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Hishammuddin dismissed reports that the plane had been seen over the Maldives. This is “not true” he said citing a Maldives official.
Thailand said its radar confirmed that the plane took a westerly turn. Hishammudin said the source of the data was sensitive and that it was up to the host country to release it.
Hishammuddin confirmed that Malaysia has received some new radar data, but would not reveal where it came from.
Pre-9/11 the cockpit doors were easy to break into even when locked, but weren't they reinforced post-9/11 or was that just planes traveling to/from the US or US domestic?
In a real emergency when the crew/copilot realize that the pilot locked the door and don't let him enter again he may be waiting/discussing for a few minutes with the pilot. But after that we won't care if he damage the door/plane as it would be better than crashing for sure. So either the pilot locks the door and right away goes down or they would make their way into the cockpit again.
Yes and if they know files were deleted I'd expect they might be able to restore them.
Who has a computer where they DONT delete files? These days files can often be pieced back together unless the data is overwritten and even then often not all of it is totally erased. If the FBI for example are investigating a case I am sure they have some pretty nifty software to do this.
So, deleting files is not really a big deal.
The video I posted of the general didn't say they made it up, but he attributed it I think to confusion. They gave details of the sighting like they could see the door etc which seems unlikely at night, and it would have been nighttime so would they really have been able to see details like the door? I think the general thought the witnesses may have had it confused with another flight they saw when lighting conditions were better, but personally I have no idea how much credibility to assign to the sighting, since I don't have all the facts.
Are we saying that the multiple people in the Maldives who saw the white plane with coloured stripes going over them at low hein=ght are making it up? Or, are we saying that this is another piece of dis-information we are being fed? The Maldives police were off to interview the men who saw the plane was the last I heard about it. Anything 'official'?
Exactly, they don't want neighboring countries to know how good, or bad, their air defenses are.
Radar data is sensitive because countries dont want other countries to know how good/bad their detection systems are. I see. So it will never happen that we get a free and open sharing of data - even when one country needs the other pieces of the picture to work out the puzzle. Maybe they could have an anonymous meeting where one person would ask questions and the answers could be given anonymously too? :-)
]Pre-9/11 the cockpit doors were easy to break into even when locked, but weren't they reinforced post-9/11 or was that just planes traveling to/from the US or US domestic?
US spy satellites monitored in Australia's heartland could provide crucial information in the investigation into the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 - but the information is being withheld.
am a 777 pilot and have waded painfully through all these pages.
To be pedantic the 777 transponder cannot be turned off in flight from the flight deck. ie depowered with digits blank. There is no off switch, however there is a standby position which will stop it radiating. You would have to pull the circuit breaker to totally depower it. In flight on the 777 you never go to standby if you are given a change of squawk.
The suggestion of taking off with main tank fuel pumps off is not a valid possibility. The electronic checklist would not tick itself off, and there are clues on the eicas screen. If you did take off like that and the engines failed in cruise you would get low pressure fuel warnings first and your radios would still be working normally.