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October 6, 2005

'Planes Briefly Disappear From Virginia Radar Screens'


That's the headline of Sara Kehaulani Goo's story in yesterday's Washington Post, where it was buried on page B3 of the Metro section.

Perhaps with the airline industry already in a death spiral the Post decided to go easy on the staggering companies still in business and not alarm any of the dwindling number of passengers any more than decent newsmanship demanded.

The outage is said by the FAA to be unrelated to an intermittent problem of planes disappearing from the FAA's long–range radar over the past several weeks for periods of "at least 30 seconds."

In any event I, for one, was startled to learn that occurrences like the out–of–the–blue 2-1/2–minute outage this past Monday are not rare but, on the contrary, "... a much more common and routine incident which controllers have experienced throughout their careers."

Say what?

Here's the article, which I hope some person who's already petrified of flying wasn't reading on board a plane yesterday in the area where the radar vacuum occurred.

    Planes Briefly Disappear From Virginia Radar Screens

    Air traffic controllers directing planes over Virginia called on the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate an incident Monday in which planes disappeared from radar scopes.

    According to a report filed by an air traffic controller at the Leesburg facility, two Delta Air Lines planes disappeared from a radar scope as one was descending over Virginia from 35,000 feet to 29,000 feet and another nearby was flying level at 33,000 feet.


    An alarm sounded in the control room signaling that the safety standard of five miles between the two planes had been breached, said Tim Casten, a representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which is in contract talks with the FAA.

    Further investigation revealed that the planes were a safe distance apart and that safety standards were maintained, according to the union and the FAA.

    The union said the outage caused planes to disappear for at least 2 1/2 minutes. FAA spokesman Greg Martin said that the outage was less than two minutes but that he could not specify how long it was.

    But Casten said the incident highlights the tense conditions that controllers work under because of technical problems.

    "The computer was not receiving radar data, so the computer estimated the planes' position to be closer than five miles," Casten said.

    "It forced a very bad situation."

    Martin said the outage is not related to an intermittent problem of outside interference with the FAA's long-range radar that has caused planes to disappear from radar over the past several weeks.

    In those instances, planes unexpectedly disappear for at least 30 seconds from screens used by controllers to direct traffic at the agency's Washington Center in Leesburg.

    The facility controls air traffic above 15,000 feet in the area bounded by New York, South Carolina and West Virginia.

    Martin said that the FAA has pinpointed the radar interference problem to a specific area in Virginia and that it has not recurred since Sept. 27.

    Monday's incident "is a much more common and routine incident which controllers have experienced throughout their careers," Martin said.


    He said the FAA is updating some of the radars covering the Washington Center's airspace, which "will help reduce those radar jumps."

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Posted by: JEAN REUBEN | Feb 10, 2010 6:07:52 PM

I think these bermuda triangle is really true.. i heard different stories about these triangle and im quite thinking of possinle survivors..

Posted by: catherine | Dec 8, 2009 6:43:12 AM

good good

Posted by: sathya | Oct 13, 2009 7:03:02 AM

Could it be possible that THE TREE OF LIFE is THERE? Nobody really can say...

Posted by: Sandy | Aug 21, 2009 8:37:45 AM

Yes Frank. Stormy weather, and a source for stories that like to leave out all of the facts.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Jun 13, 2009 11:00:55 AM

do you know wats in that bermuda triangle??????????????

Posted by: frank hardy | Jun 12, 2009 11:25:56 PM

Bermuda Triangle is a crucial. I do presume those Planes and Ships would have been vanished due to High Specific Gravitational Force.

Posted by: Pazhanivel Rathinavelachaari | Jun 2, 2009 6:11:50 AM

thank you!now i know what is the bermuda triangle

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ken | Dec 13, 2008 4:01:11 AM

I think it has something to do with the meeting point of hot and cold waves where it is concidered the best place for....these invisible creatures....

Posted by: sal | Dec 11, 2008 5:50:07 PM

Where exactly is this bermuda triangle?
Is it really true that it exist,if yes then God mistery it is.

Posted by: Mike | Dec 1, 2008 5:35:34 AM

i want to see these its true or false the bermuda

Posted by: edwin | Oct 16, 2008 11:28:55 PM

thats true cathy??

Posted by: ivyl | Sep 11, 2008 5:13:01 AM

the bermuda triangle is a dangerous place ivyl
no one can swim thim

Posted by: cathy | Sep 11, 2008 5:12:16 AM

the bermuda triangle is a dangerous place??
thats true?

Posted by: ivyl | Sep 11, 2008 5:09:55 AM

thats is not 100% not even 10% information which u r disclosing the tuth is diff and it will come before everyone in very short time i promise....... see u soon with lot more........

Posted by: vaibhav | Aug 29, 2008 5:16:43 AM

..wh0a!? iS it rEal hUh?? wel maybe..

Posted by: fay | Jul 6, 2008 6:20:46 AM

i think bermuda triangle or devil's triangle is real .. maybe those planes and ships that vanished are in other dimension of the world,it sounds wierd but we dont know the truth why they disappeared

Posted by: adam | Jun 5, 2008 2:44:59 PM

I wonder where everything disapeared to? maybe they were trying to get away from someone.

Posted by: mikhail | Jun 1, 2008 8:02:24 PM

i think bermuda triangle place has a great gravitation power ; because of this power so maney accident haield this place . when a ship aircraft and oter thing reach in his power circle ,power of place seize it and destory

Posted by: | May 26, 2008 5:12:33 AM

thats freaky I researched all over the wed but theres lots more I have to see

Posted by: aaron thompson | May 7, 2008 8:33:34 PM

I do believe that there was a triangle which called Bermuda triangle. But i wa thinking where the people who has dissapeared?Wer they still alive? The bermuda triangle is a very dangerous part of the sea.I hope that you may come up with the answers to my question.

Posted by: Dilah_gurl13 | Dec 2, 2007 12:18:41 AM


Posted by: NIRAV | Apr 6, 2007 11:24:58 AM

It would be unthinkable of me as a professional kibbitzer not to take note that Sara Kehaulani Goo is a way excellent name. Marycherry's a little, uh, well, it doesn't exactly pale by comparison.

Wait, it's coming to me: if we put these two names together, wouldn't that make a terrific pie filling?

Posted by: all about the goo | Oct 6, 2005 5:50:27 PM

Nice triangle. A definite magnetic anomaly is measurable probably due to a rather large Fe-Ni meteorite buried there. Possibly the EM field is strong enough to make compasses wacko and divert radio waves. Or it could be a portal used by UFO's. Who the hell knows?

Posted by: ScienceChic | Oct 6, 2005 5:38:38 PM

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