|Quoting edmountain (Reply 164):|
why invoke a whole new set of unknown characters when the original cast hasn't even been looked at yet?
Because. the a.net community often jumps to conclusions, and right now, we need that to figure out where to look - 9 days, 239 people, no ELT, no wreckage, not a peep, no leaks.
Also: Day 1-3: the Malaysian team knew the radar pings, they alluded to a western search area, a.net community huffed and puffed and chose to criticize them. They also guess the South China seas were a red herring, as the Oil Rig sighting, Floating wreckage sighting was not jiving with radar data. In fact their spokesmen almost gave up this (other) info at times ... (".. there are other information we are not prepared to release at this time...") paraphrase.
Saturday/Sunday: Mandala499 mentions, he had informal news about the radar pings at high altitude, low altitude, so they knew the track even then.
Since the region is under satellite surveillance by many remote sensing platforms, and geostationary platforms, and military assets, would a civilian trained professional pilot have the time/access to all of the data points necessary to actually, plan, execute and successfully evade ground and space assets? This is not remotely possible, even if he has use of a homebrew Flight Simulator -- it's just too complex and still won't explain HOW
he had access to so much information from diverse sources. Was he a propulsion expert? Was he a satcom expert? Was he even close to being an aerospace A&P engineer? So, let's consider the pilots to be victims here for what it's worth. Otherwise, why not consider the roles of any of those cabin crew, who would have better access to the systems prior to push back.
And, the lucky mix of data from the satellite carrier (Elevation angles), and engine health management, if it was a pilot's training to know all aircraft systems, of this 777, and he wanted to go incognito, how to you reconcile he turns off the primary transponders, backup transponders, EE bay hardware etc., and then FORGETS to turn the circuit breakers for the satellite modems - which are in the same location? That satellite modem is a heavy power hog, and would have its own circuit breaker on a panel in the EE bay --- should it not? It cannot be hardwired to the aircraft battery, in most cases, it might have its own onboard battery for backup reasons, and that is something that would be included in a training manual of that system.
Why would a professional pilot (assuming we think he is rogue) not know that his movements might still be visible as he is not totally radio dark.
That is the reason why I don't think the original pilot crew were actually flying the plane, they had been unfortunately "offed" or "were pressured" prior to the takeoff.