Missing Malaysian Flight Mystery Deepens: Pilot Investigated, Foul Play Suspected

Tyler Durden's picture

It has been over a week since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared without a trace, and the world is nowhere closer to finding either where the airplane and its 239 passengers and crew are to be found, nor what actually happened. Instead, what initially was speculation about a midair disintegration, and subsequently suggested a potential case of airplane terrorism gone wrong, has now transformed into a theory that the pilot and/or crew may have been engaged in "foul play", especially since it appears that based on tracking data, that the plane flew for nearly seven hours after someone "skilled" purposefully shut down its communications and tracking beacon: possibly indicative of a stealthy midair hijacking. However, the same satellite data gave no precise location, and the plane's altered course could have taken it anywhere from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean.

More importantly, and what is missing so far, is that if indeed this was a hijacking, then where is the list of demands? Or was this merely repossession of something already onboard the plane, i.e. theft, ostesnisbly of something in the cargo hold, or the kidnapping or repossession of one or more passengers on board the plane? Also, if indeed the plane is safely somewhere else, as per the pilot's wishes, then how and why are the 200+ passengers, most of whom likely have portable communication devices, keeping quiet?

On the manifest above, while the main focus so far has been on the two passengers with stolen passports, we wonder how long until the two Ukrainians are thrown into the mix.

As for the topic of the plane's possible location considering the latest satellite tracking data, the Malaysian officials on Saturday released this map showing two corridors that the plane might be located on.

WaPo reports:

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that, based on newly analyzed satellite data, the plane could have made last made contact anywhere along one of two corridors: one stretching from northern Thailand toward the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan border, the other, more southern one stretching from Indonesia to the remote Indian Ocean.


Although U.S. officials previously said they believed the plane could have remained in the air for several extra hours, Najib said Saturday that the flight was still communicating with satellites until 8:11 a.m. — 7 ½ hours after takeoff, and more than 90 minutes after it was due in Beijing. There was no further communication with the plane after that time, Najib said. If the plane was still in the air, it would have been nearing its fuel limit.


The U.S. official said the search area is somewhere along the arc or circumference of a circle with a diameter of thousands of miles.


The new leads about the plane’s path, though ambiguous, have drastically changed a search operation involving more than a dozen nations. Malaysia on Saturday said that efforts would be terminated in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, the spot where the plane first disappeared from civilian radar.


Malaysian authorities are now likely to look for help from other countries in Southeast and South Asia, seeking mysterious or unidentified readings that their radar systems might have picked up.

The largely clueless Malaysian police, with few leads to puruse, have rapidly shifted their suspicion on the team of pilot and co-pilot. Reuters reports that minutes after Malaysian leader Najib Razak outlined investigators' latest findings about flight MH370 at a news conference, police began searching the house of the aircraft's 53-year-old captain for any evidence that he could have been involved in foul play.

Investigative sources told Reuters on Friday they believed the plane was following a commonly used navigational route when it was last spotted early on Saturday, northwest of Malaysia.


Their suspicion has hardened that it was flown off-course by the pilot or co-pilot, or someone else with detailed knowledge of how to fly and navigate a large commercial aircraft. No details have emerged of any passengers or crew with militant links or psychological problems that could explain a motive for sabotaging the flight.


The experienced captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was a flying enthusiast who spent his off days tinkering with a flight simulator of the plane that he had set up at home, current and former co-workers said. Malaysia Airlines officials did not believe he would have sabotaged the flight.


The 27-year-old co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid was religious and serious about his career, family and friends said, countering news reports suggesting he was a cockpit Romeo who was reckless on the job.

A photo of the flight simulator set up in the pilot's house is shown below:

AFP provides some additional perspective on the pilot:

An Australian television report broadcast an interview with a young South African woman who said Fariq and another pilot colleague invited them into the cockpit of a flight he co-piloted from Phuket, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur in 2011. Since 9/11, passengers have been prohibited from entering cockpits during a flight. Malaysia Airlines has said it was "shocked" by the report, but that it could not verify the claims.


The son of a high-ranking official in the public works department of a Malaysian state, Fariq joined Malaysia Airlines when he was 20.


He is a mild-mannered "good boy" who regularly visited his neighbourhood mosque outside Kuala Lumpur, said the mosque's imam, or spiritual leader.


The far more seasoned Zaharie joined MAS in 1981 and had logged 18,365 hours of flying time.


