March 14th, 2014
01:13 PM ET

Was Missing Malaysian Flight Stolen?

Science writer Jeff Wise considers a new theory in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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  1. Joe Purcell

    I just read a theory regarding Flight 370 that just seems to make a lot of sense. At the point that the transponder signal was lost, the crew had become aware of a fire and began to pull circuit breakers in an attempt to put it out. That (or the fire itself) could disable the transponder and other electronic systems. The crew then programed the autopilot to fly to a suitable airport ( Palau Langkawi, a 13,000-foot airport with an approach over water and no obstacles). The crew was then overcome by smoke, but the plane continued to fly in the programed direction until it was compromised by fire or ran out of fuel. Search along a line from where the signal was lost to and through that airstrip, and you could find the plane. No need for a bad actor here.

    March 19, 2014 at 11:04 am | Reply
  2. @ConstantNick

    RE: MH370 – Understanding that there are many possible theories... Perhaps we can go back to a simpler basic one. Let's ask, what does the pilot have to do, after saying "...good night" to Malaysia ATC, before he can communicate with Vietnam ATC? He has to change frequencies! Perhaps this caused a short in the "dash", that caused a fire, that affected the oxygen system... this WOULD cause an explosion, which could cause a breach of the passenger compartment (@ 35K feet – all the passengers goto "sleep" instantly), lets say the comms are affected (especially the transponder)... the pilots instantly turn the plane back for Malaysia, and put on their oxygen masks – to no avail – and they goto "sleep" too. Now the plane flys on, and on... getting lighter as it uses its fuel, based on the curvature of the earth AND the plane flying straight – it would naturally climb in altitude, until such point the engines start starving for fuel and it begins descending. Being loaded, it gains enough speed that it does NOT go into a spiral but rather just a sharp line down. Assuming the fuel efficiency improved as it got higher in altitude... the jet probably went a lot farther past the Indian Ocean than everyone has estimated. Based on reports and "expert commentators" – the "pings" picked up by satellites really cannot fully determine an exact location, or altitudes accurately, etc., etc. hence i think my theory is plausible.

    Now... another theory: If it was hijacked, could it have been hijacked by a computer hacker(s),?

    March 18, 2014 at 11:34 am | Reply

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