by Shawn Helton, 21st Century Wire:
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been said to have disappeared from the sky in the early hours of Saturday, March 8th, 2014, subsequently over Vietnamese airspace at 35,000 feet heading for Beijing. The flight was carrying some 227 passengers and 12 crew members.
This begs the question: How would it be possible in this day and age for a large airliner to just disappear off the radar without a beacon from the jet’s transponder, even if the crew was incapacitated?
Many aeronautical experts agree that this event is indeed ‘highly unusual’ if not outright unprecedented – at that altitude.
As air traffic controllers track commercial jets from two different types of radar. The primary radar tracks a plane’s position, while a secondary radar talks back and forth electronically with the locator or transponder on the plane, requesting more specific information from that device.
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