Posted on | March 19, 2014 | 9 Comments
The cable news morning shows were chattering on endlessly today about the missing Malaysian airliner, the volume of discussion evidently being inversely proportional to what is actually known. What we actually know is quite nearly nothing:
More than 10 days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, the investigation has become a full criminal probe, with attention increasingly focused on the flight’s two pilots, given the assessment by experts and officials that whoever disabled the plane’s communication systems and then flew the jet must have had a high degree of technical knowledge and flying experience. . . . .
As further confirmation that someone was still guiding the plane after it disappeared from civilian radar, airline pilots and aviation safety experts said an onboard computer called the flight management system would have to be deliberately programmed in order to follow the pathway taken by the plane as described by Malaysian authorities. . . .
“All right, good night” — Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said Monday that “initial investigations show it was the co-pilot who spoke” those final words from the cockpit to air traffic control. But government officials did not say the speaker’s identity had been confirmed. Officials also revised the timeline for that final message, suggesting that it may have come shortly before the flight’s Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, was shut off, rather than after. . . .
Police confiscated an elaborate flight simulator that one of the pilots, Zaharie, had built in his home and reassembled it in their offices to study it for clues. Citing a senior police officer with direct knowledge of the investigation, Reuters reported Tuesday that Zaharie’s simulator included programs for runways in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and other Indian Ocean countries, as well as runways in the U.S. and Europe.
So there’s your daily Missing Malaysian Airliner Update, and you can now safely ignore everything the cable news channels are saying about this story for the next 24 hours. They don’t actually know anything about what happened, but they’re under orders from their bosses to discuss this story on an hourly basis anyway.
Tune in tomorrow, when we still won’t know anything.