Amsterdam’s own 9/11
9/11, yep. It’s already 12 years ago and still nobody can stop talking and thinking about the disaster that happened in New York in 2001. I’m here today, sitting in my chair in Amsterdam pretty baked and all you see on the Dutch TV is programs about 9/11. But not even that long ago, Amsterdam had its own airplane disaster.
In October 1992 a cargo airplane from the El Al, which is run by the Israeli government, crashed into the Bijlmer (part of Amsterdam-Oost). A total of 43 people died that day as after the crash many surrounding buildings caught fire, which made it the deadliest airplane disaster in the history of the Netherlands. After the disaster some mysterious guys in white suits showed up and people are still speculating who these people were and there are many more stories about somehow the Israeli special service being involved in the crash and the cause of it.
About a year after the crash, some residents and service personnel that worked at the crash scene started having physical health complaints such as impotence, insomnia and bowel problems (symptoms that were similar to the Gulf War Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), which they thought had something to do with the El Al crash. It turned out that more than half of these people had been infected with Mycoplasma.
A few years later, well in 1999 so about 7 freaking years later, the Israeli government admitted that there was almost 200 liters of chemicals being transported in the airplane. Dimethyl methylphosphonate, a chemical which can be used to make Sarin, a nerve gas that is being used as a weapon.