaps of wreckage to the Coast Guard station at Hampton Bays L I where cranes transferred the wreckage to large trucks for a nine mile trip to the Grumman hangar Salvage crew members said they expected to work 16 hour days Before late Saturday the only part of the cockpit visible to divers and underwater video cameras was the distinctive curved windshield But investigators assumed correctly that the cockpit remains were nearby The remains of three more occupants of the plane were brought to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner s Office raising the total number of bodies recovered to 194 Only 2 bodies remain unidentified yet tentative identifications have been

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    that Boeing publicly denied any knowledge of the data and conclusions used by the CIA in its nationally televised cartoon of the zoom climb We also know that the CIA received its data and conclusions from the NTSB At any rate for the following reasons my FOIA request for access to the NTSB records regarding the zoom climb still stands During my airline career I was very active in ALPA safety matters from 1965 to 1985 when I retired I participated in all of United s accident investigations during that period and as the ALPA Los Angeles Area Safety Coordinator I also participated in accident investigations for other airlines that occurred in southern California I got to know a lot of your good people very well during that period In all of that time there was never a question of the NTSB withholding evidence from the parties to the investigation When it came time to interview witnesses all interested parties participated When it came time to determine the flight path and trajectories of the wreckage all interested parties participated And when it came to working with the manufacturers Boeing and McDonnell Douglas were open and cooperative in every case Perhaps you can understand my dismay with the TWA 800 investigation where the interested parties were excluded from these activities A secret investigation is a meaningless investigation My particular interest in the TWA 800 accident pertains to the zoom climb hypothesized by the NTSB In my opinion there is just no way a commercial aircraft can lose everything forward of the wing and continue to fly long enough to climb 3 000 feet The cockpit and all control inputs were gone The center of gravity shifted so far aft that the aircraft immediately pitched up past a full stall and became

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