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What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:43 pm
by survivor
What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet.
http://news.ca.msn.com/world/what-is-kn ... rlines-jet

An extensive search has revealed no sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. What authorities say is known as of Monday evening:

— The Boeing 777 carrying 239 people lost contact over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam; there was no sign of trouble before it disappeared early Saturday, and no distress signal was sent.

— At least 34 aircraft and 40 ships from several countries are searching a 50-nautical mile radius from the point the plane vanished, but the only finds have been false alarms — a yellow object spotted by a search plane turned out to be trash, and oil slicks were shown to not be from an aircraft.

— Police and Interpol questioned the proprietors of a travel agency in Thailand that sold one-way tickets to two men who travelled on stolen passports.

What is not yet known:

— What happened to cause the plane to lose contact. Catastrophic failure of the engines or plane structure, extreme turbulence or pilot error or even suicide, are possible, though the use of the stolen passports has strengthened speculation of foul play.

Without debris, there's no confirmation that the plane crashed. But finding traces of an aircraft lost at sea can take days or longer, even with a sustained search effort.

— It's not known if the two men using stolen passports had anything to do with the plane's disappearance.


Initial story on the missing Malaysian Airlines:
http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/mala ... on-board-1

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:18 am
by survivor
Missing Malaysia airline: Man travelling on stolen passport identified as Iranian.
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/ ... s-iranian/

Investigators probing the baffling disappearance of a Malaysian plane with 239 people aboard on Saturday identified a 19-year-old Iranian man as one of the two persons who travelled on stolen passports but said he is “not likely” to have terrorist links.
“We have identified (one of the two persons travelling on stolen passports as) an Iranian by the name of Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad. He is 19-years-old and he is an Iranian, we believe that he is an Iranian,” Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said in Kuala Lumpur.
“We have been checking his background. We have also checked him with other police organisation on his profile and we believe that he is not likely to be a member of any terrorist group. We believe that he was trying to migrate to Germany,” he was quoted as saying by BBC.
Authorities were in contact with the Iranian’s mother in Germany, who has been expecting her son to arrive in the city of Frankfurt, he said.
The investigation into the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 widened with authorities questioning travel agents about the two men who boarded the plane with stolen passports of an Italian and an Austrian.
The Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 plane had 227 passengers on board, including five Indians and one Indian-origin Canadian, and 12 crew members.
The police chief said that they had not finalised their probe on the other passenger who used a stolen passport. “On the other person who travelled on the stolen passport, we are still conducting our investigation,” he said.
Another Iranian man named Kazem Ali bought one-way tickets for the two men, describing them as friends who wanted to return home to Europe, CNN reported citing Thai police.
While Ali made the initial booking by telephone, either he or someone acting on his behalf paid for the tickets in cash, police said.
“We have to look further into this Mr Ali’s identity because it’s almost a tradition to use an alias when doing business around here,” Police Lt Colonel Ratchthapong Tia-sood said.
The travel agency’s owner, Benjaporn Krutnait, told The Financial Times she believed Ali was not connected to terrorism because he had asked for cheapest tickets to Europe and did not specify the Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight.
The search for the missing plane entered the fourth day, as 34 planes, 40 ships and teams from ten countries were involved in search operations that were widened to a 100 nautical mile (185 km) radius from the point the plane was last detected.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:59 pm
by manfred
A Dutch news Channel reports that the plane has been located...

http://www.elsevier.nl/Buitenland/nieuw ... -1477299W/

Een patrouilletoestel van de Vietnamese luchtmacht heeft ten zuiden van Cambodja brokstukken in zee aangetroffen. Het gaat zeer waarschijnlijk om resten van de Boeing 777 van Malaysian Airlines die zaterdag van de radar verdween.


{MY translation, Ariel, please check}A patrol caft of the Vietnamese airforce has found fragments in the sea to the South of Cambodia. It is highly likely that there are remains of the Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlaines, which vanished off the radar on Saturday


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Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:18 pm
by survivor
manfred wrote:A Dutch news Channel reports that the plane has been located...

http://www.elsevier.nl/Buitenland/nieuw ... -1477299W/

Een patrouilletoestel van de Vietnamese luchtmacht heeft ten zuiden van Cambodja brokstukken in zee aangetroffen. Het gaat zeer waarschijnlijk om resten van de Boeing 777 van Malaysian Airlines die zaterdag van de radar verdween.

Thanks for the update on missing plane, manfred.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:03 pm
by manfred
There is something very troubling about this...

If a plane had major failure, and crashes into the sea, we would expect

1) a distress call
2) the debris in a relatively small area


Neither of these have happened. In addition, we know that two people travelled on that plane who had false ID, a Dutch and an Italian passport. This is known because the two real people of that name have been questioned, and they were NOT on the plane. Did they manage to get a Chinese visa with a fake passport? Did the Malaysian authorities even check if they had a visa?

I have been through KL a few times, and security and checks always were very relaxed, presumably because they thought, being a Muslim country, they would not get attacks.

They only found a smallish piece. It means that the debris is scattered widely which suggests a mid-air explosion.

Now, that could be a bomb, or it could be merely a failed or improperly closed door to a luggage department, or a spark in on of the tanks.

I hope there will be some answers soon, better ones than those provided by the Malaysian minister for transport on his visit to Beijing, where got pelted with plastic water bottles, but the normally quite reserved Chinese.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:57 am
by Garudaman
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -2011.html
Missing Malaysia airline pilot SMOKED and chatted with us in the cockpit, reveals young blonde passenger

- Jonti Roos claims missing MH 370 pilot invited her to cockpit on 2011 flight
- She and friend were entertained by Fariq Abdul Hamid for entire flight
- Co-pilots smoked, chatted, and took photos with the young women
- Mr Hamid was one of 239 people on board the missing Malaysia airlines flight

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:11 am
by manfred
yep,

I read that too. I understand this was on a different flight though, but if it happened once it can again... Still I would be very surprise if the pilot's trouser-snake was the cause of the crash.

BTW until just a few years ago you could smoke on Garuda flights, which meant if you were on a long haul flight you smelt like an ashtray on arrival, whether you smoked or not.

I guess we will simply have to wait until (if ever) they recover the flight recorder and enough of the wreckage to tell us what happened.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:58 pm
by Ariel
manfred wrote:
Een patrouilletoestel van de Vietnamese luchtmacht heeft ten zuiden van Cambodja brokstukken in zee aangetroffen. Het gaat zeer waarschijnlijk om resten van de Boeing 777 van Malaysian Airlines die zaterdag van de radar verdween.


