March 21st, 2014
01:22 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: "Zombie Plane" theory

Fourteen days after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, finding it remains a global priority - with 26 countries searching for the missing aircraft.

The bulk of the attention is on the southern Indian Ocean, where a commercial satellite photographed objects that Australian authorities say could be related to the plane.

Nothing but water – and questions

Authorities have called the find the best lead yet on where the missing plane might be, and it has prompted a massive search in the area more than 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) southwest of Australia.
So far, they have turned up nothing.

But if it turns out to be debris from Flight 370 - the question is how did it get there? Did deadly fumes incapacitated the passengers and crew, creating what some are calling a "zombie plane" and the plane flew there on auto-pilot?

OutFront: Martin Savidge is in a 777 flight simulator with pilot trainer Mitchell Casado. And Miles O'Brien, a CNN aviation analyst and a science correspondent for PBS Newshour. Jeff Wise, a private pilot, and an aviation journalist. And Captain and CNN Aviation analyst Les Abend who flies the Boeing 777.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Clandestine

    It is possible for carbon monoxide poisoning, hence the "zombie" plane theory.
    How many times I've ridden in Asia prior to flight with white smoke coming out of the cabin to regulate pressure.

    April 15, 2014 at 1:28 am | Reply
  2. John Jensen

    A zombie plane turn the plane west at the exact point that it was in between Malaysia and Vietnamese air traffic controllers. A zombie plane would not turn the ACARS system. A zombie plane would not fly around Indonesia to avoid radar. A pilot committing suicide would not continue to fly until he was running out of gas. Someone purposely took that plane out over the Indian ocean and let it go down there to get rid of something or someone. They did not think the plane would ever be found. They did not count on IMRANSAT system tracking the plane. That was there first mistake. If the plane is found the other mistakes will be identified.

    April 6, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • cnncomment

      2 "defecting" Iranians

      April 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  3. Frank

    The plane will be found in the Indian Ocean and sadly it was pilot suicide.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  4. DTS

    What exactly is CNN attempting to accomplish with describing an aircraft containing
    incapacitated crew and passengers as a "zombie plane"?

    March 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • speediejoe

      More than incapacitated - dead. Others are using the term "ghost ship".

      April 8, 2014 at 12:08 am | Reply

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