Where Is Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?
Mystery continues to surround the whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The plane carrying 239 people vanished last Friday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
In a Fox News interview, former CIA operative Mike Baker said in today's society everyone expects the answers to be found quickly "like an episode of Lost or 24," and when the situation remains unresolved, conspiracy theories start to take hold.
Is it possible the plane was hijacked or deliberately diverted? What about equipment malfunction or pilot error? Below is the latest news and a breakdown of some of those theories.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a press conference Saturday that officials are now focused on the passengers and crew, with investigators concluding that the Boeing 777 had its communications deliberately disabled and was airborne for hours after it vanished. Razak said the plane's movements are "consistent with the deliberate action of someone on the plane."
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Shepard Smith explained why officials suggest the plane flew for another four to five hours after the two communication systems went dark.
About every hour a signal or “handshake” is made between the transmission devices on the plane and the receiving devices on the ground. That happened with the missing jet four to five times after it lost communication.
The handshake cannot happen if the jet lost power, went into the water or exploded. If the plane is still flying, it occurs. Authorities can’t tell the altitude or direction of travel from the handshake, but they can tell the arc and scope of it. “In other words,” Shep explained, “Could our signal [on the ground] which is receiving this hit it.”
Officials also believe it was headed in the direction of the Indian Ocean. Get more details in the report below.
The latest Reuters report says that investigators are looking at sabotage or hijacking as a possibility. Military radar data suggests the jetliner diverted from its path and turned west.
An ABC News report, citing two U.S. unnamed U.S. officials, states that the U.S. government believes the plane's data reporting system and transponder were shut down separately, at 1:07 a.m. and 1:21 a.m.
A Wall Street Journal report on Thursday said U.S. aviation investigators and national security officials believe the plane flew for hours after it lost contact with air traffic controllers.
If true, the search would widen by more than 2,500 miles, extending as far west as the Pakistan-India border.
U.S. counterterrorism officials are exploring the possibility that someone on board may have diverted it to an undisclosed location after turning off the transponders and avoid radar detection.
Malaysian officials, however, say that Boeing and the engine maker, Rolls Royce, have said the report is not true.
Martha MacCallum discussed the latest on the mystery with former air marshal and Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam, who believes that officials wrote off the possibility of terrorism far too early.
Ben Shapiro, Breitbart.com editor-at-large, was on “Hannity” to discuss the plane’s disappearance.
Shapiro published an article entitled “9 Odd Facts About Malaysian Flight MH370.”
Shapiro said the plane’s disappearance looks like it was either terrorism or the pilot deliberately did something, rather than it being a result of pilot error.
They are as follows:
1.The plane probably sank in shallow waters.
2. The plane would have been tracked.
3. The debris should have been found.
4. There were apparently Iranian illegals on board.
5. Some passengers didn’t get on the plane.
6. The Chinese are pissed.
7. It could have something to do with terrorism. Or drugs.
8. There are conflicting reports on the shape of the aircraft.
9. Relatives say passenger cellphones are still online.
Mechanical Failure or Pilot Error:
In 2009, an Air France plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. It was five days before authorities located and removed the first wreckage from the plane. Authorities later determined that pilot error led to the crash.
The 777 is a modern aircraft with an excellent safety record, as does Malaysia Airlines.
In June 2013, Boeing issued a safety alert to Boeing 777 operators, telling them to inspect for corrosion and cracks in the crown fuselage around a satellite antenna. The alert says one airline found a 16-inch crack in one plane, then checked other 777s and found more cracking.
"Cracks in the fuselage skin that are not found and repaired can propagate to the point where the fuselage skin structure cannot sustain limit load," Boeing said. "When the fuselage skin cannot sustain limit load, this can result in possible rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity."