Investigators Believe Plane Flew On for Total of Up to Five Hours
Malaysian officials denied that today. But Pasztor also claims that American investigators are debating whether “something weird and bizarre” and still unexplained happened in the cockpit, and that the Boeing 777 did not crash when it dropped off the radar, but may have landed.
Throughout the roughly four hours after the jet dropped from civilian radar screens, these people said, the link operated in a kind of standby mode and sought to establish contact with a satellite or satellites. These transmissions did not include data, they said, but the periodic contacts indicate to investigators that the plane was still intact and believed to be flying.
The disclosure that the plane kept transmitting has raised a host of new questions and possibilities about what happened aboard the widebody jet carrying 239 people, which vanished from civilian air-traffic control radar over the weekend, about one hour into a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
U.S. counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner's transponders to avoid radar detection, according to one person tracking the probe.The investigation remains fluid, and it isn't clear whether investigators have evidence indicating possible terrorism or sabotage.
As of Wednesday it remained unclear whether the plane reached an alternate destination or if it ultimately crashed, potentially hundreds of miles from where an international search effort has been focused.
On Thursday, Malaysian aviation officials said the flight could have flown for several hours after its last contact, but they said they had received no data indicating this.
Boeing 777 could have continued for an additional distance of about 2,200 nautical miles, reaching points as far as the Indian Ocean, the border of Pakistan or even the Arabian Sea, based on the jet's cruising speed.
Corrections & Amplifications
U.S. investigators suspect Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flew for hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, based on an analysis of signals sent through the plane's satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of onboard systems, according to people familiar with the matter. An earlier version of this article and an accompanying graphic incorrectly said investigators based their suspicions on signals from monitoring systems embedded in the plane's Rolls-Royce PLC engines and described that process.
MANY HAVE SET FORTH THE THEORY THAT THIS PLANE WAS HIJACKED, THAT IT LANDED SOMEWHERE, OR THAT, IN THE PROCESS OF THE HIJACKING, IT WENT DOWN SOMEWHERE INLAND, NEAR WHATEVER SITE IT WAS HEADED FOR.
WHAT ABOUT THE ACARS BEING INTENTIONALLY DISABLED AFTER ONE OF THE PILOTS SAID GOODNIGHT?
<<Authorities have said someone on board the plane first disabled one of its communications systems - the Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS - about 40 minutes after takeoff. Around 14 minutes later, the transponder that identifies the plane to commercial radar systems was also shut down. The fact that both systems went dark separately offered strong evidence that the plane's disappearance was deliberate.>>
<<Even though the ACARS system was disabled on Flight 370, it continued to emit faint hourly pulses that were recorded by a satellite. The last "ping" was sent out at 8:11 a.m. - 7 hours and 31 minutes after the plane took off. That placed the jet somewhere in a huge arc as far north as Kazakhstan in Central Asia or far into the southern Indian Ocean.>>
THAT MALAYSIAN OFFICIALS OR ANYONE ELSE WANTS TO DECLARE ALL THOSE ABOARD DEAD WITHOUT ONE REAL SHRED OF PROOF SEEMS WRONG TO ME.
<<While many people believe the plane has crashed, there is a small possibility it may have landed somewhere and be relatively intact. Affendi, the air force general, and Hishammuddin, the defense minister, said it was possible for the plane to "ping" when it was on the ground if its electrical systems were undamaged.>>
WHAT IF THEY LOOKED INLAND, AROUND THE PAKISTANIS BORDER, AROUND THE ARABIAN SEA? WHY ARE THEY SO FIXATED ON THE INDIAN OCEAN?
BOTH PILOTS ARE BEING SCRUTINIZED AND MANY QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN RAISED ABOUT THEIR MENTAL STATUS LEADING UP TO THAT FATEFUL FLIGHT.
The pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a mystery call just minutes before takeoff in Kuala Lumpur. This information comes on the heels of a revelation that files had been deleted on Feb. 3 from Shah’s home flight simulator, just over a month before MH370 vanished.
