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Aircraft crashes after crocodile on board escapes

Aircraft crashes after crocodile on board escapes and sparks panic – Telegraph: “A small airliner crashed into a house, killing a British pilot and 19 others after a crocodile smuggled into the aircraft in a sports bag escaped and started a panic.”

An odd sort of story to publish two months after the event, which perhaps gives it something of the flavour of an urban legend, especially the “sole survivor” angle.

But, assuming it is true, one of the fascinating aspects of the story is thinking about how aircraft accident investigators would have worked out what had happened if there had been no survivors. The cockpit voice recorder would surely not record panic in the passenger cabin, and the flight recorder would just record that the plane suddenly became nose-heavy and crashed. The position of bodies might show how that happened, but it would not explain why. It could have become one of the great unsolved mysteries of aviation.

Conspiracy theories abound after Polish plane crash

One of my first thoughts on hearing the news of the plane crash involving the Polish president and several other government officials was that the last time such a thing happened, when the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a plane crash in 1994, the result was genocide in which more than a million people were killed. I hoped that this plane crash was not going to lead to anything similar, and for a couple of weeks it seemed quiet, but now the conspiracy theories are starting to fly around the Internet.

According to conspiracy theorists:

  • The plane was shot down
  • The Russians created artificial fog
  • The Russians moved the runway lights

Devilishly clever, these Russians — creating artificial fog so that the people in the plane can’t see them shooting at it, and yet being able to see in the fog to be able to shoot it down. And then there is this: THE BIG WOBBLE: The guy who filmed the shots fired at the POLISH PLANE CRASH WAS ASSASSINATED:

Author of the video seen by everyone by now has been stabbed near Kijow on 4.15 and transported in critical condition to the hospital in Kijow. On 4.16 three unidentified individuals unplugged him from life support system and stabbed him 3 more times. Andrij was pronounced dead that afternoon. Russian government claims it was a coincidence.

and this

The Vatic Project: ALERT: Cameraman filming the crash of Polish President is Assassinated:

Wow, this just keeps getting more and more bizarre. There are now two videos, the one you first saw on vatic project when this all broke, and below it is done again only this time its being shown below with english subtitles of the voices both in the background and the camera man. The camera man was killed on the 15th and immediately afterward, the original video was replaced and if it wasn’t downloaded then its gone. A new movie was put up to replace it which basically eliminates all that was seen in the first movie.

I just hope that it won’t follow the precedent set in Rwanda and Burundi, and that it doesn’t lead to a second Katyn massacre.

Assassination of Juvénal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The airplane carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down as it prepared to land in Kigali, Rwanda. The assassination set in motion some of the bloodiest events of the late 20th century. Responsibility for the attack is disputed, with most theories proposing as suspects either the rebellious Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) or government-aligned Hutu extremists opposed to negotiation with the RPF.

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