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EDIT: By the way... I don't hold the pilot suicide thing as more likely, unless, of course it was suicide for other reasons. Even if he did suicide, there's the co-pilot who could take over. Am I correct that there's a 3rd sort of pilot in the cockpit too for these flights?edit on 15-3-2014 by auroraaus because: Edit to add something I forgot to post. I have only drank half my first coffee of the day, forgiveness please.
seems like it really was the Uighurs after all...
About 8 years ago, so well after 9/11 where cockpit security was supposed to have beefed up, I flew Malaysia Airlines from London to Auckland via Kuala Lumpur and I was upstairs on a 747 right behind the cockpit door. Several times on each flight both ways, so that's 4 flights in all, the Captain or 1st Officer came back into the passenger area leaving the cockpit door open. They were socialising with people they knew for several minutes at a time, I could see the flight controls and the empty captains seat. It seemed very out of tune with general airline security and I thought at the time that I could run through and lock the captain out, knock the other officer out and take control of the plane. On one of the flights in particular they seemed to be deferring, very subserviently, to a VIP who was sitting up there across the aisle from me, maybe an airline official or a politician or something. If their practice is to 'entertain' dignitaries during flights maybe someone has noticed and taken advantage of a security lapse.
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 Muslim man who undertook flight simulation training, according to a report in a leading Malay language newspaper in Kuala Lumpur.
Yes, it WAS the Uighur Muslims behind the latest deadly terrorist attack in China…but then, isn’t it always?
How would one go about hijacking a plane in this day and age? You would need to a) gain access to the cockpit b) have some sort of weapon on you to restrain the pilots, other airline staff and the other 200-odd people on board and c) have the expertise to fly (and land) a 777, avoiding detection for a week now. After 9/11 nobody is going to just sit back and let hijackers take control of a plane even if they tell you they're just planning on landing it somewhere to demand a ransom or whatever. You would think there would have at least been some sort of mayday call or one of the passengers would have phoned relatives etc if a 9/11 style hijacking took place.
If someone posted this already, apologies.
634 sites within range having landing strips on which the plane could have landed:
I neglected to note source when saving img, but it's surely searchable.edit on 15-3-2014 by kkrattiger because: Note on no source attribution
Upon closer look, it doesnt show the Kyrgyzstan-China border. Might not be relevant, then. Sorry! This is a large, quick-moving thread to followedit on 15-3-2014 by kkrattiger because: No kyrgyzstan
If the plane was hijacked it's been shot down (which we're not being told about) or the passengers fought back and the struggle with the hijackers caused the plane to crash into the sea.
I just don't buy the idea that the plane landed anywhere. That would require the co-operation of people on the ground, you'd have 250 hostages to deal with (again, why did none of them make a phone call?) and then what would you do with the most searched for plane in the world? It's just too complex to be realistic IMO.
This may or may not have been previously covered, but is it possible for the pilots to depressurize the cabin while disabling the passengers O2 system? In other words, the pilots can place their O2 masks on and simply allow the passengers to go unconscious and die. This could describe why no passengers made calls to their loved ones about being hijacked, and this would give the pilots full control.
Pax masks auto deploy at 13,500 feet cabin altitude. No override in cockpit. O2 is via oxygen generators, not piped from bottles like the pilots' masks.