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Posted on 03/13/2014 1:52:00 PM PDT by blam
US Investigators Think Missing Plane Might Have Been Stolen To Use Later For Another Purpose
March. 13, 2014, 11:06 AM
U.S. investigators suspect that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours after it reached its last confirmed location, according to Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal originally reported that they obtained data from the aircraft's engines, but then issued a correction saying that U.S. investigators based their position on "an analysis of signals sent through the planes satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of some onboard systems."
Satellites picked up 'electronic pings' from the flight after it lost contact, Reuters reports.
Malaysian authorities immediately rebutted the initial report, but have not provided any new information about the fate of the flight. Today, the country's minister of defense and acting minister of transport said the plane simply "vanished."
CNN Chief International correspondent Jim Sciutto reports that the "pings" of engine data, radar data, and fuel range have led the U.S. to alter their search to the Indian Ocean.
The primary scenarios of what happened remain a possible hijacking, action by rogue crew, or some sort of catastrophic mechanical failure.
One person tracking the probe told The Journal that U.S. counterterrorism officials are actively pursuing the notion that the plane was diverted "with the intention of using it later for another purpose."
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Interesting about the engine communication links.
Perhaps it can’t be turned off from the cockpit?
Big data...it’s everywhere....
Yeah...there is absolutely no way this story can be spun to have a good ending.
At best the ending is horrible. At worst...I cannot think of a word to describe really, really, horrible.
When that south American plane went down a few years ago, there was similar telemetry that was transmitted by the subsystems on the plane. I think the government officials that are in charge know a lot more than they let on.
I wouldn’t read a lot into this. The US employs people who are very, very good at coming up with hypothetical, outside thebox scenarios to make sure that all options are being considered and planned for. This is a good thing, especially after 9-11.
We’re probably just seeing one of these implausible but still possible scenarios leak out.
Sort of like if the US plan to go to war with and invade Canada were to be leaked.
“I think the government officials that are in charge know a lot more than they let on.”
I think you are right. Hopefully the plane landed somewhere else. If so there may be plans in the works.
It’s a system on the newer aircraft. It’s supposed to help the maintenance folks get ready before the plane lands. It speeds up the troubleshooting process and don’t have to rely on debriefing the crew. At least that is the idea behind it. I went to a Boeing class (more of an advertising deal) about it but never actually saw the system in operation.
Someone landed a plane on a runway at least a mile long, dumped 230+ bodies and rebadged a jumbo jet?
No one noticed or will?
Some people get paid by the word.
“counterterrorism officials are actively pursuing the notion that the plane was diverted “with the intention of using it later for another purpose.””
Charlie Castillo, pick up the white courtesy phone.
I'm pretty sure it can't be turned off from anywhere in the cabin. You're probably have to be inside the engine to turn it off. Why would they put a kill switch on a system like that?
My SIL works on these (Trent engines) at RR.
So far he’s ignoring my subpoena, LOL.
If the target is Israel and the passengers are still on the plane, that makes for one heck of a catch-22...