What could be the reason for MH370
The search for missing flight MH370 that vanished over 4 days ago is still ongoing with the search now focusing on the Strait of Mallaca they say that MH370 turned back, crossed entire country undetected and fell in Malacca straits. Is it possible?
Pilots often pull fuses to cut warning alarms, etc.Is it possible to pull fuses which would prevent serious warnings from going off?
Was Pilot hypoxic? or it can be involved in a flash fire in the cockpit, disabling communications.Disproven Reports
Some early Twitter and Facebook sources indicated that the plane had landed in Nanming, Vietnam or Nanning, China. Those reports have been disclaimed by Chinese authorities and MH leadership.
An apparent oil slick originally photographed from a plane overflying area waters has been lab-tested and was determined NOT to be aircraft fuel.
Debris observed near the point of last contact was originally thought to be an aircraft door. This has been determined to be inaccurate.
Reports of a possible life raft have been determined to be inaccurate.
Reports of another pilot contacting MH370 have been discredited (source:AvHerald).
Reports of a debris field in the South China Sea sighted by a passing CX flight have been discredited (source: http://on.wsj.com/1nbi4p0
Reports of passenger cell phones still ringing when called are almost certainly an artifact of international telephony - see explanation below. "OK, let me add couple lines regarding telecom. I've spent number of years working at telecom, while it is not my primary specialization at this moment, nothing has changed last several years.
First of all, as it was said before - if phone rings, or, better to say - if you hear ringback, that does not really mean anything. (telecom) Network equipment determines a lot of things this days and multiple intermediary devices can generate ringback even before request reaches the phone. This method is used in google voice for example - you will hear ringback pretty much immediately while call setup is still in progress.
Secondly, if phone is called, all network operators can trace the call, not only signaling part, but content if required (google CALEA). Network operator always can identify which cell tower is used to handoff the call to the end user device. Which would pinpoint the location of the phone within 2-5 miles radius.
Thirdly, as it was already pointed - if you have ringback after three days, this is something very unusual here. W/o airline mode 'on' a phone in search of a signal would discharge in several hours maximum. And even if there was signal available all the time (how??) standby mode would not be three days for sure, unless you use some >10y old Nokias which had standby time of two-three weeks."
Be careful about relying on aircraft position data from sites like FlightRadar24, FlightAware, and others. Public access to radar data in the region is not reliable, and erroneous readings may be present on some sites. The aircraft most likely did not climb to 49,500 feet as some site may indicate, as that would be physically impossible.
Other speculation (terrorist activity, shot down, etc.) has been turn down by interpolPassports and Airport Security Issues
Two passengers listed on the manifest as being an Austrian and an Italian, were apparently traveling on stolen passports. The true passport holders were not on the flight. Both are alive and well. Both reported their passports stolen in Thailand within the last year or two, confirmed by their respective countries and Interpol.
The true identity of one travelling with the stolen Austrian passport has now been established at a news conference on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar. Both tickets were purchased one day before the flight as China Southern Airlines codeshares through a travel agent in Thailand. The tickets were numbered sequentially, but several posters have pointed out that this would not be uncommon with codeshares and/or tickets issued by a TA.
Discussion of Chinese visa requirements for these two passengers have been settled, as both were supposed to be transiting at Beijing and then Amsterdam, with one - now identified as a 19 year old Iranian named Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad with no known terrorist connections - ticketed KUL-PEK-AMS-FRA, and the other, still now identified by Interpol’s chief Ronald Noble as 29 year old Iranian national Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza, flying KUL-PEK-AMS-CPH. EU passport holders do not require a visa for transits of 72 hours or less at PEK.
There are reports of a third passenger, listed on the manifest as Zhao Qiwei, who appears to be traveling on a forged Chinese passport. The holder of the genuine passport still has possession of the passport, has reportedly never traveled abroad, and is still at home in mainland China.
Authorities have confirmed that five other passengers checked in for the flight, but did not board. Reports indicate that these passengers' bags were offloaded, and that there was no unaccompanied baggage on the aircraft.Aircraft Background
Very experienced captain (53 yo with 18,365 total flight hours).
First officer relatively new to aircraft type (27 yo with 2,763 total flight hours).
MH has a good safety record.
In its history, the 777 aircraft type has been involved in three other hull-losses (one of which, Asiana 214, is unofficially but widely considered the result of pilot error) and is considered a safe aircraft.
This particular vessel (registration 9M-MRO, s/n 28420, line #404) had accumulated 53,465 flight hours in 7,525 flight cycles since delivery to MH in May, 2002. Maintenance last undergone Feb 23rd 2014. All MH aircraft are equipped with ACARS transmitting monitoring data automatically; no distress call or information was transmitted or relayed. The search area has been extended and includes the Strait of Malacca west of Malaysia looking at the possibility that the aircraft may have turned back and diverted to Subang (Malaysia).
was previously involved in an incident in Shanghai Pudong International Airport on August 9, 2012, when the tip of its wing collided with a China Eastern Airlines Airbus A340-600. The wing was subsequently repaired. Some FT posters have speculated that this repair may have been a factor in the current incident, however, there is no data to substantiate that claim at this time.