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Malaysia Airlines: A Much Simpler Theory Emerges

    March 19, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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In the ongoing saga that is the mystery of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, there has been no shortage of theories. Recently we even reported on Courtney Love’s amateur sleuthing efforts involving an open source satellite image of the area marked up with MS Paint.

Other theories include that the pilot may be a terrorist who trained for this operation with an in-home flight simulator, meteor activity, and other Bermuda Triangle-type conspiracy theories.

But one man, a pilot with decades of experience, has put forth another theory, startling in it simplicity, that some say bears looking at. His idea of what may have happened takes an Occam’s Razor to the entire proceedings, and will hopefully be reviewed by the bumbling powers-that-be that are on the case. At the very least, Courtney Love could check it out.

Pilot Chris Goodfellow, recently posted the following publicly from his Google+ account:


“When I heard this I immediately brought up Google Earth and I searched for airports in proximity to the track towards southwest [of Flight 370’s last known location].”

Goodfellow’s notion was that there was some sort of emergency on board the flight, perhaps a fire. He theorized that the pilot was looking for a good place to land.


“We old pilots were always drilled to always know the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us and airports ahead of us. Always in our head. Always. Because if something happens you don’t want to be thinking what are you going to do – you already know what you are going to do. Instinctively when I saw that left turn with a direct heading I knew he was heading for an airport. Actually he was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi a 13,000 foot strip with an approach over water at night with no obstacles. He did not turn back to Kuala Lampur because he knew he had 8,000 foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier towards Langkawi and also a shorter distance.”

But what about the loss of communication?


“For me the loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense if a fire. There was most likely a fire or electrical fire. In the case of fire the first response if to pull all the main busses and restore circuits one by one until you have isolated the bad one.

If they pulled the busses the plane indeed would go silent. It was probably a serious event and they simply were occupied with controlling the plane and trying to fight the fire. Aviate, Navigate and lastly communicate.”

What might have ended up happening to the plane?


“What I think happened is that they were overcome by smoke and the plane just continued on the heading probably on George (autopilot) until either fuel exhaustion or fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed. I said four days ago you will find it along that route – looking elsewhere was pointless.”

While many people still hope against hope that the passengers and crew of Flight 370 will be found alive somewhere, Goodfellow’s suggestion is one of the most sensible to emerge in the entire hunt.

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  • smithsson

    I read this story on wired last night. To me, this one seems very compelling because unlike many other theories which doesn’t explain much on why certain actions takes place, this theory helps to explain and correlates many of the actions to logical steps an experienced pilot would have likely done. The only part where this theory falls apart is now they are tracking the timing of the plane turning and the spoken word: “….good night” and it doesn’t seem to logically fit.

    so the things I see which fits are:
    1) plane turns: because in a fire, find safest rout with least terrain obstructions
    2) plane electronics tracking goes out:
    standard practice in electrical fire to shut off breakers, and plug
    them back online one at a time until you find the right one.
    3) plane raises to high altitude: reduced oxygen to help put out fire
    4)
    plane dives to low altitude: high altitude causes stalling, may have
    caused plane to dive, put out fire with speed, or help re-start engine.
    5)
    plane pinging: oxygen masks breathing time is low, the fumes might have
    caused pilot to black out, autopilot takes over until plane runs out of
    fuel.