Wellstone Crash: The FBI Was Quick on the Spot!
Christopher Bollyn - The American Free Press
Was Wellstone's Plane Exploded in Flight?
Why did the fuselage burn so intensely for hours, putting out blue smoke, when the fuel was held in the wings which were detached from the fuselage? Kerosene type fuel usually burns with thick black smoke.
The charred wing in the photo below seems to have been burned, on the ground, but the tree seems not to have been affected by the intense fire that scorched the wings surface.
While there are a number of questions about the crash of Senator Wellstone's Beech King Air A100, the FBI deserves credit for being quickly on the spot!
Wellstone was expected to arrive at Eveleth at about 10:20 - 10:30, and an aircraft in possible distress alert went out on the Eveleth local police scanner at about 10:50 a.m. on Friday, October 25.
Gary Ulman, assistant manager of the Eveleth-Virginia airport went up at about 10:55-11:00 and located the wreckage of the plane by the blue smoke that he saw about 2.1 miles south of the airport. Wellstone's plane had veered left, i.e. south, on its final approach to the airport's East-West runway. The plane descended at a 25-30 degree angle and crashed into the forest.
Ulman said that the unexplained veering of the plane to the left did not appear to have been caused by icing, as some reports have pointed to. In that case, Ulman said, the problem would have occurred earlier, further to the south.
Ulman returned to the airport and saw that local fire trucks had arrived at the airport. He spoke with the fire chief on the ground for about 5 minutes and then took the chief up to survey the area of the wreck and determine how to get the fire personnel and equipment to the area. This was at about 11:15 a.m. Ulman and the chief saw a road about 500 yards south of the wreck which was used to get the trucks near the crash site.
According to Rick Wahlberg, Sheriff of St. Louis County, a team of FBI agents were quickly on the crash site at about noon, less than an hour after Ulman and the chief had first located the site and found a way to access the wreck. This FBI team had come from the distant Twin Cities in record time!
American Free Press asked Ulman if he had contacted the FBI to inform them of the location. He said he had not spoken with the bureau at any time. Asked how the FBI got to the site so quickly, Ulman said that he assumed they had come from Duluth.
AFP contacted the Duluth office of the FBI and was told that the team of "recovery" agents had NOT come from Duluth, but had travelled from the FBI office in Minneapolis, some 150 nautical miles south, or 40 minutes flying time.
The FBI deserves to congratulated for its speed in responding to the crash of Wellstone's plane in the distant north woods of Minnesota's Iron Range. A FBI evidence "recovery" team was at the crash site at around 12 noon, a mere 45 minutes after the crash site had been located by Gary Ulman and the local fire chief.
The FBI agents were then able to secure the perimeter and examine the site for some 8 hours before the NTSB agents arrived at 20:20 (8:20 p.m.) and poked about in the darkness. The FBI deserves credit for being "right on the spot!"
Way to go Mulder!
Pictured above: Part of a wing lies nearby as FAA, National Transportation and Safety Board investigators and FBI agents sift through the wreckage of a small plane crash that killed U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone and seven others about two miles south of the Eveleth Municipal Airport near Eveleth, Minnesota, October 27, 2002. The plane crashed October 25. REUTERS/Pool/Jim Mone
Last updated 12/02/2003