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    ...and none of the countries involves in the search can spend unlimited amount of resources to continue the search indefinitely. At some point even Malaysia will have to end the search if nothing comes up.

    I do hope all the airlines will make modifications to their planes so that each plane can always be tracked and that things like the transporder cannot be shut off manually.

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    FWIW, Alf majored in aerospace engineering and worked for years on military aircraft. He's been reading about this every day, and still thinks it was an unfortunate combination of mechanical failures.

    Just think about it. First of all, if there was a hijacking, why make it look like an accident? What's the point? And hijacking a plane like this, making it disappear for a week with no word from its 200+ occupants and landing it on a mysterious island (with an equally mysterious runway suited for a plane that size) has never been done before. Even the 9/11 hijackers only had to point their planes toward a building. You can't learn to land a plane like this from watching YouTube. And surely ONE of the 200+ passengers would try to make a call or send a text or something. You have to make all sorts of crazy assumptions to get any of that to work.

    Alf sent me this link from a retired pilot, and it's almost jaw-dropping how simple the explanation is. https://plus.google.com/106271056358...ts/GoeVjHJaGBz

    That pilot basically says, there was a fire that made them turn off the electronics. (That's what you do with an electrical fire.) The pilot realized he needed to land the plane ASAP, and made an immediate turn for the closest airport he knew of. He's a senior-level pilot, of course he would know the closest airports wherever he was. But he just ran out of time. The smoke probably overcame them and the plane crashed.

    Occam's razor. The simplest explanation with fewest assumptions.

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    That's a nice simple explanation, but I'm not sure how well it works if the problem was a fire, especially given how long the plane flew afterward. As for the rest, perhaps if it was a hijack, they made the pilots fly the plane in a certain way. The passengers could have been incapacitated. Unless it's a plane with wifi, the passengers might not have had any easy way to communicate their distress.

    As an aside, IIRC, the Swiss flight he mentions wasn't trying to ditch in the ocean; it wasn't a botched water landing, it was a crash.

    ETA: I've mostly been reading James Fallows's posts about this - he addresses theories as they come up and discusses which ones do or don't make sense. Patrick Smith's updates on his Ask The Pilot site are also good. In their most recent updates, Fallows brings up a Tintin story and Smith addresses this wacky theory:
    As for some of the wackier ideas I’ve been hearing, my favorite is the one that goes like this: Would it be possible for the 777 to have climbed clear out of the atmosphere, so high that “it disintegrated,” went into orbit, or otherwise became impossible to track or locate? In normal circumstances I wouldn’t burden the rest of you with an answer to such nonsense, except that no fewer than five readers already have asked some version of this question. The answer is no. It is totally impossible for that to happen.
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    I still think it's impossible to keep a hijacking quiet this long. Corrupt governments can't hide this sort of thing forever - our news media only wants to get the scoop. Nobody owes anyone anything.

    Someone would have taken responsibility. Somebody would have demanded ransom. And surely, if they just wanted a plane, there would be easier ways of getting it than kidnapping 200+ civilians from multiple countries. Once we find out who they are, there will be multiple powerful countries hunting for them. Not like the US going after Osama bin Laden by our lonesome, but China too especially. Where would they find the time to hide a 777 and retrofit it if China is gunning for them? The US could just send a drone out and they would be done for in a week. And if we knew a 777 was out on the loose for whatever reason, every ATC and radar seeker would be looking out for it. If nobody replies from it, it gets shot down. Why take that chance by hijacking a fully-loaded passenger jet before the main event?

    The most brilliant and yet moronic hijackers ever, if that was the case. They have plenty of good reasons not to, while only one reason for success.
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    Hijackers can be moronic, and they can fail - the Ethiopian flight mentioned earlier in this thread being a classic example of both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    As an aside, IIRC, the Swiss flight he mentions wasn't trying to ditch in the ocean; it wasn't a botched water landing, it was a crash.
    Yes he is quite wrong about the Swiss Air flight. Air traffic control up the North Atlantic Coast knew the flight was in trouble due to the 'Pan, Pan, Pan' distress signal given by the crew. The crew were instructed to land in Halifax, NS as it was the closest airport but plunged in the ocean while trying to dump fuel before landing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    And surely, if they just wanted a plane, there would be easier ways of getting it than kidnapping 200+ civilians from multiple countries.
    Maybe not. If it is the pilots who are responsible, the easiest thing for them is to steal one of the planes that they know how to fly and can access easily from an airport they are fully authorized to use. Otherwise, how easy is it to get a plane? Especially one that can go long distances if that was the plan all along?