{MY translation, Ariel, please check}A patrol caft of the Vietnamese airforce has found fragments in the sea to the South of Cambodia. It is highly likely that there are remains of the Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlaines, which vanished off the radar on Saturday


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Correct translation Manfred, but it seems this is old news as the found fragments are not part of the plane.

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It seems they are looking in the Indian ocean now. Perhaps no trace of the plane nor any sign of wreckage has been found despite a search by the navies and military aircraft of more than a dozen countries, the plane is still in one piece and is landed in a Islamic country? ( wishful thinking my part) I also read some days ago, that some mobile phones are still in working order, only no one is answering them.

read this

Missing Malaysian airline flight

PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:38 pm
by idesigner1
What was the islamic terrorist angle in this episode?

Pilot was finally flying in NW direction of Mecca.

Malaysian government has now raided the home of the air captain.

Is it possible that this case is similar to Egyptian Air line where muslim pilot was implicated in deliberate crash. PC correct media never paid attention to this angle.

Muslim pilots cant be trusted as they all insist praying in cock pit in mid air.. May be he fell down on flight instruments while praying and plane crashed. :musilmah:

I read about Uguir and Philippin muslim angle in this episode.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:25 pm
by pr126

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:25 am
by survivor
Vanished: Malaysia Airlines flight MH370′s baffling mystery.
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/ ... -vanished/

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been called one of the most baffling mysteries in modern aviation. How can a plane disappear in this age of total connectivity? Not entirely impossible, writes YP Rajesh,
“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”

An anguished, anonymous reader took to repeating the words of American TV series creator Rod Serling, the man behind the 1959 science fiction-fantasy show The Twilight Zone, in his response to the befuddling theories in a US newspaper report about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Elsewhere, an international aviation safety expert put it more simply: It seems like the perfect murder, but without the body.

The truth, perhaps, lies somewhere in between. But for now, it has been called one of the most baffling mysteries in modern aviation. And the most critical question being posed to try and unravel the mystery: how could an ultra-modern plane with state-of-the-art communication equipment in this day and age of hyperconnectivity simply disappear without a trace and not be found for days?

Theories abound, but first the facts.
The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200ER, a wide-bodied long-range jet that first flew in the late 1990s and had more than 400 planes in service as of mid-2013. It has an almost squeaky clean safety record for any commercial aircraft in service.

MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew. It took off from the Malaysian capital at 12.40 am on March 8, flying in a northeasterly direction. It was last registered on Malaysian air traffic control radar just before 1.30 am, a little after it had crossed the Malaysian peninsula, and was flying at 35,000 feet over the Gulf of Thailand.

Until then, there was no sign of any trouble with the flight and the weather in the region was fine. “All right, good night,” one of the pilots said in the last radio transmission from the cockpit to Malaysian ATC after the ATC said it was handing the plane over to the jurisdiction of Vietnam’s ATC. And then, MH370 vanished.

The first, and easiest, conclusion was that a sudden, catastrophic event — such as both engines failing or an explosion or the aircraft breaking up in mid-air — had caused the jet to disintegrate in the skies or crash into the sea. But the likelihood of this possibility over the Gulf of Thailand has reduced by the day as extensive searches by ships and aircraft of multi-national forces failed to spot any debris.

“I don’t see how the plane could have crashed there and floating debris not be spotted for days,” said an Indian captain who has been flying a 777 for the last seven years. “Debris is light. Something has to come up. Everything can’t just go and sit at the bottom of the sea. And if there was a malfunction, there has to be some trigger, some warning. So this is quite baffling.”

Equally, if not more, mystifying has been the failure of all communication systems on the plane that coincided with its disappearance.

A modern passenger jet such as the 777 communicates basically through an electronic device called the ‘transponder’. It responds to signals from an ATC ‘secondary radar’ on the ground and sends information about itself and its flight. When the plane is beyond the range of a radar, say for instance on long, trans-oceanic flights, the transponders turn to communicating with satellites.

The first sign of trouble with MH370 came when its transponder stopped responding — it had either failed, or was switched off, as it can be. Adding to the mystery was the apparent failure of other communication systems to track the plane.

Besides the secondary radar, there exist basic ‘primary radars’ that send radio waves into the skies and track a plane when it simply bounces the waves back to the radar. Also, planes such as the 777 are equipped with high frequency (HF), very high frequency (VHF) and satellite communication (Satcom) systems that can be used in the event of a transponder failure.

Yet another system called the Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) allows air traffic controllers and pilots to communicate through data exchange. Lastly, modern long-range jets also come with what is called the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), an automatic data transfer mechanism through which the aircraft periodically sends information about its health to the airline or the engine manufacturer or a designated maintenance facility so that a problem can be addressed on landing.

“All these systems cannot fail in one go,” said Captain Arvind Kathpalia, a veteran Air India pilot who flies the 747, 777 and the 787 and a ormer DGCA flight operations inspector. “They can’t fail even if lightning strikes the aircraft as there is shielding. There are independent sources of power, backups, inverters, different buses, satellite monitoring.”

Although many, if not all, systems can be switched off and the jet fly incognito, it can still be spotted and tracked by a primary radar. But the region where MH370 went missing is known to have low primary radar coverage with many gaps. “Besides, new generation air traffic controllers do not have the wits to look for a primary echo,” Kathpalia added. In fact, the first signs of a possible breakthrough in the search for MH370 are based on information from primary radars used by the Malaysian military and faint signals the aircraft is thought to have sent to satellites after it “vanished”.

Almost a week after it disappeared, investigators suspect the plane flew in a designated aviation corridor in the opposite direction of its designated flight path and moved towards the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. This has to be done deliberately, causing them to suspect foul play behind the entire saga.

Renowned US pilot, air travel blogger and author Patrick Smith writes that although the idea of a plane disappearing may not seem possible in an age of instant and total connectivity, it is not fully inconceivable.

“I think people need to reconcile with the possibility that the plane might never be found,” he wrote on his website askthepilot.com. “I know that sounds absurd to many people in this day and age, where fast and easy answers are taken for granted, but it might happen. I don’t expect that to happen, but it could.”
Kathpalia is more confident about MH370 being traced.

“Eventually it will be,” he said. “Unless this is a James Hadley Chase thriller where terrorists have taken the plane to a remote island and hidden it there. But what will they do with it there?”

