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Wrong David McClaine?

David McClaine

Pilot

Eastwind Airlines B-737

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Employment History

Eastwind Airlines Pilot

Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization


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lahr-2-23-01

twa800.com [cached]

The program presented some of the testimony of David McClaine, the captain of Eastwind Airlines Flight 800, a Boeing 737 which had just leveled off at 17,000 feet on a commuter flight from Boston to Trenton, N.J.
He was head-on to TWA 800 which was climbing through 13,800 feet. Captain McClaine saw the light ahead and reached up to turn on his own landing light to alert the other traffic. As he touched his switch, TWA 800 exploded into a ball of flames, and out of the bottom fell the flaming aircraft. This testimony alone put a lie to the rest of the program.


lahr-4-18-01

twa800.com [cached]

Captain David McClaine was the pilot of the Eastwind Airlines B-737, which had just leveled off at 17,000 feet on a flight from Boston to Trenton, NJ.
He was head-on to TWA 800, which was climbing through 13,800 feet. Captain McClaine saw the lights of TWA 800 ahead and reached up to turn on his own landing lights to alert the other traffic. As he touched his switch, TWA 800 exploded into a ball of flames. The remains of TWA 800 fell downward out of the ball of flames. Captain McClaine should have been asked to appear as a witness at the public hearing.


www.thehullthread.com

David McClaine:October 20, 1997 The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, CA.
Eastwind Airlines pilot David McClaine's aerial view of the Flight 800 fireball made him the person to transmit the first known message of the tragedy to authorities. McClaine, piloting a Boeing 737 jetliner, had just leveled off at 17,000 feet on the plane's commuter run from Boston to Trenton, N.J. He had been watching a strange yellow light gradually ascend from the direction of Kennedy Airport. The light was different, he said, not the bright white light that jetliners' landing lights give off. McClaine said he had never seen a similar light in his 30 years as a military and commercial pilot. He thought it might be flames but heard no radio traffic, saw no smoke and decided it wasn't fire. The object moved up past 10,000 feet, where pilots normally turn off the lights they use as aerial warning beacons, but this one kept burning. He fixed his gaze on it for more than a minute, he said, and decided it was time to flick on his landing lights because his 737 would pass to the object's left. Before he could reach the switch, the yellowish light exploded into a ball of flames. "It blew up, just one big explosion," McClaine said. No more than a second later, two streamers came out of the bottom, flames trailing about 4,000 feet, he estimated. He did not actually see TWA 800's fuselage; smoke and flames trailing the plane blotted out the aircraft's debris as it fell 2 miles to the ocean. McClaine immediately called Boston air traffic control with news of the in-flight explosion but got no response. He repeated the call twice more. A Boston controller told pilots to stand by for a roll call and orally ticked off the known aircraft. "They called TWA 800 twice," McClaine recalled. "I said,"Boston, I think that's them". And they said, "That's right. He said he thought at the moment that some "on-board incident," possibly a bomb, blew the plane apart, an opinion he still holds. He said he had not changed his original conclusion because he could not say the yellow light was a missile or drone. The incident held a special footnote for McClaine. As a youngster, he took the TWA flight often while traveling between the United States and Saudi Arabia where his dad worked for the Arab American Oil Co. FBI investigators talked to him a few days after the disaster but he hasn't been contacted since, he said earlier this month. He was initially asked if he saw anything like the trail of a missile headed toward the plane but said he didn't. David McClaine: Eastwind 507 Pilot


APDF - Officers and BOD

www.aplandefense.org [cached]

