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March 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Malaysia crash: Many questions about its fate

Like most people, I am riveted by the information coming out about the missing 777 in Southeast Asia [“Missing plane sent signals to satellite for hours,” Nation and World, March 13).

I would like to state that there are a number of items relating to this recent incident that make absolutely no sense. Why should a pilot or hijacker be in the position to turn off the transponder? Why is there no GPS, again tamper-proof, to constantly put out its position? Why should Boeing offer its satellite service on the plane’s function, but disable it because the airline refused to pay for it? It should be mandatory.

Oh, here’s another one: While there is no guarantee that this would work, why not encase the black boxes in an environment that they can float to the surface if underwater and not blocked from flotation.

I am not a government employee nor an employee of an airline. In short, I have no ax to grind. But I would gladly swing one if it would get these two factions to act like grown-ups.

Alan Zelt, Kenmore

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