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.
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.
Safe and sound in its shell, the precious pearl is the slave of the currents.