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originally posted by: CthulhuMythos
a reply to: Agit8dChop
I agree, if it was a suicide job it makes no sense to be trying to evade radar, you would just fly straight into the sea. Evading radar suggests plane theft, so military air base is, for me, still the likely answer. Was there not some sort of message that got out after, from someone who was on the flight, that suggested they were in a building, which made the air base the logical option?
Interesting the authorities were not willing to release the satellite data so the dude could help trace the flight path. I didn't know of this, but it sure adds weight to the plane theft and military base theory.
To expect a rational answer from someone who is behaving irrationally is not logical. Look at Hinckley who tied to kill president Reagan to impress Jodie Foster. Maybe that reason made sense to him, but does it make sense to any normal, sane person?
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: shawmanfromny
If the pilot wanted to commit suicide, why not crash a few minutes after takeoff?
Or even better, just jump off a building. Why take so many people with you?
Air-Ground Communications Briefing Note
3- Loss of communication...
1.4. Prolonged loss of communication (PLOC) has not yet been officially defined. Typically,PLOC involves loss of communication measured in minutes.The term COMLOSS is used by the military to refer to PLOC.
1.5. Whether brief or prolonged,loss of communication has obvious flight safety significance; possible dangerous outcomes include the following:
(a) failure to receive (and therefore to follow) a new clearance,leading to loss of separation and perhaps an
(b) inability to pass important information to ATC;
(c) the workload of controllers and pilots is increased because of the necessity to resolve the confusion.
1.6. Since 11 September 2001 PLOC events have assumed greater security significance, because controllers are unable to distinguish between communications failure and a loss of communication due to potentially sinister causes. On several occasions,military aircraft have been scrambled to intercept aircraft which are experiencing PLOC.
A new report into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has revealed the doomed airliner came from a batch of aircraft beset by potentially disastrous windshield flaws.
The report – written by aviation researcher Mick Gilbert – centres around the discovery that “windshield heater fires” were extremely common in Boeing 777s built in 2002...
Through his research, Mr Gilbert concluded: “The rate of incidence of windshield heater fires/failures by years of service for B777s [Boeing 777s] produced in 2002 is more than 12 times higher than the incidence rate for the entire B777 fleet, and more than 30 times higher when compared to the remainder of the fleet (i.e. the fleet excluding the 2002 sub-group).
“9M-MRO [the 777 that flew MH370] was manufactured on 14 May 2002.”