Saturday, October 1, 2011

Coming Sunday: FAA rules didn't anticipate out-of-control plane

Federal Aviation Administration documents show the agency had requirements to keep spectators safe at the National Championship Air Races, including maps of projected "debris fields" in case aircraft broke apart while aiming at the crowd during turns.

But the Sept. 16 crash, which claimed 11 lives and injured dozens more spectators, didn't fit any of those expected scenarios.

Experts said the worst possible thing went wrong at the worst possible place on the course -- a point closest to the spectators.

On Sunday, we look at how the safety rules for the Reno Air Races failed to account for an out-of-control aircraft, according to experts.

Original article: http://www.rgj.com

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