Re: Mystery over 1992 El-Al crash

Date:         30 Nov 98 03:07:32 
From:         "john r." <john@guava.demon.co.uk>
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In article <airliners.1998.1769@ohare.Chicago.COM>, C.S. <Christian.Schu
lz@NOSPAMalcatel.de> writes
>In the german TV a report about the El-Al crash stated that many local
>residents near the crash site develloped in the meantime symptoms linked
>to radiation-exposure. The program concluded that the counterweights
>used by the 747 were made of uranium, and that the radiation spread
>around through the resulting fire.
>
>In the program, Boeings official comment was that the _actual_
>counterweights are made of steel. Does anybody know which material was
>used to balance the earlier versions of the 747 ?

Certainly some 747s used depleted uranium for balance weights on the
outer ailerons and elevators. The maintenance manuals had procedures for
removal, storage, handling ect.
Dont know for the present generation a/c.
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john r.