Apr. 9, 2014

search will not provide answers for 370

Now that the search for the missing Flight 370 has passed the one month mark, I continue to wonder how and why some "experts" come to their conclusions. Reflecting on what is known, one can narrow the possibilities down to just one thing...a planned and well executed hijacking that was likely a dry run to see exactly what capabilities the various countries involved in the search really have. No need for spying to obtain the data, simply turn on cable news and let the pundits do the work! Since no debris has been found or washed up anywhere, a controlled water landing (miracle on the Hudson) is perhaps one of the few viable explanations. If the plane was commandeered by one or both pilots (or intruders), taken to the limits of its altitude capability after advising anyone still awake at 1:00 a.m. to "please turn off all electronic devices as we are experiencing severe navigational problems...", followed by a rapid decompression of the passenger compartment to kill all passengers and attendants, then a drop in altitude to avoid detection by any ground radar, following which the plane continued it's "dry run" to the deepest area of the ocean off Australia. A flight to the north is still possible, of course, but highly unlikely as the airspace of countries along such a route would likely pick up an "intruder" violating or approaching the airspace of a country with nuclear capability. If they were not able to detect an intruder, the world's safety from that standpoint is certainly suspect. Another factor against that scenario is fuel consumption as going up and down in altitude burns large amounts of fuel and then going back up to clear terrain leaves little or no reserves to reach a country like Pakistan, the popular destination for those believing this possibilty. Now that attention is directed to the southern route with the recent "ping" data, false hopes have again been raised.  Sonar readings and detection of the location of "pings" is remarkably affected by thermoclines, something none of the "experts" have discussed. In WWII, the thermoclines were used by submarines to hide, mask, or misdirect "pings" that were being used to track them.  The reverse is also true in that a "ping" orginating from the ocean floor can travel many miles and be deflected by the thermoclines.  Although we hope for the best, the reality is that the pings may have come from somewhere other than where they are now looking.  It is hoped that sincere efforts are underway to address all the issues brought up to prevent losing another aircraft in the future under similar circumstances. If another loss were to occur in the next several years, a far more dangerous situation is likely to be the end result.