About the Author

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Jeff Wise is a print, online, and television journalist specializing in aviation, adventure, and psychology. An executive producer of the Showtime documentary feature “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee,” he has served as an on-camera aviation analyst on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC and has appeared in documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. His articles have appeared in Businessweek, New York, The New York Times, Nautilus, Men’s Journal, Popular Mechanics, Psychology Today, and many others. He is the author of Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger and of the Kindle Singles The Plane That Wasn’t There: Why We Haven’t Found MH370 (named the Best Kindle Single of 2015) and Fatal Descent: Andreas Lubitz and the Crash of Germanwings 9525.

A lifelong science enthusiast, he majored in evolutionary biology at Harvard, where studied with noted ethologist Bert Holldobler and ichthyologist Karel Liem. After graduating he moved to Hong Kong for five years and wrote extensively about adventure travel in Southeast Asia, Russia, and the Middle East. After returning to the United States he wrote Popular Mechanics’ “I’ll Try Anything” column, which required him to pilot a Zeppelin, scuba dive under Arctic ice, endure wilderness survival training, fly loops in a WWII fighter plane, explore the endless dark of the deep ocean, drive a tank, and spend the night in an igloo he built himself.

His writings appear frequently on the web sites of New York magazine and Popular Mechanics. His Popular Mechanics story about the doomed airliner Air France 447 was chosen as one of the 10 Best Longreads of 2011 by Longreads.com. Wise’s Popular Mechanics story “How Not to Die” was named one of NextIssue’s 32 favorite stories of 2013. His personal website has become one of the leading online forums for the investigation of MH370 and other aviation accidents, with 25,000 contributions from independent researchers around the world.

He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons. In his spare time flies small airplanes and gliders.

62 thoughts on “About the Author”

  1. Jeff,

    Can the Flaperons from the shot down Malasia flight be accounted for? I just heard on the news that a Boeing serial number couldn’t be located on the one found on Reunion.

    I believe there is also 1 other crashed 777.

    Dave

  2. Jeff,

    Let’s do a quick brain drill. I’ve got evidence of Iranian involvement (posted on my website). You’ve got evidence of Russian OP’s on the flight. What if we’re both right? Like a joint mission, and now a joint mission to keep the world looking in the South Indian Ocean. Hmmmmm…..

    Dave

  3. Jeff,

    There are actually 3 other 777’s that have been crashed, flight-38, at Heathrow, 2009, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 At San Francisco, 2013 & of course flight-17 that was shot down over Ukraine in 2014. I have found flaperon pictures for all of these crashes except flight 17 which seems to be missing the right one. The right side of that aircraft is badly damaged and the right wing assembly may have burned.

    It would sure be helpful if we could locate where the salvage from these crashes went, then maybe we could determine if any flaperons have disappeared.

    Dave

  4. Susie Crowe,

    I’m still pursuing the possibility that Iran, and according to Jeff, Russia, have MH-370. The reason is this, if this plane isn’t at the bottom of the S. Indian Ocean it posses a huge security risk for several nations.

    When Jeff raised the Russian aspect it gave this whole thing a new complexion.

    I’ve spent days pouring over the MH-17 crash photos and I have several with objects that could be the flaperon found on Reunion Island. The Russians did have control of that crash site for some time. What if all they needed was 1 B777 part as a “Throw Down Part” to fool the world into believing MH-370 is down there, in the water. What if they shot down MH-17 for that purpose? Would they do that? Maybe so if the stakes were high enough. I’ll be writing copy on this for my website.

    Dave

  5. If the aircraft made a soft landing in the ocean and then allowed to slowly fill with water and sink.

    If the Pilot had a good flight simulator at home to practice on he could have picked a deep area in the ocean to set the plane down. With a very soft landing there would be little or no damage to plane thus no floating debris.

    The slow sinking of the plane after landing and filling with water would keep the pressure equalized so it would not break apart while sinking, again preventing any escape of internal debris.

  6. Jeff, Thanks for your clear thoughtful analysis and writing. Re. MH370: Given Inmarsat arcs with times, might a 3hr 13 minute stay at WITT with the engines running and a 2hr 38 minute flight without refueling to WIII fit the available data? Is the current search area based on Rolls Royce data? -Best Regards, Eric.

  7. @Eric Simpson, @VictorI spent a fair bit of time looking at WITT (Banda Aceh) and determined that a stopover there followed by a flight to the south fit the BFO and BTO data well. A subsequent flight to Jakarta wouldn’t fit the BTO rings, though. Ultimately there was a lot of skepticism that a middle-of-the-night arrival at a heavily settle place like Banda Aceh would have gone unnoticed.

  8. Pleas check catalogue Google Earth Planet by NASA 29/03/2014 Burmer territory very close to boundary Thailand, nearest 84.5 km from PALAW rest MH370 with one wing

  9. Hi Jeff. I am a retired RCAF pilot, flew the Starfighter, and also a former airline pilot, B-747-400, B-767. I have a theory about how the MH-370 aircraft loss may have been executed. How can I send you it to you? Can you give me an email address please. I am interested in your opinion. I listened to you being interviewed this morning on a local Vancouver, BC radio station regarding the latest Egyptair loss.
    William Best

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