Air disaster experts — who readily admit they are as baffled as everyone else about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — say it is technically possible but almost unimaginable that the plane landed somewhere.
A week and a half after the jet vanished over Southeast Asia, the possibility of an intact landing, perhaps on a remote airstrip, seems to survive because no other theory of the case cleanly matches all the facts.
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But safely landing a 209-foot-long jetliner without anyone noticing — and keeping it hidden from the world for the 10 days that have followed — would be an unprecedented disappearing act.
"You can't completely eliminate it, but it's unlikely," said Bill Waldock, a professor of safety science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., and an aircraft accident investigator.