The engine pinging stuff smells like a cover-up for some spy-sat info and capability, doesn't it? Six days was too long for somebody to be looking for emissions from a plane that went silent, and the airline initially called it BS.
Inmarsat saying they tracked the plane after it lost contact. Looks like someone flew it to the Indian Ocean.
There's a lot of fishy stuff about this. ACARS (engine pinging stuff) is a real system but the timing of the various pieces of info that have come out smells like people are trying to reveal information while attempting to mask the sources.
Take the Chinese photo of debris. The pieces were said to be huge pieces of the fuselage (e.g., 70-ish by 40-ish feet). Planes in water - particularly ones in many pieces - aren't known for hanging around. Generally they have an express ticket to the bottom. So, if that photo was of the plane in question, it would have to have been taken very near to the time of the crash. It seemed really dumb that the Malaysians sent folks to investigate the surface, as though the plane would still be there. Even junk that floats, like seat cushions, would likely have moved on after several days.
The photo quality was a lot worse than even Google Earth and appeared to be blurred down. If the Chinese weren't 100% sure that the plane was in that photo, then they would look like idiots for having published it. Or, perhaps, that was the plan so their enemies wouldn't know their true capabilities, even though they would have revealed that they had photos from near the time of the crash.
And shortly after the Chinese photo is laid out there, the US starts releasing info that they've probably been holding on to for a bit. Wonder if they're trying to discredit the Chinese lol