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Thursday 7 August 2014

Bathymetric Survey Update
MH370 Search Area Map—Released 7 August 2014


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As of 7 August 2014, around 40,000 square kilometres of the ocean floor of the high-priority search area have been analysed and mapped. The mapping process involves two stages. Firstly the data is gathered by the survey ships. That data is then processed into a seamless usable form by Geoscience Australia to support a safe and effective deep-water search. The high-priority search area is around 60,000 square kilometres.

…Previous updates

 

 

JACC MH370 Update—Multinational Search Effort Continues
07 August, 2014

The multinational search effort for MH370 is making good progress with the mapping of over 43,000 square kilometres of the high priority search area to date, in preparation for the commencement of the deep-water search in September.

Yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister announced on behalf of Australia, Malaysia and China, that the underwater search would be conducted by Fugro Survey Pty Ltd.

Two ships, Zhu Kezhen and Fugro Equator, continue to work in the southern Indian Ocean, surveying the sea floor in preparation for the deep-sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Fugro Equator and the Zhu Kezhen are supported by two ships, including the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration patrol vessel Haixun 01 and Malaysian naval vessel Bunga Mas 6.

In addition, the Malaysian survey vessel KD MUTIARA is en route to Western Australia from Lumut, Malaysia to assist in the bathymetric survey work and should arrive later this month.

The bathymetric survey of the high priority area is expected to be completed by September.

A recent map of the bathymetric survey can be found on the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) webpage at www.jacc.gov.au/media/maps/index.aspx

 

Wednesday 6 August 2014

JACC Update - Contractor Announced for MH370 Underwater Search
Media Release by The Hon Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister
6 August 2014

Today Australia, Malaysia and China jointly announced that Australia has awarded a contract to Fugro Survey Pty Ltd (Fugro) to conduct a search of the southern Indian Ocean sea floor for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Fugro will use two vessels, equipped with towed deep water vehicles and carrying expert personnel, to undertake the search operations.

The vessels will search the sea floor using side scan sonar, multi-beam echo sounders and video cameras to locate and identify the aircraft debris.

The underwater search of the 60,000 square kilometre area is still expected to take up to 12 months to complete. Assets are already mobilising with Fugro Discovery en route to Perth from the United Kingdom.

Fugro Equator, currently acquiring bathymetry data in the search area, will be the second search vessel and will be mobilised when the bathymetry work is complete in mid-September.

The Malaysian Government has committed to support the joint search effort with four vessels. The KD MUTIARA, a naval survey ship will be arriving in late August to join the bathymetric survey work.

Two vessels equipped with side scan sonar and remotely operated vehicles will be integrated into the overall capability for the underwater search being led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Malaysian naval vessel, Bunga Mas, will continue to support the search, as it has since April.

The Chinese vessel, the Zhu Kezhen, continues to work in the southern Indian Ocean, surveying the sea floor. China has committed to the Zhu Kezhen remaining in the search area until mid-September.

More information about the search can be found on the JACC website at www.jacc.gov.au

 

Thursday 31 July 2014

Bathymetric Survey Update

MH370 Search Area Map—Released 31 July 2014

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As of 30 July 2014, around 29,000 square kilometres of the ocean floor of the high-priority search area have been analysed and mapped. The mapping process involves two stages. Firstly the data is gathered by the survey ships. That data is then processed into a seamless usable form by Geoscience Australia to support a safe and effective deep-water search. The high-priority search area is around 60,000 square kilometres.

 

JACC MH370 Update—International Effort Continues
31 July, 2014

Two ships, Zhu Kezhen and Fugro Equator, continue to work in the southern Indian Ocean, surveying the sea floor in preparation for the deep-sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

In June, an expert satellite working group identified a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometres, which represents the highest priority for future search efforts. As with previous search areas, it is located along the seventh arc—a thin but long line that includes all the possible points where the last known communication between the aircraft and a communications satellite could have taken place.

Before the deep-sea search can commence however, it is necessary to map the sea floor in this remote region of the Indian Ocean, which until now has been poorly charted. The aim is to identify significant features on the sea floor, which may present a hazard for the deep water vehicles that will be used for the search.

Since 24 May 2014, the Zhu Kezhen , a Chinese PLA-Navy vessel has been conducting survey operations. The bathymetric data it is collecting will assist in characterising the sea floor topography. As of 30 July 2014, it has sounded over 25,000 square kilometres along the seventh arc.

Fugro Equator , an Australian-contracted specialised survey vessel, has also been conducting bathymetric survey work. As of 30 July 2014, over 43,000 square kilometres have been sounded by Fugro Equator.

Analysis and mapping of this data is continuing.

On 6 July, the Government of Malaysia announced that its hydrographic survey vessel, the KD MUTIARA , would join the Zhu Kezhen and the Fugro Equator in August to continue the bathymetric survey work.

It is expected that the bathymetric survey work will be completed by September. The deep-water search is expected to commence in September following the appointment of a prime contractor through a request for tender process.

The JACC will provide updates on the activities of the bathymetric survey, which can be found at www.jacc.gov.au/media/maps/index.aspx

Saturday 26 July 2014

JACC Media Release - The Search for MH370 Continues
23 July, 2014

On Monday the Prime Minister appointed Air Chief Marshal Houston AC AFC (Ret'd) as his Special Envoy to lead Australia's efforts on the ground in Ukraine to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March on a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, continues uninterrupted.

We remain fully committed to conducting a thorough undersea search of the likely impact zone in the Indian Ocean.

While Air Chief Marshal Houston leads our MH17 efforts in Ukraine, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) will continue to coordinate the Australian Government's search for MH370.

Australia owes it to the families of all of those on board MH370, the travelling public and indeed the wider world to solve this mystery.

Deputy Coordinator Judith Zielke will oversee the operations of the JACC, ensuring that the public and other stakeholders, particularly the families of those on board, are well informed about the progress of the search.

A bathymetric survey of the 60,000km 2 search area is well underway, with two vessels, the Australian-contracted Fugro Equator and the Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen, mapping the ocean floor. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is coordinating this work.

The bathymetric survey will give us crucial knowledge of the seafloor terrain to begin the actual underwater search. The ATSB is currently assessing tender documentation to engage a primary contractor to manage this complex operation.

The underwater search is likely to commence in early September and take up to 12 months to complete. It will aim to locate the aircraft and any evidence (such as debris and the flight recorders) to assist the Malaysian investigation of the disappearance of MH370.

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Sunday 6 July 2014
   

Sunday, July 06, 01:38 PM SGT +0800 Media Statement by YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein Minister of Defence

It has been 121 days since MH370 went missing. Almost 4 months have passed since the Malaysian Government first coordinated the search operations for the missing plane. As I have said previously, we are fortunate not to be alone in this and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the 26 nations and especially our Tripartite partners - Australia and China for their commitment to locate the missing MH370. This is truly an international effort and the search is a powerful example of international co-operation.

On the asset deployment front, the Asset Deployment Committee has convened to finalise the details of the contracted assets that will be deployed as Malaysian Government Furnished Equipment for the bathymetric survey and the pursuant sub surface search.

The Bunga Mas 6 (BM6) has been actively present in the search area ever since the surface search was carried out. BM6 which was deployed on the 20th of April 2014 will remain in the search area in the coming phase to assist in the search for MH370. Currently, BM6 is assisting with logistical support and data transfer for the vessels within the search area.

Another Royal Malaysian Navy vessel, the KD Mutiara, which has the capability of the multi beam echo sounder will also join the search efforts to assist in the bathymetric survey process. The ship will set sail on the 4th of August 2014 .

PETRONAS together with DEFTECH and Phoenix International will deploy a Prosas Side Scan Sonar (Towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar) which will be mounted on a mother vessel.

Boustead Heavy Industries, together with iXBlue Australia will be deploying a deep towed side scan sonar with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) mounted on the mother vessel called John Lethbridge.

Instructions for immediate mobilisation have been given and the assets are expected to reach the search area in mid August 2014. Operational requirements for these assets will be coordinated with the Australian authorities.

Malaysia remains committed in the search for MH370. It must be stressed that Malaysia, together with Australia and China are doing our utmost in the search and our top priority remains to look for the missing MH370 and giving closure to the families of those on board MH370.

- end -  MH370 Press Statement by Hishammuddin Hussein on 6 July 2014.pdf

More M'sian assets to join MH370 search
 
Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein today announced that another Royal Malaysian Navy vessel will be leaving for Australia on August 4 as Malaysia beefs up its assets deployment for the forthcoming phase of the search and rescue operations.

A couple of local commercial companies - government owned Petronas and Boustead Heavy Industries will also be sending a sonar scanning vehicle each.

 

 

Speech by Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein - Launch of MH370 Photo Exhibition on 6 July 2014

Hisham launches MH370 Tribute Exhibition
 
Former Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein today launched the MH370 Tribute Exhibition at Publika Shopping Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

The exhibit, showcases photos by local and international media, of how the world reacted to the tragedy, and of the on going search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

 

Tuesday 1 July 2014

MH370 will continue to get top priority, say Liow


Newly appointed Transport Minister Dato' Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he will ensure the search for MH370 continues to receive top priority.

He reiterated the government's commitment at the Transport Ministry during the handover of duties by Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Hussein yesterday.

Liow said he would visit Canberra, Australia, to meet with the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) head, Angus Houston.

“After that, I will meet the minister of transport in Beijing, China,” he said.

The reason for his visits was to obtain the latest updates on MH370.

“There are a lot of hearsay and false reports, so we need the details to convey the correct information to the people,” he said.

Liow, who was appointed to the Cabinet last week, said he would work closely with Hishammuddin on transport matters.

“We had an in-depth discussion and there are many issues we need to work together on, especially MH370,” he said.

“I will have a lot more meetings with the relevant committees in the government as well as with foreign leaders to ensure the issue of MH370 is solved.”

Liow said he would ensure the Transport Ministry worked closely with other ministries and was confident that, with their cooperation, it would continue to move forward.

Hishammuddin, the acting transport minister for just over a year, reiterated his pledge the search for MH370 would continue.

“We have developed a structure with Cabinet members, led by four deputy ministers, along with me,” he said.

He said the four-man ministerial subcommittee would brief Liow and him on the latest developments.

The committee comprises Hishammuddin, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin and Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jalani Johari.

