"Senator Millionaire" <***@gmail.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
Compare the reaction of the US air defense with four hijacked
airliners on 9-11 to the reaction of Payne Stewarts single stray
Learjet. Who ordered the stand down on 9-11?
Golfer Payne Stewart Dies in Jet Crash
MINA, S.D., Oct. 25A Learjet carrying professional golfer Payne
Stewart and at least four others streaked uncontrolled for thousands
of miles across the heart of the country today, its occupants
apparently unconscious or already dead, before it plunged nose first
and crashed in a field near this north-central South Dakota hamlet.
No one on the ground was hurt and there were no survivors aboard the
aircraft, which came down in a marshy area about two miles southwest
The cause of the uncontrolled flight and crash after the Learjet 35
apparently ran out of fuel were not known, but aviation experts
speculated that the aircraft may have lost pressurization and that
emergency backup systems failed as the plane's autopilot kept it in
the air. Loss of pressurization above 30,000 feet would cause
occupants of the aircraft to lose consciousness from oxygen deficiency
in one to two minutes, the experts said.
During some of its eerie, almost four-hour journey from Orlando to a
swampy grassland in South Dakota, the Learjet was shadowed by Air
Force and Air National Guard jet fighters, whose pilots reported that
the aircraft's windows were frosted over, suggesting that it had lost
pressurization. The Air Force pilots also reported that the Learjet
meandered from as low as 22,000 feet to as high as 51,000 feet, but
never strayed from a northwest heading.
The military aircraft were not armed with air-to-air missiles, and
Pentagon officials said they never considered shooting down the
"The [Federal Aviation Administration] said this thing was headed to a
sparsely populated part of the country, so let it go," a senior
defense official said.
According to the FAA, the plane left Orlando, where Stewart lived, at
9:19 a.m. Eastern time today and was bound for Dallas. Stewart, a two-
time U.S. Open champion, was scheduled to play later this week in the
PGA Championship in Houston, the tour's final event of the year.
The FAA said air traffic controllers lost radio contact with the plane
at 9:44 a.m., just after they had cleared the twin-engine jet to climb
to 39,000 feet northwest of Gainesville, Fla. An FAA spokesman said
that air traffic controllers noted "significant changes in altitude"
by the plane, but that the aircraft's crew did not respond to repeated
radio calls from the ground.
Pentagon officials said the military began its pursuit of the ghostly
civilian aircraft at 10:08 a.m., when two Air Force F-16 fighters from
Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida that were on a routine training
mission were asked by the FAA to intercept it. The F-16s did not reach
the Learjet, but an Air Force F-15 fighter from Eglin Air Force Base
in Florida that also was asked to locate it got within sight of the
aircraft and stayed with it from 11:09 a.m. to 11:44 a.m., when the
military fighter was diverted to St. Louis for fuel.
Fifteen minutes later, four Air National Guard F-16s and a KC-135
tanker from Tulsa were ordered to try to catch up with the Learjet but
got only within 100 miles. But two other Air National Guard F-16s from
Fargo, N.D., intercepted the Learjet at 12:54 p.m, reporting that the
aircraft's windows were fogged with ice and that no flight control
movement could be seen. At 1:14 p.m., the F-16s reported that the
Learjet was beginning to spiral toward the ground.
Sad story. But you do not need to convince me, Senator. The white wash of
9/11 is flagrant and obvious to me. In fact, the very morning of 9/11, the
very first thoughts in MY mind were that our government had been involved.
That's how my mind works. I already know what they're working on. It did
not begin with 9/11.