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Old 03-27-2014, 05:14 PM   #151
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While I completely agree that a person intent on committing suicide probably isn't very rational - but what, I might ask, were the other 238 souls on board doing while the captain and /or the first officer were "thinking about it" ????
If the aircraft was equipped with the latest cockpit door ( like the U.S. Carriers are),unless the flight crew let someone in or some somewhat flight knowledgeable passenger breached the door, the passengers were helpless ( like all the paxs were on the 9/11 flights).
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:17 PM   #152
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As a former Frequent Flyer with well over a million miles, I can tell you the other 238 souls had no idea what was going on and couldn't have done anything regardless if they had of known. They cannot/could not access the flight deck.
x2 - I have heard the reinforced cockpit door is openable by an unauthorized person, I doubt it.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:22 PM   #153
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If one or both wanted to suicide out why bother to disable the things (transponder) that have been reported not working when it disappeared?
I'm speculating here,but if the flight crew did want to commit suicide,turning off the transponder would let them "hide" from radar trackage which is pretty sparse in that part of the world. Also perhaps the flight crew wanted to crash the plane in very deep water so as to make recovery vey difficult.
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I'm speculating here,but if the flight crew did want to commit suicide,turning off the transponder would let them "hide" from radar trackage which is pretty sparse in that part of the world. Also perhaps the flight crew wanted to crash the plane in very deep water so as to make recovery vey difficult.
I'm still not buying the whole suicide angle. Either both pilot and co-pilot would have to agree, or one would need to incapacitate the other. Otherwise the non-suicidal one's not going to just let the suicidal one kill everyone.

No, more likely it was either:

a) Something happened to the entire plane where they couldn't disengage the auto pilot. Plane flew until it ran out of fuel and crashed.
b) Somebody did something to the entire plane, purposely set the autopilot so the plane would be difficult to find and then bailed from the plane. Plane flew until it ran out of fuel and crashed. Bailee has had 3 weeks so far to get away with whatever it was they did.

They claim the plane flew for 7 hours. Over that time the adrenaline that masked the fear of death would wear off, the suicidal person would have remorse and most like not wait for the plane to run out of fuel and crash. So I'm really not buying that angle.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:15 PM   #155
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I'm still not buying the whole suicide angle. Either both pilot and co-pilot would have to agree, or one would need to incapacitate the other. Otherwise the non-suicidal one's not going to just let the suicidal one kill everyone.

No, more likely it was either:

a) Something happened to the entire plane where they couldn't disengage the auto pilot. Plane flew until it ran out of fuel and crashed.
b) Somebody did something to the entire plane, purposely set the autopilot so the plane would be difficult to find and then bailed from the plane. Plane flew until it ran out of fuel and crashed. Bailee has had 3 weeks so far to get away with whatever it was they did.

They claim the plane flew for 7 hours. Over that time the adrenaline that masked the fear of death would wear off, the suicidal person would have remorse and most like not wait for the plane to run out of fuel and crash. So I'm really not buying that angle.
a) - the Pilot In Command (PIC) always has the authority and means to over- ride or disable any system on a modern Transport Category aircraft such as the 777. So I don't think that's a possibility here IMO.

b) - would anyone bail out over an ocean? The only reported incident of anyone bailing out of a civilian airplane was D.B. Cooper and he bailed out of the rear exit of a 727. The 777 doesn't have a rear exit - only doors located in both sides of the fuselage. Some doors are forward of the leading edge of both wings and other doors are forward of the leading edge of both horizontal stabilizers. A person would be struck by either the wings or stabilizers leading edge.
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a) - the Pilot In Command (PIC) always has the authority and means to over- ride or disable any system on a modern Transport Category aircraft such as the 777. So I don't think that's a possibility here IMO.

b) - would anyone bail out over an ocean? The only reported incident of anyone bailing out of a civilian airplane was D.B. Cooper and he bailed out of the rear exit of a 727. The 777 doesn't have a rear exit - only doors located in both sides of the fuselage. Some doors are forward of the leading edge of both wings and other doors are forward of the leading edge of both horizontal stabilizers. A person would be struck by either the wings or stabilizers leading edge.
Well, the pilot would have to be conscious (and alive) to override it. That's what I mean by 'something happened' Either he wasn't alive, or he wasn't conscious.

I agree on the bail out and consider it unlikely, but still more probable than a 7 hour suicide with nobody stopping them, just threw it out there as a possibility. My own speculation is that everyone on board was either dead or incapacitated already shortly after the turn and the rest of the flight was as a ghost ship.
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The only reported incident of anyone bailing out of a civilian airplane was D.B. Cooper and he bailed out of the rear exit of a 727.
they fixed that problem on passenger and some cargo 72`s, their is a flap thingy on the skin that covers the door when it is flying, it no longer can be opened in flight with that installed, it was a mod because of DB cooper
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:30 PM   #160
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they fixed that problem on passenger and some cargo 72`s, their is a flap thingy on the skin that covers the door when it is flying, it no longer can be opened in flight with that installed, it was a mod because of DB cooper
Yep - the FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for it. Just a simple piece of metal hinged to the fuselage skin that the airstream pushed into position against the left side of the door so it couldn't open in flight. It went into it's stowed (neutral) position when the airplane was on the ground so the door could be opened. A purely mechanical device.

I don't recall if it even have a cockpit indication light - I think it just worked on it own and couldn't be over ridden.

I don't think the AD was issued against the DC-9/MD-80 airplanes.
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