Hishammuddin said although it was important for him to bring Liow up to date on MH370, the ministry had other issues that required attention and needed to be addressed.

“The ministry is not just about MH370. There are other areas we need attention,” he said. He said he would assist Liow on MH370 wherever necessary until Liow settled down in his new post.

“I cannot run away from the fact that my face is synonymous with MH370 around the world, so I will ensure the relationships built with the world leaders will continue until Liow is ready to lead the ministry,” he said.

SOURCE: MALAY MAIL  |  PAGE: 12  |  JULY 1, 2014 mot.gov.my

 

Monday 30 June 2014

MH370 Press Statement by Hishammuddin Hussein on 30 June 2014 - Announcement of new Transport Minister Seri Liow Tiong Lai

 

 

 

Friday 27 June 2014

Press Statement YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein MH370 Refined Search Area
Friday, 27 June 2014

Yesterday, Australia, Malaysia and China announced the refined search area in the southern Indian Oceanfor the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

An expert satellite working group has been working for nearly 8 weeks now and they have reviewed and refined all the existing information to define the search zone along the arc in the southern Indian Ocean. As Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said yesterday, this refinement of the search area involves the efforts and expertise of Australia's ATSB, China's AAID, the UK's AAIB, the US' NTSB, Malaysia's DCA and many more specialists from around the world.

The priorityarea is now focused in an area up to 60,000 square kilometres on the seventh arc, where the aircraft last communicated with the satellite. This area is further south along the arc based on thecalculations carried out by the expert satellite working group.

Reiterating DPM Truss, due to the unprecedented scale and complexity of the search operation, extremely difficult calculations had to be performedon the specialised satellite communications information in order to refine the search area.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)yesterday releasedthe report outlining the basis on which this search area has been defined.

The search for MH370 still continues. The bathymetric survey is ongoing in the areas provided by the ATSB with the Chinese Zhu Kezhen and the Australian-contracted vessel Fugro Equator. A search of the sea floor will then be conducted based on analysis from the bathymetric survey. The underwater search is vital as any evidence found will assist in the search for MH370.

The details of the contracted assets that will be deployed as Malaysian Government Furnished Equipment for the various stages of both the bathymetric survey and the search of the sea floor will be announced soon. These will include assets with specific capabilities such as the Multi-Beam Echo Sounder and the Prosas Towed Side Scan Sonar to join the search efforts in the coming months

On that note, Rahim Bakri, Chair of the Asset Deployment Committee recently led a delegation to Canberra, Australia on the 10th of June 2014. The delegation met with their Australian counterparts to discuss and coordinate the arrangements for Malaysia's participation in this phase of the search operation.

Hamzah Zainudin, Chair of the Next of Kin Committee will be leading a delegation of all four Chairs of the Ministerial Sub-Committees and other senior officials to the People's Republic of China today. This meeting is primarily aimed at updating our Chinese counterparts on the latest efforts at the Tripartite level and Malaysia's contribution.

I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm Malaysia's commitment to continue the search for MH370. Malaysia, Australia and China are doing our utmost in the search and our top priority remains to look for the missing MH370.

- end -

Thursday 26 June 2014

Full MH370 press conference by Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss in Canberra (26 Jun 2014, 1:30pm).
 
Transcript MH370 Search Area Announcement - JACC

 

Media Release by The Hon Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister
26 June 2014

Today Australia, Malaysia and China announced the search area in the southern Indian Ocean, which represents the highest priority for future search efforts for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

An expert satellite working group has reviewed all existing information in order to define a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometers along the arc in the southern Indian Ocean.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the latest search area refinement had involved the efforts and expertise of specialists from around the world.

“Specialists have analysed satellite communications information—information which was never initially intended to have the capability to track an aircraft—and performed extremely complex calculations,” Mr Truss said.

“The new priority area is still focused on the seventh arc, where the aircraft last communicated with satellite. We are now shifting our attention to an area further south along the arc based on these calculations.

“The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will today release a report outlining the basis on which this search area has been defined.”

Deputy Prime Minister Truss said the search for MH370 continues with a bathymetric survey—or mapping of the ocean floor—in the search area, to be followed by a comprehensive search of the sea floor.

“The bathymetric survey has already commenced, with the Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen and the Australian-contracted vessel Fugro Equator conducting operations in the areas provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau,” Mr Truss said.

“It will take around three months to complete the bathymetric survey.

“The underwater search will aim to locate the aircraft and any evidence to assist with the Malaysian investigation of the disappearance of MH370.”

It is expected that the underwater search will begin in August and take up to 12 months to complete.

Malaysia and Australia are developing a Memorandum of Understanding to determine the areas of cooperation in the search and recovery activities, including financial arrangements.

Malaysia will shortly be announcing the details of the contracted assets that may be deployed as Malaysian Government Furnished Equipment for use in both the bathymetric survey and the search of the sea floor. Survey equipment that has been identified so far includes towed side scan sonar, a multi-beam echo sounder and a sub bottom profiler.

Australia, Malaysia and China reaffirm their commitment to continue to search for MH370 and to keep families informed of developments.

Monday 23 June 2014

JACC still hopes to find MH370

Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) charged with leading the search for the missing passenger airline MH370 still hopes the wreckage can be located.

In response to concerns raised last week that the plane may be lost forever, JACC said it had not given up.

"Although we have always been guarded in our optimism of finding MH370, we remain hopeful," a spokesperson told IHS Maritime in a written statement.

"The challenges of the search for MH370 cannot be understated," JACC said.

"By way of comparison, the search for Air France flight AF447 took two years, despite the fact that its last known position was much more precise. "

JACC said the seventh (satellite) 'handshake arc' was "the most robust data" that it had to work on.

An expert satellite working group - a range of expert organisations across the world - is working very closely with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to determine where the aircraft most likely entered the water, the statement said.

Last week Australian's former national Hydrographer and Navy officer, now CEO Shipping Australia Rod Nairn told IHS Maritime he believed the chances of the wreck ever being uncovered now that the black box was no longer active were "slim" at best.

Related news: Expert casts doubt on MH370 search ; Fugro wins MH370 contract ; Australia calls for tenders for MH370 search

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Outside group tells governments where to search for Flight 370

 
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A group of independent experts -- who prodded authorities to release satellite data on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 -- says it thinks it knows the approximate location of the missing aircraft.

Five separate computer models all place the plane in a tight cluster of spots in the south Indian Ocean — hundreds of miles southwest of the previous search site.

"We recommend that the search for MH370 be focused in this area," the group said in a statement late Tuesday.

"While there remain a number of uncertainties and some disagreements as to the interpretation of aspects of the data, our best estimates of a location of the aircraft (is) near 36.02 South 88.57 East," according to the statement, which was approved by 10 named experts.

The group opted to release its statement late Tuesday in advance of a BBC documentary on the missing plane, and ahead of the Australian government's announcement on the focus of the search, so that there would be no question about the independence of the group's findings, said one member of the group, American Mobile Satellite Corp. co-founder Mike Exner.

"We wanted to get our best estimate out," Exner said.

The group believes that after the Boeing 777 circumnavigated Indonesia, for reasons that are still unknown, the plane traveled south at an average speed of 470 knots, probably at a consistent altitude and constant heading, Exner said. All five computer models developed by the experts place the aircraft in a "pretty tight cluster...plus or minus 50 miles of each other," he said.

Duncansteel.com    

The plane and its 239 occupants vanished March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

In a blog post, group member Tim Farrar called the recommended search site "our best estimate -- but not the only possible -- location for a potential search."

Meanwhile, a team of government experts and Inmarsat employees is re-evaluating the data before pinpointing where to resume the search. On Wednesday the agency overseeing the search said the analysis was "nearly complete" and it expects to announce the new search site by the end of June.

Australian government authorities only recently acknowledged that acoustic pings heard two months ago are now believed to be unrelated to the aircraft's data recorders, or "black boxes."

The ad hoc group of independent specialists came together through web sites of two experts, Duncan Steel of Wellington, New Zealand, and Tim Farrar of Menlo Park, California. Several members of the group initially cast doubts on Inmarsat's conclusions that the plane had flown south, saying the publicly available information from Malaysia and Inmarsat was insufficient to draw that conclusion. The plane could have flown north, landing or crashing along an arc extending from Thailand to Eastern Europe.

But shortly after Malaysia released raw satellite data on May 27, several of the loose confederation of scientists agreed it provided sufficient data to show the plane had flown south.

The "breakthrough piece of information," Exner said, was that the satellite terminal on the aircraft had been programmed to use a simplified assumption about the location of the satellite. The terminal assumed that the satellite was geostationary -- fixed over a spot on the equator -- when, in fact, it drifted to the north and south.

Over the past few weeks, the group continued to exchange information through emails and through postings on the web sites. The group worked five or six hours Tuesday exchanging some 120 emails in drafting the statement on the possible location of MH370.

Exner said he believes authorities were narrowing in on the correct search site, but were thrown off course when searchers detected acoustic pings northwest of Australia.

"It's my personal opinion that the official search team weighed too heavily" on the acoustic pings, he said.

Exner said the informal group of experts has volunteered to work with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. But, while the government agencies have been polite, they have been reticent to release additional information that could further help the independent group, he said.

 

JACC Update on MH370 Search

Media Release
18 June 2014

The Australian contracted survey vessel Fugro Equator has commenced operations in a defined search area, joining Chinese PLA-Navy ship Zhu Kezhen in undertaking survey activities.

Under the direction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the two vessels are conducting the bathymetric survey—or mapping of the sea floor—which is crucial to carrying out the deep water search for MH370 that is scheduled to commence in August.

At the end of May, Zhu Kezhen suffered a defect to its multibeam echosounder and came into the port of Fremantle to enable the necessary repairs to be conducted.

The defect has been rectified and the ship will resume operations in the search area shortly.

So far, the Zhu Kezhen has surveyed 4,088 square kilometres of the ocean floor.

It is anticipated that it will take at least three months to complete the bathymetric survey of the 60,000 square kilometre search zone.

The ships will regularly send survey data to the ATSB and Geoscience Australia. This data will be used to progressively build a map of the search area.

The search area will be confirmed before the end of June, after completion of extensive collaborative analysis by a range of specialists.

It is already clear from the provisional results of that analysis that the search zone will move, but still be on the seventh arc (where the aircraft last communicated with satellite).

