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Looking into Northern Indian Ocean Possibilities
based on Sightings and Findings


off Southern India tip, Bay of Bengal, Sri Lanka,
Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Diego Garcia, Maledives

Overview of Sighting Claims >>
 

Realtime Ocean Currents: Indian Ocean Northern Region Click image to enlarge
 
 
Northern Indian Ocean

Curtin researchers in search for acoustic evidence of MH370
MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 4 June 2014

 

Curtin University researchers have used underwater sound recordings to come up with a possible estimate for where MH370 might have crashed into the Indian Ocean.
Source: Curtin University/ATSB

 

Curtin University researchers have been examining a low-frequency underwater sound signal that could have resulted from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

The signal, which was picked up by underwater sound recorders off Rottnest Island just after 1:30 am UTC on the 8 th March, could have resulted from Flight MH370 crashing into the Indian Ocean but could also have originated from a natural event, such as a small earth tremor.

However, there are large uncertainties in the estimate and it appears it is not compatible with the satellite ‘handshake' data transmitted from the aircraft, which is currently considered the most reliable source of information.

Scientists from Curtin's Centre for Marine Science and Technology along with colleagues from the United Nations' Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) and Geoscience Australia have been involved in the search for sounds that might help with search efforts.

Dr Alex Duncan, Senior Research Fellow and part of Curtin's Centre for Marine Science and Technology team, explained that a passive acoustic observatory 40 kilometres west of Rottnest Island that forms part of the Commonwealth-funded Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) had provided the potential lead.

“Soon after the aircraft disappeared, scientists at CTBTO analysed data from their underwater listening stations south-west of Cape Leeuwin and in the northern Indian Ocean. They did not turn up anything of interest,” Dr Duncan said.

“But when the MH370 search area was moved to the southern Indian Ocean, scientists from Curtin's Centre for Marine Science and Technology decided to recover the IMOS acoustic recorders located west of Rottnest Island.

“Data from one of the IMOS recorders showed a clear acoustic signal at a time that was reasonably consistent with other information relating to the disappearance of MH370.

“The crash of a large aircraft in the ocean would be a high energy event and expected to generate intense underwater sounds.”

Dr Duncan said the signal could also have been due to natural causes – such as a small earth tremor – but the timing made it of interest in the search for MH370.

“It has since been matched with a signal picked up by CTBTO's station south-west of CapeLeeuwin.

“A very careful re-check of data from that station showed a signal, almost buried in the background noise but consistent with what was recorded on the IMOS recorder off Rottnest,” Dr Duncan said.

“The CTBTO station receives a lot of sound from the Southern Ocean and Antarctic coastline, which is why the signal showed up more noticeably on the Rottnest recorder.

“Using the three hydrophones from the Cape Leeuwin station, it was possible to get a precise bearing that showed the signal came from the north-west.

“Comparing the arrival time of the signal at the IMOS recorder with the time of its arrival at the Cape Leeuwin station, it was possible for Curtin's Centre for Marine Science and Technology team to come up with an approximate distance to the source of the sound along this north-west bearing.

Dr Duncan said Curtin's Centre for Marine Science and Technology team would continue to work with search authorities.

“Although we have now completed our analysis of these signals, Curtin's Centre for Marine Science and Technology still has several recorders deployed that could conceivably have picked up signals relating to MH370.

“Due to various factors, we consider it very unlikely that they would have done so and have therefore not recovered them to date.  We will, however, be carefully analysing their recordings when they are recovered in due course,” Dr Duncan said.

Source: Curtin University

 

Maps from Curtin's Media Center
     
  Map yellow polygon shows uncertainty region for source location

Map showing estimated uncertainty region (yellow polygon) for the source of the signals shown in Fig. 1. Magenta points and text show the locations of the various recording stations. RCS is the CMST recorder west of Rottnest Island, HA01 is CTBTO station off Cape Leeuwin, and HA08S is the southern CTBTO BIOT/Chagos Archipelago array. The fix was calculated using data received at RCS and HA01. The signal was not received at HA08S which could be due to it being blocked by shallow water to the north or northwest of this station or poor coupling of the signal into the Deep Sound Channel due to an unfavourable seabed slope.

