Wednesday, 7 February 2007

JFK Junior to blame for crash?

An audio recording of a conversation between an airport intern and a Federal Administration Dispatcher, which may provide clues as to the reason why the plane carrying JFK Junior and two others crashed, has been released.

Transcripts of the conversation between Adam Budd (student employed at Martha’s Vineyard Airport), and the Automated Flight Service Station in Bridgeport was publicly announced and reported four days after the July 1999 crash.

In a quiet tone, Budd is asking if the FAA can locate Kennedy’s plane.

"Well, who are you?" an unidentified FAA dispatcher asked.

"I'm with airport operations," Budd said not stating which airport he was calling from.

He then said: "Actually, Kennedy Jr.'s on board. He's uh, they want to know, uh, where he is."

Budd retreated when information he wanted wasn’t given

"OK, well, if it's too much trouble, it's ... I'll just have 'em wait. ... It's not a big deal," he said, according to the 1999 transcript.

This call was recorded four hours before a search and rescue mission was put together. Kennedy, his sister-in-law and his wife were all killed when the Piper Saratoga crashed seven miles away from his home.

The blame was pushed onto pilot error saying Kennedy wasn’t experienced enough for nighttime flying and became disorientated.

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