Sunday, July 03, 2005

Small Plane Violates Camp David Airspace

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Small Plane Violates Camp David Airspace

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FREDERICK, Md. - A small plane violated the restricted airspace around the presidential retreat of Camp David, and the pilot was questioned after being forced to land, federal authorities said.

The pilot was released late Saturday without being charged, Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry said Sunday.

The small Cessna was intercepted by two F-16 fighters about eight miles from Camp David at around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The plane was forced to land at Frederick Municipal Airport.

Cherry said the plane violated restricted airspace at Camp David, which is near Thurmont, north of Frederick.

The Frederick News-Post reported that a man and woman were questioned, but Cherry wouldn't comment on that report.

On Wednesday, the White House briefly went to red alert when another plane entered restricted airspace around Washington. President Bush was hurried from his residence to a safer location and lawmakers were ordered to evacuate the Capitol. Two fighters intercepted the twin-engine, propeller-driven plane eight miles northeast of the Capitol and escorted it to Winchester, Va.

On May 11, a Cessna violated restricted airspace and sent lawmakers and other government workers scrambling from the Capitol, the White House and other federal buildings. That plane also was escorted to Frederick.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, hundreds of pilots have violated Washington's restricted airspace. Private planes are not allowed to fly in the Air Defense Identification Zone, about 2,000 square miles radiating from the three airports around Washington, without a special transponder code and radio contact with the FAA. They're not allowed at all within 16 miles of the Washington Monument.

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This routine was activated on at least 67 occasions in the year prior to June 1, 2001 and on 129 occasions in 2000. Exceptional as the events of 9/11 proved to be, the procedures should have also been activated automatically within minutes of each flight diversion on that day (i.e., long before anyone needed to realize that hijackers would fly multiple airliners into buildings). This did not happen.



Complete 911 Timeline: All day of 9/11 events

The Toronto Star called the CCR 9/11 timeline "carefully considered, well crafted and very compelling."

The Village Voice called the CCR 9/11 timeline "intricate, crisply written".



September 11, 2001
America is attacked.


8:13 A.M. Flight controllers suspect that Flight 11 has been hijacked.

8:20 A.M. Boston flight control decides that Flight 11 has been hijacked.

8:40 A.M. NORAD is finally notified that the plane is hijacked.

According to FAA regulations, NORAD should have been notified at 8:13 as soon as flight controllers suspected a hijack. Why did Boston flight control wait 27 minutes to contact NORAD?

8:40 A.M. Two Otis Air National Guard F-15 pilots get ready for flight.

8:43 A.M. NORAD is notified that Flight 175 has been hijacked.

8:46 A.M. The two F-15 Otis Air National Guard fighters are ordered to scramble.

Why did it take NORAD 6 minutes to issue the scramble order?

8:46 A.M. Three F-16's assigned to Andrews Air Force Base are flying a training mission in North Carolina, 207 miles away from Washington. They could have returned to Washington within 10 minutes.

At this point NORAD knows that two jets have been hijacked. Why weren’t these F-16’s immediately ordered to intercept them?

8:46 A.M. Flight 11 slams into the north tower, 1 World Trade Center.

8:50 A.M. Flight 77 fails to respond to routine instructions.

By now, the seriousness of the threat is clear to all. Why isn’t Flight 77 declared hijacked at this time?

8:52 A.M. Two F-15's take off from Otis Air National Guard Base, six minutes after being ordered to go after Flight 11. They go after Flight 175 instead.

8:56 A.M. Flight 77's transponder signal is turned off.

Again, why isn’t Flight 77 declared hijacked?

9:00 A.M. President Bush arrives at the Booker Elementary school. By this time he is aware that Flight 11 has crashed into the WTC and that Flight 175 is also hijacked. He sits with the children and listens to a story about a girl and her pet goat.

9:03 A.M. Flight 175, hits the south tower, 2 World Trade Center.

9:03 A.M. Syracuse New York fighter units are notified to get airborne.

9:05 A.M. Chief of staff Andrew Card, whispers into the president's ear, "A second plane has hit the World Trade Center. America is under attack." The commander in chief of the American armed forces continues to sit with the kids until about 9:25.

9:05 A.M. (approx.) Andrews Air Force Base is notified to get F-16's armed and ready.