   
  HA01 spectrograms showing 01_34_50 arrival

This plot shows how the frequency content of the underwater sound arriving at the three HA01 hydrophones varies with time. The arrow shows the arrival time of the peak energy of the signal we have been analysing. A mathematical process called correlation can be used to measure small differences between the times of arrival of the signal at the three hydrophones, from which the direction of the source can be calculated. The relatively high noise levels below 25 Hz are probably from shipping.

   
  Signals received at Rottnest recorder and Cape Leeuwin

Acoustic signals recorded by the CMST sound recorder west of Rottnest Island (top) and by one of the hydrophones of the CTBTO's HA01 hydroacoustic station off Cape Leeuwin (bottom). Arrows show the arrival time at each station of the peak energy of the signal.

   
  IMOS Acoustic Observatory Off Rottnest Island
   
  CMST Acoustic Recorders

Programmed autonomous underwater acoustic receivers capable of underwater sound for many months

     


Q&A

S.Sadasivan 5 June 2014 at 9:30 am

Intriguing ! Excellent caution on findings !
Is it possible that the sound of aircraft still airborne with engine on (perhaps losing altitude as fuel is running out in the final moments of flight ) is also buried in the underwater recordings ?

Can raw digital time signals be made available ?

Wonderful work !

Best wishes
S.Sadasivan

  • Alec Duncan 5 June 2014 at 4:58 pm

    That is an excellent question. The huge differences between the properties of air and water mean that very little airborne sound makes it into the water and vice-versa. However, if a sound is loud enough in the air it can be detected underwater. For example submarine sonars can pick up the sound of the loud turboprop engines used on many maritime patrol aircraft if the aircraft is close enough to the submarine and flying low enough. If MH370 had flown within a few kilometres of an underwater receiving system at low altitude it would probably have been heard, however this is very unlikely to have happened.

    Alec


 
The Sound from CTBTO Hydrophone of Interest to Search for Missing Flight MH 370

 


This spectrogram represents the signal that was recorded by the CTBTO's hydrophones at the Cape Leeuwin station in Western Australia at 1:34:48 UTC on 8 March 2014. Researchers are examining the sound in connection to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The spectrogram shows the signal broken up into time and frequency. The white line is a filtered version of the sound showing an unusual signal in the middle (heard at seven seconds into the recording). The recording is speeded up by a factor of 16 to make it audible to the human ear.

"Every day we detect dozens of signals at Cape Leeuwin and most of them are from earthquakes around the Indian Ocean and ice-breaking events in Antarctica. The signal of interest came from a direction that we don't normally see so it's certainly not an everyday occurrence. Relating it to the airliner is difficult, however, especially given the large uncertainty in where and when any impact may have happened." CTBTO hydroacoustic expert, Dr Mark Prior said.

 

The Hydroacoustic Network and how it works

The CTBTO uses hydroacoustic stations to monitor for underwater nuclear tests. Click for interactive map

Read more

 

CTBTO News
 

Related:

05 june 2014: UN body reports signal trace from Malaysia Airlines flight (UN Multimedia))  
11 June 2014: Sound clue in hunt for MH370 (nature - pdf)
RESEARCHERS ENCOURAGED TO PROBE CTBTO MONITORING DATA FOR SIGNS OF MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370

 


 

Southern Indian Ocean


MH370 Search Area Discounted as Final Resting Place of MH370 - JACC Update on MH370 Search 29 May 2014

 

 

Bay of Bengal

Exploration company GeoResonance believes it may have found MH370 in the Bay of Bengal
28 April 2014

 

 

An Adelaide-based exploration company believes it may have located the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, 5000km away from where authorities have been looking.

The company, GeoResonance, says its research has identified elements on the ocean floor consistent with material from a plane.


 

Six weeks have now passed since the plane disappeared and extensive searches in the Indian Ocean have failed to locate any wreckage.

Today, Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted the chance of finding debris on the surface is slim to none.
He said efforts will not focus on the ocean floor.

But GeoResonance believes authorities have been looking in the wrong place. It started its own search for the missing aircraft on March 10.

