I think someone may have gained access to the aircraft prior to the crew boarding, and made their way below the flightdeck? I don't believe that area is searched prior to flight... They would have had full access to everything they need to gain control of the aircraft – ACARS, the transponders, and possibly the oxygen supply. They may have even been able to change the flightpath after takeoff which now seems to be an area of concern. It may sound crazy, but also seems as likely as any other speculation.
I'm sorry it was 2005. It was a different flight in 2011.
Why are we not looking at the potential for this to be a ghost plane? Look at the Helios crash in 2011. The scenario accounts for the only verified data we have. After the last verbal contact an incapacitating electrical fire noxious smoke event involves the highly flammable oxygen supply. The pilots try to program the plane to head back to an airport. When the pilots succumb slumping back in the seat could cause the plane to ascend to the 45000 ft. mark before the autopilot can return it to the correct flight altitude, fighting the pilot body on the controls all the way. The plane would continue along the autopilot course until it exhausted fuel and plunged into the Indian Ocean. Narrow the search field to that trajectory first. This scenario would account for no cell phone communications as the passengers and crew would have been overcome rapidly. An internal flash fire could leave the flight operations of the plane in enough of a working condition for this to have occurred. It answers ALL of the answers.
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