[FoRK] Air Bin Laden

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Thu Jul 22 13:09:36 PDT 2004

On Boing today:



Thursday, July 22, 2004


Plane used often by White House carried 13 Bin Ladens out of US 

Still losing sleep over fears that Osama bin Laden's kin were forced to 
suffer in commercial coach class when they flew out of the US a week 
after 9/11? Well, check today's Washington Post:

     At least 13 relatives of Osama bin Laden, accompanied by bodyguards 
and associates, were allowed to leave the United States on a chartered 
flight eight days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a 
passenger manifest released yesterday. One passenger, Omar Awad bin 
Laden, a nephew of the al Qaeda leader, had been investigated by the 
FBI because he had lived with Abdullah bin Laden, a leader of the World 
Assembly of Muslim Youth, which the FBI suspected of being a terrorist 

     The passenger list was made public by Sen. Frank Lautenberg 
(D-N.J.), who obtained the manifest from officials at Boston's Logan 
International Airport. Lautenberg's office was given the document in 
recent weeks and released it before today's issuance of the final 
report of the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks. Although 
much was already known about the "bin Laden flight," Lautenberg 
provided additional details, including the information that the plane, 
a 727 owned by DB Air and operated by Ryan International, began its 
flight in Los Angeles and made stops in Orlando, Dulles International 
Airport and Boston before continuing to Gander, Newfoundland; Paris; 
Geneva; and Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. The aircraft, tail number N521DB, has 
been chartered frequently by the White House for the press corps 
traveling with President Bush.

Link  [1]

Update: BoingBoing reader Ken says, "Here's the aircraft's website run 
by the charter company. They fled in style. Link" [2]
[Ed: image above grabbed from this online photo tour [3] of 
transcontinental luxury service model N521DB, described on charter 
company DB Air's website as a "club room in the sky." ]

[1] http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4014-2004Jul21.html
[2] http://www.dbairltd.com/dbair/specs_521.html
[3] http://www.dbairltd.com/dbair/tour/521_1_bar.html

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