The technology that we use was originally designed to find nuclear warheads, submarines… our team in the Ukraine decided we should try and help,” David Pope from GeoResonance said.

The company surveyed over 2,000,000 square kilometres of the possible crash zone, using images obtained from satellites and aircraft.

Scientists focused their efforts north of the flight's last known location, using over 20 technologies to analyse the data including a nuclear reactor.

They could not believe what they found in the Bay of Bengal.

Our team was very excited when we found what we believe to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner,” Mr Pope said.

Pavel Kursa from GeoResonance told 7News: “We identified chemical elements and materials that make up a Boeing 777… these are aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials.



UPDATE: Tuesday 29 April 2014

 

 

Update 29 April 2014
The images + description
The GeoResonance search team scanned the ocean floor for metals found in commercial planes. This image shows the results for aluminium (left) and titanium (right)
 
The scan showed metal deposits consistent with a large plane. This second image shows the results for copper (left) and engine alloys (right)
 
This image shows the results for hydrocarbons (left) and steel alloys (right). All six scans came from the same location, 118 miles off the coast of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal
 
A map provided by GeoResonance on April 29, 2014, shows the location, indicated with a yellow icon, where the company located materials it believes are consistent with the "wreckage of a commercial airliner," in the Bay of Bengal, about 100 miles south of Bangladesh.
 
 

Tech firm GeoResonance claims its sensor technology has found the wreckage of a plane in the Bay of Bengal, 118 miles south of Bangladesh.

The company said images taken of the same spot five days earlier showed it had appeared between the 5th and 10th of March 2014. The plane disappeared on March 8.

'The company is not declaring this is MH370, however it should be investigated,' GeoResonance said in a statement.

The company's director, David Pope, said he only went public with the information after he felt the authorities were disregarding it.

'We're a large group of scientists, and we were being ignored, and we thought we had a moral obligation to get our findings to the authorities,' he told CNN on April 29 2014.

GeoResonance typically uses remote sensing technology to look for oil, gas and mineral deposits.

- -  
Interview with David Pope of GeoResonance

Also read: Update 29 April 2014: Searchers dispute company's claim that it may have found aircraft wreckage



GeoResonance Press Releases
 

 

Research 28 April 2014 - by Bookofresearch:

 

Bay of Bengal - Interactive Map with wind direction - MarineTraffic (Live Ship Tracking)


March 14 2014 - 2 possible Flight Paths
 
 
Note: March 14 2014: India Scours Andaman and Nicobar Islands For Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet (then the Northern arc search was put on hold and shifted south after inmarsat data)


Realtime Ocean Currents: Indian Ocean Northern Region   Current Marine Observations
 

 

 

 

Ocean Weather.com    


Related to sighting claims?

 


Sighting Claim show on enlarged map  
  March 8 2014 8.30 a.m. (2.30pm Malaysian time): Sighting claim: from passenger of flight SV2058 from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur flying over Indian Ocean - after the plane flew past the southern Indian city of Chennai, she saw a silverly object what looked like an aeroplane, like the tail and wing of an aircraft on the water in the ocean. The aircraft had what looked like floats on its side but a large part of it was under water. she did not know the exact spot where but said it was an hour or more out of Chennai, a timeline that would have put her flight just over the Andaman islands. read more | location on google map
 
  • SV 2058 is an international flight departing from Jeddah airport, Saudi Arabia (JED) and arriving at Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysia (KUL).
  • The flight distance is 4387 miles, or 7060 km.
  • The timezone of the departure airport is UTC+3 , and the timezone of the arrival airport is UTC+8 . Current time at the point of departure is 8:24pm , and 1:24am at the point of arrival. There is a 5 hour time difference between the airports.
  • For direct flights, the flight time is 8:55.

Note: The March 8 2014 8.30 a.m. sighting is near Waypoint IGREX N9°43.47' E94°24.99' which is on route P628 that would take it over the Andaman Islands and which carriers use to fly towards Europe.

