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F-16s Escort Private NBC Jet  
User currently offlineCmsgop From United States of America, joined May 2000, 137 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

Thursday November 8 1:58 PM ET

F-16s Escort Private NBC Jet

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two F-16 fighter jets escorted a private plane carrying NBC Sports' Olympic leadership when it lost radio contact with air traffic
controllers after taking off at Salt Lake International Airport.

NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer, NBC Olympics co-chairman Dennis Swanson, and announcers Jim McKay,
Hannah Storm and Dan Hicks were heading to the East Coast on the Gulfstream jet Wednesday after a four-day Winter Olympics production seminar in
Salt Lake City.

The jet lost radio contact after takeoff and was circling the Great Salt Lake when it was met by the F-16s. The fighter jets guided the Gulfstream to Ogden

``We take those things seriously in this community,'' Salt Lake Organizing Committee president Mitt Romney said Thursday. ``I'm delighted we have Hill
Air Force Base so close and if an aircraft is doing something unexpected, they are able to scramble and respond on an urgent basis.''

FAA air traffic manager Tom Brown said the jet ``was not forced down. The F-16s asked if they could provide any assistance because the private jet had
some radio difficulty.''

``The aircraft had problems receiving transmissions even before taxiing,'' Brown said. ``The jet left anyway.''

The radio was repaired after about a two-hour wait, and the NBC group arrived in New York shortly after 12 a.m. Thursday.

What Type of Gulfstream was this?????? and should this have happend?

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User currently offlineCmsgop From United States of America, joined May 2000, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

Don't they have two radios?.........Is the Pilot to blame?

User currently offlineCmsgop From United States of America, joined May 2000, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3613 times:


User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3579 times:

Seems to me, if the a/c was having transmission problems before takeoff, it should have been examined before taking to the sky.

I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3532 times:

It was neither legal nor prudent to take off without working radios into an IFR enviroment.

- Neil Harrison

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