August 9, 2022

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Malaysian Air MH370 Is Gone

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pakistan-plane-crash-nationalturk-0458This morning Malaysian Prime Minister announced that Malaysian Air flight 370 had crashed in the Indian Ocean. Here’s his statement.

“This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path.
Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.
This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

This is sad but not unexpected news. Any thoughts of a made-for-TV-movie scenarios of hijacking to a remote location, everyone safe, was a bit of a stretch. I wrote about this flight earlier and my thoughts on the matter remain, the plane crashed. Now the real hunt begins, the search for the every so precious ‘black box’ that is most likely sitting 20,000 feet below the ocean surface. A depth that will push all the technology to their limits looking for it. Hopefully the right tools can get in the right area while the box is sending out its homing signal otherwise we may never know exactly what happened in the hours leading up to the crash.

If it was pilot suicide why fly the plane to run out of fuel? Did he kill the co-pilot? If it was a hijacking and they stormed the cockpit, why not take control themselves? The theories will be flying around for months or years to come if they don’t find that ‘black box’. I still say the plane had an event that rendered the cockpit pilots unconscious and the plane flew on auto-pilot until it ran out of fuel. The plane was in a remote location of the world where there is no cell phone coverage for the passengers to call out, no radios for the crew to use as a backup, nothing. If the cockpit was locked up, no one was getting in. No pilots, no control, straight flight to their demise.

I can’t imagine the passengers knowing this for 7 hours.

What interests me the most, beyond the reasons to this event, is the satellite technology that was used by the British to determine this. They have the area pinged down to a fairly tight section, relatively speaking, and if the Malaysian Prime Minister made a statement like that to the globe, I would say the data behind those decisions is pretty tight. So what was it? What are planes pinging out and what kinds of orbital satellites are listening? Now it took a very long time to get to this point, but maybe the satellites that were used to analyze the signals weren’t originally designed for that. Maybe they are only listening to everything and heard MH370. When you think about it more questions come up then you can extrapolate beyond and really think that there is nothing we do that goes unnoticed.

I hope that the joint search finds the wreckage and the ‘black ‘box’ to bring closure to the families to find out what happened. I pray they all went quickly and quietly… and that some piece of data could be found from this to strengthen an already efficient safety program for airplanes a little stronger.

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