Smith, by the way, offers this in a reply to a comment within his post:
As to point 3… we keep hearing about this “turning back.” Turned back to where? They were a long way from their departure airport. More likely, if the crew was going to change course, they would be diverting to a closer suitable airport, not “turning back.”This is a good example of why the general media is pretty worthless as a news source. Any reporter who talked to a pilot would not make this mistake. I enjoy getting my airplane news from pilots and legal analysis from law professors. The Internet is a wonderful thing.