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Who Needed Killin? Jet Crashes Before Picking Up Elder Bush

Passenger list withheld - Funny...I didn't used to be paranoid, just paranormal...
By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press Writer

HOUSTON - A private jet that was en route to Houston to pick up former President Bush (news - web sites) clipped a light pole and crashed Monday as it approached Hobby Airport in thick fog, killing all three people aboard.


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The Gulfstream G-1159A jet, coming into Houston, went down about 6:15 a.m. in an undeveloped area 1 1/2 miles south of the airport, officials said. The former president had been scheduled to travel to Ecuador for a conference.


"I was deeply saddened to learn of the plane crash this morning," Bush said through spokesman Tom Frechette. "I'd flown with this group before and know them well. I join in sending heartfelt condolences to each and every member of their families."


The names of the three crew members were not immediately released.


Bush, who lives in Houston, was going to give a lecture for the Guayaquil, Ecuador, Chamber of Commerce (news - web sites), Frechette said, adding, "It's very sad." He said he was to have accompanied Bush, as was a Secret Service agent.


Earlier, Jack Williams, a district chief with the Houston Fire Department, confirmed three people had died.


The jet, en route from Love Field in Dallas, was approaching the runway when it clipped the light pole, losing part of a wing, authorities said. Wreckage extended about 100 yards from there, Williams said.


The crash site is a field near the Beltway 8 tollway. No one on the ground was injured, but one car was hit with debris while another was hit with jet fuel, Williams said.


Roger Smith, a spokesman for the Houston Airport System, said the pilot didn't indicate any problem, and the landing was routine until communications abruptly stopped. Dense fog blanketed most of the area.


Robert Randall, operations manager with the plane's owner, Jet Place Inc. of Tulsa, Okla., said it had two male pilots and a female flight attendant aboard. The company has a fleet of 18 jets and employs about 150 people, he said.


Flight operations at Hobby Airport were not affected by the crash, officials said, but a portion of the heavily traveled tollway was closed.


Eduardo Maruri, president of the Guayaquil Chamber of Commerce, said that Bush suspended his visit until next month
hee hee hee yea I almost posted this article up too 22.Nov.2004 12:58

SkY

Here are some pics to go with the article

No passengers 22.Nov.2004 13:17

Toe Tag

As the article says, the victims of the crash were crew, not passengers, and their names are (as is usual) withheld from public disclosure until their next of kin have been notified. Looks like it was just a positioning flight.

that makes 3 of us 22.Nov.2004 13:21

Mandolin

I thought the exact same thing!!!

very true 22.Nov.2004 13:42

kudos

Fog, going off course, ceasing of comms, I'd swear it was the Bermuda Triangle tey flew into. Yeah, the names would be withheld, it would be nasty to find out from the TV about a friend or relative.

Perhaps Bush should look upon this as a sign. An opportunity to reflect on what he almost lost and to take this chance to make amends.

That's the funny thing with life, its can sometimes speak volumes when taken in the correct context.

Life may not be so forgiving next time.

?? 22.Nov.2004 13:51

clamydia

What's up with the "hee hee hee"? Why are you so bloodthirsty? You don't know these people that died, how can you express joy over their demise?

No one is expressing joy, just paranoia 22.Nov.2004 16:02

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I think you have misunderstood the intent...it's not to celebrate people dying in a plane accident...it's that any event of such a nature so close to the Bush's, evokes paranoia, fear of deception, etc....I did not read in any previous posts that anyone was happy people died.

oh, I get it 22.Nov.2004 21:20

clamydia

my bad.