Full El Al flight took off on 9/11 from JFK to Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 22:17

has learned from two El Al sources who worked for the Israeli airline
at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport that on 9/11, hours after the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all civilian domestic
and international incoming and outgoing flights to and from the United States, a full El Al Boeing 747 took off from JFK bound for Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

The two El Al employee sources are not Israeli nationals but legal
immigrants from Ecuador who were working in the United States for the

The flight departed JFK at 4:11 pm and its departure
was, according to the El Al sources, authorized by the direct
intervention of the U.S. Department of Defense. U.S. military officials
were on the scene at JFK and were personally involved with the airport
and air traffic control authorities to clear the flight for take-off.

According to the 9/11 Commission report, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta ordered all civilian flights to be grounded at 9:45 am on September 11.

The New York Air Traffic control
center’s audio tape of recollections of air traffic controllers made an
hour and a half after the 9/11 attacks were destroyed by anair traffic control manager who did not face criminal charges
for destroying physical evidence on the worst terrorist attack in
American history. The Transportation Department later claimed the
destruction of the tape was the result of mere “poor judgment.”

The El Al flight took off two days before commercial flights were permitted to resume on September 13. Private flights
were only permitted to resume on September 14. On September 13, a
chartered Lear jet flew three Saudis, including a member of the Saudi
royal family, from Tampa to Lexington, Kentucky. On September 14, a
chartered Northstar Aviation flight flew four Saudis from Providence,
Rhode Island to Paris.

On August 22, 2005, WMR reported: “Four
Americans flew with ‘Air Bin Laden’ flight transporting Bin Laden
family members to Saudi Arabia and Europe nine days after 911. The
post-911 domesticflights of Bin Laden family members out of the United
States with the sanction of the Bush White House were not the only
instances where Americans have flown with the family that spawned “Al
Qaeda” leader Osama Bin Laden. WMR has obtained a passenger list from a
September 20, 2001, Aero Services private charter flight
from Le Bourget Airport, north of Paris, to Geneva, and on to Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia (King Abdulaziz International Airport-OEJN). On the list
are a number of Bin Ladens, as well as four Americans, including a Los Angeles Police Department
officer named Jason Blum who flew to Le Bourget from Los Angeles. A
previous list provided to Sen. Frank Lautenberg showed Mr. Blum
departing from the Bin Laden party in Boston. The newly obtained list
shows he accompanied the Bin Ladens to Paris Le Bourget. The other
three Americans on the passenger list are J.P. Buonono, Joseph Allen
Wyka and Ricardo V. Pascetta.”

Although much has been written about the “Bin Laden” and other Saudi flights
in the days after 9/11, the El Al flight on the afternoon of September
11 is the first instance of Israelis departing the United States while
commercial traffic was grounded.

There have also been reports
that the FBI seized FAA records concerning the events of 9/11 from the
New York Air Route Traffic Control Center in Islip, Long Island. The
ARTCC has responsibility forflights out of JFK.

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