Questions still remain, but the data does offer some facts. One hour into the flight—while the plane was on autopilot—several manual, deliberate actions took place: The plane was taken off autopilot; the transponder and the ACARS were disengaged; we also knew that the plane was running longer than thought and there were some significant changes in altitude. The plane went up to 45,000 feet—higher than operational limits—and down as low as 20,000 feet.
Someone was manually flying the plane at night, without visual reference points, making clear efforts to avoid detection. So, who was in the cockpit? Investigators are looking at the flight crew and well as the passengers. Who had flying experience? Were there unusual emails? Were there large financial transactions?
Was MH370 hijacked? Peter joined the team at CBS This Morning to examine what is known so far.
For more information on MH370, check out:
- Debunking MH370 Conspiracy Theories
- A Pilot’s Perspective on MH370
- Peter’s Travel Detective Blog
- CBS This Morning Report