The jet with 239 passengers and crew disappeared on March 8 with the collusion of some of the crew. The reason for the kidnapping is the 20 Freescale Muslin techs traveling on the plane as a team. Freescale, a company with long ties to Texas Instruments makes hi tech defense gear, notably for cloaking. While it isn’t suggested that cloaking was used in the article, flying higher than radar sweeps and terrain masking were used in evading radar after the auto-tracking transponders were manually turned off in the cockpit.
Rather than turning the plane with the controls, a series of seven or eight keystrokes on a computer in the cockpit were used to turn the Malaysia Airlines flight about the time it dropped off the radar. The computer would have been placed on a knee-high pedestal between the captain and the first officer, the New York Times reports.
It is not clear whether the computer was reprogrammed before or after the plane took off from Kuala Lumpur, but the belief adds weight to suspicions that one of the flight crew hijacked the jet. Satellite information released suggests that it could be anywhere between Kazakhstan and the southern Indian Ocean, but data shows the plane took the northern corridor to land the cargo of twenty to Kyrgyzstan, a country which lies in the western armpit of Kazakhstan.
The nonchalant-sounding last message from the cockpit – “All right, good night” – came around the time that two of the plane’s crucial signaling systems were manually disabled.
“Initial investigations indicate it was the co-pilot who basically spoke,” said Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.
The last signal from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was received 12 minutes before the co-pilot’s final words. The plane’s transponder – which relays the plane’s location – was switched off just two minutes after he spoke, and a few minutes later the aircraft turned back on its flight path.
Kyrgyzstan was the second poorest country in the former Soviet Union, and is today the second poorest country in Central Asia. According to the CIA World Factbook, in 2011, a third of the country’s population lived below the poverty line. Kyrgyzstan’s population was estimated at 5.6 million in 2013. Of those, 34.4% are under the age of 15 and 6.2% are over 65. The Osh Province has a population of 243,216. Islam is the dominant religion of Kyrgyzstan.
News of what actually happened to the jet and where it went was reportedly communicated back to the Malaysian tower and officials spun the story reminiscent of how the Fukushima story was handled. However secrets in this part of the world are not as closely guarded as in other countries and areas. The mapped real flight plan appears below.