 

Wednesday 18 June 2014

BBC 2 Horizon - Where is Flight MH370? - Full Documentary
 

Published June 17 2014

DURATION: 1 HOUR

Horizon tells the inside story of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. With access to the key players on the frontline in the southern Indian Ocean and the British satellite engineers who tracked the plane's final hours, Horizon breaks open the biggest mystery in aviation history.

The film reveals how MH370 disappeared in a radar blind spot; what investigators believe happened to the aircraft in its last minutes; and how the area in which it could be found is still to be searched.

Plus Horizon examines the new technologies, like black box streaming and enhanced air traffic surveillance, that mean an airliner should never vanish without trace again.

BBC 2 Horizon 2013-2014

More documentaries here

Sunday 15 June 2014

Sunday, June 15, 01:00 PM SGT +0800 Media Statement 34 by Ahmad Jauhari Yahya,
Group Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airlines MH370 Incident

It has been the longest 100 days since the disappearance of our MH370. 

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of the 239 persons on board the flight. The families has been on our minds throughout these past 100 days, and will continue to do for a long while to come. We feel the families' pain; we miss our colleagues and friends on board MH370. We feel the families' anguish, and like them, Malaysia Airlines continues to hope and seek answers that will bring us closer to finding out what happened to MH370.

We thank the Governments and agencies of Malaysia, Australia and China, and the many nations that have come forward to search for MH370. Despite the best efforts and resources over the last 100 days, this most extensive search in history has still not found answers.

Malaysia Airlines continues to support the search operations, continues to support the next-of-kin and continues to keep in touch.

It has been the longest and most painful 100 days in Malaysia Airlines' history. 

-ends.
 

 

Saturday 14 June 2014

Full statement by Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein

 
MH370 Press Statement by Hishammuddin Hussein on 15 June 2014.pdf


MH370: 100 days of pain and heartache

KUALA LUMPUR: Full statement by Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein on 100 days of MH370 went missing.

It has been 100 days since MH370 went missing. More than 14 weeks have passed since the Malaysian Government first coordinated the search operations for the missing plane. This search effort is unprecedented in sheer scale and complexity involving 26 countries at its peak. Mala ysia, a small but proud nation has pioneered the way- not without criticism, showing the world that we can all work together, in the greater spirit of humanity and camaraderie. Indeed, as the search transitions to a more challenging phase, we reaffirm our commitment with renewed vigor to locate the missing MH370.

I sincerely believe Malaysia will be credited for doing the best to our abilities under near-impossible circumstances and history will judge us favourably for that. We are fortunate not to be alone in this and as such I would like to convey my special thanks to our international friends especially our Tripartite partners - Australia and China, ASEAN neighbours, the United States of America and members of the Five Power Defence Arrangement.

Indeed, incidents like this remind us about the fragility of life, and to value the ties that bind us together. In tragedy we forget our differences, and in our common grief we strengthen our bonds. As a father, on Father's Day, I understand the anguish the family members are going through. No words could ease the pain of not knowing what had happened to your loved ones. Nonetheless, I can assure you that we have and will continue to do our utmost in this search, leaving no stone unturned. As always, my deepest sympathies and kindest thoughts remain with the family members- wherever they may be. In these trying times, we are united in our prayers, resolute in our faith, especially as the holy month of Ramadhan beckons, as we continue to hope against hope in seeking a closure to the darkest chapter in recent global aviation history.

On that note, I would like to convey my sincerest appreciation to the men and women who have risked their lives at the forefront in contributing to the largest search effort to date. On behalf of the Malaysian people, we thank you for your sacrifices and we will continue to pray for your safety in navigating the unchartered waters.

100 days after MH370 went missing, its loss remains a painful void in the hearts of all Malaysians and those around the world. We cannot and will not rest until MH370 is found. We cannot and will not abandon the families of the crew and passengers of MH370. We will, with the grace of God, find this missing plane and so with it begins the process of healing.

Tuesday 10 June 2014

JACC Update on MH370 Search

Media Release
10 June 2014—pm

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) today signed a contract with deep water survey company, Fugro Survey Pty Ltd (Fugro), to conduct a bathymetric survey of the seafloor in the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370).

The bathymetric survey will provide a map of the underwater search zone, charting the contours, depths and composition of the seafloor in water depths up to 6,000 metres. The survey will provide crucial information to help plan the deep water search for MH370 which is scheduled to commence in August.

Fugro will use the state-of-the-art vessel MV Fugro Equator which is equipped with a deep-water multibeam echo sounder system and carries expert survey personnel to undertake the survey operations.

MV Fugro Equator will join the Chinese PLA-Navy ship Zhu Kezhen , which recently began conducting bathymetric survey operations in the search area.

Zhu Kezhen is currently in Fremantle for repairs to its equipment.

The two vessels are anticipated to take around three months to complete the bathymetric survey of the 60,000 square kilometre search zone.

As the lead agency in the search for MH370, the ATSB commissioned Fugro to undertake the bathymetric survey through a limited tender process. The survey vessel will be directed by the ATSB. The ship will send survey data to the ATSB and Geoscience Australia which will be used to progressively build a map of the search area.

The ATSB has also invited organisations to submit proposals to conduct the underwater search through a request for tender process. The Request for Tender was released on AusTender on 4 June 2014 with the closing date and time for submissions being 5:30pm AEST on 30 June 2014.

More detailed information about the search (including the bathymetric survey) can be found on the ATSB's website www.atsb.gov.au/mh370 .

 

Monday 9 June 2014

Monday, June 09, 04:00 PM MYT +0800 MH370 PRESS BRIEFING BY JAILANI JOHARI,
DEPUTY MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND MULTIMEDIA, CHAIR OF THE LIAISON,
COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA COMMITTEE

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT
It has been three months since MH370 went missing. As we enter the 14th week of the search operations, we would like to note that the Transition Phase is well underway. On the Malaysian side, led by YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and the four ministerial sub committees, we continue to work closely hand-in-hand, with our counterparts in Australia and China as we face the challenges in the weeks and months ahead. Indeed, this is a concerted effort between our three nations and we stand together in facing this task to find the missing airplane.

LIAISON, COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA COMMITTEE
As mentioned previously by the Acting Minister of Transport, my task as the Chair of the Liaison, Communication and Media Committee is to liaise with Australia and China to further strengthen and solidify the Tripartite Agreement between our three nations. This provides itself as an opportunity to establish strong working relationships and inter-governmental ties between Australia, Malaysia and China, all in the spirit of camaraderie. As directed by YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin, our immediate task is to finalise the arrangements regarding this new phase of the search operations together with our Tripartite partners. In line with Malaysia's stand in ensuring greater transparency in communicating, we will keep you updated on the progress of these discussions and plans as we go along.

TRIP TO CANBERRA & BEIJING
Tomorrow, Rahim Bakri, Chair of the Asset Deployment Committee will be leading a team to Canberra to coordinate and finalise the terms and arrangements for Malaysia's participation in this phase of the search operation. The meeting is primarily aimed at ensuring all parties involved are on the same page.
Immediately after, all the four Chairs of the ministerial sub committees led by Hamzah Zainudin will be heading to Beijing to update our Chinese counterparts on the latest efforts at the Tripartite level and Malaysia's contribution. We would also be discussing with the Chinese leadership on their views and future plans with regards to the MH370 search operation ranging from issues related to the Next of Kins, asset deployment and technical expertise. This team has the mandate from the Malaysian Prime Minister to fully engage with the Chinese government.
It must be noted that this trip is a follow up to the recent discussions between the Prime Ministers of Malaysia and China in which both nations have agreed that we remain committed in the search for MH370.

NEXT OF KIN COMMITTEE
With regards to the Next of Kin committee, we acknowledge Voice370's request to meet with Malaysia's Prime Minister, the Acting Transport Minister and the Chair of the Next of Kin Committee. This meeting will be arranged in due time and we look forward to establish a working template in dealing with issues raised by the Next of Kins.
We will continue our direct engagement efforts with the Next of Kin primarily in Malaysia and China. On that note, we would also like to praise the Chinese government's efforts in handling the issues related to the Next of Kins. We give our full assurance to the next of kins, wherever they may be, that we remain fully committed in our search for their loved ones.

ASSET DEPLOYMENT COMMITTEE
On the asset deployment front, the sub committee has been tasked, in the meeting in Canberra, to coordinate the participation of Malaysia's assets especially with regards to the Government Furnished Equipment (GFE), consistent with ATSB's tender process requirements. On a similar note, we will also raise with our Tripartite partners how best to manage and coordinate the deployment of assets that Malaysia has personally requested for from the US and other nation partners.

CONCLUDING REMARKS
To conclude, we would like to reiterate our commitment to the search operation in this Transition Phase. In this phase, my colleagues and I will strive to give our utmost on behalf of the Malaysian government. Reiterating YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin, “We will continue with the search operations until we have fully covered the search area. We will strive to explore all possible options in finding MH370”. Thank you.

- end – (Download as pdf MH370 Press Briefing by Jailani Johari - 9 June )

 


MH370 press conference June 9, 2014 3:30pm

 

MH370: Committees will head to Canberra and Beijing to finalise new search efforts

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia will meet its search and rescue (SAR) operations counterparts in Canberra and Beijing to discuss assets deployment in its new phase of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) airliner MH370.

The Deployment of Assets Committee, led by Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, will head to Canberra Tuesday to coordinate and finalise the terms and arrangements for Malaysia's participation.

"The sub-committee has been tasked to coordinate the participation of Malaysia's assets especially with regards to the Government Furnished Equipment (GFE), consistent with Australian Transport Safety Bureau's tender process requirements.

"We will also raise with our tripartite partners how best to manage and coordinate the deployment of assets that Malaysia have personally requested for from the US and other nation partners," Datuk Jailani Johari, chair of the Liaison, Communication and Media committee said in a press briefing today.

Chairs of the ministerial sub committees, led by Next-of-Kin Committee chair Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin, will subsequently go to Beijing to update on the latest efforts and Malaysia's contribution in the operations.

Prior to this, Malaysia had set up three ministerial committees to streamline the ongoing search efforts, namely the Next-of-Kin Committee, Technical Committee and Deployment of Assets Committee, in addition to the Liaison, Communication and Media committee.

"We will also be discussing with the Chinese leadership on their views and future plans with regards to the MH370 search operation ranging from issues related to next-of-kins, asset deployment and technical expertise.”

