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1) the rescue: This is enormously important. FAA radar tracked Kennedy’s plane crash. The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that Kennedy contacted the tower on his final approach. THIS IS ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT!!! It means they would have known his plane was going down before it hit the water. FAA regulations require that a search begin immediately when a plane reports itself on final approach and does not land within 5 minutes. Yet it took them 14½ hours to send the first planes and boats to Martha’s Vineyard. (Boston Herald, 7/20/99 “Time gaps in early hours of search are beyond explanation” Jack Sullivan and David Talbot) (LINK5)WHY?
2) the plane: Kennedy’s plane had autopilot, capable of flying itself to within 100 feet of the airport.
All a “cautious and methodical” pilot had to do was sit back and let the plane fly itself. (NTSB report, page 18)
3) the sabotage: Kennedy’s plane had a black box. No other private non-jet plane on earth had one. He knew they wanted to kill him and he wanted to make it hard. The NTSB, says the battery had been removed, destroying all record of conversation in the cockpit. (NTSB page 10)
4) the flight instructor: All of the early reports said there was a flight instructor on the plane (e.g. The New York Times, Saturday July 17, 1999). Then the flight instructor disappeared from the reports. Kennedy very rarely flew at night without a flight instructor. Out of 310 hours of flight time, and 55 hours at night, he had only 45 minutes at night without an instructor. (LINK12)He was very cautious. He had his wife on board. It is almost unthinkable that he would not have taken an instructor.
5) Egypt Air 990: Two months later Egyptian Air flight 990, with 30 of the highest ranking members of the Egyptian military on board, crashed. (It was big news for several days. The pilot’s family and the Egyptian government objected to the NTSB finding that the pilot was committing suicide. “He was happily married. Moslems don’t commit suicide” etc.) This pilot had walked into the cockpit, said “Allah help me’, grabbed the controls, and tried to force the plane to crash. Three other pilots, grabbed him, and there was a struggle; he gave up, turned around, and he turned the fuel valve OFF.