- Posted March 12, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
MH 370 Credible report that is not covered by CNN
Based on his observation, it seems highly likely the aircraft fire that he observed damaged most of the electronics, particularly if the fire was caused by an explosion. Perhaps the pilots were able to quickly set the autopilot to turn back toward Malaysia using basic “heading” mode (which could be done in a few seconds), before becoming incapacitated. The aircraft may have then flown on autopilot with only backup battery power, in one direction with everyone on board unconscious, until it ran out of fuel or until the autopilot disconnected when the battery quit. If an explosion and fire did occur, it is very likely some of the windows were blown out causing loss of consciousness for all on board within seconds. The pilots are trained to don their oxygen masks and descend immediately but the force of the explosion and depressurization or wind force from blown out windows may have prevented this. Because the fire did not continue to burn as reported by the rig worker, the aircraft may have been capable of flight for a period of time.
Another possibility, perhaps even more likely, assuming the fire or explosion disabled the crew and entire electrical system immediately.... the Boeing 777 could "drift" without autopilot as it would have limited positive stability for a period of time until the consumed fuel moved the center of gravity (without flight control adjustment) to eventually cause the aircraft to become unstable.
It is my hope that CNN gives the report from the oil rig worker the attention that it needs.