 

The currents could've spread debris to Bay of Bengal (see image left) ànd the Strait of Malacca - North coast of Sumatra:

THE STRAIT OF MALACCA—NORTH COAST OF SUMATERA (pdf)
Tides—Currents.—The flood sets E on the N coast of
Sumatera and the ebb W, rarely exceeding 2 knots at springs.
3.1 At neaps, they are sometimes imperceptible, except at the points or over banks and narrow channels.
3.1 The currents are affected by the constant current out of the Strait of Malacca, which takes a W direction along the N coast through Sempitan Malaka (Malacca Passage). The currents pass through Selat Benggala (Bengal Passage); for the greater part of the year the ebb current is longer and stronger than the flood current.
click image to enlarge    

 

More sighting claims related?

Sighting Claims show on enlarged map  

* March 8 2014: Sighting Claim: I think I saw Flight MH370 - Sailoress crossing the Indian Ocean from Cochin, India to Phuket, Thailand, saw a burning plane with a trail of black smoke behind it going North to South at approx the last part of her track Source | Forum Discussion | Details
* March 11 2014, 12p.m Sighting Claim: A group of fishermen found a life raft bearing the word “Boarding” 10 nautical miles from Port Dickson town at 12pm (Straits of Malacca) - New Straits Times
(Currents Port Dickson)

* March 12 2014, 10.am. Fishermen Find Bodies in the waterway - Batu Bara, North Sumatra on March 12 2014 The unidentified body has been in the ocean for 2 days. Its a male body wearing shirts, blue jeans and no shoes. It's not a fisherman. Its unclear if he's related to the missing plane. (News DeTik)
* March 16 2014: Debris found at Straits of Malacca by Elka Athina, a barge heading to Suez was alerted by Indonesian authorities over radio, warning them that they were ‘approaching a field of debris' (floating suitcases), the tanker had sailed passed the debris field at about 9.30pm March 16 2014 (Malaysia Time) + A twitter user, Richard Barrow, posted a satellite image of ‘a potential crash site' and ‘possible floating seats' on the surface of the ocean at coordinate 5°39'08.0"N 98°50'38.0"E.
( New Straits Times)


Note: none of the sighting claims is substantiated by authorities: See all sighting Claims

 

 


Off Sri Lanka's Aluthhgama Coast

29 May 2014: Debris believed to be from aircraft found in seas off Sri Lanka's Aluthgama coast | Newsfirst Sri Lanka | Published 29 May 2014

 

 


The serial number (AN-210-6A) of a mysterious object believed to be an aircraft part has also been recovered by fishermen off the coast of Aluthgama.

Police said that the debris was found trapped in a fishing net.

According to the Police Media Unit, the fishermen handed over the debris to the police, who had then informed the Air Force of these findings. Investigations into the incident have commenced.


Research by Bookofresearch:

This image shows an Aircraft Cable Pulley Set of 2 Airplane Control AN-210-6A Phenolic

 

Approx location of found object on google map

Where is Flight MH370? show on enlarged map with menu  

 

 

Maledives

March 24 2014: unknown object found in Baarah in Haa Alif Atoll of the Maldives is "very likely" to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft, local aviation experts said on Wednesday (March 26)
Research Update April 1, 2014

The unknown object that was found washed up on Baarah beach



Residents of the island have assumed the object, which was found washed up at the beach on Monday, to be bomb or sea mine, but the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) on Wednesday said it was not an explosive device. But the army did not specify the nature of the object.

An experienced local aircraft engineer, who wished to remain anonymous, told Haveeru that the object is "very likely" to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft.

"But I'll have to see it in person and cross check the part number on it. Then only I'll be able to say which type of aircraft it belongs to," the aircraft engineer said.

Two other aircraft engineers and a Maldivian pilot working at a foreign airline also said that the object was "likely" a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft. However, they also decline to arrive at a conclusion unless they see the object in person.

The news of the unidentified object, believed to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft, comes about a week after several residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll claimed to have seen a "low flying jumbo jet" at around 6:15am on March 8 – the day of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The reported sighting of the missing aircraft over the Maldives led to a probe by Maldives police. But both the MNDF and Malaysian authorities have denied the reported sighting.

The Malaysia airlines jet disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. Investigators say it was deliberately diverted off course.

Dozens of floating objects detected at sea provided fresh evidence Wednesday that the difficult search for flight MH370 debris was on course, as US lawyers fired the first salvo in an expected barrage of lawsuits on behalf of grieving families.

