reply to post by dragonridr
You are doing so well. However, there is some 'debunking' to include, after reading your remark:
To be honest i don't believe the whole story that a couple of people with box cutters and training from a flight school could have pulled
You have sufficient expertise in building engineering, it seems, to hold your own.
I have enough understanding of airplanes, the airline industry, and the possiblities in the real world to know just how
successfully carried off.
Please stop, for a moment, to consider what a determined individual, bent on inflicting injury to another human being, can accomplish with a box
cutter. A razor-sharp blade, likely heavy-duty, at least
one inch long, possibly longer. If the victim is attacked from behind. While
seated. With a seatbelt attached, in a confined space. By an attacker who is standing. And who has gained an advantage of surprise. And is likely
trained in close-in hand-to-hand.
Then, also recognize that the ones who were tasked with actually flying the airplanes had more than just "training from a flight school". Actually,
of course they had that, how else do you suppose they learned, and earned licenses?
But even more, they had other experience. Flying experience.
Full flight airplane simulators, just like the ones here in the U.S. that are used to train and check pilots are also available in other countries.
Even in certain Middle Eastern countries. Where a handful of Saudi or Egyptian "brethern" with fistfulls of cash would no doubt be accepted, and
eagerly welcomed, for familiarization on the simulators that very, very faithfully recreate the experience of the real airplane.
Modern simulators are SO realistic that, with the very advanced versions (Level D 'landing certified' capabilities) it isn't even necessary to fly
the real thing at all. A pilot can be trained on the sim, get his rating from the check ride in the sim, and be considered 'qualified' without ever
touching a the real thing.
But, that doesn't relate to this story...for the purposes of simply navigating and steering to accomplish their goals? It is very basic, and has
been shown, demonstrated, by several re-creations that even inexperienced people with little knowledge of the airplanes can do a passable job.