PM, Hishammuddin to meet Voice370 in due time

Meanwhile, the Malaysian authorities have also acknowledged a request by Voice370, an international committee set up to represent families of those on board MH370, to meet with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Hamzah.

“This meeting will be arranged in due time and we look forward to establish a working template in dealing with issues raised by the next-of-kins," Jailani said.

Cost of private contractors will be shared 50-50

On the cost of SAR, Hishammuddin revealed in parliament today that Malaysia has to date spent RM27.6 million in the first phase of the search operations to locate MH370.

The costs mainly covered the logistics of the Malaysian rescue team, including fuel and food.

As for the costs for hiring private contractors to assist in the search efforts, it will be split in half been Malaysia and Australia, which is coordinating the multinational operations through the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC).

“JACC will tender out services to the interested companies. So far, we have not known any participants. The cost is to be determined and be shared 50-50 between Malaysia and Australia,” Abdul Rahim added.


Sunday 8 June 2014

$5,000,000 Reward MH370 - In Search Of The Truth - Find The Plane & Passengers

 

Relatives of the passengers of Flight MH370 have set up a crowd sourcing fund to raise reward.

The campaign is led by a "governance committee" that includes seven people: five are family members of passengers, and two are people experienced in fund-raising and private investigation, the Reward MH370 website says.

"All decisions made regarding management of the campaign, selection of and coordination with private investigation resources, lead advancement and reward payment must be approved by a majority of the Governance Committee," the site says.

Australian businessman Ethan Hunt is leading the project. "I'm certain it's not in the ocean," Hunt told CNN about the plane.

He suspects someone knows where the jetliner is, and the money raised will serve as an incentive for that person to come forward.

"Utilizing the immense potential of the crowd, we believe we can achieve our primary goal of recovering the flight where others methods have failed," he said. Read more at the Reward MH370 website

 

 

Ex-German Navy CPO specialized in electronic warfare started independent search MH370

Contrary to the announcement on March 24, 2014 that MH370 "ended" in the Indian Ocean, Johnny Spendler firmly believes, that the plane crashed near Vietnam, based on his analysis of Tomnod's satellite images. He would like to ask for help so that he can contunue searching the area for debris of #MH370.

If you'd like to view the images he has seen and therefore believes that the debris area is not in the Indian Ocean, here is a link to his facebook album MH370 satellite images .

Support & follow his search @ mysearch4MH370.com
Twitter: @ jonnysit

Saturday 7 June 2014

MH370 kin say suspicious fundraisers cashing in on plane mystery

Details of the police report lodged by one of the family members against organisers of a MH370 fundraiser. – June 7, 2014. Full Police Report.pdf

Families of flight M370 passengers say that unscrupulous parties are cashing in on the tragedy of the missing jet, adding they found out that two charity dinners were held in April without their knowledge, purportedly to raise funds for them.

   
Malaysia, China and Indonesia Muslim Cultural and Econtrade (MCIMCE) fundraising dinner held at the Royale Bintang Seremban, Negeri Sembilan on April 21 2014 (Photo's)

They have lodged a police report saying that a non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Malaysia, China and Indonesia Muslim Cultural and Econtrade organised the dinners, one in a hotel in Seremban, Negri Sembilan on April 21, and another in a five-star hotel in Seri Kembangan three days later. (see photo's of 21 April 2014)

They said they were not consulted, informed or had consent sought by the organisation on the events and were shocked to find out that such events were held in their honour without their knowledge.

In a police report lodged in Petaling Jaya on Thursday, a family member of a MH370 passenger said they found out about the events through an article published online.

The families claimed in the report that about 500 seats at the events were open for booking priced between RM1,500 and RM10,000 while table reservations were priced between RM2,000 and RM15,000.

They also claimed that the NGO had provided a bank account number for the public to make their donations.

In the report posted on the MH370 Families Facebook page, the families said they were not aware of such events.

“We lodged the police report to let the public know that we never received any money collected during the dinners nor were we aware of such events being held. We are worried that people will think the money was distributed to us,” they said.

They also said the report was made as the person whom they had contacted – one Datuk Andrew Lim – to seek clarification on the events had lodged a police report, accusing them of defamation.

Lim, when contacted, told The Malaysian Insider that the callers claiming to be families of M370 passengers had called him and threatened him.

“Two different persons called me. They asked about the dinners and were very rude. I do not know if they were really the family members as claimed. I told them I was not the organiser. I was just a sponsor and told them to write in to MCI for further clarification but they refused to listen to me,” said Lim.

“They threatened me and said I had better run fast before they caught me. I have not done anything wrong. That is why I lodged a police report on Thursday to protect my reputation as a businessman and to prove that I did not do anything wrong,” he added.

Lim, a member of MCI Muslim Cultural and Econtrade, admitted attending both functions in Seremban and Seri Kembangan but only as a sponsor for the cultural performances by dancers from China. The performances were part of the events.

“Yes, I was at both functions held in Seremban and Seri Kembangan but the dinners did not once mention raising funds for M370 families. Those who attended were aware of what the functions were about,” said Lim.

He said the function in Seremban was more of a cultural event organised by the state government.

“I was there to take care of the welfare of the cultural dancers brought in from China for the event. No funds were collected for any purpose during the function.”

Lim said the other event in Seri Kembangan which was attended by about 500 people, was a dinner to forge ties between Muslims in China, Malaysia and Indonesia.

“At that event, there was supposed to be a bidding but it did not go well. No money was collected.”

When asked about the article published online on the MCI plan to hold charity dinners to raise funds for the families, Lim said that was the initial intention but it was dropped later.

Lim also said he had submitted MCI’s bank statement to the police.

“I have nothing to hide,” he added.

He said MCI vice-chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Shukor Mohsin was aware of the calls he received.

Serdang ACP Razimi Ahmad confirmed that police received both reports. – June 7, 2014.

Thursday 5 June 2014

ATSB Media release - The 7th Arc

The latest information and analysis confirms that MH370 will be found in close proximity to the arc set out in the map and labelled as the 7 th arc. At the time MH370 reached this arc, the aircraft is considered to have exhausted its fuel and to have been descending. As a result, the aircraft is unlikely to be more than 20 NM (38 km) to the west or 30 NM (55 km) to the east of the arc.

Based on all the independent analysis of satellite communications and aircraft performance, the total extent of the 7th arc reaches from latitude 20 degrees S to 39 degrees S.

Refinement of the analysis in the coming weeks will reduce the underwater Search Area along this arc to a prioritised 17,500 sq. NM (60,000 sq. km). The prioritised length of the Search Area along the arc is expected to be 350 NM (650 km).

More information about the Search Area will be made available as soon as it is verified.

7th Arc Map _3June 14_large

(ATSB)

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Media release - ATSB seeks specialist services for MH370 search
Date: 04 June 2014

The ATSB today released a request for tender to acquire the services of a specialist company capable of conducting a deep-water search under ATSB direction for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Engaged as a prime contractor, the company will provide the expertise, equipment and vessel(s) necessary to undertake an intensified underwater search for the missing Boeing 777 aircraft in the defined zone in the southern Indian Ocean.
While the precise search zone is currently being established by an international search strategy working group, it is expected that the successful tenderer will search an area up to 60,000 square kilometres based on the 'seventh handshake' arc where the aircraft last communicated with the Inmarsat satellite. Definition of the search zone will be finalised within two to three weeks.
The successful tenderer will localise, positively identify and map the debris field of MH370 using specialist equipment such as towed and autonomous underwater vehicles with mounted sonar and/or optical imaging systems.
The intensified search will begin in August 2014 and is expected to take up to 12 months, depending on weather conditions. The successful tenderer will use the data from a bathymetric survey (already underway) to navigate the search zone, which has water depth between 1000 and 6000 metres.
The search vessel(s) used by the prime contractor may also be coordinated with other vessels also undertaking search activities in the search zone on behalf of other countries.
A copy of the request for tender is available on the AusTender website at www.tenders.gov.au. Request for tender submissions are due by 5.30pm AEST on 30 June 2014.
At the request of the Malaysian Government, the ATSB is leading the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
All enquiries relating to the tender: opsearch@atsb.gov.au

(ATSB)

 

 

Wednesday 4 June 2014

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

 

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.

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

 
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

 

CTBTO News
 

  

Related
May 31 2014: Researchers Studying a Very Low Frequency Sound to Locate MH370
June 3 2014: MH370 search: 'underwater noise' detected off the southern tip of India
June 4 2014: Curtin University researchers find possible acoustic trace of MH370

 

 


Also read: MH370: Looking into Northern Indian Ocean Possibilities based on Sightings and Findings

 


Wednesday 4 June 2014

Request for Tender for Provision for Services relating to the Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

ATM ID Close Date & Time Agency Category Description
570-04
30-Jun-2014 5:30 pm (ACT Local time)
Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Marine transport

The ATSB wishes to carry out seaflorr search operations to localise, positively identify, map and obtain visual imaging of the Boeing 777 aircraft operated as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which is beleived to have gone missing in the Indian Ocean on or around 8 March 2014.

Last Updated: 4-Jun-2014 8:54 am (ACT Local time) Full Details


 

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Wednesday, June 04, 07:00 PM MYT +0800 PRESS STATEMENT Y.B. DATO' SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

Introductory Statement

It has been 89 days since MH370 went missing. We have entered a new difficult phase which brings with it new challenges which we will overcome together. Today, I met up with the 4 Ministerial Committees and we discussed on our way forward in the search for MH370.

Let me begin by stating that the ASEAN Member States have publicly acknowledged in April their solidarity as reflected by the concerted efforts in the search mission of the missing MH370. They also recognised the unwavering support from all Member States in this new phase of this unprecedented search. This was again emphasised at the 8 th ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw on the 20 th of May 2014.

We also have a firm commitment, formalised by our Tripartite Agreement on the 5 th of May 2014, between Malaysia, Australia and China that the search needs to be a continuous and intensified effort.

In the Joint Communique between the People's Republic of China and Malaysia in conjunction with the 40 th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, China and Malaysia have also agreed to work closely together in the next phase of the search operation for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. This Joint Communique was signed and agreed upon on the 31 st of May by both the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak and the Premier of the People's Republic of China, Premier Li Keqiang.

