Someone Took the Malaysian Airplane: Astre

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March 17 (Bloomberg) –- International Aviation Security Solutions President & CEO Jacques Astre discusses the search for the missing Malaysian Airliner with Rishaad Salamat on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move Asia.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Than three decades in aviation safety.

Thank you very much for joining us.

In your opinion, where are we with all of this?

This is truly unprecedented.

Thank you for having me this evening from tampa.

From the information that i have, it is obvious this was not a mechanical distraction of the aircraft.

Someone took the aircraft, for whatever reason, and i would agree the jury is still open as to who did it and not necessarily the crew.

They may have had an intruder in the cockpit that took over.

It could have been one of the passengers.

I would not discount the two iranians with a fake passports.

At this time, it is an open book.

It is not that easy to make yourself invisible.

You can turn the transponder off, but what about the other systems?

In terms of who might be the person who did it, obviously, it would be a person with a great deal of aviation knowledge, technical knowledge of the aircraft, the capability to navigate and evade radar detection from military controllers.

High on the list of the suspects or persons of interest would be the pilot, obviously.

That is not to say there was someone else on board who had at least comparable knowledge.

What would they need to do to hide themselves?

Do you mean the aircraft or the passengers?

The aircraft itself.

They turned off the aircraft communication reporting system.

Later on, they turned off the transponder, which is a secondary radar system that feeds air traffic control information.

Those two things, by themselves, is enough to start making them invisible.

Further, if they had knowledge of where the military radars could attract them -- could track them and not track them and the altitudes that military radars were vulnerable to, they could change out the tubes, dissent low -- they could change altitudes, descends low.

Based on that information, i would say whoever did this knew what they were doing and were very well-informed and technically knowledgeable.

Very quickly, we have the search going as far south as australia.

People suggest they would have to go through indian airspace and that is incredibly well it just when it comes to radar and being able to see anybody entering airspace.

There are two aspects.

One is the public information we receive versus information that governments are not willing to make public.

Although countries may officially say they did not see anything, we do not know really

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