Lion of the Blogosphere

Remember Flight MH370?

I never believed that anyone intended to crash the plane into the ocean because it made no psychological sense. Now, there’s new evidence that the pilot, the older pilot with the flight simulator in his home, had practiced on his flight simulator landing a plane at “a remote island far into the southern Indian Ocean.”

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When I was writing about the missing plane a few months ago, I used Google Maps to look at islands in the Indian Ocean, and it seemed to me that even if a plane could land on an island, there would be no way to hide it very long from satellite photos. Also, I would assume that someone would notice a large commercial jet landing on a rarely-used runway.

So if the plane did land, it would have to have been somewhere remote enough that no one was around to notice anything out of the ordinary except those who were in on the conspiracy. And it would also have to have been removed from the island it landed on relatively soon after it landed in order to avoid discovery, because the longer it stayed there the more likely it would have been photographed by a satellite.

Thus people are tempted to assume that the plane must have crashed before reaching its destination, but I also find that pretty unlikely because this guy was an experienced pilot who had practiced this flight path on a flight simulator, so if he wanted to fly to an island he should have been able to get the plane there.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 23, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Posted in News

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  1. Yeah baby, lets talk more about this. Your blog is best when dealing when beta rage, conspiracies, racial issues and class issues. Also, are you still painting?

    rivsdiary

    June 23, 2014 at 8:12 AM

  2. This will seriously be the most insane story if they find the plane fully intact and all of the people alive on some far flung island in the middle of the ocean.

    Sol

    June 23, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    • I’d love to see all the people alive, but I’m guessing that they were killed.

      Kyo

      June 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      • So… why? Who has gained what here? How is this better than just blowing up the plane in flight?

        Newdist

        July 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    • Did the passengers look like the characters from L O S T? Maybe they had to all go back to the island?

      DdR

      June 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      • Here I was thinking I was the only one thinking of Lost.

        cannibal

        June 23, 2014 at 2:07 PM

  3. None of the islands in the remote southern Indian Ocean – Kerguelen, Heard, McDonald – have airstrips. This is why the airline route between Australia and South Africa is (or until recently was) one of the only routes in the world on which four-engine aircraft are required. If an airliner runs into trouble there are absolutely no alternative landing spots.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    June 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM

  4. I’m still going with Pakistan or southern Iran for the hijack scenario. I have no idea why hijackers would target this flight/airline, but if it was hijacked, that’s where it is.

    “it would have to have been somewhere remote enough that no one was around to notice anything out of the ordinary”

    That would require darkness and a place large aircraft routinely land, not remoteness. There are lots of places with those characteristics that have more than enough hangar space to hide a 777.

    J1

    June 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

  5. Plane crushed somewhere, most likely on its own. Nobody is looking for it anymore.

    MyTwoCents

    June 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    • I agree. 90% chance plane and passengers are in the Indian Ocean.

      BehindTheLines

      June 23, 2014 at 5:12 PM

  6. Real life LOST! Awesome!

    bonkers for coconuts

    June 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

  7. How long and well-maintained would the landing strip for this palne have had to be to make a safe landing probable?

    Jim

    June 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    • If you absolutely, positively had to land, about 3000 feet assuming a 400Klb landing weight. Runway quality/safety would depend on what you wanted to do next. If you plan to leave, tarmac (and some more runway) would be better than asphalt or concrete since it could be repaired quickly after landing. If you don’t care about taking off again, it could be dirt. In lousy condition.

      J1

      June 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    • Minimum runway length for any aircraft type depends on altitude and outside temperature. The higher and/or hotter, the longer the runway needed. In this case, assuming a landing strip close to sea level and non-tropical temperatures, around 4,500 to 5,000 feet.

      Peter

      ironrailsironweights

      June 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM

  8. Absent authorities locating the wreckage or intact plane on this island, nothing would convince me that the governments fixation on the captain is anything more than a political ploy to smear the opposition party that he was a member of.

    Paul Rise

    June 23, 2014 at 6:56 PM

  9. diego garcia. kerguelen.

    the nationalist party south africans detonated a nuke on prince edward, and that’s still not official history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vela_Incident

    jorge videla

    June 23, 2014 at 8:20 PM

  10. Lion writes in his opening sentence: “I never believed that anyone intended to crash the plane into the ocean because it made no psychological sense.”

    But of course Lion didn’t originally believe the captain was involved, either, because he was secular. Lion believed that a secular man was, by definition, psychologically fit. To Lion, the younger pilot’s religious values – which were in no way out of the ordinary in Malaysia – made him suspicious.

    So Lion’s “psychological sense” leads him to now accuse the same pilot of nefarious deeds that he originally thought was beyond reproach. I’d say that perhaps Lion’s sense of these things ain’t quite as good as he believes.

    Suicide doesn’t have to make psychological sense to Lion. A pilot suffering a severe mid-life crisis decides to end his life and take a few others with him, but doesn’t want the shame of his act to affect his family. It’s suspected such things have happened before. End of story.

    The only twist to this recent story is that this pilot decided he didn’t want the flight recorder found and so he came up with a way to make sure that happened.

    Pincher Martin

    June 24, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    • We don’t know if the older pilot did this, it’s just supposition, plus we also don’t know what the motives were.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      June 24, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      • Well, your new speculation is based on the evidence found in the older pilot’s flight simulator. It’s hard to come up with any plausible scenario based on that evidence in which he doesn’t have some nefarious intent.

        So unless you’re supposing the younger pilot was so clever as to practice his hijacking of the flight on the captain’s equipment which was based at older pilot’s home, what other scenario is there?

        Pincher Martin

        June 24, 2014 at 9:28 PM


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