What the hec was on that plane?...
Six and a half years after an El Al Boeing 747-200 cargo plane crashed into an Amsterdam apartment building in October 1992, killing 43 people, people there are wondering What exactly was the Israeli plane carrying? Why, have hundreds of them been so sick since? And who was to blame?
As an inquiry commission is preparing to issue a report after 10 weeks of evasive testimony from Prime Minister Wim Kok and other top officials, people's hopes of getting answers are fading fast.
``We are waiting for the government to respond to the inquiry and want to know the truth about what was on board that plane.''
Many are still waiting for financial compensation and medical treatment for the chronic headaches, back pain, amnesia and insomnia that have plagued them since the crash.
There are signs the investigating panel's conclusions, expected later this month, will have few political repercussions. Public opinion polls suggest a majority of the Dutch are resigned to the idea their government will shoulder little blame for leaving scores of survivors in a medical and legal limbo.
The probe, which heard testimony from more than 70 witnesses, was supposed to uncover what the Boeing 747-200 cargo jet was carrying when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Amsterdam for Tel Aviv. It also sought to confirm any link with the health complaints of residents living near the crash site in a low-income, predominantly immigrant neighborhood.
Citing medical evidence, Health Minister Els Borst told the commission last week she is ``almost certain'' of a connection between the accident and a rare immune system disorder suffered by dozens of men at the site.
Dutch politicians initially said the plane was transporting flowers and perfume, but it was later revealed the cargo included military equipment. Last year, Israel confirmed it was also transporting chemicals that can be used to make the deadly nerve gas sarin.
Tensions between the Dutch and Israeli governments soared when the commission found that an El Al subsidiary in the United States has 290 pages of missing cargo documentation it refuses to relinquish.
Although Kok and his predecessor, former Premier Ruud Lubbers, conceded there should have been a more thorough investigation sooner, both lashed out at Israel for taking several years to hand over documents.
El Al admitted Tuesday it withheld vital information and said it was still unsure about several tons of unaccounted-for cargo.
[Above Info. provided by the, Associated Press]
I am very interested in the report's findings on this matter when it is released, however something tells me that this report will again be another one of those vague reports that end up leaving you with more questions than they ansure.
I really don't Know what could that 747 be carrying that could cause all those people such heart ache and suffering, I just hope that the REAL truth eventually does come out... (not like the Cloud that is over the TWA flight 800 issue)
What do you all think of the EL AL 747 cargo crash?