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Pilot doubts theory of terrorist attack on U.S.

Bahrain, Sept 20- A former airline pilot has his doubts as to how amateur pilots could have wreaked such havoc on the U.S., Ishaq Kooheji said: "As a former professional airline pilot I have my doubts. One could ask how a few individuals and amateur pilots who hardly had a few hundreds hours of flying experience on small propeller aircraft hijack such large planes and bring them down with such accuracy?

"They had never flown a jet airplane, not to mention a wide body that weighs over 200 tones. It takes a lot of years and experience. Only a test pilot can fly at such speed at a low level.

"Even a test pilot flying an Airbus 320 did not survive at the air show in France.

"Also assuming that the hijackers had ordered the pilots at gun-point to go on a suicidal flight, no pilot regardless of his nationality would slam his airplane into a building if he can crash away from the city as in the case of the Air France Concorde pilot."

He said the second scenario could be more realistic – all the four airplanes' Flight Management System (FMS), were tampered with. They were programmed on the ground by highly qualified individuals to be activated at a certain stage of the cruise.

This will take the plane off its normal flight path, descend and fly to pre-determined points on the ground and at a certain specified height.

It will disable communication with the ground, leaving the pilots at the mercy of the computers. This technology is used in Cruise missiles, spy aircraft, and other unmanned flights.

Source: Gulf News©



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