Malaysian media reports quoted colleagues calling Zaharie a "superb pilot", who also served as an examiner, authorised by the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department, to conduct simulator tests for pilots.


The whole passenger manifest is likely to be re-examined.

So if the pilots were not involved, could it have been a hijacking by someone among the passengers (with or without the complict participation of the pilors)? Here suspicion will once again fall on two passengers who boarded with stolen EU passports. Interpol had identified the two men as Iranians: Seyed Mohammed Reza Delavar, who used a stolen Italian passport, and Pouria Nourmohammadi, who used an Austrian one. Both passports had been stolen in Thailand. Interpol chief Ronald Noble said last Tuesday that the men were thought to be illegal immigrants who had travelled from Doha to Kuala Lumpur in a round-about bid to reach Europe.

Interpol's information suggested the pair were "probably not terrorists", Noble said at the time.

Adam Dolnik, a professor of terrorism studies at the University of Wollongong in Australia, said he still doubted that organised terrorism was behind the Malaysian plane mystery.


While a group like Al-Qaeda "would love to bring down an airliner", a Malaysia Airlines plane made little sense as a target and the stolen passports had an "amateurish" element, Dolnik said. "Terrorists don't do (hijackings), because the chances of success have gone down," he said, citing the challenge of bringing weapons onto a plane and subduing other passengers.


There has been no indication yet of any possible terrorist involvement. But some academics suggest the theory requires further consideration. "Investigations should focus on criminal and terrorist motives," said Rohan Gunaratna, a terrorism expert at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.


"It is likely that the aircraft was hijacked by a team knowledgeable about airport and aircraft security. It is likely they are supported by a competent team from the ground."

Which is why instead of merely looking at the passenger manifest, perhaps it is time to look at the cargo manifest as well. Was there anything on board the plane, one serving the all-important Beijing route, that may have made the stealthy theft of the plane a sufficiently attractive risk/return proposition to the pilots?

Purely hypothetically, a 777 has a cargo hold that, in addition to passengers and baggage, can hold somewhere between 20 and 25 tons. 25 tons of gold, on a less than public Malaysia-China "official import-bypassing" route, would have a value of a little over $1 billion, four times more than the value of a new Boeing 777. So perhaps instead of robbing the cargo from the plane, some more enterprising thought would be to get the pilots in on the play, and steal the entire plane, mid-flight.

Of course, all of the above is purely hypothetical, and we are confident once the plane is uncovered safe and sound (or not as the case may be) and with all the cargo accounted for, that yet another crazy conspiracy theory can be disproved.

And still, we wonder, would Malaysia Airlines be so kind as the disclose just what "other" cargo may have been on board the mysterious flight. Inquiring minds are dying to know.

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Stepping away from the conspiracy ledge for a minute, here is the WSJ with the four main unanswered questions about the flight:

Was it a hijacking?

While Mr. Najib suggested that the plane's disappearance was due to "deliberate action," he stopped short of categorizing the event as a hijack. "I wish to be very clear: We are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate from its original flight path."

Aviation experts say that the likelihood of a hijack has increased significantly with the latest information, and a key to solving the mystery is to profile in detail every person aboard the jet. "Everything points to a hijack or something that was planned way in advance," said Mark Martin, an aviation consultant.

Did the plane crash, or did it land somewhere?

No further information was available about the state of the widebody jet and the 239 people on board after the last satellite communication was sent from it. There was no indication as to whether the aircraft crashed into the ocean—as several aviation experts have earlier suspected—or if it had actually landed.

Though experts say it is unlikely such a large jet could land undetected, investigators are actively pursuing the notion that the plane was diverted "with the intention of using it later for another purpose," a person familiar with the matter said earlier to The Wall Street Journal.

The search will now likely involve scores of other countries in South and Central Asia following the new information, raising the possibility that the jet may have reached some of the world's more politically unstable regions.

Whose deliberate actions?

Mr. Najib says the nation's authorities have "refocused" their investigation onto the crew and passengers. Experts say that the 777's multiple communication systems could only have been manually disabled by someone or people with detailed knowledge of the sophisticated jet's inner workings, thus putting the focus on the pilots or with passengers who have aviation experience.

"Whoever flew the aircraft was an outstanding pilot who was familiar with radar evasion techniques and fuel-burn management," said Mr. Martin, the aviation consultant.