The plane truths
A look at how an aircraft communicates:
TRANSPONDERS
These electronic devices identify commercial aircraft within the range of an ATC radar and transmit information on the plane’s identity, location and altitude to ground radar stations.
ACARS
Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System is a data link system used to transmit short messages such as weather updates between aircraft and ground stations via radio or satellite. Apparently, ACARS messages sent by the missing plane continued after its transponder went silent.
SATELLITE LINK
Boeing has a satellite service that can receive data during a flight on how the aircraft is functioning and relay it to the plane’s home base. US officials have said automated pings were received from the jetliner for four hours after it went missing.
FLIGHT DATA RECORDER
It can hold a record of over 100 hours of flight and is specially manufactured to survive a crash.
COCKPIT VOICE RECORDER
Over two hours of recording is stored by this hardened box that emits a tracking signal after impact.

Indian mysteries
Nov 1950: Air India’s ‘Malabar Princess’, a Lockheed Constellation, had begun its descent to Geneva when it disappeared. It had struck the Mont Blanc mountain in France, killing all 48 on board.
April 1955: `Kashmir Princess’, an AI Lockheed Constellation aircraft, disappeared over the South China sea after an explosion. The attack was meant to kill Chinese premier Zhou Enlai, but he was not on board. While 16 died, 3 of the crew survived and were rescued from an island.
Jan 1966: AI’s ‘Kanchenjunga’, a Boeing 707, crashed 200 metres from the crash site of the Malabar Princess in 1950. All 117 on board were killed, including scientist Homi Bhabha.
Feb 1968: An IAF AN-12 transport aircraft with 102 people went missing between Chandigarh and Leh, following bad weather. It was only in 2003 that a few hikers found the wreckage in Himachal Pradesh.
April 2002: An IAF MiG 21 fighter with two officers on board went missing during a training mission in Assam. It has still not been found.
SEPT 2009: A Bell 430 chopper carrying Andhra CM YSR Reddy went missing over the dense Nallamala forests. The chopper could not be traced for 24 hours. All people on board died.
April 2011: The helicopter of Arunachal Pradesh CM Dorjee Khandu disappeared during a flight from Tawang to Itanagar. Remains were found only five days later.
Oct 2011: An IAF MiG 29 disappeared during a night flying operation. One of the largest military hunts took 19 days to recover the body of the pilot.
(With inputs from Manu Pubby)

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:34 am
by survivor
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/ ... ing-plane/

Malaysian police are investigating a flight engineer who was among the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane as they focus on the pilots and anyone else on board who had technical flying knowledge, a senior police official said.

The aviation engineer is Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, 29, a Malaysian who has said on social media he had worked for a private jet charter company.

“Yes, we are looking into Mohd Khairul as well as the other passengers and crew. The focus is on anyone else who might have had aviation skills on that plane,” a senior police official with knowledge of the investigations said.

Malaysian investigators are trawling through the backgrounds of the pilots, crew and ground staff who worked on the missing Boeing 777-200ER for clues as to why someone on board flew it hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of miles off course.

No trace of the plane has been found more than a week after it vanished but investigators believe it was diverted by someone with deep knowledge of the plane and of commercial navigation.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday evidence pointed to a deliberate diversion of the flight, given the controlled way it was apparently turned around and flown far to the west of its original route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

A flight engineer is responsible for overseeing systems on a plane during flights to confirm they are working correctly and to make repairs if necessary. As an engineer specializing in executive jets, Khairul would not necessarily have all the knowledge needed to divert and fly a large jetliner.

Khairul had said he worked for a Swiss-based jet charter firm called Execujet Aviation Group, but the company declined to say whether it still employed him. In a picture posted on Khairul’s Facebook account in 2011, he identified himself as an employee of Execujet’s Malaysian operations.

“We can’t disclose anything. We want to protect the family’s privacy,” an official at the company’s Malaysian office said.

Khairul, a father of one daughter, had recently bought a house on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, and had more than 10 years experience as a flight engineer, his father Selamat Omar said. He declined to say whether he believed his son could have been involved in any foul play.

Selamat said he and other family members were supposed to visit Khairul’s new house this month. But Khairul had told his father on Thursday he had to go for a job in Beijing and that they would reschedule. That was the last time they spoke.

“Khairul was doing well in his job and was a good son. He would come visit us at least once a month,” Selamat said.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:41 pm
by survivor
Last message from missing Malaysian plane was from co-pilot: Authorities.
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/ ... last-word/

Amid mounting evidence that the disappearance of the Malaysian plane was a deliberate act, authorities on Monday said the last words from the cockpit were believed to have been spoken by the co-pilot as search operations covering 11 countries were intensified.

Evidence indicating that the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing 10 days ago was sabotaged or hijacked was mounting after it emerged that the last message from the cockpit was spoken after someone had begun disabling one of the plane’s automatic tracking systems.

The last words — “All right, good night” — were believed to have been spoken by the co-pilot.

“Initial investigations indicate it was the co-pilot who basically spoke,” Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a media briefing.

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and his first officer Fariq Abdul Hamid are under scanner of the probe into the disappearance of the plane.

The last signal from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was received 12 minutes before the co-pilot’s final words.

The officials are also looking at the possibility whether the plane -with 239 people on board including five Indians and one Indian-Canadian – had taken advantage of the busy airways over the Bay of Bengal and avoided suspicion of military radars.

Malaysia’s defence and acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said, “I can confirm that search and rescue operations in the northern and southern corridors have already begun.

Countries including Malaysia, Australia, China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan have already initiated search and rescue operations.”

A detailed map of the northern and southern corridors where the search operations were on was released on Monday.

Malaysia got in touch with countries along the northern and southern corridors about the flight. These countries include: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and France.

Australian was leading the search of the remote southern Indian Ocean for the missing plane.

Kazakhstan joined the search on Monday in the farthest northwest section of the search area, taking the total number of countries involved in the operation to 26.

During the last 24 hours, Prime Minister Najib Razak has spoken to the Prime Minister of Australia and the Premier of China. Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent diplomatic notes to all countries involved in the search operation, Hishammuddin said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday assured Najib of “all assistance” by Indian authorities when the latter called him to seek India’s “technical assistance”.

Najib last week said authorities are trying to trace the plane across two possible corridors – in the north to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and a southern corridor from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.

Hishamuddin said hopes had not been lost. “There has been no distress call, no ransom demand, no parties claiming responsibility…so there is always hope,” he said. He informed that aviation experts from China were joining the search team.

