A highly pressurized sealed aircraft would probably float for a fair amount of time but as soon as it hits the water the doors would be opened so people can escape before it sinks. We're talking minutes not hours, see US Airways Flight 1549 where the pilot executed a picture perfect water ditching in an outstanding display of airmanship. It would have been incredibly difficult for MH370 to have executed such a manoeuvre with any degree of accuracy in the dead of a moonless night with possible damage to navigational avionics. The engines will not be able to provide any power whilst submerged in the water as they are dependant on oxygen, there are backup systems to provide such power but its unlikely they would be utilized AFTER successful ditching given that that plane is about to sink completely and plunge to the depths of the ocean. I believe it to be extremely unlikely that any of these ping's were relayed from a temporarily floating aircraft bereft of electrical power.
Originally Posted by oriondt
Given KNOWN facts, this scenario looks extremely unlikely.
Last edited by iazoniccc; 2014-03-19 at 02:22.
I posted this previously; and I know one gets tired of looking at posted links over and over but....... this article was written before the disappearance of MH370 (February, 24 2014) and I found it interesting. If nothing else; for the obvious incompetence of .........someone. One has to also wonder about the MAS fleet and IF lack of maintenance could be a factor here. I'm sure someone is going to be investigating the finances here.
Link doesn't work buddy. Whatever maintenance issue it is your thinking could not have been so serious as to stop the aircraft being powered up and relaying satellite communications until at least 8:11am.
Originally Posted by whatsgoingonhere
Last edited by iazoniccc; 2014-03-19 at 02:43.
Also I think the airplane on the ground, used some pirate track and this camouflaged somewhere.
The link you want is
Should MAS bailout continue?
February 24, 2014
From the article "However, his theory has been discredited by other aviation experts who said that even in a situation like that there were ways to get a distress signal out."
Originally Posted by longpig_yum
Also, Langkawi is just over 230 nautical miles from where MH370 disappeared from radar, the better option would be Sultan Mahmud Airport, 97 nautical miles from where they disappeared.
I found a disturbing comment, it doesn't puzzle together as there wasn't enough fuel to get to the destination he mentioned but god knows.
But anyway I'll post it, this is after the news came out about the Maldives Islanders witnessing a plane flying low looking similar to MH370 at 6.15am local time on March 8.
4 hours ago
The plane is in Somalia. The Pilot was killed shortly after takeoff and the co-pilot and one other on board hijacked the plane. The co-pilot shut everything down 2 minutes after signing off air traffic control in Malaysia. The plane then turned over Malaysia and then headed to Somalia. It was planned all along. The Maldives are close to the borders of Somalia.
The governments probably already know. If you read all of the news it can be pieced together.
And they have just now discovered that the flight has disappeared and, as a result, the information might be useful.
Originally Posted by Flybywire
Can someone please help educate me on the following:
What info could have been/was received on the inmarsat pings (the ones that countinued for 5 hours + the last one at ~08:00) that positively identified that they were from MH370? Airframe identifier?
Could there be any reasonable doubts on the validity of these pings?
Thanks! And thanks for the earlier post on explaining in laymen terms (comparison with cellphone) how transponder, ACAR and Inmarsat work!
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