Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 09:42:39 -0400
Author: Machele Bailey
Subject: Re: Whiteboards
A buddy in the Air Force said something to my boyfriend about they could have
interfered with it flight path or what ever and taken it to a safer place...I
dunno how...Jamie didn't get the specifics....
John Mocko wrote:
> On Wed, 27 Oct 1999, Chuck Britton wrote:
> > BUT, I have a serious question.
> > If (or WHEN) a similarly auto-piloted plane is headed up the East
> > Coast, will the military jets be instructed to shoot it down rather
> > than have it 'flutter' to earth over a heavily inhabited area? Will a
> > president be willing to give such an order?
> According to the news story I saw on TV (ABC or CNN, can't remember which
> one) the Whitehouse was informed of the problem and was seriously
> considering "tipping" the plane over to cause a crash in an unpopulated
> area. The plan was to have a large cargo plane like a C-41 fly alongside
> and use it's wing to tip over the Learjet's wing and cause the plane to
> crash. Either the plan was decided against or they didn't have time to
> carry it out. It was going to be used if the Learjet looked like it was
> going to hit a populated city.
> John Mocko
> Senior Teaching Laboratory Specialist (Lecture Demonstrations)
> Department of Physics
> University of Florida
> Gainesville, Fl.
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