Was Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 hijacked and hidden?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Good afternoon:

For the following reasons, I suspect some persons unknown hijacked MH 370 with the intent of flying the aircraft to a specific destination.

(1) The 14-minute Gap.

CNN reported last night:

An ABC News report added another twist to the mystery Thursday evening. Citing two unnamed U.S. officials, the network said two separate communications systems on the missing aircraft were shut down separately, 14 minutes apart.

The officials told ABC they believe the plane’s data reporting system was shut down at 1:07 a.m. Saturday, while the transponder transmitting location and altitude was shut down at 1:21 a.m.

/snip/

If the plane had disintegrated during flight or had suffered some other catastrophic failure, all signals — the pings to the satellite, the data messages and the transponder — would be expected to stop at the same time.

Now, experts are speculating that a pilot or passengers with technical expertise may have switched off the transponder in the hope of flying undetected.

/snip/

“This is beginning to come together to say that …this had to have been some sort of deliberate act,” ABC aviation analyst John Nance told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

Note from the video that someone familiar with the inside of the Boeing 777-200 would have to have been involved in order to know how to turn off the data reporting system. Curiously, it was turned off before the transponder.

(2) The Emergency Locator Transmitters did not send out an emergency signal.

In the same report, CNN also said,

And there’s another confusing twist. An emergency beacon that would have sent data if the plane was about to impact the ocean apparently did not go off, the official said. The beacons, known as Emergency Locator Transmitters, activate automatically upon immersion in fresh or salt water, but must remain on the surface for a distress signal to transmit.

The failure of the beacon to activate could mean that the plane didn’t crash, that the transmitter malfunctioned, or that it’s underwater somewhere.

(3) The route the aircraft followed.

The Independent reports this morning that two unidentified sources familiar with the investigation provided fresh details on the direction in which the unidentified aircraft was heading.

The sources said it was following aviation corridors identified on maps used by pilots as N571 and P628. These are routes taken by commercial planes flying from Southeast Asia to the Middle East or Europe.

The first two sources said MH370’s last confirmed position was at 35,000 feet about 90 miles (144 km) off the east coast of Malaysia at 1.21am, heading towards Vietnam, near a navigational waypoint called “Igari”.

From there, the plot indicates the plane flew towards a waypoint known as “Gival”, south of the Thai island of Phuket, and was last plotted heading northwest towards another waypoint called “Igrex”, on route P628.

This would take it over the Andaman Islands, which carriers use to fly towards Europe.

The time was then 2.15 am – the same time given by the air force chief on Wednesday.

(4) Radar capability along the route taken by the aircraft is limited.

The Independent reports:

A fourth source familiar with the investigation told Reuters this position marks the limit of Malaysia’s military radar in that region.

ABC News is reporting:

Hishammuddin said Malaysia was asking for radar data from India and other neighboring countries to see if they could trace the plane flying northwest. There was no word Friday that any other country had such details on the plane, and they may not exist.

In Thailand, secondary radar, which requires a signal from aircraft, runs 24 hours a day, but primary surveillance radar, which requires no signal, ordinarily shuts down at night at some locations, said a Royal Thai Air Force officer who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to talk to the media on the issue.

Air Marshal Vinod Patni, a retired Indian air force officer and a defense expert, said radar facilities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands area don’t work around the clock, either.

(5) The Andaman Islands were not the final destination

CNN reports:

Denis Giles, editor of the Andaman Chronicle newspaper, says there’s just nowhere to land such a big plane in his archipelago without attracting notice.

Indian authorities own the only four airstrips in the region, he said.

“There is no chance, no such chance, that any aircraft of this size can come towards Andaman and Nicobar islands and land,” he said.

(6) No indication that the pilot hijacked the flight

CBS News reports that the pilot and copilot are “humble and safety conscious.”

Based on the story, I am not persuaded that the copilot can be ruled out as a potential hijacker.

Conclusion

The circumstantial evidence indicates that more than one person hijacked MH 370. At least one of them would have to have known how to fly the Boeing 777-200, turn off the the plane’s data reporting system at 1:07 am and the transponder at 1:21 am and take advantage of regional radar vulnerabilities.