    As for the passengers, collateral damage. If they are on some mission that they believe in, 200 people is nothing - and in fact necessary as part of the ruse of obtaining a big plane.

    And here's a thought - maybe the pilots were actually delivering the plane to someone else, so they are either in it because they believe in some cause, or they are being paid to deliver it. They land/deliver the plane, take their money and disappear, and they're out of it. Whoever bought the plane now has the issue of dealing with the passengers (and any additional crew not in on it). Next job, deal with the plane.

    True, to retrofit the plane for private use and cover up it's previous identity is likely a big job - or is it? If they people who bought it paid a couple of pilots to steal it, maybe they have other people who can basically chop shop it. Or, and this is a scary thought, maybe the intention is for the plane to be used only once, so hiding its identity doesn't matter because the intention is to destroy it during whatever it's next use is. Another guess, maybe at least one of the passengers was in on it to keep an eye on the passengers, and perhaps even on the pilots if indeed they were being paid to do this.

    This is something I haven't seen much of in the news coverage - why? We assume hijackers are making a political statement/act of terror, or doing it for some sort of ransom, so they'd have to go public. Now that the focus is on the pilots, all the analysis I'm seeing is focused on how they could have pulled it off - not why. I guess without knowing where they were headed it's hard to guess their motivation, but at the same time, surely trying to figure out that motivation might tell us where they went.

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    how can a plane "shadow" another plane without being noticed by the plane it is shadowing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    That pilot basically says, there was a fire that made them turn off the electronics. (That's what you do with an electrical fire.) The pilot realized he needed to land the plane ASAP, and made an immediate turn for the closest airport he knew of. He's a senior-level pilot, of course he would know the closest airports wherever he was. But he just ran out of time. The smoke probably overcame them and the plane crashed.

    Occam's razor. The simplest explanation with fewest assumptions.
    This makes the most sense. It flew for hours until it ran out of fuel and crashed somewhere remote.
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    I'm guessing that's fairly easy - if the shadower is behind and either above or below the lead plane, they will have no visual contact. If the movies and tv are anything to go by!

    I think I saw an episode of Mayday where after a mid-air crash a kind of detector was installed in planes so that an alarm would sound if they were on course to collide or come too close, but that wouldn't apply to another plane simply following. Plus, if the second plane has turned off all their transponders etc, even the anti-collison system might not detect the second plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judiz View Post
    how can a plane "shadow" another plane without being noticed by the plane it is shadowing?
    Fallows on that theory:

    Is it likely? Or even plausible? Neither, in my view.

    Apart from the general rococo-ness of the plotting, this interpretation rests on a piece of evidence that I view in a very different way from what's implied in the post. Keith Ledgerwood notes that the two planes followed exactly the same course across a series of aerial way points ("intersections" with 5-letter names like IGREX and VAMPI) at very close to the same time. Isn't this suggestive of something strange?

    Actually, not. On many heavily traveled air corridors, planes will be sent along exactly the same sequence of way points at intervals of a few minutes. (If you listening to Air Traffic Control near a major airport, you'll hear one plane after another receive the same routing instructions.) I view it as routine rather than exceptional that planes might have crossed the same sequence of intersections.
    Smith:

