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Old 03-18-2014, 10:54 PM   #131
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From the information released, it would appear that an experienced jet transport pilot was working the various instrumentation systems. The average hi-jacker wouldn't have the smarts to turn off ACARS - it's quite a complicated system. Most wouldn't even know how to shut down the radios on a 777, as they're all controlled through CRT consoles.

Either the crew are responsible, or some very well-trained hi-jackers are involved.

According to an Internet news source, the Chinese government has said "Maybe the airplane has landed out in our northern boonies. Maybe we should go look."

One of the authorities has announced that 12 of the passengers are transport pilots or "other airplane crew members". Whether that includes the cabin crew hasn't been explained.

The 777 is a complex electronic airplane. I'm familiar with it from my 30 years at Boeing. No way could some terrorist do what has been done in this case. It might never be found.
How difficult would it be to gain access to the 777 E&E compartment inflight? I'm told the access hatch is located near the L 1 door.

I retired just as my assigned air carrier started getting their 777's and don't have that much hands on experience. I believe they were getting the - 100 series.

Regardless - I do know the 777 doesn't have a fuel tank in the tail as one of the so-called "Aviation Experts" say on TV last night.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:12 PM   #132
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"The 777 is a complex electronic airplane. I'm familiar with it from my 30 years at Boeing. No way could some terrorist do what has been done in this case. It might never be found."

If I recall, in 2001, 19 terrorists hijacked 4 jets and were able to take over the controls of 3 of them and fly them hundreds of miles into the twin towers and the Pentagon. The 4th plane was prevented from flying into its target only because of the extraordinary actions of the passengers. We may hate these terrorists but don't make the mistake of underestimating their intelligence and ability to do the unthinkable.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:17 PM   #133
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HAVEERU NEWS - Residents of the remote Maldives island of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll have reported seeing a “low flying jumbo jet” on the morning of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:39 PM   #134
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Interesting Weezer...thanks for that info.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:40 PM   #135
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Let's take some care to make sure that prejudicial name-calling is not a part of this thread.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:51 AM   #136
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Latest report I have seen is that two objects have been sighted floating in the South Indian Ocean. What the objects are has not been positively established yet.

If the plane did crash into the ocean.perhaps this might be beginning of some closure to the victims families.
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:40 PM   #137
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That there is "no such thing as a stupid question" has been disproven over and over by any number of talking heads and "experts" over the course of the last two weeks.... Dan OUT!!
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:28 PM   #138
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That there is "no such thing as a stupid question" has been disproven over and over by any number of talking heads and "experts" over the course of the last two weeks.... Dan OUT!!
I'll agree with that. I still am either laughing or shaking my head when I think of that ex NTSB member who said on Kelly's File the other night that the 777 has a tail fuel tank and if it's still sealed it would still be floating.

I won't mention his name,but I know his background and IMHO he didn't even deserve to be a NTSB member.

I'm listening to these people and IMO some of them are creditable and some are not.

It's kind of funny how some of these talk show hosts are now talking about transponders and their function when they probably never heard of one before this. The same with ACARS.
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^^^what is ACARS?? never heard of that one, our planes have AHRS
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:15 PM   #140
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^^^what is ACARS?? never heard of that one, our planes have AHRS
Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System. It was introduced in 1978. It's a digital datalink system for transmission of short messages between aircraft and ground stations.

The major air carrier I worked for and later was assigned to as a FAA inspector used it. There's many uses for it,but I'm familiar with the maintenance side of it.

The flight crew uses it to report aircraft discrepancies to the ground personnel while inflight. The ground crew then uses that information to do trouble shooting.order parts,etc before the aircraft arrives at the gate.

At my air carrier,management would print out the ACARS regarding maintenance items and the printout would be part of the aircrafts work package. The mechanic would show the corrective action taken for each maintenance item,sign it and then the ACARS printout would become part of that airplanes maintenance history.


If you can ever get over to the air carrier gates at your airport,maybe you can ask someone to show you an ACARS printout.

I have heard of AHRS,but I'm not familiar with it.
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