'October Surprise' Plane Crashes (Election Eve Terror)

Mel Carnahan

“It's so easy to cover it up. The evidence is destroyed and everybody knows airplanes are fragile anyway, small airplanes in particular. So it’s a very clean type of assassination, in terms of ways to do it, because the area where the plane crash happens can be quickly cordoned off … and the evidence can be cleaned up very quickly, and most of it is destroyed anyway. But if there’s anything left, it can be disposed of very, very quickly.” —Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Many people are not aware of how two strange deaths dramatically changed the balance of power in the U.S. government at the start of the millennium. Democratic Senate candidate Mel Carnahan died in a private plane crash on October 16, 2000, just three weeks before the 2000 elections. On October 25, 2002, just two weeks before the 2002 elections, Democratic Senate candidate Paul Wellstone was also killed in a plane crash. His wife and child died with him. Wellstone had been projected to win the election.

Both October plane crash victims, Mel Carnahan and Paul Wellstone, were progressive Democrats. Indeed Wellstone was considered the most progressive member of the U.S. Senate. As the conservative magazine National Review stated, "Probably no other member of the Senate had been on the losing side of more 99-1 or 98-2 votes. None had voted more consistently against the Bush administration."

Between the years 2000 and 2002, the Senate was evenly split (50-50) between the two parties and during that period, the defection of a single senator led to three changes in majorities.

Was it just tragic misfortune that two progressive candidates, holding the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, met their demise in plane crashes just weeks before critical elections in October of 2000 and October of 2002? We will likely never know for sure. But the timing and circumstances surrounding the plane crashes certainly stretches the bounds of coincidence.

Other Prominent Suspicious Plane Crashes

The Ron Brown Plane Crash

The JFK Jr. Plane Crash

The Watergate Plane Crash — Flight 553

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