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Old 03-12-2014, 11:31 AM   #81
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The more we hear about this ever changing event, the more confusing/perplexing it becomes.

Now the search has been expanded to both sides of Malaysia and reports are saying the plane may have been more than 250 miles from its last reported position.
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:07 PM   #82
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At a groundspeed of 500 mph or so (not to be confused with Indicated Airspeed) that would only take 30 minutes and every additional 30 miutes makes the search area enormous.

There are reports on ABC and CBS that the various military authorities are not cooperating fully as they don't want their opposition to know how good their radar systems are. Very short-sighted, IMO, when 240 people are missing, and very poor "community spirit in an emergency".
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:18 PM   #83
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Yes it does. What puzzles me is there's no reports of an emergency signal (s) transmission. These aircraft contain signaling devices in their Flight Data Recorders that send out signals in the event of a crash. Also if the plane went into water AND the passengers had time to put on their life preservers, those life preservers have emergency transmitters that are activated if/when they are submerged in water.

I'm not going to speculate,but like the rest of you,I feel great pain for the survivors families.
No distress signal or call? I'm thinking hi-jacking. Is that unreasonable?
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:30 PM   #84
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Some Chinese web site thinks they spotted the wreckage in China.
Will be hard to tell what happened until the get the black box.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:22 PM   #85
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[QUOTE=bodzcampers;561478]No distress signal or call? I'm thinking hi-jacking. Is that unreasonable?[/QUOTE)

Yes it's possible. This particular 777 was ordered by a foreign airline so I don't know if it's equipped with the improved cockpit door that is required on aircraft operated by U.S.airlines. I'm betting it probably is equipped with such a door,but that's not a question I have the answer to.

But I'm not ready to discount the lack of a signal from the black boxes yet regardless of whether there was an inflight explosion or not. The Flight Data Recorder has its own power supply and should,repeat,should,be "pinging" right now if it's not in the plane.


Plenty of other possiibiles too - Pilot/Co-Pilot suicide ( but why the unexplained turn to the West if one or both wanted to commit suicide?).

Possible structural failure ( I heard from a FAA friend that there's an Airworthiness Directive against some 777's antenna mounting plates) and I don't know if and am not saying it applies to this particular 777.
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Well please post an explanation when one is established. I'll be curious now.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:31 PM   #87
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Well please post an explanation when one is established. I'll be curious now.
Not sure what you mean by an "explanation" here,but like most of the world,we are waiting for the facts to come out.
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The scope of this investigation seems to be getting bigger. Definitely more confusion than yesterday. Engine data seems to be a factor that investigators are going to look into.
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The scope of this investigation seems to be getting bigger. Definitely more confusion than yesterday. Engine data seems to be a factor that investigators are going to look into.
More confusion for sure - reports are speculating that the airplane could possibly had enough fuel to fly to Pakistan. Another report says this might be a trial run for something bigger later on. Questions are being asked regarding what type cargo may be on board.

The list keeps growing. If we can believe what we hear, the FAA and Boeing are saying that the Airworthiness Directive issued against the satellite commutation antenna on some 777's isn't applicable to this particular airplane.
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A question.

How hard would it be to fly a plane like this 777 "under" the radar and land it some place?
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