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The other day a FA-18 of the Swiss Air Force crashed into a mountain site
scattering little pieces of plane and crew over a 1 km2 (0.5 sqmile) area.

The Swiss TY showed the recovery people sifting through snow and grass
looking for pieces. They all wore gas masks! The commentator said this is
to protect their respiratory system from pieces of carbon fiber that may be
laying around from shattered composite parts. They even showed a "victim"
in a hospital where he had been brought for observation after he had
strayed into the crash area without wearing  protection.

I know carbon dust is more dangerous than glass. But is it THAT bad?


Simon Aegerter, Winterthur, Switzerland