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I keep hearing that the "alright goodnight" is unusual for the signoff on the news. Has any info been released on if the co-pilot who said it has said it before, as in maybe his usual signoff? I don't find it that odd to say if you are switching over to a new region, but I am not a pilot. Is it possible the controller said goodnight and he was just answering? Not sure why this keeps coming up in the news.
Hearing controllers and pilots say 'good night' or 'have a good day' is not unusual, at least not in the states. (from what I hear listening to the radio traffic)
The Australian PM is announcing just now, that they think they may have found parts of the plane, just as an FYI, not meaning to off topic the thread, but it is important when the PM makes such an announcement.
I now return you back to your thread.
ETA - an Orion ship has been dispatched to the area, along with 3 planes. There is going to be a press conference in a few minutes. It is almost 12:30 am Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
I transcribed the press conference as best I could:
edit on 19-3-2014 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)
The events read like a checklist specifically for putting an aircraft beyond forensic recovery.
1 Fly just beyond Malaysian airspace
2 Go dark, switch off the transponder and also switch off ACARS
3 Turn back into Malaysian airspace
4 Overfly the nearest port of safety
5 Navigate through various navigational waypoints
6 Plot a course away from landmass, and out over the open ocean
7 Steer around various over horizon RADAR systems including Diego Garcia.
8 Skirt the outer range of Australia’s Jindalee system
9 Stay airborne using every drop of fuel to maximise the recovery distance.
Suggests to me that somebody was deliberately trying to put this plane and whatever was onboard beyond the reach of any rescue and recovery efforts.
Where the aircraft apparently finally splashed down is an area of Ocean that is 2,400km from the nearest search and rescue capability (Perth), the water depth is 10,000ft which is beyond the reach of all but a few ROV's, and the ocean swell this time of year is 20m building to 40m in June / July (winter time). No vessel can overboard any kind of subsea equipment in that kind of sea state. If you wanted to avoid recovery of the aircraft this is the single best location anywhere on the planet.
When are they going to release the cargo manifest?
game over man
reply to post by IQPREREQUISITE
That's a pretty interesting scenario and very scary. How could a pilot accomplish this? Seems like such an elaborate way to commit suicide. And if he did point the plane in the direction of Perth, than why for a week did the world think he was headed the opposite way?