Thursday, March 15, 2007

The fifth pilot

A former air traffic controller named Robin Hordon, one of the ones fired by Reagan, has some interesting things to say about the inexplicable failure of NORAD to do anything about the 9–11 attacks, the fact that the planes would have always been under radar surveillance regardless of what the hijackers did, the implications of the radical change ordered by Rumsfeld in June 2001 concerning in-flight emergency protocol, and the possibility that the relatively simple crashes into the two towers could have been managed by resetting automated flight controls (flight directors).  He also has thoughts on the Pentagon crash:

“Whatever scenarios Hordon may consider in regard to Flights 11, 175 and 93, he is adamant that 9/11 researchers shouldn’t rest until they’ve gotten to the bottom of the alleged crash of Flight 77 into the Pentagon. To many, the idea that a military jet or missile – not Flight 77 – actually struck the Pentagon is a bizarre and almost inconceivable assertion. But for many 9/11 researchers, it is a central and compelling focus.

‘The particular maneuver that was called upon for this huge Boeing aircraft, OK, it’s highly suspicious that a flight director could pull that one off. We also know that it’s highly suspicious that if it were the pilot that people say was operating the aircraft, we know that that guy couldn’t pull that off. That was completely impossible.’”

The question I’ve asked before concerns the fact that the hijackers had at least five pilots available to them.  Four of them were qualified, and the fifth was Hani Hanjour.  Why then did they have two qualified pilots on Flight 11, and had Hani Hanjour fly one of the missions?  Why did they have him fly the most difficult one?