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Oxygen loss might have taken down Flight 370

All the irrational behavior of Flight 370, such as sudden turns and flight toward a no man’s land, could be rationally and simply explained by a continuous loss of alertness, as indicated by slower and slower response of the crew by progressive but fast loss of oxygen in the cabin. This could result from a pinhole leak in the lithium batteries, which can devour oxygen by heating, followed by combustion.

The plane’s movements would then be governed by bodies falling on different controls or a bumpy flight. After all aboard had been asphyxiated and settled in their final places, the plane would have flown on a set course in the most stupid of directions, with loss of all power, and nobody even to send an SOS.

Surjit Singh, Ph.D.

Retired chemistry professor

Williamsville