Transcript for 'This Week': Investigating Malaysia Air 370
committee on intelligence and homeland security. And aviation consultant, Steve ganyard. Peter king, let's begin with you. This is a frustration for the FBI. It really is. The fact that the FBI was not asked in. The pilot and the co-pilot should have been the focus from the start. That would be ordinary law enforcement and investigatory procedures. The FBI could have been called to help that. Interpol, could have been called in. But my understanding is that Malaysia is not cooperating at all. Very reluctant to lay what they have on the table. But you've been briefed on this. The focus is on the pilots? Basically, everyone else on the plane has been looked at? No terrorist connections according to U.S. Officials. There's been no terrorist connections whatsoever. There's been no terrorist chatter. Nothing out there that indicating its it's terrorist. Now has been picked up by the terrorist community. I have questions about the two Iranians on the plane. But that could be a side issue. Nothing has come up. What's your biggest question about the Iranians? The fact they were there and written off so quickly as to any threat. Why did they have to get on that plane to seek asylum? The fact it was so easy for them to get on with stolen passports. It creates a terrorist atmosphere. Having said that, there's nothing showing it. I just wouldn't rule it out. Hearing from the Malaysians, this morning, there's equal weight on this northern and southern search Zones for where the plane could have been. But you say it is extremely unlikely this plane could have gone to the north and over the that land mass. We're being directed that the focus is being shifted to the south. There's good reason to think that the search needs to be in the south. If you look at that area, it's 5 million square miles. It's a near practical impact to find something in that size. I know you can't fully rule out anything. But are we reasonably convinced that the prospect this plane landed and landed intact on one of the land masses, is very farfetched? We're being guided to look 1,000 miles off the coast of western Australia, at 7 1/2 hours on the flight. There's no fuel left on that airplane. And they're 1,000 miles from the closest piece of land. And you combine that ping, 7 1/2 hours in, with the fact that the plane route was preplanned before the transponders were turned off. And that all but rules out mechanical failure? Three actions in the cockpit that suggests premeditation. This was not an accident. What is the next step for U.S. Authorities? Basically, we have to get involved. We have to use all of intelligence. I wish the FBI were over there. If this is going to be a criminal investigation, as far as the pilot and co-pilot, we should use as much international law enforcement as possible. The FBI is the best at that. But other -- interpol. Basic unit should be used. Malaysia has been resisting. Obviously, something with the pilot and the co-pilot. And that has to be drilled out. I want to drill down on that with Stephen ganyard, as well. The other possibility, the pilot and the co-pilot didn't do this themselves. There's a chance that someone got into the cockpit and forced them to do this at gunpoint. Let's talk about that a little bit. Had that happened, wouldn't the pilot been able to switch the transponder to the hijack distress signal? If someone's looking over his shoulder and knew enough to say I want to go in this direction or want to go to this waypoint. There's so much here, this had to be a trained pilot. Somebody had to know what they were doing. All these things occurred at the handoff between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic controllers. They knew this dead zone in there. They knew they had some time to do all of the premeditated actions. My question there, though, if there was a hijacker on the plane, wouldn't we have some kind of other indication of distress on that aircraft? You would. But we just don't. Everything points to one of those two crew members in the cockpit as a premeditated action. And, congressman king, they've been able to look back at everyone on the aircraft. And only, perhaps, one other person who had even the kind of aviation expertise to know all this. So far, nothing is showing up at all. I agree with the colonel. It has to focus on the pilot and the co-pilot. One other thing I was struck by, colonel ganyard, by the defense minister this morning. He said this case is so unprecedented, it may change aviation history. Nothing like it. Nothing, hopefully, ever again will be like it. The real concern right now, George, is we have to find those black boxes. This will be forever a mystery unless we find the black boxes. About 20 days left? 20 days left. Want to turn to the Ukraine.
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