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What If IFR Condition Prevailed Yesterday?  
User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 806 times:

Hey everyone,

Sorry if this sounds rather stupid, but I keep wondering if the history could have been changed yesterday if IFR conditions prevailed over Northeastern US.

Let's say low ceilings and low visibility in both New York and Washington would have probably prevented the assholes to cause this horrible chaos.

Just a thought
Nicolas


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User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 778 times:

Most likely it would only have obscured video coverage. GPS is pretty accurate...all they would need are the coordinates of the towers.

User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 758 times:

I doubt that those guy could have found the tower if NY was IFR. Do you think they had any knowledge of the FMC? I know these guys had some sort of knowledge on how to fly but probably not that far.

I'm sorry for all these speculations.
Nicolas


User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 744 times:

I don't think you're giving them enough credit for their flying skills...that second plane was moving FAST, yet the pilot was able to make a descending last minute turn to hit the building square.

User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 741 times:

This is an intriguing question. I have been wondering if the attack might have originally been planned for Monday, but postponed due to the weather.

It seems obvious to me that the terrorists' desire for media coverage was more important than their ability to navigate the planes.

Any other opinions?



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User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6542 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 731 times:

They chose the date, and consequently the weather. It is no more complicated than that.


Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 726 times:

This was probably planned for a long time but the exact day wasn't decided upon until good weather was assured. Not only did they need it for easier navigation but think about this. AA 11 smashes into the WTC's North Tower and is followed a few minutes later by the United 175 crashing into the South Tower. What they wanted is for the second crash to be seen live around the nation. Terror is not just a physical attack; it’s a psychological attack more than anything else.


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User currently offlineCaptjetblast From Argentina, joined Aug 2001, 281 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 762 times:

I'm sure The ASSHOLES spent months getting trained for this, and would have no problem waiting for another sunny morning.


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