Tucked away in today’s interim report by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch on the BA Boeing 777 crash is the fact that Britain’s beleaguered prime minister Gordon Brown was not responsible for making it happen.
I mention this because it is contrary to what you will read suggested in quite a few places on the web. It is pointed out that Brown was flying through Heathrow that day and it is claimed as a serious possibility that radio emissions from his motor entourage (a modestly British affair by the way) could have, well, I don’t know, screwed up the engine controls or something. Don’t ask me – wasn’t my idea.
Anyhow, the AAIB tried frying the fuel and engine controls with bizarrely strong radio signals and failed. They also point out that the less robust nav and comms systems on the aircraft behaved normally throughout. So, with customary diplomacy, they conclude: “There is therefore no evidence to suggest that HIRF (high intensity radiated field) or EMI (electro-magnetic interference) played any part in this accident.”
So basically it’s just the economy he needs to worry about.