Nick Anderson by Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 9 months ago

    I guess leaders raised in Malaysia are similar to leaders raised in Indonesia…..

  2. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 9 months ago

    I imagine the Malaysian government’s level of [in]competence is on par with most others I’ve observed, be it in Asia , Africa, Europe or the Americas when surrounded by a lot of media hype, especially those governments not used to intense media frenzy and lack the PR savvy skills of some nations.

  3. mrs1wing

    mrs1wing GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    This is too sad to make further pointed insults at what most of the world probably suspects. We are talking about a planeload of humanity. Surely, you can satirize some other topic? Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should, Mr. Anderson.

  4. Baslim the beggar says, "Vanished is not vanquished."

    Baslim the beggar says, "Vanished is not vanquished." GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    I think it also reflects that this is not the standard scenario of an airplane crashing. Mostly those happen on take-off or landing. There have also been false leads like the Chinese satellite images, etc.

    I now believe the plane was diverted, and that it was action in the cockpit that led to this.

    I start with the fact that the last known radio contact happened when the Malaysian Air Traffic Control told the pilots that they were to be handed off to Vietnamese Air Traffic Control. I don’t have the air traffic control charts for that area, but I would guess that there may be some separation between the two control areas. Even if not, the pilots would have to switch frequencies to contact the Vietnamese controllers. They would switch off the frequency for Malaysia.

    Now generally, the transponder codes may also be reset once you have contacted the new controller. So the Malaysian controller would see the original transponder signal go off and not be the wiser. Presumably at that point the plane is well outside the Malaysian controllers field of interest, and his/her attention would be elsewhere.

    So at this point the plane could drop off of standard air traffic control. A good radar could still track it. Whoever was in the cockpit may not have known or perhaps not cared about military radars. So the plane could have, as the military radar noted, turned west. Now generally, the military likes to get a ping back from the transponder, so the plane was probably indicating a civilian aircraft.

    As long as the aircraft stayed away from military airspace, the military would not have paid too much attention. Any such airspace is marked on the aeronautical charts.

    I suspect that those in the cockpit disabled passengers by causing the cabin to depressurize. The oxygen masks would drop, and passengers would essentially be immobile, forced to stay with a mask. It would also interfere with their ability to use cell phones, but not texting, etc. So it is likely that they were out of cell phone service coverage, The cockpit personnel may have also said not to use them because of some problem with the aircraft. They could have explained the turn to the west as necessary to reach a place to land.

    I am not sure if those in the cockpit could disable the oxygen, nor how long it would last if not disabled. But eventually, they would be out of range of radar, cell phones etc.

  5. SpicyNacho

    SpicyNacho GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    Nick had to fight the urge to draw an elephant or a tea bag on the person’s head I’m sure.

  6. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, 9 months ago

    Your one trick pony is getting boring.

  7. SABRSteve

    SABRSteve said, 9 months ago

    @Gypsy8

    Yes, but true.

  8. Stipple

    Stipple said, 9 months ago

    @SABRSteve

    Gotta disagree about your calling his only having a one trick pony true.

    With his fixation on Hillary he is working both ends of the pony.


    Not much of a trick.

  9. Stipple

    Stipple said, 9 months ago

    @SABRSteve

    Gotta disagree about your calling his only having a one trick pony true.

    With his fixation on Hillary he is working both ends of the pony.


    Not much of a trick.

  10. cjr53

    cjr53 said, 9 months ago

    Interesting Baslim. Thanks for the theory.
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    I was guessing there was a mechanical problem.
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    Regardless of why, change over from one air traffic controller to another would be a good time to drop out of sight to heighten the mystery.

  11. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 9 months ago

    Isn’t Obama to blame?

  12. n1hnr94

    n1hnr94 said, 9 months ago

    All the facts are not known yet and you are calling the Malaysian government incompetent? I am sure you can find something else to draw, like an impatient Mr. Anderson

  13. wbr

    wbr said, 9 months ago

    i understand jack shephard and hurley reyes was on the plane

  14. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 9 months ago

    NeoconMan said, about 10 hours ago
    @Tigger
    Tigger said, “… indicated this was a hijacking.”

    Indeed, it was. And it’s all Obama’s fault.——————————————————————-
    See the first comment.

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