|Quoting ah414211 (Reply 227):|
Might I suggest that if you're seeking NEWS perhaps you should stick to NEWS sites? This is NOT a news site, and the information here is often less than reliable, and speculative at best....
Agree that this is not a news site; it merely collects and regurgitates current events that are reported in the general (and sometimes specialty) media. But this site, and a couple others, offers the chance to dive into depths that no media enters - it provides analysis of a hundred things such as aircraft production, route structures, current events etc to a degree that even the aviation publications don't venture. It allows people to pose questions and make comments and have them answered by those in the know. We are lucky to include among our membership many pilots, mechanics, airline and manufacturer staff, designers, engineers and analysts that are involved with, see firsthand or have experienced many of the issues that fill this site. They offer great clarity and understanding as to why, for example, a new airliner may enter service four years late, or why an airline introduced, amended or cancelled a route. But for every one of these industry professionals, we can count dozens of enthusiastic, but ill-informed members that tend to inflate their experience and/or gather their aviation information the same way as the general public - by conventional media outlets.
Of the 1200+ posts on this thread, fewer than a hundred I would venture offer any meaningful insight into the MAS incident that can't be gleaned from a half-dozen clicks on any search engine. That's the risk of any popular website, but let's not get distracted by the elephant in the room: offering speculation as fact makes a fool out of the person who states it, and brings general discredit upon the rest of us. How ironic that many of those who endorse speculation were likely among those who brayed at others - mainly members of the media - who were caught doing the same thing (Capt Sum Ting Wong ring a bell?).
|Quoting D L X (Reply 226):|
If not SPECULATION _AND_ NEWS, what is this site even for? Why is speculation only allowed by government authorities and engineers but not aviation enthusiasts?
Speculate away. I wouldn't be surprised if someone on here discovers the actual cause before the news or maybe even the investigators do. It won't be the first time.
Is speculation "allowed" by governments and engineers? You'd think these are among the last people to willingly damage their credibility by making guesses without adequate evidence or facts.
If somebody here on this website discovers the actual cause of MH370, that would be a bombshell. I'm at a loss as to how this could possibly happen. It certainly would
be the first time. Perhaps you meant you wouldn't be surprised if somebody here GUESSES the actual cause...?
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