Aviation / Current

Based On What?

More than three weeks have elapsed since a Malaysian 777-200ER flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing turned off course and crashed…somewhere. Initially, Chinese and Malaysian investigators were reluctant to speculate on the cause of the crash without first finding the wrecked airliner while American investigators claimed the lumbering 600,000 lb plane was somehow capable of … Continue reading

Aviation / Current

Fire in the Sky

My first impression of the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 is that the flight crew was incapacitated by an on-board fire.  Turning back or heading to a diversionary airport is standard protocol in an emergency, and no emergency is more serious than catching on fire.  Loss of communication (VHF radios, SATCOM and ACARS) and the … Continue reading