The topic is actually one that's very interesting to me and one I studied a fair bit in uni. This is a great and fairly thorough article I read the other day on it, if anyone is interested.
Okay so now the story is taking a weirder turn, now we're being told the plane ended up on the other side of the Malaysian Peninsula. This coupled with some recent statements which suggest the Malaysian authorities haven't been entirely forthcoming with all the relevant pieces of the puzzle (ACARS data, for example), recent unprompted remarks from a Malaysian copper and that the word is being put out that it's probably not terrorism has heightened suggestions of a pilot suicide.
If so, this is really horrifying. A crash on that side of the peninsula greatly lessens the chance of recovering too much of the plane too, I'd have thought. The obvious parallel is the Egypt Air crash a few years back and once the NTSB started to call it what it really was, the Egyptian government started to get 'involved' and, to this day, have never publically acknowledged the findings by the NTSB. Mayasian Airlines is largely government-owned, as was Egypt Air. Wondering whether that's a factor in this case too.
EDIT: Obviously, you can't blame the Mayalsian government if they want to be absolutely sure before releasing info, would be terrible if they went hard at the suicide narrative and, upon finding the wreckage, found otherwise.
Last edited by Top_Cat; 11-03-2014 at 04:43 PM.
No doubt liberal use of the phrase 'shootdown'.
Last edited by Top_Cat; 11-03-2014 at 06:56 PM.
hey top cat i need an update
Brad McNamara @bbuzzmc
Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
I have no problems with the Chinese but their attitudes are hugely different to the US
There was an interesting theory apparently on BBC or Sky UK this evening where an expert said there might have been a sudden loss of cabin pressure, and the pilots may have engaged the AP to begin a turn around but blacked out due to the oxygen not working (can happen in 20 seconds at that altitude apparently), and the plane has flown on until it ran out of juice. A bit like the Payne Stewart crash writ large.
Would also have had to knock out all antennae (ADS-B, ACARS, CPDLC, etc.) on the top of the forward fuselage, possibly separating the skin from the airframe but even then they're pretty well protected so would require an utterly catastrophic failure, BOAC Comet-like. Even then, this wouldn't explain the lack of a secondary radar return, assuming that's what actually has happened and the Malaysian government isn't keeping that from the world too.
Was reports a few years back of a QANTAS 747 driver who wanted to dive into the sea....
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we can't rule anything out, so each theory needs to get their moment in the sun
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