Flight 370: Clues Still 'Lead Toward the Cockpit'
McCaul says it was 'intentional, deliberate act'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2014 2:15 PM CDT
In this Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 file photo, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, arrives for a closed door executive session.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(Newser) – The echo chamber that is the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has yet to yield much in the way of definites, but the focus continues to remain on the pilots and the theory that the jet's disappearance was not an accident or mechanical failure. This "was an intentional, deliberate act to bring down this airplane," House Homeland Security chief Michael McCaul said today. "Something was going on with the pilot. This all leads toward the cockpit." Former NTSB managing director Peter Goelz seconded that, reports Politico, saying that the intentional shuttering of the plane's communications equipment "is damning evidence that indicates something was going on in the flight deck."

Meanwhile, House Intel chair Mike Rogers wants to know "if there was some terrorist nexus" involved, adding that while many theories on the plane's fate abound, it "still may be at the bottom of the Indian Ocean." A look around at the latest:

  • The AP delves into the relatively rare occurrence of pilot suicide, which was a factor in .3% of plane crashes in the decade ending in 2012.
  • The possibility that the plane was hijacked has given hope to some passengers' families, reports the LA Times. "My gut feeling is that it landed. I still feel his spirit. I don’t feel he is dead," says the partner of American passenger Philip Wood.
  • Pakistan says the plane never registered on its radar, reports CNN—and if it had, it would have been treated as a terrorist threat.
  • India today called off search efforts for the jet pending "a strategy for further searches" from Malaysian officials, reports the AP.
  • Slate runs down the 634 runways where the missing plane could have landed.

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Mar 17, 2014 1:33 AM CDT
Conservatives, i'm disappointed in you. I don't see some new tinfoil conspiracy that links your President "HUSSEIN" Obama to this plane disappearance. We're waiting....for today's chuckle.
Mar 16, 2014 9:24 PM CDT
I have a theory that they're looking in the wrong place. They've been concentrating their efforts on the water, with no luck. This thing seems to have changed course, and I wonder if it ended up over land and crashed into the jungle somewhere. There are a lot of islands in the area with very dense foliage. I find it hard to believe that it landed anywhere- somebody would have talked. And I also find it odd that no terrorist organization has taken credit- they usually start claiming responsibility almost immediately.
Mar 16, 2014 7:34 PM CDT
Pakistan would have treated the flight as a terrorist threat? Really? If I recall correctly, Pakistan harbored a known terrorist for years. So the Pakistanis probably would have allowed it to land, then given aid and comfort to the terrorists especially if they were followers of the prawphet.