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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 experienced significant changes in altitude after it lost contact with ground control, and altered its course more than once as if still under the command of a pilot, American officials and others familiar with the investigation said Friday.
Radar signals recorded by the Malaysian military appear to show the missing airliner climbing to 45,000 feet, above the approved altitude limit for a Boeing 777-200, soon after it disappeared from civilian radar and made a sharp turn to the west, according to a preliminary assessment by a person familiar with the data.
The radar track, which the Malaysian government has not released but says it has provided to the United States and China, then shows the plane descending unevenly to an altitude of 23,000 feet, below normal cruising levels, as it approached the densely populated island of Penang, one of the country’s largest. There, the plane turned from a southwest-bound course, climbed to a higher altitude and flew northwest over the Strait of Malacca toward the Indian Ocean.
Investigators considered but dismissed the possibility that hijackers landed the plane somewhere for later use in a terrorist attack, according to a senior American official briefed on the investigation.
Seven days after the jet’s disappearance, Malaysian authorities have shared few details with American investigators, frustrating senior officials in Washington. “They’re keeping us at a distance,” one of the officials said.
reply to post by daaskapital
Im wondering how low would a plane have to get before it vanished off radar?
I say 5 will get you 20 that in the not-so-distant future this plane shows up out-of-nowhere flying into a major metropolitan area filled to the gills with explosives. Even if shot down, it WILL explode high in the air (major air burst explosion and subsequent EMP destroying all electronics in the vicinity).
Think, Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Temple on the Mount, The Taj Mahal, etc...
PS: I just hope I am wrong.edit on 3/14/2014 by Krakatoa because: Fixed spelling and other fat-finger errors
reply to post by WatchingFromtheShadows
The 777 could easily carry massive amounts of gasoline and common industrial fertilizer available anywhere. A person doesn't have to be a criminal mastermind to obtain either of the two listed above. Just think Oklahoma Federal building bomb say times ten. That's a pretty big boom IMO.