This is a post I would have published a week ago, except that there were problems in publishing anything.
I am still amazed at how gullible people are concerning the JFK Jr. “assassination.” I stumbled onto this site, and while I watched only a small portion of it (from about 15:00 to 19:12, which concerns Kennedy’s pilot skills and the flight), what is striking is how authoritative the narrator sounds. Consider what he says beginning at 18:16 and keep in mind that he mentions no source other than the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) account of the accident:
The plane completed the turn and stopped its descent. The plane was now at 2200 feet, but it’s against FAA regulations for a plane to fly below 2500 feet without first contacting the tower, so in a manner which is absolutely typical of John’s carefulness in following procedures, he brought the plane back up to 2500 feet.
There are all kinds of problems with this statement. Let me enumerate:
1. There is no such regulation as he has stated it. I presume, since he refers to a tower, that what he means is that Kennedy had made an incursion into the airspace of the Martha’s Vineyard airport (MVY) and that he was supposed to have contacted the tower before doing so. Now MVY is a Class D airport, and their airspace typically extends up to 2500 feet, so this is probably what he is referring to. (According to current sectional charts, it is 2600, but whether that was true or not back then, I don’t know.) But why not just say he made an incursion into the MVY airspace?
2. The claim made is that Kennedy was careful about following procedures, and so he felt he had to go back up to 2500 feet because of his accidental incursion into the MVY airspace. Well, if he had been careful, he wouldn’t have made an incursion. He would have stopped his descent at 2500 feet.
3. Also, his manner of dealing with this accidental incursion does not suggest to me that he was being careful about following procedures. I imagine that the correct procedure would be to contact the tower as soon as possible and apologize for not having done so already. Slithering off out of MVY’s airspace without any contact just sounds rather sneaky. Imagine if he had done that in a prohibited area, like near the White House! In my (admittedly limited) experience, people in the control tower want to know what is going on; they would want you to make contact, even if contact was made later than it should have been.
4. Was he even in MVY’s airspace? Class D airspace is, as I said, typically 2500 feet high, but it only extends in a four-mile radius around the airport. Since the narrator acknowledges at 18:38 that shortly after the climb to 2500 feet, Kennedy was still fourteen miles from the airport, he really had no need to worry about getting back up to that height.
There are problems with other things the narrator says, but I’ve done enough to show that it’s not even worth the time in pointing them out. Here is a better video to look at, from a flight instructor.
Meanwhile, here’s someone’s comment:
They already scared Ted away with Chappaquidick. E. Howard Hunt was present in Chappaquidick the day Ted supposedly swam away from a drowning woman. Something weird about that.
So, yeah, there are people out there who don’t even believe that Ted was responsible for Mary Joe Kopechne’s death. And this just goes to show, as Quine has reminded us, that you can believe anything you want, so long as you make enough adjustments elsewhere in your web of beliefs.