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Originally posted by AgentSmith
Here's my theory:
Within a short period of time, the news was broadcasting details of what the F16s had seen when investigating the aircraft - the co-pilot slumped, the gas masks hanging down, etc.
However, it took over 24 hours for them to mention the 'minor' detail of them also seeing two people trying to take back control of the plane.
This is unacceptable to me, I believe that they have made this up and injected it into the news story to give a viable explanation why the aircraft would (apparantly) disengage autopilot midflight and all by itself as the people on the plane were apparantly dead or incapacitated.
It obviously had plenty of fuel so it didn't run out.
It makes perfect sense, it was heading to Athens and when it arrived it would either disengage autopilot and crash (especially with the co-pilot slumped against the controls) or keep cruising until the fuel ran out and then crash (not sure about autopilot operations).
I see it they knew they only had one real choice, to shoot it down over uninhabited land while they had the chance as there was no hope for it. A tough call but the only one - of course telling the public is not a good idea as a lot of people, especially relatives, would be able to cope with that.
My idea anyway.