Thursday, March 13, 2014

US Navy to search Indian Ocean for Flight 370

By Donald Sensing

US Officials Have 'Indication' Malaysia Airline Crashed into Indian Ocean - ABC News

U.S. officials have an "indication" the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have
crashed in the Indian Ocean and is moving the USS Kidd to the area to begin searching. 
It will take another 24 hours to move the ship into position, a senior Pentagon official told ABC News. 
"We have an indication the plane went down in the Indian Ocean," the senior official said. 
The official said there were indications that the plane flew four or five hours after disappearing from radar and that they believe it went into the water. 
Pentagon officials said that the USS Kidd was being moved at the request of Malaysia and is heading towards an area where the Indian Ocean and the Andaman Sea meet. It has helicopters aboard that can scour the area.
I wrote yesterday about the theory that the aircrew suffocated because of cabin decompression, and that thought is picking up some steam more comprehensively because of a November 2013 federal airworthiness directive (AD) proposal due to "cracking in the fuselage skin underneath the
satellite communication (SATCOM) antenna adapter" (link).

However, Boeing has stated flatly that this AD did not apply to the Malaysian airliner since it did not have the antenna referenced in the AD. Nonetheless, the source, an insider in pilot training and procedures, explores the implications of some possibilities.

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