Malaysia said satellite images taken in recent days showed "122 potential objects" in the remote southern Indian Ocean, a discovery likely to energise an international effort to recover suspected debris from the missing plane that has been frustrated by stormy weather.

Source

More pictures: These pictures are of the same object, the colours are different because the first one was taken at sunset and second one in broad day light. Source

 

Research April 1 2014 by Bookofresearch:


See location @ Google map
| Full Map

 

Where is Flight MH370? show on enlarged map with menu  

 

Fire protection cargo compartments boeing (pdf)

Fire suppression bottle

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PRESS STATEMENT Publish Date : 03/19/2014 12:07: The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has been monitoring the Maldives region with special attention since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8th March 2014.Based on the monitoring up to date, no indication of flight MH370 has been observed on any military radar's in the country. Furthermore, the data of radars at Maldives airports have also been analyzed and shows no indication of the said flight. The MNDF will continue to render any assistance required by the Maldives Police Service and international authorities on the search for the missing flight and related issues. Source: MNDF | * Web archive |* New link

Note: the sighting is of March 24. No further mention

* The MNDNF changed its website on May 16 2014 so all the links refered to have changed, i've updated the links and also put a link to the internet archives (waybackmachine.org)


Links
MNDF @ Facebook
(in case of updates)
Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)

Note:
Publish Date : 02/21/2014 23:38 The Indian Government has gifted the Maldives National Defence Force with a Landing craft. The landing craft would equip the MNDF Coast Guard additional capacity to conduct logistic support and disaster relief operations .. Read more. (Source: MNDF) | * New link


Publish Date : 03/08/2014 17:36 The Minister of Defense and National Security, Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim, has concluded a visit to India, returning to Male' on Saturday (March 8). The Minister was in India for the "Third National Security Advisors Level Tri Lateral Meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation" held in New Delhi.This meeting was held in order to discuss how to achieve the goals set forth in the meeting of the National Security Advisors of India, Sri Lanka and Maldives .. Read more. (Source: MNDF |* New link)
Publish Date: March 18 2014 Cops find five Indian Ocean practice runways in MH370 pilot's simulator. “The simulation programmes are based on runways at the Male International Airport in Maldives, an airport owned by the United States (Diego Garcia), and three other runways in India and Sri Lanka, all have runway lengths of 1,000 metres.- .. Read more (Source: MalayOnline)

Read more | More



Realtime ocean currents North Indian Ocean:

 


Diego Garcia

March 19 2014 02:22:38 Claim: Passenger of MH370 "Philip Wood" sents message + photo from hidden iPhone claimimg MH370 was Hijacked

Research Update April 2, 2014

Image:   Message:

 

 

help Anonymous Wed Mar 19 2014 02:22:38
No.
27834494
I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my ass during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly. Source Article | StorySource | Message Source

 

 

 

 


Research by Bookofresearch:

 

Image Feautures: (only added specified)
Origin  
Taken: 18-03-2014 20:49
Program name: 7.0.6
Image  
Image id: 412f1198c985b43b2eced4067e9360d0
Size: 240x320
Wide: 240 pixels
Hight: 320 pixels
Bitdepth: 24
Horizontal Resolution: 72 dpi
Vertical Resolution: 72 dpi
Unit resolution: 2
Color: sRGB
Camera  
Camera manufacturer: Apple
Camera Model: iPhone 5
F-stop: f/2.4
Exposure time: 1/15 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-3200
Focal length: 4 mm
Metering mode: Pattern
Flashmodus: No flash, compulsary flash
35mm focal length: 66
Advanced features  
Brightness: -8.4672531769305959
Exposure program: normal
White balance: Automatic
EXIF-version: 0221
GPS  
Latitude: 7; 18; 58.308906555175781
Longitude: 72; 25; 35.55908203125
File  
Name: 1395192158752.jpg

Item type:

JPG-file

Look up :
-7 18 58.3 LATITUDE
72 25 35.5 LONGITUDE
(coordinates: -7.316194, 72.426555 via google maps)
Zoom in and you will see where the photo originated http://goo.gl/maps/TcXyJ

Links
EXIF - Exchangeable Image File Format
Diego Garcia
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Research Note: be aware that there are a few simple ways to change the location without the program name being adopted into the modified exif language. Download the app mappr on iphone, you can take a picture or an old one, then change the location of it and save it down. It does not show the adopted program name mappr on the exif after. Go to www.findexif.com to test the data yourself. It can put photos anywhere in the world matching the same data as the alleged Philip Wood photo. So this doesn't prove its authenticy.