The Defence Ministers of the Five Power Defence Arrangement have also reaffirmed their continued support for the search mission of MH370.

As we enter the new phase of this search, we are grateful for the continuous support that we have received from the international community.

Next Of Kin Committee

With regards to the next of kin, we will continue to engage with the families of those on board MH370 by providing them with timely updates on the search operation. This initiative has been led by Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun. We appeal to all parties to be understanding during this extraordinary and difficult time.

My pledge to all the families, wherever they are, is the same: we will do everything in our power to keep you informed. We also appreciate all that has been done by the Chinese Government on this matter.

Technical Committee

Preparations are well underway for the next phase of the search operations which includes the refinement of the search area. A team of experts set up and led by the Australian authorities in Canberra are currently conducting the re-analysis together with Inmarsat. This team has given me the assurance that the search area remains in the arc of the Southern Corridor.

Asset Deployment Committee

On the asset deployment front, we have been in discussions with several Malaysian companies to deploy highly specialised underwater systems and platforms including the Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (AUVs), Deep-water towed side scan sonars, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and support vessels to deploy these assets to join in the new phase of this search mission.

On that note, I am pleased to announce that PETRONAS has agreed to deploy assets under the Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) approach where Malaysian companies are part of the resources to fund the search operations.

PETRONAS will contribute by providing funds for a Deep Towed Side Scan Sonar. A complete system will accompany the asset with a dedicated support vessel complete with crew members.

Boustead is finalising terms for specialised assets and services to be deployed which will include an Oceanographic Survey Vessel with bathymetric survey capabilities, a Deep Towed Side Scan Sonar for deep sea search and a ROV for recovery purposes.

I also had the opportunity to meet with Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defence for the United States of America during the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore last weekend. I have officially requested for the US to continue its lease for the Bluefin-21 AUV, to provide the Orion Deep Towed Side Scan Sonar and the Curv-21 ROV.

In addition, the Chinese survey ship, Zhu Kezhen, has covered 4,088km 2 as part of the bathymetric survey process.

It is important for all the Malaysian entities involved in this effort to be on the same page- working as one team, flying the Malaysian flag to find MH370.

Communication, Coordination And Media Committee

On that note, the previously announced Communication, Coordination and Media Committee will be liaising with our Australian and Chinese counterparts. Jailani Johari, the Deputy Minister for Communications and Multimedia, will lead this team, consisting of members from all 4 ministerial committees along with the Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation, the Deputy Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy and Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, to Canberra first to acquire the latest updates on the search operation and will then travel to Beijing.

Indeed, this will further strengthen our Tripartite Agreement between Malaysia, Australia and China that the search needs to be a continuous and intensified effort.

Concluding Remarks

Let me stress that the search has not stopped and we will keep searching for the plane for as long as it takes. I would like to conclude by stressing that we will continue with the search operations until we have fully covered the search area. We will strive to explore all possible options in finding MH370

- end -

Tuesday June 3 2014

Frequently asked questions - ATSB | MH370 ATSB Newsroom

How do you know MH370 is in the southern Indian Ocean?

All the evidence—based on independent analysis of satellite, radar and aircraft performance data from many international experts—indicates the aircraft entered the sea close to a long but narrow arc in the southern Indian Ocean. This arc has been the focus of the search efforts since late March. All future search operations will continue to take place in localised areas of the arc.

Why is the seventh satellite ‘handshake' or arc so important?

The seventh handshake was the last communications MH370 had with the satellite. The signal was a logon request from the aircraft. This is consistent with the satellite communication equipment on the aircraft powering up following a power interruption. The interruption in electrical supply is highly likely to have been caused by fuel exhaustion. In other words, we are confident the seventh handshake represents the area where the aircraft ran out of fuel before entering the ocean.

Has the search been suspended?

No. The ATSB is leading the continuing underwater search for MH370.

The current phase of the search operation involves three major stages:

  • reviewing all existing information and analysis to define a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometres along the arc in the southern Indian Ocean
  • conducting a bathymetric survey to map the sea floor in the defined search area (underway)
  • contracting the specialist services required for a comprehensive search of the sea floor in that area (search to begin in August 2014).
How long will the current underwater search take?

It is expected that the underwater search of a defined 60,000 square kilometre zone will take up to 12 months to complete, although this will depend on such factors as weather conditions.

Who is analysing the satellite communications data? 

This work is being performed both independently and collaboratively by an international satellite communications group formed early in this search—this comprises staff from technical organisations and accident investigation agencies in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. This group is continuing to review and refine the satellite, radar and aircraft performance data to determine the most probable area where the aircraft entered the water.

 

Saturday 31 May 2014

JACC Update on MH370 Search

Media Release
31 May 2014—am

The Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen which is conducting the bathymetric survey—or mapping of the ocean floor—is enroute to the port of Fremantle.

Zhu Kezhen suffered a defect to its multibeam echosounder and is coming into port to conduct the necessary repairs.

The journey is expected to take a couple of days. As previously advised, an Australian contracted survey vessel will also be involved in conducting the bathymetric survey and will arrive in the search area in June.

Further information regarding the movements of Zhu Kezhen will be advised if, and when, more information becomes available.

(JACC)

Friday 30 May 2014

MH370 Aviation safety investigations report Update on 30 May 2014

Technical assistance to the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia in support of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 7 March 2014 UTC

Expected completion: Sept 2015

 

 

 

Interview with Acting Minister of Transport Hishammuddin Hussein in Being

 

 

Thursday 29 May 2014


MH370 Search Area Discounted as Final Resting Place of MH370

JACC Update on MH370 Search

Media Release
29 May 2014—pm

Yesterday afternoon, Bluefin-21 completed its last mission searching the remaining areas in the vicinity of the acoustic signals detected in early April by the Towed Pinger Locator deployed from ADV Ocean Shield, within its depth operating limits.

The data collected on yesterday's mission has been analysed. As a result, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre can advise that no signs of aircraft debris have been found by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle since it joined the search effort.

Since Bluefin-21 has been involved in the search, it has scoured over 850 square kilometres of the ocean floor looking for signs of the missing aircraft.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and in its professional judgement, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370.

Ocean Shield departed the search area last night and is expected to arrive at Fleet Base West on Saturday.

As advised by the Australian Deputy Prime Minister on 5 May 2014, the search for MH370 continues and now involves three major stages:

  • reviewing all existing information and analysis to define a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometres along the arc in the southern Indian Ocean;
  • conducting a bathymetric survey to map the sea floor in the defined search area; and
  • acquiring the specialist services required for a comprehensive search of the sea floor in that area.

The expert satellite working group continues to review and refine complex analyses of radar and satellite data and aircraft performance data to determine where the aircraft most likely entered the water. The findings of the review will be made public in due course.

The Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen has already begun conducting the bathymetric survey—or mapping of the ocean floor—of the areas provided by the ATSB. Its operations are being supported by the Chinese ship Haixun 01 and Malaysian vessel Bunga Mas 6 which are assisting with transporting the survey data to Fremantle weekly for further processing by Geoscience Australia. A contracted survey vessel will join the Zhu Kezhen in June.

The bathymetric survey is expected to take about three months. Knowing the seafloor terrain is crucial to enabling the subsequent underwater search.

The underwater search will aim to locate the aircraft and any evidence (such as aircraft debris and flight recorders) to assist with the Malaysian investigation of the disappearance of MH370.

It is anticipated that this component of the search will begin in August and take up to 12 months.

The ATSB will shortly release a formal request for tender to source the capability to undertake the underwater search. A single prime contractor will be chosen to bring together and manage the expertise, equipment and vessels to carry out the search.

The request for tender will be done via AusTender, the Australian Government Tender System: www.tenders.gov.au

(JACC)

 

 

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Seafloor experts publish new view of zone where Malaysia Airlines flight 370 might lie
Seafloor topography in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 search area. Dashed lines approximate the search zone for sonar pings emitted by the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder popularly called black boxes. The first sonar contact (black circle) was reportedly made by a Chinese vessel on the east flank of Batavia Plateau (B), where the shallowest point in the area (S) is at an estimated depth of 1637 meters. The next reported sonar contact (red circle) was made by an Australian vessel on the north flank of Zenith Plateau (Z). The deepest point in the area (D) lies in the Wallaby-Zenith Fracture Zone at an estimated depth of 7883 meters. The Wallaby Plateau (W) lies to the east of the Zenith Plateau. The shallowest point in the entire area shown here is on Broken Ridge (BR). Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) site 256 is marked by a gray dot. The inset in the top left shows the area's location to the west of Australia. Seafloor depths are from the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans [2010]. Credit: Walter H.F. Smith and Karen M. Marks

A new illustration of the seafloor, created by two of the world's leading ocean floor mapping experts that details underwater terrain where the missing Malaysia Airlines flight might be located, could shed additional light on what type of underwater vehicles might be used to find the missing airplane and where any debris from the crash might lie.

The seafloor topography map illustrates jagged plateaus, ridges and other underwater features of a large area underneath the Indian Ocean where search efforts have focused since contact with Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was lost on March 8. The image was published today in Eos , the weekly newspaper of the Earth and space sciences, published by the American Geophysical Union.

The new illustration of a 2,000 kilometer by 1,400 kilometer (1,243 miles by 870 miles) area where the plane might be shows locations on the seafloor corresponding to where acoustic signals from the airplane's black boxes were reportedly detected at the surface by two vessels in the area. It also shows the two plateaus near where these "pings" were heard.

It points out the deepest point in the area: 7,883 meters (about five miles) underneath the sea in the Wallaby-Zenith Fracture Zone – about as deep as 20 Empire State buildings stacked top to bottom. Undersea mountains and plateaus rise nearly 5,000 meters (about three miles) above the deep seafloor, according to the map.

The illustration, designated as Figure 1 of the Eos article, was created by Walter H.F. Smith and Karen M. Marks, both of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry in College Park, Maryland, and the former and current chairs, respectively, of the Technical Sub-Committee on Ocean Mapping of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans, or GEBCO. GEBCO is an international organization that aims to provide the most authoritative publicly available maps of the depths and shapes of the terrain underneath the world's oceans.

Satellite altimetry has made it possible to depict the topography of vast regions of the seafloor that would otherwise have remained unmapped, Smith said. To illustrate the topography of the search area, Smith and Marks used publicly available data from GEBCO and other bathymetric models and data banks, along with information culled from news reports.

