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Single mobile call can cause a plane to crash, reveals leaked study

June 11, 2011 - London

A leaked study has warned that using just one mobile phone or electronic device during a flight can cause a complete systematic failure of the plane.

Testers discovered that a single Blackberry or iPad could cause the autopilot to disengage and critical warning lights to come on. Even the instruments that guide pilots in bad weather can also be damaged by the electrical signals from such devices, leading to catastrophic consequences.

The confidential study by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) found that over six years there were 75 separate incidents, which caused concern. But a previous probe by the UK Civil Aviation Authority found just 35 safety alerts blamed on phones over the same time scale, reports the Daily Mail.

According to ABC News, out of the 75 incidents, 26 affected the flight controls including the autopilot and landing gear whilst seventeen affected navigation systems. Some 15 caused problems for communication systems and 13 produced electronic warnings, including some for the engine.

IATA experts have called for passengers to stop ignoring warnings about electronic devices.


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