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Still no sign of missing Malaysian Airlines flight

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Chuck Watson Chuck Watson

The air and sea search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 has wrapped wound up for the day.

There is still no sign of the suspect objects that were spotted by Australian satellite radar in the Indian Ocean.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says planes and ships did not find anything of any note in the search area on Friday.

Malaysia has asked for more resources to help with the search - specifically locators which can detect pings from the flight data recorder, and deep sea salvage equipment.

At the daily update on the search, Malaysian authorities said Kazakhstan has found no sign of the missing plane after checking its territory in the so-called Northern Corridor.

According to Ukrainian police, background checks on Ukrainian passengers were clear.

A Savannah pilot and aviation expert weighed in with his theories about what happened to the missing jetliner.

Chuck Watson, a private pilot and scientist, said he has a hard time believing the theories and explanations floating around about missing flight 370.

"I think the theories at this point are all crazy. We don't have information we don't have reliable information," Watson said.

He said the Malaysian government is partly to blame for that lack of information.

"Information is incomplete [and] often inaccurate. [It] changes day to day," he said.

One theory getting a lot of attention right now is that there was some type of electrical fire in the plane.

Watson said this wouldn't explain the loss of communication.

"With two pilots, usually one of them is going to communicate while the other's running procedures. It only takes a few seconds you just give your call signs they would have said, 'Malaysia 370 we have a fire in the cockpit,'" he said.

About an hour after the transponder was mysteriously turned off, someone flying the plane took a left turn.

This is another reason why Watson thinks the hijacking theory is bogus.

He said it's unlikely that someone would have been able to hijack the plane, make all the turns and turn off the system without any sounds.

"If they were well trained like in 9/11, they could have maybe circumvented that," he said.

So what does Watson think happened? It's too early to tell. He plans to wait and see what happens.

"That's what any responsible aviation expert would do," he said.

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