This is what I think happened. Some sort of electrical fire (remember all the Boeing 777s that needed fixing last year?)
The Federal Aviation Administration says unsafe wiring conditions on some Boeing 777 jetliners need to be fixed to prevent the possibility of a crash from an in-flight entertainment system fire.
Chris Goodfellow, a Canadian pilot, thinks the fire could have disabled the ACARS and the transponder. But what about that calm “All right good night”?
Well, the Malaysian government has backtracked (one of many, it seems) on the timeline:
As the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stretched into a 10th day, the Malaysian authorities on Monday identified the plane’s first officer as the last person in the cockpit to speak to ground control. But the government added to the confusion about what happened during those key minutes by withdrawing its assertion that the radio signoff had come after a crucial communications system was disabled.
The sudden change in altitude, up to 45,000 feet? Possibly to reduce the oxygen to starve the fire.
The sudden change in heading? Possibly to get to the nearest airport with a long runway, as in Pulau Langkawi:
The satellite “pings” correlate well with this theory, as CNN reported four days ago:
The analysis used radar data and satellite pings to calculate that the plane diverted to the west, across the Malayan peninsula, and then either flew in a northwest direction toward the Bay of Bengal or southwest into the Indian Ocean.
But CNN then went on to say, with no evidence other than the familiar anonymous senior U.S. official :
Taken together, the data point toward speculation of a dark scenario in which someone took control of the plane for some unknown purpose, perhaps terrorism.
That theory is buoyed by word from a senior U.S. official familiar with the investigation that the Malaysia Airlines plane made several significant altitude changes and altered its course more than once after losing contact with flight towers.
Why haven’t they found it yet? Well, they didn’t make it to Palau Langkawi, and they may never find it. The Indian Ocean is eight miles deep.
So this is it for me. No more CNN, no more web searches. It’s beginning to feel exploitative, and I can only imagine how difficult it is for the families of those pilots and their passengers.