CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO: What did Eric’s friend mean when he was recorded in a video saying, “Eric just got jacked up the ass?” Somehow, this question has never been explored in any of the investigations.
Eye witness Tom Hagler, reports that when the airplane stopped for fuel, he opened the restroom in his hanger for the passengers. Hagler reported that he saw a group of “about a dozen children and four adults Sunday morning” at the Oroville Municipal Airport, about 70 miles north of Sacramento. Hagler, owner of Table Mountain Aviation, described the children as ranging from about 6- to 10-year olds. He let the children into his building to use the restroom. “There were a lot of kids in the group,” he said. “A lot of really cute kids.”
The 10 foot deep crater: If the plane left a 10′ deep crater, why is the investigator in the the 3rd picture below walking off with a virtually unscathed propller blade? Seems to this aviation mechanic, that the prop was NOT spinning on impact, therefore we conclude that it is very likely the plane was overloaded and not carrying enough gas. With 17 people aboard, the plane’s fuel load was limited. Was the change in flight plans, a low on fuel diversion?
Mark Rosenker, acting chairman of the NTSB, said Monday that the agency would calculate the weight of the luggage, fuel and passengers.
“Lap children can be allowed on an aircraft up to the age of 2,” Rosenker said. “We can’t tell you if in fact they were sitting on the laps or not.” [the plane only has TEN seats total!!!!]
Investigators said they have no reason to believe the plane ran out of fuel or had mechanical problems.
Witnesses who saw the plane overhead immediately knew something was terribly wrong.
“I heard the engine, and I look up to see it spinning and going into a nose dive,” Kenny Gulick, who witnessed the crash, told “Good Morning America.” “It was spinning. Normally, it would be at 90 degrees. It was at 180 degrees. … The pitch of the nose tried to move up slowly, but it was too close to the ground.”
Butte residents Steve and Martha Guidoni and her husband raced to the scene when they witnessed the plane spiral down. Moments later, it crashed straight into the ground.
“It came in the wrong angle and it was pretty low and then it was like something stopped midair, and it went boom,” Martha Guidoni told ABC News. “I could not fathom seeing what I’ve seen. I just kept telling him, it’s too unreal to be real. … It looked like a meteorite hit the ground. … I’ve never seen anything so scary in my life.”
The plane crash left a 10-foot deep crater at the cemetery. At the fiery wreckage, Steve hoped he would find a miracle, but he didn’t see it.
ABC News’ Lisa Fletcher contributed to this report.
A worker carries a piece of propeller as NTSB investigators and local authorities scour the scene at Holy Cross Cemetery, scene of the fatal plane crash which killed 14 people.
By Associated Press
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) – Half an hour before a small plane crashed in Montana, killing all 14 aboard, the pilot requested a change in course from Bozeman to Butte. Why he did that is emerging as a key mystery.
Flying at 25,000 feet, pilot Buddy Summerfield requested the diversion shortly before the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 crashed at the edge of Butte’s airport Sunday about 75 miles away from Bozeman.
National Transportation Safety Board acting Chairman Mark Rosenker said finding out why the plane diverted is at the forefront of his agency’s investigation.
“It begins with that question – the 25,000-foot diversion to go to Butte,” Rosenker said.
Summerfield said nothing to controllers to indicate he was having trouble, and did not say why he was changing course from Bozeman to Butte.
The probe into the crash will include a review of Summerfield’s medical history, based on speculation that a heart attack or other health issue might have been at fault. Rosenker said air traffic controllers detected no strain in the 65-year-old pilot’s voice during his final communications.
Rosenker also revealed that the plane’s landing gear was down but its wing flaps were up at the time of the crash. That’s unusual for a landing aircraft but not unheard of, said the investigator in charge of the accident, Dennis Hogenson.
Also under scrutiny are weather conditions that could have caused icing on the plane’s wings and possible overloading. The plane was configured to seat just 10 people, but the fact that several of the 14 passengers were small children has dampened speculation that excess weight was a factor.
The investigation has been hampered by the lack of a cockpit voice recorder or data recorder, which were not required on the private flight. Rosenker said his agency may subpoena cell phone records of the victims to see if they could provide further clues.
While descending toward Butte’s Bert Mooney Airport, the plane passed through a layer of air at about 1,500 feet that was conducive to icing because the temperature was below freezing and the air “had 100 percent relative humidity or was saturated,” according to AccuWeather, a forecasting service in State College, Pa.
Safety experts said similar icing conditions existed when a Continental Airlines twin-engine turboprop crashed into a home near Buffalo Niagara International Airport last month, killing 50.
A possible stall created by ice – and the pilot’s reaction to it – has been the focus of the Buffalo investigation, which remains open.
NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said it was too early to single out any one factor in the Butte crash.
“We’re looking at mechanical issues. We’re looking at weather. We’re looking at the structure of the aircraft. We’re looking at human performance, weight and balance issues,” Holloway said.
Do the rich businessmen called “fat cats” belong to the Yellowstone Club?
The Yellowstone Club is in bankruptcy, why?
This video reveals proof that the 10-month long Sheriff’s investigation has holes in it big enough to drive a Mac truck through.
by Julie Hayden
FOX 31 news-March 10, 2009
DENVER – Surprising testimony in a police brutality trial has revealed an alleged cover-up in a case that the Denver City Council has already settled for almost $1 million.
It came in the trial of veteran Denver gang officer Charles Porter who is accused of felony first degree assault in the beating of 16-year-old Juan Vasquez.
The incident happened last April near 37th and Pecos. Officer Cameron Moerman told jurors he had arrested Vasquez after a foot chase, and the teen was handcuffed, face down on the ground. He says suddenly Porter started jumping up and down on the teen’s back.
Vasquez suffered serious injuries to his internal organs and was hospitalized for more than a week. Moerman testified he was “shocked” at Porter’s actions and called them “excessive” and “unnecessary” force.
He said he did not mention Porter’s actions to anyone else or put them in the police reports. He says he did not want to get Porter in trouble, When the prosecutor asked if there was pressure within the Police Department not to report negative things on other officers, Moerman paused and replied “I don’t know how to answer that.”
But he added he did feel there was a ‘good possibility” he would be negatively impacted if he did report it. The case has already cost Denver taxpayers nearly one million dollars, in a civil court settlement with the teen.
Porter’s trial continues tomorrow.
The Police Independent Monitor, Chief and Mayor’s office say they cannot comment on anything until the case is concluded.
It’s been almost 10 years since the Columbine High School shootings, and still no one outside the legal teams at odds in a pair of long-settled civil suits has seen the depositions of the parents of shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. And that’s the way it’s going to stay for at least 20 years, thanks to a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Holland & Hart partner A. Bruce Jones came into the case relatively late on behalf of the family of Columbine student Mike Taylor, who was seriously wounded in the shootings. Taylor’s family sued a drug company who had manufactured a psychotropic drug taken by one of the shooters prior to the massacre. That suit came alongside another brought by the families of two murdered students against the parents of Harris and Klebold.
The two suits were settled quickly, but not before lawyers in both deposed the killer’s parents. Under the terms of a unique protective order, a special master controlled access to court records in the cases — including the depositions.
“I have never seen a case where discovery materials were so closely monitored,” Jones says.
Various parties have sued to have those records opened up, on the basis of their historical value and the possibility that they could help experts prevent similar attacks in the future. Last year, a federal judge ruled that the records should belong to the National Archives and Records Administration, but that they should remain sealed for another 20 years.
Two sets of plaintiffs appealed to the 10th Circuit, but for very different reasons.
The parents of two of the murdered students — represented by a local boutique headed by Barry K. Arrington — argued that the depositions belonged to the parents and not the National Archives. Jones, meanwhile, argued that an expert on child violence should be able to examine the depositions immediately, and says he would have been open to having the records available in the National Archives at some point.
“That’s better than essentially having them buried for the next 20 years,” Jones says.
On Monday, a three-judge panel ruled 2-1 to uphold the district court’s ruling to transfer the documents to the National Archives but keep them under seal for another 20 years.
One strange twist: the 2-1 majority said it was difficult for them to open up the deposition records because they themselves didn’t have the chance to read them — even though the judge at the district level, Lewis Babcock, read the depositions as part of his ruling in the case. The majority chastised Jones for not asking Babcock to include the depositions in its filing with the appeals court.
“I was really whip-sawed by that,” Jones says. “That seems off the wall to me.”
Jones says Taylor’s family probably found him because of his role in representing the family of Dave Sanders, a teacher slain in the attacks. The Holland team on that case argued that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s department violated Sanders’ civil rights by failing to rescue him as he lay wounded inside the school for several hours. Sanders’ daughter settled the case for $1.5 million, and her lawyers, including Jones, agreed never to discuss what they learned about the shootings, according to this story from theRocky Mountain News.
This article first appeared on The Am Law Daily blog on AmericanLawyer.com.
(CBS/AP) Authorities had at least 15 contacts with the Columbine High School killers dating back two years before their murderous attack, the state attorney general said Thursday in a report that angered families of the victims.
Attorney General Ken Salazar also said he is investigating whether authorities tried to cover up what they knew about the rampage. However, he did not blame the Jefferson County sheriff’s office for missing warning signs about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and said he found no evidence of negligence.
