The NTSB has written off the eyewitness reports of over 100 people who
saw a streak from the surface intersect with Flight 800 causing a
massive fireball and immediate decent into the ocean below. They
did this by claiming that these eyewitnesses saw, not a missile, but the
"burning aircraft in various stages of crippled flight" ascending
another 3000 ft after the initial explosion in the center wing tank.
They called this a "Zoom Climb"
Notwithstanding the physical impossibility of this Zoom Climb after the
aircraft lost 1/3 of its fuselage, the evidence from the crew of the
Adak proves that this Zoom Climb did not happen. They reported spotting
the Tail Section of the aircraft in the early debris field (red zone).
In order for a zoom climb to have occurred, the tail would have to be
intact until it reached the green zone where the rest of the fuselage
was located, over 1 mile away. If the report from the Adak is
true, then the zoom climb never happened and the eyewitnesses must have
seen something else streaking up to strike Flight 800.
First let us look at the Adak's position prior to the crash. The
the Adak was 5.4 nm from the
crash site. The Adak reported spotting the crash at 8:39 pm and
reported arriving on the scene
at 9:09 pm.
With the Adak's cruising speed of 30 knots, it should have arrived in 5
minutes but it took 30 minutes to arrive on scene. On the other
hand, the Adak's crew reported
were 15nm away at the time of the crash and took off at 30 knots to
reach the crash site. As soon as they arrived at the debris field
they spotted the tail section. 3 of the
6 crew members
interviewed by the FBI reported seeing the Tail
Section when they arrived on the scene. A
graphic of the radar
at 8:47pm shows the
Adak on the way to the crash site.
The Adak's report of finding the tail section in the early debris field
is backed up by the report by Captain Adams of the fishing vessel B.J.
O’Neil when he was interviewed by CDR Donaldson.
Excerpts from the Interim Report
from CDR Donaldson's
press conference on July 17, 1998 shows the location of Captain Adams
and the other debris field locations.
Pat Milton's book, In the Blink of an Eye,
describes the scene
and the location of the tail section as being in
the Red Zone which is in stark contrast to the NTSB's position that it
was intact until it crashed in the Green Zone.
Radar data released by the NTSB under FIOA reveals the
track of the Adak
as it approached the
debris field. It entered the debris field
in the Red Zone and
headed west, away from the Green Zone, therefore it could only have seen
the Tail Section in the Red Zone. The Red Zone is the area where
the Nose Section landed and for the tail to be in the same vicinity it
had to have come off at the same time as the nose. This
shows that the Adak was not
anywhere near the Green Zone.
Finally, Captain McClaine, in a commercial airliner was heading
southwest at about 17,000 ft. when he saw
Flight 800 explode
and immediately descend into the ocean.
Captain McClaine was 3,000 feet higher that Flight 800 at the time it
exploded and if Flight 800 had climbed 3,000 feet as postulated by the NTSB's Zoom
Climb theory, Capt. McClaine could hardly have missed such an amazing feat.
Yet he reported it exploding
directly falling into the ocean. In his
he said " the other
aircraft exploded into a large ball of flames. Almost immediately
two flaming objects, with flames trailing almost 4000 ft behind them,
fell out of the ball of flame."
Without a tail section, the aircraft could not have
climbed 3,000 ft. trailing burning fuel. Captain McClaine
testified that it went straight down into the ocean. So, if the
aircraft did not climb 3,000 ft., what did the 100 eyewitnesses, who saw
a "rocket like" object streak from the surface to the point where Flight
800 exploded, see?
A reasonable person would have to conclude it was a missile.