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    Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

    Investigators trying to solve the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner have concluded that one of the pilots or someone else with flying experience hijacked the missing Boeing 777 and steered it off course, according to a Malaysian government official.The official, who is involved in the investigation, told The Associated Press on Saturday that no motive has been established, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.
    The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory. "It is conclusive," he said.
    He said evidence that led to the conclusion were signs that the plane's communications were switched off deliberately, data about the flight path and indications the plane was steered in a way to avoid detection by radar.
    The jet's communication with the ground was severed under one hour into a flight March 8 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysian officials have said radar data suggest it may have turned back and crossed back over the Malaysian peninsula westward, after setting out toward the Chinese capital.
    Earlier, a senior U.S. official told Fox News that the search effort will broaden deep into the Indian Ocean, based on new intelligence assessments that there is a "higher probability" the aircraft went down in that region.
    As a consequence of shared U.S.-Malaysian intelligence assessments, it is understood that the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Kidd will expand its search into a southern quadrant of the ocean, while Indian authorities will cover a northern quadrant.
    The development comes as authorities speculate that the disappearance may have been an "act of piracy, and more evidence suggests the plane was diverted by a skilled pilot before it vanished, U.S. and Malaysian officials familiar with the investigation said Friday
    Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says | Fox News


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    Re: Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

    Well until they conclude something else. It's certainly been a weird thing with "facts" coming out and then being argued about by officials from different agencies and countries.
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    Re: Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

    I just wonder where are all the believers of aliens are? I mean if there was ever a chance to claim aliens took an airliner this would be the one.

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    Re: Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Well until they conclude something else. It's certainly been a weird thing with "facts" coming out and then being argued about by officials from different agencies and countries.
    Exactly.

    I'd rather they not talk about it so much so when they have a suspicion they can look into it before saying anything.
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    Re: Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

    I've said earlier that I am 100% positive it was skyjacked. The only question for me is whether or not that took place on-board or remotely through a tweaked SATCOM ACARS Avionics system.

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    Re: Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

    Skyjacking airplanes?! Sky pirates?!

    What is next, space pirates?!

    Where could the pirates land the airplane without notice? To which airport?
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    Re: Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

    I have been listening to a program that places great emphasis on the fact that there were 20 members of a tech firm on board.

    Malaysia Airlines Plane MH370 Latest Conspiracy Theory: Who were Freescale Semiconductor Experts on Board?

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    Re: Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

    There is no conclusion on what happened. The only thing anyone and everyone knows it that the aircraft is missing.


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    Re: Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

    Quote Originally Posted by 1750Texan View Post
    There is no conclusion on what happened. The only thing anyone and everyone knows it that the aircraft is missing.

    Just curious what other people here may think, but would you buy a ticket on foreign commercial airline if you knew ahead of time that both the pilot and co-pilot were muslims?

    Not trying to claim that in itself is the only answer, but what I can say about my flying preferences are, I prefer to fly on carriers who hire mainly ex US military transport pilots who have 10-20 years of flying experience.

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    Re: Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

    Quote Originally Posted by Del Zeppnile View Post
    Just curious what other people here may think, but would you buy a ticket on foreign commercial airline if you knew ahead of time that both the pilot and co-pilot were muslims?
    Have you ever flown out of Dubai? I have and on numerous occasions I did so with an all muslim crew on the flight deck and no suspicions about their competency or their desire to want to live.

    Quote Originally Posted by Del Zeppnile View Post
    Not trying to claim that in itself is the only answer, but what I can say about my flying preferences are, I prefer to fly on carriers who hire mainly ex US military transport pilots who have 10-20 years of flying experience.
    Yes - former military transport pilots can have a wide variation of multi-engine turbine flight experience, but that does not mean the flight is any less safe when managed by non-former military transport pilots. People work very hard to obtain their ratings through ATP and to develop the skill necessary to operate commercial aircraft. Experience can only come through opportunity and if you don't groom the younger pilots through the ranks by giving them the opportunities to transport passengers, they will never have such experiences that make them ready for heavier and larger airframes.

    Former military pilots have their share of accidents in aviation as well. Having a background in the military as a pilot does indeed help you move to the head of the line with the airlines, but it is no panacea to commercial aviation incidents where human factors are involved. The military has long since cut back on its pilots slots and has not been producing pilots anywhere near the rate it used to before the service reorganization. So, major airlines are having to pick from a larger pool of non-military candidates for their First Officer programs, mostly on-board 737 airframes.

    When they have a hiring need, they reach down to the Regional Carriers where pilots were mostly flying turbo-props, CRJs and ERJs. The guys coming out those aircraft were barely making 35k per year at one point and the vast majority of them did not come from the military - but they were hard working, dedicated and committed to the profession and many of them spent almost as much as Doctors spend on their education to get where they are. The former military pilot had his flight training all paid for by the tax payers. The guy who came up through a local flight school or one of the national academies such as ATP, had to pay for all his training and then work like a slave as an Instructor before ever getting hired by a Commuter or a Regional - and only then making it to the Majors years later.

    You typically don't get to the Majors unless you are ready. Once you are there, you will be trained to a very high level of consistency. That's how the pilot selection system works.

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