Bloomberg reports today that there’s a growing belief that the search for Malaysian Airlines MH370 may be off track – because its now being bandied about that one of the pilots may have glided the aircraft into the sea. That means the plane would be around 234 kilometres further South than the search area.
That would account for virtually no debris, and that which has been found was in good shape compared to aircraft that smack into the ocean nose first or at high speed. The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared on March 8 2014, carrying 239 passengers and crew shortly after taking off from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.
This is what we’ve been saying on this blog since the beginning of the mystery two years ago.
It’s quite clear from the evidence that the plane was deliberately flown off track for at least 6 and a half hours. Please see my previous post about this.
There are so many indicators for the scenario outlined in that previous blog to be correct that it’s painful to watch the search going about its business based on a false assumption.
While I believe that eventually the aircraft will be found, I really don’t think the exact cause will ever be known. My blog two years ago outlined why. Here is a short list of what most likely happened.
- An experienced pilot flew MH370 after it changed course between Malaysia and Vietnam.
- The same pilot killed everyone on board by switching off the cabin pressure device which he accessed through a panel behind the cockpit. He would know that there’s an oxygen bottle nearby.
- Those who were incapacitated included the other pilot/s. (BTW at the altitude they were flying – 33000 feet – useful consciousness lasts about 30 seconds so its not hard to knock everyone out before a smartphone call).
- The pilot plotted a course that clearly showed he wanted to ditch the plane as far away as possible from where it was going (Beijing).
- That was to protect his family from harassment, and so that they could claim his life-insurance. If he’d ditched the plane immediately something would have given him away. No plane? No evidence. Insurance doesn’t pay out for suicide.
- The debris located so far is in large pieces. That means the plane could NOT have struck the water at high velocity. Which means the plane most likely glided into the ocean.
- Which means it was under control (an autopilot can’t do a glide into an ocean).
- Which means it was some form of pilot suicide. Why? Please read my blog here.
- If you go investigate the pilot you’ll find that there are quite a few things of interest about his private life, and his views about the Malaysian government.
Pilots get very upset when you make unsubstantiated allegations. However, one of these days, all of us who now believe the plane was glided into the ocean will be found to have been correct. I have nothing against the pilot. These points noted above are purely from a logical appraisal of all the facts. Please feel free to comment or contact me if you think this is spurious.
And the families may have some form of closure. The one thing I’m pretty sure about is that the passengers did not suffer. I believe they went to sleep as the oxygen level suddenly dropped, then died in three minutes which is the survival rate at 33 000 feet without oxygen.