Hishamuddin said two Malaysian ships had been deployed and French civil aviation teams have also joined the search.

Australia is sending extra two P 3 Orions and C130 Hercules.

Malaysian authorities said they had begun probing the crew the day the aircraft disappeared. Police have visited the houses of the pilot and the co-pilot twice.

The Chinese authorities who had already cleared the passengers on board have been asked to take a re-look.

Jauhari said so far there had been no evidence from phone companies of any passenger trying to call when the plane turned around. Hishamuddin said Inmarsat had got six pings from the plane.

The satellite could see aircraft at alleviation and could give the time but not the location.

“At this point, I would like to stress that Malaysia has been co-operating with the FBI, Interpol and other relevant international law enforcement authorities since day one,” Hishamuddin said.
“Our priority has always been to find the aircraft. We would not withhold any information that could help. But we also have a responsibility not to release information until it has been verified by the international investigations team,” he said.

“With support from our many international partners, this new phase of the search is underway. Assets are being deployed, and search and rescue operations have begun. I wish to thank our partners from around the world for their continued support,” he added.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:52 pm
by survivor
Missing Malaysian plane flew low to avoid radar detection
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/ ... detection/
Malaysian authorities are probing new information that the missing plane with 239 people on board dropped to an altitude of 5,000 feet or possibly lower to evade radar detection after it turned back midair.

Investigators are poring over the Boeing 777 flight MH370 profile to determine if it had flown low and used “terrain masking” during most of the eight hours it was missing from the radar coverage of possibly at least three countries, the New Straits Times reported on Sunday.

The officials are looking at the possibility whether the plane -with 239 people on board including five Indians and one Indian-Canadian – had taken advantage of the busy airways over the Bay of Bengal and avoided suspicion of military radars.

“The person who had control over the aircraft has a solid knowledge of avionics and navigation, and left a clean track. It passed low over Kelantan, that was true,” the paper quoted officials as saying.

The plane “would appear to be just another commercial aircraft on its way to its destination,” it said. “It’s possible that the aircraft had hugged the terrain in some areas, that are mountainous to avoid radar detection.”

This technique is called terrain masking and is used by military pilots to fly to their targets stealthily, using the topography to mask their approach from prying microwaves.

The officials said this type of flying is considered very dangerous, especially in low-light conditions and spatial disorientation, and airsickness could easily set in.

“While the ongoing search is divided into two massive areas, the data that the investigating team is collating is leading us more towards the north,” sources said.

Prime Minister Najib Razak last week said authorities are trying to trace the plane across two possible corridors – in the north to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and a southern corridor from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.

Officials involved in the multi-national investigation said the probe would also focus on regions with disused airports equipped with long runways.

“There are two likely possibilities – either the plane landed somewhere and the engine was shut down or it crashed.”

“As soon as the first country comes up with evidence of the flight’s position after its last confirmed position (320km northwest of Penang), we will be able to refine the search and better determine its possible location,” the officials said.

The mystery of the missing plane from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing since March 8 continued to baffle aviation and security authorities who have not succeeded in tracking the
aircraft despite deploying hi-tech radar and other gadgets.

Malaysian police have refocused the probe on the crew, passengers and ground staff based on “new leads” that [b]the plane was deliberately disabled and its transponder switched off before the plane veered from its path.[/b]

Authorities examined a flight simulator found at the home of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of the missing plane, but initial forensics checks showed it was “clean”, the paper said.
However, experts are probing deeper into the footprint of the homemade simulator. Investigators are also probing a flight engineer who was among the passengers on the missing plane.

A Malaysian opposition leader and a close friend of Zaharie has said the pilot would have had the safety of his passengers uppermost in his mind, adding if there was foul play like hijacking then his friend would have been a victim.

Peter Chong, an aide to MP R Sivarasa of opposition PKR party, was reacting to a report in a British paper which termed Zaharie as a “political fanatic”.

“Zaharie is someone who is very passionate about flying and very aware of the great responsibility a pilot bears towards his passengers and crew,” Chong said.

“He is a management pilot, which means he doesn’t just fly but is involved in training and examining other pilots.” Zaharie, 53, began flying with MAS in 1981 and has more than 18,000 flying hours under his belt.

Meanwhile, the number of countries involved in the search and rescue operation has increased from 14 to 25.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday said his country will lead a search of the remote southern Indian Ocean for the missing plane.

Asked if Australian agencies had any data to back up the theory of mising plane’s presence in the southern Indian Ocean, Abbott said he didn’t have any information.

“But all of our agencies that could possibly help in this area are scouring their data to see if there’s anything that they can add to the understanding of this mystery,” he said.

Australia had two AP-3C Orion surveillance planes assisting with the search, now in its second week. “One of our Orions as I understand it has been redeployed to the Indian Ocean search,” Abbott said.

“We’ve got two Orions which have been assisting with the search. They remain available to assist in whatever way the Malaysian authorities wish and it’s my intention to talk later today with the Malaysians to see if there’s additional help that Australia can offer.”

There were six Australians and two New Zealanders on the missing jet.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:59 pm
by survivor
Malaysia, FBI probing data from pilot's simulator.

http://news.ca.msn.com/world/malaysia-f ... -simulator

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian investigators — with the help of the FBI — are trying to restore files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane to see if they shed any light on the disappearance, officials said Wednesday.

Files containing records of simulations carried out on the program were deleted Feb. 3 from the device found in the home of the Malaysia Airlines pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu said.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference that Zaharie is considered innocent until proven guilty of any wrongdoing, and that members of his family are co-operating in the investigation.

It was not immediately clear whether investigators thought that deleting the files was unusual. They will want to check those files for any signs of unusual flight paths that could help explain where the missing plane went.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation by name, said the FBI has been provided electronic data to analyze.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said U.S. investigators are prepared to help any way they can.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people aboard disappeared March 8 on a night flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysian authorities have not ruled out any possible explanations, but have said the evidence so far suggests the flight was deliberately turned back across Malaysia to the Strait of Malacca, with its communications systems disabled. They are unsure what happened next and why.

Investigators have identified two giant arcs of territory spanning the possible positions of the plane about 7 1/2 hours after takeoff, based on its last faint signal to a satellite — an hourly "handshake" signal that continues even when communications are switched off. The arcs stretch up as far as Kazakhstan in central Asia and down deep into the southern Indian Ocean.

Police are considering the possibility of hijacking, sabotage, terrorism or issues related to the mental health of the pilots or anyone else on board, and have asked for background checks from abroad on all foreign passengers.

