Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Malaysia Flight Probably Has A Good Explaination

I've been reading about "conspiracies" like the Illuminati, Bilderberg, Skull and Bones, Kennedy Assassination, 9/11, and so on for more than a decade. There's a lot of good information, a lot of disinformation, and a lot off bullshit involved.

Use most of those words, and people accuse you of being a "conspiracy theorist". I'm sure most people who use those words together have no idea what either word means.

But then, when other things happen, the same people who say "there's no such thing as conspiracies" go batshit with stupid theories and speculation.

When the Malaysia Airlines plan disappeared, Facebook was filled with stupid memes like "They can track your phone, but they can't find a plane?"

Then people start going nuts with silly ideas like it was hijacked, the pilots killed each other, and so on.

But it probably has a VERY simple explanation.

According to a pilot who's article was republished by Wired, it was probably a fire.

The left turn is the key here. Zaharie Ahmad Shah1 was a very experienced senior captain with 18,000 hours of flight time. We old pilots were drilled to know what is the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us, and airports ahead of us. They’re always in our head. Always. If something happens, you don’t want to be thinking about what are you going to do–you already know what you are going to do. When I saw that left turn with a direct heading, I instinctively knew he was heading for an airport. He was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi, a 13,000-foot airstrip with an approach over water and no obstacles. The captain did not turn back to Kuala Lampur because he knew he had 8,000-foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier toward Langkawi, which also was closer.

The profile of the flight and events we know all fit the profile of a fire on board the plan. They start shutting off circuit breakers in an effort to isolate affected systems, smoke fills the cabin, you can't go on oxygen with a fire on board, and eventually everybody succumbs to smoke and dies. The autopilot does its job and flies the plane as long as there if fuel on board and the control systems aren't affected by the fire.

The pilot suspects a landing gear fire, which happens occasionally. An underinflated landing gear and a takeoff roll on a hot runway can cause the gear to catch on fire.

It's all very simple.

As for why they can't track the phones on board, well, phones don't work in salt water. And while the Cockpit Voice Recorder and Flight Data Recorder are built tough, there are some crashes that render them inoperable and unrecoverable.
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