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1PostSubject: A torch job that got torched   Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:00 am

I'm starting this thread with an excerpt from an article that was posted only a couple weeks before the 9/11/01 WTC attack, which may have involved the same sort of coincidence as this silly accident. I've always believed that the terrorists who planned and carried out the 911 attack didn't expect the towers to fall and kiil thousands of people. Except that it was a deliberate attempt to do something evil that escalated into a tragedy of history-making proportions, not just a harmless prank that backfired and got the guy who did it thrown in jail.




Simon Jeffery
Thursday 23 August 2001 11.20 EDT

A dramatic rescue 300ft above New York harbour took place on the Statue of Liberty today, after a paraglider crashed into its famous torch.

The pilot, who snagged his sail on the flame, was left dangling in mid air for 45 minutes while police hauled him to a service area at the statue's highest point.

The man, whom the Reuters news agency have named as Terry Do, was led out of the statue in handcuffs by two policemen, wearing a white T-shirt and khaki shorts. He is currently being questioned by police.

The drama was broadcast around the world from TV news helicopters. Before he was rescued, the pilot could be seen hanging from the statue's outstretched arm, with the bright orange canopy partially covering the flame.

Shocked tourists watched as the man - with a motorised propeller attached to his back - was dragged to safety.

Shortly after, workers began an examination of the statue to see if it had been damaged.

Alan Peseri, president of New York paragliding firm Paramotor, said he did not believe the man was part of the sport's community in the city.

He said: "I understand he is a tourist. I do not know what possessed him to do it, but he did it.

"He obviously did not adhere to the rules. We have to keep a safe minimum altitude and we have to stay out of controlled airspace."

It is not clear how the accident happened. Early reports suggested the man may have been blown off course by the wind, perhaps appropriately, since a plaque at the statue's base beckons the "tempest-tost" towards it.

But a cameraman working for the Reuters news agency believes the pilot was circling the statue in an attempt to land on the torch, when he appeared to miss his landing spot.

It was reported that he tried the same stunt last year, but failed and was arrested.

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2PostSubject: Re: A torch job that got torched   Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:06 am

Some people do the damnest things. Guess he will try it again next year. Shocked
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3PostSubject: Re: A torch job that got torched   Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:04 pm

Skytiger wrote:
Some people do the damnest things. Guess he will try it again next year. Shocked

Actually, people pull stunts as silly as this one so frequently that over the last ten years or so the news media have backed off on giving them publicity, even if there are pictures as spectacular as the one in the OP. What makes this one unique is that it took place only 19 days before the 9/11/01 WTC attack, and some people with the conspiracy theorist mind set have wondered if there was a connection.
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