Desmond Boomer

Desmond Boomer

A 38 year old Belfast born engineer working in the Libyan oil fields

Michael Williams

Michael Williams

A 49 year old English born engineer

Matthew Aquilina

Matthew Aquilina

A 22 year old Maltese national returning to Malta

Tadeus Gorny

Tadues Gorny

A 48 year Polish national working in the Libyan oil fields

Phillip Farrugia

Philip Farrugia

A 43 year old Maltese national returning to Malta

Carmel Bartolo

CArmelo Bartolo

The pilot, a 47 year Maltese national

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  • Cormac Boomer Letter To Chairman Of Investigation

    36 Riverdale Park North,
    Belfast BT11 9DL,
    Northern Ireland
    9th July 1999

    Dr, Philip Scibberas, LLD.,
    Chairman of Investigation Enquiry,
    Courts of Justice,
    Valletta,
    Malta.

    Subject: Aviation Incident 3rd December, 1995. The Disappearance of Piper 9H-ABU.

    Chairman and Members of the Court,

    I refer to the recent final Sitting of this Court on 24th July 1999 and take this opportunity to submit my comments and observations on aspects of the evidence which has been presented by way of explaining the disappearance of Piper 9H ABU on which my son Desmond was reported to have been a passenger.

    In setting out to compile my final submissions I find that this is to a large extent unnecessary as all of the comments and requests I had in mind had already been addressed by Ms. Cecelia Pelligrini Petit in her submission of 17th June l999.

    You will no doubt be aware that during the past three years Ms. Pelligrini Petit and I have co-operated very closely compiling and cross referencing the evidence presented in Court while pursuing our own individual lines of enquiry, I am, therefore, in total agreement with her submission of l7th June, 1999, and support her requests for further investigation into these matters which, when taken collectively or individually, bring into sharp focus the failure to date to tie down the time tables of departure and arrival times of the aircraft in question, depending on which document is read there is a discrepancy of up to one hour and fifteen minutes difference in recorded times.

    There has been a similar shortfall when dealing with individuals brought before the Court, here I have in mind Travel Agents, Couriers and such who appear to have free access to Luqa Airport without reference to anyone. Their attitude to the Court was reflected in their failure to furnish documentation requested by the Court.

    Then there is the Government Officials and Civil Servants responsible for overseeing land enforcing flight safety regulations as laid down by International Law, not just for major operators such as Air Malta but especially in relation to fly by night cowboy operators such as Sun Aviation and Excelair, to name but two.

    The Department of Civil Aviation was grossly negligent in this regard and their ham fistedness is reflected in their handling of the matter of their own A.T.C. Tapes, highlighting the degree of their gross incompetence.

    The Wreckage

    The chequered history of these items raises more questions than answers. I have publicly questioned the veracity of these items in Court and in public without response either from the Court or the Department of Civil Aviation, and I wonder why?

    With public sittings now at an end I trust the Court will take the time to thoroughly investigate these matters and those listed by Ms. Pelligrini Petit in her Submission of 17th June 1999.

    Finally, one last item of equal importance, it relates to an item of evidence I sought to convey to the Court three years ago, i.e. the statement made by one Andrew Williams to his uncle in Liverpool on l2th December 1995 land conveyed to me on the l5th December 1995 by Mr. G. H. Williams, the brother of the missing English man.

    For reasons best known to itself the Court has refused to address this issue which I consider to be of vital importance to resolving the mystery of Piper 9H ABU and the disappearance of it's pilot and five passengers.

    My Affidavit has been prepared in line with the format you indicated at the last Sitting of the Court. I trust it will assist you and the Board Members in successfully completing your investigations.

    I take this opportunity on behalf of our family circle to thank you and the other Members of the Board for your efforts on our behalf.

    Yours sincerely,

     

     

    Cormac Boomer

  • Cormac Boomer Affidavit re: conversation with Geoffrey Williams


    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN - AN AFFIDAVIT.

    Reference: Aviation Incident - The reported disappearance of a Piper Lance Aircraft - Reg. N0. 9H-ABU

    When enroute from Djerba Tunisia to Malta on the morning of the 3rd December 1995, my son Desmond was reported to be a passenger on this aircraft.