Smith said the terrain and depths shown in the map could help searchers choose the appropriate underwater robotic vehicles they might use to look for the missing plane. Knowing the roughness and shape of the ocean floor could also help inform models predicting where floating debris from the airplane might turn up.

Smith cautions that the new illustration is not a roadmap to find the missing airplane. Nor does the map define the official search area for the aircraft, he added.

"It is not 'x marks the spot'," Smith said of their map. "We are painting with a very, very broad brush."

Search efforts for the missing airplane have focused on an area of the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia where officials suspect that the plane crashed after it veered off course. After an initial air and underwater search failed to find any trace of the airplane, authorities announced this month that they will expand the search area and also map the seabed in the area.

Smith pointed out that the search for the missing plane is made more difficult because so little is understood about the seafloor in this part of the Indian Ocean. In the southeast Indian Ocean, only 5 percent of the ocean bottom has been measured by ships with echo soundings. Knowledge of the rest of the area comes from satellite altimetry, which provides relatively low-resolution mapping compared to ship-borne methods.

"It is a very complex part of the world that is very poorly known," Smith said.

A lack of good data about Earth's seafloors not only hinders search efforts, it also makes it harder for scientists to accurately model the world's environment and climate, Smith noted. Today, our knowledge of our planet's undersea topography is "vastly poorer than our knowledge of the topographies of Earth's Moon, Mars and Venus," Smith and Marks write in Eos . This is because these other planetary bodies have no oceans, making their surfaces relatively easy to sense from space.

Smith said he hoped that "the data collected during the search for MH370 will be contributed to public data banks and will be a start of greater efforts to map Earth's ocean floor."

More information: Paper: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014EO210001/pdf

Provided by American Geophysical Union

 

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Some engineers say Malaysia's released satellite data isn't enough to confirm flight path of MH370

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Malaysian government on Tuesday released 47 pages of raw satellite data it used to determine that the missing jetliner crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, responding to demands for greater transparency by relatives of some of the 239 people on board.

But at least one independent expert said his initial impression was that the communication logs didn't include key assumptions, algorithms and metadata needed to validate the investigation team's conclusions that the plane flew south after dropping off radar screens 90 minutes into the flight.

"It's a whole lot of stuff that is not very important to know," said Michael Exner, a satellite engineer who has been intensively researching the calculations. "There are probably two or three pages of important stuff, the rest is just noise. It doesn't add any value to our understanding."

Almost three months since it went missing en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, no trace of the jet has been found, an agonizing situation for family members stuck between grief and the faintest hope, no matter how unlikely, their loved ones might still be alive. The mystery disappearance also has nurtured speculation and wild conspiracy theories.

Several family members have been highly critical of the Malaysian government's response, accusing them of failing to release timely information or even concealing it. The government, which in the early days did release contradictory information about the plane's movements, insists it is being transparent in what has been an unprecedented situation.

An international investigation team led by Malaysia has concluded that the jet flew south after it was last spotted on Malaysian military and ended up in the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia. This conclusion is based on complex calculations derived largely from hourly transmissions between the plane and a communications satellite.

An unmanned U.S. Navy sub that has been scouring an approximately 400 square kilometer (155 square mile) patch of seabed since April was scheduled to finish its mission on Wednesday. The Bluefin 21 has been searching in an area where sounds consistent with aircraft black boxes were detected last month.

The next search phase will be conducted over a much bigger area — approximately 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) — and will involve mapping of the seabed. The area's depths and topography are largely unknown.

Officials are looking to hire powerful sonar equipment that can search for wreckage in deeper water than the Bluefin.

Angus Houston, who is heading up the search, said in early May that it would take a couple months before any new equipment would be ready to be deployed.

The technical data released Tuesday consisted of data communication logs from the satellite system operated by the U.K's Inmarsat company. The plane sent hourly transmissions to a satellite. The signals were never meant to track an aircraft's path, but investigators had nothing else to go on because the plane's other communication systems had been disabled.

Investigators determined the plane's direction by measuring the frequency of the signals sent to the satellite. By considering aircraft performance, the satellite's fixed location and other known factors, they determined the plane's final location was to the south of the satellite.

In an interview with CNN earlier this week, Inmarsat's chief engineer Mark Dickinson said he was confident in the data,

"This data has been checked, not just by Inmarsat but by many parties, who have done the same work, with the same numbers, to make sure we all got it right, checked it with other flights in the air at the same, checked it against previous flights in this aircraft," he said. "At the moment there is no reason to doubt what the data says."

Sarah Bajc, whose husband was on the flight, doesn't believe that the plane few south and had been highly critical of the Malaysian government. She has been at the forefront of a campaign to press the Malaysian government for more transparency.

She said that "a half dozen very qualified people were looking" at the information and she hoped to have their take soon.

But along with Exner, she was also critical of the way it was released. The government put it in a PDF file not in its original data form, making working with it far more time-consuming.

"A little tweak to make people work harder needlessly," she wrote in an email.

Congregating in Internet chat rooms and blogs, many scientists, physicists and astronomers have been trying to replicate the math used, either as an intellectual exercise or out of a belief they are helping the relatives or contributing to transparency around the investigation into the missing plane.

Duncan Steel, a British scientist and astronomer, said some of the data "may" explain the belief that the aircraft went south rather than north, but that further confirmation would take a day or so. But he too was disappointed.

"One can see no conceivable reason that the information could not have been released nine or ten weeks ago. Even now, there are many, many lines of irrelevant information in those 47 pages," he said in an email.

Soon after takeoff, the plane disappeared from commercial radar over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam. The search was initially focused there but gradually shifted to the west of peninsular Malaysia. Authorities say they believe the plane was deliberately diverted from its flight path, but without finding the plane or its flight data recorders have been unable to say with any certainty what happened on board.

(AP)

 

Tuesday 27 May 2014

MH370 Data Communication Logs have been released

Data from communications between satellites and Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was released today

Find the 47 page document here: MH370 Data Communication Logs.pdf

More documents here

 

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Piam: MH370 claims accepted without death certificate

MH370 The General Insurance Association of Malaysia (Piam) members have agreed that a death certificate will not be a requisite when submitting claims in regards to passengers and crew members on-board MH370, due to the nature of the incident.

“All 15 insurers that have directly insured the passengers and crew members of MH370 have agreed to simplify the documentation and claims processes and claims will be paid out speedily,” Piam chairperson Chua Seck Guan said in a statement today.

“The industry is committed to provide all necessary assistance to all parties involved in the MH370 incident. We would like to stress that our member companies are well-positioned to provide services and quickly pay out claims to help the affected parties ride through these difficult times,” Chua said.

Flight MH370, with 239 people aboard, left the KL International Airport at 12.41am on March 8 and vanished from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea.

It was to have arrived in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day.

The statement noted that the Malaysian general insurance industry will also accord special priority to speed up the claims payouts and enable the insured’s family members to quickly receive their settlements.

From a recent survey conducted by Piam, some insurers have settled such claims within two working days upon receipt of the required claims documents.

According to Chua, the association has also received some calls from affected families and Piam has tried its best to advise and assist in the best possible way to make the trying times of these families easier.

To file a claim, affected family members will only need to present the duly completed claim form and other relevant documents.

Piam is the national trade association of all licensed direct and reinsurance companies for general insurance in Malaysia and currently has 29 member companies.

- Bernama

(Malaysiakini.com)

Monday 26 May 2014

Monday 26 May 2014

Considerations on defining the search area.pdf

For the first time, Australian accident investigators outlined in a detailed report why they believe the plane crashed in the southern Indian ocean. The report , posted Monday on the ATSB's website, includes a map with seven concentric circles representing the "seven handshakes" captured in the Inmarsat data

Download the report here (pdf)

 

The raw data from Inmarsat to be released tomorrow for public consumption.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said ?it would be jointly released by the Department of Civil Aviation and Inmarsat.  Hishammuddin said: "This is what I have been told and that it will be released tomorrow."  Inmarsat is the British satellite firm responsible for pinpointing missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 flight path.  Earlier this month, the next of kin and families of the 239 passengers and crew onboard have requested the authorities to release the data.  MH370 went missing on March 8 whilst it was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The passengers were made up of more than two thirds of Chinese nationals.

New Straits Times

 

Monday 26 May 2014

MH370 - ATSB News & Factsheets 26 May 2014

At the request of the Malaysian Government, Australia is leading the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. All the available data indicates the aircraft entered the sea close to a long but narrow arc of the southern Indian Ocean.

The underwater search is a complex operation that will involve a range of vessels, equipment and expertise to cover 60,000 square kilometres of ocean floor—roughly the size of Tasmania.

The complexities surrounding the search cannot be understated.  It involves vast areas of the Indian Ocean with only limited known data and aircraft flight information. While it is impossible to determine with certainty where the aircraft may have entered the water, all the available data indicates a highly probable search area close to a long but narrow arc of the southern Indian Ocean. 

News Fact sheets

(ATSB)

Friday 23 May 2014

Press Release Friday 23 May 2014

More Than 50 High Level Experts to Arrive in Kuala Lumpur for ITU Expert Dialogue on Real-Time Monitoring of Flight Data


CYBERJAYA: 23 May 2014 --- More than 50 high level experts from all over the world have
confirmed their attendance to the Expert Dialogue on Real-time Monitoring of Flight Data,
including the Black Box – the need for international Standards in the Age of Cloud Computing
and Big Data on 26 – 27 May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur. The impetus for this Dialogue is the complex
investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

“Malaysia is pleased to be able to host this meeting as the outcome may potentially bring a
positive change to the aviation industry,” said Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, the
Communications and Multimedia Minister who mooted the idea of using current ICT capabilities
to track aircrafts in real-time during the World Telecommunication Development Conference
2014 in Dubai in April.

ICTs are instrumental to the safe and efficient operation of tens of thousands of flights each day.
The technology available today could aid in monitoring the location of an aircraft, thereby
improving the efficiency with which authorities launch rescue efforts in emergency situations, for
instance, by leveraging cloud computing and big data analytics, as recent developments have
suggested.

Ends

(mcmc.gov.my)

 

Friday 23 May 2014

 


 


Friday, May 23, 07:40 PM MYT +0800 Media Statement 33 - MH370 Incident

Malaysia Airlines would like to reiterate that it has committed to communicate all matters with regard to the disappearance of MH370  to all family members.

