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    How long until the search for Flight 370 is suspended?

    m.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/how-long-will-the-search-go-on-for-malaysia-flight-370/article17763571/?service=mobile

    Once the batteries (30 day lifespan) die in the two flight recorders they ain't never finding that bird! Coming up on a month in a week or so.

    Got to be pilot suicide.

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    I think they will maintain the full search for as long as there might be life in those pingers. 30 days is a minimum. They might reasonably continue to function a little longer than that, and I thinkt he search will go on until there's really no chance the pingers are still alive.

    At that point it won't be "suspended", but it will be significantly scaled back. It will be left for a few side-sonar ships to conduct a months long search for the plane. The aircraft and the majority of surface ships will go back to whatever it is they usually do.

    I don't think they will entirely give up on the search until at least a few years have passed, but by then it will only be a couple of ships.

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    This is a very, very strange incident. One thing is for certain I don't think I'll choose to fly Malaysian Airlines to the Antipodes or Southeast Asia!

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    AF447, and it's black boxes, was found 2 years after the crash. It was much lower profile than this crash. I don't recall the extent that search continued during that timeframe, but I expect this search will be maintained at least at that level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanJ View Post
    AF447, and it's black boxes, was found 2 years after the crash. It was much lower profile than this crash. I don't recall the extent that search continued during that timeframe, but I expect this search will be maintained at least at that level.
    And they had a lot better idea where that flight went down, it had remained in contact and not flown hours off course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafterman View Post
    m.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/how-long-will-the-search-go-on-for-malaysia-flight-370/article17763571/?service=mobile

    Once the batteries (30 day lifespan) die in the two flight recorders they ain't never finding that bird! Coming up on a month in a week or so.

    Got to be pilot suicide.

    Lets thank the Malaysian government and airlines for being so forthcoming with information. If they would have asked for help then the search would have started sooner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_blown View Post

    Lets thank the Malaysian government and airlines for being so forthcoming with information. If they would have asked for help then the search would have started sooner.
    Malaysia was pretty forthcoming, they just didn't manage the message so they let different people say contradictory things, rather than running it through a single PR room. That made them seem unreliable, but they shared what they knew.

    Thailand is the one that should soak up some blame. They had MH370 on their military radar and sat on that information for days and days.

    That said, this thing went so far off course that another couple of days might not matter much.

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    The Chinese are reporting that they have detected underwater pings at the right frequency in an area slightly northeast of the second search area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aardvark154 View Post
    The Chinese are reporting that they have detected underwater pings at the right frequency in an area slightly northeast of the second search area.
    If true that is a big coup for the PLAN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuji View Post
    If true that is a big coup for the PLAN.
    Unfortunately the operational term is "IF TRUE."

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafterman View Post
    m.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/how-long-will-the-search-go-on-for-malaysia-flight-370/article17763571/?service=mobile

    Once the batteries (30 day lifespan) die in the two flight recorders they ain't never finding that bird! Coming up on a month in a week or so.

    Got to be pilot suicide.
    its any one's guess for now but if it was pilot suicide, why not just nose dive the plane ASAP rather than perhaps turning off the signals, go off radar and fly the plane waaaaay off course ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryass View Post
    its any one's guess for now but if it was pilot suicide, why not just nose dive the plane ASAP rather than perhaps turning off the signals, go off radar and fly the plane waaaaay off course ?
    Because he did not want to stigmatize his family and wanted them to get the insurance money probably. Even people that kill themselves have hopes their children will lead happier lives then them. Imagine living with the burden that your father is a mass murdering psycho....

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    Not sure about this, but its reality. Maybe this might answer some of your questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aardvark154 View Post
    The Chinese are reporting that they have detected underwater pings at the right frequency in an area slightly northeast of the second search area.
    Still no debris. Maybe the pilot made a "controlled water landing" so the plane did not break up when it touched water. U.S. navy pilots did this after the Battle of the **************s in WW II when it was too dark to land on the carrier and before they turned on the lights.

    P.S. That American pilot with the German name also landed in the Hudson River a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyRider View Post

    Still no debris. Maybe the pilot made a "controlled water landing" so the plane did not break up when it touched water. U.S. navy pilots did this after the Battle of the **************s in WW II when it was too dark to land on the carrier and before they turned on the lights.

    P.S. That American pilot with the German name also landed in the Hudson River a few years ago.
    It is also possible that after five weeks of rough seas that the debris have dispersed and sunk.

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    Hmm so I the Aussie boat acquired the pinger for over 2 hours and then reacquired it for 13 mins.. I wonder if it truly is the signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyRider View Post
    Still no debris. Maybe the pilot made a "controlled water landing" so the plane did not break up when it touched water. U.S. navy pilots did this after the Battle of the **************s in WW II when it was too dark to land on the carrier and before they turned on the lights.

    P.S. That American pilot with the German name also landed in the Hudson River a few years ago.
    Water is ridiculously hard to land on. Aircraft aren't built for it. Every pilot is taught if you have the choice between landing in a forest or landing in water, as counter-intuitive as it may seem, the forest is the safer option. Ditching in water is the absolutely last resort, and very few cases have turned out well. The only thing that comes after water is a populated area with no suitable landing surfaces. Water is very, very bad. It's not impossible that he landed safely on water, but it's unlikely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyRider View Post

    P.S. That American pilot with the German name also landed in the Hudson River a few years ago.
    Sullenberger (not sure on spelling).

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