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A source that doesn't wish to be named has passed the following information to me. Michail Itkis, former CEO of the now defunct company that conceived and manufactured the entertainment system (IFEN) that has been named as almost certainly causing Swissair 111 to crashm has changed his name from Michail Itkis

 to Mike Snow. I don't even want to speculate on the reasons for this though I certainly have my own thoughts about this privately. Here is the information:


"Michail Itkis has re-surfaced as the president of an Arizona-based

company that manufactures cargo trailers.


The company is called Interstate Group LLC, which has recently relocated

its operations to the state of Arkansas, with much fanfare from Governor

Mike Huckabee.


Itkis has changed his name to Mike Snow, as did his wife Lauren

Snopkowski (who also worked at IFT) - now Lauren Snow."

(including possible photo of Michail Itkis sitting behind Arkansas Gov

Mike Huckabee)



  Crash Reveals 
Oversight Flaws

Doomed plane's gaming system exposes holes in FAA oversight

A small Las Vegas company with large ambitions and marquee investors sold U.S. regulators and Swissair on a video gaming system for airplanes. Until Flight 111 crashed, no one realized how many chances had been taken with passengers' safety.

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FAA Special Certification Review Team Report on Santa Barbara Aerospace and Swissaiir MD-11 IFE System 
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Inflight Entertainment Systems, From Institutional Investor, 1995: Some airlines ... continue to circle interactivity warily. KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France are putting the necessary hardware on their long-haul planes, but they're holding off on installing the software until the technology is proven. "We don't want to experiment with our passengers," contends a KLM official. more...

Letter to Swissair 111 Families on Draft Report

Swiss News Reports TSB Draft Report Says IFEN Substantially Contributed to Swissair 111 Crash

In an article that appears in the Swiss paper SonntagsZeitung Von Andrea Bleicher and Adrian Schulthess report (excerpts translated from German, emphasis added):

"An energy consuming monster," says Barbara Fetherolf - revealing the anger of the American who lost her 16 year old daughter Tara in the crash. Her anger is justified!

The investigation authority has concluded that the onboard TV (entertainment system) is responsible, at least in part, for the catastrophe near Halifax.

This information is from the official draft accident report, which devotes several dozen pages to the IFEN.

Sonntagzeitung has learned from Several independent sources that the IFEN is substantially involved in the actual crash.

The manufacturer of the supposed high tech miracle was Interactive Flight Technologies, of Phoenix, Arizona. The fact that the firm had no experience in the manufacture of on-board aircraft support systems - Swissair was its first and only large customer - didn't bother the Swissair management. Weaknesses in the IFEN appeared almost immediately after the installation; it drew too much current, the cabin heated up and it was not immune to total blackouts. Moreover, the IFEN was connected to the aircraft's main power supply - a fact that played an important role in the crash.

The report also suggests that the pilots waited too long to land, but how heavily this weighs is not determined.

An anonymous informant who directed an email to survivors last week and who is close to the investigation reported that the origin of the accident was traced to the cables of the IFEN. For people (loved ones) of the victims, this communication, the contents of which they believe is correct, has let loose a new wave of anger at the time of the anniversary of the crash.



Entertainment system behind Swissair fire - whistleblower
Source claims probe found wiring to blame, cites confidential report
The Daily News

The families of victims of Swissair Flight 111 have to wait until next year to learn what started the fire that caused it to slam into the Atlantic Ocean near Peggys Cove four years ago today, killing all 229 people on board.

But information purporting to be leaked from the Transportation Safety Boards investigation into the crash has found its way to the Internet, and is being widely circulated by relatives of the crash victims.

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