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Date: 9/12/00 4:04:24 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Kent, typed the article pour vous. Claire
Robin McKie, Science Editor
The Observer, International
Air Crashes blames on military pulses.
Electromagnetic pulses from military craft may have been responsible for
several civilian airline disasters in the past four years. If the theory is
proved correct, it suggests navy ships and air force planes pose a lethal
threat to passenger flights.
Crash investigators have been startled by similarities between several
tragedies. In particular, they have uncovered common features in two
crashes: Swissair 111, on 2 September 1998, and TWA 800, on 17 July 1996.
Both planes took off from the same airpport, New york's JFK, on the same day,
a Wesnessday, at the same minute, 8.19pm. Both followed the same route over
Long Island. Both reported trouble in the same region of airspace, and both
suffered catastrophic electrical malfunctions. And on both occasions the
planes were flying at a time when extensive military exercises - involving
submarines and US Navy P3 fighter planes - were being conducted.
These factors - outlined by Elaine Scarry in the forthcoming issue of the New
York Review of Books - suggest to many investigators that a routine weekly
event, probably involving the generation of strong electromagnetic pulses by
military personnel, may have triggered short-circuits in the two planes.
In the case of the TWA 800 flight, this could have caused a spark to set off
a fire in its fuel tanks. Alternatively, a pulse could have knocked out
instruments, causing the Boeing 747 to spin out of control, making metal
parts tear and produce sparks.
In the case of the Swissair 111, a fire was reported in the cabin and the
plane lplunged in to the sea off the coast of Nova Scotia.
> In a message dated 9/12/00 10:08:13 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> << Claire spotted this on the Observer site and thought you should see it.
> To see this story with its related links on the Observer site, go to
> Air crashes blamed on military pulses
> Robin McKie, Science Editor
> Saturday September 09 2000
> The Guardian
> Alas, can't find. Guess they folded it back.