|Quoting 747megatop (Reply 142):|
Have they done underwater SONAR scans and ruled out the presence of underwater wreckage at the point of that turn and descent?
Normally they need a 'ballpark' of where the wreckage might be to make such a search worthwhile.
And it's too early in the search for the aircraft to have the specialized ships on station unless they happened to be in the area.
However, I'm sure the plans to get such a search underway are in progress. However, before doing such a search, they need to find as much data about past searches in the area, ship sinkings, missing aircraft and ships, etc - to help eliminate known wreckage from the search.
|Quoting Pygmalion (Reply 140):|
it is also possible that the airplane had a malfunction/fire etc that caused widespread electrical failure, the pilots made a turn back towards KL and didnt make it. Not saying this happened but it is as likely as any other theory.
I'm leaning more toward that theory, especially electrical fire. The electronics had to be shutdown. The crew turned back, but passed out and the plane slowly descended on autopilot until something caused it to become unstable and fall into the ocean between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Because that is the busiest shipping channel in the world, any floating debris would have been ignored, churned up or dismissed as 'normal'.
That will make finding the actual wreckage much more difficult.
Not all who wander are lost.