Final Report - JFK Jr.
Lost Control Of Plane
By Tim Dobbyn
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 of haze.
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 of disorientation.
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.
<link 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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