Real facts about phone calls from the Hijacked Planes

      Conspiracy theorists insist the phone calls made from the hijacked airliners on September 11, 2001 were faked as cell phones don’t work at the altitudes planes fly at.  Once again, they demonstrate their ignorance.

     First, as we see from the following quote here, “From this morning’s New York Times: “According to industry experts, it is possible to use cell phones with varying success during the ascent and descent of commercial airline flights, although the difficulty of maintaining a signal appears to increase as planes gain altitude. Some older phones, which have stronger transmitters and operate on analog networks, can be used at a maximum altitude of 10 miles, while phones on newer digital systems can work at altitudes of 5 to 6 miles. A typical airline cruising altitude would be 35,000 feet, or about 6.6 miles,” In short, cell phone DO work at the altitudes planes fly- they just don’t work very well. Oh, and the date on that link is Sept 14, 2001.

     Second, as we see at this source that most of the calls were NOT made from cell phones- they were made from AIRPHONES.  Jeremy Glick and Brian Sweeney, who were on Flights 93 and 175, respectively both made calls from GTE airphone ( source)   as did Betty Ong and Madeline Sweeney, both of whom were flight attendants on Flight 11 ( see here). Furthermore, if you go here and compare the time the crash occurred to the time of the earliest calls, you’ll see that all calls took place anywhere between 5 to 30 minutes BEFORE impact, when the planes would have presumably been flying lower than normal.

     In addition at, we see this quote about Madeline Sweeney: “‘Near the end of Sweeney’s call, she cries, “I see water and buildings. Oh my God! Oh my God!” The film says, “Madeline was a flight attendant out of Boston for 12 years. I think she would have recognized Manhattan.’ ”

     As correctly points out, there’s nothing here that says Ms Sweeny didn’t recognize Manhattan.  Furthermore, the fact that Madeline Sweeny was able to see water and buildings indicate that the plane was flying lower than normal. After all at 30,000 feet (5 ½ – 6 miles), you can’t make out squat.

     Finally, regarding  Project Achilles by Professor A.K. Dewdney (reference), there are several problems with his experiment: 1)  He did four laps around London, Ontario, 2) he only went  up to 8000 feet, or 1 ½ miles, 3) Dewdney extrapolated his results past 8000 feet and from London, Ontario to Pennsylvania.   This begs the question how do we know the service area is the same in London, Ontario as it is in Pennsylvania?  More than likely, the service areas in Pennsylvania and London, Ontario are different as the service areas can be different locally.  For example, there are some areas of San Diego County (and this is at or near sea level, as I’m about a 15 minute drive from the coast) where my cell phone works perfectly and there are other areas where it drops the signal if someone 100 yards away so much as breaks wind.


Posted February 21, 2008 by Victor Chabala in Real 9/11 Facts

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