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- May 2, 2002
- NTSB and CVR's
- by Glen Schulze
- Jack Murphy has his son's last 31 minutes of his life carefully
and prominently placed on his fireplace mantle in the form of
the actual CVR accident tape from his son's last flight. And,
Mr. Murphy has had it copied so he can safely replay it on his
- The NTSB in 1995 said Capt. John Murphy and his co-pilot
had become disoriented and then flew their Beech 1900C into the
waters off Block Island, Rhode Island, killing all three United
Express pilots, all 29 years of age. Jack Murphy said "NO
WAY was this pilot error" and hired a Philadelphia Lawyer,
Arthur Wolk, who litigated the actual CVR tape out of the hands
of the NTSB and got it to Professor Ron Stearman (of the Stearman
Bi-Plane family) at the University of Texas in Austin.
- Professor Stearmann proved to a US District Court that the
CVR tape contained airframe vibrations indicative of the engine
mount and airframe disintegrating in the air at 2000 ft.
- These vibrations went right by the NTSB "experts"
without so much as glance. And, the CVR tape shows Capt. John
Murphy was in complete control of all his senses right up to
the airframe sudden disintegration at 2000 ft. That's what Jack
Murphy needed to hear!
- The Airline Pilots Association and the NTSB and the FBI,
all who want to have secrecy of accident CVR tape contents have
got to earn that privilege. But not one of them has come close
to convincing us they have earned that right, over the public's
right to know everything contained on the CVR tape.
- Glen H. Schulze
- Expert CVR witness on the 1995 Murphy Vs Beech litigation
- Glen's work history includes NASA in Tape Recording and
Telemetry Systems Engineering
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