Missing flight story

What do you think happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

I see a crowd source link to: http://www.smh.com.au/world/search-for-malaysia-airlines-plane-turns-to-crowdsourcing-for-clues-20140311-34ja9.html
But I haven't been able to get it to work.

Comment by Warren on March 11, 2014 at 5:46pm

I'm guessing the site is overloaded. But I for one would like to try to search for it.

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on March 11, 2014 at 6:42pm

What do you think happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

My guess is that it was a catastrophic electrical failure. The transponder, radio communications, flight instruments and other electrical controls abruptly quit working. The pilot, blind and in the dark, turns back, perhaps trying to navigate by the stars. He sees indications of lights on land below but these disappear unexpectedly when he flies back over the sea. (The Island is narrower on the northern side.) The pilot, now lost and disoriented, drops below 29,000 feet and off the radar, either for lack of working instruments or perhaps in an attempt to regain sight of the ground.

After that it's anybody's guess. The pilot could have changed course, aiming farther south, or kept going, possibly passing over Indonesia, until another failure or pilot error sent the plane down. It could be anywhere, possibly in the southern Java Sea or even in the Indian Ocean.

This doesn't seem like terrorism, at least so far. It's just too quiet and subtle of an event, and nobody has stepped forward to claim responsibility for it.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 11, 2014 at 7:12pm

@Gallup - that sounds like a summary for some documentaries I've seen on planes that have vanished.  In one case, a few military fighters vanished and then a search plane vanished as well.  It took like 30 years but someone reviewed the recordings and surmised that conditions led to both the fighter group and the search plane following a signal from the wrong ground base, one that was beyond their fuel range.

Comment by _Robert_ on March 11, 2014 at 7:33pm

Since the B777 is quad redundant fly-by-wire, there are multiple power busses and backup auxiliary power generators, and battery backups. There are also mechanical horizontal situation indicating instruments and barometric altimeters, and a galvanic compass. Crews often carry hand held GPS as well.

It's all conjecture at this point, but I'm thinking fire and/or a smoke filled cockpit or something even more sinister.

Comment by Warren on March 11, 2014 at 9:01pm

Update, I got it to work but I can't use  my Linux Mint desktop computer, it just bogs it down too much. It works fine with WinXP

Comment by Unseen on March 12, 2014 at 12:00am

Bungled terrorism is possible, which explains why no terrorist claims have been made.

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on March 12, 2014 at 10:54am

This is getting nuttier every day. Now the Malaysian officials are saying they don't know whether or not they tracked one aircraft or two different ones on radar. They're not even sure if they're looking in the right places.

The authorities in Malaysia acknowledged Wednesday that they had detected radar signals showing what could be the country’s missing airliner veering sharply off course and hundreds of miles away from its last known position but failed to disclose the data for four days even as they struggled to interpret it.

Officials said they had given the radar data to American investigators who would assist in helping to determine whether the radar blips were likely to have come from the missing Boeing 777, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

“Today we are still not sure that it is the same aircraft,” Hishammuddin Hussein, the country’s defense minister, told reporters. “That is why we are searching in two areas.”

Malaysian officials previously said they had evidence that the plane had possibly attempted to “turn back,” but they had not detailed the extent of military radar records until Wednesday. A Malaysian newspaper article on Tuesday reported the existence of military radar data, but the air force had described that as “misreporting.”
(Source: NY Times.)

Note: The red outlines indicate the search areas.

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on March 12, 2014 at 11:14am

In other news:

The Malaysian government has enlisted popular shaman Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP to aid in the search.

Today Shaman Njujum performed a ritual with two coconuts, a "magic" stick, a wicker basket, and Zamzam water which he says will help locate the missing 777 airliner. For some reason, a similar ritual he performed on Monday using bamboo binoculars and fishing gear did not seem to have any effect.

The shaman claims he's driving away evil spirits that make the search harder. (And you know that's true, because there's no way a holy man would ever exploit an international crisis to bolster his personal fame.)

Relax people. Our worries are over!

 

Comment by Warren on March 12, 2014 at 5:15pm

the chinese think they might have found the crash site

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