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More Malaysia Mystery

Posted on | March 18, 2014 | 17 Comments

The missing airliner drama doesn’t much interest me, personally, but the story continues dominating news:

The first turn to the west that diverted the missing Malaysia Airlines plane from its planned flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was carried out through a computer system that was most likely programmed by someone in the plane’s cockpit who was knowledgeable about airplane systems, according to senior American officials.
Instead of manually operating the plane’s controls, whoever altered Flight 370’s path typed seven or eight keystrokes into a computer on a knee-high pedestal between the captain and the first officer, according to officials. The Flight Management System, as the computer is known, directs the plane from point to point specified in the flight plan submitted before a flight. It is not clear whether the plane’s path was reprogrammed before or after it took off.
The fact that the turn away from Beijing was programmed into the computer has reinforced the belief of investigators — first voiced by Malaysian officials — that the plane was deliberately diverted and that foul play was involved.

Read the whole thing at the New York Times. Were there any teenage lesbian porn stars on the plane? That would be interesting.



17 Responses to “More Malaysia Mystery”

  1. Kevin O'Kelley
    March 18th, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

    RE: “Were there any teenage lesbian porn stars on the plane? That would be interesting.”
    No, but there is yet another foreign policy disaster for the Obama administration. And Obamacare, the signature domestic policy initiative, is sinking fast. And the economy is still stalled. …

    There’s a plane missing! Look over here. We’re talking about the missing plane. See!?

  2. Charles
    March 18th, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    Maybe the pilot was idly strumming his fingers on the control panel as he watched teenage porn stars on his iPad.

  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 18th, 2014 @ 3:12 pm
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  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 18th, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

    I can neither confirm of deny RSM’s speculation, but this was one of the last transmissions from Flight MH370:

  6. Adriane
    March 18th, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    A possibility: the pilot was keying in an airport for an emergency landing …

  7. Bozikek
    March 18th, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

    you know you make this really difficult to browse while cheesing off work.

    Denouements are in order.

  8. bet0001970
    March 18th, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

    I have a moral objection to reading the NYT’s and I am officially registering my disapproval of any links being posted to such a disreputable tabloid.

  9. CrustyB
    March 18th, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

    That means it’s headed for the John Hancock Center!

    Sorry, old Microsoft Flight Simulator joke.

  10. Rob Crawford
    March 18th, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

    EXCEPT there was no mayday. Nor is there wreckage.

  11. DaveO
    March 18th, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

    Last year folks said a hacker couldn’t hijack a car through a wireless connection, and then it was proved. I am wondering if the Boeing 777 is as similarly unhackable as last year’s cars.

  12. Good Stuff
    March 18th, 2014 @ 11:27 pm

    this is big news in SE Asia – everybody is talking about this stuff

    Starting to rethink this stuff – China said background checks of the 154 Chinese citizens on board turned up no links to terrorism, apparently ruling out the possibility that Uighur Muslim militants who have been blamed for terror attacks within China might have been involved.

    did the Chinese military shoot the plane down by accident?

    still tracking this story –

  13. Lemuel Vargas
    March 19th, 2014 @ 1:48 am

    According to the Malaysians, the plane was hijacked…wait for it, wait for it, wait for it, and to finish their sentence, by extraterrestrial aliens w/ an underwater base in the Indian Ocean.
    How would you explain a plane that went up to 45,000 ft, and then go down to 22,000 ft. in a min.? Your answer is as good as mine.

  14. Quartermaster
    March 19th, 2014 @ 5:47 am

    There is a “non-conspiracy” theory post of what may have happened at

    Quite plausible.

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