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Flight 77 hijacking brevity


The sheer brevity of the take-over is kind of weird. From the last routine transmission by the pilot, it is 3 minutes before the plane goes off course. Couple of guys with box cutters get the pilot, the co-pilot, and the whole flight crew to move to the back of the plane and take control of the craft in 3 minutes.

The Pilots for 9/11 Truth don't think Charles Burlingame, the pilot, a retired military officer with training in anti-terrorism, would give up his ship to a guy with a box cutter without a fight. Burlingame's family and colleagues don't think so either. There's a thing called the Common Strategy, the official policy for dealing with a hijacking. It calls for a certain amount of cooperation; it does not call for handing the flight over to anyone with a knife.

Source: Pilots for 9/11 Truth; Nila Sagadevan article, various Web locations


Soooooo...what does it all mean? The plane was taken over by remote control? Whoever really hijacked the plane had more than box cutters? We don't know. But we can certainly say the brevity of the take-over is at least somewhat suspicious.

Bottom line, me, I give it:

somewhat suspicioussomewhat suspicious


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1. tnt 11 Jan 2008 06:01:28 PM

If the pilot's door was not locked, I think it's possible to cause the plane to deviate from its course within 3 minutes.

2. john 11 Jan 2008 09:30:41 PM

I don't know, not with box cutters. The plane -- I've seen the flight animation from NTSB -- it didn't just deviate from course, it went smoothly into its new course immediately, three minutes after a casual routine transmission. Three minutes. Check the quotes in the quote box. I've read other pilots say he would have just flipped the plane. He was a tough son of a bitch, Burlingame -- he would have done *something* other than meekly comply. Handing over your plane isn't something these guys do lightly. I totally believe that a skinny dude with a flimsy knife isn't going to put much fear of god into a guy like Burlingame.

It's fishy, I tell you, fishy!

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