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Local Aviation Expert Thinks Search For Malaysian Airliner Is Off Course

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(A US Navy helicopter  lands aboard the USS Pinckney during a crew swap before returning  to the search for the missing Malaysian airlines flight in the Gulf of Thailand.  Photo provided by US Navy via Getty Images)

(A US Navy helicopter lands aboard the USS Pinckney during a crew swap before returning to the search for the missing Malaysian airlines flight in the Gulf of Thailand. Photo provided by US Navy via Getty Images)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local lawyer and pilot who specializes in plane crash litigation is critical of the way the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane is being conducted.

Philadelphia attorney Arthur Wolk says that, by calculating the flight path, winds aloft, and weight of the Boeing 777, it should have been relatively easy to find the wreckage.

“Before you go send 50 ships out there looking for wreckage, you need to know where to look,” Wolk said today, “and it looks to me like they’re looking every which place but where the airplane might be.”

In his mind, Wolk believes only two things could have knocked the jetliner out of the sky: a center fuel tank explosion or a bomb.

“And it would have to be a sizeable bomb,” he adds, “because a little one like what might be in a toothpaste tube or in somebody’s underwear is not gonna bring down a Triple 7.”

Wolk has investigated many plane crashes for victims’ families, but he says this one looks really bad — likely a catastrophic explosion at 35,000 feet.

 

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