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RE: Analysis from a JHU CS Prof
Not to mention, forgetting the precision (I second the idea that it takes greater skill than people think to crash a plane), simply navigating these puppies over great distances and finding the targets would require a good amount of training. Yes, yes, GPS and other relatively new navigational goodies make this a lot easier than it would have been, say 20 years ago, but trust me, it's not point-and-click. It may be just coincidental that they utilized Boeing aircraft for this, as Airbus planes have trickier autopilot and collision-avoidance systems that would make intentionally flying into a building in an otherwise healthy airplane rather difficult. Chuck Youse -----Original Message----- From: Dave Stewart [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 6:09 AM To: [email protected] Subject: Re: Analysis from a JHU CS Prof At 10:26 PM 9/11/2001, Petr Swedock wrote: >The planes were hijacked with knives and re-routed over large >distances: which leads me to believe the original pilots were >long dead. > >The two towers were struck with great precision: it's not as >easy as it sounds. > >The pentagon was *landed* on... in a most precise manner: It >takes a hell of a flyer to put a plane down like that. > >There were no fly-bys and/or go-rounds. > >There were no near misses. > >There is no doubt in my mind that those in control of the >planes were skilled pilots. Keep in mind as well that airspeed would be critical for maximum effect. Moving too fast, the plane flies right through the building, certainly causing massive damage and almost certainly starting a fire. However, that's not optimal. Fly too slowly, and you're on the edge of a stall - no laughing matter in any aircraft, but especially critical in these cases, due to the maneuvers every aircraft performed. Also, fly too slowly, you might not completely penetrate the building. From the beginning, there's been no doubt that the pilots were type-rated on the Boeing 757/767, nor has there ever been any doubt, at least in my mind, that these were not American or United pilots... with the possible exception of the United flight that crashed in PA.