posted on Mar, 16 2014 @ 04:34 PM
There’s a lot of bogus and misleading information floating around about MAS 370.
There sure is
2. ACARS (the in-flight telemetry system) CANNOT be turned off from the flight deck. Turing ACARS off is quite difficult actually and involves
precise knowledge of the electronics (including location) on-board an aircraft (Boeing 777-200 in this case).
NOT TRUE. Half of it can be turned off from the flight deck. The pinging of satellites is much more difficult and unlikely to be in a pilot's
repetoire. You are half right. And this matches the data we have. The satellites still got pings.
3. A transponder disappearing off of a regional ATC (Air Traffic Control) “Center” is a big deal, and generally causes a flurry of
communication. It is not simply ignored as if nothing happened.
This is not in dispute. The transponder WAS turned off, and it was not ignored.
4. Further to the point illustrated in item #3; aircraft transponders DO occasionally fail. I wouldn’t characterize this as a “regular”
occurrence, but it DOES happen periodically. Aircraft transponders are completely independent of radio communications. Just because one fails does
not mean the other fails.
Rather a moot point. The transponder stopped. ATC contacted the airplane, apparently not yet noticing. The pilot said, "All right, good night."
Subsequent to that, within a few minutes, all this was noticed. It was not immediate, nor was it ignored.
5. A commercial airliner cannot descend “40,000 feet” in one minute (60 seconds). It just CANNOT do this. Any report that says this
happened is simply wrong. A descent rate of 40,000fpm could not even be accomplished with a nose down powered dive. And, if anyone ever attempted
such an act the airframe would structurally fail and break apart well before this descent rate was ever approached. Simply put; it didn’t happen.
The data, or the source, is wrong.
Nobody ever said that. They said the aircraft climbed from 35,000 feet to 45,000 feet, then subsequently descended to 27,000 feet, then returned to
35,000 feet. The implication is that this was the point of "the struggle."
6. A commercial airliner, like a Boeing 777-200 (which MAS 370 was), reflects a significant primary radar signature. A “primary” radar
signature is different from ‘secondary’ radar which monitors the transponders (noted above). An aircraft the size of a 777 at cruising altitude
can be “seen” by primary radar from hundreds of miles away. A un-announced radar contact the size of a triple 7 would be a big deal to just about
anyone, especially one which was about to overfly your territory.
Which begs the question. Malaysian radar reported blips. No one else did. Conclusion? It did not fly over any one else's territory.