Other individuals would have to have controlled the passengers or executed them to prevent someone from using their cell phone.

I do not believe the airplane was hijacked just to crash it because there would be no point to continue flying it for four hours.

CNN reports:

James Kallstrom, a former FBI assistant director, said it’s possible the plane could have landed, though he added that more information is needed to reach a definitive conclusion. He referred to the vast search area.
“You draw that arc and you look at countries like Pakistan, you know, and you get into your Superman novels and you see the plane landing somewhere and (people) repurposing it for some dastardly deed down the road,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday.

“I mean, that’s not beyond the realm of realism. I mean, that could happen.”

I fear the worst for the passengers.

My conclusion is just a theory, of course, and we will have to wait and see what happens.

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45 Responses to Was Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 hijacked and hidden?

  1. ron adams says:

    If data is recorded by Rolls Royce (for each engine individually), has RR said anything about WHEN each engine shut down ? Did they stop transmitting data SIMULTANEOUSLY? Or did they “go dead” separately (as if one ran short of fuel a few minutes before the other engine choked) ? Such info needs to be studied from RR (if available). If both engines shut down simultaneously, this suggests a CRASH (on land or water) . If one of the RR engines ran “for some time” when the other engine went dead, this could suggest it ran out of fuel and crashed —- OR —– it landed safely somewhere , and only one engine was used for taxiing . Data from RR would tell the story as to “why” either engine failed. WHERE IS “RR” IN ALL OF THIS !? I’ve heard NOTHING from RR since they told the world that their engines RAN FOR 5+ HOURS after the plane headed east !

  2. Oleand says:

    I had a prophetic dream last night—saw the plane and rescue worker was hugging a passenger–I am a Christian minister/prophet

  3. Now the investigation gets interesting. CIA time.

  4. The PM confirms that the plane changed course as the result of the deliberate action of one or more people on board (i.e., hijacked).

    Satellite data indicates the plane was traveling through 1 of 2 aviation corridors.

    One goes from Northern Thailand to the border of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

    The second goes from Indonesia to the South Indian Ocean.

    The searches in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea will be called off.

    The Malaysian government is calling on the countries in those areas to assist with the search for the missing plane.

    The investigation regarding who is responsible will focus on the passengers and crew.

    The PM took no questions.

    Next presser will be at 5:30 pm local time.

    Questions will be allowed at that time.

    • bettykath says:

      Given the range of the plane (fuel) they could have landed at any number of places. Straight west is Sri Lanka, a bit north is India, further north is Burma (sorry, can’t spell its current name). In order to reach almost any of these places they would also need to know good fuel usage.

  5. Here is your link to the livestream coverage of the presser.

  6. New Development: Malaysia has conceded that Flight MH 370 was hijacked.

  7. New information:

    The Wall Street Journal reported a few minutes ago that only an expert with knowledge of the inner workings of the Boeing 777-20 could have disabled the systems.

    • Oleand says:

      I am suspicious that the Malaysian government SOLD the plane to another country and thus ensued an ocean search to sidetrak the investigation. Is this possible or am I out in “left field”?

  8. WSJ:

    http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304185104579439403486098062-lMyQjAxMTA0MDEwNDExNDQyWj

    All right. Color me Tin Foil Hat. I am having a bit of difficulty getting past the co-pilot’s age. At 27, isn’t it rare, to have enough hours under the belt, to fly a 777?

    • Two sides to a story says:

      A young man with a particular ideology might be willing the spend the years necessary for flight training and working one’s way into a commecial pilot’s position to hijack a plane. So might one willing to be be bribed.

      Then there’s the really tinfoil hat conclusion – in the past, planes and ships have seemingly vanishied from the face of the Earth.

      Prayers to all – may all beings be free from suffering.

    • bettykath says:

      It can be done by someone who really loves flying. The US rule is at least 1500 hours total time plus other requirements (at least 23 years old, ATP school, time in type of aircraft, medical certificate, etc.)

      • Wow, Well, we now know this was deliberate. Question is, a reaction to some bizarre cascading electrical fire, or something else.

        I am guessing the latter, but what in the world would be someone’s ‘end game,’ after mass murder?

