Secret documents reveal the truth behind JFK Jr.s tragic death!
John F. Kennedy Jr. went bravely to his watery grave, trying valiantly to save the lives of his passengers – his wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren.
But a government cover-up has stopped the truth of what really happened inside Kennedy's small plane before it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on July 16, 1999, from ever being made public.
A year after the tragedy, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) blamed the crash on a "graveyard spiral" that hurtled the plane toward the sea at nearly 5,000 feet per minute.
But The ENQUIRER has discovered a stunning report that claims the plane actually struck the water off Martha's Vineyard in a semi-inverted dive – the result of pilot commands.
According to the obscure report in the aviation industry publication Flying, Kennedy's plane "apparently struck the water in a semi-inverted dive, right wing first. This is an attitude that could not result from a graveyard spiral; it can only be the result of pilot commands."
Veteran pilot Michael J. Pangia – former chief litigator for the Federal Aviation Administration – told The ENQUIRER: "Kennedy fought this airplane all the way down to the water."
And an aviation source familiar with the crash report and the interior of John's Piper Saratoga aircraft now tells The ENQUIRER: "The fact is that John Kennedy was bravely battling to find a sliver of visibility out of heavy fog and find his way to safety. He went to his death trying to be a hero!"
Kennedy, a novice pilot who was not instrument rated, likely relied on the plane's autopilot to keep him on course. But investigators who probed the wreckage found the autopilot switch off.
The aviation source added: "It's another sign that John was determined to take charge of his
situation. He was in the dark, yet heroically trying to regain control of his aircraft."
Sadly, more evidence showing Kennedy to be a hero may never be found.
In our Feb. 20, 2001 issue, we exclusively reported that a "cover-up" of the crash was "dictated by Washington" and videotapes showing the plane at the bottom of the Atlantic, with John, Carolyn and her sister Lauren Bessette's bodies, were destroyed.
After making a request to the NTSB under the Freedom of Information Act, The ENQUIRER received some of the first photos of the wreckage. We later learned the recovery team had also taken underwater photos and videos, images that contain crucial evidence about the crash.
But the NTSB "declined" to include additional material gathered by the Navy in their final report, leaving some elements of the tragedy forever a mystery.