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Campus Question – March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

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Campus Question – March 18, 2014

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Today in Wired, Canadian pilot Chris Goodfellow offered a simple explanation for the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, an onboard electrical fire and a pilot changing course for the nearest, best airport at Palau Langkawi before being overcome by smoke. This comes as the New York Times reports that the course change was made by computer, not manual control. The Week’s Peter Weber offers a map that illustrates Goodfellow’s hypothesis. If true, would this make it less likely Flight 370 will ever be found?

  • addisnana

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    • Considering that the Indian Ocean averages 2 miles deep, and you’re talking an area much greater than the United States for searching … yes. Much less, if it went down there. Even if it went onto land, there’s still a lot of places. 🙁

  • addisnana

    Chris Goodfellow’s explanation is the most reasonable yet. I have no idea if the plane will ever be found. I also have no idea how long it will get so much coverage.

  • addisnana

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  • NCrissieB

    Goodfellow’s theory makes more sense than most I’ve read. Right-wing conspiracy theorist Jim Garrow says President Obama blew up MH370, after remote-piloting it to Diego Garcia and interrogating the passengers until they revealed the information he and “his Chinese friends” wanted. Okay then. :roll:

    The simplest explanation is an onboard fire that released toxic fumes. Goodfellow explains why the first response to an electrical fire is to shut down all of the aircraft’s electrical systems, including the transponder and communications equipment. Then, he says, pilots are trained to reactivate systems one by one, to isolate the faulty circuit. But before they do that, they identify and turn toward the nearest accessible landing strip. Unfortunately, he theorizes, they didn’t have time to complete their work and land the aircraft before the toxic fumes overwhelmed them. So the aircraft went on, guided by autopilot, until it ran out of fuel or fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed.

    A similar accident killed Payne Stewart and five other people in 1999, when a Learjet decompressed shortly after takeoff. The pilots and passengers asphyxiated within minutes, but the aircraft continued to fly on autopilot for four hours, and eventually crashed in South Dakota.

    If MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean … well … that’s a huge body of water and finding the wreckage will be very, very difficult.