LMFAO, You might want to LOOK AT THE TIME ZONE CHANGE, JUST BECAUSE YOU CROSS FROM EDT to CDT does not shave an hour off of flight time, FOR TWOOFERS, IN A TIME ZONE CHANGE THE CLOCK MAY SHIFT BACK FROM SAY 4:00 PM to 3:00 PM WHEN YOU CROSS THE TIME ZONE BUT THAT DID NOT SHAVE A HOUR OFF OF FLIGHT TIME.<quoted text>
This is a strange claim considering Payne Stewart's jet was intercepted in 20 minutes with only a relatively small number of people in the FAA and air force involved, when on 9/11 the entire FAA and military apparatus were focused on this huge event.
These accounts tell a similar story: only 20 minutes after contact is lost, and the air traffic controllers realise theres a problem, Air Force jets are on the scene. This sounds impressive, but unfortunately it isnt true. A quick look at the NTSB accident report reveals why. Here's the timeline.
"At 0933:38 EDT (6 minutes and 20 seconds after N47BA acknowledged the previous clearance), the controller instructed N47BA to change radio frequencies and contact another Jacksonville ARTCC controller. The controller received no response from N47BA. The controller called the flight five more times over the next 4 1/2 minutes but received no response.
About 0952 CDT,7 a USAF F-16 test pilot from the 40th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, was vectored to within 8 nm of N47BA. About 0954 CDT, at a range of 2,000 feet from the accident airplane and an altitude of about 46,400 feet, the test pilot made two radio calls to N47BA but did not receive a response".
Looks good at first, but read it carefully and you'll notice a change of time zone, from Eastern to Central time. CDT is one hour on from EDT, so contact was regarded as lost at around 09:38, and the fighter didn't get to within 2000 feet of Stewarts jet until 10:54. That's roughly 76 minutes from the controllers realizing theres a problem, to intercept taking place.
Press reports from the time give more details.
The FAA said air traffic controllers lost radio contact with the plane at 9:44 a.m...
Pentagon officials said the military began its pursuit of the ghostly civilian aircraft at 10:08 a.m., when two Air Force F-16 fighters from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida that were on a routine training mission were asked by the FAA to intercept it. The F-16s did not reach the Learjet, but an Air Force F-15 fighter from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida that also was asked to locate it got within sight of the aircraft and stayed with it from 11:09 a.m. to 11:44 a.m., when the military fighter was diverted to St. Louis for fuel.
Fifteen minutes later, four Air National Guard F-16s and a KC-135 tanker from Tulsa were ordered to try to catch up with the Learjet but got only within 100 miles. But two other Air National Guard F-16s from Fargo, N.D., intercepted the Learjet at 12:54 p.m, reporting that the aircraft's windows were fogged with ice and that no flight control movement could be seen. At 1:14 p.m., the F-16s reported that the Learjet was beginning to spiral toward the ground.
-http://www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/national/daily/oct99/c rash26.htm-
Putting these together with the NTSB report suggests the following points.
First, it takes time before ATC consider theyve lost contact with a plane. The absence of any radio response was first noted at 9:34, but the controller continued trying to make contact for another four minutes, and the press report suggests contact wasnt considered lost until six minutes after that, ten minutes after the problem was noted.
And second, NORAD dont always have the capability to respond in a few minutes. The intercept didnt begin for another 24 minutes, actually a fast response because the plane was already in the air.