Hishammuddin said such checks have been received for all the foreigners except those from Ukraine and Russia — which account for three passengers. "So far, no information of significance on any passengers has been found," he said.

The 53-year-old pilot joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981 and had more than 18,000 hours of flight experience. People who knew Zaharie from his involvement in opposition political circles in Malaysia and other areas of his life have described him as sociable, humble, caring and dedicated to his job.

The crisis has exposed the lack of a failsafe way of tracking modern passenger planes on which data transmission systems and transponders — which make them visible to civilian radar — have been severed. At enormous cost, 26 countries are helping Malaysia look for the plane.

Relatives of passengers on the missing airliner — two-thirds of them from China — have grown increasingly frustrated over the lack of progress in the search. Planes sweeping vast expanses of the Indian Ocean and satellites peering on Central Asia have turned up no new clues.

"It's really too much. I don't know why it is taking so long for so many people to find the plane. It's 12 days," Subaramaniam Gurusamy, 60, said in an interview from his home on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. His 34-year-old son, Pushpanathan Subramaniam, was on the flight heading to Beijing for a work trip.

"He's the one son I have," Subaramaniam said.

Before Wednesday's news briefing at a hotel near the Kuala Lumpur airport, two Chinese relatives of passengers held up a banner saying "Truth" in Chinese and started shouting before security personnel escorted them out.

"I want you to help me to find my son!" one of the two women said.

Hishamuddin said a delegation of Malaysian government officials, diplomats, air force and civil aviation officials will head to Beijing — where many of the passengers' relatives are gathered — to give briefings to the next of kin on the status of the search.

Aircraft from Australia, the U.S. and New Zealand searched an area stretching across 305,000 square kilometres (117,000 square miles) of the Indian Ocean, about 2,600 kilometres (1,600 miles) southwest of Perth, on Australia's west coast. Merchant ships were also asked to look for any trace of the plane.

China has said it was reviewing radar data and deployed 21 satellites to search the northern corridor, although it is considered less likely that the plane could have taken that route without being detected by military radar systems of the countries in that region.

Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said Indonesia military radar didn't pick up any signs of Flight 370 on the day the plane went missing. He said Malaysia had asked Indonesia to intensify the search in its assigned zone in the Indian Ocean west of Sumatra, but said his air force was strained in the task.

"We will do our utmost. We will do our best. But you do have to understand our limitations," Purnomo said.

Hishammuddin said both the southern and the northern sections of the search area were important, but that "some priority was being given to that (southern) area." He didn't elaborate.

Malaysian investigators say the plane departed 12:41 a.m. on March 8 and headed northeast toward Beijing over the Gulf of Thailand, but that it turned back after the final words were heard from the cockpit. Malaysian military radar data places the plane west of Malaysia in the Strait of Malacca at 2:14 a.m.

Thailand divulged new radar data Tuesday that appeared to corroborate Malaysian data showing the plane crossing back across Peninsular Malaysia.

The military in the Maldives, a remote Indian Ocean island nation, confirmed to Malaysia that reports of a sighting of the plane by villagers there were "not true," the Malaysian defence minister said.

German insurance company Allianz said it has made initial payments in connection with the missing plane. Spokesman Hugo Kidston declined to say how much but said it was in line with contractual obligations when an aircraft is reported as missing.

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Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington, Rod McGuirk, Satish Cheney and Chris Brummitt in Kuala Lumpur, Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Kristen Gelineau in Sydney, Australia, contributed to this report.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:54 pm
by survivor
Relatives sob as Malaysia confirms plane is lost.
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BEIJING, China - Relatives shrieked and sobbed uncontrollably. Men and women nearly collapsed, held up by loved ones. Their grief came pouring out after 17 days of waiting for definitive word on the fate of the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

Malaysia's prime minister gave that word late Monday in a televised announcement from Kuala Lumpur, saying there was no longer any doubt that Flight 370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean.

Relatives of passengers in Beijing had been called to a hotel near the airport to hear the news, and some 50 of them gathered there. Afterward, they filed out of a conference room in heart-wrenching grief.

One woman collapsed and fell on her knees, crying "My son! My son!"

Medical teams arrived at the Lido hotel with several stretchers and one elderly man was carried out of the conference room on one of them, his face covered by a jacket. Minutes later, a middle-aged woman was taken out on another stretcher, her face ashen and her blank eyes seemingly staring off into a distance.

Most of them refused to speak to gathered reporters and some of them lashed out in anger, urging journalists not to film the scene. Security guards restrained a man with close-cropped hair as he kicked a TV cameraman and shouted, "Don't film. I'll beat you to death!"

Some relatives staying at hotels in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur were notified in person of the imminent late-night news conference by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, and some heard over the phone.

Some received a heads-up by text message, said Sarah Bajc, who has been awaiting news of the fate of her boyfriend, Philip Wood, ever since the plane disappeared March 8 on a night flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard.

"Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived," the text message said, according to a version forwarded in an email by Bajc. "As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia's Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."[My big question is; Why did the aircraft turned back and flew straight towards Indian ocean in the first place?]

Bajc noted that the prime minister's announcement made no mention of confirmed wreckage, "so no real closure," but she also said the time for grief had begun.

"I need closure to be certain but cannot keep on with public efforts against all odds. I STILL feel his presence, so perhaps it was his soul all along," she wrote in her email. "It looks like the first phase of our mission has ended. Now Philip's family and I will need some time for private grief."

Wang Zhen, whose father and mother, Wang Linshi and Xiong Yunming, were aboard the flight as part of a group of Chinese artists touring Malaysia, said he heard the announcement on television from the hotel where he had been staying.

"My mind is a mess right now. Can we talk later?" he said in a telephone interview.

Nan Jinyan, whose brother-in-law Yan Ling, a medical company engineer, was aboard the flight on a business trip, said she was prepared for the worst when she heard the Malaysian prime minister would hold a news conference.

"This is a blow to us, and it is beyond description," Nan said.

At Beijing's Lido hotel, where many of the Chinese relatives have complained about they have described as incomplete or contradictory information provided by the airline and Malaysian authorities, two distraught women and a man came to address journalists nearly two hours after the announcement.

"I tell you, this was the wrong way to release this information," one woman said between sobs, speaking over the bellows of security guards trying to hold back the crush. "It's all so black," she said, using the Chinese expression for opacity and deceit.

