Plenty of speculation, but nothing concrete yet. The US has said it considers it a high priority, but the Malaysians have largely discounted the terrorism aspect.
The flight number and airline identifier. MH is the code Malaysia, and 370 is the flight number.
They are required to re-qualify for their positions twice a year in full flight simulators by the airline, so yes, they would have known the route.
An excellent thought, but I don't know if the airline is able to track wesite usage by passenger. Interesting thought line, though...
NextGen and SESAR will fix this problem but we're about five years away, unfortunately.
Thereis so much area to search and the airplane is so relatively small... a very distressing situation for everyone.
None. It seemed to be a normal response to air traffic control without a hint of emotion or concern.
Sorry Gloria, no guesses, but clearly something took the flight crew by surprise. This in itself is compelling as flight crews are highly trained to respond to almost every possible contingency. It would not be too much to say that something catastrophic took place to preclude them from communicating and controlling the airplane.
Possible Lois, but a 777 is a big airplane and there are few airports that could handle it without attracting attention.
I don't know... good question.
Tiffany, most of our transportation industry has evolved exactly in that manner, and yes, each is a tragedy if lives are lost to further safety. We should concentrate on being proactive instead of reactive.
Probably not. That would have required significant pre-planning and secrecy, and to what end? Troubling it has taken so long to find the wreckage.
Not necessarily crazy and who knows what a rogue nation might do?
The impact would have destroyed it, it would have been traveling too fast to stay intact assuming it was an uncontrolled descent.
I agree Gloria.
An interesting angle I hope the investigators are pursuing.
Regrettably a common scenario in that part of the world. Until we have a global biometric system to vet every passenger, we still face the problems of stolen identity.
The Malaysian authorities have been to the pilots' homes, so they are looking into that aspect.
Agree. Hard to believe it almost a week since the accident. Extraordinary.
That might be a media-related observation. I know the airline has been very proactive in contacting everyone and worked through the Chinese embassy and government to keep them informed as details arise. Regrettably, few have... yet. I twill come, though.
Especially in that region.
I misunderstood your question, sorry. No way for the pilots to know which route would avoid detection. That is classified to military operations.
Unfortunately there will be more than a few more "missteps" as authorities try. I missed the CNN story.