UK air traffic control goes after Wikileaks
Good luck with that
The National Aviation and Transport Services (NATS) is threatening legal action against Wikileaks because the website has published a recording of the crashing of BA flight 038, call sign Speedbird 38, which came down just short of the Heathrow runway in 2008.
Earlier this month Wikileaks published an audio recording of air traffic controllers seeing, and reacting to, the crash and images of the control system. The Boeing 777 hit the ground just on the threshold of the runway at Heathrow. There were injuries, but no deaths.
NATS is claiming absolute copyright over the recording.
Richard Churchill-Coleman, general counsel and company secretary for NATS wrote to Wikileaks claiming copyright but also justifying the move. He said the tape was part of an ongoing investigation and that the confidentiality of evidence in such an inquiry was vital.
Churchill-Coleman said this atmosphere of confidentiality allowed air traffic controllers and pilots to give evidence freely without fearing the consequences. This atmosphere makes it easier for lessons to be learned and therefore air safety improved.
He added that the recording: "adds little to the public good apart from satisfying the public's general curiosity".
Wikileaks does not often obey such takedown notices and is unlikely to do so in this case. ®
What is wrong with people
This is textbook Streisand effect. I didn't even know or care about this, but now I can have a copy the material as well.... in addition to the thousands of other curious internetters. If something is on the net that you don't want to be there, just keep schtum and only a minority will care.
As for the request, I can't see much in the way of justification. Assuming the audio is genuine, it surely can't be disputed as fact. So the only reason you would want for people not to hear it is if you had a bunch of other people about to claim events happened differently in an arse-covering exercise.
ARGHGHGHHHG it hurts my ears!
.......said, I could care less before......
Please, please no, don't start using this ridiculous American phrase - it makes *no* *sense*
It's only three more characters to say it in normal, sensible English.
I guess they don't want other airlines stealing their crashing methods....