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March 18th, 2014
10:13 PM ET

Flight 370: Analyzing the facts and breaking down theories

In the 11 days since Flight 370 vanished, only a handful of clues have surfaced. Without much for investigators to go on, they have not been able to rule out any of the theories on the table. Anderson looked at all of this with CNN aviation analysts Les Abend and Jim Tilmon along with aviation analyst for ABC News John Nance.

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  1. 1kangaroo11

    What about..are looking at the land, what if they are looking in the wrong place, I think the pilot was planning on your simulator, like going to the last layer of the atmosphere and now the plane is outer space, everyone is looking for the plane on ground, should look in the sky ...

    March 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm |
  2. shery630

    Here is another theory:

    – March 8, 12:41 a.m.: takeoff
    – 1:07 a.m.: ACARS sends communication
    ACARS data indicates route change programmed but not executed
    IF ACARS data also indicates the details of what has been entered THEN
    – before 1:07 a.m. A passenger (Mr.X) enters in to the cockpit
    – Mr.X incapacitates the captain and threaten/force co-pilot to enter new coordination in the computer
    ELSE
    – before 1:07 a.m.: the pilot/co-pilot enters the normal routine the secondary route in the airplane computer in case of emergency
    – about the same time, minutes before or after, a passenger (Mr.X) enters in to the cockpit
    – Mr.X incapacitate the captain immediately
    – 1:07 a.m.: ACARS sends communication
    – 1:19 a.m.: Mr.X force the co-pilot to just say "All right, good night" nothing more
    – Mr.X incapacitates the co-pilot immediately
    – 1:21 a.m.: Mr.X sets transponder off and all other communication devices
    – 1:22 a.m.: Plane disappears from Thai military radar
    – 1:27 a.m.: Plane makes a sharp left turn by auto-pilot to the west
    – after 1:27 a.m.: Mr.x enters the next coordinate into the computer
    – About 1:30 a.m.: Civilian radar loses contact with plane
    – 1:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.:
    – Mr.x makes the plane climbs to over 45000ft
    – Oxygen masks deployed but no oxygen (due to tempering devices) or Mr.X keeps the plane on that altitude long enough until the oxygen runs out
    – Mr.x brings the plane to about 20000+ft
    – Mr.x goes to cargo section of the plane (unpressurised section of the plane).
    – Mr.x takes the high-altitude skydiving equipment from his suitcase in the cargo
    – Mr.x opens one of the cargo door and jumps out (the normal EXIT doors or Emergency doors cannot be opened in the passenger section due to pressurised cabin)
    – Mr.x lands on Malaysia soil and escapes
    – Auto-pilot takes the plane to normal 29000+ft and follows the predefined route in its computer
    – Around 2:30a.m. to 2:45 a.m.: as programmed the plane takes southern route or the northern one ( We do not know which one)

    MOTIVATION:
    – Take the focus of 24hrs news/media on this mystery rather than big issue like Crimea for instance

    WHO DID IT:
    – Executed by trained person in high altitude jump probably with military background

    WHAT TO DO:
    – Check the souls on board background for military background or high altitude sky diving training

    March 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm |
  3. rselvaraju

    Why is there no investigation of the Australian man who gave his ring and watch to his wife before leaving on this flight? He couldn't have been a psychic to have a foreboding about this flight. His antecedents and activities also must be investigated. Nothing can be ruled out.

    March 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm |
  4. cpeck5

    Has anyone offered a reward for information about the fate of MH370 (the Sultan of Brunei lives very near there. He should be very interested in this)?

    The passenger who gave his wife his wedding ring with instructions most likely noticed something that made him very uncomfortable. The fact that nobody had a chance to use their cell phones means things happened very quickly. So if it was a botched hijacking several people had to have been involved. I hope the passengers are being looked at closely. The grieving relatives would understand any intrusion on their privacy, I'm sure, as long as it's in the interest of finding their loved ones.

    March 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm |
  5. conspiracytheorist2

    All of the attention has been focused on the plane. Who are the passengers? Is there someone on board that a country or group could use as a bargaining chip or might want for their knowledge or skill set?

    March 19, 2014 at 12:33 am |
  6. kettlitz

    A question for the experts – I have not heard anyone mention the possibility that after flying into the Indian Ocean, away from primary radars, with ACARS Off, someone onboard could have turned the transponder back on with a different squawk code, having filed a fake flight plan in a different country and apparently legally fly the plane into an airport (maybe as a charter flight?) with a perfectly normal landing profile. They could the hide the plane. Something like a bait and switch scheme. There are probably lots of reasons why this is not possible or likely, but, I have heard many crazy theories recently!!

    March 19, 2014 at 12:01 am |
  7. 5354merlin

    Could the lost plane be controlled by a flight simulator on the ground in some way such a drones are?

    March 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm |

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