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Everything posted by Captain_Barfbag

  1. They never had black box pings from AF 447. So, their search area was much larger, and for most of that 2 years no active searching was going on. The Woods Hole team only took a week of actual searching with their side-scan sonar to locate the wreckage. After that, it took another month before the recorders were brought to the surface. Thanks for all of the great info, Tom. Do you happen to know how often the boxes send out a ping? When we hear that they've detected "2 pings," would that be over a period of seconds, minutes or perhaps hours if they got two consecutive pings?
  2. We should also look at a different impact hypothesis. Instead of a controlled glide, suppose the plane went in nose first? This might have happened if no one was at the controls, or if the person in the cockpit was trying to make the plane disappear, as has been suggested. ValueJet 592, which went down in a Florida swamp, was such an impact: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ValuJet_Flight_592 This plane impacted the swamp at over 500 mph, and was completely destroyed on impact. No large pieces remained.
  3. For those who are certain that the plane must be somewhere else because we haven't found the wreckage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_New_Hampshire_Learjet_crash This plane went down in bad weather, and was not equipped with an ELT. It went down on land, not water. Within a few miles, they knew where the plane went down. Within a few minutes, they knew when it went down. It took 3 years to find the wreckage, despite an extensive search. Finding a crash site is not always easy.
  4. If that were the case, Malaysian Airlines would now be bankrupt and the search would be over. My own conspiracy theory is that there is more known about the flight path than has been released, but it is considered highly classified by the US government because of the sensors that picked the plane up. They don't want to release actual data, because to do so would reveal sensor capabilities that the US wants kept under wraps.
  5. This morning, I remembered one of my goals - to retire from work before I retire from ice hockey. I want to play at night and never have to hear the alarm clock in the morning. It's always way too early. As I've said, we will probably relocate for tax purposes. I've got a decent-sized model railroad that will have to be taken down and moved, and then re-assembled in a new place. That will almost certainly mean some reconfiguration. Instead of seeing that as a chore, I look on it as a chance to fix things that I didn't do right the first time. Having the time to do that will be a blessing. So far, we're both still very active, enjoying downhill skiing in particular. I want to lose some more weight (25 down, 25 to go) which will make bicycling more of the fun it used to be, but in the meantime it will part of the program.
  6. I just turned 67. I'm still working, but there are persistent rumors here of a "voluntary lay off." I could volunteer to be layed off and collect the severance package, which is pretty generous. I'm waiting for that. I heard a rumor that it could happen in the next few weeks. Or, it might not happen at all. Then I have to decide when I want to stop. I remain apprehensive about paying for stuff in retirement. I'm substantially better off than most, but with a statistical 20 or so years to go and a wife who will likely outlive me, I have to wonder how the future economy will affect me. From what I've seen of our so-called leaders of the last couple of dozen years, I see little reason for optimism. We will probably relocate. It's one thing to go to someplace like Maui, because you want to. It's another to feel you have to leave your home to conserve your financial resources and dodge the high tax structure around here.
  7. Indeed. For the first few days of this particular saga, AVSIM was off the air. Trying to get information from the TV was almost impossible. Trying to carry on an online discussion on news sites was the usual barrage of idiots blaming Obama or outer-space aliens. Thanks for being here, AVSIM.
  8. It's hard to imagine this kind of operation being a success, though. There are a limited number of runways where this plane could have landed, and a limited number of hangars big enough to hide it. Then, they would need to get jet fuel there, plus whatever else they wanted. After that, they would be flying an unidentified aircraft towards a population center. The chances of detection and interception would be very high. On the other hand, the 9/11 aircraft, fully loaded with fuel, did a staggering amount of damage and the chance of detection and interception was very low. Once they took over this aircraft, they could easily have flown to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok. I don't think there was ever an ELT signal from Air France 447. However, there was debris still floating several days after the crash.
  9. It seems strange that they would do that, but that exact thing happened just a few weeks ago to an Ethiopian Airways plane. To make that one even more odd, the first officer, who was doing the hijacking, took the plane to Geneva to request political asylum, but the plane's destination was Rome and he could just have landed there and taken a train to Geneva.
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