- Missing Malaysian Aircraft – is it possible…
Your first scenario is basically impossible. My thought why…
There are a limited number of airfields that can take a 777.
Aircraft load a very precise amount of fuel, the right amount but no more so it couldn’t fly for many more hours than originally flight planned to an unplanned destination.
Aircraft are monitored by primary radar – a traditional sweeping dish that dates back to the 2nd WW and secondary radar where the aircraft broadcasts data such as height, speed etc. You can turn he secondary off but can’t hide from primary radar.Posted 5 years agoRockhopperMember
There are big holes in radar coverage, usually over the oceans which is why aircraft fly in strictly controlled airways . Most ATC radar are secondary types so if the aircraft turns off its transponder then it can’t be seen.Posted 5 years ago
It would have been carrying enough fuel to reach its destination plus a reserve to enable it to reach a nominated diversionary airport in case of weather etc.
There are big holes in radar coverage, usually over the oceans which is why aircraft fly in strictly controlled airways . Most ATC radar are secondary types so if the aircraft turns off its transponder then it can’t be seen.
Ah, fair enough (although I’m still a bit surprised “in this day and age etc etc”).
Why should a commercial aircraft even have the ability to turn off it’s transponder though?Posted 5 years agoDracSubscriber
I’d assumed that the location of every airliner in the sky was known, all the time. I don’t understand how they don’t even know where it was when whatever has happened, happened
Because they know the rough area it went down but that’s a pretty big area and as of yet know crash site or wreckage has been found hence the ‘mystery’ bit.Posted 5 years agopslingSubscriber
Sounds similar to the plane that went down off the east coast of South America a couple of years ago. Can’t remember the outcome of that one but if I remember rightly it was some time before they discovered any wreckage and eventually the black box but I believe that foul play was ruled out in the end.Posted 5 years agocranberryMember
Kryton – I find it rather healthy that people can deal with a situation like this with a bit of humour and then continue on with their lives without having a day of official mourning every time someone that they had absolutely no connection with dies.Posted 5 years ago
without having a day of official mourning every time someone that they had absolutely no connection with dies.
That’s right, the fact that I didn’t know them means that it doesn’t matter that they’re dead. 😐
You’re probably right though, whilst what happened is still unknown and there are hundreds of grieving families waiting to hear what they know will be awful news, we should all have a big laugh about it.
Comedy, obviously, has a great place in helping people get over these things, but there’s also a principle of ‘too soon’. Which it currently is.Posted 5 years agowhatnobeerMember
I’m not convinced it did blow-up/disintegrate at 40,000 feet, as there would be stacks of wreckage floating on the surface.
Pan Am 103 debris was spread over some 800 square miles. If it was a bombing, or if it did disintegrate in mid air, it will be very hard to find.
Very sad state of affairs.Posted 5 years ago
It would not have crashed into the sea in one piece, there could be no scenario (unless the pilots did it on purpose) where they wouldn’t declare a mayday or emergency beacon before they crashed from 35,000 feet. I don’t think it can be reasonably explained apart from a bomb.Posted 5 years agotorsoinalakeMember
Air France 447 has already been mentioned.
The pilots got in a pickle and flew a perfectly functioning airliner into the sea. No Mayday, no nothing.Posted 5 years ago
Jesus, that’s pretty harrowing!Posted 5 years agoeat_more_cheeseMember
To me it shows a lack of understanding of the basic principles of flight. In both recent 777 accidents pilot error is largely to blame, just look at the AAIB reports to see how in both cases electronic instruments were relied on all too heavily. If it wasn’t for the skills of the experienced BA captain there would almost certainly be a tragic end to the heathrow 777 incident.Posted 5 years ago
Oh, and there’s some wholly inappropriate posts on here for a situation where there could be a huge loss of life
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