For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Plane Truth
A Private Investigator's Story
  • Carl A. Davies
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Plane Truth. A Private Investigator's Story
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When a Boeing 747 splits in two on take off, old questions resurface. Why would a Boeing 747 fall apart? What did Pan Am 103, TWA 800 and later, the Kalitta Air cargo carrier bound for Bahrain, have in common?

Putting together design problems, known service issues, and questions of metal fatigue and failure, as well as examining whose interests were at stake, the author presents a highly provocative scenario to account for many of the most dramatic air accidents in recent decades, including the downing of Pan Am 103 at Lockerbie. And it has nothing to do with Qaddafi.

For information on the incident involving a Kalitta Air cargo plane out of Brussels, click here: Boeing 747 splits in two on take off.


About the Author

Carl Davies graduated as a Chemical Engineer from Birmingham University and trained as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. His father was a pioneering aircraft engineer and inspector. Carl Davies's work life has taken him from western Canada to Libya, from Australia to Paris, and from Beirut to the United States, where he has been involved in various aspects of the petroleum industry and international transportation. He and his family now live in Texas.

About the Book

What really happened in the crashes of Pan Am 103 at Lockerbie, Scotland; KAL 007; TWA 800; and so many other Boeing 747s? Blame the Russians, the Libyans, the faulty wiring, but a Kalitta Air cargo flight simply broke up...

What really happened in the crashes of Pan Am 103 at Lockerbie, Scotland; KAL 007; TWA 800; and so many other Boeing 747s? Blame the Russians, the Libyans, the faulty wiring, but a Kalitta Air cargo flight simply broke up during take-off at Brussels Airport, Belgium on May 25, 2008.

Boeing 747s have had metal fatigue cracking problems, as documented by Carl Davies in Plane Truth. Pan Am 103, a Boeing 747-121, was owned by Pan American Airways which on the verge of bankruptcy already and may have ignored problems with its fleet of older Boeing 747 aircraft.

The plane in question, registration number N739PA, was the fifteenth model rolled off the Boeing assembly line in Everett, Washington. Companies such as British Airways, which demanded expensive modification before it would purchase the planes, did not consider the plane airworthy as it was first presented.

According to one “no bomb” theory, the simplest explanation would be that Section 41 separates from Section 42 while in flight, cutting off power to the Black Boxes, the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data Recorder. Or maybe several factors turn a survivable incident into complete obliteration. The questions have not been put to rest by trials of Libyans that presaged a complete reversal in US-Libyan relations and opening of new commercial possibilities.

How is it that the disaster scene at Lockerbie was cordoned off and swarming with intelligence operatives just hours after the event? Is there a cover-up, with alternative stories proffered to persuade the cynics? Who are the winners in this series of failures − and what does this say about the geopolitics of global power players and pressure tactics on oil-producing countries?

For information on the latest incident, click here: Boeing 747 splits in two on take off.



Pages 244
Year: 2001
LC Classification: TL553.5 .D39
Dewey code: 363.12'465—dc21
BISAC: TRA002040
BISAC: POL037000
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ISBN: 978-1-892941-57-2
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