FBI Informant Warned
Of Terrorist Attack
Prior To Flight 990
By Gregory Burnham <>
Interesting that the Pentagon was not involved in the briefings this time, no? It was only a "foreign airline" I guess? One that fell from the sky at a rate that EXCEEDED "terminal velocity" by a significant rate of acceleration...
JFK Jr's plane had 3 non-military passengers aboard. Yet, THE PENTAGON HANDLED THAT BRIEFING!
Hmmm. I wonder why?
Informant describes plastic bomb
In a Sept. 24 "information circular," a copy of which was obtained by the AP, the FAA said several U.S. agencies received a warning by letter in August "that a bomb or explosive device with `spiral expansion' would soon be used on a flight departing from either Los Angeles airport or New York's JFK airport."
The circular said the informant "identified himself as Luciano Porcari," and noted that "an individual with this same name hijacked an Iberian Boeing 727 during a flight from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on March 14, 1977," before being overpowered and arrested.
The alert said the writer said "three of these devices were smuggled into the United States between 1992 and 1993, and that the devices cannot be detected on a metal detector because of the PVC (plastic) composition."
The alert was in effect until Oct. 30. EgyptAir Flight 990 departed Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 30, and stopped at John F. Kennedy International Airport, bound for Cairo. The plane took off from JFK at 1:19 a.m. Sunday en route to Cairo and disappeared from radar screens about 40 minutes later.
At a news conference in Cairo, the head of EgyptAir, Mohammed Fahim Rayan, said he had no information of any direct threat against his airline.
Last month, the FAA offered no comment on its alert.
"The FAA often sends out information on threats to ensure that airlines can properly implement security measures," agency spokeswoman Rebecca Trexler said at the time.
"We do want to assure the public that the FAA works with law enforcement and intelligence agencies of the United States and other countries and we closely evaluate all threats and take appropriate security measures as warranted," Trexler added.
Eight Bombs Made, Three In Circulation
The FAA circular said a Luciano Porcariwas sentenced to 10 years in prison on Jan. 25, 1979, but later escaped. In August 1981, he threatened to hijack another aircraft unless he was paid $250,000. He was subsequently arrested in Italy and sentenced to nine years in prison on Jan. 27, 1982. The circular said he was released on Aug. 12, 1982.
In the warning received by letter "to several U.S. government agencies," the informant "claimed that between 1975 and 1983 eight of the devices were manufactured, that only three remained and that one was in the U.S.
He also said he had warned various U.S. authorities about the device before the July 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island and the September 1998 crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Newfoundland.
The TWA plane had taken off from Kennedy airport en route to Paris, while the Swissair plane had taken off from Kennedy en route to Geneva.
After an extensive investigation, authorities ruled out a criminal act in the TWA crash. They now believe there was an explosion for an undetermined reason in the plane's center fuel tank.
The Swissair plane crashed 16 minutes after the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit. Authorities have not determined a cause but are focusing on the airplane's wiring and insulation material.