Date: 11 Nov 96 01:52:18 From: "jon (j.) cox" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: NSS Quality and Finance 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 am also a Cadet of USAF - Civil Air Patrol (reason why I'm taking flying > lessons). > > Thanks for your time; > > Mark A. C. Wilson > email@example.com whoa!! i'm not trying to send a flame here, but working in the wireless telecommunications industry, and being a commercial pilot, let's be realistic.... this is certainly an interesting slant, but i haven't seen anything to substantiate this from more conventional sources. remember there is always butt-loads (aviator's technical term refering to quantity) of speculation early on in any (especially) aviation accident. it is always more prudent to wait and see AT LEAST what the CVR/FDR transcripts show. (a big advantage in a 3 year old air frame) i really think we will see something a little less controversial...probably a little more conventional. here is my SPECULATION: A most unfortunate pilot error, ie. accidental control accuation during taxi/takeoff phase. Improper or lack or proper maintenance, inspections, etc. (often found in central/south american airlines, sometimes so serious that the carrier is not allowed to fly into US airspace.) electrical systems flaw/malfunction (causing non-human initiation of the spoilers/ or thrust reverser bucket END OF SPECULATION it IS sometimes entertaining to speculate as to the cause, but not every aviation accident is due to conspiracy or a twilight zone phenomenon.... Jon Cox Commercial Pilot, ASEL/MEL/IAP -- The views and opinions stated are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. The views of my employer may not necessarily reflect those of mine.