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Inside the NAVYs P-8 Poseidon: Can the sub hunter find missing Flight 370?

CNN has learned more about the actions of the pilot and co-pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 leading up to moments the plane vanished two weeks ago.

U.S. investigators say they found evidence that files were deleted from the pilot's simulator after February 3rd.

Malaysian authorities had originally said the items were deleted before that date.

Britain's The Telegraph newspaper reported Friday it had obtained a transcript of the final communications between the Malaysia Airlines flight cockpit and air traffic controllers.

Purported transcript: plane's final minutes of communication normal

The report showed what's being described as routine conversations about what runway to use and at what altitude to fly.

Included in the search is a high-tech U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft called the P-8 Poseidon.

The military is not allowing camera crews on that plane.

But our David Mattingly got exclusive access to that exact same plane.

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  1. John

    You have got be kidding me. Who's bright idea was to allow CNN access to the U.S. Navy's newest intelligence plane? I am extremely disappointed that CNN was allowed to air this and even allowed on the plane as a matter of fact. At no instance should any sort of media be even near these aircraft. COMSEC or OPSEC anyone? That goes for the chain of command that allowed this. What's the point of protecting a national asset if it's just broadcasted without any regard for the consequences? The U.S. Navy Maritime community has been kept a secret since the beginning of this great legacy. Why all of a sudden publicise what this community is capable of? No one outside of these communities have the need to know and who cares if they do. All anyone needs to know is the multiple missions that any patrol squadron is trained to perform. That is it! Don't even bother to mention any other specifics. Unbelievable...

    March 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  2. DownSideofFame

    As our name states, We pull the good news out of the BAD...
    Deep Sea ...Deep secrets...not even our finest subs , can assist in this case ...because to large of an area
    Makes common cents. No demands , No talks... No survivors ...remaining alive after an Events ...This is the good news and the bad news
    Contracts24@yahoo.com~it is the family's who we must focus our attention on
    Sad to say there is evil on this earth ....but true

    March 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  3. Enrique Setaro

    Erin: there are two things that should not be in the power of ANYONE to turn of on a commercial jet:
    00:26 Last ACARS data transmission received[25]
    00:41 Transponder and ADS-B now off
    Why do the aircraft Mfgs. and the FAA [and Homeland Security] allow the pilots or anyone else to disconnect these systems? Why isn't anyone one asking these questions and taking action? I believe these systems are shut down using the inboard computer. Why is this not changed within the program of the computers of commercial jets? What are they waiting for? Another incident like Flight 370 in the future. Hope this helps. Regards, Enrique

    March 22, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  4. Rick Gibson

    Question for Erin B. and the aviation engineering expert(s) she might interview:
    How difficult would it be, for someone who'd "studied up" on the matter, to remove and incapacitate and/or destroy the two "black boxes", to prevent them from "pinging" (if the plane was hijacked, and landed somewhere), in a deliberate attempt to prevent the plane from being located and found?! Thus far, following developments related to the disappearance of Malaysia flight 370, on CNN, Aljazeera-America, ABC news, BBC-America, etc, I've never heard anything said about the difficulty of removing and/or silencing of these devices.

    Also: if the plane was, indeed, hijacked, andt landed on some island airstrip, (with the cooperation and assistance of co-conspirators who were working the night shift at said landing site: how long would it takefor them to refuel the plane, and get back into the air again (i.e., if the hijackers had, as their intended destination, some "renegade" country, such as Iran or N. Korea)?

    March 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  5. Neil Merrick

    Is there an explanation why there was no cell phone traffic coming from passengers of flight 370. I don't recall seeing any mention of this on the news coverage.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:06 am | Reply

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