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The Plane That Wasn't There: Why We Haven't Found Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (Kindle Single) by [Wise, Jeff]
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Jeff Wise is a science writer, outdoor adventurer and pilot of airplanes and gliders. He is the author of "Extreme Fear". He is a contributing editor at "Popular Mechanics", "Travel + Leisure", " Outside s GO", and "Fortune Small Business". He has also written for "The New York Times Magazine", "Esquire", "Details, Popular Science", "National Geographic Adventure", and many others. In the course of his journalism career he has surfed in Alaska, scuba dived the South China Sea, piloted a WWII fighter plane, and mushed a dog team in Montana. He lives in New York City.

Jeff Wise is a science writer, outdoor adventurer and pilot of airplanes and gliders. He is the author of "Extreme Fear". He is a contributing editor at "Popular Mechanics", "Travel + Leisure", " Outside s GO", and "Fortune Small Business". He has also written for "The New York Times Magazine", "Esquire", "Details, Popular Science", "National Geographic Adventure", and many others. In the course of his journalism career he has surfed in Alaska, scuba dived the South China Sea, piloted a WWII fighter plane, and mushed a dog team in Montana. He lives in New York City.

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  • File Size: 3697 KB
  • Print Length: 95 pages
  • Publisher: The Yellow Cabin Press; 1 edition (February 15, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 15, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TP07B0I
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Jeff Contacted me while doing research for this book. He was upfront about how he was pursuing a "nonstandard" theory and in fact was quite honest about what his theory was. He was sounding me out for specific information that he could use to support his theory. He was not interested in technical objections to his theory - he wanted confirming evidence only. The impression that I got from him was very much that he was a person determined to push through a theory to sell a book; and that's it.

Jeff is to the best of my knowledge, a certified private pilot without so much as an instrument rating. As such, the areas dealing with instrument approaches in the book very quickly show the limits of his expertise (ones so large I couldn't help but wonder why CNN ever had him on as some sort of consultant when there are far more qualified people available). . This New Yorker Article: [...] makes many of the same points that this book does:

- that the Yubileniy/Baikonour Airport somehow is unique in that it allows for autonomous landings (reality: it doesn't and actually has just a very common Category I ILS, except for the relatively long length of the runway, the airport is completely unimpressive. In fact, it's so rarely used that it still has the old soviet-style double-radiocompass (NDB) setup that modern planes such as the 777 are ill equipped to use.

- that somehow the airport's approaches are set up for an approach from the southeast. quite the opposite - that's actually the one direction that approaches are not really ideal from at the airport.
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Easy to read, the appendix has more details about math/science which is nice for those that want that extra info. But the book is very readable because of this. Obviously this is just a theory, and the author doesn't deny that. He isn't saying "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED" but just asking could this be what happened. Aside from the obvious "It's a the bottom of the ocean" in one piece after landing gracefully on the ocean so no "parts" were created. No doors being opened. This other theory isn't a terrible one and is backed up by some science and data.
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I liked this book. I've been truly fascinated with the MH 370 mystery and have read 5 or 6 other books about this flight and came away mostly disappointed with the hypothetical conclusion in those books which have mostly centered on pilot suicide. I just can't accept that conclusion. If you are going to commit suicide then why would you go through all the trouble to disable telemetry, purposely fly in an evasive manner to confuse ground controllers and investigators after the fact ? Why not simply crash the plane in the water between Malaysia and Vietnam ? Jeff Wise writes a book that stands apart from the same old same old on this flight. I won't divulge here what hypothetical path Jeff goes down so I don't ruin the book for future readers but I will say that his hypothesis matches what I have thought from the start. I may even have a hypothetical reason for why this flight disappeared in my humble opinion. But again discussing that could ruin the book for future readers so I won't go into that here. My point is that this is a different look at what may have happened with a lot of research and digging to back up Jeff's point of view. Really well written and an intelligent thought provoking book.
For anyone interested in a reasonable discussion on MH 370, E Mail me at : jimgreen0214@gmail.com
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A good read! Jeff provides a good technical summary of the information we know, especially about the satellite data. I looked into at the very same info and blogs when the story was hot. I also saw that the black box pings didn't make sense at the time.
Jeff's theory fits many of the facts and it reminded me of the Sherlock Holmes quote: "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth".
Jeff is a good writer. The ebook was short but a valuable reference to MH370 as well as describing a clever theory that has a better chance than most of being the true explanation for the disappearance. The only thing missing for me was the motive.
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Yes, 5 Stars. Couldn't put it down. All the known details, examined from various angles. And, a book within a book called "Speculative Scenario". Really makes you think about all possibilities. Plus, how to make a 777 vanish and travel NORTH. If MH370 turns out not to have gone South, then it winds up on Putin's (Russia's) doorstep tied up in a bow. Was the USA involved in a cover up to aid the wild goose chase South? No wreckage anywhere, and the longer we see nothing the more likely we looked in the wrong place. This book puts my personal radar on high to follow the real clues ! I highly recommend this read. Excellent work Jeff Wise !!! .....AND ..... for ALL MH370 interested people >>>>> you MUST READ... "MH370; FOLLOW THE LIES TO GET TO THE TRUTH", BY Lachlan Hutchison (on Kindle) --- the very best of ALL BOOKS I have read on MH370 !!!
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