By Jerry Gordon:
When we posted on the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370, we speculated that the Boeing 777 -200ER Aircraft with 239 souls on board, including 12 crew, might have been a criminal act perpetrated by a trained terrorist or a suicidal pilot, as was the case with the tragic 1999 Egyptian Air Flight 990. At that time we noted that the aircraft had been picked up by Malaysian military radar on a flight path 200 miles northwest of Penang in the Malacca Straits. Experienced aircraft accident investigators dismissed that alleged debris in the South China Sea, detected from satellite imagery by the Chinese civil aviation authorities, were too large to result from impact. The relatively shallow sea depth is less than 150 feet.
The latest Malaysian civil aviation authority press conference has confirmed that the 180 degree u turn was the result of a deliberate action by technically competent perpetrators or perhaps akin to Egyptian Flight 990, either the Malaysian Air Flight Captain or his co-Pilot. The radar and automated air control system pings detected via Inmarsat, PLC appeared to corroborate a new flight path that could follow waypoints used for international flights from Kuala Lumpur to the Middle East. After all Malaysia is a predominately Muslim country with significant minority overseas Chinese and Indians. Thus, the Middle East flight may have been the traditional air route for Muslim pilgrims on the obligatory Haj to Mecca. The new analysis by both US and Malaysian experts suggesting possible flight paths across the Andaman Sea and Indian Ocean or due south of the Malacca Straits across the Aceh peninsula of Indonesia skirting the Australian coast west of Perth may confine the search areas looking for debris. Unlike the shallow South China Sea, the Indian Ocean depths with trenches at more than 33,000 feet in places would make spotting debris difficult and would likely mask any pings from aircraft flight recorders.
Watch this CNN report on questions regarding the flight crew of Malaysian Air Flight 370:
There may be the increasing likelihood that Flight 370, despite its violent maneuvers after seizure of the controls, ranging as high as 45,000 feet in altitude to a low of 23,000 feet, flew on for upwards of six plus hours. That would have placed the flight within possible landing fields that could accommodate the Boeing wide body jet. The Boeing 777 200ER at takeoff carries more than 31,000 pounds of aviation fuel which itconsumes at an hourly rate of 2,100 pounds. That gives Flight 370 a possible range of over 5,200 miles. The aircraft requires a takeoff distance of 10,000 feet with a full load of both fuel and passengers.
Former USAF General Thomas McInerny suggested on a Fox News report that the perpetrators may have been heading to landing fields and areas in Pakistan or Iran, given the operating characteristics of the Boeing 777. He told Fox News, “I could envision that terrorists could use it, fill it up with explosives, and attack a U.S. aircraft carrier.”“Put on board a nuclear weapon – a prototype on it – hit Israel, the United States.”
Read more at New English Review including some history on terrorism activities in the region and Malaysia.
- UPDATE: Malaysian #MH370 Pilot Was Political Fanatic – Attended Trial of Opposition Leader Hours Before Flight (gatewaypundit.com)
- Did The Malaysian Airliner Land? Here Are Possible Runways (npr.org)
Malaysia Air MH370: Possible Sabotage, Explained (wsj.com/video)
Here’s how we know MH370 kept flying for hours (washingtonpost.com)