When I posted the above on Twitter a couple of days ago,
I expected that the plane would have been found by now.
Then these reports surfaced today:
6:07 PM – 03/11/2014
Did The Missing Plane Turn Off Transponder?
From the NYT:
Mikael Robertsson, the co-founder of Flightradar24, said the transponder
on the jet never sent a signal to that receiver, which means that if the
plane did fly that way, its transponder had either been knocked out of
service by damage or had been shut off.
“We see every aircraft that flies over there, even if it’s very, very low, so
if it flew over there, the transponder was off,” he said.
A pilot can turn off the transponder, Mr. Robertsson said, and the fact that
the last contact from the Malaysia Airlines flight’s transponder came at
roughly the same time that the cockpit crew stopped communicating with
ground controllers by radio suggests that that is what happened, Mr.
Robertsson said. “I guess to me it sounds like they were turned off
The plane disappeared from Flightradar24’s tracking system at 1:21 a.m.
Saturday while flying at 35,000 feet over the Gulf of Thailand; Malaysia
Airlines has said that the last radio communication with the pilots was at
about 1:30 a.m., but has not given a precise time.
Read more here.
The 777 has two transponders - so a spontaneous failure of both unitsLast updated: 11 March 2014, 16:38 GMT
Missing airliner 'changed course'
The Malaysian military claims it has radar evidence showing that the
missing Boeing 777 plane changed course and made it to the Malacca
Local newspaper Berita Harian quoted Malaysian air force chief General
Rodzali Daud as saying radar at a military base had detected the airliner
near Pulau Perak, at the northern approach to the strait. A high-ranking
military official involved in the investigation confirmed the report and also
said the aircraft was believed to be flying low.... http://rlu.ru/MJU
which somehow leaves the plane still flying is an extremely remote possibility.
This plane may have been blown up, or more likely shot down
-and the haphazard search and many conflicting reports smell of
a Malayan cover-up possibly leading us away from a debris field.