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Originally posted by ItsEvolutionBaby
All that loss of life---
And a half a BILLION dollars of diamonds and gems missing-- holAY
Originally posted by allenidaho
The theory is valid that someone could have stolen the diamonds, cash and painting before takeoff. Then used a device to crash the plane and cover up the crime.
But if that were the case, why use an incindiary device rather than an explosive device?
The special diamond exhibition at the museum opened in November and was originally scheduled to close on April 26. But it was so popular, drawing more than 250,000 visitors, that it was extended through Aug. 30. The exhibition included cultural objects like jewelry, crowns, figurines and the Bible of Catherine the Great.
Swissair confirmed this week that Flight 111 was carrying a valuable cargo of diamonds, watches and jewelry, along with a large quantity of cash and two pieces of artwork, one of them an original painting by Picasso. Swissair officials said that the painting, ''Le Peintre,'' was probably destroyed in the crash because it was shipped as general cargo, inside a wooden frame.
The diamonds and other valuables were packed in a locked aluminum case, about four feet high, that has not been located by Navy divers trying to retrieve material from the crash site.