For every theory we’ve heard there is a good counter theory and so I don’t think there’s really any good answers.” —Steve GanyardWASHINGTON, DC – Indonesian investigators have been searching the Java Sea with help from the USS Sampson; while wreckage has been found, and 30 bodies recovered, the black boxes that could explain the plane’s disappearance from radar and subsequent crash have yet to be located. There simply is no conclusive evidence of what brought the plane down. Theories abound including weather, as a distraction leading to pilot error, and/or a catastrophic failure of some sort, including engine failure, electrical failure, fuselage break-up, a wing or tail tearing off, or a breach of the pressurized cabin.
When interviewed by Martha Raddatz, Col. Steve Ganyard (USMC, Ret.) had this to say: “We have absolutely no idea. The thing that’s such an interesting mystery about this is: 32,000 feet—straight and level—was the last solid evidence we have of this airplane. If the airplane had stalled and had come down we would have continued to have radar hits to show that it was in a descent, but it just disappeared. So was it a bomb, was it a structural failure? For every theory we’ve heard there is a good counter theory and so I don’t think there’s really any good answers.”
Watch the full clip “What Brought Down AirAsia 8501?” here.