The Malaysian plane story is capturing a lot of people’s attention, even mine. In the US especially people aren’t used to facing just how vulnerable our technologically blessed lifestyle is, so any story like this where the gadgets clearly failed raises a lot of eyebrows. The biggest trend I’ve seen is the utter lack of understanding of how aviation technology works; losing a plane in the Pacific is not that difficult for us to do.
Andrew Sullivan continues to do an excellent job curating links with the latest details, so I see no need to imitate his work.
By Jonah Shepp
Chris Goodfellow doesn’t think MH370 was hijacked:
For me, the loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense in a fire. And there most likely was an electrical fire. In the case of a fire, the first response is to pull the main busses and restore circuits one by one until you have isolated the bad one. If they pulled the busses, the plane would go silent. It probably was a serious event and the flight crew was occupied with controlling the plane and trying to fight the fire. Aviate, navigate, and lastly, communicate is the mantra in such situations. …
What I think happened is the flight crew was overcome by smoke and the plane continued on the heading, probably on George (autopilot), until it ran out of fuel or the fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed. You will find it along that route–looking…
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