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May 20, 2000

Aviation Week and Space Technology
/ David M. North (Editor-in-Chief) colluding with industry in suppression of truth?

In the editorial of Aviation Week and Space Technology of May 15, 2000, David M. North, the Editor-in-Chief, argues that:

"There has to be a balance in aircraft crash investigations between safety requirements and needs and justified criminal or disciplinary actions."

While this is probably the most cryptic sentence of Mr. North's editorial, it represents the underlying murkiness of his point.

George Orwell said:

"You can read people's intentions by their use of the language: If the words are so long and fuzzy that we cannot UNDERSTAND what is being said, or if we can surmise that they are saying nothing at all, we can be fairly sure that the speaker is trying to SWINDLE us".

Don't antagonize the criminal or he'll do it again?What caught our eye in this editorial is precisely that Mr. North isn't clear, to the point of contradicting himself; he is hiding his true motives, and he is, in effect, proposing the worn euphemism, uttered by industry and some editors that "safety is complicated". Sure, anything can be complicated when corruption is involved - you have to determine who is compromised and who is not.

Read this sentence again carefully: "There has to be a balance in aircraft crash investigations between safety requirements and needs" - and NEEDS? What needs? Mr. North never explains. We believe the needs he writes about are the needs of the industry to continue covering up the dangerous, fundamental flaws in their new, but obsolete, jet transports. Or, is it the needs of the corrupt to protect their backsides?

In any event, Mr. North is fuzzy, he is in contradiction with the principles of justice and murky. Let us illustrate by examining his words a little more closely: At the beginning of his editorial, Mr. North talks about the mission of the NTSB investigations:

"In essence, the goal of NTSB investigations is to identify problems so they won't happen again. Laying blame is not the point. It may, of course, be a by-product of any accident investigation, but that is not the board's objective."

We can all agree that laying blame for the purpose of laying blame isn't constructive, but blame DOES serve a purpose. Blame allows the victims and their families to attempt to recover damages from those responsible, and for those responsible to incur a proper penalty for their wrongdoing! Isn't that one of the principles of justice - to render every man his due? Mr. North seems to argue that blame is a bad thing. In our experiences, only dishonest, evildoers feel that they ought not to be blamed for their actions. An honorable man, if he has strayed so far as to injure another, will see the error of his ways and repent, attempt to correct his behavior so as to prevent it from occurring again and attempt to make reparations to the person/people so injured.

Mr. North says the reason why blame should not be laid and prosecutions should be delayed, as NTSB Chairman James Hall has requested of the U.S. Attorney General's office (obstruction of justice?), is that people - whom Mr. North fails to identify - won't be afraid to talk to accident investigators. If you've done something wrong like killing hundreds or a thousand or more people, aren't you going to be afraid to talk to accident investigators? You know you're going to have to pay for your misdeeds. Which planet does Mr. North live on?

Northwest Flight 255 - without identifying the cause of the deaths, the deaths will continue.

Further, anyone familiar with the aircrash web-site and its contents knows that Mr. Hall is fully aware of the much superior Burnelli airframe technology, which is devoid of the fundamental flaws inherent in the conventional jets. Also, he knows the obvious advantages for preventing mass-homicides, which occur on a regular basis every time a conventional jet self-destructs on contact with anything more solid than air. According to NTSB's goal, which is "to identify problems so they won't happen again", Chairman Hall's inaction, is clearly a violation of his duty.

Why doesn't Mr. North carry out his responsibilities by pointing out the NTSB's failure to do its job? Isn't that what magazines and newspapers are for?

Maybe the NTSBs true intent is not saving lives but just reducing the accident rate, so the industry can continue to produce costly, inefficient, high-death-rate and outdated technology to maximize profits at the expense of the public. We believe Mr. North is attempting to muddy the waters, so that people won't look at accidents and the lack of ensuing prosecutions as anything out of the ordinary. That, of course, would make Mr. North an accessory and a co-conspirator in what is clearly a racketeering operation which extorts payment from the public in hard-earned cash/labor and in blood (see ).

Aircraft accidents cause an immense amount of damage to society and especially to the families and friends of those who die in such violent circumstances. Any such willful act deserves to be punished and restitution made to society (in the form of a change in behavior) and to the survivors in any way that is appropriate to fulfill the mandate of true justice. If such is not done, then justice is dead, for each man will not have been rendered his due - a few will have benefited at the expense of the many, as has been occurring for the last seven decades.

Please write to the U.S. Attorney General (or the Attorney General of your state) and request the prosecution of those in the aviation industry, those in government agencies, in civil aviation organizations, the publishing industry and those in tax free foundations, like the Flight Safety Foundation and the Cornell Safety Center, who participate in this continuing suppression of technology which could save so many lives around the globe. We've provided an unprecedented amount of proof to substantiate our allegations - see

Also, if time permits, a letter or email to Mr. North (, asking him why Aviation Week & Space Technology, as the leading industry / political / technical aviation magazine, has failed to mention Burnelli since 1948, leaving the industry and the public in the dark?



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