But the attorney general said his investigation is not complete and has grown since he was asked to look into contacts between the killers and investigators beginning in 1997, two years before the attack.
Salazar said his staff interviewed two former sheriff’s officials just this week. He also said authorities are still trying to find a file detailing a search warrant affidavit for Harris’ home after a pipe bomb was found along a bike path in 1998 — a search that never took place.
“We are still looking for that file,” Salazar said.
Asked if he thought there was a cover-up, he said: “I do not know today.” Speaking in a room with somber families of the dead staring at him from the back wall, Salazar promised to issue a supplemental report.
Harris, 18, and Klebold, 17, killed 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives at the school near Littleton on April 20, 1999. It remains the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
“In the end, none of the many efforts to open up the Columbine records, including today’s activity, will mean much beyond passing curiosity if we cannot learn from this tragedy,” Salazar said at a news conference.
Salazar said his investigators looked at how sheriff’s officials reacted to 1997 complaints about Harris, from a thrown snowball that cracked a car window to a prank telephone call.
There were more ominous signs, too: Authorities have said an anonymous tip that year led a deputy to a Web site run by Harris that said the two teens had built pipe bombs and concluded: “Now our only problem is to find the place that will be ‘ground zero.”‘
Family members said Salazar’s report failed to give them the answers they crave.
“This raises more questions than it answers,” said Dawn Anna, whose daughter, Lauren Townsend, died at Columbine. “I would disagree that there was no negligence.”
Nearby, more than 150 people lined up to view a vast and chilling display of evidence — the murder weapons, bullet fragments, the chairs and tables where the victims were gunned down.
The collection includes computer screens, shell casings and pieces of clothing sealed in bags. It features everything from the guns the teenage attackers used to kill classmates, to the furniture from the cafeteria where many died, to arrest and autopsy reports, reports CBS News Correspondent Bob McNamara.
There are also amateur videos of Harris and Klebold, similar to the chilling images released last year of the pair practicing with their deadly arsenal six weeks before the school attack.
A message board put up in a school window that day still says in blue Magic Marker: “1 bleeding to death.”
Authorities also released two videos, one of the anxious scene in a park across the street from the school that day, and another, 90-minute compilation of videos made by Harris and Klebold.
Much of the material is headed for the state archives. Relatives of the dead and survivors of the horrific attack saw much of it for the first time in a private viewing Wednesday.
“This new information isn’t likely to change the legal dynamic involved in this tragedy. The lawsuits brought years ago by the family members of victims were either dismissed or settled or both. And I’m not sure there is anything in this newly-released batch of evidence that would permit anyone to reopen their case,” says CBSNews.com Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen.
“Seeing the evidence and information, I think, reinforces the notion that many survivors and family members of victims have — that the authorities missed plenty of opportunities to do more to reign in Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold before they killed all those people. But from a legal perspective, it won’t change a thing — the law in Colorado and elsewhere is very protective of public officials in these sorts of circumstances,” says Cohen.
Darrell Scott, whose daughter Rachel was killed in the massacre, told CBS News Early Show that seeing the evidence was “impossible to fully describe.”
“It was an emotional event for everyone there to walk in and see,” he told the “And probably the most emotional for any one of us would be to see the weapon that killed our child or that killed the teacher.”
A key part of Salazar’s investigation looked at work done by former sheriff’s deputy John Hicks. Sheriff Ted Mink asked Salazar to investigate why a 1997 report by Hicks — found in a folder last October — was never reviewed as part of the probe into the shootings.
Hicks also looked into a 1998 complaint that Harris posted a death threat against a fellow student on the Web site, along with descriptions of pipe bombs he and Klebold built.
Randy and Judy Brown, whose son was named in the threat, reported the information to the sheriff’s office. A warrant was drafted to search Harris’ home, but it was never executed.
Hicks left the department in 2000 and now lives in South Carolina.
Tom Mauser, whose son, Daniel, was killed at the school, said he wanted more details about why the search never took place.
“If we’re going to learn lessons, that’s a key part of it,” he said. “Why did law enforcement stop where it did?”
Article: ASPEN PARK MURDER STUNS RESIDENTS.(News)
Article from:Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) Article date:May 30, 2005 Author:Poppen, Julie; Torkelson, Jean Copyright
Byline: Julie Poppen And Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News
ASPEN PARK — Residents of this small mountain community east of Conifer can’t believe anyone would murder a 70-year-old neighbor.
One man in the live-and-let-live community of Aspen Park is convinced that Patrick Housand, a member of the Knights of Columbus and an active Catholic, was mauled to death by a mountain lion as he left for work before dawn Saturday.
But Jefferson County sheriff’s officials are calling the death a homicide. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Tallman declined to comment on the cause of death Sunday despite abundant rumors circulating among Aspen Park residents.