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
"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
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.