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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! The missing Malaysian Airlines plane has yet to be found and it seems like no one is getting close to solving the mystery. There has been a lot of assumptions and speculations but none of them really held up in the barrage of unanswered questions. So what really happened? Well, former pilot, Chris Goodfellow, has gone into great length explaining his thoughts on what happened to the plane on Google+. He says that the most plausible explanation for the missing plane is a fire. A FIRE?!! 

He suggests that not long after takeoff and shortly after the "good night" sign-off, the pilots detected a fire onboard, with smoke starting to fill the cockpit.

The source? Possibly a tire in the front landing gear, which could have blown "on takeoff and started slowly burning. Yes this happens with under inflated tires. Remember heavy plane, hot night, sea level, long run takeoff."

The captain then followed his training, and changed course to the nearest feasible airport, in this case, Pulau Langkawi, and entered the new destination into the flight computer. He then took a sharp turn toward the west.  

Goodfellow writes: "We old pilots were always drilled to always know the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Always in our head. Always."

Their priority would not have been to communicate, but to deal with the fire. And their first response would be to turn off electrical "busses" in a bid to isolate it. That would have disabled systems like the transponder and ACARs. (He cites the 1998 crash of a Swissair DC-10 off Nova Scotia that reacted as such to a fire and saw its transponders shut off as a result—trouble started an hour after takeoff.)

Goodfellow's theory then takes a turn for the dark: "A tire fire once going would produce horrific incapacitating smoke," that ultimately caused the pilots to either lose consciousness or die. The plane continued on autopilot until the fuel ran out, or until the fire destroyed the cockpit's controls and the plane crashed.

Goodfellow's explanation definitely makes a lot of sense. Doesn't it? Business Insider blogger, Henry Blodget, seems to think so. The pilots shut off all the communication devices in an attempt to deal with the fire. But even though this makes sense it still doesn't say where the plane is and why it hasn't been found yet. It could have crashed in some desolated area and got buried beneath the sand. It's possible. I'll hold on to this theory for now until hardcore evidence is found. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.