Date: 10 Nov 96 04:52:43 From: Wolfgang Decker <email@example.com> Organization: MindSpring Enterprises References: 1
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Mark A. C. Wilson wrote: > > I would like some information about the probability of a cellular or any > kind of transmitter being able to mess up the air brake system of a Fokker > 100. I am a High School student taking flying lessons, and heard about the > accident down in Brazil last Thursday, October 31st, where this Aircraft > fell into a residential neighborhood after take off due to a passanger's > cellular phone. The phone (somehow) opened the air brakes and reversed the > troutle of the right engine, slaming the aircraft into a residential > building couple minutes after takeoff. The pilot of the aircraft behind > claims to have seen the right air brake open couple times during takeoff. > If anyone could explain to me how this is possible, I would appreciate. I suppose the high frequent emission of the cell phone simply messed up the board computer systems. While these systems are pretty good covered against HF emissions coming from outside - remember the Faraday effect and look at the fuselage, made completely of metal - HF emitted inside a cage can have pretty nasty effects. Also all the computer systems are high frequency systems, and some of them run in the same frequence range as the cell phones operate. I vaguely remember an accident in Italy, also caused by someone who thought, that safety rules on an airplane are only for poeple coming from mars. Good luck Wolfgang Decker firstname.lastname@example.org Prefers to fly a glider!