Monday, March 24, 2014

Now We Know WHERE MH 370 Crashed One Question Remains: WHY?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Now That We Know WHERE MH 370 Crashed One Question Remains: WHY?  The plane literally flew past numerous alternate landing sites on its way to the remotest part of the ocean on the bottom of the world.

Australian, Chinese, and French satellites have found numerous objects that have to be parts of a Boeing 777.   Pilots from Australia and China on their last mission spotted scattered debris in different areas in the far southern Indian Ocean near the “bottom of the world”–a place where debris is rare and doesn’t look like this stuff floating around. Given that reality, the Malaysian government held a news conference and announced that Malaysia Flight 370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean and that there are no survivors. The first retrievals of this debris by ship expected in a few hours should confirm it.

Assuming this debris came from MH370, it is now in thousands of pieces in waters up to 20,000 feet deep. Finding the “black box” is vital to help solve question remaining: WHY did it go to one of the most remote oceans in the world instead of Beijing, China, its destination? Why did it drop down to 12,000 feet (if that report is true) and fly past numerous alternate landing sites on its way to a watery grave? During a two minute turn there was plenty of time for a pilot to issue a “Mayday” on the radio. Even without a working radio it could have landed at an alternate airport as long as the engines were turning.

Look at a world map. The plane ended up almost due directly south from its primary destination (not west, as the news media keeps saying – yes it had turned “west” but then ended up south of Kuala Lumpur, almost 180 degrees opposite.)

It was either a hijacking by someone with pilot skills who wanted to destroy the plane -- or it was caused by a mechanical disaster that somehow incapacitated the pilots yet allowed the plane to remain flying for several hours.  As a pilot who has flown for the Civil Air Patrol (the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force) and has experienced an electrical failure in flight, I can’t think of anything that could create this situation.  Commercial planes have oxygen masks for pilots in event of smoke.

What would keep pilots from giving a radio call of an emergency for an airplane that changed from a northerly flight to Beijing and fly deep into one of the most dangerous oceans on the planet? 

Some speculate there was an onboard fire and the crew was incapacitated from smoke, making it a “zombie flight.” But a fire would have brought the plane down immediately – it would not have flown 7 more hours on autopilot.

Obviously, we won’t know until we get the flight data recorders. This incident has make it clear that we need to update our international flight codes so that it does not take two weeks to locate a missing airliner with hundreds of people onboard, wasting valuable time and resources spent looking in all the wrong places.

That process has just begun. My own experience with an aircraft electrical failure (which ended up saving me from a kidnapping later that day) it in the chapter “Is This the Middle East or East Texas?” in my book “Better Times Ahead April Fool” – The last chapter is “Agenda for American Greatness” – how to make America No. 1 again.

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Michael Fjetland
Global American Values

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