Monday, December 31, 2007

FAA Withholds Pre-9/11 ID

FAA Withholds Pre-9/11 ID Confirming Aircraft Serial Number Data Of
9/11 Planes
Aidan Monaghan

A Freedom of Information Act request of the Federal Aviation
Administration, seeking the last known serial number data of aircraft
components contained by the aircraft used to carry out the 9/11
attacks, that are known to have been collected by the Federal Bureau
of Investigation and National Transportation Safety Board from all 3
9/11 plane crash scenes, has been denied.

Refusal to release this footnote data (that is crucial to confirming
the U.S. government's positions regarding the federal registry
identifications of the civil aircraft used during the 9/11 attacks)
was not per any established FAA information request exemptions,
normally cited by federal agencies that deny FOIA requests:

The FAA along with the FBI, have now declared that 9/11 aircraft
component serial number data that would confirm the publically known
opinions regarding the 9/11 planes, provided by the FAA, FBI and the
National Transportation Safety Board, is exempt from public

The FBI's refusal to release the serial number data contained by
aircraft components collected from the 9/11 plane crash scenes has
resulted in a civil lawsuit filed in federal court, seeking to obtain
this information:

Per U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, all federally registered civil
aircraft are to contain uniquely numbered components:

The cited 11/26/2007 FAA FOIA request specifically requested the

"That which reveals or indicates the unique identifying information
(i.e.: serial numbers, etc.), of the Flight Data Recorders (FDR's)
and Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR's) that were last contained within
the following deregistered aircraft, used during the terrorist
attacks of September 11, 2001."

The cited 12/4/2007 FAA FOIA request specifically requested the

"Documentation that reveals any unique identifying information
(serial numbers, etc.), of the engines, landing gear or other
components that may be deemed relevant."

The federal government has released an abundance of data regarding
the planes used to carry out the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

- All airline flight numbers.
- All alleged FAA aircraft registry data.
- All air traffic control audio recordings between ATC and said
- Aircraft flight path study data for 3 of the 4 said flights that
- Aircraft departure times and departure locations.
- Crash times.
- Total numbers and identities of passengers who perished.
- The alleged identities of those accused of hijacking each aircraft.

However, the FBI and now the FAA, has refused to reveal aircraft
component serial number data in their possessions, that would confirm
the alleged federal registry identifications of the commercial civil
aircraft said to have been used to carry out the 9/11 attacks.

By document labeled "Remarks of Carol Carmody Vice-Chairman, National
Transportation Safety Board Leadership in Times of Crisis Seminar",
it is indicated that the director of the FBI requested that the
NTSB "help identify aircraft parts" belonging to the said aircraft.

By document labeled "Testimony of Marion C. Blakey, Chairman National
Transportation Safety Board before the Committee on Commerce, Science
and Transportation United States Senate", it is indicated that the
NTSB assisted the FBI with the process of "aircraft parts
identification" regarding the said aircraft.

A 12/16/2007 public correspondence e-mail inquiry of the NTSB posed
the following question:

"Will the NTSB refer to recovered aircraft component serial number
data, to determine the positive ID of an aircraft following a mishap,
in the absence of other identifying data?"

The following e-mail response was provided by a Susan Stevenson of
the NTSB on 12/26/2007:

"Yes. NTSB investigators rarely encounter a scenario when the
identification of an accident aircraft is not apparent. But during
those occasions, investigators will record serial numbers of major
components, and then contact the manufacturer of those components in
an attempt to determine what aircraft the component was installed

The above cited method of identification was apparently required to
obtain the positive identifications of American Airlines flight 11
and United Airlines flight 175, which crashed into the World Trade
Center towers.

By FAA documents identified as "Summary of Air Traffic Hijack
Events", pages 4 and 13, it is indicated that American Airlines
flight 11 (N334AA) and United Airlines flight 175 (N612UA) were not
transmitting proper transponder identification data at the time of
their respective destructions and that therefore, proper aircraft
identification cannot have been obtained from this absent or
erroneous data.

By documents labeled "NOTES TO CHAPTER 1", page 456, of the "Final
Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the
United States" (2004), it is indicated that "the CVRs and FDRs from
American 11 and United 175 were not found" and that therefore, proper
aircraft identification cannot have been obtained from this absent

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