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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

Benoit Bouchard's letter to CASB board members

On April 29, 1988 the same day Filotas offered his comments in the Ottawa Citizen, newly appointed Transport Minister Benoit Bouchard sent a letter to all members of the board. Here are some of the words he used:

"As a Board member you are expected to give your full and unqualified supoort to Mr. Thorneycroft". (see Exhibit 43)

We must remember that at this juncture Mr. Sopinka's letter had been made public and that the four remaining members who hadn't signed the December 12, 1987 preliminary report, were in the process of drafting the final parts of a dissenting report. Since the CASB is an independent body, such strong and compelling words from the Minister can only reveal his biased position on the whole matter. Not only does the intervention border on eroding the independence of the board but it exposes a motivation on the part of the minister.

This is said because the new chairman, Ken Thorneycroft has endorsed the preliminary report. Hence when the Minister recommends to all board members to give their "unqualified support to Mr Thorneycroft" he is actually recommending that everybody get in line with the views of the new chairman.

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