|Quoting nupogodi (Reply 111):|
I have said from the very beginning, the imaged areas are very small and the images are far too low-resolution to be able to confirm anything but "there's some shit in the sea".
I think the various images people have found of planes in flight show that it would indeed possess sufficient resolution to clearly make out a wrecked plane in certain cases (if it were mostly intact, large debris pieces, in shallow water or on land). I agree that it hasn't produced any useful leads but I think it certainly *could* if circumstances were just right, therefore I do think it's worth it for them to at least try. The filter process to go from potential sighting to debunked or confirmed needs work, but this is a difficult problem. It will come with time.
|Quoting tomlee (Reply 101):|
Wouldn't carbon monoxide also knock people out. Do commercial planes even have any carbon monoxide, CO2, or O2 sensors for air quality assessment. If there was a fire that was small enough to not take the plane out completely but didn't actually fully extinguish couldn't it introduce enough carbon monoxide to slowly incapacitate everyone. Alternatively if they used a improperly burning kerosene heater that would also make a lot of CO (unlikely, just an example of something that could make CO).
I don't know whether or not a CO
detector would have been installed, but I haven't found any reference to an onboard CO
detector in anything I've been able to find. Seems rare to have a CO
detector installed - experts please correct me if I'm wrong. I personally don't think there's anything to this line of speculation, but it does remind me of another accident - Saudia 163, a fire and crash that may have been caused by a pax operating a stove on the flight...
Some Middle Eastern airlines used to allow devout Muslim passengers to use butane stoves on board in order to observe Islam's strict dietary laws - a practice unthinkable on Western airlines. The Saudi government had recently passed regulations forbidding them, but Muslim pilgrims still tried to smuggle them aboard.