    It fails to offer any explanation as to how, once separating from the Singapore flight, the Malaysia jet could have completed its secret diversion without being seen — to say nothing of why such a difficult and elaborate plot would be put in motion to begin with. It makes very little sense, other than it allows an aviation hobbyist to show off a little, and provides more fodder for a media starved of useful information. Beyond that, if the Malaysia plane had been directly below the Singapore 777, the latter’s radar altimeter would have shown it. The radar altimeter is a device that displays physical distance, in feet, to an object below. (They differ from a plane’s main altimeters, which reference height above sea level.) In normal operations that object is the ground, but during cruise they commonly pick up crossing traffic, momentarily showing planes as they pass beneath.
    Both find the "emergency and diversion, incapacitated pilots, plane continued on new course until it crashed" to be one of the more plausible scenarios offered so far (Smith notes that he suggested something similar several days ago). I think the questions about that one is whether 1. there was any communication after what should have been the emergency and 2. did the plane made multiple course changes over a lengthy period of time. If either of these happened, that explanation doesn't hold up so well.
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    Could a plane be on fire in the air for 6 hours without crashing with the pilots incapacitated?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skategal View Post
    Could a plane be on fire in the air for 6 hours without crashing with the pilots incapacitated?
    If left on Autopilot, yes, it could stay in the air for six hours with the pilots incapacitated. The fire part I would doubt.

    But this puts me in mind of the Helios crash mentioned upthread; where the lack of cabin pressure was so subtle, so slow, that no-one ever noticed it, no-one ever realised, and they just all gradually...fell asleep. The plane flew on until it reached the end of its fuel, then crashed.

    Now, is it possible that the pilots realised they had a problem, input the turn into the autopilot, then passed out? All aboard are now unconscious, so no calls/texts. The plane does not receive any further instruction, so keeps flying on its last heading, until it runs out of fuel, then crashes in the sea. No-one on board knows anything because they're all unconscious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskarne View Post
    If left on Autopilot, yes, it could stay in the air for six hours with the pilots incapacitated. The fire part I would doubt.
    Yes, I agree. I don't think the fire part is plausible at all. If it was something like air pressure or poisonous gas (carbon monoxide, maybe?) it would make more sense.

    Here is another theory by another experienced pilot who thinks it was highjacking.

    http://marklberry.com/2014/03/16/hig...t-mh370-found/
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    This is becoming insane. The Indian Ocean search area originally was almost the size of Australia itself!

    The Indian Ocean is huge and deep. This is going to be another Air France. It could be years before it's found, or never at all.

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    Now there are reports that files were recently deleted from the flight simulator the pilot had at home.

    Have there been any reports/interviews of his family? They seem awfully quiet in all of this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskarne View Post
    But this puts me in mind of the Helios crash mentioned upthread; where the lack of cabin pressure was so subtle, so slow, that no-one ever noticed it, no-one ever realised, and they just all gradually...fell asleep. The plane flew on until it reached the end of its fuel, then crashed.

    Now, is it possible that the pilots realised they had a problem, input the turn into the autopilot, then passed out? All aboard are now unconscious, so no calls/texts. The plane does not receive any further instruction, so keeps flying on its last heading, until it runs out of fuel, then crashes in the sea. No-one on board knows anything because they're all unconscious.
    A Helios-like scenario also makes sense because hypoxia can make people become disorientated or confused and can result in hallucinations and irrational behavior - which would explain some of the strange flight maneuvers. In Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer describes the effects of altitude-related hypoxia on climbers, who are at least acclimatized. People flying at cruising altitude wouldn't be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skategal View Post
    If they were detected off course at all by military radar, they would have been shot down as they were clearly off the intended course of the flight.
    This theory was put forward here with the suggestion that highly unusual manoeuvres by the plane plus no communication, could have been considered as a major threat and it was shot down - although surely a mid air explosion would have been seen and reported by those on the ground? Unless it was over the ocean or uninhabited area.
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    I've been bouncing from this thread to the thread over at at another forum Airliners.net. One theory thrown around was that if it was an act of terror, disappearing without a trace would be the point. Taking a loaded airliner full of people and making it vanish. Not knowing who they (whomever the person(s) responsible) are, how they did it and therefore no clue if they would do it again...until the next plane disappeared.

    I personally don't think that's the case...but gave me the shivers nonetheless.

    I am leaning towards mechanical failure with a crash in a remote part of the ocean but the transponders being turned off still bugs me.
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    Eh, until the next plane disappears, I don't think it is very effective as terrorism. I'm a really nervous flyer (I don't trust physics) and I'm not concerned about disappearing out of the blue.

    Unless a group can "prove" they did it and plan to do it again.

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