[snip] I would bet that Malaysian Airlines probably do not have the most experienced pilots on earth. [/snip]
From the BBC website:
"Weather conditions on this flight are said to have been good and the pilot, 53, who had more than 18,000 flying hours behind him, had been employed by the airline since 1981."
Also in the article:
"At a time as yet undisclosed, a relative reportedly managed to call one of the passengers, who was carrying a Singapore phone. Malaysia Airlines has repeatedly tried to call the same number but no ringtone has been heard."
Obviously not saying that the crash and the call are connected, but how high up can a plane be and still get a GSM signal?