Brave Sir Robin, according to Boeing's own website, a 777 can take off in
as little as 1300 feet (about a quarter mile) and land in a range from 1500 -
2500 feet (.28 - .47 mile) depending on pressure altitude, OAT and flap settings
- not exactly "miles" of anything. And who said all small
airstrips must be limited to "jungle?" How tough would it be for a
handful of well-organized and financed miscreants to carve 3000 feet of open
space to put 777 down?Also, aircraft transponders relay all sorts of
information. Without it, an airplane appears as a target on a radar screen. No
information is provided as to its altitude, direction or separation from other
objects. With the transponder off, it would not be improbable to descend below
radar detection altitudes and fly at tree-top (or more) level until a landing
could be made.In all likelihood, it crashed and authorities have not
discovered the location but how much better would it be to have to negotiate
with hijackers than with the devil himself?
@Spoons"The only way to explain the lack of debris is alien
abduction and they do not even list it as a possibility."....or
it could be the fact that the search area is the size of South Carolina.
@CleetornYou're completely missing the point. Where would you
land a 777 so nobody notices? They take miles of runout on landing - you
don't just set them down in a clear spot in the jungle. This isn't
like hiding a stolen bicycle in your garage.Not to mention that your
hijacking theory doesn't explain why the aircraft suddenly disappeared from
radar. A hijacker could turn off the transponder (some of the 9/11 hijackers
did), but it would still show up on radar as an unidentified aircraft.This plane wasn't hijacked and flown to some secret landing site - it
suffered a violent disintegration in mid-air. The only questions at this point
are whether it was accidental or intentional, if intentional whether it was a
bomb (on board) or a missile, and who was flying when it happened.Yeah, some people!
The only way to explain the lack of debris is alien abduction and they do not
even list it as a possibility.
I am not betting on major engine failure or other mechanical issues. I am
betting on a major sinister effort on the part of low-life misfits.
Brave Sir Robin, DUH! Just because the plane would have landed does not mean
possible hijackers are ready to start making demands. Let everybody sweat for a
little while and then come forward. While it may not be likely to keep a 777 in
the air for that long, it is entirely possible to keep it hidden on the ground
almost anywhere for any length of time. Some people!
@CleetornIf the plane had been hijacked, it would have landed
somewhere by now. You can't keep a 777 in the air for 5 straight days.
This can't possibly be terrorism, Obama said that the War on Terror was
over. The major terrorists organizations are defeated and not active any
more...except in Lybia, Afganistan, Iraq, Boston, and a few dozen other places.
It must be a UFO incident. It's just a coincidence that the guys with the
two stolen passports booked one way tickets through a third party. I think they
could have been upset by a video on the Internet.
"Experts say possible causes of the apparent crash include an explosion,
catastrophic engine failure, terrorist attack, extreme turbulence, pilot error
or even suicide." All of which would leave some kind of debris at or near a
crash site whether on water or land. Maybe (hopefully) it was a hijacking and
the world is waiting for demands to be posted and negotiated. It's hard to
imagine that all these "'experts" can find no trace of this big of
an object. Unless, of course, it is after the form of a "Cast Away"
(searching in entirely the wrong areas) or something like that.