In Kuala Lumpur, screaming could be heard from inside the Hotel Bangi Putrajaya, where some of the families of passengers had been given rooms.

Selamat Omar, father of a 29-year-old aviation engineer aboard the flight, said in a telephone interview that Malaysia Airlines had not yet briefed the families on whether they will be taken to Australia, closer to where the plane is believed to have gone down. He said they expected more details Tuesday.

"We accept the news of the tragedy. It is fate," Selamat said.
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Associated Press writers Didi Tang and Ian Mader in Beijing, and Todd Pitman and Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contributed to this report.

I am not sure, but somewhere in my mind I feel that Malaysian Government knew right from the moment of this aircraft’s disappearance that it was a terror attack committed by the members of their own religion of peace in order to eliminate non-muslims [ above 99% of them aboard this aircraft] in an utmost secretive way. The ‘way’adapted by the killers could be the beginning of an era of a new trend in eliminating non-muslims. My assumption is that, Malaysian Government wants to protect the 'so called respect' of their evil people.
My sincere condolences to all the surviving family members of those unfortunates that perished in this accident[?].

Re: Missing Malaysian airline flight

PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:11 am
by survivor
Malaysia Airlines MH370: Hunt on for black box and clues it holds.

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The grim investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 tragedy has become a race to locate the jet’s black box before its battery life drains to nothing.

With the search already into its 18th day, marine recovery teams are pressed for time to detect and recover the data recorder, which may have sunk to the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean, potentially dragging the secrets of the flight’s final moments with it.

Crews know they have to work fast, according to Jim Gibson, general manager of the deep-ocean survey firm Phoenix International, which is assisting the U.S. Navy mission to locate the Boeing 777.

That’s because acoustic beacons, or locator "pings" from the black box will probably fall silent within two weeks, Gibson told CBC News.

"At some point, the pinger will simply run out of power, and that’s usually in about 30 days," he said. "Once you figure out when the aircraft went into the water, you go 30 days from that point, and that’s its shelf life."

Phoenix International’s “Batwing-like” towed pinger locator (TPL) weighs about 31 kilograms and can detect a black box’s signal ping from about a mile (1.6 kilometres) away, Gibson said.

His firm assisted in the Atlantic Ocean recovery effort of the doomed Air France Flight 447 that went down five years ago on its way to Paris from Rio de Janeiro, killing 228 people. The company also worked on the recovery operation for the 1986 Challenger explosion and is now the contractor operating the U.S. Navy’s deep ocean search and recovery equipment for the Malaysia Airlines jet.

A Phoenix International equipment team is en route to Australia to scour an area about 2,500 kilometres southwest of Perth — a region at about 40 degrees south latitude that oceanographers call the "Roaring Forties" due to it having some of the most treacherous seas on the planet.

That remote region is where a British satellite analysis tracked the aircraft’s last known position before it vanished on the morning of March 8, local time, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.

"The weather down there is very challenging — high winds, high seas, fronts that come through rather quickly. It makes working in the deep ocean very, very difficult," Gibson said.

Wind speeds in the area often reach 40 knots (74 km/h) and huge swells early Tuesday forced Australian Maritime Safety officials to suspend the air and sea search.

The depth of the water could be more than 4,000 metres in some parts around that area – four times deeper than the Gulf of Thailand in the South China Sea, where radar had tracked the airliner earlier this month.

Phoenix International’s equipment is rated to descend to a depth of 6,000 metres.

Relatively flat terrain

"But it’s a remote location. Just the logistics of getting out there, that’s a challenge," Gibson said, noting it would take an aircraft roughly four hours to arrive.

"If you need to get another widget, well, you’d better not have left anything back at station."

Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor Ken Melville reviewed the underwater terrain around the survey site and said the deep interior is "relatively flat" compared to areas further north, although it’s difficult to generalize.

"There are ridges further north, and trenches further north, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here," Melville said from San Diego.

Flatter terrain could make it easier for deep-sea vehicles to navigate the seafloor to find a black box, the recovery of which could help clear up one of the biggest aviation mysteries in history.

Toronto-based aviation expert Jock Williams said the machine functions as two devices — a black box known as a cockpit voice recorder and another, more potentially revealing device called a flight data recorder.

Williams said the cockpit voice recorder logs all the sound from the cockpit, including intercom chatter, conversations from the flight deck, and radio transmissions.

"If you had a party whistle and you blew it, it would record that, too," he said.

The drawback, he said, is that the apparatus only keeps recent audio because it constantly re-records over old information.

Williams said the real potential trove of information for aircraft accident investigators would be the flight data recorder, which logs more than 100 “data spots” such as airspeed, outside air temperature, altitude, engine power and oil pressure for both engines.

"It will show you if the pilot initiated a left turn with the yoke. If he initiated it by turning the auto-pilot control head, it will tell you that." he said.

"It will tell you whether anything was said on the plane’s six independent radios. It just won’t tell you what was said.”

'Virtual playback room'

Aside from the TPL for detecting pings, Gibson said Phoenix International can deploy autonomous submersibles and sonar vessels, then use a remotely operated underwater vehicle to verify whether a piece of debris dropped to the seafloor.

Although marine trawlers will be working against the clock, all isn’t necessarily lost if the battery powering the pinger on the black box completely drains.

"In the case of Air France 447, they never did hear the pinger, but we were still able to locate and recover the black box," Gibson said. That mission was made easier, however, because floating debris had been spotted.

As for whether the black box will be intact, Williams said they almost always are, even following crashes.

If a black box is recovered, Williams said it will likely be hooked up to a "virtual playbook room" used by investigators to recreate the flight deck environment, complete with multiple screens and a replica instrument panel. The cockpit voice recorder would be playing at the same time.

"You watch and see from an above view, the side view, the back and front — what the plane is doing, complete with the mountains and hills you would be seeing. It’s uncanny,"
he said.

"They get that black box and the mystery is gone. We may not ever know why this happened, but I’ll tell you this, we’ll know what happened accurate to within milliseconds.”