From 7 May 2014 onwards (after the closure of the Family Assistance Centre (FAC)), the airline has been updating family members with news from JACC and the Malaysian Government as and when it is made available via its caregivers and the Family Support Centre (FSC).

However on 3 May 2014, the US law firm, Ribbeck Law Chartered, formally notified Malaysia Airlines' lawyers that it had been appointed as the legal representative for the family members of some of the crew and provided evidence that they had been retained by these families.  Once a legal representative has been engaged, professional etiquette and rules of conduct dictate that contact with a party who is legally represented should ordinarily be through his or her lawyers.

Malaysia Airlines confirms that its lawyers have had discussions with the US lawyers engaged by the families of some of its crew.  As a result of those discussions, certain protocols have now been agreed to enable the airline to continue to maintain direct contact with the families concerned and to provide them with the care and assistance that they need at this difficult time.  As lawyers have now been retained, Malaysia Airlines is unable to comment on any legal issues in relation to these families but the airline will be informing them of what it has agreed with the family members' lawyers.

 

(Malaysia Airlines)

Thursday 22 May 2014

JACC Update on MH370 Search
Media Release
22 May 2014—pm

ADV Ocean Shield has arrived back in the search area.

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was deployed from the vessel around 2am this morning. It remains underwater on its search mission.

Over the next week, Bluefin-21 will search the remaining areas in the vicinity of the acoustic signals detected in early April by the Towed Pinger Locator deployed from Ocean Shield that are within its depth operating limits.

This continues the process that will ultimately enable the search team to discount or confirm the area of the acoustic signals as the final resting place of MH370.

Ocean Shield is anticipated to depart the search area on 28 May and return to Fleet Base West on 31 May where it will demobilise the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle equipment and disembark the support team.

The Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen departed Fremantle yesterday to begin conducting the bathymetric survey of the areas provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The bathymetric survey—or mapping of the ocean floor—is being done in preparation for a commercially contracted deep ocean search, including towed side-scan sonar operations.

Chinese ship Haixun 01 will today begin transiting to the survey area to support the survey operations, including the weekly transportation of survey data to Fremantle for further processing by Geoscience Australia.

The Australian Defence Force's Military Coordination and Sub-Surface Planning team, in consultation with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, will partner with Chinese units to conduct the survey.

The work continues to review and analyse all the data and information relating to the likely flight path of MH370, together with the information acquired in the course of the search to date. This work will confirm the best areas on which to focus an effective future search.

(JACC)

 

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Minor explosion on engine of MAS flight causes panic among passengers today

Small sparks caused by an explosion on the left engine of Malaysia Airlines flight MH1438 while it was 20,000 feet off the ground, caused panic among passengers on board a flight bound for Langkawi today.

A passenger with the user name Haswendy shared his experience and a picture of the plane engine on his Instagram page.

He said the incident occurred 10 minutes before the plane touched down at the Langkawi International Airport.

“I had a traumatic experience during our flight from KLIA to Langkawi just now. One of our flight MH1438 left engine had a light explosion that caused small sparks.  Few of the passengers were startled and few were crying.

“Alhamdulillah we landed safely,” said Haswendy, who was travelling with another friend.

He said he was talking to his friend when he heard an explosion and saw sparks coming out from one of the engines while at the same time, the lights in the plane went off for a few seconds.

He said passengers seated behind him were crying.

The latest incident adds to the difficulty and pressure the airline has been having since MH370 bound for Beijing disappeared on March 8.

On March 24, a MAS flight which departed from Kuala Lumpur bound for Seoul, was diverted to Hong Kong because of an inoperative aircraft generator.

Three days earlier, flight MH114 from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu was hit by a flock of birds during approach at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Upon landing, the aircraft was inspected by the engineer on duty. It was found that the aircraft's landing light lens cover was broken.

The aircraft had to be grounded for a night while the broken lens was replaced.

On April 21, MH192 flight bound for Bangalore, India made a turn back due to a mechanical failure.

MAS last week announced more losses and said its net loss expanded to RM443.4 million in the first quarter, from a net loss of RM278.8 million in the same period last year.

"The tragic MH370 incident had a dramatic impact on the traditionally weak first quarter performance," the company said in a statement to the Malaysian stock exchange.

It said it saw high numbers of cancellations and a decline in long-haul travel after flight MH370 went missing on March 8.

Since the majority of the passengers travelling on flight MH370 were Chinese, sales in China slumped 60%, added MAS.

 

Tuesday 20 May 2014

CNN Interview with Angus Houston
 

 

 

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 10:00 AM MYT +0800 JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY INMARSAT UK AND DCA MALAYSIA

Following the announcement by the Malaysian Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport on 19th May 2014, the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is pleased to provide further information on the discussion with Inmarsat, assisted by the AAIB, to get a common descriptor for the Inmarsat satellite data which had been provided to Malaysia Airlines when MH370 first went missing.

It must be noted that previously where reference has been made to “data communication logs” and “raw data”- they refer to the same set of data.

In moving forward, it is imperative for us to provide helpful information to the next of kin and general public - which will include the data communication logs as well as relevant explanation to enable the reader to understand the data provided. It must also be noted that the data communication logs is just one of the many elements of the investigation information.   

In line with our commitment towards greater transparency, all parties are working for the release of the data communication logs and the technical description of the analysis for public consumption.

DCA notes Inmarsat's full support for the ongoing MH370 investigation.”

-end-

(Malaysia Airlines) | pdf

Monday 19 May 2014

Documentary: Four Corners - Lost MH370 | Permalink

Published 19 May 2014

Four Corners charts what happened in the minutes and hours after Flight MH370 stopped communicating with authorities on the ground.

RIP for those we have lost from this incident.

"quaerens veritatem" (Latin)

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Reporter:
- Caro Meldrum-Hanna
- Wayne Harley
- Kerry O'Brien

Non Profit Video

Four Corners - Lost MH370

 

Monday 19 may 2014

Monday, May 19, 10:00 PM MYT +0800 PRESS STATEMENT Y.B. DATO' SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

It has been 73 days since MH370 went missing. As we enter the tenth week of the search operations, we have now started moving into a new phase, which involves deep-sea search requiring specialized expertise and assets. As deliberated in the Tripartite meeting in Canberra, a team of hydrographic experts from Malaysia, China and Australia, met over the weekend and agreed that an extensive bathymetric survey of the areas provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will be carried out in the Southern Indian Ocean. This survey will be conducted by the Chinese navy vessel, Zhu Kezhen (872). The vessel is scheduled to sail for the survey area on Wednesday, 21 May 2014, weather permitting.

On a similar note, a team of technical experts had convened in Canberra to discuss and refine the satellite data, calculations and analysis which have been made available by Inmarsat.

In light of the recent demands by the Next of Kin (NOK) for the Inmarsat “raw data”, I have instructed the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to discuss with Inmarsat on the release of the aforementioned data for public consumption. This is consistent with our stand for greater transparency and prioritizing the interests of the family members of those on board MH370.

Ends.

(Malaysia Airlines)

 

Monday 19 May 2014

Monday, May 19, 06:45 PM MYT +0800 Media Statement 32 - MH370 Incident

MAS HAS NOT ‘ABANDONED' FAMILIES OF MH370 CREW WHO SEEK LEGAL HELP

MAS wishes to respond to media reports circulated yesterday stating that MAS ‘abandons' families of MH370 crew who seek legal help.

MAS clarifies that certain crew member families  have retained foreign lawyers to represent their interests, and these foreign lawyers have directed that MAS cease from any further direct communication with their clients, and that MAS direct all further communications regarding these crew member families to them.

As for family members without legal representation, the airline has been in contact with them via the Family Support Centre (FSC) and have been providing these family members updates from JACC and the Malaysian Government.

MAS would like to reiterate that it will continue to offer the same assistance to all crew member families but communications with families represented by foreign lawyers will be through their appointed lawyers as they have directed.

(Malaysia Airlines)

 

Monday 19 May 2014

JACC Update on MH370 Search

ADV Ocean Shield arrived at Geraldton, Western Australia, yesterday to begin preparations to receive spare parts related to the transponder mounted on the Ocean Shield and the transponder mounted on the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21.

The repairs are necessary to correct a hardware issue affecting the ability of the transponders to communicate with each other during a dive. The problem became apparent during Bluefin-21's last mission on Tuesday.

Ocean Shield was originally going to Dampier to await the transponder parts, however, it was determined that the parts could be delivered to the ship more quickly via the port of Geraldton.

The spare parts are expected to arrive in Geraldton later today.

Once the replacement parts are installed, testing will be conducted at Geraldton prior to Ocean Shield transiting back to the search area.

Malaysian, Australian and Chinese authorities met over the weekend in Fremantle to discuss the bathymetric survey.

It was agreed that the Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen will conduct the bathymetric survey of the areas provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Zhu Kezhen is scheduled to sail for the survey area on Wednesday, weather permitting.

(JACC)

Thursday 15 May 2014

Thursday 15 May 2014

Thursday, May 15, 05:30 PM MYT +0800 MH370 PRESS BRIEFING BY HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN

MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT

It has been 69 days since MH370 went missing. After more than nine weeks, the search has now entered a Transition Phase prioritising deep-­- sea search. Since the last time I held a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, along with China and Australia have met and agreed upon the next course of action which will be jointly undertaken. Reiterating what the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Warren Truss said when we met in Canberra last week – we have entered a new difficult phase which brings with it new challenges which we will overcome together.

TRIPARTITE MEETING

With regards to the Tripartite Ministerial Meeting, I have briefed the Malaysian Cabinet yesterday on the outcomes of the meeting and it has been deliberated. I now have the mandate to announce that the details of the Transition Phase have been approved.

As previously mentioned, our three nations have agreed that the search operation has entered a Transition Phase prioritising deep-­-sea search. In this context, the air and surface search has been suspended. However, an Australian P3 Orion and naval ships from Malaysia, Australia and the People's Republic of China (PRC) remain on standby  in Perth for any eventuality.  In the meantime sub-­-surface search using the Bluefin -­- 21 will ensure the continuation of previous efforts.

During this transition phase, the 3 main priorities are:

1.  To re-­-analyze all data to verify a more accurate search area. This analysis will be conducted by the group of experts together with INMARSAT.

