H/t reader squodgy:
“Forgetting all the hype and disinfo for a moment, the radar at KL at the time of take off, clearly showed the plane travelling NNE for about an hour before suddenly going off.
Clearly, it must have crashed there (which it obviously didn’t), or the transponder failed (which never happens).
Therefore it was switched off somehow, but why?
Evidence from Rolls Royce & Classic Aero confirm the plane carried on for 5 hours, coincidentally putting Diego Garcia in its range.
We are told the pilot had sophisticated Flight Simulation programmes on his home PC for landing a 777 at DG.
If the Black Box is really in the Southern Indian Ocean, then with all the so-called satellite technology, why has it taken so long to find it? Could it be that it is JUST the black box and no plane because the plane has been dumped elsewhere?
It will be interesting to see how this ‘search’ develops and what ‘moon landing’ special effects movies will be dished out to show us all the ‘official’ report on how and where it disappeared.
I am reminded of Flight TWA 800 off Long Island, Flight Pan Am 103.”
– As pings fade, Malaysia jet search remains massive task (USA Today, April 12, 2014):
Search crews worked Saturday to capture any final pings from the data recorder thought to belong to the missing Malaysian jet as the signals slowly faded, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on the final day of his trip to China.
Abbott said the signals, critical in narrowing the search area, were “rapidly failing” and high-tech detection instruments had captured no new pings since Tuesday. The batteries in the data recorder are designed to last about a month.
Triangulation of the four pings captured so far had narrowed the search area to 500 square miles in the southern Indian Ocean, a swath of seabed the size of Los Angeles and nearly 3 miles deep.
With those parameters, Abbott said, the search is a “massive, massive task” that is likely to take a long time. Abbott said, however, that he remained confident that the signals did come from the “black box” data recorder belonging to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 with 239 people aboard.
“No one should underestimate the difficulties of the task still ahead of us,” he said.
A U.S. Navy ping locator towed by the Australian ship Ocean Shield detected two signals a week ago and another two on Tuesday.
After the searchers narrow down the data recorder’s location as much as possible, they will send a slow-moving robotic submersible, the Bluefin 21, to probe for the wreckage. It could take up to two months for the device to search the current, 500-mile zone.