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Skepticism Grows Over Claims That MH370 Lies In the Bay of Bengal 126

Sockatume (732728) writes "The latest episode of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Mediawatch program addresses GeoResonance's claims to have found the lost Malasia Airlines MH370 in the Bay of Bengal. They attribute the company's sudden prominence to increasing desperation amongst the press. Meanwhile, the Metabunk web site has been digging into the people and technology behind GeoResonance and its international siblings, finding noted pseudoscientist Vitaly Gokh and a dubious variation on Kirlian photography."
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Skepticism Grows Over Claims That MH370 Lies In the Bay of Bengal

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  • Re:Where's Waldo? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ceriel Nosforit ( 682174 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @09:05AM (#46927637)

    According to the Australians I talk to, all of Australian politics is a bad joke right now.

  • by bobbied ( 2522392 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @12:03PM (#46929583)

    Interesting theory, but Occum's razor says (and I paraphrase) "The simple answer is preferred until the more complex one is proven."

    An in flight fire in the forward avionics bay makes a lot less assumptions than your theory.

    IMHO, the most likely, less complex scenario is as follows...

    1. In flight fire, forward avionics bay (under the pilot's seats), Forward galley, forward cargo bay, started for some reason (tire fire, electrical fault, etc) Such events are not unheard of.

    2. Emergency procedures are "Fly the plane, Navigate, Communicate" (in that order). So the pilots did the following tasks, in this order:

    a. Pull all the breakers they could in hopes of stopping the fire, disabling the radios and transponder.

    b. Turn towards the nearest suitable landing location by punching in two way-points in to the flight director.

    c. Gain altitude if the fire is not going out, to try and starve it of O2.

    3. At this point, I assume they lost control of the cabin altitude or where driven from their seats by smoke/flames or where disabled by fumes. There is only about 20 min of supplemental O2 for passengers, slightly more for crew. Everybody was unconscious in about half an hour and dead within two if the cabin altitude went too high, or everybody died from smoke inhalation as the fire/smoke spread.

    4. The plane files on the flight director's last instructions, passes though/over the two way-points then just flies on unguided until the fuel was exhausted,

    5. When the engines stop, the plane descends into the water and sinks relatively in tact.

    This is simple, straight forward, and matches what we know. The only assumption being made is the in flight fire and the damage it caused leading to the disabling of the passengers/crew. Everything else is either standard procedure, or based on how the aircraft's systems function.

"What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying." -- Nikita Khrushchev