|Quoting flyenthu (Reply 9):|
This removes any doubts about the identity of those signals/pings. As all of this new info was coming along, I was taking the ping information with a grain of salt as well. However, now it is for certain that it was MH 370 as corroborated by INMARSAT themselves. This makes me much more comfortable with the westward flightpath hypothesis
It removes nothing. Inmarsat has confirmed they received "pings" from the airplane . . . as is to be expected as it operated normally FOR
over an hour, of which 40+ minutes were airborne. Inmarsat has given no details as to whether pings were received after transponder signal was lost.
|Quoting flyenthu (Reply 15):|
The INMARSTAT makes me much more comfortable with the fact that the plane was in flight for 5 some hours beyond radar drop-off
Inmarsat has given no details as to whether pings were received after transponder signal was lost. The only thing we have are news channels/papers citing unnamed "US officials" (who decides who is an official? - unnamed?) claiming pings were received for another four hours. Mind you, those were apparently magic bullet pings with loads of information on altitude, speed, heading etc etc.
|Quoting hivue (Reply 21):|
I believe it has not been established that ACARS shut down.
Agree, although probably poor choice of words. ACARS is not active full time, but at predetermined intervals, or even less. In this case, it appears that at least from the engine side, only three messages were planned for the full flight, two of which had been completed successfully. It would probably have taken another four hours or so before the next/last planned transmission. I don't see how one can conclude from that that the system was "shut down" when it did not send more than two messages. At least not from the engine side ACARS. I'm not sure if we have confirmation from the airframe side, but I believe MAS did not have that option activated.
|Quoting LTC8K6 (Reply 33):|
What if the crew had a habit of relaxing cockpit security and inviting passengers in?
How would a potential hijacker know upfront to pick this crew/flight for his mission?
|Quoting AT (Reply 39):|
This is why the home of the flight crew needs to be searched and family members interviewed to the extent allowed by law. In the event it was just an accident, all that will come to naught; but if foul play by the crew was the cause, then this information will be pivotal
And that will help us exactly how to find the plane??
How would interviewing the family members help finding the plane? The younger copilot seems to be the main culprit according to some, would his family have knowledge of his/their secret plans? Then the senior Flight Sim enthusiast, even if he came up with such a clever plan to suicide/crash/hijack the plane in such a way that nobody is able to find the plane, surely he would be clever enough not to leave the training flights in his FS
files, why bother taking some much care trying to avoid the known radar stations and find that radar black hole to crash/divert his aircraft . . .? Does not even pass the smell test at 4000 nautical miles.
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