Ask The Pilot: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Friday, March 14, 2014

A MAS plane is seen on the tarmac on March 11, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Officials have expanded the searh area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MG370. (How Foo Yeen/Getty)

It's been a week since Flight 370 disappeared en route to Beijing. Patrick Smith, an airline pilot who blogs at, and author of  Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel (Sourcebooks), talks about what is known and unknown about the flight and the search, and takes your calls and questions.


Patrick Smith

Comments [3]

Richard from Washington

At this point taking all of the details I have heard and seen including the audio of the pilot who attempted to contact flight 370. That audio sounds to me like the cockpit was in shambles the noise I heard sounded almost like they were in the middle of a major malfunction like a fire.
A fire in the cockpit would cause the pilot to turn the plane around on a dime. We don't know what the fire if there a fire would have knocked out first. It could have been the transponders. If that did happen the smoke would kill them all and the plane would fly until ran out of fuel. There is no other reasonable hypnosis that is as probable as a fire in my opinion.

Mar. 28 2014 07:55 PM

Seems like there is more security for a Gap changing room than a $300 million aircraft. Logistically possible for a large commercial aircraft to be secretly hijacked and hidden? (Yes I watch too much bad sci-fi on Netflix. Can you think of something better to do while on a stair master?)

Mar. 14 2014 09:16 AM
Geoff Peterson from Shokan, NY

RE: Missing Airliner...Why so little note in major media of the big disconnect between US and Malaysian authorities? e.g., WSJ, ABC and PBS all reporting American Military sends navy to search Indian Ocean because Boeing received engine data for four hours beyond aircraft disappearance; but Malaysian Transport Ministry says Boeing explicitly DENIES any such data. Both can't be true, yet media reports it like "he said, she said". What does Boeing ACTUALLY say?


Mar. 14 2014 08:28 AM

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