Thu, Dec 09, 2004
Lawmakers Say Prime Minister's Cessna Was Blown Out Of The Sky
By A Bomb
The 1980 crash of a Cessna 421A in
which Portugal's prime minister died was no accident.
"It seems sufficiently clear to me that the Cessna-421A crashed
at Camarate (outside Lisbon) during the night of December 4, 1980
[was] due to sabotage. We have evidence of an explosive device
placed under the floor of the pilot's cabin, which had sufficient
strength to damage control cables and injure the pilots," said
Portuguese member of parliament Nuno Melo as a legislative
commission on the crash presented its report.
Francisco Sa Carneiro (pictured above, right) was killed when
his 421 (file photo of type, below) went down shortly after
take-off 14 years ago. It was one of the most traumatic moment ever
on Portugal's political scene. If you don't believe that, witness
the number of times Parliament has looked into the crash. There
have been eight so far, but this is the only one to have suggested
Sa Carneiro was murdered.
Even so, it was by no means a unanimous verdict. Of the 12
experts on the panel studying the crash, only seven concurred with
the commission's final ruling. The majority cited chemical evidence
found among the wreckage.
No outside experts were brought in during the investigation,
according to AFP.
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