Check Diego Garcia (DG)for MH370 it is 2710 NM to Beijing and 2100 NM to Diego Garcia. Well within the fuel onboard for the Beijing flight. The Flight to DG goes right over the Malacca straits which was the last direction Malaysian military radar had the plane going.
This is entirely possible: All these aircraft operate on the Honeywell Primus Epic system (Autopilot, navigation, radios) All processed by computer running basically windows 98.
Prime Link below:
Could have had a pre-programmed flight plan and programmed to not enable the pilots to disengage the autopilot and disable the radios…
If this was done one might not even have to remote control from another aircraft, just at a certain time, have the autopilot take control and follow another flight plan in the system. You can override the autopilot via the aircraft controls but if the persons responsible went that far they could have done other things to undo pilot inputs. Does Honeywell (the maker of the avionics system give a ‘back-door’ into the system for the spooks?
AW139 pilot (with Honeywell Primus Epic system) and former US Army aviator
“In designing the 777 as its first fly-by-wire commercial aircraft, Boeing decided to retain conventional control yokes rather than change to sidestick controllers as used in many fly-by-wire fighter aircraft and in many Airbus airliners. Along with traditional yoke and rudder controls, the cockpit features a simplified layout that retains similarities to previous Boeing models. The fly-by-wire system also incorporates flight envelope protection, a system that guides pilot inputs within a computer-calculated framework of operating parameters, acting to prevent stalls and overly stressful maneuvers. This system can be overridden by the pilot in command if deemed necessary. The fly-by-wire system is supplemented by mechanical backup.”
All that or they simply bought off the pilots!!