Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Greeks Bear Gifts- Not NORAD
Does anyone remember in September 2005 when an airliner in Greece depressurized and was lost by air traffic control? I have recreated that flight using Microsoft Flight Simulator, in the same way I did Payne Stewart’s, and I’ve discovered something astounding! I took off from Larnaca airport on Cyprus bound for Athens at the same time of day: 9AM, on the same plane: a Boeing 737. Again I guessed that the incident must have occurred at 25,000 feet+ for it to have had the effect that it did on the passengers and crew; this was around 18 minutes after takeoff. According to reports the airliner was intercepted by Greek F16’s over the Aegean Sea. I reached this position 55 to 1 hr 10 minutes into the flight. By this time I’d entered a new time zone and the time was still around 9 AM (when I took off Cyprus time). This means that the Greek air force responded quicker than NORAD did on 9/11! (And more than twice as fast as they (apparently) did During the Payne Stewart incident. They claim it took them 1 hr 22 minutes to locate Payne’s Learjet.) I doubt if Greece has any defense system remotely as effective as NORAD, yet they beat NORAD to their target! Makes you wonder if NORAD’s 16 billion-odd budget is worth it!... …Unless of course NORAD was especially sluggish on September 11th 2001 for some reason.