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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: weavty1
Pan Am lost four aircraft in something like 9 months. It's rare, but it happens.
originally posted by: schuyler
Any theory has to take into consideration several undeniable facts. 1.) The pilot deviated from the normal course and diverted the airplane south over the Indian Ocean. 2.) The same flight was found on his personal flight simulator. 3.) Verifiable pieces of the plane have washed ashore. 4.) Satellites tracked the airplane as it flew.
There is no evidence that it was shot down by anyone. There is no evidence that it was hijacked, flew somewhere else, and was used in some sort of operation. There is no evidence for any sort of abduction. These are all flights of fancy that have no evidence whatsoever. Basically there is a very mundane explanation that fits all the facts as we know them. The pilot intentionally deviated from the course and crashed the plane. There may be a "mystery" over why he did it, but there is no mystery over what happened, no conspiracy. If you are going to speculate something much more exotic, then the onus is upon you to provide supporting evidence. Just claiming, "What if "X" happened?" does not constitute a viable theory. It doesn't explain anything.
Crews have picked up hundreds of sonar contacts of interest throughout the two-year hunt. The contacts are grouped into three classification levels based on their likelihood of being linked to the plane. Contacts dubbed “classification 1” are considered the most likely to have come from the aircraft. None of the recent sonar contacts that the drone will investigate are classification 1. There have only been two contacts that fit into that category thus far; one turned out to be an old shipwreck, and the other was a rock field. Search crews have so far come up empty in their attempt to find the main underwater wreckage of the plane, which vanished on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The ships have less than 10,000 square kilometers left to scour of the 120,000-square kilometer search zone. Officials previously said the search would be finished by December. On Wednesday, the transport bureau said it is now likely to take until January or February to complete, due to the long stretch of poor winter weather that has hampered search efforts.
None of the sonar contacts exhibit the characteristics of a typical aircraft debris field, said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is heading up the hunt for the Boeing 777 in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean.
originally posted by: AndyFromMichigan
There's a theory I've tossed around since the disappearance. The US and UK maintain a base on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. It's one of only a couple bases in the world that can service the B-2 bomber. The last known heading of MH370 was taking it in that general direction.
If some incident, like a fire or depressurization, left MH370 flying towards Diego Garcia, with the crew unable to respond to any attempts at communication, would the US/British have shot down the plane? Probably. They'd be concerned that terrorists were attempting a 9/11-style attack on a valuable military asset. And even if there was no chance that the flight could be saved, the "optics" of shooting down a passenger jet are bad enough that they would deny knowing anything about the missing plane. They would be in a position to convince ally Australia to belatedly provide phony tracking data showing the plane went much further south. They could gather up some debris at the real crash site and drop it at a location that supports the "south to oblivion" story.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: loveguy
The pilots bodies were still intact after it was shot down. They were found strapped into their seats, and were alive at the time it was shot down. As for the missile detonating near the cockpit, at the time it was fired, the aircraft was approaching the launcher. Where should it have detonated?
MH370 disappeared before MH17 was shot down.