posted on May, 7 2004 @ 08:36 AM
Immediately after the two planes flew into the World Trade
Center on September 11, 2001, six air traffic controllers of the New York area were asked by their manager to make a tape describing the entire event
from their point of view. These controllers were those that had actually spoken with the hijacked planes. The manger's expectation was that officials
who were investigating the incident could later use this tape, but no one else ever heard what was recorded on this tape. Sometime near the end of
2001, an unidentified Federal Aviation Administration quality assurance manager destroyed the tape and cut it up into pieces. The FAA manager actions
are questionable since the FAA sent out a directive 3 days after 9/11 to retain all evidence of the incident.
WASHINGTON -- Air traffic controllers who handled two of the hijacked flights on Sept. 11, 2001, recorded their experiences shortly after the
planes crashed into the World Trade Center but a supervisor destroyed the tape, government investigators said Thursday.
The report said the controllers who made the tape had either talked to the hijacked planes that crashed into the World Trade Center or were working
radar positions that intersected with the jetliners' flight paths.
The details of this tape's existence only came up in interviews with the flight controllers in the 9-11 Commission. FAA spokesman Greg Martin claims
that the quality manager was disciplined, and that he believes that the contents of the tape would not have added anything to the investigation.
Still, we will never know the full details of what was actually said on the tape, and since the recording was from participants in the events it
couldn't have hurt to keep the tape. Surely, a recording that happened when all the details of the event were fresh on their minds would have been
valuable information. The FAA would not comment on the name of the official that destroyed the tape.