Twin Towers tragedy – the other story

Published 9:35 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

About two years before destruction of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, mention was made of the possibility of that disastrous event. It is part of a book called, “Blackout” by John J. Nance.

One of today’s greatest writers, he specializes in stories mixing aviation with mystery and intrigue. He knows his subjects well. He has authored fiction and non-fiction. There are pages and pages of high praise from other writers, and critics. He is a ‘star’ in the field of aviation – an analyst for the ABC Network’s “World News Tonight, and aviation editor for “Good Morning America.”

Nance has been a professional writer and broadcaster for many years and, he is a licensed aerospace attorney, an Air Force Reserve officer, and an airline captain for a major U. S. carrier. You can’t write him off.

In his novel, “Blackout” there is conversation about airplane disasters and, at one point, he writes about the possibility of the tragedy that made headlines two years later.

The Twin Towers — you know the story, or do you? You know who is responsible, or do you?

In the last few years it was publicly revealed that the government had been warned about the attack on Pearl Harbor and that nothing was done. It was used as a ‘reason’ for getting into the war with the Axis. Nance writes what is now common knowledge: “I’m convinced Franklin Roosevelt — sacrificed Pearl Harbor to get us into the war in time to win it.”

Did history repeat itself? For the past dozen or so years it has been theorized that the government’s account of the World Trade Center disaster may not be – to put politely – accurate. John Lear, a former military and CIA pilot, insists there is no way that a Boeing 767, flown by an inexperienced pilot, could have crashed into the WTC as described by the government.

Like Nance – Lear is an expert in the field of aviation. He was a military and CIA pilot during his 40-year career, and has flown more than 100 different types of aircraft. In an affidavit he writes, “no Boeing 767 airliners hit the twin towers as fraudulently alleged by the government, media (or) contractors.

“Such crashes did not occur because they are physically impossible as depicted. In the case of the UAL 175 going into the south tower, a real Boeing 767 would have begun ‘telescoping’ when the nose hit the 14-inch steel columns which are 39 inches on center. The vertical and horizontal tail would have instantaneously separated from the aircraft, hit the steel box columns and fallen to the ground.

“The engines when impacting the steel columns would have maintained their general shape and either fallen to the ground or been recovered in the debris of the collapsed building,” Lear said, adding, “no Boeing 767 could attain a speed of 540 miles per hour at 1,000 feet above sea level.”

His explanations become more technical, but he winds up by noting, “no significant part of the Boeing 767 or engine could have penetrated the 14-inch steel columns and 37 feet beyond the massive core of the tower without part of it falling to the ground.” He concludes by saying that, “the debris of the collapse should have contained massive sections of the Boeing 767 including three engine cores weighing approximately 9,000 pound apiece which could not have been hidden.

“Yet,” Lear adds, “there is no evidence of any of these structural components from either 767 at the World Trade Center. Such complete disappearances of 767’s is impossible.”

So, what did happen? Check the National Institute Of Standard and Technology website, put out by the federal government. They quote Tony Szamboli, a mechanical engineer who bluntly says, “there is no way, nor has it ever been demonstrated as such in the past that a building has naturally fallen in such a controlled manner.”

So, is the federal government ‘fibbing’ to us? Pshaw! Wouldn’t be the first time. There is a lot to learn, but you have go beyond the history books. Fish for it.


Frank Roberts, who is 87, spent 60 years writing and talking. He and his wife, Valeria, have three children, five grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters. He loves to write.