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Old 18th October 2006, 09:15 PM   #341
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Originally Posted by Gravy View Post
Pop. Mechanics spoke with VF and with the copilot.
Bolding mine.
And from the PM 9/11 book, pgs 82 & 83
There was such a jet in the vicinity - a Dassault Falcon 20 business jet owned by the VF Corporation, an apparel company that makes Wrangler, The North Face, and other brands. The eight-passenger VF plane (mostly white with gold markings) was flying from the company's headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where the company had a manufacturing facility at the time. The Johnstown-Cambria airport is 20 miles north of Shanksville.

According to David Newell, VF's director of aviation and travel, the FAA's Cleveland Center contacted copilot Yates Gladwell when the Falcon was at an altitude "in the neighborhood of 3,000 to 4,000 feet" - not 34,000 feet. "They were in a decent already going into Johnstown," Newell adds. "The FAA asked them to investigate and they did. They got down within 1,500 feet of the ground when they circled. They saw a hole in the ground with smoke coming out of it." Newell says the plane circled the crash site twice and then flew directly over it in order to mark the exact latitude and longitude on the plane's navigation system.

Reach by Popular Mechanics, Gladwell confirmed this account. Concerned about ongoing harassment by conspiracy theorists, he asked to be quoted directly.

Newell says he has received dozens of calls from people who want to ask him about the company jet's activities on September 11. "There's nothing to hide," he says, "But the vast majority of them want to make out some kind of story that's just not there."
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