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March 18th, 2014
06:45 PM ET

Who Was In Command of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

CNN's Brooke Baldwin picks apart the latest theories on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with a panel of experts. Those experts include commercial pilot Fred Tecce, the managing partner of Airline Weekly, Seth Kaplan, the head of an underwater search firm, Capt. Timothy Taylor, and ocean explorer Christine Dennison.

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  1. mindy

    a couple of questions that i have not heard the answers to. How much fuel on board? How long would it travel before fuel runs out? If it was hijacked wouldn't that be key factors? they havent searched Madagascar. or the west coast of Africa if it could travel that far.

    March 18, 2014 at 8:03 pm |
  2. Chris

    Hi, the disappearance of this plane can be explained in the following way:
    There was an electrical malfunction associated with fire. The pilot programmed an auto pilot course back to an airport, but the fire got out of control. It probably was in the belly of the plane. The pilot had the plane climb to 40,000 feet in order to starve the fire of oxygen. Unfortunately, everyone on board got incapacitated or killed in this maneuver. Then the plane returned to the programmed auto pilot course and continued flying until in ran out of fuel.
    This scenario gives the true heroes of this flight their proper due. These pilots were true heroes and they did their best to save the plane and the passengers on board to the best of their ability.

    March 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm |
  3. Mary

    Question- given the situation, has Malaysian Airlines suspended their flights or have they or the airport changed policies to prevent this from happening again?? It seems glaringly obvious that the company and/or Malaysian gov't lack the expertise, sense of urgency and skills to lead such a complex investigation. Seems like the "official" Malaysian press conferences are announcing what they learned from CNN and other news sources...

    March 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm |
  4. Bob Rhea

    There are an estimated 75k flight simulators actively in use throughout the world. I have one and fly the 777 often. Flight data recovered from the hard drive will reveal nothing related to the missing aircraft.

    March 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm |
  5. Denny

    Is it possible with the help of a grounds crewman, that hijackers could have stowed away in some section of the plane, and the age old motive was robbery of some valuables in the cargo onboard the plane? Or perhaps ransom for the crew?

    March 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm |
  6. Brian Rushfeldt

    all countries in the south east area must be informed and requested to be alert for debris washing upon their beaches. there will be – if it went into the ocean – debris in the next two weeks.

    March 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm |
  7. jake

    They know exactly how much fuel was on board, that's how they know how much farther the plane could have flown after the 8:10 am ping. It could have used more fuel if it was flying low but it's not some big mystery how much fuel a plane has. Fuel = weight and planes don't fly with a lot of extra fuel. It would have had enough fuel for 7-8 hours of flight.

    March 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
  8. angel lumbreras

    my theory is that the pilot intentionaly changed the course of the plane

    March 19, 2014 at 6:47 pm |
  9. al vie

    What if some terrorist group hijacked it, to get the plane. They could have flown it to iran or some place in the middle east. Can they then fill it with explosives and fly it into israel or the US. Just a thought.

    March 20, 2014 at 12:40 am |
  10. Valentino P.

    What if flight crew made an error in programing their flight route, and wer taken off course, so they decided (bad decision) if they did to go with radio silance untill they get back on course, therefore flying unidentified over Myanmar, Thailand and China and in process geting shot down by one of those countries, thinking it was a terrorist aircraft, did we all forget KL007 September 1,1983

    March 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm |
  11. Gary Myers

    This maybe way out there, but could it be possible that the computer was hacked into by someone not on the plane and this was a test run to verify their ability to take control of any aircraft in the air.

    March 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm |
  12. Dave

    I've asked every news outlet, every blog, every Ask-A-Pilot and nobody will answer. Did the 777 of flight 370 have the uninterruptible-autopilot-system?
    http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/boeing-wins-patent-uninterruptible-autopilot-system
    "New technology can be activated by the pilots, government agencies, even on-board sensors; not even a tortured pilot can give up control; dedicated electrical circuits ensure the system’s total independence"

    March 21, 2014 at 9:38 am |
  13. GC Wagner

    Over these last couple decades since the cable news networks ceased being legit news sources there have been quite a few real morons placed in their "anchor" positions. However, I have to say that without a doubt this Brooke Baldwin chick is the absolute dumbest yet. It is incomprehensible that CNN or any network would put this idiot in a high profile on-air position

    March 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm |
  14. Bob Allevo

    I was looking at my globe and noticed several remote islands located somewhat near the Chinese sightings. One such is Amsterdam Is. (37*49' S / 79*33'E). Shouldn't this and the others be looked at?
    Thanx – Bob

    March 22, 2014 at 9:46 am |
  15. Amanda

    Have we searched in Indonesia? Malacca or Sinabung area – where Mt. Sinabung erupted the day the plane disappeared? How difficult could have been to land in this area and hide the plane afterwards?

    March 22, 2014 at 10:44 am |
  16. Paula J.

    I remember reading about Malaysian authorities uncovering 24 tons of smuggled ivory (1,000 elephant tusks) hidden in 2 shipments of mahogany. Conservationists said that the seizure was the largest ever. The shipment originated in Togo and was destined for CHINA.

    March 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm |
  17. Paula J.

    I don't think they are truthful about this airplane disappearance

    March 23, 2014 at 5:29 pm |
  18. Steve Schaefer

    If Flight 370 turned back to Malaysia and couldn't land at Kuala Lumpur or Langkawi air ports. Trying to get back to Luala Lumpur for a final attemp to land, the pilot turned left and crashed somewhere near Mount Leuser, Indonesia, which is 3,466 metres high. Let's say an electric pinger continued to work for a few hours on battery power, which caused searchers to look along the arcs where the plane would have been if it were still airboarn.

    March 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm |

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