- Jan 17, 2011
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(The reasonable answer is because no pilot in their right mind would want to turn the transponder off.)
Why have it located/placed where it can be turned off? Especially when taking into account hijackings and the like. There must be a reason other than cost or leaving an open door to additional tragedy (like not being able to find a missing plane).
Everything can be disconnected, even the FDR and CVR. (The black boxes). It is repeated over and over again on huge airline forum that in the case if a fire, or electrical problem, everything needs to be able to be disconnected. And you can fly the plane safely w/o a transponder, but not fly it safely with a transponder that has short circuited.
(Anyhow, this is the reason I keep reading, I'm not defending it)