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Significance Of 757/767 Common Type Rating?  
User currently offlineSFOintern From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 770 posts, RR: 5
Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

There is a slight possibility that the choice to hijack these sister aircraft was deliberate.

How could that have factored into the plot?

One scenario:

The terrorists were given rudimentary flight training... and since the 757/767 have fairly identical cockpits, it would have been 'easier' for the hijackers.


--Or it could have just been coincidence, given the aircraft plying transcontinental routes.

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User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

Probably a coincidence. If they had the knowledge to fly 757/767, they could have hi-jacked any Airbus planes just as easily. 757/767 are standard equipment on AA/UA for transcon routes from major markets. If UA/AA had operated Airbus widebodies, I'm sure they wouldn't have been immune from the tragedy.

User currently offlineJmacias34 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

Transcon + Full Tanks / Terrorist Hijackers = Recipe for disaster

User currently offlineSFOintern From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 770 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

However, A32X and 737NGs fly BOS-CA, NYC-CA, and DC-CA area flights as well.

Obviously, they don't have as much weight or fuel capacity though.

I guess the 757/767 was probably default though, given that the largest airplanes flying transcons from BOS, JFK, EWR, and IAD are precisely these...

However, the choice of American and United as targets is blatant-- the two largest airlines are the worldwide symbol of American aviation, as well as American Capitalism in the aviation industry.

Hassin Lunsford


User currently offlineJmacias34 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

Transcon + Full Tanks / Terrorist Hijackers = Recipe for disaster

User currently offlineSFOintern From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 770 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

Well, duh.

All you need is he "terrorist hijackers" part of the equation to figure that out.

NEXT.


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