|Quoting bloviator (Reply 210):|
According to the released ATC transcripts, MH 370 made the call to ATC to confirm FL at 17:07:55. The call is of course meaningless and innocuous in itself. But the timing is bizarre.
No, it was to RE-CONFIRM "maintaining FL350". At 17:01 we have the first confirmation of maintaining FL350. The 12:51 transmission is the acknowledgement of ATC instruction to climb to FL350. It is quite possible this redundant transmission wasn't meaningless at all. Certainly since 239 people have perished (or the world is flat) everything needs to be put under a microscope. The timing corresponds with the last ACARS transmission, but these two events are in fact entirely unrelated. We only know that ACARS didn't send the expected 17:37 transmission.
Here are the last 8 transmissions:
ATC (16:50:06): Malaysia 370 climb FL350.
COCKPIT (16:50:09): FL350 Malaysia 370.
COCKPIT (17:01:14): Malaysia 370 maintaining level 350.
ATC (17:01:19): Malaysia 370.
COCKPIT (17:07:55): Malaysia 370 maintaining level 350.
ATC (17:08:00): Malaysia 370.
ATC (17:19:24): Malaysia 370 contact HO Chi Min 120 decimal 9 good night.
COCKPIT (17:19:29): Good night Malaysia 370.
So, we have a 6 min 41 sec chunk of time in between the two 'maintaining level 350' transmissions. Then we have a space of 11 min and 24 sec from the time ATC acknowledges this redundant transmission (17:08:00) and the time it dials up MH370 with the hand-off instructions (17:19:24). It seems that at some point within this 11 minute span, a decision was made to swap duties, Fariq would move to piloting, Zaharie to comms. I wonder if this wasn't a 'unilateral' decision? And about that incomplete read back, perhaps someone wanted to be exposed for as short a time as possible, you know, any possible LOUD peripheral noise that may be picked up? Maybe.
It is believed that Fariq (FO) was on comms until the last transmission from the cockpit, where it has been reported that at least 5 colleagues at MH identified this transmission as coming from Zaharie. It is important to note the other 'small' anomaly here...an incomplete read back. Now, we not only have Zaharie making the last transmission, but also not doing so properly, or at least not repeating it in full, hmmm. Another coincidence in this saga of 'coincidences'? Perhaps, but perhaps NOT. Why didn't he read back Ho Chi Min 120 decimal 9? Just being casual and lax on a very familiar route? Perhaps, but perhaps NOT. We know ADS-B is lost some 2 minutes later. Coincidence? Perhaps, but perhaps NOT.
Since my knowledge of the flight deck is so 'rudimentary', I have been told over and over again that this flopping of roles means 'nothing' . However, since the a/c is MISSING, and lives have been lost, I think even the slightest and seemingly most insignificant of anomalies is deserving of rigorous scrutiny.
[quote=mandala499,reply=243]I'd take it as until there's confirmation there's an attempted phone call, then I believe the pilot locked out theory is bogus.
So you think that ONLY if the phone call is proven and realized could the locked out theory stand?