9:09 A.M. NORAD orders F-16's at Langley Air Force Base on battle stations alert.

At this point NORAD knows of only two hijacked jets and both of those have crashed in Manhatan. Is that why Andrews and Langley are only put on higher alert, rather than being ordered to scramble?

9:11 A.M. Two F-15's from Otis Air National Guard Base reach New York.

According to the NORAD timeline, these planes take about 19 minutes to reach New York City. Calculated from the this timeline and the distance travelled, these fighters must have flown at around 600 mph. F-15 maximum speed is 1875mph. If they had traveled at top speed they would have been in New York at 8:59, four minutes before Flight 175 crashed into the WTC. Why were they travelling so slow?

9:16 A.M. The FAA informs NORAD that Flight 93 has been hijacked. No fighters are scrambled in specific response until 10:01.

So far two jets have crashed in Manhattan and now a third jet is reported hijacked. Assets in the air: two F-15’s patrolling the skies over NYC. Why aren’t the ready fighters at Andrews and Langley immediately scrambled?

9:24 A.M. The FAA notifies NORAD that Flight 77 "may" have been hijacked.

This notification is 34 minutes after flight control lost contact with the plane and well after two planes have already been crashed, Flight 93 is known to be hijacked and even then the FAA only says "may"? Why did the FAA wait so long to inform NORAD?

9:27 A.M. NORAD orders F-16's at Langley Air Force Base to scramble to go after Flight 77. Langley is 129 miles from Washington. Ready aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base, 15 miles away, are not scrambled.

Why weren’t all available fighters scrambled at this point? Fighters from Andrews would have been able to intercept Flight 77.

9:30 A.M. F-16's at Langley scramble.

9:41 A.M. Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.

9:43 A.M. (approx.) Ready aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base are scrambled.

9:43 A.M. (approx.) The three F-16's flying on a training mission in North Carolina return to their home at Andrews Air Force Base, 10 miles from Washington.

Why weren’t they ordered back to Washington after 9:03 when the second plane crashed into the WTC? If they had, they would have reached Washington a half hour before Flight 77 and might have prevented it from crashing into the Pentagon.

9:49 A.M. Three F-16's scrambled from Langley at 9:30 reach the Pentagon.

The official maximum speed for F-16's is 1500 mph. Langley is 129 miles away, the journey takes 19 minutes (instead of six minutes at top speed), or a speed of about 410 mph! Why were they travelling so slowly? Had they traveled at top speed they would have reached Washington five minutes before Flight 77 and might have prevented it from crashing into the Pentagon.

9:53 A.M. (approx.) Three F-16's from Andrews also arrive over Washington.

9:55 A.M. President Bush authorizes the air force to shoot down hijacked planes.

Why did the president wait so long to issue the order to shoot down civilian planes? Even if the jet fighters has reached their targets before the airliners they couldn’t have shot them down without this order from the president.

10:01 A.M. The FAA orders F-16 fighters to scramble from Toledo, Ohio.

Why weren’t these fighters scrambled sooner?

10:03 A.M. (approx.) Two more F-16's from Andrews arrive over Washington.

10:06 A.M. Flight 93 crashes about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

10:17 A.M. F-16 fighters from Toledo are airborne.

10:44 A.M. Syracuse New York fighters finally take off.

One hour and forty-one minutes after being ordered to fly.

The whole NORAD timeline of the events is full of unexplained delays and fighter jets arriving too late to have launched at the times indicated. If flight controllers followed FAA procedures (and why wouldn’t they have?) NORAD must have received warnings much sooner than they claim. My first instinct is to believe NORAD, but the inconsistencies with the official fighter launch times and arrival times makes the whole official timeline rather suspicious. Was NORAD warned sooner than they claim? Have time entries in the official NORAD timeline been doctored?

This is the part of the official story that's the hardest to swallow. How can we just accept the official explanations of a mix of incompetence on the part of air traffic controllers, the FAA, NORAD commanders and the air force? All occuring on the same morning!

To quote Shelock Holmes: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

What would you have done if you were president on 9/11? The president's reaction (or lack of action) is incredible, unbelievable and beyond any type of rational explanation.


To quote Holmes once more: "Improbable as it is, all other explanations are more improbable still."