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What happened to Flight 447? | U.S. | ReutersNo reason to believe terrorism (...)
It is quite likely the airplane was struck by lightning.
USATODAY.com - Answers: Does lightning hit airplanesLightning regularly strikes airplanes. In fact, as far as anyone knows, the odds are that each airliner in the USA will be hit by lightning once a year. (Obviously some would be hit more than once, some not at all.)
Virgin Blue plane struck by lightning - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)A Virgin Blue aircraft returned to Melbourne after being hit by lightning on Friday afternoon.
FOXNews.com - Sen. Ted Kennedy's Plane Struck By Lightning - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political SpectrumA plane carrying U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy from western Massachusetts to his home on the coast was struck by lightning Saturday and had to be diverted to New Haven, Conn., his spokeswoman said.
Plane Struck By Lightning Video by Chester - MySpace Video
Touché par la foudre, un avion se pose en urgence - Faits divers - 06/02/2009 - leParisien.frTouché par la foudre, un avion se pose en urgence
Bliksem slaat vliegtuig | madbello
PAROOL: BUITENLAND - Vliegtuig mogelijk door bliksem getroffenVliegtuig mogelijk door bliksem getroffen
Das Flugzeug könnte durch Blitzschläge verunglückt sein. Ein totaler Stromausfall nach einem Blitzschlag würde erklären, warum die Piloten kein Notsignal von sich gaben. Doch das Einschlagen eines Blitzes in ein Flugzeug passiert häufiger, wodurch normalerweise keine großen Schäden resultieren.
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You may want to read your own articles to be more informed.
As stated by PILOTS, the chances are slim it was the cause. I also argue that at 39,000 feet which was the stated altitude, I am thinking it was higher, this airliner is very unlikely to fly INTO a storm; also taking into account that they have weather radar and would never deliberately fly into severe weather.
As I stated, I think it is something much more sinister, but my remarks are purely speculative just as all the other remarks are; I am having a hard time understanding your desperate efforts to suggest that my argument is no more valid than others.
But that aside, what is with all the defensiveness? I stated that I am of the OPINION that it is something more sinister; like a bomb.
At this time none of us know; but based on my experience as a pilot and having read extensively on commercial aircraft disasters and accidents, this one just doesn't pass the sniff test for being weather related. I am not ruling out the fact that this is what could have happened, but a lightening strike causing a major systems failure; that is almost laughable if not implausible.
I don't think the lightning is the only cause of the crash, even if that's what the experts are saying right now in every newspaper, and even if lightnings have already caused the crash of several airliners (even if it is very rare: once in the USA in 1961, once in Germany during the 80's and once more in China in 2000) USATODAY.com
Indeed, I read once that airplanes crashes are rarely caused by a single event. We're sure that the electronic systems were damaged (probably by a lightning) since there were alerts (which if the proof that the plane has not exploded directly, and that it was not a terrorist attack).
If the plane flew into the dangerous zone, maybe it was also hit by hailstones, maybe there was a depressurization etc...something that, combined to damaged electronic systems, could have provoked a crash
A massive decompression caused by an explosion somewhere within the aircraft at altitude would not cause the plane to disappear instantaneously and would indeed provide time for the systems to send an automated message out.
A massive decompression would explain why there were no communications from the crew after the automated message went out and there are no instances in modern aircraft where this would have occurred as a result of weather at altitude.
Now I just had another thought, but am not certain this can be done with the redundancy of systems, but this kind of massive decompression could also occur if someone deliberately were to open an emergency door and if it were close to the cockpit, it could disable the crew in a short instant and result in the loss of the aircraft.
Again, I am just speculating here like everyone else; but something definitely smells wrong here in my opinion.
here is one OVER MARYLAND "Pan Am Flight 214 December 8, 1963 near
The crash of Pan Am Flight 214 was registered in the Guinness Book of World Records (2005) as the "Worst Lightning Strike Death Toll". In 1971, LANSA Flight 508LANSA Flight 508
LANSA Flight 508 was a Lockheed Electra L-188A turboprop, registered OB-R-941, operated as a scheduled domestic passenger flight by Lineas A?reas Nacionales Sociedad Anonima , that crashed in a thunderstorm enroute from Lima, Peru to Pucallpa, Peru, on December 24, 1971, killing 91 people – all of its 6 crew and 86 of its 87 passengers....
was also brought down by a lightning strike, but has no mention in the Guinness Book of World Records, despite having more casualties (91 fatalities). "
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