Dangers Of GA Aircraft Analyzed

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The report carefully analyzes the limited capability of the typical GA aircraft to carry conventional explosives. "At least with regard to being used as a platform for conventional explosives, the threat posed by light GA aircraft is relatively small compared to trucks which have significantly larger payload capacities," the report states. However, the report also explains that GA aircraft are not all alike. "The threat posed by general aviation aircraft is largely a function of aircraft weight, payload capacity (including fuel capacity), and speed," the report says. Further, dangers from aerial dispersion of chemical and biological agents "may not be as ominous as some fear," the report says. Many chemical or biological agents are only effective if released in an enclosed area. Others, such as mustard gas or nerve agents, would only affect a limited portion of the population because of the limited load-carrying capability of a light GA aircraft.