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Re: Flight 370

Postposted on Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:24 am

Makes sense to me. All these wild theories.......
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Re: Flight 370

Postposted on Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:26 am

tanker27 wrote:Makes sense to me. All these wild theories.......

The only problem is that the supposed path for the fire theory doesn't match the two arcs plotted from the last SATCOM ping.
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Re: Flight 370

Postposted on Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:42 am

ludi wrote:Possible bad news for the conspiracy theorists: an experienced pilot decided to try out Occam's Razor and came up with this theory at Wired Magazine, suggesting that the cause was simply a landing gear fire mistaken for an electrical fire, or else an actual electrical fire, and that everything following is consistent with an emergency landing attempt that was derailed when the flight crew was overcome with toxic smoke.


I read the article and found where Mr. Goodfellow says:

Chris Goodfellow wrote:Evidently the ACARS went inoperative some time before. Disabling the ACARS is not easy, as pointed out. This leads me to believe more in an electrical problem or an electrical fire than a manual shutdown. I suggest the pilots probably were not aware ACARS was not transmitting.
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Not sure about this -- the images posted by SecretSquirrel seem to imply that this system can be accessed without much trouble?

Also, for whatever the opinion of another "experienced" pilot on the internet is worth, someone wrote a rebuttal of Mr. Goodfellow's points.

Until more evidence is found/shared with the public, we're destined to be stuck in the theory->debunk->theory... loop.
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Re: Flight 370

Postposted on Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:16 am

Australia has satellite images showing something, but we will have to wait and see if it is wreckage of the plane or some other debris in the ocean.
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Re: Flight 370

Postposted on Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:20 am

A lot of news outlets are already jumping the gun and are calling it the wreckage of the plane.
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Re: Flight 370

Postposted on Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:26 pm

And it was nothing
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Re: Flight 370

Postposted on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:29 am

All the available evidence now points to an emergency on board the plane, a sharp turn and rapid decent back towards Malaysia.

An under inflated tire could have easily caught fire on takeoff. This was a hot evening with a long runway and heavy load. A slow burning tire can create a lot of incapacitating smoke. Passengers may have alerted flight attendants something was wrong. The pilots donned oxygen masks as visibility diminished. The captain flew the plane while the co-pilot ran down an emergency checklist including pulling circuit breakers to isolate the problem.

This happened before on a Nigerian DC8. Just like this flight, it took an hour for the smoke to reach the cabin. Pilots never made communication with the ground. They are taught to aviate, navigate then communicate.

This captain knew instinctively where to land. He was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi, a 13,000-foot airstrip with an approach over water and no obstacles. The captain did not turn back to Kuala Lampur because he knew he had 8,000-foot ridges to cross. The captain did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make an immediate turn to the closest, safest airport. Thai and Malaysian military radar showed the plane turned back, fisherman saw a large plane flying low in that direction, and Vietnamese radar never picked up the plane.

Unfortunately the pilots were overtaken by smoke before they could land the plane. The tire burned itself out. The plane continued on autopilot until it ran out of gas as confirmed by satellite data. We wouldn't have all these assets searching the Indian Ocean if we weren't sure about the location. The US probably has more information that corroborated this route than they disclosed. I feel bad for the families of the pilots. These guys did everything they could to save the plane and passengers. Until we find something to prove otherwise, we should give them the benefit of the doubt.
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