hiero2 wrote:Well - that is far from a simple explanation - given that said hypothetical pilot would have to restrain all other flight crew for some time - since the dive did not happen when they turned. Quite possibly have to restrain some pax, too? Not a job for one guy.
That's the part we don't know about though. Here are a few questions I still haven't heard anyone answer with clarity:
• Could one of the pilots, while the other pilot was going to the bathroom, lock the door, and change the code on the lock keeping everyone out?
• Once that door is locked, just how impossible is it to break it down, or get through the bulkhead? Are there any tools on board, no matter how primitive, that with a good 4-5 hours a motivated group of people could get through?
• Is access to the 777's avionics through the floor in the cockpit, only? If so, the pilot could have disabled some of them. Though this isn't easy, if he studied up with a well prepared plan, he could have.
• Is there no possible way for anyone in the cabin to use any communications device to contact anyone outside the aircraft? Did anyone try? Do authorities know?
• Just how thorough of a background check did authorities in China and Malaysia do on the passengers?
• Is Malaysian Airlines 100% certain they know who was on board? Hence, there wasn't some sort of stowaway, someone who faked their identity, or got on board as a deadheading pilot or flight attendant that wasn't on the manifest?
• The "pings" that the detectors heard, had a radius of detection of...how far exactly? No one seems to know, or want to say. Are we talking about a 100sq mile radius? Or a 1000sq mile radius?