Malaysia Airlines MH370 Plane Sighting in Maldives Might Support the Theory of a Fire that Disabled the Crew but Did Not Disable the Automatic Pilot

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Maldive by fabio.dilupo


A credible sighting verified from several sources in Maldive Islands of a large jumbo jet crossing the Indian Ocean at low altitude where no jets usually come might shed a possible light on the ultimate fate of Malaysia Flight MH370. A well reasoned albeit speculative article in Wired magazine by a licensed pilot claims that a fire might’ve disabled first the communication avionics and then the crew and passengers, without preventing the automatic pilot from keeping the plane in the air. MH370 might’ve turned into a ghost plane that ended up on the central-western area of the Indian Ocean. However, if this were true, the US base at Diego Garcia, a few hundred miles south should’ve probably sniffed this unexpected intruder…

Red circle – Maximum flight radius



Photo by fabio.dilupo

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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