As the conventional news coverage of Flight 370 becomes increasingly delusional and detached from reality, for the sake of all those families and loved ones still suffering I thought it important to publish a reality check that can help bring the discussion back to some common sense.
Let’s cover five indisputable facts about governments, radar and aircraft:
Fact #1) Every modern nation tracks air traffic with military radar systems
All the key nations involved in Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 run military radar systems 24/7. This includes Malaysia and India, of course. These radar systems are operated for purposes of national defense, making sure each nation can identify aircraft entering its air space.
If you don’t believe that military-grade radar systems can track the altitude, direction and speed of a Boeing 777, then you don’t believe in radar at all.
Fact #2) Every modern nation runs civilian air traffic control “passive” radar systems that work even without aircraft transponders
Beyond the military radar, modern nations also run air traffic control radar systems which work in both “active” (transponder) modes and “passive” mode (requiring no transponder). Although civilian air traffic control systems are generally not as powerful or accurate as military systems, they are nonetheless fully capable of detecting and tracking a Boeing 777.
In fact, as any air traffic controller will tell you, their radar systems are fully capable of tracking flocks of birds and other airborne objects which are far smaller than a Boeing 777.
Fact #3) A Boeing 777 has a massive radar signature
Unless equipped with some sort of exotic technology we’ve never heard of — like a radar “invisibility cloak” borrowed from the Klingons of Star Trek — a Boeing 777 has a massive radar signature. The cylindrical fuselage, curved wings and surface controls (flaps, ailerons, rudder) all reflect radar waves with very high efficiency. A commercial Boeing aircraft is not a stealth bomber.
The explanation that this Boeing 777 “vanished” from radar simply doesn’t hold water. And if the explanation is that “the pilot flew the aircraft at very low elevation to evade radar,” then it makes no sense that the pilot would carry out this complex evasion for 4-7 hours and then plunge the aircraft into the Indian Ocean.
Furthermore, a suicidal pilot has no need to evade radar in the first place! If he wanted to crash the plane, he could have done it immediately after takeoff, or at any point during the first few minutes of flight. There is no need to evade radar if you wish to consciously crash the aircraft. …