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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

Eyewitness accounts

All of the above statements were made despite reports given earlier in the day by some eyewitnesses who all claimed the aircraft exploded in the air and/or was on fire before the crash:

  1. Cecil Mackie -- This truck driver was driving along the Trans-Canada Highway when all of sudden, the aircraft flew right over his truck at less than 100 ft. in altitude. He told reporters; "There was a flame on the bottom (of the plane). It seemed like there was no engine noise. There was just a rumbling noise". (see Exhibit 10) He added at the public inquiry on April 9, 1985: "I saw an orange glow coming from the underside of the plane as it passed over". (see Exhibit 11)

  2. Ann Hurley -- A nearby resident. "We were driving to work when we saw this big explosion. . . and it dived down very quick". (see Exhibit 12)

  3. Leonard Loughoen -- Another truck driver in a separate truck who also had the aircraft fly directly overhead while driving along the Trans-Canada: "There was a bright glow coming from it. . . kind of from underneath the plane (that lit up the inside of my cab). Then all of a sudden I looked around and there was this big explosion". (see Exhibit 13)

  4. John Pittman -- Gander airport manager. When asked by an AP reporter whether or not there had been a fire on board, Pittman answered "yes". (see Exhibit 12)

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