Why can't the search parameters be narrowed?

Satellite information disclosed on Saturday indicate that the plane may have taken two possible tracks: a northerly corridor as far as the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and a southerly route extending to the southern Indian Ocean. Mr. Najib explained that the type of satellite data couldn't confirm the precise location of the plane when it last made contact. Investigators are working to "further refine the information" on satellite data.

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Finally, for all those pressed for time, just watch the following clip summarizing all the recent theories and views on flight MH370's whereabouts:

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lostintheflood's picture

However, the same satellite data gave no precise location,

i call bullshit on this statement...

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Precise is relative you can determine a distance based on transmit and recieve times but without directional information that is a wide grid to search. Considering the height of the orbits that is alot of real estate to search through. Not all satelite information and transmissions are GPS related. The other issue is without multiple satellites you can't really use triangulation to determine an appoximate location. I don't know if that system has one or multiple satelites involved.

Arius's picture

Who Cares?  another conspirancy theory ... like that flight that supposedly was shut out of new york, and this Pistorius trial in south africa .... media loves conspirancy theories.


on other news, Martin armstrong is reminding people that 2014 is exactly the 100 years anniversary of NY stock exchange closure for capital flights back in 1914 ,... cicles .... yeah right, will see....another conspirancy theorist ...

BaBaBouy's picture

""25 Tonnes Of GOLD Cargo""

EVERY Fecking Plane Flying Towards CHINA HAS GOLD On It...

Troll Magnet's picture

Iran did it!
No! It was Syria!

TaxSlave's picture

You can't triangulate from satellite unless you have extremely precise timing synchronization between the satellites.  It's unlikely that they do.

There are conflicting reports floating all over on whether or not the engine telemetry was transmitting data at all, and if it was, how it was shut off so that the radios only sent a ping ... or if it was shut off when it was shut off.  Some are claiming wild altitude excursions reported from that telemetry stream.

Altitude accuracy of primary radar is sketchy.  Decent placement of the target is tough without triangulation, which apparently they have now done after the fact.  Still there is no confirmation of altitude excursions by the military radar, which WOULD have picked that up if it actually happened.

Worse than the lack of real data and the constant stream of conflicting data is all the 'free associating' everybody in the press does.  The less they know about aviation and electronics the more air time they get to guess up wild scenarios.


tallen's picture

Malaysian Government probably shot it down by accident, trying to cover it up.

zerozulu's picture

I also cannot rule out Dog the Bounty Hunter's involvement.

Pinto Currency's picture


Check the hangars at Diego Garcia.

Anusocracy's picture

This is a simple case of the Bermuda Triangle going on vacation to the Indian Ocean and causing the disappearance.

nufio's picture

Am I the only one thinks this over coverage of this stupid incident has other reasons behind it? 200 people probalby died.. so fucking what? thousands of people die everyday in car accidents... and thousands more die of starvation and lack of access to health care around the world...   why are thousands of gallons of fuel being wasted combing the fucking ocean for a pieces of a plane that probably sunk by now !? this is beyond ridiculous. I wish ZH would stop covering this nonsense.

Anusocracy's picture

Well, if this were done remotely, it would pose a huge threat to a shithouse load of passengers worldwide. And the entire airline industry.

So it might be worth finding out.

Oh, and you forgot the hundreds of thousands that die at the hands of government, which wastes millions of barrels of fuel.

philipat's picture

"i call bullshit on this statement..."

And you would be wrong, as follows:

  1. The aircraft was NOT transmitting telemetry. Without going into details, what the satelline was getting was an attempted "Handshake" from the ComSat transmittor. There was no connection and no data because MH did not subscribe to the Boeing sattelite ACARS monitoring service. So all the available data can establish is an angle from which the "Ping" was received, hence the two "Arcs" representing lines from which the same angle both North and South of the satellite's location, , stationary over the equator. These arcs are NOT represented as tracks that the aircraft took just that the last transmission, at 08:11 Local Malaysian time came from somewhere along one of these arcs.
  2. Inmarsat coverage of that geographical location was with a SINGLE satellite so there were NOT multiple readings from multiple satellites which could have been triangulated to provide more precise data.

I also note that we may NEVER know what happened. Even if the "Black Boxes" are found, The CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder) only records a 2 hour "Loop" and the DFDR (Digital Flight Data Recorder), which record 25 hours of data, may tell us what we already roughly know, but with more precision. The wreckage, if located, MIGHT yield further information but the South Indian Ocean is very large and very deep. In fact, the perfect place to ditch an aircraft if you don't want what happened to become known. I would be asking about any large life insuranjce policies.



