People lose their wallets, keys, gloves, coats, minds, even their kids as well as a host of other things. Companies lose orders, payments, employees, merchandise their minds, etc. Almost anything can be lost and never recovered again. Then there are some things one would assume impossible to lose. Like a jet liner. That’s one of those things that just do not turn up missing. They’re as big as all get out so it’s impossible to hide one for any length of time. In addition, they are tracked to the hilt by all this modern technology. Or are they?
Surely if the NSA knows I’m in Washington DC at this moment typing up this blog post, they should know where any given jet is. Wouldn’t you think so? Well, maybe not.
No one seems to know what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Saturday March 8th 2014 12:21 am. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board. No weather challenges or climb issues were reported
The jetliner’s destination was a 6:30 landing in Beijing, China.
The airline lost contact with the plane between 1-2 hours after takeoff. When the jetliner last communicated with air traffic controllers it was 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu.
Flight tracking website flightaware.com confirmed the plane flew northeast over Malaysia. Fightaware also confirmed the jetliner climbing to an altitude of 35000 feet. Then…
Poof! The jetliner was gone.
Days of searching by more than 40 ships and countless airliners turn up nothing. No signs of a crash or foul play in regards to a hijacking.
The old Outer Limits TV show had an episode where a plane disappeared because it flew out of the earth’s atmosphere and into space. The plane full of passengers stayed in space for a while then reentered the atmosphere at the same time and location that it left. Now it’s supposed to be impossible for a jet liner to this.
Jetliners don’t just disappear uncharted and undiscovered these days. Moreover, what about all the tracking devices? What happened to the black box beacon, radar, and GPS?
Radar Radar Where Are You?
Radar has a limited range. Air traffic controllers typically use radar to monitor a flight’s progress over land. When it comes to water, you can’t put a radar station in the middle of the ocean. So pilots often resort to other means of contact, such as periodic radio check-ins. Between check-ins, the controller has only a general idea of where a plane is and where it’s headed. Sounds like a patchwork operation of sorts to me.
What About The Aircraft’s Transponder?
Pilots can send coded messages over the transponder in an emergency. There were no messages transmitted from Flight MH370’s transponder. Armchair theorists that subscribe to the hijacking possibility suggest bad guys could have turned it off. That’s plausible. If bad guys did get control of the jet, where did they go with it? Hijackers usually have a political, economic, or mean spirited motive for taking a plane. Hijackers usually will let you know what that motive is.
Most Of The Passengers Had Cell Phones
Historical reactions from passengers to foul play on planes have been to make some kind of contact with land via cell phone. A few bad guys can’t control 200 plus cell phones. So why no cell phone communication from the passengers?
Here is why.
When a plane reaches a certain altitude cell phones lose contact with cell towers that keep them working. Flight MH370 had climbed to 3500 feet, which would be out of cell tower range.
What happened to the phone’s GPS chips?
Most cell phones rely on a kind of “assisted” GPS that requires a constant data connection. Without WiFi or a cell tower, the chips can’t communicate with the satellite. U.S. officials have examined spy satellite imagery from the region and have found nothing.
Flight MH370 as of this date remains a mystery. It’s not unrealistic to hope and pray bad guys have detoured it and it will turn up on some remote runway intact and all souls fine. The bad guy theory has a better chance of having a positive outcome than one involving the bottom of the ocean.