Investigators are trying to answer these questions: If the two pilots were involved in the disappearance, were they working together or alone, or with one or more of the passengers or crew? Did they fly the plane under duress or of their own will? Did one or more of the passengers manage to break into the cockpit or use the threat of violence to gain entry and then seize the plane? And what possible motive could there be for diverting the jet?
Fariq has drawn great scrutiny after the revelation that he and another pilot invited two women boarding their aircraft to sit in the cockpit for a flight from Phuket, Thailand, to Kuala Lumpur in 2011.
Whoever disabled the plane's communication systems and then flew the jet must have had a high degree of technical knowledge and flying experience, putting one or both of the pilots high on the list of possible suspects, Malaysian officials and aviation experts said.
Zaharie, the captain, was a supporter of a Malaysian opposition political party that is locked in a bitter dispute with the government, according to postings on his Facebook page and a friend, Peter Chong, who is a party member.
REPORTS TODAY OF YET ANOTHER "POSSIBLE" DEBRIS FIELD SHOULD NOT STOP SOMEONE, ANYONE, FROM LOOKING INLAND.
<<NEW satellite images have found about 122 objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean, raising hopes that the search for MH370 may be narrowing in on the plane’s resting place.
The objects, measuring from one metre to 23 metres long, were picked up on a French satellite four days ago and sent to the Australian search coordinators yesterday.
Even if the search does find verifiable wreckage from MH370 on the surface, geologist Robin Beaman said underwater volcanoes would probably hamper efforts to recover the black box flight recorder from the depths.>>
SEE, WHEN THEY SAW THEM 4 DAYS AGO, WHY WAIT THIS LONG TO SEND THEM TO THE SEARCH TEAM?
TIME IS ALMOST UP FOR ANY HOPE OF RECOVERY OF THE AIRLINER'S BLACK BOX.
"We investigated a couple of visual contacts that actually just turned out to be marine mammal activity. So unfortunately didn't find anything further to report today," said Flying Officer Peter Moore.
Malaysia announced Monday that a mathematical analysis of the final known satellite signals from the plane showed that it had crashed in the sea, killing everyone on board.
Malaysia has been criticized over its handling of the search, though it is one of the most perplexing mysteries in aviation history. Much of the most strident criticism has come from relatives of the 153 Chinese missing, some of whom expressed outrage that Malaysia essentially declared their loved ones dead without recovering a single piece of wreckage.
IT'S TOO SOON TO JUST DECLARE EVERYONE DEAD AND END THE SEARCH.
IF IT WERE OUR LOVED ONES ON THAT FLIGHT, WOULD WE GIVE UP UNTIL AT LEAST SOME BODIES WERE FOUND?
MALAYSIA KEEPS SENDING MIXED MESSAGES WHICH IS MADDENING!
But one of the main complaints from families - mixed messages from Malaysia - continued Wednesday. Two days after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said there were no survivors, Hishammuddin allowed for the possibility that some people aboard the plane might still be alive.
"If (the debris) is confirmed to be from MH370, then we can move on to deep sea surveillance search and rescue, hopefully, hoping against hope," he said.
BUT THEN, MALAYSIAN POLICE ARE NOT RULING OUT A "SUICIDE MISSION" BY ONE OR BOTH PILOTS!
Malaysian police say they remain focused on several key possibilities: hijacking, sabotage, and psychological issues or personal problems of the passengers and/or crew.
“This has been a deliberate act by someone on board who had to have had the detailed knowledge to do what was done ... Nothing is emerging that points to motive,” they said.
An analysis of the flight’s routing, signalling and communications reportedly shows that it was flown “in a rational way”.
THERE IS CERTAINLY NOT MUCH "RATIONAL" ABOUT MALAYSIA'S SAYING ONE THING ON ONE DAY AND SOMETHING ELSE ON ANOTHER DAY.
I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE MISSING CREW AND PASSENGERS ARE GOING THROUGH.
SOMEHOW AUTHORITIES MUST FIND A WAY TO END ALL THE SPECULATION AND GIVE US PROOF, CONCRETE PROOF OF WHAT HAPPENED.
HOW ELSE CAN ANY RELATIVE OF THESE 239 SOULS EVER REST?
THERE MUST BE INDISPUTABLE EVIDENCE TO END THIS!