TWICE AS FAR

 

SWISSAIR 111

CRASH INVESTIGATION

 

 

 

TIMELINE OF KEY EVENTS

 

both ThE book and website

are written without prejudice to those persons who are mentioned therein.

These matters have not yet been adjudged in a

Criminal Court of Law in Canada.

 

NOTE:

During this presentation,

dates will be written by several methods.

Whenever a date is written as a series of numbers such as

98-09-02,

the year is first, the month is next, and the day of the month is last.

This method was the standard practice in the RCMP.

 

YY MO DAY DETAILS
98 SEP 02 Shock wave of crash recorded at 9:31:18 pm EDT
98 SEP 03 Temporary morgue set up at Hangar 'B', Shearwater Naval Base
98 SEP 05 Passenger and cargo profiling ceased
98 SEP 10 File ruled accidental and no court expected
98 OCT 02 Commissioner Murray tours the hangar
98 NOV 03 Closure of Morgue
98 NOV 08 Set up Ident equipment in Hangar 'A', the reconstruction hangar
98 NOV 19 Meet with Lee Fraser & Gorman to discuss hangar duties
98 NOV 26 Meet with Lathem - exhibits to be processed as if going to court
98 DEC 09 Seconded to the Swissair file full time for its duration
99 MAR 12 Zurich trip #1
99 MAY 13 Commissioner Murray tours the hangar
99 JUN 12 Zurich trip #2
99 JUL 30 Designated as a member of Air Flow Committee and Wire Committee
99 AUG 15 To Boeing Electrical Lab, Seattle for wire short-circuit preparations
99 SEP 13 AES Testing #1
99 SEP 22 Memo submitted warning of possible criminal scenario
99 SEP 23 Dr. Brown's three possible scenarios
99 SEP 26 Phone conversation with C/Supt. Duncan
99 OCT 04 Lathem's demand of secrecy of AES results
99 OCT 07 Gerden / Garstang / Dr. Brown conference call
99 OCT 12 Lathem's Folly & Reckless meeting
99 OCT 13 TSB member's opinion that IFEN system not at fault
99 OCT 16 Zurich trip #3
99 OCT 22 Foot's revelation about possible criminal fire cause
99 OCT 24 AES testing #2
99 OCT 29 Fogg reveals Boeing interested in criminal cause
99 OCT 31 Egypt Air 990 crashes
99 NOV 02 Verbal support to Dr. Brown for any required testing
99 NOV 16 Gorman - not a criminal investigation & problem with my objectivity
99 NOV 17 Lathem's file meeting & report to be backed by hard facts only
99 NOV 23 Ottawa rules file is assistance to TSB only
99 NOV 30 Meeting with Gerden over AES continuation
99 DEC 04 Meeting in hangar with Garstang and doctors
99 DEC 06 Lathem's investigators' meeting - warning about note contents
99 DEC 15 TSB / RCMP meeting about AES - not a magic wand
99 DEC 16 Investigators' meeting - Lathem's request for operational plan
00 JAN 07 Disagreement with Gorman over airflow test attendance
00 JAN 09 AES testing #3
00 JAN 11 Duncan meeting with investigators - investigation to go forward
00 JAN 22 Air Flow Test in Long Beach, Ca.
00 FEB 08 Investigators' meeting - Gorman discusses my 'objectivity'
00 FEB 09 TSB / RCMP AES meeting - Foot to put Dr. Brown back on track
00 FEB 14 Email to Dr. Brown warning of pressure and to keep good notes
00 FEB 17 Lathem & Gorman upset over email to Dr. Brown
00 FEB 21 FAA feel insufficient fire load and New York meeting with FBI, BATF, & others
00 FEB 29 AES testing #4
00 MAR 24 TSB / RCMP funding meeting - no support for investigators
00 APR 04 Duncan finance memo to Rogerson
00 APR 11 RCMP meeting - concerns over New York trip memo
00 APR 14 Seawater wire tests - wires submerged in St. Margarets Bay
00 APR 20 Lathem / Duncan memo - no criminal involvement
00 MAY 02 Lathem / Christiansen meeting - change the notes
00 MAY 03 Duncan / Atkins hangar meeting - parking the file
00 MAY 12 Lathem / Gorman meeting - concern over my stress, leave, & attitude
00 MAY 15 Lathem meeting to discuss parking the file
00 MAY 16 TSB / RCMP meeting on post-AES
00 MAY 25 Gerden's 56-million dollar TSB meeting
00 JUN 11 AES testing #5
00 JUN 14 Dr. Brown's statement that elements not selectively absorbed
00 JUN 26 Learned that no magnesium in Seattle test samples
00 JUN 29 RCMP hangar meeting over RCMP closure of hangar
00 JUN 30 End date for RCMP's backroom investigators
00 JUL 14 Gorman / Fraser inventory inspection and arguement
00 JUL 17 Gorman's form 1004 reprimand for the 14th
00 AUG 25 Fire Group meeting - conversation with Cahill & Dr. Davies about AES & ID
00 SEP 02 Zaccardelli becomes Commissioner of the RCMP
00 SEP 08 Learned that no cargo verified by RCMP
00 OCT 05 Cause determination memo by TSB
00 OCT 07 Learned of explosive exhibits
