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Malaysian Plane Comms Shut Down Manually

From ABC News:

Malaysia Airliner Communications Shut Down Separately, US Officials Say


Two U.S. officials tell ABC News the U.S. believes that the shutdown of two communication systems happened separately on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. One source said this indicates the plane did not come out of the sky because of a catastrophic failure.

The data reporting system, they believe, was shut down at 1:07 a.m. The transponder — which transmits location and altitude — shut down at 1:21 a.m.

This indicates it may well have been a deliberate act, ABC News aviation consultant John Nance said. U.S. investigators told ABC News that the two modes of communication were "systematically shut down."

That means the U.S. team "is convinced that there was manual intervention," a source said, which means it was likely not an accident or catastrophic malfunction that took the plane out of the sky.

It also indicates that whoever diverted the plane knew a lot about communication systems.

U.S. officials said earlier that they have an "indication" the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have crashed in the Indian Ocean and is moving the USS Kidd to the area to begin searching.

It’s not clear what the indication was, but senior administration officials told ABC News the missing Malaysian flight continued to "ping" a satellite on an hourly basis after it lost contact with radar. The Boeing 777 jetliners are equipped with what is called the Airplane Health Management system in which they ping a satellite every hour. The number of pings would indicate how long the plane stayed aloft…

"We have an indication the plane went down in the Indian Ocean," the senior Pentagon official said.

The official initially said there were indications that the plane flew four or five hours after disappearing from radar and that they believe it went into the water. Officials later said the plane likely did not fly four or five hours, but did not specify how long it may have been airborne

Pentagon officials said that the destroyer USS Kidd was being moved to the western part of the strait of Malacca at the request of Malaysia and is heading towards an area where the Indian Ocean and the Andaman Sea meet. The ship has helicopters aboard that can scour the area…

Why exactly? Who is paying for all of this? We thought we were no longer the world’s policeman.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Malaysian Plane Comms Shut Down Manually”

  1. Astravogel says:

    SOLAS treaties, and a decent regard for humanity, would require us to offer aid.

    • yadayada says:

      not to mention the thousands of islands in that area large enough to land a stolen/highjacked airliner. I hope our intelligence agencies aren’t so blinded by o-hole that they won’t use every means at there disposal to find out if the plane actually crashed or was taken. two muslims with stolen passports on a plane that magically “disappeared” under increasingly suspicious circumstances spells trouble of monumental proportions.

      with congressional elections and subsequent inauguration ceremony looming, “Debt of Honor” undoubtedly flashes to mind.

  2. jambon says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the communications systems of the 777 are shipped with easy-to-guess passwords and someone exploited those vulnerabilities.

    Given the poor state of industrial security it would be very easy to convince me that the PDF manuals, software and other information were stolen, providing the attacker with a full blueprint how to use a PC or wifi device to hack into the plane’s communications system.

    This is, admittedly, purely the stuff conspiracy theories are made of…

    • yadayada says:

      can’t be a worm hole. worm holes only exist where a clothes dryer is present.
      the rotation, heat and static electricity combine to create a small deformation in the space-time continuum.
      granted it is only strong enough to convey a sock. (but THAT is what happens to your sock)

    • captstubby says:

      but they are not the only source of “mini wormholes.”

      the geometric dimensions of the average living room couch have a direct effect on the frequency, or vibrations of the particles that make up certain objects nearby.

      the most common is your tv remote control. on a quantum level the sofa seems to bend time and space, attracting susceptible items.

      creating a mini worm hole with very specific attraction properties.

      variations of certain pieces of furniture have been reported to draw to them
      small coins, unknown food stuffs, and amazingly automobile ignition devices.

      this follows Occam’s Razor, which states the principle “when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.”

      The principle has been used to justify uncertainty in quantum mechanics.

      “Scientists must use the simplest means of arriving at their results and exclude everything not perceived by the senses.” Taken to its logical conclusion, this must be positive.

      because you damn well know you left the effing keys on the dresser.

  3. canary says:

    There are tons of secret landing places and helicopter pads in the world.

    Didn’t it take 6 days to find JFK Jr’s airplaine because it sank.

    I just think Malaysia being predominately Muslim with Sharia Law in their constitution that the pilot or a passenger makes it easy to suspect Islamic terrorism may be behind it.

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