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reply to post by civpop
There are past cases where pilots have been forced to fly a hijacked plane.
I'm not well versed on Ukraine/Russia, but I'm wondering if there would be a way to find out if the two Ukrainians are pro or anti Russia. In wild speculation territory, we could have the two Ukrainians, the Russian and the Iranians all working together.
It would also be worth finding out if relatives are still able to call the phones and receive the same thing they did before.
This was on PPRUNE
Outside of China, significant diasporic communities of Uyghurs exist in the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.
Given the possibility of a flight to the North towards Khazakstan, I note there are 86 functional airports in Kyrgyzstan and considerably more abandoned ones.
Kyrgyzstan borders Xinjiang in China. An alternative would be in Tajikistan which also borders Xinjiang.
Flights to either State can be made without crossing Chinese airspace, especially if the inwards vector is from around the Andaman Islands.
Police investigating the backgrounds of all 239 people aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight are paying “special attention” to a 35 year-old Chinese Uighur man who undertook flight simulation training, according to a report in a leading Malay language newspaper in Kuala Lumpur.
According to the source the man has a PHD from a university in Britain was recently worked as a lecturer at a university in Turkey.
The source said he undertook flight simulation training in Sweden in around 2006.
Latest Map of possible direction of plane travel.
It takes a pretty big runway to land a 777. Smaller airports wouldn't cut it.