Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 16, 2014 17:11:35 GMT 12
The picture here is all starting to become clear now. The latest (and seemingly likely) theory is the captain went off his rocker and hijacked his own plane as a protest or reaction to the jailing of Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibraham that same day as the flight. The pilot had been a staunch supporter of Ibraham and had attended the trial that day when the sentencing was handed down, just before he got on the plane. Witnesses say he was very angry at the court ruling.
BTW, I think the reason there are two red arcs in the map with rings from the satellite (rather than one continuous arc) is that if it was in the 'missing' middle section, then it would have been detected by the satellite over the Pacific. See map at /photo/1
KUALA LUMPUR - Amid intensifying calls for Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down to take responsibility for mishandling the missing flight MH370 crisis, and after days of secretly holding the doomed pilot's laptop, the Malaysian authorities have suddenly 'loosened' their lips in what appears to be a bid to draw in and tarnish Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
The 66-year-old Anwar is Najib's political arch rival, and who the day before the plane went missing on Saturday, had been convicted and jailed on sodomy charges that many have opined were manifestly trumped up by the Najib regime.
In fact when the news of the missing airplane first broke, political cynics had privately termed the tragedy as a 'Godsend' for the 60-year-old PM, who stood to face a crippling backlash from the Malay community, the country's predominant electorate, for resorting to 'political dirty tricks' to shut out another Malay leader.
However, the fire could not be contained and the MH370 tragedy may instead sound the political death knell for Najib himself. Expected to resign shortly, there is concern that Najib was trying to deflect blame and further smear his political nemesis on the way out from power.
Najib to step down soon
Over the past three days, rumours of Najib's imminent resignation had turned red-hot and political watchers from his Umno party told Malaysia Chronicle that he had been 'forced' to agree to give up his post following tremendous pressure from party seniors, and would announce his decision soon.
Meanwhile, the UK's Mail on Sunday reported the Malaysian police were investigating the possibility that the pilot of missing Flight MH370 had hijacked his own aircraft in a bizarre political protest. ...
Post by baronbeeza on Mar 16, 2014 21:55:42 GMT 12
No doubt we will be hearing more of this sort of thing in the coming weeks. I have not worked on B777 aircraft but by all accounts the Equipment Compartment is not secure. I have been involved in several mods to beef up the cabin entry door on a few airliners and I am struggling to come to terms with this one. Commonsense has to be telling us something here.
The authorities may also be looking at an aviation engineer who was among the passengers. The New Straits Times, a newspaper published in Malaysia, interviewed a man who said that his son, an aircraft engineer, had been on the flight en route to China to work on Malaysia Airlines planes. The son, Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, was identified on the passenger manifest as a 29-year-old Malaysian. A company spokeswoman said early Sunday that the passenger was an employee of a private-jet firm, not Malaysia Airlines.
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 19, 2014 13:34:05 GMT 12
There must be a heck of a lot of diplomacy going on between all the nations to try to get them to reveal how far and how low/high their top secret military radar systems are looking. I can see why there's a big delay in some cases, you would not want all your neighbours knowing how far you are spying on them.