Now we know whovever made cockpit decisions regarding the fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, had extensive knowledge of the working of a 777. We also knew they flew far off course, for hours. This must have occurred at an altitude too high for cell phone transmissions, but it appears in some instances, maybe too low to be seen on radar if they were over land. And no terrorist group has claimed “credit”, 11 days in. Conspiracy theories will emerge even if this plane is found.
Now that the Malaysian government has confirmed that Flight 370’s transponder was purposely turned off, questions surface about the passenger manifest, the pilots (because not everyone knows how to turn off the transponder and other contact systems), the motive, and why the plane was flown five hours after it was lost to radar and air traffic control. Was there a struggle on board, involving heroes we will never know?
As a travel journalist, and even moreso as a human being, I am perplexed by the rampant contradictions between media information concerning Malaysian Airlines Flight 777, and the reports coming from press conferences held by the airline and its government. Within the past few days, the Wall Street Journal has published accounts that the plane’s Rolls Royce engines were still emitting signals after the plane was lost by air traffic control, and that the jet may have traveled as many as 400 miles after its transponders and A-Cars system were turned off. The Malaysians say they were never sent those images that the Chinese national science association purportedly posted as possible wreckage or debris. Yet CNN led both its Anderson Cooper 360 broadcast and Piers Morgan’s interview show with that headline, and it was the basis for the majority of the discussion with expert and industry guests on both shows. Then the Malaysians denied that the pilot or crews’ homes have been searched. What happened to the flight, why are the search areas being widened, rather than narrowed, as the latter is generally the case? And what is the American media basis or source for so many false reports that the Malayasian authorities have struck down, one by one? The most important question is, who deactivated the transponders and other reporting systems, and why?
There have already been so many contradictions and false leads, that when the aircraft is found, and the recodring systems are reviewed, there will still be doubters, and conspiracy theories will abound.