2002-12-14 / Editorial/Opinion

Covering Up The Truth

Covering Up The Truth

There were a number of eyewitnesses to the demise of American Airlines Flight 587 in Belle Harbor last year. Despite the fact that many trained observers say that they saw explosion and fire on the fuselage of the A300-600, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues to say that the evidence in the "twisted metal" shows that there was neither fire nor explosion prior to the crash. The NTSB has said that eyewitness testimony is "unreliable" and "subjective." Now, however, there is some evidence that there was some material that was aboard the plane found floating in the bay that would prove once and for all that the plane came apart in the air over the Rockaway peninsula long before it crashed on Beach 131 Street. If it is true that there was luggage floating in the bay and that a piece of the escape system came down prior to the crash, which is important information. Unfortunately, that information is not available to the public. The NYPD told The Wave and usread.com that it could not release the information because it is part of a criminal investigation. On the other hand, the NTSB says that the investigation has not been a criminal investigation since shortly after the crash. They say it is an accident investigation. They will not tell the NYPD to release the material, however, because they do not want to "inject themselves" in how other agencies release information to the media. What are they covering up? Nobody will know the answer to that question until the information is released. We will pursue that information through the Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL), but that could take months. In the meantime, we will continue to update you on the truth while keeping the faith that the truth will eventually come out.


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