At last: A theory about the missing Malaysia Airlines jet that actually makes sense
Posted by Keith Laidlaw, Yesterday at 7:01 PM
Chris Goodfellow thinks he knows what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370 — and, no, it doesn’t involve unlikely acts of terrorism or suicide. In a post for Wired he outlines a theory based largely on his 20 years of actual flying experience — one which accounts for almost everything we know about the plane’s movements, but actually makes sense.
We know there was a last voice transmission that, from a pilot’s point of view, was entirely normal. “Good night” is customary on a hand-off to a new air traffic control. The “good night” also strongly indicates to me that all was OK on the flight deck. Remember, there are many ways a pilot can communicate distress. A hijack code or even transponder code off by one digit would alert ATC that something was wrong.
Unfortunately, his theory — which centers on the position of a large airstrip on a small Malaysian island — is not one that will give much hope to those waiting for news of their loved ones.