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Steve Breen

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  1. ODon

    ODon said, 9 months ago

    “It’s (not) a small world after all.”

  2. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    When I lived in Colorado there were small aircraft that would disappear into the mountains never to be seen again. This is beginning to look more and more like a hijack. I would not be too surprised to find out it is sitting on a runway somewhere.

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

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

    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.

  4. Benny Green

    Benny Green said, 9 months ago

    @John B: I do believe the US Government knows where it is. They just don’t want to tip their hand at how proficient they are at spying.

  5. Stipple

    Stipple said, 9 months ago

    Five hours after the transponder was turned off the engines continued to “ping” a signal. That signal went off when the engines stopped.
    Five hours, the plane is safe on the ground within 2500 miles from where it left.
    Now China is waiting for the contact about where their citizens are.

    I personally would not like China angry at me, I expect sadness for the hijackers.

  6. Stipple

    Stipple said, 9 months ago

    I’ sure it was figured out the second day, but what to do?
    Keep looking while the waiting is going on and hope for luck.
    Not much else in the way of choice.

  7. lonecat

    lonecat said, 9 months ago

    This may be a good time to practice saying, “I don’t know.” It’s interesting to speculate, but when there isn’t enough evidence, speculation is just speculation.

  8. nate9279

    nate9279 said, 9 months ago

    @CCNJ's say the sky is falling

    not funny. Check out the pictures of family members sobbing at the Beijing airport and then reconsider whether you have the luxury to make light of the situation.

  9. Stipple

    Stipple said, 9 months ago

    @lonecat

    “I don’t know”

    Not its destination but we do know for certain it did not crash anywhere near it’s flight path and it did indeed fly for more than another four hours.
    In light of these facts it would be disingenuous to pretend it is the result of random events.
    Communication among the primaries may be going on at the same time all knowledge is being denied. This would be safest for the captives.

    But correct, we do not know the full story, only the prologue.

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, 9 months ago

    @Stipple

    I’m not saying nobody knows, just that I don’t know. People find it very easy to jump to conclusions with insufficient evidence. I have that impulse myself, but over the years I have tried to teach myself to say “I don’t know” when I don’t know.

  11. lbalch798

    lbalch798 said, 9 months ago

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

    So type up your movie script fast, I’m sure your ideas will be a movie of the week before the true fate of these passengers is known.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 9 months ago

    @nate9279

    You’re wasting your bandwidth. This is the same person who today posted that people should just get AIDS and die.

  13. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, 9 months ago

    I think that beings from outside our solar system flew over the plane. They dropped an electromagnetic field around the plane so that’ll all communications were cut off and then they drew the plane up into their spacecraft to take them to a galaxy far far away.

  14. crabbyrino

    crabbyrino GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    Bermuda Triangle?

  15. Stipple

    Stipple said, 9 months ago

    The governments entities involved finally went public with the scenario I outlined.
    Really, common sense allows for no other possibility. Air transportation was my career
    Give me sarcasm when I pretend to knowledge about bridge sabotage.

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