Also Read:

Geolocation See also: Geotagging
The Exif format has standard tags for location information. As of 2014 many cameras and most mobile phones have a built-in GPS receiver that stores the location information in the Exif header when a picture is taken. Some other cameras have a separate GPS receiver that fits into the flash connector or hot shoe . Recorded GPS data can also be added to any digital photograph on a computer, either by correlating the time stamps of the photographs with a GPS record from a hand-held GPS receiver or manually by using a map or mapping software. The process of adding geographic information to a photograph is known as geotagging . Photo-sharing communities like Panoramio , locr or Flickr equally allow their users to upload geocoded pictures or to add geolocation information online. Read more

Calculated with TravelMath
Flight time & Distance Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - Beijing China
The flight time from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China is: 5 hours, 53 minutes
The flight distance from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China is: 2,692 miles / 4,333 km
Time difference: Beijing, China is the same time as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Flight time & Distance Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - Male, Maledives
The flight time from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Male, Maldives is: 4 hours, 24 minutes
The flight distance from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Male, Maldives is: 1,948 miles / 3,135 km
Time difference: Male, Maldives is 3 hours behind Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Flight time & Distance Male, Maledives - Diego Garcia
The flight time from Male, Maldives to Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory is:
2 hours, 5 minutes

The flight distance from Male, Maldives to Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory is: 792 miles / 1,275 km
Time difference: Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory is 1 hour ahead of Male, Maldives.
Kuala Lumpur - Beijing: 5 hours, 53 minutes | 2,692 miles / 4,333 km
Kuala Lumpur - Maledives: 4 hours, 24 minutes | 1,948 miles / 3,135 km
Maledives - Diego Garcia: 4 hours, 24 minutes + 2 hours, 5 minutes = 6 hours, 29 min | 1,948 miles / 3,135 km + 792 miles / 1,275 km = 2740 miles / 4,410 km
Maximum Fuel Capacity for a Boeing 777-200ER: 45,220 U.S. gal (171,170 L)
Maximim Range: 7,725 nautical miles (14,305 km)
Fuel consumption: For a 2 hour flight in a 777, you are looking at "roughly" 14,000 kg/32,000 lbs

 


Philip Wood  

 

 

 

Philip Wood,

Technical Storage Executive at IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd - January 2014 – Present (4 months) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Technical Sales Executive - IBM Growth Markets, Beijing IBM Corp - March 2011 – Present (3 years 2 months) Creating a Growth Markets Advanced Technical Skills Group in Beijing, Singapore and the rest of the growth countries to support IBM's 2015 revenue plan.

51, of the U.S., was an IBM executive from Texas who had been living in Beijing. He was set to relocate to the Malaysia capital of Kuala Lumpur, and the flight was supposed to mark his last trip to China.

More about Philip Wood >>

Passengerlist MH370 >> (No. 171 on Passengerlist)

Partner: Sarah Bajc    
 

Sarah Bajc

One of the most prominent voices of the many hundreds of people directly affected by the mystery of the missing plane and firm believer that the plane was taken.


