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- July 12, 2002
- Flight 587
- An Open Letter to Aviation Week
- Brett M. Hoffstadt
- The Wave, a New York publication, published this article
- Where was Av Week? Why
wasn't somebody there from your staff? Will there be any account of
this meeting in your publication? If not, why not? Forgive my
bluntness, but if you don't see a newsworthy story here, I am shocked.
I was at this meeting myself, and can tell you these witness accounts
were far too specific, detailed, and consistent to be ignored or
discounted. I'd like to ask your New York correspondent to do some
basic reporting. (On site, not at a press conference!)
- It's one thing for the major media to ignore or bury this story.
It's a sad day indeed if the most respected aviation news publication
decides the truth, or first-hand accounts, are better left unchecked.
- Why were so many witnesses drawn to look at this aircraft because
of an *explosive sound*? Why did these same witnesses then see fire,
smoke, falling debris, or other unusual events? If you heard the many
accounts I did that night, you would have plenty of work to do. I don't
know a lot about this incident, and it's a shame I have to travel 150
miles to try and learn about it.
- Does your publication have a mission statement? I'd like to know
where in that it says you will report and investigate important matters
in the aerospace and aviation industry, except when they are
politically incorrect. Why bother having a free press if you let our
government dictate what the story is, or is not?
- If you think you're doing yourselves, our industry, or the
citizens of this country any favors, you should have heard from the
victims' family members who want answers. You are also losing
credibility with more than half the pilot community, who by one pilot's
account at the meeting, know you are not doing an honest job. If it was
my publication, that would concern me deeply.
- I would be honored to reward you with my subscription and
advertising dollars if I saw you had the courage and integrity to
pursue this story the way it deserves. Indeed, the way you have pursued
many stories in the past. I think such a policy would be a huge boost
to your business and stature. But until then, I'll continue to spend my
own money and time doing the work myself.
- Brett M. Hoffstadt
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