posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 02:26 AM
reply to post by icepack
You are beyond hopeless. How in the WORLD can you POSSIBLY think that a military aircraft can just screw around in European Airspace with a
commercial airliner and NOT know how to behave? He only looks close because he zooms in. When he zooms out, he's at a perfectly safe distance to
visually identify the aircraft tail reg.
If you want more details to confirm your complete non-understanding, the original poster stated that the aircraft was banking left (albeit stupidly
because he said a lot of people were looking to the left!!!!!???
) In fact, once an aircraft has been intercepted, he is to establish a
gentle bank to the left (another reason the interceptor was to the left and approach from the rear-left as can be seen).
At the end, he performs a textbook 90 degree climing turn to the left away from the flight path of the inteceptee.
They will have communicated via emergency frequency (if possible, and most likely so since he broke away) of 121.5Hz and a special transponder code
will have been tuned in (7600). Also, his TCAS would have been set to TA (Traffic Advisory) so as to not set of alarms and evasive maneouvre guidance
on the PFD (primary flight display) along with audible alerts (DESCEND DESCEND) etc...
It was indeed unusual but perfectly textbook and you can see this the interceptors primary task of 'do not maneouvre in a way which will scare
passengers and crew' was indeed achieved (considering nobody was screaming they will die in a fireball). I would be quite sure that the photographs
were taken for memories, yes, but also to calm the passengers into thinking it was a mid-air photoshoot.