posted on Aug, 26 2006 @ 09:05 AM
Originally posted by fritz
No my friend, I suspect that four aircraft would be used to close with and form up on the airliner and force it to move in the required direction -
very much like the police do to stop a runaway evading them on the highway.
Sorry Fritz but if the airliner is hijacked I don't see anyway you can do this, what I meant by "buzzing" is flying around the aircraft tying to
it’s flight path because you cant change it. A common tactic is for fighter aircraft to fly up above the pilots cockpit and light
burners to go vertical the downward exhaust will force the plane nose down a bit and give an unpleasant shudder. However that's all you can do.
I don't see how you can physically change the jets direction much less force it to land. If your fighters get to close any sudden and erratic
movement by the airliner could take some down, now you lost both the airliner and one of your pilots.
Keep in mind here that if the plane is hijacked the people flying may simply decide to drive the plane into the ground as a last result, that’s no
different than you shooting it down except that you can win a PR victory by saying that you didn’t shoot it down.
And also keep in mind the time limit for these things, the US is a big country and yet in most cases we will only have minutes to decide what to do
before the plane gets over a large populated area.
If that happens and you have not shot it down then the pilot could decide to drive it into the ground (ie. United 93) or if you shoot it down debris
will fall over everyone. I imagine this is even more problematic in the UK since its a much smaller country, point being you don't have all day to
play around with the aircraft trying to get it land, a decision has to be made and quickly.
As for the accidental shoot down, well if an aircraft has a damaged radio and they wont respond and or enter restricted air space I don't see how any
innocent pilot will not respond to fighter aircraft clearly "buzzing" his jet and or clear hand signals to go down, especially after 9/11. I mean
you'd have to be freaking retarded to continue flying straight and level after all that. So if it is shot down the blame falls entirely on the dumb
pilot, not the military.
[edit on 26-8-2006 by WestPoint23]