What happened to MH370
MH370: An Important Change in Protocol—A Clue?
I've been following the events swirling around MH370 from day one. I was leaving on a trip to Constanta, Romania, when the news flash came across. I arrived in the hotel room after an 11 hour flight, and had TV on during my stay, following the unhappy story.
Of course I later found my voice in the Twitterverse, and love me or hate me, I have always tried to be a voice of calm and reason—all the while trying to be polite to my detractors (I do have a few). I bring years of Boeing experience into the discussion, and have spent many years in the professional airline world, as I continue to do.
With that as a backdrop, there's always been something nagging at me about the little we do know about MH370, the timeline, and her pilots. Something I could not put a finger on...something just seemed...so...so out of place.
I needed to dig deeper.
Pilots generally have the same quirks and voice mannerisms. We will often have the same "uhs" or inflections. We also rarely switch roles when it comes to radio work. The FO (there are exceptions, but that does not apply here) picks up the ATC clearance, and in the vernacular "works the radio" on the ground. Once airborne, whoever is not flying works the radio while the other pilot flies.
That in mind, when MH370 gets the clearance, it is the FO who speaks first (all times are UTC, and from the Factual Information report)...
What follows is an interesting analysis of the communications between flight controllers and the pilot and co-pilot before flight MH370 stopped communicating and disappeared.
My theory, supported by this and this: The pilot was an Islamist who deliberately ditched the plane.
The latest on the debris on Twitter.
Thanks to Jeff Wise.