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Airplane death of former 9/11 counsel and government official is now mysterious as story changes

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

Dana Hyde

Was she a victim of terrorism — or just negligence?

Dana Hyde was not a household name in America, but the woman who was raised in a rural area of Oregon became a distinguished and well-respected lawyer and government official.

However, when she was killed of injuries sustained in a small plane earlier this month, both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) listed the cause of the problem as “turbulence.”

That changed dramatically late Friday afternoon when the NTSB changed its tune, and the death now seems much more mysterious. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but this one is very suspicious.

The change and explanation were dramatic, although they were almost an afterthought since Hyde was not a well-known person in America.

Change in their tune

According to The Washington Post, the cause of her death were some avoidable events that were unexplained by the NTSB,

The flight that left a former White House official dead earlier this month was marked by multiple missteps, alerts and system issues before the plane lurched violently in the sky, according to a preliminary report Friday from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB initially described the incident as a turbulence event, with the safety board saying it also was investigating a reported issue with a flight control system. According to the new report, pilots said there was no remarkable turbulence during the flight, including around the time the plane lost control.

Instead, the report says, a key probe affixed to the outside of the plane was initially left covered, a takeoff was aborted, and pilots received a string of alerts on the ground and in the air before switching off a key flight control system immediately before the deadly incident.

Michael Laris, “Flight problems, not turbulence, found in death of

former White House official,” Washington Post, March 24, 2023

Making this more mysterious was that Hyde was killed on a trip with her son and husband to visit some schools in New England, but the two other family members were not injured despite her injuries being fatal.

According to authorities, Hyde died of “blunt force injuries to her neck, head, body, and extremities.”

Her husband, Jonathan Chambers, was a partner in the company that owned the plane.

Making things even more mysterious is the fact that she was a counsel to the 9/11 Commission that investigated the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. She later worked in both the administrations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

What happened?

Investigators from the FAA and NTSB who first said that this accident was due to turbulence had egg on their faces after this report was issued.

In short, this sounds like a coverup that was averted by some people who were intent on telling the truth,

The plane departed March 3 from New Hampshire, headed for Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia. It was carrying Dana Hyde, 55, of Cabin John, Md., her husband, Jonathan Chambers, and one of their sons …

Investigators said the pilots on the Bombardier Challenger 300 began their takeoff with a critical speed-measurement probe mistakenly still covered. When two airspeed indicators showed different readings, the pilots aborted the takeoff. The second-in-command pilot then walked to the front of the plane, removed the red cover and returned to the cockpit, according to the NTSB.

As the chief pilot restarted the left engine and prepared to take off again, an alerting system noted a “RUDDER LIMITER FAULT,” the NTSB report said. The chief pilot told investigators he tried two tests to clear the message. When that was unsuccessful, the pilots continued with the flight, “given that the message was an advisory, and not a caution or warning,” the report said.

During takeoff, the second-in-command noticed that key speed-related parameters were not set, requiring him to call one out from memory, the NTSB said. The plane continued climbing to about 6,000 feet, investigators said, when a barrage of additional alerts emerged.

Michael Laris, Washington Post, March 24, 2023

The pilots were warned that a problem existed, but they ignored it, according to the Post story.

Death was violent

According to the NTSB, Hyde’s death was a terribly violent one,

The plane then experienced violent, uncontrolled movements, speeding up and down and putting passengers under the dramatic stress of more than four times the force of gravity, according to the preliminary report.

“Four G’s. That’s four times your body weight. Objects that were 100 pounds were now weighing 400 pounds, and moving in an up or down direction,” said Jeff Guzzetti, a former accident investigator with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. “That’s a tremendous amount of G force for an airplane to experience.”

Michael Laris, Washington Post, March 24, 2023

So, the question is, Why did she die while her husband and son were not even injured?

Who is her husband?

According to her husband’s biography, he has worked in telecommunications in both the public and private sectors. He is now a partner at Conexon, who owned the plane,

Jonathan has worked for over thirty years at start-up telecommunications companies and in the U.S. Government. Prior to joining Conexon, Jonathan served as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning for the Federal Communications Commission. Jonathan was part of the senior leadership at the FCC that reformed $12 billion in annual federal spending, including the rural and high cost fund, e-rate, telecommunications relay services and the lifeline programs.

For the majority of his career, Jonathan has worked with companies building broadband networks. Jonathan left the FCC to help electric cooperatives bring fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband to rural areas throughout the country.

Broadband Communities, 2018

Adding to the mystery—she was buried in Israel

After being raised in a rural area of Oregon, Ms. Hyde received a degree from UCLA in 1989 and then moved to Washington, where she first interned with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). After working on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992, she entered Georgetown Law School where she earned her law degree. She then worked in the Clinton administration before being named as counsel to the congressional 9/11 Commission.

For eight years, she worked in the Obama administration, and the president appointed her as CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which forms partnerships with developing countries to encourage them to engage in good governance and economic freedom.

She was buried in Israel, which means that she is Jewish. That raises more questions with the amount of anti-semitism in the country.


This entire story is sad — and suspicious. It smells of a coverup, but one that was averted by some honesty. This story just raises more questions than it answers.

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