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Randy (#46626457)
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I am an anthropologist by profession, specialized in the indigenous cultures of Meso America, but my second love is figure skating. I was born at the same time as most members of the 1961 US Figure skating team tha perished in a plane crash, and I have been doing research on the team with the idea of writing a book about them. I would appreciate it if anyone with information concerning the team members were to contact me.
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Steve Mader
Laurence Owen
I have done some addtional checking on the procedure followed by the controller in Brussels Zaventem Airport. Nicky Nichols book "Frozen In Time" indicates there was a small aircraft on the active runway(20). This was an aircraft that was cleared to land in front of 548's approach. While the controller didn't violate standard controll procedures (as I'd at first thought), he still should have cleared in a "heavy" and held the light aircraft. Ms. Nichols either heard the tapes of the radio transmissions or saw a transcript of same as the controller clearly wanted 548 to go around as the light aircraft hadn't cleared the active runway. Kevin Cleynhens in his book on 548(written in Belgium) states the controller he talked to stated there was no aircraft on Runway 20 at the time of 548's approach. Obviously, there is a discrepency here. I would tend to believe the tapes rather than Jatt Collier's(the controller in Zaventem)statement. The only question I would have is why Collier lied about the the active runway situation. Especially since he really didn't violate air traffic control procedures. (Maybe he didn't show real good judgement. But violation- no).
I don't know if this helps or not. Wjhat I would like to do is hear that tape which is in the custody of the Belgium Ministry of Communication. All transmissions are recorfded between all aircraft and control facilities (believe me, I know). This tape was controlled by the Belgian Government at the time of the crash and didn't become available to the public until many years later.
Added by Steve Mader on Aug 22, 2012 11:41 AM
Douglas W. Crute Jr
Rhode Lee Michelson
I:m curious when are you going to to update the grave info from unmarked to marked
Added by Douglas W. Crute Jr on May 30, 2011 12:40 AM
Steve Mader
Laurence Owen
I saw your photo of Laurie Owen whom I still love after all these years. Though I never met her when she was alive, I have done a lot of digging for information about her and in fact, will be going out to Winchester,MA to meet with some people who knew her personally.
As a former air traffic controller with the Air Force, it grieves me to say that the Belgian controllers were indirectly responsible for Sabena Flight 548 going down. Nicky Nichols mentioned a small aircraft being on the runway 20 and what was it doing on thr runway so close to 548's landing time. Actually, landing time has nothing to do with it. Any aircraft on final approach(especially if they've cleared the outer marker) has right of way over departing aircraft. This has been effect as long as I can remember. The Belgian controllers messed up clearing that small aircraft onto Runway 20. Of course, the controllers had to send 548 around for a second approach and that's when the problem with the flaps developed and the aircraft went down. They would have made it if they had been cleared on their inital approach. The problem probably would have occurred later. But Flight 548 would have made it.
I'm still looking for Laurie's autograph which I've come up empty on so far.
You can contact me at if you have any questions or comments. Thanks.
Added by Steve Mader on Nov 03, 2009 11:39 AM

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