AirTalk for March 17, 2014

Malaysian Airliner: Transponder disabled; pilots investigated; families demand answers

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft

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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft (L) taxis on the tarmac of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Feb. 26, 2007.

The mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 continues to baffle experts, the media and the world alike.

"All right. Good night," is the last communication received by air traffic controllers from MH370 at 1:19 a.m. on March 8. After that, according to authorities, the transponder of he plane was shut off and radar contact with the plane shortly after.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said publicly that he suspects someone deliberately steered the plane off track. Authorities are currently investigating the flight crew and the homes of both pilots, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah and 1st Officer Fariq Ab Hamid have been searched.

So far, the search has spanned 11 countries, vast oceans and includes the coordinated efforts of 26 nations.

What are the possible theories surrounding the plane's disappearance? What safety measures are in place to prevent losing contact with commercial jets? If the plane crashed into the ocean, how likely is it to be found?

 

Guest:

 

Capt. John M. Cox, A veteran major airline, corporate and general aviation pilot and CEO of Safety Operating Systems

 


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