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Plane crash:China demands Malaysia to provide satellite data.
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/ ... lite-data/
China has demanded Malaysia to provide satellite data which led to its judgement that flight MH370 ended in the Indian Ocean.
“We demand the Malaysian side to make clear the specific basis on which they come to this judgement,” Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng said here last night during an urgent meeting with Malaysian Ambassador Datuk Iskandar Bin Sarudin.
He demanded the Malaysian side to provide all information and evidence related to the analysis of satellite data. Xie urged Malaysia to continue all the relevant work including search and rescue for the missing plane, which carried 239 people.
Xie said China pays great attention to Malaysia’s announcement that the missing plane ended in the Indian Ocean.
“We have noticed that the Malaysian side said it will make further elaboration on related details,” Xie said. Xie emphasized that the search and rescue work must not stop at the moment.
China will send more vessels to the waters of the southern Indian Ocean to search and salvage wreckage of Malaysia Airline MH370, Chinese maritime authorities said late last night.
China has already sent some six vessels to the area where two Chinese IL-76 aircraft are scouring the rough seas for the missing plane that carried 154 Chinese passengers.
Yesterday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that new analysis of satellite data suggested that the missing plane “ended” in the southern Indian Ocean.
The plane went missing about one hour after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing on March 8.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:57 pm
by survivor
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 hijacked, official says.

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Investigators have concluded that one or more people with significant flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, switched off communication devices and steered it off-course, a Malaysian government official involved in the investigation said Saturday.

No motive has been established and no demands have been made known, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media. The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory.

"It is conclusive," he said.

He said evidence that led to the conclusion were signs that the plane's communications were switched off deliberately, data about the flight path and indications the plane was steered in a way to avoid detection by radar.

The Boeing 777's communication with the ground was severed just under one hour into a flight March 8 from KualaLumpur to Beijing. Malaysian officials have said radar data suggest it may have turned back toward and crossed over the Malaysian peninsula after setting out on a northeastern path toward the Chinese capital.

Earlier, an American official told The Associated Press that investigators are examining the possibility of "human intervention" in the plane's disappearance, adding it may have been "an act of piracy."

While other theories are still being examined, the U.S. official said key evidence suggesting human intervention is that contact with the Boeing 777's transponder stopped about a dozen minutes before a messaging system on the jet quit. Such a gap would be unlikely in the case of an in-flight catastrophe.

The Malaysian official said only a skilled aviator could navigate the plane the way it was flown after its last confirmed location over the South China Sea, and that it appeared to have been steered to avoid radar detection. The official said it had been established with a "more than 50 per cent" degree of certainty that military radar had picked up the missing plane after it dropped off civilian radar.

Why anyone would want to do this is unclear. Malaysian authorities and others will be urgently investigating the backgrounds of the two pilots and 10 crew members, as well the 227 passengers on board.

Some experts have said that pilot suicide may be the most likely explanation for the disappearance, as was suspected in a SilkAir crash during a flight from Singapore to Jakarta in 1997 and an EgyptAir flight in 1999.

A massive international search effort began initially in the South China Sea where the plane's transponders stopped transmitting. It has since been expanded onto the other side of the Malay peninsula up into the Andaman Sea and into the Indian Ocean.

The plane had enough fuel to fly for at least five hours after its last know location, meaning a vast swath of South and Southeast Asia would be within its reach. Investigators are analyzing radar and satellite data from around the region to try and pinpoint its final location, something that will be vital to hopes of finding the plane, and answering the mystery of what happened to it.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: What we know - and 6 theories

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The story of what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing on March 8 and has yet to be found, has confounded aviation experts and kept news watchers hanging on every development in the search for more than a week.

With all of the satellite surveillance and tracking technology available today, how could a plane simply vanish? Many observers have likened it to the plot of a spy novel.

Hard evidence about what actually happened during MH370’s aborted journey is still relatively scant. In the absence of definitive answers, many theories about the fate of the jetliner and the 239 people aboard have emerged in the media and on social networking sites – some more outlandish than others.

Here’s a look at what is known about Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, as well as some of the emerging theories about what might have happened.

What we know

Departure time

The plane, a Boeing 777, took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. local time on March 8, carrying 239 people. The original destination was Beijing.

Last ACARS message

Malaysian authorities say that at 1:07 a.m., the plane sent its last message via the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), an automated system that relays performance data about each flight (including turbulence, fuel usage and any maintenance concerns) to the airline.

Sign-off from the cockpit

Malaysian authorities report having audio of either the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, or his first officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid, saying, “All right, good night” in a transmission to air traffic control.

It has not been conclusively determined whether this sign-off was transmitted before or after the plane’s transponder was disabled, although a senior Malaysian official told the New York Times on March 16 that the transponder was disabled first.

Transponder disabled

After 40 minutes of flight time, at about 1:21 a.m., the plane’s transponder stopped transmitting and ground control lost contact with the aircraft.

Last confirmed position

At 2:14 a.m., just over one and a half hours after the plane departed Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian military radar identified the plane in the northern part of the Strait of Malacca. This is MH370’s last known confirmed position.

Last satellite signal

ACARS continued to transmit “pings” to satellites for four to five hours, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

The last signal was picked up by a satellite at 8:11 a.m., which suggests MH370 had deviated from its northward course to Beijing and was somewhere in a geographical radius spanning from Kazakhstan to the Indian Ocean west of Australia.

6 theories about flight MH370

The mysterious disappearance of MH370 has sparked speculation from experts and amateurs alike. Here's a look at some of the theories circulating in the news and on social media.

Hijacking

When flight MH370 first went missing, some observers suggested that it might have been hijacked by extremists with a political agenda.

After satellite data showed that MH370 had made a sharp westward deviation from its intended destination, some took this as proof of a mid-air takeover.

No extremist group has thus far claimed responsibility for such an act.

Sabotage

Flight MH370’s seemingly deliberate change of course has also spurred theories that it may be a case of sabotage.

On March 14, a senior Malaysian police official said, "What we can say is we are looking at sabotage, with hijacking still on the cards.”

Meteor strike

One commenter on China’s popular social media site Sina Weibo suggested that MH370 could have been struck by a meteor. "It would have been a more powerful impact than a missile,” said the user, “laxnic,” and “would have split the plane into tiny pieces."

Aliens interception

A writer for conspiracy theory site ForbiddenKnowledgeTV.com has interpreted unusual data on the flight-mapping site Flightradar24.com on the date of the disappearance as a sign a UFO might have intercepted the Malaysia Airlines plane.

The "Bermuda Triangle" effect

Some people on social media networks have suggested that flight MH370 had the misfortune of travelling into a region in southeast Asia similar to the Bermuda Triangle, an area in the Caribbean where a number of aircraft and ships have gone missing under mysterious circumstances.

One enterprising tweeter placed the “new” Bermuda Triangle in an area between northern Malaysia to the west, Indonesia’s Riau Islands to the east and Vietnam’s Con Dao island to the north.

