Why would a governor willingly fly to the nation's capital in an aircraft knowing that such an important piece of equipment was malfunctioning? Turning off the transponder was one of the first acts the hijackers did on 9/11. Didn't he think no one would notice or care that his wasn't working?
The State of Kentucky should have selected another aircraft from their fleet to fly their leader to the most security-sensitive city in the world.
1) The transponder went down during flight
2) The governor probably doesn't have a clue about how the aircraft operates.
3) He probably wasn't even aware of the problem.
4) How many aircraft do you think the State of Kentucky owns? If the Gov. is flying in a King Air, I doubt they've got a significant supply of 747s or even Cessna 404s to choose from.
if they were sure the plane was hostile, that would have been no impedement whatsoever, so the only reason they'd need a visual would be to confirm hostile, and in that case they would have been able to confirm exactly the opposite.
Actually, all the pilot would have needed to do to confirm "friendly" status was contact the pilot and direct him to take certain steps to show he really was a "friendly." Then the fighter pilot could simply escort the aircraft to its destination airport.
One question I had - why doens't the good Governor fly on a commerical airliner?
So his State Police escort can get boloxed up at security while they prove to everyone there that they really are
police officers with a reason to carry guns on board? I don't think so.
Actually in a way it might have been a good thing, The outrage over a governer accidently getting shot down might have shut down some of the foolishness we Americans have had to suffer through the past 3 years.
I think the fact that he wasn't
shut down should show you that it's not that foolish. But let's leave politics out of this, okay?
Why not fly an Airline His State has about 20 Daily non stops to DC area from SDF CVG and LEX and even WN SDF BWI...!!
Because if the governor is flying commercially, he cannot conduct confidential business. If he is flying his own airplane, he can. Should the State of Kentucky face an emergency situation, I doubt DL
, US, UA
, or other airline would turn the aircraft around just so the Gov. can get back more quickly.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.