Finding Philip Wood Facebook page
Finding Philip Wood Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

Relationship
After two years living together in Beijing, where they met in 2011 in a bar called "Nashville," the couple were planning a move to Malaysia. Wood flew from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 to help Bajc finish packing up their Beijing apartment. They found a dream apartment in the Malaysian capital within walking distance of their two jobs – Wood still with IBM, and Bajc teaching business and economics at a British school. This Friday (March 28 2014), they had planned a spring break trip there, ahead of her final move in June. Source

Background
Sarah Bajc graduated in 1988 from the University of Michigan with a BA in Chinese and International Business and in 2006 received her certification as a Global Resourcing Project Manger from the Technology Association of Georgia.
Ms. Bajc was the Manager at Deloitte for three years and CEO at ThinkWorks, INC from June, 1998 to May, 2001, that same year she was the president at Kideapolis, Inc and  worked in the business Development at Questcon until 2005.
Sarah then became managing director at Tescom in Tel Aviv, Israel, becoming a partner of CxO Partners in 2006; moved to China in 2007 where she became Business Director at Microsoft China and Senior VP at HiSoft Technology International Ltd. in 2009
In 2011 Sarah Bajc was an intern and Substitute teacher at the Beijing International School of Singapore, she also was a consultant and coach at ChinAccelerator, Piktochart, True Run Media, Yuanfen~Flow and 4 Stones.
In 2012 Ms. Bajc came back to the US where she was an Economics Teacher Intern at the Atlanta International School, she then became an economics and business teacher at Harrow International school of Beijing where she also was a 6th grade tutor and head of Curie House.
Source

Sarah Bajc Employment History
: ZoomInfo Sarah Bajc

Chief Executive Officer Yuanfen~Flow
As CEO for Yuanfen~Flow, Sarah is responsible for aligning company operations and culture with the strategic vision of the founder and partners. Yuanfen~Flow is a business incubator in Beijing focused on launching globally minded companies in China through the fusion of art, technology and sustainability.

Managing Director Tescom Ltd (Tescom website)
Sarah ran the North American operations of Tescom , an Israeli software quality firm, where she helped to take the firm public on the AIM exchange in London, and drove the evaluation of outsourcing options in China. Before that, she founded four companies: a manufacturer of specialty textiles; a venture backed enterprise software company; an employment process consultancy; and a corporate research firm. Sarah began her career with Deloitte & Touche and Cap Gemini .

Chief Executive Officer ThinkWorks

President WIT Inc


Senior Vice President, Marketing and Alliances hiSoft Corporation | info
As Senior Vice President of Marketing and Alliances for hiSoft , an IT Outsourcing company, Sarah focused on significantly accelerating growth through marketing, sales process and alliances. During her tenure, hiSoft accomplished what has been deemed by many to be one of the most successful IPO in 2010 on the NASDAQ

President WIT Foundation

Senior Vice President Marketing Alliances


Business Director for the Strategic Partnership Group Microsoft Corporation (X|MEDIA|LAB)
Sarah was the Business Director for the Strategic Partnership Group of Microsoft Research & Development in Beijing. There she worked with emerging and high growth Chinese companies towards the development of a robust technology ecosystem in China across software development outsourcing, hardware and device manufacturing, digital entertainment systems, independent software developers, and the venture capital community.

Business Director Strategic Partnerships Inc

Board Memberships and Affiliations
Board Member Technology Association of Georgia Inc
Board Member WIT Inc
Board Member WIT Foundation
Board Member Strategic Partnerships Inc

Sarah is a sought after speaker and advisor in the business community. She has served as an Advisor to the Board of Directors of Women in Leadership , the leading executive women's business organization in China, and is on the Advisory Board of Future Generations, a globally applauded Chinese NGO dedicated to environmental protection. Sarah was an Executive Member for the International Council for GlobalEXECWomen from 2005 to 2007, and was the Chair of the Annual "International Women of Influence Awards" held in December 2007 in Beijing. She also served 2006 to 2007 as Vice Chair for Strategic Branding for the Zhongguancun Software Association .

Prior to moving to Beijing, Sarah was also an active participant in the US philanthropic sector. She was an Executive Delegate on the American Electronics Association trade mission to China in 2006, and was a Founding Ambassador for the Georgia China Alliance . Sarah was the 2005 President for Women in Technology and the 2006 President of the WIT Foundation in addition to serving for seven years on the WIT Board of Directors. She served four years on the Board of Directors for the Technology Association of Georgia , and three years on the Advisory Board for the US Government Technology Counsel.

