It has been just over a week after the flight disappeared off the face of the earth. Experts are coming with various information on what could have happened to the aircraft. It is certainly unimaginable at this prime of the Modern Age a high-end technological equipment such as a modern Boeing 777-200 model can go completely untraceable into the nothingness, not even leaving a trace where it could have gone.
This disappearance has even started off crazy rumors even went to an extent saying Aliens could have been involved in the hijack. There are a ton more theories which popped up behind the scenes. Right now based on what has already been authentically revealed, we can ascertain that we have right now 3 solid piece of evidence. Based on this we can draw our focus to where it may have gone, and weight the chances the passengers being alive too.
Three solid evidence show the aircraft was purposely taken over
ONE – Transponder
The Transponder is a vital instrument which identifies an aircraft to the ATC radars with various important information like speed, altitude, aircraft type and journey codes etc, and the Transponder in the MH370 was off after one hour in the air. In order for a transponder to malfunction it must have had a power failure. If a power failure occurred it must have caused a great damage to many other instruments as well and also the engines, but we know from the engine pings registered on satellites that the flight was safely on air for at least 4 to 5 hours – this rules out any power failure.
One possibility is that the pilots themselves switched the Transponder off on the Malaysian Airlines MH370, and immediately turned the flight west-wards crossing across the Malaysian peninsula and into the Indian Ocean. In order to do that, someone in the cockpit would have to turn a knob with multiple selections to the off position while pressing down at the same time, said John Goglia, a former member of the National Transportation Safety Board. That’s something a pilot would know how to do, but it could also be learned by someone who researched the plane on the Internet, he said.
TWO – ACARS turned off too
Another clue is that part of the Boeing 777’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was shut off. This system has two parts, and is used to send messages through a satellite or radio to the ground. In the ACARS, the information part of the sending was shut down, but not the transmitting part. Most aircrafts the information part of it can be shut down from the cockpit switching off certain switches in the cockpit in sequence. This is also something a pilot should know how to do, but this could be also discoverd by research on the internet.
Turning off the other part of the ACARS, the transmission part could be done only from underneath the cockpit area and involves a lot of electronics which pilots would not know says Mr. Goglia, an expert in Aircraft Maintenance. And it wasn’t done in the case of the Malaysian Airline MH370 and that’s why the engines continued to ping signals to satellites. The Inmarsat satellite continued to receive blips once in half an hour or one hour for around 4 to 5 hours after the Transponder was went off.
THREE – Guided flight
After the civilian radars lost seeing the Malaysian Airline, military radars continued to see the aircraft as it turned west. The plane was then tracked along a known flight route across the peninsula until it was several hundred miles (kilometres) offshore and beyond the range of military radar. Airliners normally fly from waypoint to waypoint where they can be seen by air traffic controllers who space them out so they don’t collide. These lanes in the sky aren’t straight lines. In order to follow that course, someone had to be guiding the plane, Mr. John Goglia said. Mr. Goglia said he is very skeptical of reports the plane was flying erratically while it was being tracked by military radar, including steep ascents to very high altitudes and then sudden, rapid descents. Without a transponder signal, the ability to track planes isn’t reliable at very high altitudes or with sudden shifts in altitude, he said.
- Aircraft’s Transponder manually switched off, possibly from the cockpit by the pilots
- ACARS was partially turned off – the part that can be turned off from the cockpit, by the pilots
- Military radar picked up the aircraft going on a regular route to the west, which means the flight was guided by someone
- Flight has been flying perfectly well for atleast 4 hours which means no malfunctions.
- Relatives say cellphones rang for few mins
- No debris or crash discovered so far
Could this mean this was a perfectly planned hijack? and the aircraft was landed safely? These are some points to ponder.