Re: Swissair MD-11 (SR 111, JFK-GVA) crash off Nova Scotia

Date:         09 Sep 98 04:12:02 
From:         "Dave and Bernice Campbell" <dcampbell@navnet.net>
Organization: Sprint Canada Inc.
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I live about 30 kilometres from the crash site, and am a member of the same
fire department that was first on-scene. The fishermen that were first to
reach the debris field report very small pieces of wreckage, and that the
site was more terrifying than they had even thought it would be(many of
these fishermen are also Auxiliary Coast Guard members and are used to
recovering bodies from the ocean). There is absolutely no hope of finding
survivors.
	Apparently another 7 minutes and they would have made Halifax
International Airport(which is also where I work for Pratt and Whitney
Canada). One person I know has wondered if it was a deliberate ditching. A
fisherman has now reported that a navigation buoy near the scene has had
the top ten feet of it sheared off from an impact, and one report said that
the radar track showed that the plane made a circle off the coast, but
whether to dump fuel or to prepare for a crash landing was unknown(I've yet
to hear other news agencies report this radar track so I don't know if it's
for certain).
	So far there do not appear to be any possible criminal undertones to
this crash. Let's just hope a definitive cause can be found.

Dave Campbell