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Evidence pointing to a cover-up*

Lax security in Cairo and Cologne

Islamic Jihad claims responsibility

High level communications between Gander and Washington

Early official dismissals of sabotage, and explosion or a fire on board

Eyewitness accounts

U.S. military calls for investigation of ground personnel in Cologne

Major General John S. Crosby of the U.S. Army calls for the bulldozing of sites the day after the crash

Arrow Air denied access

Contradiction between the CASB spokesman and the CASB's chief investigator on the "Contents" of the black box tapes

Weapons, ammunition, flares, practice grenades on board?

FBI's Criminal Division involved in the investigation

Autopsy reports

The ice build-up theory: statements by ground crew at Gander / FBI report

Cockpit microphone turned off

Why did the pilot activate a fire extinguisher before impact?

The master fire warning light was turned on.

The Pinkel report

What caused sudden loss of speed?

The board of directors of the CASB divided.

The Sopinka report.

Statement by CASB member Les Filotas.

Benoit Bouchard's letter to CASB board members.

Other points of interest.

List of Exhibits

*(added to the Table of Contents by the author for clarity purposes)

Union of Canadian Transport Employees Report

The Sopinka Report

On December 16, 1987 Transport Minister John Crosbie wrote to John Sopinka asking for "policy and policy-related advice in respect of the proposed Act relating to the Multimodal Transportation Accident Investigation Board". (see Exhibit 41) On February 3, 1988 after completing his review, Sopinka responded to Crosbie with his report. Here are a few extracts of what Sopinka had to say about the CASB:

"...the CASB is not operating as a cohesive unit.. ."

".. it has become fractious to the extent that some of its members are in open conflict with the Chairman and there is a rift between members and the accident investigators who view themselves as independent of the Board members".

"The result of this dissension is that many members of the Board feel powerless to carry out their mandate. On occasion some of the Board members have been unable to obtain investigation of facts which they consider essential in order to carry out their functions". (see Exhibit 41)

The key element in Sopinka's report apart from the division and dissension is the fact that investigators have kept vital evidence and information away from some of the Board members. What are they hiding? Why are they withholding facts from board members charged with reporting to Parliament on their findings? Did the minister order an inquiry into this matter upon receiving Sopinka's report?

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