Re: Mystery over 1992 El-Al crash

Date:         30 Nov 98 03:07:35 
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Uranium does get used as a ballast weight and the 747 does use them. I
don't know if that's standard on all makes and models but, in any case,
the uranium used is "depleted uranium" which is not usually radioactive
above measurable normal background levels. If it retains residual
radioactivity, it would be of a very, very, low order.

I wonder how many people exhibited symptoms before the word "uranium"
got used in the media? Not that I think they had malicious intent, just
that many people start imagining all sorts of ailments if a handy cause
seems at hand.