posted on Mar, 18 2014 @ 09:19 AM
I, as I imagine others, have been following and researching just what could have happened to this plane for the past several days. Me and my network
have come up with several scenarios that may have happened. We discussed hijackings, terrorists, the engineers on board, secret cargo, Laser Weapons
testing (LaWS), as well as many other theories. I decided to visit some pilot forums to see if I could see what the take was from actual experienced
pilots. That is when I stumbled upon this explanation, which I found to be quite possibly the simplest, and most easily accepted explanation so far.
It was posted to a google+ and the poster gave permission to distribute it. While yes, it is a google+ account, and not some major news organization,
it still makes the most sense to me.
Many at work can not access social sites like google+, so I have decided to include the posts in full.
So here it is.
It is in two parts. One was the original part before further information was released, and the other was a update taking into account the new
information, and answering many questions posted afterwards.
If the information here is correct, and the pilot was trying to reach this airport, perhaps we have a new search vector to begin looking along via
tomnod. This theory also fits with the Malaysia reports, as it is along the same flight path that is discussed here.
Source by Chris Goodfellow
MH370 A different point of view. Pulau Langkawi 13,000 runway.
A lot of speculation about MH370. Terrorism, hijack, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN - almost disturbing. I tend to look for a more
simple explanation of this event.
Loaded 777 departs midnight from Kuala to Beijing. Hot night. Heavy aircraft. About an hour out across the gulf towards Vietnam the plane goes dark
meaning the transponder goes off and secondary radar tracking goes off.
Two days later we hear of reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar meaning the plane is being tracked by reflection rather than
by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the plane on a southwesterly course back across the Malay Peninsula into the straits of Malacca.
When I heard this I immediately brought up Google Earth and I searched for airports in proximity to the track towards southwest.
The left turn is the key here. This was a very experienced senior Captain with 18,000 hours. Maybe some of the younger pilots interviewed on CNN
didn't pick up on this left turn. We old pilots were always drilled to always know the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind
us, airports abeam us and airports ahead of us. Always in our head. Always. Because if something happens you don't want to be thinking what are you
going to do - you already know what you are going to do. Instinctively when I saw that left turn with a direct heading I knew he was heading for an
airport. Actually he was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi a 13,000 foot strip with an approach over water at night with no obstacles. He did
not turn back to Kuala Lampur because he knew he had 8,000 foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier towards Langkawi and also a
Take a look on Google Earth at this airport. This pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make
that immediate turn back to the closest safe airport.
For me the loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense if a fire. There was most likely a fire or electrical fire. In the case of fire
the first response if to pull all the main busses and restore circuits one by one until you have isolated the bad one.
If they pulled the busses the plane indeed would go silent. It was probably a serious event and they simply were occupied with controlling the plane
and trying to fight the fire. Aviate, Navigate and lastly communicate. There are two types of fires. Electrical might not be as fast and furious and
there might or might not be incapacitating smoke. However there is the possibility given the timeline that perhaps there was an overheat on one of the
front landing gear tires and it blew on takeoff and started slowly burning. Yes this happens with underinflated tires. Remember heavy plane, hot
night, sea level, long run takeoff. There was a well known accident in Nigeria of a DC8 that had a landing gear fire on takeoff. A tire fire once
going would produce horrific incapacitating smoke. Yes, pilots have access to oxygen masks but this is a no no with fire. Most have access to a smoke
hood with a filter but this will only last for a few minutes depending on the smoke level. (I used to carry one of my own in a flight bag and I still
carry one in my briefcase today when I fly).
What I think happened is that they were overcome by smoke and the plane just continued on the heading probably on George (autopilot) until either
fuel exhaustion or fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed. I said four days ago you will find it along that route - looking elsewhere was
This pilot, as I say, was a hero struggling with an impossible situation trying to get that plane to Langkawi. No doubt in my mind. That's the reason
for the turn and direct route. A hijack would not have made that deliberate left turn with a direct heading for Langkawi. It would probably have
weaved around a bit until the hijackers decided on where they were taking it.
Surprisingly none of the reporters , officials, other pilots interviewed have looked at this from the pilot's viewpoint. If something went wrong where
would he go? Thanks to Google earth I spotted Langkawi in about 30 seconds, zoomed in and saw how long the runway was and I just instinctively knew
this pilot knew this airport. He had probably flown there many times. I guess we will eventually find out when you help me spread this theory on the
net and some reporters finally take a look on Google earth and put 2 and 2 together. Also a look at the age and number of cycles on those nose tires
might give us a good clue too.
Fire in an aircraft demands one thing - you get the machine on the ground as soon as possible. There are two well remembered experiences in my memory.
The AirCanada DC9 which landed I believe in Columbus Ohio in the eighties. That pilot delayed descent and bypassed several airports. He didn't
instinctively know the closest airports. He got it on the ground eventually but lost 30 odd souls. In the 1998 crash of Swissair DC-10 off Nova
Scotia was another example of heroic pilots. They were 15 minutes out of Halifax but the fire simply overcame them and they had to ditch in the
ocean. Just ran out of time. That fire incidentally started when the aircraft was about an hour out of Kennedy. Guess what the transponders and
communications were shut off as they pulled the busses.
Get on Google Earth and type in Pulau Langkawi and then look at it in relation to the radar track heading. 2+2=4 That for me is the simple
explanation why it turned and headed in that direction.
Smart pilot. Just didn't have the time.
The second half, with new information released, is in the next post.
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