Pinto Currency's picture


There was a story in fall 2013 of nukes going missing from Dyess AFB Texas same day as Lindsey Graham warned that if US didn't attack Syria, US would be nuked.


Then a slew of nuke commanders were fired from the military and replaced with neocons.


Pinto Currency's picture


Here's a head spinner:

State Department, George Soros and neocons finance NGOs that stage a coup in Ukraine putting a group of Neonazis in power thereby seizing a country with vital energy and strategic value to both Europe and Russia.

The US and NATO then start issuing series of threatening statements to Russia if it respects a referendum in Crimea.




BraveSirRobin's picture

It should be possible to narrow the geographic area down quite a lot by looking at the distance between sequntial ping arcs and making some aircraft airspeed assumptions. 

I rather think flying over the Asian land mass is less likely as someone's military or commercial radars should have picked it up. 

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

"...South Indian Ocean is very large and very deep."

And full of sharks, especially around Diego Garcia.

lostintheflood's picture

philipat, the nsa knows what happened to that plane.

Cap Matifou's picture

There are deleted reports about the pilot's family vacating the premises, _before_ the plane went hide-and-seek.

Pilot's family moves out from home


via GLP: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2507796/pg1


Cacete de Ouro's picture

You know what's priceless? What's priceless is that the Tylers can see the IP addresses of all posters. Why is this relevant? Well, it's relevant because with IP addresses, a web site can see where the people posting messages are based, by tracking the IP address back to, for example, an institution such as af.mil or defense.gov or even malaysia.gov.my. You get the picture. Then, run a few scripts and produce nice stats about the percentage of readers from various places. Now, that is Priceless.

(Unless some institutions have IP spoofing technology)

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Yes, but some so called sophisticated places like Banks don't think of using that. Maybe military do, although I wouldn't be so sure, since I can recall a high profile web site that boasted that it's readership included a lot of US military bases and so forth

seek's picture

GLP is a known Fed shill operation, so nothing from there is trusted. Both it and ATS went offline (to the minute) when all the federal websites went offline during the budget showdown last year. If you want some entertainment, just make a post mentioning "Tavistock."

Sam Clemons's picture

The signature is all over this one.

Flight 370, a 777, was hijacked on 3/7 on its 3700km flight to Beijing.  There were not 282 people on board, but of course 239.

But. Why?

CIABS's picture

The "authorities" probably know what happened.  No upside in telling the world just yet.

BurningFuld's picture

I'm going with...It was captured by a UFO.

BigJim's picture

Yes, the US government are finally giving in to Krugman and are organising an 'alien' invasion. 

The plane was taken by Aliens! All hands to the (tax) pumps! 

Son of Loki's picture

<<The "authorities" probably know what happened.  No upside in telling the world just yet.>>


That's what the lawyer down the block says. The Malaysians have delayed and obstructed in an attempt to minimize their own liability and try to shift it to tear-or-ists since he said insurance payouts [and law suit settlements] would probably be vastly different.

Sounds reasonable since the Malaysians have stalled all along so far ... to the chagrin of the Chinese gubmint. Odd how no other gubmint is pressurizing the malays to be more forthcoming...odd, that.

Anusocracy's picture

I think the baby Skynet grabbed it as a plaything.

chistletoe's picture

Has anyone checked eBay yet?  Under "aviation sales"?

ATM's picture

It's on Craigslist Vietnam.

Kassandra's picture

"Malaysian Government probably shot it down by accident, trying to cover it up."

Very likely, considering the aircraft was flying without any identifying beacon. Or someone else shot it down, for the same reason.

virgule's picture

Here is a plausible theory: if you use Occam's razor and "follow the money" principles (who benefits from this event), we are left with only a few options:

-mid-air self destruction: seems and less and less likely from the news trickling in

- terrorist plot gone seriously wrong; so wrong that no one found anything to be worried about...

- kidnapping of cargo or of the high-tech exectives onboard. Problem with this theory, is that for a good con job, the marks should never know they were the marks, giving time to the conmen to finish their affair and walk away quietly, never to be seen again. Here the entire world is looking, officially or unofficially (military). If there was something prized on board, it's going to be really difficult to make it surface without getting caught. Unlikely in my opinion.

