If intended for later use by terrorists then what a well thought out plan.
Now, how does one find a place to land a big plane that? Hijackers must have friends with lots of land and lots of asphalt to build a landing strip. What a plan if true!
reply to post by NullVoid
If the transponder is switched off it won't be on radar. Hence the fact it reportedly flew for an additional 4 HOURS after 'disappearing' ie going off radar, but it was tracked by the military and Boeing's signals sent from the engine.
It is possible that it could have flown off radar for 4 hours and onto somewhere else and had work done on it that prevented further detection ie from stopping signals to Boeing and or cloaking of some sort.
reply to post by Vasa Croe
Because it was stated by Interpol...does not make it true. At first they were more worried about two passports than an entire airliner full of people. The passport story was burned into everybodies minds. We all must understand the news aint news anymore.It's infotainment. IMHO this plane has not crashed. If RR says the engines ran for four more hours, why would RR lie about such a thing.
reply to post by wearethebest
Live news brief from Kuala Lumpur; The head of the Malaysia Transport Authority speaking, has denied allegations made by the Wall Street Journal yesterday concerning the plane being in contact with Rolls Royce, maker of the engine for the Boeing 777 for an additional 4 hours.
Video: Malaysia Defends Missing Jet Search Nothing to Hide Over Plane Search.
The engines of a missing Malaysian airliner continued to operate for about four hours after it disappeared from radar over the Gulf of Thailand, U.S. authorities said Thursday, providing a tantalizing new lead in a case that has baffled Malaysian authorities and turned into one of the biggest aviation mysteries in history.
reply to post by theabsolutetruth
For Air Traffic Control. Do you really think military radar relies on transponders?
As soon as they flew into an ADIZ, comms out, no transponder, no flight plan they would be intercepted.edit on 3/13/2014 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)
...The U.S. is moving the search to the Indian Ocean while Malaysia is denying the engines continued sending data. Which set of officials do you reckon knows more? The U.S. would not be sending the USS Kidd to an area based on rumor or hearsay. I strongly suspect the U.S. has data which it cannot share publicly because the data would reveal the extent of U.S. capabilities...
2. Additional information is available but is not being shared with the public. To take one example, the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) on Flight 370 was functioning and automatically sent data on four critical systems, including the engines. This data has not been released by Malaysian Airlines.
It also appears that the pilot of another 777 airliner heading to Japan contacted the pilot in Flight 370 and reported the transmission was garbled.
Even with the transponder off, the aircraft would appear on primary (military) radar. The Malaysian military tracked Flight 370 but is dissembling. Clearly the authorities are not revealing the full extent of what is known.
If it hasn't crashed .
If it's not hijacked for terrorism, then you have the question why?
If it's not air piracy.
The plane you can't sell even for scrap.
That leaves few options -
What or who was the plane carrying to make it worth the while going to all this trouble.