flight MH370

Aviation expert wants to know who took flight MH370

How can a plane full of people just disappear? ?Do the experts know more than they are telling?

Tim Clark has been a senior manager at the airline Emirates since 1985 and has been instrumental in developing it into one of the world’s largest airlines. Today, the 64-year-old is seen as a knowledgeable expert and critic of the aviation industry. His view of the vanished Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 is a provocative one. The plane that disappeared was a Boeing 777 and Emirates operates 127 such aircraft, more than any other airline in the world.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: It’s now October, seven months after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370, and we still don’t know what happened. What can still be done to gain some degree of clarity?

Clark: MH 370 remains one of the great aviation mysteries. Personally, I have the concern that we will treat it as such and move on. At the most, it might then make an appearance on National Geographic as one of aviation’s great mysteries. We mustn’t allow this to happen. We must know what caused that airplane to disappear.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: And what do you think happened?

Clark: My own view is that probably control was taken of that airplane.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: By whom? What do you think happened? Read more »


Cherie Howie has a story on MH370 number plates…playing catch up on a post we did some time ago which featured this photo.


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Personalised number plates bearing the flight number of the Malaysia Airlines ghost flight have been sold since the jetliner vanished on March 8.

Personalised Plates owner Jeremy Lubeck said the plates MH370 and MH37O ? the latter in bright red markings ? had been sold by his company since the flight disappeared. Each was sold for $599. Read more »

Another Malaysia Airlines jet turns around mid-flight

Oh crap. ?Imagine being on board at the time!

Another Malaysia Airlines plane has made a midair turn-back from its scheduled flight, causing a tense few hours for the 166 people on board.

The Boeing 737-88 plane that was scheduled to fly from Kula Lumpur to Bangalore landed safely at Kuala Lumpur after more than three hours in flight.

During the emergency, Malaysia Airlines did not provide updates to the media on what was happening to the plane.

But an hour after the plane landed at 1.56am Monday the company issued a statement saying the emergency was caused by one of the tyres on the right hand landing burst during take-off.

“As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport,” the company said.

You’d have to be particularly dense to book Malaysia Airlines if you have alternatives available, wouldn’t you? ? Read more »

MH370 search results: Nothing. Zero. Nada. Zip. Zilch

The black box has stopped pinging and it is probably lying on the sea floor at a depth that makes it pretty hard to locate. ?No debris. ?No floating luggage. ?No avgas?jet fuel slicks. ?Nothing.

A US Navy deep-sea autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is scouring a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean floor for signs of the plane, which disappeared from radars on March 8 with 239 people on board and is believed to have crashed in the area.

After almost two months without a sign of wreckage, the current underwater search has been narrowed to a circular area with a radius of 10 km around the location in which one of four pings believed to have come from the black box recorders was detected on April 8, officials said.

“Provided the weather is favourable for launch and recovery of the AUV and we have a good run with the serviceability of the AUV, we should complete the search of the focused underwater area in five to seven days,” the Joint Agency Coordination Centre told Reuters in an email.

Officials did not indicate whether they were confident that this search area would yield any new information about the flight, nor did they state what steps they would take in the event that the underwater search were to prove fruitless.

And so we are left to speculate. ?Perhaps MH370 went down in one single piece? ?That would be the best outcome in terms of being able to locate the plane with side-scan radar.

But if it broke into thousands of little pieces, why aren’t we seeing anything on the surface at all?

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MH370 found in Auckland

What an unfortunate plate to have…

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Flight MH370 debacle: why are the simplest of facts still in dispute?

There appears to be little international coordination regarding the information, or its veracity, that is being released about flight MH370. ?At a minimum you’d think they things that were discovered weeks ago would be factual.

The co-pilot of missing Malaysian airliner MH370 attempted to make a mid-flight call from his mobile phone just before the plane vanished from radar screens, a report said yesterday, citing unnamed investigators.

The call ended abruptly, possibly “because the aircraft was fast moving away from the [telecommunications] tower”, the?New Straits Times?quoted a source as saying.

But the Malaysian daily also quoted another source who said that while Fariq Abdul Hamid’s “line was re-attached”, there was no certainty that a call was made from the Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8.

The report ? titled a “desperate call for help” ? did not say who he was trying to contact.

Fariq and captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah have come under intense scrutiny after the plane mysteriously vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

There is an ugly scramble going on. ?On the one hand you have the airline and its host nation, possibly backed by the aircraft manufacturer and the insurance company trying to spin everything their way, and on the other hand you have other governments trying to steal the lime light and appear to be on top of the problem. ? Read more »


Aussie PM on flight MH370: “confident that we know the position of the black box”

Search and rescue officials in Australia are confident they know the approximate position of the black box recorders from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

At the same time, however, the head of the agency coordinating the search said that the latest ”ping” signal, which was captured by a listening device buoy on Thursday, was not related to the plane.

”We are confident that we know the position of the black box flight recorder to within some kilometres,” Abbott said in a speech in the Chinese commercial capital Shanghai.

”Still, confidence in the approximate position of the black box is not the same as recovering wreckage from almost four and a half kilometres beneath the sea or finally determining all that happened on the flight.”

I think the whole world wants to know what happened.

At least the location the plane went down, and the flight path to get there, is now fairly well established.


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Flight MH370 and the Whaleoil connection

You wouldn’t think there was one, but look what the Internet spat up yesterday


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Mika Brzezinski is a real journalist, trained and skilled!

This lady has standards. ?Wish there were more of her. ?And judging by the viral popularity of this particular segment, it reflects the thirst audiences have to be served more facts and less BS.

Sorry to Tweet you, but your family is dead


It is the way of things these days. ?Tweets, TXTs and Facebook posts. ?I guess finding out you’re breaking up or you lost your job via an email, TXT or a tweet doesn’t seem that extreme now.

The dance that authorities do surrounding a disaster resulting in potential death is to “never give up hope”. ?Yet there comes a point where the unsayable needs to be said.

Malasia’s Prime Minister did so last night (our time) ? Read more »