Greeting all -
I know I am going to upset someone with this posting, but this question has been bugging me all night. The plane carrying Stewart and five passengers has (had) been termed a "ghost plane" because it was flying on auto-pilot basically until it ran out of gas and fell to earth. Two military aircraft followed it
and were able to report that the crew was
unresponsive and the windows were iced indicating loss of pressure. Basically, it was determined that those inside had died.
Now, my question is why they allowed that plane to basically fly on its own until it ran out of gas? We know it landed in a field and no one on the ground was injured, but how could anyone know that? In discussion with friends, we wondered if it was ever discussed to somehow shoot the plane down or follow some other method of sending it into the ground where one could be more sure it would not land in a populated area. I ask this because what if the plane had run out of fuel over Fargo or another town and crashed to earth in the middle of the main street? Could the FAA actually track, through gas consumption and flight path, where this plane would fall? If not, why take the chance of a plane nosediving into someone's home? Anyone know the laws or rules to this kind of problem? Was stopping the plane even an option they could have considered? My apologies for the length, but I really went round and round with friends on this one last night.
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