Military official: flight MH370 flew hundreds of miles off course

flight MH370 flew hundreds of miles off course

Malaysian military officials say the missing Malaysia Airlines plane made a U-turn about 40 minutes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning. Flight MH370 suddenly vanished from civilian radar at 35,000 feet and descended about 600 feet. Military radar shows the plane flying in a westerly direction hundreds of miles off course, and at a low altitude for about an hour before the military radar lost track of it.

This is an interesting development because it means someone in the cockpit turned the transponder off. The transponder sends transmissions about the plane’s location to air traffic control radar.

Ships and planes from 10 countries are participating in the search for the plane. Officials are ruling out terrorism. Flight MH370 was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members when it disappeared.

The fact that the plane flew for another hour off radar and at a low altitude presents several scenarios: A) the plane was intact and flying under the pilot’s control, B) the plane was hijacked, C) the plane experienced a catastrophic depressurization at high altitude killing everyone on board and continued to fly on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed.

That last scenario is similar to Helios Airways Flight 522 Boeing 737 that took off from London’s Heathrow Airport on August 14, 2005 carrying 115 passengers and 6 crew members.

The plane’s cabin and cockpit depressurized accidentally at 18,000 feet due to pilot error. The plane continued to climb to 34,000 feet where the air is too thin to sustain human life. Despite the Oxygen masks dropping down automatically, the crew and passengers were already incapacitated by hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Flight 522 flew on autopilot for over an hour — with no one at the controls — before the engines flamed out from low fuel and the plane crashed into a mountain. There were no survivors.

The difference between flight 522 and flight MH 370 is flight 522 was tracked on radar for the duration of its flight. Also, 2 fighter jet pilots made visual contact with the plane and saw the co-pilot unconscious at the controls. They also saw the oxygen masks dangling in the passenger cabin.

At that altitude icicles had begun to form inside the plane. About 5 minutes before the plane crashed, a male stewardess who held a civilian pilot license made an unsuccessful attempt to save the doomed 737.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/juanhustle JuanHustle

      The TV show “Lost” comes to mind when I think of this flight.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      :no:

    • missyJ

      That London flight :no: Can you imagine just suddenly not being able to breathe

    • missyJ

      Okay… I’ve had enough.. I know some celebrity has twerked, coked, knocked up, looked a mess.. something… Time’s like these I love a post on a recycled Slim hosted ATL based event

    • aRoTh

      Who found the time to get that creative while mourning? Blk folks will put up a “start out in big letters, end up being written upside down and out of ink” poster board that says “RIP JUICE” and a dollar sto teddy bear and a half inflated balloon at a site. THESE folks done found the ppl Olympic producers and an old school Chinese calligraphy artist and went to town. IJS

      #yewdonthavetoagree

    • Iola Boylan

      Scary stuff.

    • FuturedocDonte

      the plane experienced a catastrophic depressurization at high altitude killing everyone on board and continued to fly on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed.
      —–
      :thinking: wouldn’t they have had time to call a mayday one the oxygen masks dropped. Even if they had a few seconds?

    • Afiya

      Operator Error, SO SAD :cry:

      SOO, TODAY is my birthday, tried to fly under the radar but my co-workers weren’t having it. Stromboli, pizza & cheesecake, they :love: me :grill:

      :hi: ROSES, keep it FABULOUS :nun:

    • Who Dat

      This is an interesting development because it means someone in the ****pit turned the transponder off. The transponder sends transmissions about the plane’s location to air traffic control radar.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      YET officials are ruling out terrorism. I am sorry. I think that somebody…or some someBODIES (plurah) drove that plane into the ocean. For some reason they dont want to call a spade a spade. Not sure WHY as of yet…but ummm okay. The pilot needs to be examined more in my view…b/c whoever the hell did it KNOWS that particular part of the sky is NOT ABLE TO BE monitored by radar. RIP to these folks.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

      :happybirthday: Afiya. If Lickisha brought any of those treats, I suggest you let her know that you’re on a diet.

    • http://www.ashland86.com TheRealAshland

      tragic either way, 100s of people are not accounted for. one of the worst ways to lose a love one.

    • VDot

      Happy Birthday Afiya! :party:

      Did they line you up a 360 as a gift? :lol:

    • luVn_liFe…

      C) the plane experienced a catastrophic depressurization at high altitude killing everyone on board and continued to fly on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      horrific :no:

    • Matchsticks

      y’all remember that show ‘The Event’ that didn’t even finish a full season? yeah…this brings that situation to mind… :scared:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

      I think that there is some funny business going on with this situation that doesn’t included mechanical malfunction or pilot error. It seems like whoever had control of the plane knew exactly what they were doing.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfDAoSDsAS4 Nancy Drew (formerly IsThisThingOn) :cool: <<<has entered into witness protection :scared:

      Buttercup says:

      :happybirthday: Afiya. If Lickisha brought any of those treats, I suggest you let her know that you’re on a diet.

      _______________________

      ^^^^^^ ALL THIS! ^^^^^

      Lawd, Butter shole is ignant when she wanna be! :rofl: :rofl:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfDAoSDsAS4 Nancy Drew (formerly IsThisThingOn) :cool: <<<has entered into witness protection :scared:

      Did they line you up a 360 as a gift? :lol:

      ____________________

      and here YOU go! :chase:

    • luVn_liFe…

      I still want to know how the person that said the two guys with the stolen passports looked like Mario :wait:

    • Who Dat

      I think that there is some funny business going on with this situation that doesn’t included mechanical malfunction or pilot error. It seems like whoever had control of the plane knew exactly what they were doing.

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      My thoughts egg sack lee.

      Happy bday Afiya :party:

    • justlooking

      :waves: Hello FOB and Lurkers

      Happy Brthday Afiya :happybirthday: :danban: :danban1:

    • luVn_liFe…

      :happybirthday: AfiYa!

    • SummerBaby

      :newpost:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

      I still want to know how the person that said the two guys with the stolen passports looked like Mario :wait:
      =========
      The only logical explanation is they asked Stevie Wonder :shrug: because other than that….

    • Afiya

      :hahaha:

      Lickisha got EXPOSED & FIRED :crying1:

    • Dani

      Afiya says:

      Operator Error, SO SAD :cry:

      SOO, TODAY is my birthday, tried to fly under the radar but my co-workers weren’t having it. Stromboli, pizza & cheesecake, they :love: me :grill:

      :hi: ROSES, keep it FABULOUS :nun:
      —————————————–

      Happy Birthday Afiya!!

      Morning/Afternoon all!

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      @ FuturedocDonte: the pilots were unaware that the cabin pressure control was erroneously set to manual instead of AUTO. They were in radio contact with the airline mechanic on the ground, who asked the pilot to check the switch and make sure it was turned to AUTO (the mechanic accidentally set it to manual before the plane took off). But the pilot didn’t answer. It only took seconds for him to be rendered unconscious. He didn’t have time to put on his oxygen mask.

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      :happybirthday: Afiya! :waves:

    • Afiya

      :thankyou: Sandra, Butter (crazy woman),VDot, Detective (lol), Dubb :hug: , Just Lookin, Luvn :hug: & Dani THANK YOU BEAUTIFULS!! :kiss:

    • kenbakerswife

      Reminds me of an episode from the Ghost Whiperer Season 1, Episode 21 … Love this show. They all froze to death from a piolet’s error but the plane was on auto piolit and flew until it crashed. This is so sad…

    • kenbakerswife

      pilot