posted on Jan, 16 2013 @ 11:45 AM
reply to post by zedVSzardoz
They carry several ways to destroy the equipment, but they had less than 20 minutes IIRC to do it, and there's a lot of equipment on the EP-3, so they
did the best they could with what they had on hand, besides the magnets, and other equipment normally used. Coffee is actually quite a good way to do
it, as long as you can get it into the machinery, since it can cause a short and blow the equipment.
The first few minutes after the accident they all really thought they were going to die. It was only through some superb airmanship that they were
able to save the aircraft and keep it in the air. After that the primary mission for the flight crew was to get on the ground, and they were almost
over Hainan at that point. They barricaded themselves in the aircraft for a few minutes once they were on the ground, but when you have jeeps with
large caliber guns pointed at your aluminum aircraft, you don't hold out long.
The methods used for destroying the equipment count on you having time. On a ship, or on a plane, you need time. If you were intercepted for
example, and forced to land, you have plenty of time to destroy it and get it all. If you are in a midair collision, you suddenly lose that time
required, and you have to do the best you can with what's on hand.
edit on 1/16/2013 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)