00 OCT 12 Ceiling tile burnt at 1700 deg F for five minutes
00 OCT 19 Discussion with Garstang over FAA - Boeing faulty materials
00 OCT 26 Memo to Lathem about FAA - Boeing faulty materials tests
00 NOV 06 Email from Dr. Brown - no natural source yet for magnesium in the beads
00 NOV 06 Discussion with Lathem - AES criminal results & FAA-Boeing memo discussed
00 NOV 15 Lathem's request for Sieverts' rule
00 NOV 20 Ceiling tile burnt at 1100 deg F for ten minutes
00 NOV 28 Conversation with Cahill over AES findings
00 NOV 30 Garstang advises that Gerden seeking meeting with Lathem on AES
00 DEC 01 Gerden - Lathem - Tanner meeting, then two ambush meetings
00 DEC 05 Gerden's comment that no knowledge of contents of AES report
00 DEC 07 Conversation with Enns and the IFALPA rep over IFEN
00 DEC 13 TSB moves out of the hangar
00 DEC 15 Notes turned over to Lathem
00 DEC 19 Lathem's form 1004 reprimand & his statement of face to face with Fraser
00 DEC 20 Lathem to Fraser memo - request for review of notes
01 JAN 22 Fraser to Lathem memo - results of review of notes
01 JAN 25 Vance indicates TSB must look into magnesium, EMI, and other issues
01 FEB 14 Email from Dr. Brown advising of pressure from his supervisor
01 FEB 20 'Change the notes' meeting
01 MAR 20 Gerden / Fraser phone conversation about AES reports
01 MAR 21 Lathem supplies training materials on notes
01 MAR 27 Meeting with J.J. King from Internal Investigations Section
01 APR 02 To Ottawa for technical notes with Garstang & Fogg
01 MAY 03 Official turnover to RCMP of Dr. Brown's two draft reports
01 JUN 19 Fredericton - Fraser's comments about notes and AES reports turnover
00 JUN 25 ADR on lieu time off for overtime worked
01 JUN 28 Garstang advised TSB has turned over the AES reports to RCMP
01 JUN 28 End cap melt test results
01 JUL 10 Return of promotion forms from Lathem
01 JUL 13 Winnipeg promotion board
01 AUG 01 Stothart / Gorman emails - lack of knowledge of AES reports
01 AUG 16 TSB's lost fuel sample located
01 SEP 09 FAA - 1 tests
01 OCT 11 Garstang / Stothart meeting to discuss contentious issues
01 NOV 03 FAA - 2 tests
01 NOV 07 Sidla advises magnesium no longer an issue
01 NOV 09 Dr. Lyon - lack of molten aluminium in their FAA tests without added accelerant
01 NOV 21 Tanner's 'out of the kindness of his heart' meeting
01 DEC 01 FAA - 3 tests
01 DEC 02 Enns - Dr. Quintiere's belief of insufficient fire load to melt aluminium
01 DEC 18 Began my three lieu-days-off for Ontario trip
02 JAN 03 Tanner's abusive phone call
02 JAN 07 Tanner meeting - received order to vacate hangar
02 JAN 14 Gorman's report to the file about Oxygen line leak
02 JAN 18 My end-date in the hangar, meeting with MacLaughlan
02 FEB 12 Ballantyne's memo to Gorman - results of AES reports review
02 FEB 25 TSB turnover to Fraser of final AES report
02 MAR 06 Gorman memo to Stothart with Lab report on AES reports review
02 MAY 21 Gorman memo to Stothart with AES final report
02 JUN 24 MacLaughlan's IIS memo - three questions of 'change the notes' demand
03 MAR 27 TSB's final report released to the public
03 APR 03 Assessments quashed by CO 'H' Div.
03 DEC 31 New promotion board ordered
04 NOV 22 New promotion board held
06 DEC 16 Commissioner Busson takes over from Commissioner Zaccardelli
06 DEC 28 Final results of RFI for promotion
07 APR 03 Complaint to the Commissioner
07 JUL 16 Robert Elliott becomes Commissioner of the RCMP
08 SEP 08 Conversation with Larry Fogg in Halifax over the investigation
09 MAR 25 Conlin's concluding memo - The Conlin Report
09 MAY 02 Rebuttal memo sent to Conlin
11 SEP 16 CBC's The Fifth Estate airs 'Swissair 111 - The Untold Story'
11 NOV 21 Bob Paulson becomes Commissioner of the RCMP
12 MAR 03 Response from Hineke, PIO
12 JUN 21 Response from MacMillan, Acting PIO
17 JAN 24 Book 'Twice As Far' published & available for public with this website
17 JAN 25 Complaint email to Minister of Public Safety and Commissioner, among others
17 FEB 03 Interviewed live on Rick Howe Show, News 95.7 Halifax
17 APR 12 Response from Public Safety Minister - file remains closed
17 APR 28 MacNab's Book Review with Question & Answer in Chronicle Herald, Halifax
17 MAY 13 Interview with Bruce Frisko for CTV weekend news
17 JUN 29 Interview for Hagmann & Hagmann Report in USA released
17 JUL 17 Interview by Kevin Shipp of Intelligence Hour radio program

 

 

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