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Mobile Phones In Flight. RE QF187

Tue Jul 06, 2004 10:02 pm

QF187 forced to return SYD this afternoon (article below) due to a pressurisation warning activation light.

What the article doesn't mention is that it was caused by an illeagal use of a mobile phone in flight from text messaging (source ABC news) .

This just brings this question up again, what other serious incidences have occurred because of mobile phone activation in flight? Can anything else be done to inhibit use in flight by forgetful people.
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RE: Mobile Phones In Flight. RE QF187

Tue Jul 06, 2004 10:10 pm

I somehow doubt it was a mobile phone at fault, isn't it supposed to interfere with the navigation system as do all other electronic devices?
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RE: Mobile Phones In Flight. RE QF187

Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:04 am


there were no pressurization problems, just the warning light went off. This may be caused by the use of mobile phones.

I was sitting aboard a 737-300 in Heathrow bound for Hamburg last year and while still at the gate the captain said that we could not take off because a warning sign in the cockpit had gone off which was typically caused by a mobile phone. So everyone checks their phones and 10 minutes later we were off.

Obviously mobile phones do not just interfere with navigation systems but also with other (warning) systems.

On the other hand, I am pretty sure that on every other flight someone forgets to turn off their phone - and we have not heard of any related crashes have we? So it's not all it's hyped up to be.

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RE: Mobile Phones In Flight. RE QF187

Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:48 am

I have heard of an incident where an aircraft was flying transatlantic and the air traffic controller informed the crew they were off course, but they did'nt beleive them as all looked good in the cockpit, a while later they were told again you are off course so the crew got the flight attendants to check the cabin, down one side of the a/c people were listening to a rugby match on personal wirless radios (a few people), after these being switched off the navigation heading altered and the crew saw that they were indeed off course.
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RE: Mobile Phones In Flight. RE QF187

Wed Jul 07, 2004 1:15 am

Well... That was a group of radios...

I too have noticed NEXTEL-type radiophones indeed create some malfunctioning in electronic devices in my instruments (particularly in the radio group, and image distortion on the GPS)

The subject has been widely discussed in separate threads, almost one every two weeks.

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RE: Mobile Phones In Flight. RE QF187

Wed Jul 07, 2004 1:22 am

Yes it was radios but just look at the screen interference and the noise on the speaker when a text comes through on your monitor not good !! so it must have an effect on systems.
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