Skip to comments.MH370: Plane Deliberately Set on Autopilot 'West of Sumatra' When it Ran Out of Fuel and Crashed
Posted on 06/26/2014 9:53:10 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was "highly likely" on autopilot when it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean, Australian researchers have said.
A new search area for the missing Boeing 777 plane has been announced by the Australian government ....
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Trust confirmed the search will move further south to an area 1,800km (1,100 miles) off the western coast of Australia....
An expert group has reviewed the existing information on MH370, revealing that is it probable that the plane was on autopilot when it ended its flight.
Truss said it was "highly, highly likely that the aircraft was on autopilot" when it went down.
"Otherwise it could not have followed the orderly path that has been identified through the satellite sightings," he told reporters.
Martin Dolan, commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is leading the search, said the plane was believed to have been deliberately set to autopilot "somewhere off the western tip of Sumatra" - although the exact point at which it was set is unknown.
The assessment was based on the understanding that the plane flew on a straight path.
"Certainly for its path across the Indian Ocean we are confident that the aircraft was operating on autopilot until it went out of fuel," he said.
A 64-page report revealed at a press conference on Thursday revealed the search would now be covering up to 60,000 square kilometres along narrow arc in the Indian Ocean, which has been identified as the most likely resting place of MH370.
"The new priority area is still focused on the seventh arc, where the aircraft last communicated with satellite.
"We are now shifting our attention to an area further south along the arc based on these calculations."
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The Aussies and Malaysians want to have their cake and eat it too.
It could not have flown a straight path at a fixed speed on autopilot, hitting those hourly Inmarsat ping arcs on schedule, no matter how many "highly"s he wants want to use.
The fix is in -- the autopilot had better get himself a good lawyer.
Pilots don’t hand fly jets anymore except on take off and landing. Once on course it’s all autopilot so the idea that the pilot deliberately put it on autopilot is suspicious reporting. MHO
So, what’s this, the 8th “official” story on what happened to the flight?
Read: "We don't have a clue what happened."
They keep us hopping from one foot to the other, until the Malaysian 777 crashes into NYC packed w/crude radiological material or carries an EMP over CONUS.
The Inmarsat arcs are here and the new search area about S32E96:
and where the red and yellow flight paths intersect here is that place referred to as “somewhere off the western tip of Sumatra” where the autopilot was engaged:
I knew he looked shady.................
They would have better luck catching the hobo in mid air on AF 1 than at the white hut.
Not if he wanted to kill himself and everyone else as well. ...
Could it be highly likely that we will never find the plane but that it will find us, some day?
Yep, show me the wreckage or shut-up!
He didn’t have to commit suicide. His brain exploded as he tried to figure out what fixed speed to set the autopilot on so the plane could hit those tricky Inmarsat arcs on an hourly schedule to the hinterlands:
Thing is the plane should have been on autopilot all along. My guess he hand flew it into the ocean just like that B767 of Egypt Air off Long Island.
Thing is the plane should have been on autopilot all along. My guess he hand flew it into the ocean just like that B767 of Egypt Air off Long Island. You don’t put it on autopilot if you intend to crash it.
“orderly path” on autopilot through those Inmarsat arcs — who are they kidding???
You must not believe the satellite data. That data is ambiguous in only two areas. Based on what I have read here is what I believe.
1. The plane could have flown a northern route and magically avoided many radar systems or a southern route where it would not pass any surveillance radars. The satellite system cannot on its own resolve that ambiguity. But it rules out any other routes.
2. Since the satellite system is a time of arrival system there is an error margin on the actual location of the aircraft for each data point. It is probable that taking the speed of the aircraft into consideration would reduce the size of these error margins. Drawing a line north to south through the center points of the error circles/ellipses for each data point will show the most likely northern and southern routes.
What this article says is that, even considering the error margins, the range of possible paths appear to look like the aircraft was on autopilot. That would apply to either a northern or southern route. The lack of radar detection makes the southern route the obvious choice.
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