It has been almost 5 weeks since Malaysia Flight MH370 disappeared. In recent days, audible 'pings' have been detected by searchers...giving hope that the flight data recorders, as well as much of the wreckage and passengers' remains can be recovered.
As I noted in an earlier post, there have been a few peculiar events surrounding this investigation and search. First of all, the lack of wreckage. Also, the ACARS reporting system was disabled prior to the last communication with ATC and that the transponder was turned off after that last communication with ATC...exactly when the flight was handed off to Vietnamese ATC. Either a pilot or someone else on the flight manually disabled these systems. Is there a chance that this could have been performed remotely? Officials deny this...but I have found that this may not be true.
On August 21, 2012, Boeing applied for permission to change the equipment to be installed as part of an onboard data network system upgrade on the 777 series of planes. According to information listed in the Federal Register the existing "data network and design integration may result in security vulnerabilities from intentional or unintentional corruption of data and systems critical to the safety and maintenance of the airplane."
The bottom line, according to language in the Federal Register, the integrated network configurations in the Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER series airplanes may enable increased connectivity with external network sources.
"This may enable the exploitation of network security vulnerabilities and increased risks potentially resulting in unsafe conditions for the airplanes and occupants. ADB-S and ACAR are among systems on the plane that authorities have acknowledged were possibly compromised in some way."
According to an aeronautics expert, after flight contact was lost, the plane flew in between "standard" cruising altitudes to avoid a midair collision. As well, the aircraft flew at varying altitudes within that range maneuvering around 'way points' to avoid radar. This rules out any speculation that all on board lost consciousness unless the aircraft was controlled remotely.
In addition, Flight MH370 flew on for hours after the navigational aids were turned off. This is known because the plane sent the automated maintenance reports to Boeing (on an hourly basis) for at least 7 hours after 'contact' was lost.
I have also been informed by the same aeronautical expert that the possible flight track(s) for these 7 hours are over areas which would allow the plane to possibly land and refuel...then take off again. Given the extra fuel burn due to flying at lower altitudes, the range would have been less than typical for this plane...which would suggest that the last ping might have actually came from the plane when it was on the ground. No one has said what the initial fuel load was, but the Boeing 777-200 has around a 7700 mile range when fully-fueled.
Here is a quote from the same source:
To my mind, the big question is - what made that plane or people on it so valuable? It's almost as if someone wanted a aircraft with specific livery and range for some yet "undetermined" use. If it was a passenger (or a group) of passengers) that were targeted it would seem that someone wanted them alive (for at least a while) - otherwise, why bother with all the evasive maneuvers?
The best possible scenario would have been a quick and painless end for the passengers - sadly that doesn't look like what has happened. We'll likely never really know what happened.....
Over the past few weeks, I have received data and opinions from many sources. After going through this information, I would like for you to allow me to present a hypothetical scenario for your consideration:
The United States has been withdrawing troops and equipment from the Afghanistan. It is believed that one of the command and control systems (used for controlling the remote drones) was hijacked by the Taliban when an American transport convoy was moving from one of its operations centers. The Taliban ambushed the convoy and killed 2 American SEAL personnel, seized the equipment/weapons, including the command and control system which weighed about 20 tons and packed into 6 crates.
I believe that the cargo may actually have been hijacked while the equipment was on dock waiting to be loaded aboard a ship.
The deaths of the 2 American SEAL personnel is being reported as 'respiratory failure due to heroin use.' This is a highly suspicious cause of death for many reasons...and possibly used as part of a cover-up.
The Taliban are desperate for funds and this particular system would be highly sought by the Chinese, who are determined to acquire this remarkable technology. It could very well allow the Chinese to interfere with American drones, thus rendering the system useless.
The Chinese were believed to have sent 6 to 8 upper echelon defense scientists to inspect the system...later agreeing to purchase it from the Taliban.
Sometime in early March 2014, the scientists and the crates made their way to Malaysia, thinking that it was the most covert means to avoid detection. The cargo was then kept in the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur under diplomatic protection. In the meantime, the United States engaged the assistance of Israeli intelligence, and together they were determined to intercept and recapture the cargo.
The Chinese determine that it would be safe to transport the cargo via civilian aircraft as to avoid suspicion. After all the direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing takes only 4 and half hours, and the Americans would not hijack or harm the civilians. The Boeing 777-200 (Flight MH370) was equipped to handle the cargo.
Now, at this point, there have been different scenarios presented...so I'm going to give my opinion as to what occurred:
There were probably 4-5 American and Israeli agents onboard who were familiar with Boeing 777-200 and its operational protocol. The 2 'Iranians' with stolen passports (that created so much concern and news early in the investigation) could have been agents from another agency working with the American and Israeli agents.
When Flight MH370 was about to leave Malaysian airspace and transfer to Vietnamese ATC, an USAF Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS jammed their signal, disabled the pilot control system and switched over to remote control mode. This would explain why the airliner suddenly lost altitude momentarily.
You may asked how the AWACS can execute this maneuver? After the 911 terrorist attacks, all Boeing aircraft (and possibly all Airbus) were installed with remote control systems to counter a terrorist hijacking. Since then all Boeing aircraft could be remote controlled by a ground control tower. It is actually a similar remote control system used for spy aircraft and drones.
The American and Israeli agents soon took over the plane, switched off the transponder and other communication systems, changed course and flew westwards. They could not chance flying east towards the Philippines or Guam since the entire South China Sea airspace is monitored by Chinese surveillance radar and satellites. It is known that Malaysian, Thai and Indian military radar actually detected the unidentified aircraft but did not react. Why?
The plane flew over North Sumatra, Anambas, South India and then landed at Maldives (some villagers saw the aircraft landing), refueled and continued its flight to Diego Garcia, the AFB in the middle of Indian Ocean. The cargo was removed and the flight data recorders were replaced with substitutes.
It seems that the passengers were allowed to expire by natural means...lack of oxygen. The airliner with the dead passengers took off from Diego Garcia via remote control. Flight MH370 continued on by remote control in a southward direction until it crashed into South Indian Ocean. It would be believed that the plane eventually ran out of fuel and crashed, thus laying blame on a defiant captain and copilot.
If this theory is close to the actual scenario, then the United States and its allies conducted a successful covert operation. First diverting attention and search effort to the South China Sea after the flight made its way west, then south to the South Indian Ocean. It's not hard to believe that Australia was working with the United States as well.
I believe the 'tip off' to this scenario is the amount of effort being generated by China, in terms of the huge number of search aircraft, ships, satellites and personnel. China's determination to find this flight is unprecedented...and demonstrates that China is very concerned. This interest is not for the fate of Chinese civilian passengers, but the high value cargo and the destiny of its defense scientists.
I'd like to read your thoughts...Lon
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