I was very recently up in the north of Australia somewhere, and happened to meet a guy who was a pilot. “Commercial jets”, he said. My ears pricked up, and I asked what jets we were talking about. “Triple 7’s”, he said. So I pressed him for an answer on what he thought the fate of the missing commercial airliner MH370 was (and I did have to push a little…). As this was a man who flew this particular model of aircraft, I consider it worthy of sharing his perspective on the possible sequence of events.
Here is his speculated theory in dot-point format, for your edification – in this case, my opinion is irrelevant, I’m just the messenger:
- About 1 hour into a flight, after the final call to point-of-origin air traffic control, it is normal for one of the pilots to go and visit the lavatory.
- During this moment in time, the now lone pilot is confronted with a sudden explosive decompression event (one of the cockpit windows blows out) – a freak occurrence.
- Said lone pilot manages to just a reach a switch which negates the ‘route plan autopilot’ – the aircraft is now controllable using the manual ‘sticks and levers’. He pulls back and to the left to steer the aircraft back toward Malaysia (i.e. toward the west).
- Oxygen is quickly removed from the plane through the damage caused by the explosive decompression, and the temperature in the cockpit and the rest of the plane plummets to about -50°C, within seconds.
- ‘Emergency autopilot’ takes over control of the aircraft while the plane is banked left and turning toward a westerly/south-westerly direction.
- Everyone on the plane is clawing for the deployed oxygen masks while rapidly freezing to death.
- The plane is on autopilot.
- Everybody on-board dies.
- The plane continues to fly on autopilot until fuel is depleted.
- The aircraft slowly descends/glides down toward the ocean, and eventually makes a gliding landing manoeuvre onto the Indian Ocean.
- The plane sinks in its entirety within a few hours. There is little or no debris.
- The aircraft and its contents may not be found for several or many years.
So, there you go…
For me, it is plausible and believable. Notwithstanding the fact that the aircraft was very likely to have been tracked by someone (JORN – Jindalee Operational Radar Network, or satellite systems, or island-based US-operated radar systems, or…), which opens up all the other questions and possibilities, and conspiracy theories, Diego Garcia, Freescale, lithium, semi-conductor patents, Illuminati, etc.
I am sure that astute readers and many others may like to pick that theory to pieces – and I take issue with some elements of it, and am quite sure that more is known than what we see on the news. But anyway – just sharing…