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reply to post by generik
I believe landing spots somewhere, if family members are saying phones are still ringing, they must be grounded.
I can guesstimate there's a remote secret service spot somewhere and that plane was chosen. I sense no terrorist action.
reply to post by generik
If I remember correctly an epirb transmits at 220mhz and is designed to be picked by any aircraft or sea vessel not just search and rescue assets. As they emit a basic distress signal they have a massive radius distance. Mobile phone networks tend to work on a horizontal access only
A 777 needs about 11,000 feet.
There are no landing strips remotely long enough on islands in the region
(777-200) 8,300 ft (2,530 m)
(777-200ER) 11,600 ft (3,535 m)
(777-200LR) 11,600 ft (3,535 m)
(777F) 11,600 ft (3,535 m)
(777-300) 11,200 ft (3,415 m)
(777-300ER) 10,500 ft (3,200 m)
(777-200) 5,600 ft (1,705 m)
(777-300) 6,100 ft (1,860 m)
reply to post by Leonidas
Changing the tune slightly from downed aircraft to hijacked . Are there many remote airfields within range that could accommodate a landing by a 777. Not had a chance to look yet but there must be plenty of islands in range or inland ?
if you think back to ww2, there are likely more abandoned airfields than you can imagine given that both the US and Japanese relied heavily on aircraft. in fact that is why Guadalcanal was so important for the US to capture, it was because of the airfield the Japanese were building there. considering the aircraft had about 7 hours or so of fuel, that is a lot of possibilities for landing spots on pacific islands. while i suspect (too lazy to check the numbers right now), that a triple 7 requires more length than say a ww2 bomber, it would not be all that difficult to extend an existing runway or even build a new one with no reports getting out. just look at the Mexican who was just rescued after about 2 years lost at sea, where he landed had ONE telephone in the area. and most people there are related/ like minded, so if an area that is similar was used if the people agree with what is going on, no info would get out, and if small population, would be rather easy to take over with force of arms, again without news of it getting out.
i would think a landing field "inland" would not be likely since someone would be sure to spot such a big, loud, low flying aircraft and report it, before it made it to a landing site.
I haven'd had a chance to read through this entire thread. But, has anyone else noticed the numerology surrounding this? Always hearing on the news about it being a Boeing 777 jet. Always hearing about the 239 people on board, and so on..... Or, am I just being paranoid, and reading too much into this?
LEO you don't like my theory?
When AirFrance447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 they didn't find any trace of it for a week.
It took another TWO YEARS to find the FDR/CVR Black-Boxes.
So people can be patient to find out what really happened or just throw out wild and baseless conjecture about bombs, missiles, hijackings and other nefarious plots as "What must have happened".
At present there are not enough facts to develop any kind of conclusion whatsoever.
Patience people.edit on 10-3-2014 by Leonidas because: (no reason given)
NoRulesAllowed(Mainly: The fact that the two joysticks are not "synced" so the both pilots do not even know what the other does, and the ABSURD events happening that the aircraft voiced the stall warning when the pilot(s) did the right thing, trying to descend....while the stall warning turned off when they kept trying to ascend while already being in a deep stall at 38.000ft. I would really like to know whether those significant design flaws have been corrected or whether airbus, here the 777 in particular STILL could cause such confusing messages/actions in a stall situation)
it requires 5,600 feet for landing
reply to post by NoRulesAllowed
They aren't really design flaws though. If you look at EgyptAir 990 you can see a split elevator condition where one stick is pushed forward and one pulled back. That was in a 767, with mechanical controls.