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  1. According to latest information, the likely crash...

    According to latest information, the likely crash site is under the Indian Ocean garbage patch. It suggests some pretty maniacal planning, as in "no place within radius of possible travel where...
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    Lithium Shipments

    Saw a bit on TV that made me wonder. They say pallets of lithium batteries are loaded in cargo holds. They also say under certain circumstances, batteries can explode. Made me wonder immediately two...
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    Generally and ADEQUATELY addressed! :lol:

    Generally and ADEQUATELY addressed! :lol:
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    I remember being lectured on the Contract of...

    I remember being lectured on the Contract of Carriage at Flyer Talk. A sheaf of boilerplate that basically is a legal department contradiction of everything the PR department puts out. The number of...
  5. So, basically, the plane was broken for 4 days?...

    So, basically, the plane was broken for 4 days? What airline?

    Edit: Whoa. I read the thread heading carelessly. When I saw "Eastern Airlines", suddenly I wondered if it could be right. Didn't that...
  6. Love it! :-D

    Love it! :-D
  7. Well, I'm pretty sure an insurance underwriter is...

    Well, I'm pretty sure an insurance underwriter is who has to worry about the disposition of the wreckage. But I find it hard to believe that there are hundreds of parts eligibile for re-use. Is the...
  8. Quite possibly. On two different planes. And only...

    Quite possibly. On two different planes. And only at Southwest? Which other airlines lost part of their fuselage? Did Boeing get sued?

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    We can thank all the investment industries of the...

    We can thank all the investment industries of the planet for the fact that publicly-owned corporations must IMPROVE profitability every reporting year. Or watch their stock price dive. In short,...
  10. Do they have maintenance issues? This incident...

    Do they have maintenance issues? This incident had some kind of deju effect. So I looked back. There were incidents in 2009 and 2011 when holes appeared in the fuselage of their planes. With...
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    Airliner Furniture

    Just wondering since there is so much talk of onboard fires lately, is there still anything in airliners that would be toxic or lethal if it caught on fire? I remember what was probably a long time...
  12. Always wondered about details like this. Lots of...

    Always wondered about details like this. Lots of flights take that exact path. But no two flights probably face the exact conditions. But if they were to, it would be sometime near the time of the...
  13. I distinctly remember ONE person (maybe more than...

    I distinctly remember ONE person (maybe more than one) stating CONFIDENTLY if the pilots of AF447 has simply done aviating, there was no reason for the plane to fall. That the automation somehow...
  14. Not gonna pretend to be smart here. Too risky....

    Not gonna pretend to be smart here. Too risky. But since the premise seems to be "pilots are improvising", does that imply they did other than what they were trained to do? I mean, if they were...
  15. I know this will sound coming from left field. If...

    I know this will sound coming from left field. If it is fire, can there be any relation to Swissair 111? Not in flight gaming. But somehow it does come down to electrical. Will they automatically...
  16. Just curious. Did Brazilian flights to Europe...

    Just curious. Did Brazilian flights to Europe ever alter course at all? In the past 7 years, I'm thinking at least hundreds of planes have done Rio to Europe through the ITCZ without another crash....
  17. Kinda sad from a passenger's point of view that...

    Kinda sad from a passenger's point of view that "I'll ground myself" is the most important thought in the mind of the pilot. Probably realistic for a human being, but it just reinforces the image of...
  18. BBC report says there is a very deep trench in...

    BBC report says there is a very deep trench in the Mediterranean where the plane went down. Makes me wonder: How long will the locator beacons sound off this time? They stopped way too early with...
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    Stealing Airplanes

    Read a list that was compiled of plane crashes where the object was to commit suicide. I was surprised at the number, but certainly not interested in arguing that point. What intrigued me was the...
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    Wondering when or if they will be. I mean,...

    Wondering when or if they will be. I mean, actually, the post 9/11 cockpit door actually was.
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    Layoffs. Labor friction. Boeing has really got...

    Layoffs. Labor friction. Boeing has really got problems all over. I read the Seattle Times daily. I get this sense people are blaming the previous CEO. McNerney?
  22. So true. This and the Germanwings flight....

    So true. This and the Germanwings flight. Alright, catheterize all pilots.
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    Just curious. If we take this tack that "it's...

    Just curious. If we take this tack that "it's idiots with their toys", are we ignoring the possibility that it is extremists with their new weapons? Look at what happened in Brussels with lax...
  24. May be a minor semantic matter. But if it was...

    May be a minor semantic matter. But if it was "deliberate flight into terrain", then the word "accident" hardly seems the right word choice. If I remember right, we've switched from "accident" to...
  25. On social media, I've raised the question of the...

    On social media, I've raised the question of the gyre that dominates the Indian Ocean. A plane crashing within its influence can have parts carried hundreds of miles from the crash site. Even to...
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    Well, as usual, I don't want to get snared in the...

    Well, as usual, I don't want to get snared in the many technicalities. But it seems to me there's an awful lot of incidents with Asian involvement in recent years. I went to a site that broke things...
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    Satellite Tracking

    Well, it is now 6 1/2 years since AF447 went down. At the time, even though Canadian flights were being tracked by satellite, it was considered a consensus that following an airline by satellite was...
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