On the subject of the CIA animation, however, no witnesses are more critical than the two pilots of an Eastwind Flight 507 from Boston to Trenton, First Officer Vincent Fuschetti and Capt. David McCLaine.
McClaine described the plane with its landing lights still on as "definitely the brightest light in the sky. As Flight 800 approached them at a slightly lower altitude and began crossing its path from right to left, McClaine flicked on his own inboard landing light to signal to the pilots of TWA 800 that he and Fuschetti had the aircraft in sight. Within 10 seconds of witnessing the explosion, McClaine called in the explosion to Boston air-traffic control. He was the first one to do so. The FBI knew this by day two: Eastwind: "We just saw an explosion out here, Stinger Bee 507 (Dave McClaine, Captain, Eastwind Airlines)" Fuschetti and McClaine both witnessed the initial explosion. Although McClaine and Fuschetti could not see a missile streak from their angle, they undoubtedly saw the first explosion and the immediate plunge of the plane into the sea. Indeed, McClaine was telling Boston air-traffic control that the plane "just went down in the water" within 10 to 15 seconds of that first blast. This may well explain why the NTSB never interviewed Fuschetti and did not interview McClaine until March 25, 1999, nearly a year and a half after the FBI closed the criminal case with a showing of the CIA video. Although McClaine was by no means the "only person," Young's acknowledgement boldly refutes the CIA claim that no one had seen the initial explosion. Answered McClaine, "None at all." "I didn't see it pitch up, no," McClaine elaborated. "Everything ended right there at that explosion as far as I'm concerned. When McClaine ironically ventured a far-fetched scenario that could have resulted in the CIA's zoom-climb, Young responded in the same spirit, "We'd be cutting new trails in aviation if we could do that. A few weeks after its interview with McClaine, the NTSB witness group managed to secure an interview with the two CIA analysts responsible for the video, now a full 18 months after the video's sole showing. "If [the nose-less plane] had ascended," Young asked the analyst rhetorically, "[McClaine] would have been concerned because it ascended right through his altitude.


WorldNetDaily: Airline captain takes NTSB to court

www.worldnetdaily.com [cached]

On the subject of the CIA animation, however, no witnesses are more critical than the two pilots of an Eastwind Flight 507 from Boston to Trenton, First Officer Vincent Fuschetti and Capt. David McCLaine. McClaine described the plane with its landing lights still on as "definitely the brightest light in the sky."As Flight 800 approached them at a slightly lower altitude and began crossing its path from right to left, McClaine flicked on his own inboard landing light to signal to the pilots of TWA 800 that he and Fuschetti had the aircraft in sight. Just as he flicked on his light, wrote McClaine in his report to Eastwind Airline immediately after the crash, "The other aircraft exploded into a very large ball of flames."At this point, the two aircraft were less than 20 miles apart."Almost immediately," observed McClaine, "two flaming objects, with flames trailing about 4,000 feet behind them, fell out of the bottom of the ball of flame."Within 10 seconds of witnessing the explosion, McClaine called in the explosion to Boston air-traffic control.He was the first one to do so.The FBI knew this by day two: Eastwind: "We just saw an explosion out here, Stinger Bee 507 (Dave McClaine, Captain, Eastwind Airlines)" Fuschetti and McClaine both witnessed the initial explosion.Although McClaine and Fuschetti could not see a missile streak from their angle, they undoubtedly saw the first explosion and the immediate plunge of the plane into the sea.Indeed, McClaine was telling Boston air-traffic control that the plane "just went down - in the water" within 10 to 15 seconds of that first blast. This may well explain why the NTSB never interviewed Fuschetti and did not interview McClaine until March 25, 1999, nearly a year and a half after the FBI closed the criminal case with a showing of the CIA video.Although McClaine was by no means the "only person," Young's acknowledgement boldly refutes the CIA claim that no one had seen the initial explosion.Answered McClaine, "None at all." "I didn't see it pitch up, no," McClaine elaborated."Everything ended right there at that explosion as far as I'm concerned."When McClaine ironically ventured a far-fetched scenario that could have resulted in the CIA's zoom-climb, Young responded in the same spirit, "We'd be cutting new trails in aviation if we could do that."A few weeks after its interview with McClaine, the NTSB witness group managed to secure an interview with the two CIA analysts responsible for the video, now a full 18 months after the video's sole showing."If [the nose-less plane] had ascended," Young asked the analyst rhetorically, "[McClaine] would have been concerned because it ascended right through his altitude."


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