    At the outset I had no reason to believe that the report of the incident was other than as reported/claimed to be, i.e. a tragic accident in mid-flight. My views and opinions on this incident were irrevocably changed on the afternoon of Friday, 15th December 1995. On that day I was contacted by phone by a Mr. Geoffrey William’s who resides in Liverpool, England.

    During our conversation Mr. Williams explained he was the brother of Michael Williams who was reported to be a passenger on the missing plane. He then proceeded to inform me that his brother had a son Andrew who was at that time a serving officer in HM Royal Navy. On hearing of his father's disappearance he obtained immediate leave of absence and travelled to Malta and was present on the island during the period of the eight day international search for the missing aircraft.

    According to Geoffrey Williams his nephew rang him each evening to brief him on the results of each day's search and up-date him on the progress of his own enquiries. On the evening of l2th December 1995 he rang his uncle and during their conversation he imparted the following information. On that day (12th December 1995) he had been in a government building where he met a Maltese public figure believed to be a Dr. Philip Scibberas who took him into an office where he instructed the staff to leave the office, the door was then closed, and when alone this public figure made the following statement, “We feel you have a right to know your father's plane did not go down in the water, it went down on land and we know where it is.”

    Q. How do you know where it is?
    A. Our surveillance systems monitored it's distress beacon for several hours after it was reported missing.

    Q. If it is on land is it in Tunisia.
    A. No.

    Q. Then is it in Libya.
    A. It is on the ground inTripoli, now let me make it perfectly clear, if you repeat this conversation to anyone outside this room I will deny that I ever made such statements, at which point the public figure excused himself and left the office.

    On Sunday l7th December 1995 I contacted my then M.P. Dr Joe Hendron at his home. He put me in contact with Mr, Sean O'Higgins who at that time was Head of Department in the office of Mr. Dick Spring, T.D. who was the then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Arising from a lengthy discussion with Mr. O'Higgins 1 was instructed to set down in writing all the relevant information I had acquired to date and have it delivered to him ASAP.

    This report was completed on l8th December 1995 and handed to Dr. Hendron who delivered it to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Dublin with whom he had a meeting on 19th December 1995.

     

     

  • Cormac Boomer Letter To Chairman Of Investigation

    36 Riverdale Park North,
    Belfast BT11 9DL,
    Northern Ireland
    9th July 1999

    Dr, Philip Scibberas, LLD.,
    Chairman of Investigation Enquiry,
    Courts of Justice,
    Valletta,
    Malta.

    Subject: Aviation Incident 3rd December, 1995. The Disappearance of Piper 9H-ABU.

    Chairman and Members of the Court,

    I refer to the recent final Sitting of this Court on 24th July 1999 and take this opportunity to submit my comments and observations on aspects of the evidence which has been presented by way of explaining the disappearance of Piper 9H ABU on which my son Desmond was reported to have been a passenger.

    In setting out to compile my final submissions I find that this is to a large extent unnecessary as all of the comments and requests I had in mind had already been addressed by Ms. Cecelia Pelligrini Petit in her submission of 17th June l999.

    You will no doubt be aware that during the past three years Ms. Pelligrini Petit and I have co-operated very closely compiling and cross referencing the evidence presented in Court while pursuing our own individual lines of enquiry, I am, therefore, in total agreement with her submission of l7th June, 1999, and support her requests for further investigation into these matters which, when taken collectively or individually, bring into sharp focus the failure to date to tie down the time tables of departure and arrival times of the aircraft in question, depending on which document is read there is a discrepancy of up to one hour and fifteen minutes difference in recorded times.

    There has been a similar shortfall when dealing with individuals brought before the Court, here I have in mind Travel Agents, Couriers and such who appear to have free access to Luqa Airport without reference to anyone. Their attitude to the Court was reflected in their failure to furnish documentation requested by the Court.

    Then there is the Government Officials and Civil Servants responsible for overseeing land enforcing flight safety regulations as laid down by International Law, not just for major operators such as Air Malta but especially in relation to fly by night cowboy operators such as Sun Aviation and Excelair, to name but two.

    The Department of Civil Aviation was grossly negligent in this regard and their ham fistedness is reflected in their handling of the matter of their own A.T.C. Tapes, highlighting the degree of their gross incompetence.

