Those Magic Light Poles
I have discussed the light poles before, when Loose Change makes the following rather bizarre claim:
Second [actually third], the light poles. On November 22nd, 2004, a private jet en route to Houston to pick up George Bush Senior clipped a single light pole and crashed a minute away from landing at Houston's Hobby Airport.If we look at the actual light poles, they appear far from undamaged.
The wing ripped off upon impact, scattering debris over 100 yards.And yet, Flight 77 managed to tear 5 light poles completely out of the ground, without damaging either the wings or light poles themselves. Instead, they seem to have just popped out of the ground.
An alert reader, however, points me towards the Wikipedia entry for Loose Change, which mentions the fact that light poles, for traffic safety reasons, are often engineered to break away, thus reducing the impact.
Strategy 16.2 A3: Use Breakaway Devices (T)5
This strategy targets specific poles located in high-crash locations where removing or relocating the poles is not feasible or cost-effective. The locations have a history of pole crashes or are in locations where the risk of future pole crashes is likely.
Something tells me if these light poles are designed to breakaway when a Hyundai hits them, they probably wouldn't stop a 100 ton jetliner.
This of course begs the question. If a 767 didn't put the light poles there, then what did? Do the conspiracy theorists believe in the light pole fairy?