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    Posted March 19, 2014 by
    ft myers, Florida
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    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

    Cargo fire in forward hold on MH 370


    As a retired airline captain with more than 30 years experience, I am pretty sure I can explain what happened to flight MH370, based on some eyewitness reports ( which are often unreliable) and CNN extensive TV coverage.
    It has also been reported that lithium batteries were loaded as part of the cargo. These are very prone to combustion or explosion. If these were loaded in the forward hold, next to the Electronic and Equipment bay, any fire could have catastrophic results. The oxygen cylinders for crew or passengers are also placed here, or nearby on some Boeing aircraft.
    Any fire could be extinguished rapidly, but perhaps not before the hold door or cargo compartment was punctured, as an oil rig worker reported seeing an aircraft fire for10 or fifteen seconds.in the same area. The crew would immediately don oxygen masks, but if the oxygen lines were ruptured in a fire, they would only have about 30 seconds to act. Long enough to turn the aircraft towards a diversion airfield on the Malay peninsula but not much else. The fire could also disable some communication equipment in the E&E bay next door which is why the ACARS and radios might not work. Nobody could survive for long, and if the autopilot remained engaged the 777 would continue on the same heading until it ran out of fuel seven hours later. This happened to the aircraft in which the golfer Payne Stewart died several years ago.
    Several fishermen near the Maldives reported seeing a low flying jetliner at about the time the last ACARS ping was received and when the 777 might run out of fuel. I would also guess that this is where the radar track would go, if it was extrapolated from the last known position.
    I hope someone at CNN or elsewhere could notify the relevant authorities as I believe they have all been searching totally wrong areas, and why nothing has been found!
    Regards, Hoppy.

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