Malaysian MH370 plane escaped in the shadow of another Boeing 777 jet travelling from Singapore to Barcelona, Spain
I know. I know. Yet another theory on the disappearance of the MH370, right? Believe us, we have seen and heard more theories all over the TV and the internet but this is the most sensible theory of how the MH370 was able to escape undetected.
Compiled by a hobbyist Aviation expert who later posted his revelations on Tumblr, Keith Ledgerwood believes that the aeroplane escaped undetected in another jet’s shadow.
Keith used the already available set of facts gathered from all the reports by Malaysian aviation authorities to plot MH370’s course onto an aviation IFR map which showed the airways and waypoints used to navigate the skies. He then plots all other points ending with where the plane should have been at 1815UTC when military radar lost contact. The plotting does not come out as any news because this path was known. However, Keith goes farther beyond what the aviation authorities had come up with to asses the planes that were travelling around the same path and area, and he finds another Boeing 777 travelling from Singapore and high above the Andaman Sea; Singapore Airlines flight 68 (SIA68).
The SIA68 was travelling on the same path that Malaysian military radar had shown MH370 headed towards at precisely the same time. Was MH370 using SIA68 as radar cover?
“It became apparent as I inspected SIA68’s flight path history that MH370 had maneuvered itself directly behind SIA68 at approximately 18:00 UTC and over the next 15 minutes had been following SIA68. All the pieces of my theory had been fitting together with the facts that have been publicly released and I began to feel a little uneasy.”
According to Keith Ledgerwood, Singapore Airlines Flight 68 proceeded across the Andaman Sea, into the Bay of Bengal, and up through India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and to it’s final destination; Barcelona, Spain. If the ping’s provided by the Malaysian aviation authorities are true then MH370 wasn’t all that behind.
Keith goes ahead to write:
So by now, you may have caught on or you may be scratching your head and wondering if I’ve gone insane! How does SIA68 have anything to do with MH370 disappearing? Remember the one challenge that is currently making everyone doubt that MH370 actually flew to Turkmenistan, Iran, China, or Kyrgyzstan? That challenge is the thought that MH370 couldn’t make it through several key airspaces such as India or Afghanistan without being detected by the military.
It is my belief that MH370 likely flew in the shadow of SIA68 through India and Afghanistan airspace. As MH370 was flying “dark” without transponder/ADS-B output, SIA68 would have had no knowledge that MH370 was anywhere around and as it entered Indian airspace, it would have shown up as one single blip on the radar with only the transponder information of SIA68 lighting up ATC and military radar screens.
Question is where did the plane go to?
According to Ledgerwood’s theory, he believes that when the plane was safely out of range of the radar systems in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the pilot(s) would simply “break off from the shadow of SIA68” and land at any of the runways — known or unknown — near Xingjian province, Kyrgyzstan, or Turkmenistan.
If the data examined by Ledgerwood is to be believed, then there was a plane in the near vicinity of the Malaysian Airlines plane. And its pilots had no idea what was tailing closely behind, as the TCARS system only works if it receives transponder information from nearby planes (and MH370’s was off).
Keith finishes off by saying;
There are too many oddities in this whole story that don’t make sense if this theory isn’t the answer in my opinion. Why did MH370 fly a seemingly haphazard route and suddenly start heading northwest towards the Andaman Islands on P628? If not for this reason, it seems like a rather odd maneuver. The timing and evasive actions seem deliberate. Someone went through great lengths to attempt to become stealthy and disable ACARS, transponder/ADS-B (even though SATCOM to Inmarsat was left powered).
After looking at all the details, it is my opinion that MH370 snuck out of the Bay of Bengal using SIA68 as the perfect cover. It entered radar coverage already in the radar shadow of the other 777, stayed there throughout coverage, and then exited SIA68’s shadow and then most likely landed in one of several land locations north of India and Afghanistan.
After reading through several stories online, Keith Ledgerwood’s story presents something to think about to the aviation authorities. Aviation experts that have been asked about the theory have said that it is possible for one plane to travel in the shadow of another especially if the said missing plane’s transponders are off. It would travel undetected by the next plane off a distance of 50 feet. In fact, the satellites and radars would only ping one signal, the one from the plane whose transponders were on, and that is definitely not MH370.
This explains the only way in which the MH370 would have passed through the Bay of Bengal, India and Afghanistan, which are said to be among the most patrolled airspaces. If the plane was alone, it would have been detected by the military. However, the presence of Singapore Airlines Flight 68 along the same path means that the military would only detect the SIA68 and not the MH370 on their radar hence enabling the MH370 to escape undetected.
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