11 years have now passed since the September 11th2001 attacks and still a lot remains unanswered. Last year we posted an extensive article the missing links that suggested foul play was at hand by the government. This year, we investigate the flights and the potential cover-ups that have caused such a widespread conspiracy theory.
First though, let’s make it very clear that this will be a rather one-sided argument and so any criticisms you have should be commented in order to provoke healthydebate.
I’ve included footnotes for references, sources and links to our research database (for file downloads)
The Failure to Retrieve the “Black Box” Flight Data
Flight data recorders (FDRs) record the readings of instruments and positions of the aircraft’s control surfaces over time.
For computer users, consider the log files that a non-responding program would send after it ‘crashes’. If you’re a Windows user you may remember the option to “Send Error Report to Microsoft” – this would allow Microsoft to examine the reason behind the software failure and allow the company to improve on any bugs or issues that are arising.
These recording unites are contained in what are commonly referred to as “black boxes” (even though they are mostly a luminous red color). These units are premeditated to survive the most awful crashes and, like the cockpit voice recorders, are recuperated after crashes in order to reconstruct events for the investigations that follow.
Collisions that could have rendered the data useless are tremendously rare. National Transport Safety Board spokesperson Ted Lopatkiewicz said that he couldn’t recall a domestic case before the September 11 attacks in which the recorders were not recovered. After all, the black box from the 1987 South African Airways Flight 295crash was recovered from nearly 16,000 feet under the ocean. The FAA has placed durability requirements on the recorders and their casings to survive severe impact and fires far worse than experienced in the attacks.
According to Page 474 of the 911 Commission Reports; out of the 4 planes to have been hijacked, only one of them was recovered properly, two were not found and one of them was too damaged to examine.
When all is said and done, the collisions on September 11, 2001 were not able to destroy the black boxes or cause enough damage to do away with any evidence. Additionally, the cleanup of the World Trade Center was so thorough that even tiny bone fragments and bits of human tissue were discovered allowing all the victims to be identified in due course. If they could find tiny bones, how did they not find a large bright orange/red box?
Two N.Y. City firefighters, Mike Bellone and Nicholas De Masi, claimed in 2004 that they had found three of the four boxes and that Federal agents took them and told the two men not to mention having found them. (The FBI obviously denies the whole story.)
To make matters far more complicated, an investigator who often helped the FBI conduct their inquiries claims the boxes were in fact recovered and were analyzed by the NTSB.
“Off the record, we had the boxes,” the investigator says. “You’d have to get the official word from the FBI as to where they are, but we worked on them here.”
The storage medium of each recorder is located in a protective capsule, which must be able to withstand an impact of 3,400 Gs (3,400 times the force of gravity). Additionally, the device must also survive flames at 1093ºc for up to 30 minutes. Characteristically, to increase their chances of survival, the recorders are located in the tail section of the aircraft, which usually tolerates the least impact in a crash. 
The Indestructible Passport?
Now again, how would this be so if even the flight recorder didn’t survive – but all of that aside for now, how did a passport and various credit cards belonging to passengers survive such an impact, to be discovered in better condition than most of the cards in my wallet?
So maybe these items didn’t really belong to any of the passengers or the alleged hijacker, but if that is the case then they were planted. Now, if they were planted, then why were they verified as the legitimate belongings? That would only entail that the FBI lied.