WASHINGTON, DC — Sunday March 9, Steve Ganyard commented on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 alongside ABC News’ Pierre Thomas, and Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers.
Normally…I would not say that we would look at terrorism, but an airplane just does not come down or disappear at 35,000 feet; everything is going to have to be considered, and I think terrorism will have to be one of those elements.” – Steve Ganyard
Answering questions from Martha Raddatz, Ganyard analyzed the theory that the plane was turning around to return to its point of origin, which he doubts, and points out that there’s a gap in radar coverage between the Malaysian and Vietnam coasts. In regards to the lack of mayday signal, Ganyard explained that pilots have a saying: aviate, navigate, communicate. If something went wrong in the cockpit, the priority would be to solve the problem first, and document the details later. He warned that all involved should keep all possibilities in mind.
Chairman Rogers commented on the search for the wreckage, and the identification procedures concerning the two individuals who repurposed stolen passports to board the plane. Pierre Thomas further described identification techniques utilized by U.S. officials, from surveillance video, facial recognition technology, and the terrorism/criminal databases available. He mentioned that authorities will be scrutinizing pilots, airline staff, and passengers for any irregularities.
Click here to watch: “This Week: Malaysia Airlines Mystery”