Education

BA, Chinese language & literature University of Michigan
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Could MH370 be somewhere around the Maledives?
Research Update Wednesday March 19 2014


Article: Pilot had Maledives in Flight simulator. Eyewitnesses from remote Island Kuda huvadhoo, Maledives, saw a low flying white boeing with red stripes on March 8 at 06:15 reports Maldivian newspaper Haveeru Online, it came from the north and flew to the southeast towards the southernmost tip of the Maldives. They usefull noted the incredibly loud noise the flight made when it flew over the island.- read translation of the entire article


* This seem consistent with statements by the Thai army and is within the search area (see image below) and about when flight MH370 should be running out of fuel

* Timing is issue with claimed Maldives sighting, because 06:15 local (01:15UTC) is 8h after # MH370 loss of contact.

 
1:30 a.m. Civilian radar loses contact with plane
2:15 a.m. Military radar detection: Military radar last detected the plane at 2:15 a.m. off Malaysia's west coast, hundreds of miles off course. (after take-off from KUL it was tracked to IGARI > VAMPI > GIVAL > IGREX

8:11 a.m. Satellite 'handshakes' : more than seven hours after takeoff, a satellite (Inmarsat-3 F1, sits 35,800 km above the equator at E64.5°) made the last electronic connection, known as a "handshake," with the plane. The satellite ‘pings' indicated the plane was still flying seven hours after satellite contact was lost.
8:18 a.m. Unexpected Final last Ping : (Update of March 24) Analysis of the data by British satelilite company Inmarsat and British Accident Investigators show the Boeing 777-200ER was heading south at last contact.

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Flight time & Distance Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - Beijing China
The flight time from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China is:
5 hours, 53 minutes

The flight distance from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China is:
2,692 miles / 4,333 km
Time difference: Beijing, China is the same time as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Flight time & Distance Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - Male, Maledives
The flight time from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Male, Maldives is:
4 hours, 24 minutes

The flight distance from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Male, Maldives is:
1,948 miles / 3,135 km
Time difference: Male, Maldives is 3 hours behind Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur - Beijing: 5 hours, 53 minutes | 2,692 miles / 4,333 km
Kuala Lumpur - Maledives: 4 hours, 24 minutes | 1,948 miles / 3,135 km
Maximum Fuel Capacity for a Boeing 777-200ER: 45,220 U.S. gal (171,170 L)
Maximim Range: 7,725 nautical miles (14,305 km)
Fuel consumption: For a 2 hour flight in a 777, you are looking at "roughly" 14,000 kg/32,000 lbs
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Note also that

Haveeru reporter, Ahmad Naif who wrote the article also revealed the portal had received information on the incident since March 9 but were sceptical over the validity of the claims.
"Later we were getting so many comments that we contacted the island and they said it was true,” Naif explained in an interview on web portal Minivan news. Read more

There was local controversy , when the reports were officially dismissed after only two days, with one witness, Rashaad Adam, remonstrating in the face of strong local criticism,
Dont go check that area, go Kazakhstan and search there. Ahhh yes, we were blamed just because we reported sighting a large low flying plane. That wasnt enough, military even flirted their radar could see everything in the world skies except what we reported. I swear if the international search team finds it in India Ocean you could only imagine what I would do for people who laughed at me. Next time I will not even report such thing. Then they would stay there forever searching oceans around Malaysia.

Scheduled Flights

For HAQ, all traffic was with DRV, well to the north of KH.  The only MLE departure was a Maldivian flight Q2-116 Bombadier Dash8-300 (DH3) to GAN at 6:30 am.  There were two international arrivals:
  • MEGA Maldives Airlines flight MEG189 Boeing 767-300 from Beijing scheduled for 6:40 am, arrived 11:30 am
  • Flydubai flight FZ563 Boeing 737-800 from Dubai scheduled for 6:45 am, arrived 6:29 am

    GAN had only two domestic flights, a Maldivian flight Q2-113 DH3 to MLE at 6:30 am, and that Maldivian flight Q2-116 DH3 from MLE which departed at 6:30 am, for arrival 1 hr 35 min later at 8:05 am.

    There is no reason to expect any of these flights to be anywhere near KH at 6:15 am, travelling south.  As a local blogger points out, the KH sightings would be highly unusual.  Locals see these kinds of aircraft a lot.
    (Source)


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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Meteorological and oceanographic images March 8 2014
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