Infighting among entities involved in the Ethiopian Airlines air disaster probe has hampered analysis of the plane’s damaged black boxes by France’s BEA air accident investigation agency, Fox News has learned.
The source reported being told that the American investigators left the BEA Thursday night after 12 hours of "doing nothing."
The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization has protocols for examination, custody and cooperation among the investigators involved in a civil aviation accident but those protocols are being ignored, according to the source.
The source who spoke to the American investigators also reported being told that the crash site in Hejere had been ransacked by locals before it was secured.
“The scene has been badly compromised,” the source told Fox News. “Positioning is important and that’s been disrupted.”
The report of friction comes as the BEA said Friday that its analysis of the flight recorders had begun.
French officials have said it was unclear whether information could be retrieved due to the damaged condition of the recorders. Ethiopian authorities are leading the crash probe and it will also include the U.S. National Transporation Safety Board.
Also Friday, The New York Times reported that the pilot requested permission "in a panicky voice" to return to the airport shortly after takeoff as the plane dipped up and down sharply and appeared to gain a startling amount of speed.
The report cited "a person who reviewed air traffic communications" from Sunday’s flight saying controllers noticed the plane was moving up and down by hundreds of feet.
Sunday’s plane crashed minutes after takeoff outside Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board, including eight Americans.
It was the second crash involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet in six months. A crash just after takeoff in Indonesia in October killed 189 people.
Countries — including the United States — have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 as Boeing faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty software might have contributed to the two crashes. The company on Friday announced a possible software fix to be complete within 10 days.
The decision to send the flight recorders from the Ethiopia crash to France was seen as a rebuke to the U.S., which held out longer than most other countries in grounding the jets, finally giving the order Thursday afternoon. Peter Goelz, a former managing director of the NTSB who is now an aviation consultant, said that late call by the Federal Aviation Administration may indeed have been a factor.
“I can’t speak for the Ethiopians,” Goelz said. “I’m sure that was under consideration that the FAA was adamant until they weren’t. I think Ethiopia wanted to choose an investigative partner that clearly didn’t have a dog in the fight.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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WASHINGTON — Die-hard skeptics of climate change believe the rollout of the Green New Deal, with its plans for wealth redistribution, high taxes, and a massive transition to a carbon neutral economy, was a tipoff to a hidden agenda.
"We always knew climate was a stalking horse for socialism, communism, totalitarianism, whatever you want to call it,” said Steve Milloy of JunkScience.com.
Milloy is what many climate scientists and environmentalists pejoratively refer to as a "denier."
But even many Democrats who support a climate change agenda saw the rollout as overreach.
"I have read it and I have re-read it and I asked [co-sponsor Sen.] Ed Markey, ‘What in the heck is this?’" said Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill) on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Panelists responded with howls of laughter.
Some hope that from the excesses of the Green New Deal, more moderate voices emerge.
"The climate debate has been driven for years by the edges of each party," said Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center. "Having a more aggressively unrealistic left edge to contradict the irresponsible right edge is not likely to create the kind of consensus that’s necessary to have meaningful change."
Others question the desperate sense of urgency to transition to a carbon neutral economy.
John Christie, head of the Atmospheric Sciences Department of the University of Alabama, has long questioned the so-called 97 percent consensus among climate scientists. He notes the greatest scientific discoveries in history have often broken with consensus.
Astronomer Galileo Galilei was condemned to life under house arrest for embracing heliocentrism – the belief that the earth and planets revolve around the sun.
In 1931, the book "A Hundred Authors Against Einstein" was published questioning his theory of relativity. More recently Australian scientist Barry Marshall upended accepted treatment for ulcers by suggesting they were not caused by stress, but by bacterial infection. Today, the standard ulcer treatment is an antibiotic.
Christie agrees that CO2 levels are increasing and the planet has warmed slightly, but his research indicates computer models that predict catastrophic consequences of climate change are unrealistic.
"I take a real hard look at climate model output and can demonstrate that these models are just too sensitive to carbon dioxide," he said. "The real world is not spiraling off into some dangerous territory of climate."
For expressing that view and others (his research shows that rising CO2 levels have some beneficial effects – agricultural yields are higher than they’ve ever been, and the planet is greener than at any time in recorded history.) Yet, Christie has been alienated from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of which he used to be a part.
After the rollout of the Green New Deal non-binding resolution, many Democratic Senators took to the well of the Senate to lambast what they believed was a ploy by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the resolution to a "show" vote.
"We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal," McConnell said.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it a "cynical stunt."
"I challenge Leader McConnell to say that our climate change crisis is real, that it’s caused by humans, and that Congress needs to act," he said. "This is what two-thirds of the American people agree with."
An impassioned Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., weighed in.
"Americans see this in their daily lives. This is not academic theory any longer," he shouted. "They see the wildfires, they see the droughts, they see the floods, they see the sea levels rise…"
Christie measurements suggest they’re wrong.
"What distinguishes me from many of them,” he said, “is I actually build the data sets that can answer questions about climate change."
As to Whitehouse’s claims of catastrophic weather extremes, Christie said his data did not back that up.
"I actually did a very detailed analysis of that for the United States,” he said. “What I found is that in the last 124 years, weather extremes and temperature extremes have actually declined, both record high temperatures and record low temperatures."
Novelist Michael Crichton, in the Caltech Michelin lecture in 1993, offered what some might see as a calming reassurance about the future of the earths’ climate. He looked back to the turn of the last century when people, "didn’t know what radio was, or an airport, or a movie, or a television, or a computer, or a cell phone, or a jet, an antibiotic, a rocket, a satellite, an MRI, ICU, IUD, or what IBM was…”
Crichton went on, presenting a long list of the scientific inventions of the 20th century that changed human life for the better. Toward the end of the lecture he asked, "Now, you tell me you can predict the world of 2100?"
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