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March 23rd, 2014
12:57 PM ET

Unexplored angles of the missing plane story

Brian Stelter, Miles O'Brien & Jon Ostrower on the difficulties of reporting the Malaysia Air 370 story.

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  1. Charles Phillips, MD, FACEP

    Yes, the plane most likely is in Southern Thaiiland either using an airport or dropping down on rice paddies and then covered up. The fishermen saw it. I was married to a Hat Yai area Thai wife. I was stopped by armed gurards who favor Muslin separatist actions. The plane could be refueled and aimed at the US Embassey in Bangkok. Why do we assume normal attitudes of pilots after 9-1-1? I am derpressed at the IQ level of the FBI and CIA in this case. In fact, the FBI could not find Northwestern Medical School when checking me out for secret service medical exams. I had to tell them that $10 million donners get their name first – Feinburg Northwestern Medical School. I am still shocked about that lack of intelligence. I went to Amherst College – the best college in the US. I came in #2 in calculus. This is a matter for smart people to keep opitions open. The highest part of the flight was to threaten people and force them to oxygen instead of cell phones; all cell phones were taken then. The low part was to hide in the path of another plane so as to be radar undetected. Then over the water – Thai fisherman always telling the truth. It is on land and covered. The rubber trees could hide a dinasaur. I went on a rubber tree collection tour. I know Thailand very well.

    Charles Phillips, MD – age 71 – lifetime emeritus ER physician – taught most of my life as well. Even have the solution for Obamacare – Urgent Care and redrafting as Lincoln Care – which I am doing. Tried to call CNN – all went home. ER docs never go home until the next shift comes. Lets be adults here.

    March 29, 2014 at 1:23 am | Reply
  2. bethanyrshinn

    Have no expertise in aviation, however, I have been watching the missing plane coverage on CNN right along. It has been great to see Miles O'Brien back, used to watch him on the morning show. His is such a positive, knowledgeable demeanor it is soothing to have him on the air. Appreciate Don Lemon too, and I think he was unfairly criticized on this program. He was simply reporting questions that viewers have been asking, and, of course, they are not all going to be scientific. Obviously, there will be a rational explanation but viewers are entitled to their opinions. There has been such a turnover at CNN, would hate to lose Don Lemon! Already miss the world report with Suzanne Malveaux, hoping not all of CNN's women reporters become youngsters. It seems, often, on many cable networks, it only matters if a woman appears attractive in a sleeveless dress (in the middle of winter), whereas, the male reporters are always suited up. Be careful in your shakeup, CNN, not to lose my demographic. We women over forty do watch the news.

    March 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • R Palmr

      I agree with Charles. I have been thinking the same thing about the people being threatened if they tried to use their phones or text their family or friends. Also, I feel the oxygen in the passenger section was turned off so the people will not be able to do anything. None of the TV news reporters or even CNN brought this possibility up. How could all those people not be able to contact anyone as to what was going on.?????? They were held against their will.

      April 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  3. Bill Cole

    TO MILES OBRIEN , CNN REPORTER : Miles, I watched you reporting today, and think its the first sensible reporting on the loss of the Boeing 777 aircraft I have seen. I think you are right along with my thinking, that there was an oxygen problem at altitude, and it was necessary to take the plane down fast. I have done a lot of high altitude skydiving and have the highest jumps ( non military supported) [ seven miles high, day and night jumps ] in North America. I have had controlled high altitude decompression, and know the pilot of Flt 370 only had 30 seconds to get down, to stay conscious. I think they did that at the same time as the made the left turn, onto the heading of a very long runway at HAT YAI AIRPORT , in THAILAND. There was a report ( right or not) that the airplane was zig-zagging, and the pilots were accused of RADAR aviodance. That was not factual, but they certainly would zig-zag looking for a long runway in an unlighted airport at 1:30 a.m. If they had found it, they would not likely have a great chance of getting the Boeing 777 onto the runway. I believe they were seen by the crew of a fishing boat, and they were VERY LOW, and the fishermen said they could see right into the aircraft. If they were able to do so, then the aircraft would have been below 1000 FEET ASL. The airport at HAT YAI in THAILAND is 4000 FEET ASL. That would give more problems. IF they extended their flight,line to HAT YAI, they could have continued on to the airport at LANGKWAI AIRPORT on a small Island on the west coast of MALAYSIA. I have suggested they search the land in lower Thailand, and they will find the wreckage in that area. I am confident that they will located the wreckage in South Thailand, or possible northern Malaysia.

    BTW: I am 82 yrs old this year. I have built and flown quite a few aircraft, I have a hot air balloon licence, I have been skydiving for over 52 years, and have built jet engines. I have a good insight into aviation.

    March 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Reply

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