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Aaaaah! So it flew all the way to Pakistan, skimming the surf no doubt and then the treetops when overland to avoid detection by anyone! Some feat of piloting skills right there!
Next they'll be telling us that the highly organised team of hijackers inched out across the wings and stuffed the engine exhausts with balled up socks stripped from the passengers to muffle the sound too!
I actually heard in a news report yesterday that Boeing IS able to track the engines of planes they build, even with the official transponders turned off.
The technology at issue is called ACARS, for Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System. The system sends different sorts of information between the plane and airlines and manufacturers on the ground. Depending on the sophistication of the information, the airline might receive the information itself or rely on the manufacturer to relay it for a fee.
John Hansman, director of the International Center for Air Transportation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, estimates 90% of U.S. planes have some version of the system because it saves airlines money.
"The major carriers collect it themselves because they have the capability of processing it and deciphering it and so forth," said David Greenberg, who worked 27 years at Delta Air Lines and is now an airline consultant as president of Compass Group. "My understanding is that Malaysia doesn't subscribe to the Boeing program and that they collect the data for their own use."
While Malaysia Airlines and its manufacturers aren't saying what sort of service was used on Flight 370, the Airbus A330 in the Air France crash had sophisticated messaging that reported problems with airspeed and altitude that helped track down the missing plane.
Whats iran doing lately?
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Well, you can bet that since Langley are so adamant about this, that the only place that plane CANNOT be, is in Pakistan. Given that US intelligence networks, despite having some of the most sophisticated gear, and supposedly heavily trained operators in the business, could not find their own buttocks, even with GPS assistance and a laser targeting system, at least we can now discount one location from the list of possible landing sites!
As I said in the opening post, I think this probably was just someone at Boeing giving an opinion.
I doubt Boeing has any inside info on the plane.
Well, you can bet that since Langley are so adamant about this, that the only place that plane CANNOT be, is in Pakistan.
This isn't an official gov't group in Langley. They aren't the CIA. However, they all have 'connections' and have worked for the military or CIA or in the State Dept. Here is a list of who is in the group . Interesting credentials.
Good, if it is in Pakistan we should know exactly where it is. With the surveillance available in, over, around and throughout Pakistan there is NO way they could have a 777 hidden there without it being known.
Most likely the same for other places like Yemen, and Iran, or other known "terrorist" supporting countries and havens.
I doubt they could have or would have attempted to take that plane to such an obvious place. IF it didn't crash, and IF terrorists were involved and IF they plan to use that plane in some future attack, given the elaborate planning that would have had to have been involved in a plot like this, they would have had to have arranged for a place to land the plane in advance, a place that no one would be watching, a place where they could hide a massive plane after landing... How many places like that in that region of the world can there be?