|The "slight turn" was actually a U-Turn, heading West!|
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New information released by the Malaysian military indicates the early reports on the disappearance of Flight MH370 were erroneous or false -- take your pick.
Initially, we were told it had disappeared two hours into its flight path to the southwest of Vietnam's south coast, bound for Beijing.
The Malaysian military now advises their radar tracked the plane, which, after only an hour, dropped from 35,000 feet to 34,000 feet in altitude, turned West, shut down its transponder and tracking systems, and headed into the Strait of Malacca -- quite a distance from Vietnam as was being reported earlier, and which has been the site of a massive multi-nation search operation.
Versions of the flight path differ depending on which arm of the government is speaking
-- and, it appears the Malaysian government is withholding information.
Malaysia's head of civil aviation, when asked why the Strait of Malacca is being searched advised:
"There are things I can tell you, and things I can't."
Meanwhile, Air Force Chief of Staff General Rodzali Daud noted there was an unidentified object on the radar at 2:15 am, roughly 200 miles northwest of Penang.
We have no actual or estimated location of the plane now, but presume it is intact and may have landed at a remote airfield. With 7.5 hours of fuel left, destinations would be numerous, ranging from Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, India, or virtually anywhere within a 5,000 mile range.
Turning off the transponder and tracking systems made it invisible to commercial monitoring, but it still remained visible to military radar - and the military chose not to disclose their information. The only substantive clue we had in early reports was the distress call from the co-pilot on an emergency channel, which a pilot in another plane describes as "mumbling".
We speculated then that perhaps the crew and passengers had been overcome with BZ gas [or similar], allowing hijackers to seize control.
|Co-pilot invites passengers in to cockpit|
If true, such conduct would literally open the door to hijackers to take control of the plane with a seductress -- and that could explain the co-pilot's mumbled transmission.
Tracking the true location of this aircraft theoretically should be a simple task given the sophistication of satellite imagery, and China has stepped up to the plate and advised it is employing ten satellites using high resolution imaging capabilities. [we weren't aware they had 10 satellites].
|We can track a small rock in space, but not an airliner!|
We would think so, since NASA can track a meteor the size of a large grapefruit at a million miles, and NSA can monitor your whispers on your cell phones; so we'd hope they can track the cellphones of the passengers and crew on Flight MH370.
Oh wait, they only track US citizens these days since they have been designated "The Enemy"!
What were we thinking!