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  1. Forensics1

    Malaysian Flight 370

    Well.. phooey, darn, and fiddlesticks! Can't we just pretend? Thanks for the correction. Mike
  2. Forensics1

    Malaysian Flight 370

    What my brother (retired military pilot 25+ years) and my niece (current ATC and pilot) and my own limited training tells me is that in order to switch to the emergency squawk position on the 777 transponder you must first pass through the off position. Suppose there was a sudden decompression at 35,000 feet, even if only in the cockpit, both pilots could be unconscious and even dead in seconds.If they did decompress the pilot could have been attempting to switch the transponder to Emergency but became incapacitated at "off". At their altitude everyone would be dead in seconds, the autopilot takes over and flies the aircraft. The failure, perhaps a fire, trips breakers one by one (radio, ACRS, oxygen) as they are affected. Eventually the aircraft runs out of fuel. Just like Payne Stewart's personal jet a few years ago. The tables show an expected time to unconsciousness would be 30 to 60 seconds. 30,000 feet - 1 to 3 mins 35,000 feet - 30 sec to 60 seconds 40,000 feet - 15 to 20 seconds Yes, they have oxygen of course, but if their oxygen system was part of, or the cause of, the failure that brought the aircraft down? The course change may have happened because they were dealing with an in - flight emergency. The sudden change in altitude could have been an effort to extinguish a fire. The simplest explanation is usually the best, but the media loves to speculate and generate the revenues that talking heads provide. The sad fact is that if the aircraft and the human beings are all somewhere in the ocean we may never know what happened.