- Doesn't leave much rational options left. Occams' razor tells us then to look for irrational options (to us).

Here is an easy one: despite being a generaly peaceful and moderate Islamic country, Malaysia does have active economic and cultural ties with many middle-east / central asian countries which are a lot less peaceful and sometimes not moderate at all. It's not that rare to see a nice/moderate Malaysian kid leave for Pakistan to study at some university, and come back a few years later dressed in strict Islamic fashion and actively preaching to local people about Islamic values.

This is rarely frowned upon in Malaysia, as there is no reason to: people generally embrace their religion as moderates, and in the absence of additional info/references, have no reason to fear or reject such "good youth" preaching "sound values".

I've seen many such Malaysian people change over the years. Not in a bad/evil way, but certainly in a much more strict / disciplined Islamic way, sometimes bordering on odd stubborness.

A plausible "irrational theory": one or both of the pilots has been convinced somehow by someone in Pakistan or Afghanistan or an Islamic ex-soviet state to steal and deliver a perfectly functional jumbo jet. They need a plane for some obscure purpose, but can't get one. This would be an ideal method.They are not worried about resurfacing with the jet later, as the jet itself is their primary goal.

Nobody would steal a French, American or Russian jumbo, for fear of being shot down while over the national airspace.

Malaysian jet are reasonably maintained and in good condition (prized asset => follow the money) but Malaysia is too small as a country (geographically, militarilly, geopolitically) to be able to stop someone determined to steal one of its planes. How many 3rd countries would dare shoot down a well identified MH plane flying "peacefully" over their airspace? It would take serious balls for e.g. Thailand or Indian armies to shoot down an MH plane that is well identifiable/trackable by military surveillance systems. Imagine you're the local air force commander in Khazakstan and you get a call from the Malaysian prime minister to shoot down an MH plane that you are seeing on your military radar, without transponders. My reaction would be to "let's pass on that one, let's keep monitoring - but not risk my professional career over an international clusterfuck".

So I bet all the militairies know where the plane is, but no one wants to act on it, because there is no legitimacy to do so, and the plane is now in a location that could trigger a very serious international dispute if there was a land-based assault to recover it. e.g. do you believe Malaysian seals could organize a successful penetration mission in Uzbekistan to recover the plane (which is now out of fuel) AND without risking a very serous incident with Russia? To make things worse, if indeed this is the work of Islamic extremists, it would put Malaysia at odds with their Islamic brothers if they took a drastic action. Not good for business.

So Malaysia might be caught in a catch 22 where they can't act and can't talk.

There is one thing that I'm certain of - Malaysia is very well connected with the highest levels of diplomats and international advisers. They are not Zimbabwe. If/when they become the fuse/trigger for a major international incident, the Malaysian government is highly likely to quickly understand the situation they're in, and highly unlikely to make dumb moves not well thought through.

<conspiracy /end>

Seer's picture

"mid-air self destruction: seems and less and less likely from the news trickling in"

How do you figure?  Curious...

Could if just be as simple as malfeasance?  Maybe some military fucked up (just the other day the British accidentally fired a missile at a dock where nuclear subs are services- fortunately it was a training missile), and everyone is running around trying to figure out what kind of spin to put on it?  Chinese?  US?

Fly-by-wire makes me a bit nervous as well.  Drones are hacked.

Maybe I'm just a bit jaded on all the "it's the radical Muslims" angle and I'm getting weary about accepting it as being such an instance...  But, as you've done here, best to lay out all possibilities and then evaluate them based on probability.

virgule's picture

Well, a) mid-air self destruction woud have left some traces, even if small. With the amount of ships and planes searching the area, we should have found something by now. Perhaps not the black box and the answers, but traces. B) the authorities seem to agree (at the moment) that they plane did continue to fly for a long time.

If it was a military fuck up, Malaysia would definitely try to keep it very low profile, but e.g. China or India would have no problems informing the rest of the world of what they know, and demaning publicly some kind of apology and/or compensation for the loss of their citizens. Malaysia is not a serious geopolitical force powerful enough to influence other governments on a matter such as this.

My message was perhaps not very clear - "radical Muslim angle" is indeed one way to put it; I was trying to focus on the "irrational to westerners" hypothesis. As you highlighted, the line between "irrational to us" and "radical Muslims" can be very thin.

