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Re: Oz National Archives Release Valentich File

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 09:15:57 -0600
Archived: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:54:01 -0400
Subject: Re: Oz National Archives Release Valentich File

>From: Giuliano Marinkovic<giuliano.marinkovic.nul>
>Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2012 00:06:48 +0200
>Subject: Re: Oz National Archives Release Valentich File


>Source: AdelaideNow


>July 06, 2012

>'Truth' Was Out There After All

>An accidental discovery sheds new light on the mysterious
>disappearance of a pilot in 1978, writes Miles Kemp.

Contrary to the article's suggestion, I do not consider it at
all well established that the piece of engine cowling found on
the beach at Flinders Island actually came from Valentich's
aircraft, although it did come from a Cessna of similar vintage.

Specifically, the cowling piece was identified to have come from
within a particular interval of serial numbers which included
Valentich's aircraft. But in fact, this serial number bracket
includes a total of _7,826_aircraft_. Moreover, the cowling
piece was found within 500 meters of the runway at the Flinders
Island airport, which seems like a rather remarkable
coincidence, even if (as investigators did establish) ocean
currents could in principle have transported the cowling piece
from the Bass Strait area to the shore of Flinders Island.

As such, I cannot agree at this point with the article's
contention that this piece of debris has unveiled any particular
'Truth' about the case, nor that it rules out or in any
particular explanation (e.g., the planned disappearance
hypothesis). As yet I've been unable to make contact with anyone
who may have insight into the volume of Cessna traffic at
Flinders Island in the relevant era.


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