This proves that one
of the pilots turned off the ACARS communications link and then reported
to air traffic control (ATC) as if all was normal. Twelve minutes
later, one of the pilots switched off the aircraft's transponder, which
transmits the aircraft's altitude and location.
This sequence of events more or less proves that one of the pilots was in charge of the aircraft. Given
the lack of evidence of duress, this sequence strongly suggests one of
the pilots was executing a plan of his own rather than following orders
Given the strong
political views of the captain and his mastery of the Boeing 777, all
evidence points to the captain as the pilot who turned off the
communication links and was in command of the aircraft thereafter.
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