From: email@example.com (Bob Niland) Organization: Colorado SuperNet Date: 29 Jul 96 02:29:34 References: 1 2 Followups: 1
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Karl Swartz (kls@ohare.Chicago.COM) wrote: > Reports of a streak in the sky and a radar blip merging with TW 800 > are used to support this notion, though the military says the blip was > a momentary electronic phantom and that the 747 was both too high and > too far off shore to be within range of such a missile. What about space junk? Sooner or later a meteorite or some re-entering human-launched object is going to hit an aircraft in flight (if indeed it hasn't happened already, and been closed as "unknown" or "pilot error"). I assume that since NORAD (or whatever they're called these days) routinely tracks object large enough to be a threat to the shuttle, that re-entering man-made stuff can be easily ruled out (if the NTSB thinks to ask them). Is this question routinely asked and answered in air crashes? The talking heads (I hesitate to to call them "reporters") are telling us that the NTSB/FBI have a short list of three possible causes that have not been ruled out (as of 7/26/96). The way they are worded suggests that being struck by, say, a meterorite, has been ruled out. Has it? If so, how? Regards, 1001-A East Harmony Road Bob Niland Suite 503 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Fort Collins Unless otherwise specifically stated, Colorado 80525 USA expressing personal opinions and NOT speaking for any employer, client or Internet Service Provider.