Mechanical failure

Chris Goodfellow, a Canadian pilot with 20 years’ experience, has posited a rather more straightforward theory that was reprinted in Wired magazine.

Goodfellow writes that “there most likely was an electrical fire” that forced the pilot to “make an immediate turn to the closest, safest airport.”

Based on the satellite data about where flight MH370 was heading after it turned off its course to Beijing, Goodfellow determined that the pilot's intended destination was a 13,000-foot airstrip on Pulau Langkawi, an island in northern Malaysia.

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:30 am
by survivor
Closing in on MH370 Mystery?

http://video.theloop.ca/news/watch/Clos ... 5212538001

Investigators: Malaysian Plane Crashed as Part of a Suicide Operation
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A number of investigators told the Daily Telegraph that Flight Number MH370 that disappeared intentionally self-destructed. According to one of the appraisals mentioned, the plane crashed due to a desire to commit a destructive suicide.After the announcement of the Malaysian Prime Minister yesterday, according to which Flight Number MH370 crashed in the Indian Ocean and had no survivors, speculation about what led to the disaster has been voiced. A number of investigators told the Daily Telegraph that the crash was intentional.

A number of the investigators researching the disappearance of the Malaysian airplane believe that the direction was changed and the plane crashed, not as a result of a technical failure or fire, but as a result of an intentional act by someone on the plane to cause the airplane to crash and thus commit suicide while killing well over 200 passengers and crew members.

“The analysis of the flight path, the data signal and its communications indicate that the plane was flying in a rational way,” a number of the investigators stated. An official source investigating the Malaysian plane’s disappearance stressed that “the act of crashing was implemented by someone who knows how to control the aircraft and thereby cause horrendous results. At this stage, there is no ability to indicate the motive.

”The Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told the media today that the British satellite data based in Malaysia is assessing the plane crash, including the last electronic message of flight MH370. The new findings concerning the last communication of the flight are still under investigation.

My question is: why would the Pilot take a 180* turn and fly in the opposite direction for 7-8 extra hours and in to the deepest Ocean on Earth to do it? That is not suicide.Rather,letting go oneself in order to attain a complete success in his efforts of Murdering people.The Onus is at murdering people.That’s it!

Re: What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:34 pm
by survivor
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Full transcript from cockpit released.

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Investigators are conducting a forensic examination of the final recorded conversation between ground control and the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 before it went missing three weeks ago, the Malaysian government said Tuesday. Meanwhile Australia, which is coordinating the search for the Boeing 777, cautioned that it "could drag on for a long time" and would be an arduous one.

The forensic examination could shed light on who was in control of the cockpit and will also seek to determine if there was any stress or tension in the voice of whoever was communicating with ground control — crucial factors in an air disaster investigation.

Responding to repeated media requests, the Malaysian government also released a transcript of the conversation, which showed normal exchanges from the cockpit as it requested clearance for takeoff, reported it had reached cruising altitude and left Malaysian air space.

"Good Night Malaysian three-seven-zero," were the final words received by ground controllers at Kuala Lumpur's international airport at 1:19 a.m. on March 8. On Monday, the government changed its account of the final voice transmission which it had earlier transcribed as "All right, good night."

The hunt for Flight MH370 has turned up no sign of the jetliner, which vanished March 8 with 239 people on board bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

The search area has shifted as experts analyzed the plane's limited radar and satellite data, moving from the seas off Vietnam to the waters west of Malaysia and Indonesia, and then to several areas west of Australia. The current search zone is a remote 254,000 square kilometre patch that is a roughly 2½-hour flight from Perth.

Airborne air-traffic controller

On Tuesday, Australia said it had deployed an airborne traffic controller over the Indian Ocean to prevent a mid-air collision among the many aircraft searching for the jetliner.

An Australian air force E-7A Wedgetail equipped with advanced radar "is on its first operational" task in the search area in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in a tweet. Earlier, Angus Houston, who heads the joint agency coordinating the multinational search effort, said the modified Boeing 737 will monitor the increasingly crowded skies over the remote search zone.

On Tuesday, 11 planes and nine ships were focusing on less than half of the search zone, with poor weather and low visibility forecast, according to the new Joint Agency Coordination Center. A map from the centre showed that the search area was about 2,000 kilometres west of Perth.

Low clouds, rain and choppy seas hampered search efforts Tuesday. One aircraft, a Japanese coast guard plane with high-performance radar and infrared cameras, completed just one of its three planned passes over the search area, then turned back because of the conditions. It descended to just 150 metres above the whitecaps at one point, but the crew members still couldn't see anything out the windows.

Some of the aircraft have occasionally dipped even lower above the sea for brief periods, raising concerns of collisions with ships that are crisscrossing the zone.

Under normal circumstances, ground-based air traffic controllers use radar and other equipment to keep track of all aircraft in their area of reach, and act as traffic policemen to keep planes at different altitudes and distances from each other. This enforced separation — vertical and horizontal — prevents mid-air collision. But the planes searching for Flight MH370 are operating over a remote patch of ocean that is hundreds of kilometres from any air traffic controller.

The arrival of the E-7A "will assist us with de-conflicting the airspace in the search area," Houston told reporters in Perth. The plane can maintain surveillance over a surface area of 400,000 square kilometres at any given time, according to the air force's website.

'Demanding' search

Houston, a former Australian defence chief, called the search effort the most challenging one he has ever seen. The starting point for any search is the last known position of the vehicle or aircraft, he said.

"In this particular case, the last known position was a long, long way from where the aircraft appears to have gone," he said. "It's very complex, it's very demanding."

"What we really need now is to find debris, wreckage from the aircraft," he said. "This could drag on for a long time."

Malaysia has been criticized for its handling of the search, particularly its communications to the media and families of the passengers. In its latest misstep, the government on Monday changed its account of the final voice transmission from the cockpit.

In Tuesday's statement, the government said that police and forensic examinations were trying to confirm if the voice belonged to the co-pilot as was earlier believed.

"There is no indication of anything abnormal in the transcript," Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said in the statement.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that although the search for the aircraft has been slow, difficult and frustrating — it will continue indefinitely. In fact, he said the intensity and magnitude of operations "is increasing, not decreasing."

"If this mystery is solvable, we will solve it," Abbott said.

Items recovered so far were discovered to be flotsam unrelated to the Malaysian plane. Several orange-colored objects spotted by plane Sunday turned out to be fishing equipment