Hijacked and landed, demands forthcoming.
Blown up in midair.
Critical structural failure leading to a crash.
Alien abduction...a new bremuda triangle.
Bad seafood served...pilots incapacitated.
You're nuts....this is what actually happened.
So the plane couldn't have been blown up.
And if there were a legitimate need to turn around, the pilot would've radioed out a reason, distress call, etc. And the transponder would not have been turned off.
There are only 2 likely scenarios that would have led to the events as described, i. e. the transponder disabling and the turn around w/out any call indicating trouble. . .
1) The pilot committed suicide, i. e. intentional downing in the water. This is the most likely cause by Occam's Razor.
2) The plane was preprogrammed to switch off its transponder and turn around and also jam cellular communications.
A remote control or preprogrammed hijacking w/out jamming cell phones, OTOH, would've caused the pilot to exit the cockpit and warn passengers, who would've then called their loved ones. So if this happened, the cell phones had to be jammed.
Wow, chance in a lifetime experience there.
My jumpseat experience's were on Lear Air Ambulances with psycho pilots.
We lost one of those Lears unfortunately.
Went down flying out of Hobby into IAH.
NTSB sent a report to our FBO stating they dropped out of a 500 foot cieling of dense clouds flying IFR thinking they were on top of the airport.
Instead they were 2 miles West and went into a bunch of Trees with a trunk tank full of Jet-A.
We lost a G3 the same way. Both hangered at our FBO.
Ir dropped out of a low ceiling and clipped a Light pole on Beltway 8 just south of Hobby Airport.
I remember seeing the pilots cars parked in our parking lot after the accident and realized their drivers were gone for good.
Both vehicles sat there for over a week until a Family member finally picked them up.
" If no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else ? "
I predict a diplomatic row between China and Malaysia- the Chinese will demand an apology from the PM and Malaysia will, I dunno what they will do...
The 777 broke the time barrier. The crew and passengers are safe. All are aboard the Starship Enterprise. Worse case scenario, they all have become part of the Borg Collective.
Seriously though, I suspect catastrophic failure at altitude. Whether it was due to a bomb (ala Lockerbie), or a fuel tank that exploded (ala TWA 800), or the like, this is the only plausible explanation in my mind for 1) why no pilot communications and 2) why no radar trace.
Terrorists might have hijacked it and either 1) purposely flown it into the ground/water, or 2) tangled with crew/passengers with the same result (ala flight 93). But that no terrorist group has claimed responsibility, terrorists thriving on their 10 minutes of fame (or [in]fame), I'm not giving either much credence.
There was the plane in which Payne Stewart was flying that decompressed at altitude, incapacitating all on board, that just flew on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed - but radar would've caught such an incident.
Then there's the [remote] possibility it could've been hijacked and stolen - but to evade radar, they'd have had to fly it down to the ocean's surface, disable everyone's cell phones and the plane's in-flight phones, stave off any crew/passenger attempts to re-take the plane, etc. etc., which all make such a possibility highly implausible.
I'm sticking with catastrophic failure at altitude.
Who chimes "No Absolutes!" chimes absolutely.