Flight 3407--The Hijack Scenario
So far no cause has been determined for the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 outside Buffalo, NY on 2--12-09. Though heavy initial speculation has
focused almost exclusively on ice buildup as the problem:
"So many ‘experts’ have been put before the American people in just the first day that it is now the accepted wisdom that ice was indeed the
cause making all other evidence to the contrary suspect in these poor peoples minds."
Though it is clear that the plane was flying normally one minute and then pitching wildly in the sky the next:
"It was instantaneous," Chealander said. "All of the sudden they had a handful [of problems] and then down it came."
It is also clear that the FBI was heavily involved in the recovery efforts, though their official purpose there were as crime investigators:
“We’re conducting a medical and legal investigation; the NTSB is conducting the mechanical investigation, and law enforcement is conducting a
,” (County Health Commissioner Dr. Anthony J.)Billittier said.
The FBI is tasked as the lead investigative agency for crimes aboard aircraft in flight, especially in cases of air piracy--aka 'skyjacking.' So
let us now look at hijacking as a possible source of the plane crash.
What is the evidence for such? Almost none. However, there is almost no evidence that icing was the cause either. We do know that whatever
happened was sudden and catastrophic, which would logically lead away from the 'icing' hypothesis, as one would expect icing to be a slower, more
gradual buildup of problems on the plane had it been the cause. Most tellingly, the investigators have not released the cockpit voice recorder(CVR)
for the last 30 seconds of flight, the time when the plane began to experience problems to when it hit the ground. What better evidence than the
voices of those best positioned to have an informed position to tell us what went wrong--the flight crew in the cockpit?
How about the motive? If this had been an attempted hijacking, what would have been the motive? Have the plane fly to Cuba? No. Hold the
passengers for ransom? Unlikely. Have the plane crash into the ground in a politically motivated suicide attack? Possibly, but why not do as the
9/11 attackers did--fly the plane into a high value target on the ground to achieve a greater political impact?
Though at this point a skeptic might ask: why not hijack the plane early and attack another target in Manhattan? Newark airport is right across the
Hudson from New York City, after all. To this I can only say it would have looked terribly odd to the American people if yet another administration
had to deal with an attack on our nation's financial capital early into the new president's term. Two new wars, restrictions on our liberties at
home, just to have the terrorists do it all over again in the same place? No, that could have backfired disastrously, not to mention the effect on a
stock market already tottering. So a smaller target had to be chosen, with a smaller airplane, in a smaller city. So what high value targets exist
in the Buffalo area?
An Indian(south asian) newsite had this interesting tidbit:
-- Authorities said that the Continental Airlines Flight 3407, operated by Manassas, Virginia-based Colgan Air, was heading towards the Niagara
Did they mean Niagara Falls International Airport--another large airport near BNIA(Buffalo Niagara International Airport)? Or did they perhaps mean
THE Niagara Falls?
At this point Hollywood might offer up a clue. Two action adventure movies, "The Long Kiss Goodnight
" from 1996 and the more obscure
" from 2001, involve the destruction of the Rainbow Bridge
, connecting Niagara Falls, USA to Niagara Falls,
Canada, as a finale. This international crossing is just downstream and within visual sight of the falls.
She(the protagonists played by actress Geena Davis) discovers that her former boss at the CIA has allied with a psychotic ops specialist named Timothy
in a false flag plot
to detonate a chemical bomb in downtown Niagara Falls, NY to blame muslim terrorists for the crime and thus secure more
"Character development along the way consists of lots of stick figure CIA agents and bad guys working together to screw the taxpayers out of their
money. Of course, the President has dirty hands too."
--the film "Extreme Limits" (released on 8-14-01) also features a plane crash scene and the transport of a new top secrect weapon of mass
Of course, it is unlikely the conspirators would have trusted the 'hijackers' to actually carry out the job. More likely the plane would have been
taken over by some technological, remote-control means and then vectored to its intended target. It would have been enough to have a couple of people
on the passenger list who 'fit the profile' perhaps aided by planted evidence to be 'discovered' after the fact in their domiciles, cars, or on
the net. It is known that one passenger was an ex-member of the infamous South Lebanon Army
, and a final passenger remains unidentified.
Perhaps he had an even more interesting background.
Or maybe the 'hijackers' were not even on the passenger manifest, ala 9/11.
From a plot synopsis of the "Extreme Limits" movie:
"As the group boards the plane, four suspicious looking men bribe the guards at the security gate, and are allowed on the flight."
The Indian website had this curious note early on:
--At least three Indians
(muslims?) are feared to have been killed in an airline crash late on Thursday outside Buffalo, New York, early reports
said. [Note: no victims with Indian-sounding names have been identified.]
Could this have been the reason authorities were initially hesitant to keep a victim count going as the recovery proceeded:
Authorities had recovered 15 bodies as of Saturday night, but Billittier announced Sunday that numbers of recovered bodies will no longer be
"out of respect for the families."
"Okay, 15 bodies were recovered. They won't say how many more are recovered. Anyone else suddenly wondering how many people were REALLY on that
And the fact that the plane was already so close to the bridge(about 20 miles away) would have prevented the air defenses from being activated in
time. And maybe the 'pitching and rolling' of the aircraft was also pre-engineered into the scenario, to simulate a fight over control of the
cockpit. No more pesky questions about NORAD's failure to respond, no wondering how the perps were able to overwhelm the crew(the fact that the
co-pilot was a youngish female probably didn't hurt).
IF my hypothesis is true, then imagine how this would have advanced the agenda of the neo-cons:
--Renewed justification for the AfPak 'surge' and the killing of innocents in missile strikes. The reasoning being, 'if they kill our innocents,
we can kill theirs.'
--Turning two thorns in the side of the administration--the Jersey Girl and the genocide expert--into martyrs in the fight against terrorism.
--Bye, bye to "Buy America." The rebuilding of the bridge would have obviously required lots of steel, and just as obviously we would have to share
the contract with the Canadians.
Obama to visit Ottawa on 2-19-09
"In Canada's capital, Ottawa, (Obama) said global challenges, including security
, required a global response. ....
Mr Obama also assured his country's biggest trade partner that he would not pursue protectionist policies. ...."Now is a time where we have to be
very careful about any signals of protectionism," Mr Obama said...
As America's biggest trade partner, Canada is worried about the "Buy American" measures in Mr. Obama's stimulus plan. Under the provision,
public works funded by the package should use only iron, steel
and other goods made in the US......
Also look at the symbolic value of the target. Niagara Falls is America's traditional honeymoon destination. A terrorist attack there would have
signified that "the honeymoon is over" between the Obama administration and the American people.