Reports

Location of an Aircraft Impact from Gravity Waves

Science  28 Aug 1964:
Vol. 145, Issue 3635, pp. 921-923
DOI: 10.1126/science.145.3635.921

Abstract

The energy released upon impact of an airliner that crashed into Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, on 25 February 1964 caused changes in water levels of sufficient duration and amplitude to be recorded by tide gages situated within the lake. Analysis of the recorded arrival times made it possible to locate the point of impact within an irregular area approximately 1500 feet (500 meters) in radius

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