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A Grisly Reality In Plane Crashes Now...

Thu Sep 13, 2001 4:04 pm

Granted the air crashes of 09/11 were unlike anything ever before. But for the first time, we're not left guessing or searching for a flight recorder to figure out details. Why?

Cell phones. Airphones.

This was the first jetliner crash in history that was actually phoned in to the local police department(PA) before it happened.

Modern technology and the proliferation over the last 5 to 10 years of the obssessive need to comunicate have now been used in a new way....real time voice recorders.

Imagine JAL in the 80s with cell phones....what about United at Sioux City? Valujet?

From now on, if a stricken airliner and its' passengers have the misfortune to lurk about a bit before their end(i.e. not instantaneous like TWA 800) in an area decently served by cells, we most likely will get a vivid description of the end from some poor soul in the cabin.

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RE: A Grisly Reality In Plane Crashes Now...

Thu Sep 13, 2001 4:41 pm

It was widely reported that in the crash of ValuJet 592 in the Miami Everglades, one passenger called his wife from the seatback air phone as the plane filled with smoke and plummetted to the ground.

While this is grisly, at least: a) These poor, doomed souls were given a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones, something that generally hasn't been possible prior to now (with the exception of the JAL crash, in which victims had the time to write farewell notes); and b) Investigators in these crashes and possibly future ones have and will gain important information about the sequence of events leading up to the crash. Also, those on the other side of the line might pick up sounds or noise that may be helpful to the investigation later on.

While awful and definitely scary, this development of technology might not be all bad.

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