    The Wreckage

    The chequered history of these items raises more questions than answers. I have publicly questioned the veracity of these items in Court and in public without response either from the Court or the Department of Civil Aviation, and I wonder why?

    With public sittings now at an end I trust the Court will take the time to thoroughly investigate these matters and those listed by Ms. Pelligrini Petit in her Submission of 17th June 1999.

    Finally, one last item of equal importance, it relates to an item of evidence I sought to convey to the Court three years ago, i.e. the statement made by one Andrew Williams to his uncle in Liverpool on l2th December 1995 land conveyed to me on the l5th December 1995 by Mr. G. H. Williams, the brother of the missing English man.

    For reasons best known to itself the Court has refused to address this issue which I consider to be of vital importance to resolving the mystery of Piper 9H ABU and the disappearance of it's pilot and five passengers.

    My Affidavit has been prepared in line with the format you indicated at the last Sitting of the Court. I trust it will assist you and the Board Members in successfully completing your investigations.

    I take this opportunity on behalf of our family circle to thank you and the other Members of the Board for your efforts on our behalf.

    Yours sincerely,

     

     

    Cormac Boomer

  • Letter from Cormac Boomer to Don Mullan

    36 Riverdale Park North
    Belfast BT11 9DL,
    Northern Ireland.
    16th July, 1999.

    Mr. Don Mullan,
    Dublin 12.

    Dear Don,

    At the outset I wish to record my pleasure that a Journalist and author of your status has taken an interest in our family tragedy.

    From your discussions with Cecelia you will be aware that from the outset we have come up against an Official and Diplomatic wall of silence, in fact it has been stated to me by a source I can trust, quote: "The diplomatic wall of silence surroundingthis incident is built so high it is almost as if the incident never occurred."

    In putting together background information I have taken the following from my files, they are numbered in sequence with comments and explanations.

    1. Report from Times Malta, 26th June l999.

    2. My final submission to the Court of Enquiry.

    3. My Affidavit duly authorised. This information was first presented to the Chairman of the Enquiry privately in August 1996. It is no exaggeration to state that he very angrily threw it back in my face, he has steadfastly refused to accept or address it, hence the Affidavit.

    4. Is my first official contact/report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin.

    5. Communications received from Foreign Affairs during the period of the search.

    6. This is a copy of a Manifest by fax supplied by Tunisia Djerba in response to request by Malta Department of Civil Aviation for details of passengers supposed to be on board the missing plane, not very official or professional by Tunisian standards.

    7. Details from local papers. Ref: Shaqaqi's assassination and subsequent information from Internet, March l996.

    8. An extract from Malta paper highlighting the failure of Malta Department of Civil Aviation to enforce international safety regulations, it is no accident that the international body (Regulator) lists Malta on the same level as African countries.

    9. From the Malta Times - The content confirmed our growing suspicions of an official cover-up.

    10. From the Malta Independent, this information has never been addressed by the Court.

    11. Again this matter has never been addressed by the Court of Enquiry.

    12. Letter from Rodney Wood re experiences on outbound flight on Saturday 2nd December 1995. I was present in Court when he repeated the content of the letter. I later spoke to him and Mr. Silts, another passenger, they confirmed the incident of the alternator belt, Silts informed me that he spoke to Desmond and Tad Gorny in the airport coffee shop, the last time they were seen.

    13. The Preface of this document was written two hours prior to the Sitting of the Court.

    14. This document relates to Page 1 of Document 13, no questions or comment was ever made by the Chairman or Legal Representatives regarding it's content.

    15. From this document you will note that to effect repairs, i.e. replace the altinator belt the propeller has to be removed (not a two minute job.)

    16. This section contains a transcript (translated) of the Tunisian Investigation which was completed on 18th December 1995, you will note the conflict of take off times stated (note Malta and Tunisia are in the same time zone.)

    17. This ia a compilation of theories and questions put together by Daniel and I in December 1998 and a detailed sequence of events up to May 1999.

    18. The Bartolo letter. Ref: EuroJet Ltd.

    19. The reporter picked this up wrong, this statement relates to a statement made to me by a Warrant Officer of the Malta Armed Forces who stated he was on duty the morning of the incident. I have his name and address which conformed to my satisfaction, similarly the Civilian Flyer I would like to discuss the details with you.

    20. These are extracts from Religious Publications printed in Malta.

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