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originally posted by: jhn7537
a reply to: Rocker2013
Agreed, and I admit I am no expert on aviation or the technology, but as an outsider looking in, I just can't logically understand how this multi-billion dollar industry doesn't have better technology on board to track these planes...
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: jhn7537
Airline travel is safer than it's ever been. Billions of people move by air in a year, and I can count the aircraft lost in the last two years almost on one hand.
Sorry, that was unnecessarily snippy.
originally posted by: DJW001
originally posted by: angryhulk
A few people here are saying that "not everything can be found instantly, it takes time to find a plane", well I lost my iphone last year and using that simple bit of tech 'Find My Phone' I was able to track it to my friends house within minutes and recover it".
I get it, the scenario is a little different however, considering there are around 100 million iphones worldwide and most of which can be tracked instantly, and only around 30,000 planes I would expect that more time and effort would have been implemented into technology that enables you to track a plane. I bet most of the passengers on the plane have iphones aswell, which ironically we can track, better than the plane itself (apparently).
Of course, your iphone was in the midst of a dense network of microwave towers that need to be able to track individual phones in order to connect them. The airplane was hundreds of miles from the nearest radio tower, and was being tracked by a transponder that may only have been picked up by a single tracking station, making it possible to get a compass bearing but not an exact location. (Pings from two stations would be necessary for that.) It would then take time to organize a search party, which was probably delayed due to rough weather, which itself would make spotting any wreckage problematical.
It's not like walking down the street to pick up your phone at your friend's house.
originally posted by: EndOfDays77
Well I doubt that..the black box of the air France plane that was downed over the Atlantic concurred EMP was most likely the cause to those of that viewpoint,it is interesting how mh370 was never found as the black box would also indicate EMP, so I contend they left it be for that reason.
One wonders if 'they' will pretend to not know where it is again,or risk blowing open the can of worms about EMP,the risk of plane travel near/in certain areas (at certain times) and indeed Planet X.
This cannot be covered up for too long people won't buy it.a reply to: Soloprotocol
originally posted by: auroraaus
Can anyone check if there's a monsoon trough nearby??
You may get ground speed by that method but not indicated airspeed, which is what keeps the plane flying. But it is better than not at all.
originally posted by: TheGoondockSaint
a reply to: Zaphod58
Are pitot tubes the only way to determine the plane's airspeed? The plane can't link up with satellites to determine speed? The GPS app on my phone tracks my car's mph pretty accurately but airplanes rely on something as simple as a tube that can freeze up? Is it 2014 or 1814?