Seer's picture

"mid-air self destruction woud have left some traces"

IF you were looking in the right location.  At this point it seems a bit hard to narrow down the actual flight path.  Not arguing here, just pressing logic.  If the possible flight path over water is certain to be limited then, yes, I can see the theory of destruction in mid-air being significantly lessened (though, there's still the issue of destruction over land).

"If it was a military fuck up, Malaysia would definitely try to keep it very low profile"

BUT, this assumes that ONLY Malaysia could be responsible.  I just can't help but thinking that China can't be ruled out: just reflect on Operation Northwoods.  The motives would be pretty standard- excuse to apply additional security/constraints on citizen's actions/movements.  And then there's also the possibility of Japan or the US meddling.

My comment about "radical Muslims" has more to do with the frequency of which this card is played.  That "radical Muslims" may or may not be involved is less the issue, I see it more as serving as a continued programming device.

Miggy's picture

Except the so called spy satellites supposedly show no midaire fireballs. If your theory is correct there is a coverup by many a government in the West.

Seer's picture

How do satellites show mid-air fireballs?

What's the satellite coverage for the entire area (discussed)?

virgule's picture

Thermal imaging is a lot easier to analyse automatically than optical imaging. Infra-red detectors / satellites can easily tell when there is an unusual heat source somewhere. If you want to detect a missile going off, don't look for pictures of fast moving objects, look for unusual heat source from the propulsion system.

Seer's picture

Yes, I understand about how it CAN happen (and the better ability to analyze electronically), are we certain that there were "eyes" on all the possible lcoations?  Are there satellites set to constantly monitor the locations in question?  If they aren't looking, or if they "blink,' then this aspect could be missed: someone could elaborate/estimate duration and intensity and whether the sensitivity of the seeing-eyes could actually detect this sort of thing.

kaiserhoff's picture

Yeah, this "data" is a conflicted, jumbled mess.  I still think most of this is consistent with a catastrophic loss of air pressure in the cockpit.  There was a plane flying over Hawaii that had the skin peeled off the cabin, right behind the cockpit and one stewardess was sucked out.  That sort of ariframe failure would lead to a really bad day.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Possible, but pilots are trained to deal with that. They have quick donning oxygen masks which they need to be able to get on in less than 5 seconds. Hypoxia will set in very quickly though at 35,000 feet, less than 30 seconds IIRC. Plane wouldn't alter altitude or course however if both were incapacitated, it would just run out of fuel and crash. That happened to a pro golfer in a Lear jet over the Midwest. Why didn't anyone send up a fighter jet to see what was up if they had it on military radar. They obviously knew they were not communicating with ATC. If they flew for hours after loss of communication, you would think they would have went to see what was up.

kaiserhoff's picture

Yes and no.  They were at cruising altitude.  If the pilot in command was sucked out of the plane, or incapacitated by flying debris, it's all over.  Imagine the wind, confusion, and panic at 1:30 AM when the other pilot is probably asleep.  Not something you can train for.  One direction change could result from something (a body) leaning on the yolk.  Most of the rest is garbled and doubtful, but it seems like the plane continued on autopilot until it ran out of fuel.

Occam's Razor:  The simplest explanation is usually the truth.  Another truth is that we may never know.

I over specified.  It only takes one sudden point of failure, the cockpit.  That could be smoke, fire, an explosion, even a maddening distraction.  Two of the hardest things for a pilot to deal with are smoke or simple disorientation.


sunnyside's picture

You're right, the simplest explanation is usually the truth.  Muslims hijacked it, but then screwed up and the damn thing ended up in the middle (now bottom) of the Indian Ocean.

Freddie's picture

$290 to 300 million plane and the airline does not have it loaded up with stuff that the pilot or a hijacker could not turn off.   You can find a $30 cell phone anywhere in the world down to a few feet and they cannot find this plane?  Somebody is lying.  If Boeing and AirBus do not have secret pingers with a GPS hidden on every plane for the airline then they are stupid.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Boeing, the insurers, the lenders, the airline (well...maybe not the airline). Some entity would have an interest in having Lo-Jacked the aircraft. FFS, Cadillacs can send 911 to your location.

They need to get the airplane repo guys on the job.

Berspankme's picture

You mean they didn't buy the OnStar package?

chistletoe's picture

but I thought that the OnStar package could not be disabled ... if they didn't pay for it, they don't get to see  the output, but OnStar still does ....