Source: Mike Malloy
(image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro/Flickr)
As Occam's razor states, when faced with competing hypotheses, the simplest one is usually the best. This could prove true in explaining the Malaysian airline disaster as well. Aviation specialists, pundits, radio show hosts and terrorism experts have dominated our telescreens with endless debate over the plight of flight 370. Scenarios ranging from terrorist plots to meteors to mass suicide to deliberate murder have all been floated. Each minute detail of the fated flight is combed over more than Carl Levin's tormented scalp.
And yet, with all the non-stop media coverage, one uncomplicated theory has yet to be discussed. And as pilot Chris Goodfellow, writing for Wired.com points out, when seeking the (presumed) wreckage, perhaps the search teams should stick to the KISS principle:
"We know the story of MH370: A loaded Boeing 777 departs at midnight from Kuala Lampur, headed to Beijing. A hot night. A heavy aircraft. About an hour out, across the gulf toward Vietnam, the plane goes dark, meaning the transponder and secondary radar tracking go off. Two days later we hear reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar, meaning the plane is tracked by reflection rather than by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the plane on a southwesterly course back across the Malay Peninsula into the Strait of Malacca.
"When I heard this I immediately brought up Google Earth and searched for airports in proximity to the track toward the southwest. The left turn is the key here. Zaharie Ahmad Shahwas a very experienced senior captain with 18,000 hours of flight time. We old pilots were drilled to know what is the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us, and airports ahead of us. They're always in our head. Always. If something happens, you don't want to be thinking about what are you going to do -- you already know what you are going to do. When I saw that left turn with a direct heading, I instinctively knew he was heading for an airport. He was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi, a 13,000-foot airstrip with an approach over water and no obstacles. The captain did not turn back to Kuala Lampur because he knew he had 8,000-foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier toward Langkawi, which also was closer.
"For me, the loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense in a fire. And there most likely was an electrical fire. In the case of a fire, the first response is to pull the main busses and restore circuits one by one until you have isolated the bad one. If they pulled the busses, the plane would go silent. It probably was a serious event and the flight crew was occupied with controlling the plane and trying to fight the fire. Aviate, navigate, and lastly, communicate is the mantra in such situations."
Read the rest of the article, Truthseekers. Mr. Goodfellow points to previous airplane fires and other interesting details to support his belief. There is talk of ending the search, call us at 977-996-2556 and give us your take on the mystery.