Open Letter to the NTSB
Re: Flight 587 Debris Field in Jamaica Bay and Other Debris on Land
Whom It May Concern At The NTSB:
and The Wave are requesting the following from the NTSB related to the debris
field in Jamaica Bay, and debris found on land a distance from the crash site:
Make available all photographs and video NTSB may possess taken in
Jamaica Bay on November 12th, 2001
The Public Information Division (DCPI) at the NYPD, has stated to
U.S.Read that they will not release any photographs or videotape taken by the
NYPD unless the NTSB explicitly gives the "o.k." to do so. Therefore, U.S.Read and The Wave request that the NTSB
contact DCPI at the NYPD and grant that authorization.
Phone number for Lieutenant Burke at DCPI will be provided below. NTSB
should specifically request that pictures taken by any NYPD units, including but
not limited to:
The Crime Scene Unit (CSU) in Jamaica, NY
The Harbor Unit at Floyd Bennett Field
The 100th Precinct
should be released to U.S.Read and The Wave.
CSU has informed U.S.Read that such pictures are considered "crime scene
evidence" and "are never released except under order by a Judge".
U.S.Read informed CSU that the NTSB announced at the Flight 587 Hearings
that criminal activity has been ruled out, but CSU needs to hear this from the
NTSB. CSU's phone number will also
be provided below.
3. NTSB has in their possession several pictures taken by
Witness # 321 of debris in the Bay that he and his friends recovered and then
turned over to either an NYPD or Coast Guard vessel. This witness' boat was just
east of the flight path along with witnesses # 18 and #122. U.S.Read and The Wave request the release of all the pictures
surrendered to you by Witness # 321.
4. Several, if not dozens, of pieces of debris from flight 587
landed up to 3/4 statute mile away from the crash site, on land.
Aside from the engines and tail section, the NTSB has provided no
pictures in the Structures reports of that debris.
Your Structures Report mentions the "left wingtip" at 116th
Street but there was no specific mention or pictures of the following, for
two "panels" found on the roof of the Rockaway Sunset Diner at 116th
Street and Beach Channel Drive. These pieces were at least 8 square feet each.
Witness # 292 describes a 4 foot by 4 foot section picked up at 116th street
the left winglet at 125th street and Cronston Ave.
(d) what appeared to be a crew member's or flight attendant's seat belt
near the winglet at 125th street. I
have the names of the two residents who picked it up and surrendered it to the
authorities. The seat belt was
slightly sooted and left some residue on their hands.
requests the release of pictures (with descriptions) of all debris recovered
away from the crash site and that the NTSB produce a map of this debris field.
Seasoned Air Crash Investigators are surprised to learn that such a map
does not exist.
On July 10th, 2002, a Rockaway resident submitted to an NYPD detective charred
pages from a book (in english text) entitled "Manual of Islamic
Behavior", that were said to have been recovered at the crash site.
The FBI recovered other pages from this book on the day of the crash.
The resident who surrendered the pages from this book to the NYPD did so
with the understanding that a copy would be made and returned to this resident.
This was not done. The NYPD
forwarded these pages to FBI Special Agent (name withheld) in Queens, NY.
The NYPD stated to U.S.Read that this is "an ongoing criminal
investigation". U.S.Read sees
yet another instance where the NTSB should update the NYPD (and perhaps the FBI)
that this is an ongoing "accident" investigation.
This might encourage the FBI to release the pages from the book back to
the resident, or, if the FBI has connected these pages to a specific passenger
on board 587, then perhaps the Family Affairs Office at the NTSB should ensure
that the family of the passenger will be given this and any other personal
effects the FBI may be withholding. Either
way, there seems to be no legal basis (since there is no criminal investigation)
for the FBI to continue holding this debris that either belongs to the resident
who found it or to the family of the passenger.
requests for Jamaica Bay pictures have been initiated due to corroborated
eyewitness statements in the NTSB's Flight 587 docket, and in followup
interviews with those witnesses by U.S.Read, that:
luggage and escape chute(s) were seen falling out of the sky along with flight
587 and ...
luggage and possibly one escape chute/raft were seen floating in Jamaica Bay
immediately after the crash.
current position, as you informed U.S.Read, is that no such debris fell into the
Bay, or away from the main crash site.
DCPI @ NYPD - 646-610-6700, ext 8792
Crime Scene Unit - 718-558-8822 and 8823
/ The Wave