"On June 12, 1995, at 1530 Alaska daylight time, a wheel equipped Cessna 402B airplane, N710WS, registered to and operated by the Watchtower Bible Organization and Tract Society, collapsed its nose gear while taxiing back after landing. The business flight, operating under 14 CFR Part 91, departed Good News, Alaska, and the destination was Tuntutuliak, Alaska. No flight plan was filed and visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The airline transport certificated pilot and the three passengers were not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged.According to the Director of the Watchtower Bible Organization, who was also a passenger on the airplane, they were taxiing back to the ramp after landing. The runway had just been graded and a small depression in the runway's surface was filled with soft material. The airplane's nose gear rolled into the depression and the nose gear collapsed.The Director of the Watchtower Bible Organization stated that the soft area on the runway had been marked with yellow cones. He stated that the runway maintenance person told them the cones were removed so the runway surface could be graded. The cones had not been replaced.There were no NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen) issued. The Alaska Supplement, however, states that runway conditions are not monitored and that a visual inspection is recommended. The supplement states that there are dips and ruts to 4 inches deep."
The destination of the Watchtower's President was Tuntutuliak, Alaska, a well know salmon-fishing Inuit village.
It is supposed to be that all vehicles belonging to the WT are registered under the name: "Kingdom Support Services. "
But It must have been embarrasing to the GB having the news of their secret, private plane published because they filed an aplication on 11/16/2003 to change the airplane's ownership registry to: Betz Tim. http://126.96.36.199/acdatabase/NNumSQL.asp?NNumbertxt=710WS
The aircraft's matricule (N710WS) will not change. You can track it on the FAA aircraft registry at: http://188.8.131.52/acdatabase/acmain.htm But cannot do a FAA search under "Kingdom Support services" anymore. The Watchtower is trying to hide its compromising ownership of the aircraft.
Please note: I am not saying that there is anything wrong with a corporation owning its own private airplance. This is only to demonstrate how very wealthy the Watchtower corporation is. Some Jehovah's Witnesses seem to believe that the organization is poor and if told that the corporation is wealthy, they ask where all the money is. Poor, poor Governing Body. We should all be so poor.
Have any of you seen the retirement home they built for themselves in upstate New York? It is fit for an oil prince. Who paid for the fancy retirement home? Who paid for their private plane? Yes, you guessed it. You did!
Do you believe that the only place that the Governing Body has to live is at Bethel? Do they own other homes? Did you realize that people donate new cars and other expensive items to the Governing Body because they believe that they live in poverty? If they only knew.