Take the case of Beverly Eckert for example. The 9/11 widow was a tireless activist, who could not be bought off, seeking answers and reform. In other words she was a major thorn in the side of the government.
Eckert was killed on February 12, 2009, in the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 outside of Buffalo, New York. She was traveling to Buffalo for a gathering with her family to mark what would have been Rooney's 58th birthday on February 15. A ceremony had also been scheduled at Canisius High School in which she was to award a student with a memorial scholarship in Rooney's honor.It's little wonder why skeptics of coincidence took a closer look, and why conspiracy-theorists decided to posit their own theories about her death.
A week before her death, Eckert met with U.S. President Barack Obama, to discuss detainees at Guantanamo and other matters. -via Wikipedia
Of course, there is no real proof that Obama, his handlers or his cronies, had anything to do with the crash. Perhaps it was just coincidence. But then again, that's what we would all be expected to believe if it wasn't an accident.
Skip now to another small plane. Instead of flying covered in ice through a New York blizzard, this time it is a plane flying over the sun-drenched blue waters off the coast of Hawaii. It is December 11, 2013, and on-board the single-engine Cessna is Loretta Fuddy, director of the 50th state's health department.
The 65-year old official had been at the center of the ongoing Obama birth-certificate controversy, when she authenticated and released the President's "long-form" Hawaiian birth certificate back in April 2011. Despite her official position and the apparent credibility that goes along with it, several forensic experts have challenged the authenticity of the birth-certificate. Affidavits were filed by a cold-case investigator to that affect, in May of 2013.
Ms. Fuddy was the only person who died on that bright Hawaiian pre-Christmas day, when the small plane loaded with 8 other people dropped into the water about a half-mile from the coastline. None of the other people on board suffered serious injury, and a 70-year old man swam to shore to seek help.
The cause of her death has not been made public, and there are discrepancies in reports on how she may have died. Officials have stated that her body was recovered from inside the aircraft, after the other passengers and pilot were rescued. This contradicts the accounts by passengers themselves though, who have said that she made it out of the plane alive along with everyone else, and without any apparent serious injury. One passenger recounted in a press statement how he helped her put on her life-jacket.
“I could not understand how that could have happened at the time, excuse me, that she could have passed. I didn’t understand how it could have happened,” -Pilot of Crashed Plane
The wreckage was spotted by another pilot and his girlfriend who happened to be taking a leisure flight in the area. Had it not been for them, a rescue effort would have been seriously delayed, as the pilot of the downed Cessna had made no distress call. The spotters are reported to have seen all nine people in the water, again contradicting the statement by officials that Fuddy's remains were found still inside the fuselage of the wrecked plane.
Early report found on: YouTube
One passenger managed to actually record the crash and escape.
(This edit, an ABC news exclusive does leave something to be desired. The anchor's commercial for the camera at the beginning of the report is as cringe-worthy as her exaggeration of the plane 'spiraling' into the ocean and unnecessary blow-by-blow. But otherwise, it is good footage of the actual crash nonetheless.)
Conspiracy? Coincidence? It really is up to you to decide.
One thing is true though, 8 out of 9 people on that plane were very lucky.
Additional report from: 21st Century Wire