All updates have been moved to the end of the article, including a stunning interview with Gen. McInerney
A LIGNET analyst (Langley Intelligence Network Group) is reporting that they received information from a source at Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, that the plane is in Taliban territory in Pakistan.
Boeing has not commented.
The UK paper, The Independent, said that Malaysia is reportedly investigating a theory that flight MH370 could have slipped under Pakistani radars and landed at a Taliban base close to the Afghan border.
Path it would have traveled to Pakistan
The plane was programmed ahead of time, according to the NY Times which released the information last evening on The Kelly File.
One aviation expert, Michael Boyd, appearing on The Kelly File last evening, said he is “worried about the jet finding us.”
Israel has tightened their airport security because they are concerned, according to a report by The Times of Israel. Pilots now have to announce who they are two-and-a-half miles before landing among other unannounced measures.
If the plane flew at low altitudes, it could have escaped radar but greatly decreased their fuel capability, possibly by as much as half. [This was corrected. The original erroneously stated the opposite.]
Another theory is that it shadowed another plane to appear as one blip. It could flown below a Singapore plane through India with the transponders off to avoid detection.
Another point that was made is that radar is turned off at night in some countries. Indian officials gave conflicting comments Monday about whether radar systems on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were operational at the time that Flight 370 may have passed.
The Malaysian government said the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, was switched off before the last verbal communication with whomever was flying the plane at 1:19 a.m. They later revised that and said the conversation between air traffic controllers and the cockpit took place 1:07 and 1:37 a.m.
The last response by the co-pilot Fariq Hamid was “All right, good night.” It might have come after the systems were shut down, making it apparent that he was involved in the hijacking.
The Pakistani government says they have no record of it entering its airspace and are one of the 25 countries helping in the search. Pakistan also harbored bin Laden for ten years.
On Saturday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that investigators had reliable information that someone on the plane had “deliberately disabled” communications systems before the plane vanished. Furthermore, investigators said that it would have taken someone with pilot training to be able to switch off the Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS. This system automatically sends engine data and other information to the airline.
Since authorities know little, they have to investigate every theory. Another day, another theory.
Update: Noon EST: Another theory being reinvestigated is an electrical fire on board. The pilots might have shut down the electronics to contain the fire. Boeing has not said if there is a wire-bundled fire scenario in which this could happen.
Another theory is that the computer on board was hacked.
Update: 21:00 EST: The latest available information is that the plane already turned when the co-pilot signed off at 1:19 and were well on their way west. It is not known if the co-pilot was under duress.
Update: 22:30 EST: This stunning interview with the very reputable Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney affirms the plane could be in Pakistan.
Lt. Gen.McInerney believes the plane landed in Pakistan both from his sources and from his suspicions about Iran and Pakistan being involved. He does not know the fate of the passengers. He said that if the Navy quits their search in the Indian Ocean, they must know something. For the Israelis to beef up their security, they must know something.
He believes the plane could be used to attack US interests, Israel and so one. It could be turned into a weapon of mass destruction.
The Boeing report out of Langley indicates the plane could be in Western Pakistan. They had enough fuel to make the trip. They appeared to have overloaded the fuel on the plane which may be routine, that’s an unknown.
The pilots had communications through satcom and their FM radio [correction AM], VHF, UHF. They didn’t turn off communications, they turned off navigation aids. The general believes they were listening in on communications and communicating with the target landing base.
The best leaks have come from the US government. He thinks we will know more in the next day or two.
Update: 03/19:14: Boeing has come out with a denial, and Lt. General McInerney responded. Meanwhile, Australians have found what could be debris from the plane. It could also be shipping containers. They were spotted by satellite about 1600 miles SW off Australia. That information is on this link.
Update: 10/20/14: Additional comments from experts on this link.
Update: 10/22/14: Currently search crews are looking for objects seen in satellite photos taken of the South China Sea. CNN is still running 24/7 coverage of the missing plane. CNN has discussed the possibility of alien abduction, supernatural intervention, and black holes. They had a psychic on and she said it landed in an area with trees. At this moment, 21:48 EST, they are discussing three ways planes can land in water.
Update: 10/24/14: After the plane took the turn, the deliberately dropped about 12,000 feet in two minutes. That was done deliberately.
Update: 10/24/14: Debris has been found which is believed to be the wreckage. The Malaysian PM has been notified by the UK AAIB and the satellite company that based on new data analysis, the plane crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean and all aboard have perished. More information on this link.
Update: 03/25/14: The New Zealand Herald reported that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s world was crumbling, said a long-time associate. He had been facing serious family problems, including separation from his wife and relationship problems with another woman he was seeing.
via The Herald:
The man, who spoke to the Herald on condition of anonymity, said Captain Zaharie was “terribly upset” when his wife told him she was leaving and believed he may have decided to take the Malaysia Airlines plane to a part of the world he had never flown in.
He guessed that Captain Zaharie may have considered the flight a “last joyride” – the chance to do things in a plane he had previously been able to do only on a simulator.
The friend said Captain Zaharie, who he chatted to when they met several times a year through work, was a fanatic for “the three Fs” – food, family and flying.
When he wasn’t working he spent hours cooking or using his home-made flight simulator for a variety of situations he wouldn’t experience at the controls of a commercial airline, such as flying at the highest and lowest possible altitudes.
The associate believed the co-pilot was incapacitated and the crew kept out.
After the co-pilot signed off, Japanese military radar picked up his voice mumbling and couldn’t make out what he was saying.
The plane climbed to 43,000 feet moments before disappearing from radar and stayed at that altitude for 23 minutes but oxygen would have run out after 12 minutes, rendering passengers and crew unconscious. He flew as low as 12,000 feet at times.
The plane could have flown until it ran out of fuel. Debris has been found which appears to be from the plane.
A friend of the pilot says Zaharie Shah was devastated over his wife’s decision to move out and never should have been flying.
“This has been a deliberate act by someone on-board who had to have the detailed knowledge to do what was done,” an official source said.
Investigators believe no malfunction or on-board fire was capable of causing the aircraft’s unusual flight or the disabling of its communications system, or of taking it on a seven-hour flight wildly off course.
They also believe the pilot was to blame.
He might have killed 238 people and himself because he was upset.
Debris, possible wreckage, has been found and family are being flown as close to the area as possible.
Update: 04/05/14: None of the debris so far as turned out to be wreckage from the plane. However, a Chinese vessel has picked up a ‘pulse signal’ from the South Indian Ocean, according to state media reports. There are planes and a nuclear submarine on the way to the location in the hopes of determining if it is from the missing plane. The ping appears to be from a black box and it is on the same frequency.
via the telegraph
A black box detector deployed by the vessel Haixun 01 picked up the “pings” at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude – just north of the designated search area west of Perth.
The signal had a frequency of 37.5kHz per second – the standard for black box flight recorders and one that is chosen because it stands out from other noise.
A reporter with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, who is onboard the Haixun, said the patrol ship first picked up the signal on Friday when it was detected intermittently for about 15 minutes. But other vessels were in the vicinity at the time, raising the possibility that they might have been the source.
But Haixun, China’s largest patrol vessel, picked up the signal again on Saturday, when it was detected every second for 90 seconds. Update: 04/11/14: The pings that have been coming in for several days are almost definitely from MH370 according to UK officials. There are several countries trying to find the wreckage which is believed to be buried 15000 feet in the South India Sea.
Update: 04/11/14: The pings that have been coming in for several days are almost definitely from MH370 according to UK officials. There are several countries trying to find the wreckage which is believed to be buried 15000 feet in the South India Sea.