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Why because he attended an open court case?
They searched the pilots house today, it was all over the news.
They are dragging their feet over pride. The government owns almost half the airline and a plane disappearing is a huge embarassment.
If it was a mechanical problem it would hit harder. How do you think it would look if the governnment can't maintain the aircraft properly? So of COURSE it was hijacked. That looks better for them in the long run.
A hijacker would want to turn off the transponder straight away anyway, not just for tracking but because if you squawk certain frequencies it means you've been hijacked eg 7700.
Mike Glynn, a committee member of the Australian and International Pilots Association, said he considers pilot suicide to be the most likely explanation for the disappearance, as was suspected in a SilkAir crash during a flight from Singapore to Jakarta in 1997 and an EgyptAir flight from Los Angeles to Cairo in 1999.
"A pilot rather than a hijacker is more likely to be able to switch off the communications equipment,'' Glynn said. "The last thing that I, as a pilot, want is suspicion to fall on the crew, but it's happened twice before.''
Glynn said a pilot may have sought to fly the plane into the Indian Ocean to reduce the chances of recovering data recorders, and to conceal the cause of the disaster.
Experts said that if the plane crashed into the ocean, some debris should be floating even if most of the jet is submerged. Past experience shows that finding the wreckage can take weeks or even longer, especially if the location of the plane is in doubt.
Fly-by-wire (FBW) is a system that replaces the conventional manual flight controls of an aircraft with an electronic interface. The movements of flight controls are converted to electronic signals transmitted by wires (hence the fly-by-wire term), and flight control computers determine how to move the actuators at each control surface to provide the ordered response. The fly-by-wire system also allows automatic signals sent by the aircraft's computers to perform functions without the pilot's input, as in systems that automatically help stabilize the aircraft.
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The plan to monitor aircraft won't be implanted until next year, and it's not trillions they've spent on developing it's $200 million.