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1 Bubblehead II  Thu, Mar 13, 2014 4:03:03pm

Couple of problems with this scenario. Gradual loss of cabin pressure causing stealth hypoxia wouldn’t have caused the transponders to cease transmitting nor would it have caused the plane to reverse course if it was on autopilot.

Just my 2 cents.

2 Flounder  Thu, Mar 13, 2014 5:07:20pm

re: #1 Bubblehead II

We don’t know if they had a gradual loss of cabin pressure. We don’t know how the transponders stopped working. If the transponders stopped working, how do we know the autopilot would stop working? As long as the engines are being fed fuel, they will keep running. We do know that in Payne Stewart’s case, they had no chance after a sudden loss of pressure, and the plane kept flying.

3 KiTA  Fri, Mar 14, 2014 3:32:54am

So this is 2014, right? Why don’t autopilots have a remote access or emergency systems in place for this kinda thing?

It shouldn’t be that hard to code “if pressure in cabin is under X levels for Y minutes, flash warning. IF warning is ignored for Z minutes, automatically go down to W altitude.”

Or “If emergency code X comes in from a F-16 jet flying Y feet away, sound an alarm and enable emergency oxygen release into the cockpit.”

4 ausador  Fri, Mar 14, 2014 8:31:52pm

Or maybe a radical Islamist group just stole themselves another flying bomb? After all they can make the transponder squawk any code they want and use that to enter any nations airspace as a “routine” flight without any alarms being raised.

(Hey, as long as people are throwing around hypothetically possible but somewhat unlikely theories…)


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