Book claims 'dark forces' behind Tuskar air tragedy
A NEW book rehashing the Tuskar Rock Air Disaster has just been published, suggesting that 'dark forces' were at work when the Aer Lingus Viscount plunged into the sea off the Wexford coast.
Sixty-one people died in the crash, Ireland's worst air disaster, on March 24, 1968.
For many years the cause of the crash was rumoured to have been caused by a British missile fired from a test range at Aberporth, in Wales.
However, in 2002, a review process conducted by the Air Accident Investigation Unit found that Aer Lingus paperwork relating to a routine maintenance inspection carried out on the aircraft in December 1967 was found to be missing in 1968.
A new board of investigation found that the crash was the result of a chain of events starting with a failure to the left tail-plane caused by metal fatigue, corrosion, flutter or a bird strike.
This hasn't stopped the conspiracy theorists and in 2007, a retired British air force flying instructor, Eric Evers, claimed that the crash was caused by a collision with a French-built military aircraft, in training with the Air Corps, and which struck the Viscount after responding to a request to check the passenger plane's undercarrriage.
Both the French and Irish authorities colluded in a subsequent cover-up, he says, and the Fouga Magister wreckage may still be on the seabed off Co Wexford. A Defence Forces spokesman described the claims at the time as 'spurious' and said there was no evidence that an Air Corps plane was in the vicinity at the time.
In their new book 'States of Denial The Tuskar Rock Incident and Other Mysteries' authors Carl Nally and Dermot Butler devote the two central chapters to the disaster, exploring possible British involvement; that the armed forces of France and Ireland may have been connected with the incident and 'glaring discrepencies' in where the aircraft was and in which direction it was travelling.
Claiming that dozens of witnesses evidence was ignored over the years by several investigations, the authors say they believe this was because 'the witnesses were seeing something that cannot be explianed by known science.
'Time was astray, the aircraft was seen entering a "small cloud" , only to take a long time to emerge from it – at a right angle to the direction it had been travelling'.
Carl Nally and Dermot Butler, the authors of a previously published book 'Conspiracy of Silence: UFOs in Ireland', say the relatives and friends of those who died 'deserve better than the silence and denial that has been the norm of successive Irish governments for the past 45 years.' Their book is published by Mercier Press.