Busted Pilot Forgets to Turn Off Chemtrails While Landing-Fiction!

Busted Pilot Forgets to Turn Off Chemtrails While Landing-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:
 
A video posted on YouTube allegedly shows a passenger plane landing at LAX depositing reflective sulfur oxide particles, or “chemtrails,” to counteract global warming because a pilot forgot to switch them off.
The Truth:
This eRumor is a hoax, and the video shows a common occurrence in aviation called an aerodynamic contrail.

According to NASA, aerodynamic contrails are clouds that form when water vapor condenses and freezes around the small particles that exist in aircraft exhaust.

Videos that show similar examples of aerodynamic contrails can be be found here and here.

Additionally, its not likely that this type of aircraft, the Boeing 777, would be able to fly high enough to deposit sulfur oxide particles into the atmosphere. Boeing says the aircraft’s maximum altitude is 43,100 feet.

A pair of Harvard researchers studying geoengineering in 2012 said the particles would need to be released at about 80,000 feet, the Guardian reported.

That is about half the Boeing 777’s maximum altitude.

Posted 04/30/14

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