We tend to make things more complicated than they need be. Case in point: the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines triple-7. My friend Elaine Webb shared on Facebook an article by an experienced Canadian pilot, Chris Goodfellow, which gave a simple and entirely credible explanation of what might have happened.
He pointed out that pilots, especially those as experienced as the Malaysian Airlines pilots, are constantly updating in their mind where the nearest divert airfields are in case of an emergency. This would include airfields ahead, beside, and behind them. This way if something goes wrong, they don't have to think where they could go....they already KNOW where to go.
He theorizes that there was some sort of fire, probably electrical, that caused them to pull the circuit breaker(s) to identify and control the fire. This could have caused the interruptions in communications. Then the pilot turned towards the nearest, longest runway in the area (13,000') at Pulau Lankawi, which is why he made the sudden left turn.
He didn't return to Kuala Lampur because he knew he would have to cross over an 8,000' mountain ridge, and he might not be able to make it. His divert field at Pulau Lankawi was on the same approximate heading (in the direction) he was going after his turn. Mr. Goodfellow believes the plane crashed somewhere between its last known location and Pulau Lankawi, and that's where investigators should be looking.
But what about reports that land radar had the plane crossing back over the Malaysian peninsula and heading back out into the Indian Ocean? Just today it was said many believe there are too many powerful radars along that route for a plane to get through quietly unannounced. Hmmmm....
There was a story in the news this morning that was accompanied by this picture:
The caption called this "the face of cold authority".
Then it dawned on me....Putin looks like the ice-cold villain in the James Bond movie Casino Royale. Look at the expressionless eyes and the tight lipped mouth. Let's hope Pootie Pooh suffers a similar fate as Bond's nemesis.
Hump Day! :)