It was on this day (July 17, 1996) twenty-two years ago that a sleepy, seven-hour flight from New York’s JFK airport to Paris burst into a fireball and plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean. No one survived.
Two years after the flight, with no clear cause, conspiracies flew: Syrian-backed terrorist shot it down and President Clinton suppressed info to win re-election.
Clinton had it shot down because two of the passengers were Arkansas troopers on their way to Paris to spill-the-beans on Clinton’s corruption to Le Monde newspaper.
Then the most popular: a friendly-fire missile strike.
|Pierre Salinger 1970
The missile strike rumor was mainly being splattered about by Pierre Salinger: a World War II veteran turned spokesman for President John F Kennedy, and finally, the character “Lucky Pierre” on the 60’s television version of Batman. Salinger wrote a book and went on the media-circuit tour stating he had proof the aircraft was shot down by “friendly fire” from the USA. His proof from a video-still of a blip of light headed for the aircraft just seconds before the crash. This claim became more valued when 150 eyewitnesses came out and stated that they had seen a light hit the plane before its crash.
|Salinger as a crooked lawyer on Batman.
In the end, CIA investigators answered the call by stating that the “strike of light” the witnesses saw, was just leaky fuel, which fuels exploded from a bad wire, and that the aircraft had faulted wiring.
So that should have ended it, but then, why did the CIA get involved in commercial airline flight?
It’s a conspiracy.