NASA Glenn Working On Airplane Monitoring Systems

CLEVELAND (AP) - Researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are working on a system that could send live pictures or flight data from an airplane to the ground to warn of a hijacking or other safety problem.

The project was prompted by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and is scheduled for a quick turnaround.

The Plain Dealer is reporting that Glenn scientists along with private companies and other federal officials have run at least two test flights of a jet equipped to send video images.

NASA Glenn spokesman Pete Vrotsos says that the research is still in its early stages.

The Federal Aviation Administration will make the final decision as to whether such a system might be used.

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