[ RadSafe ] Re:Source in Twin towers

Richardson David (RDE) Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Tr David.Richardson at colchesterhospital.nhs.uk
Tue Oct 6 03:30:30 CDT 2009

Yes, some large aircraft have crashed (fairly recently) that had DU
counterweights. 747 crashes at Stansted (UK) and Amsterdam (NL) spring
to mind


Best regards
David Richardson
MTO Radiation Protection
Medical Physics
Essex County Hospital
Lexden Road
+44 (0)1206 744579
david.richardson at colchesterhospital.nhs.uk

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Sent: 05 October 2009 17:40
To: radsafe at radlab.nl; Clayton J Bradt
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Re:Source in Twin towers


Have any large planes crashed that DID contain the DU for

>From  a chart on DU counterweights:

DC-10 1000 kg
L-1011 680 kg
747- 850 kg

Additionally, many aircraft parts, including engines are made with
All thorium isotopes are radioactive.

Cd-109, Am-241, Fe-55 could be present in industrial gauges had any been

stored in any of the offices in New York.

It is unlikely that the fire protection system's smoke detectors used 
Am-241, as most modern industrial detectors use the photoelectric
and other non radioactive methods. It is likely that any extra battery 
operated smoke detectors installed by the tenant DO contain Am-241.
if Pyrotronics industrial smoke detectors happened to have been used in
central system, they contain 80 uCi of Am 241 each.

Don't get me wrong, I am not a DU alarmist. I actually use DU in my
work, as 
shielding and as a beta source.

Other building materials of concern are asbestos ( used to fireproof
supports) and mercury ( 1 drop in every fluorescent lamp) One could
that a substantial puddle of liquid mercury existed at the lowest point
the rubble.

Pictures of thorium airplane parts, counterweights etc. by request. All 
taken by myself and with radiation detection equipment shown.

George Dowell
New London Nucleonics Lab 

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