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MICHAIL ITKIS, CEO OF INTERACTIVE FLIGHT TECHNOLOGY
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
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
Doomed plane's gaming system exposes holes in FAA oversight
By Gary Stoller, USA TODAY (Feb 17, 2003)
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.
FAA Special Certification Review Team Report on
Santa Barbara Aerospace and Swissaiir MD-11 IFE System
Link to PDF (2MB)
|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):
Entertainment system behind Swissair fire - whistleblower
Source claims probe found wiring to blame, cites confidential report
Monday, September 02, 2002
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.
The Tombstone Imperative
The Truth About Air Safety
by Andrew Weir
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