        Odd and off topic. One article said the older pilot had a Facebook page. I followed the link, but it went to my own Facebook page. There are quite a few people on my page- I have no idea who they are! I do recognize some family and way back when friends, but then there are these people, they seem nice and all, but I don’t know them. Never cared for FB much anyway.

        • bettykath says:

          You can “unfriend” the ones you don’t know. I’ve unfriended a couple of bigots that were rather nasty, a young woman I didn’t know, and 2-3 former classmates who died.

          • Trained Observer says:

            Facebook does get hacked. Every once in a while I get a “friend request” from someone I’m already “friends” with. That’s a likely if not sure indicator of hack. If you accept the fake request, that can open your page to infiltration from lothers who then can screw up your e-mail. You may want to tighten down on your FB privacy settings.

          • I may just do that. It’s not that anyone is mean, but a couple of them do post a large volume…and I don’t know them at all.

  9. I’ll get to Malaysian Flight #370, but first I still want to know what happened to D.B. Cooper..!

    • Crane and I had a nice cup of coffee with DB and David Lynch at a little town east of Seattle.

      He sends his best wishes.

    • Trained Observer says:

      Was sitting on a MIA tarmac in Miami when an ALM pilot (That’s ALM, not KLM) announced we’d be dalayed waiting for a hydraulic part being driven down from Fort Lauderdale. To pass the time, he entertained passengers with news that this exact plane was the DB had departed from.

      Have also flown Malaysia Airlines, on happily unremarkable routes, other than great food and gorgeous flight attendants.

  10. New fact: The NY Times is reporting that the Malaysian Air Force reported today that aircraft ascended to 45,000 after the last contact with the tower and changed course to the west. This altitude is above the approved limit for the 777-200.

    Then it descended to 23,000 feet as it approached the heavily populated island of Penang. This altitude is below the approved cruising altitude for the aircraft. Then it made a right turn.

    Ergo, someone was flying the plane.

  11. Brandy says:

    Just heard that the Judge for Dunn case agrees to postpone Dunn’s sentencing until after his 2nd trial.

  12. acemayo says:

    One thing for sure the airplane will need an large runway to land
    or field start checking any area that it can land on and also if was
    flying below the radar some would had seem or heard if

  13. Flight MH370 Search from Space

    https://www.mapbox.com/blog/flight-MH370-search-efforts-from-space/

    (hat tip Elliott, Firedoglake, much appreciated)

  14. lyn says:

    Fred, the donation will be coming in on the 4th Wednesday. It sounded crazy to me when I questioned that a possibility yesterday, but not so crazy when Jake says it. I hope those people are on land with their lives.

    • I’m concerned about the passengers too. If this were a piracy, I would have expected a communication from the pirates demanding a large sum of money or else.

      If this were a hijacking to acquire the plane for use at a later time, the passengers would be expendable because they wouldn’t want to house and feed them.

      I fear the absence of a communication suggests the latter.

      • Oleand says:

        A few loved ones of passengers reported getting cell phone calls 2 days later—when replied got cell phone turned off message—are we all ignoring all this? Is FBI/military still searching land? Cell phones still ping even when not in use

  15. Trained Observer says:

    With many passengers aboard no doubt armed with cell phones, you’d think somebody — had their been time — would have cranked out a telling call or SOS text.

    • That’s an interesting point. Can’t recall where I read this, but someone supposedly knowledgeable about cell phones, said ability to call and connect would have been seriously compromised by flying over the ocean or a remote area without cell phone towers.

      Evidently, that describes the areas where the MH 370 traveled.

  16. Malisha says:

    About the airline, though: Is there more information about the other people on board that flight?

  17. acemayo says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/03/14/charges-unlikely-for-houston-dad-accused-shooting-daughters-boyfriend/?intcmp=populardiscussions

    The father said he told the teen not to move, but reportedly saw the teen reach for something, at which point police say the father opened fire. The teen did not have a gun. His daughter later confessed that she snuck her boyfriend, 17, into the house, the report said.

    • Malisha says:

      If the father doesn’t get charged with negligent homicide, then certainly the daughter should get charged with endangerment!

      • Two sides to a story says:

        Both hopefully, but Castle Doctrine will tragically allow it. At least they have to live with themselves the rest of their lives.

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