2.  To conduct a bathymetric survey involving an extensive mapping of the seabed.

3.  To conduct the search operation by identifying and deploying the relevant  towed   and   Autonomous    Underwater  Vehicles   (AUV) required for the         terrain

It is important that the bathymetric survey and deep water search needs to be seamless.

In the meeting, we have also agreed to conduct weekly conferences via video teleconferencing between representatives of the three nations to discuss the latest developments regarding the search operation. This will commence next Monday 19 May.

ASSET DEPLOYMENT

With regards to Asset Deployment, the Tripartite Meeting has agreed that specific assets would be required for the new phase of the search and we are jointly finalising the acquisition process.

Prior to that, a comprehensive bathymetric survey will be undertaken. This is so that experts can better understand the sea bed terrain to ensure the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and Deep Water Towed Side Scan Sonars, which are very expensive and scarce, are safely deployed. The same knowledge of the ocean floor will be required for the operation of the Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV).

The meeting also confirmed that procurement arrangements for the use of commercial contractors will be undertaken by Australia, in consultation with Malaysia. This will reinforce our strong bilateral relationship  and  will  enhance  the  coordination  of  activities  for  the overall search. The procurement process will be done through an open or limited tender process based on Commonwealth standards to facilitate  cost-­-effectiveness and  best  value  for money.  Malaysia  and China will be consulted and detailed briefings will be provided at  each step of the process. The meeting also emphasised the requirement that these contracts be put in place as soon as possible to ensure that search operations are not interrupted.

Besides the commercial assets, Malaysia and China are also assigning specific assets for operations in this new phase. On that note, Malaysia is in the process of acquiring related assets from Petronas, SapuraKencana, Boustead and Deftech. It should be noted that, any services that will or may be provided by government agencies of the 3 nations or other friendly nations will be complementary to the services and contribute to cost savings.

NEXT OF KIN

Our three nations have also agreed to a proposed reception programme for any planned visit for the next of kin to Perth. In the event of confirmation of the final resting place of MH370, or identification of debris related to MH370, it was agreed that any visit will take place between two to four weeks upon confirmation.

Australia has agreed to provide necessary support and information to the next of kin in terms of entry requirements to ensure their travel into and out of Australia are well taken care of. The Western Australian Government will take a lead role in organising services according to their traditions and religions, and facilitate arrangements for basic needs of the next of kin during their stay in Australia.

Malaysia Airlines will be responsible for travel arrangements for the next of kin from Malaysia and all other countries. The airline will also retain broad responsibility for their support during the visit including flights, accommodation, transportation and family support. The Chinese government has also given their assurance that they will continue to actively facilitate and support matters relating to the Chinese next of kin.

We understand the anguish that the families are going through and I can assure you that their interests have always been paramount in all our considerations thus far.

TECHNICAL

With regards to the Technical Committee, the establishment of the International Investigation Team has fared well with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the international aviation community and the next of kins. The announcement of the establishment of the International Investigation Team have assured them that the investigation would be conducted by an independent, competent and credible team in accordance with Annex 13 -­- Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation , the Chicago Convention.

COMMUNICATION, COORDINATION AND MEDIA COMMITTEE

In the Malaysian Cabinet meeting yesterday, the Malaysian Cabinet has agreed on establishing a specialised Communication, Coordination and Media committee which will be headed by Jailani Johari, the Deputy Minister for Communications and Multimedia. The Committee will be focusing on streamlining and strengthening effective communication between the three nations, families of those on board MH370 and other related stakeholders. This is to ensure the release of timely and transparent information which is consistent with our effort to improve communications related to this incident.

As the negotiation process about further details of the operation are expected to continue for the next 1 to 2 months, Malaysia is placing a special team in Canberra which include representatives from all the committees to represent Malaysia during the period. This special team will coordinate any aspects related to the operations between Malaysia and Australia.

This team will comprise of senior officials from the 4 respective ministerial committees.

First Admiral Hanafiah Bin Hassan and Colonel Hassan Bin Loman will represent the Asset Deployment Committee to discuss aspects of the acquisition of assets. Captain Meor Mohamad Nor Badrishah from the Civil Aviation Department will represent the Technical Committee to discuss  data  analysis  and investigative  matters  and  HE  Dato'  Zainal Abidin Ahmad, the Malaysian High Commissioner in Canberra will represent the Next of Kin Committee to discuss aspects relating to the Next of Kin management. 2 Officers from the newly established Communications, Coordination and Media Committee will also be placed along with the team for media affairs. To update you, a part of the team are already in Australia.

I understand that the disappearance of MH370 has caused terrible anguish for the families. As pointed out by the Malaysian Prime Minister, the lack of definitive evidence combined with all the speculations that has been going around has made this all the more difficult to bear. The best we can offer at this point in time is our personal assurance that Malaysia will keep searching for the plane for as long as it takes.

(Malaysia Airlines)

 

 

Thursday 15 May 2014

DS @HishammuddinH2O press conference on #MH370 at 5:30PM at the Royale Chulan KL

 
Link to Playlist

(Malaysian spoken)

 

Thursday 15 May 2014

JACC UPDATE On MH370 search

As advised yesterday, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was recovered about two hours into its first mission since returning to the search area so a communications problem could be investigated.

During the recovery, Bluefin-21 was damaged but was able to be repaired expeditiously with spare parts on board the ADV Ocean Shield .

Examination of the communications problem has established that a hardware defect exists in the transponder mounted on the Ocean Shield and that a defect may also exist in the transponder mounted on the Bluefin-21. This inhibits the ability of the two devices to communicate with each other.

As a consequence, spare parts for both defects will be dispatched from the United Kingdom. The parts are expected to arrive in Western Australia on Sunday.

Ocean Shield is currently en route to Dampier, Western Australia, to receive the transponder parts. The journey is anticipated to take a number of days. At this stage, Ocean Shield is expected go alongside so engineers can make a full assessment of the transponder repairs.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre will provide further information regarding the serviceability of Bluefin-21 and the movements of Ocean Shield as it becomes available.

(JACC)

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Australia puts $90M price tag on MH370 search


The Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield searches for the
flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder of MH370.
Photo: PA

Australia has set aside $89.9M (US$83.5) for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 search and recovery effort, it announced this week.

The announcement came as part of the federal government budget, with funding divided between the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and government departments.

"The actual cost will depend on a number of factors, including the outcome of procurement processes for specialist services, the length of the search, and the extent of contributions from other countries," according to the budget papers.

China, Malaysia and the United States are also funding the international search effort, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre reported yesterday.

The underwater search for the passenger aircraft which disappeared on 8 March is continuing after some technical problems with the unmanned sub, it said.

The search and rescue team now includes a Royal Australian Navy Hydrographer and US Navy Sea Systems Command representative.

JACC said a Chinese survey ship is in the search area and will assist planning future operations.

Vessels from Australia, Malaysia and China and a RAAF aircraft remain on standby should any debris on the surface require investigation, however, to date, no wreckage has surfaced.

 

(IHS Maritime)

 

Wednesday, May 14, 05:30 PM MYT +0800 Media Statement 32 - MH370 Incident

Since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8 March 2014, the airline's focus has been in supporting and caring for the needs of the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew onboard.

More than two months have passed since the tragedy, the airline continues to work hard to return the company to recovery and to support a sustainable future albeit a more challenging outlook.

The Company is aware of the intense speculation on the possible course of actions to be undertaken by the Company. The management would like to put it on record that at this juncture, a thorough review of the business plan is being undertaken and all avenues are being explored to ensure the long term sustainability of the Company.

As always, the plan will be shared with the relevant stakeholders at the appropriate time when the necessary approval and endorsement have been obtained.

Safety remains an integral part of Malaysia Airlines' service delivery and the airline ensures maintenance is done in accordance with strict compliance to stringent regulatory requirements and obligations.

Winning back customers and a relentless cost focus will be part of the airlines' Recovery plan and these two exercises are critical enablers to energise its recovery.

-end-

(Malaysia Airlines)

 

Wednesday 14 May 2014

 

To watch it back check here after the conference

 

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Malaysia's Lessons From the Vanished Airplane
Mei 14th, 2014 by Najib Razak

Even as we enter the second month of an unprecedented yet comprehensive search and recovery effort involving 26 different countries, Malaysia's spearheading of the efforts has not waned. Even so, Malaysia's and some of our counterparts' efforts in the 26-nation search and recovery mission has been under intensive international scrutiny and at times come under fire. This is my piece on Malaysia's realities on the MH370's disappearance, published in the Wall Street Journal.

My government didn't get everything right. Yet other parties, too, must learn from MH370—and make changes.

Nobody saw this coming, nobody knows why it happened, and nobody knows precisely where it is. That, essentially, is the story of Flight MH370—at least for now.

The disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on March 8 has been one of the most extraordinary events ever to befall Malaysia—and one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

On a routine flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, moments after air-traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur handed the flight over to their counterparts in Ho Chi Min City, the plane's communications systems were disabled. MH370 went dark.

Instead of heading to Beijing, the plane made a sharp turn across peninsular Malaysia, travelled north up the Straits of Malacca, made a U-turn south over the coast of Sumatra and ended in the southern Indian Ocean, half way to Antarctica. Little wonder that words commonly used to describe MH370 include “bizarre” and “unprecedented.”

Also unprecedented are the techniques used to search for the plane. In the absence of contact via normal aircraft communications, the international investigation team—which includes the world's best aviation experts—was forced to turn to satellite “handshakes,” mathematics and sophisticated techniques never before used to find a missing aircraft. The team managed to identify where flight MH370 ended, and it has narrowed down a search area off Western Australia. Yet, despite the efforts of the world's brightest minds and best militaries, the search area remains huge. Finding the plane will be neither quick nor easy.

This tragedy has caused terrible anguish for the families of those on the plane. The lack of definitive proof—such as wreckage from the aircraft—has made the disappearance all the more difficult to bear.

Without physical evidence, or a clear explanation for why this happened, peoples' attention has naturally focused on the authorities—and Malaysia has borne the brunt of the criticism.

In the passage of time, I believe Malaysia will be credited for doing its best under near-impossible circumstances. It is no small feat for a country the size of ours to overcome diplomatic and military sensitivities and bring 26 different countries together to conduct one of the world's largest peacetime search operations.

But we didn't get everything right. In the first few days after the plane disappeared, we were so focused on trying to find the aircraft that we did not prioritize our communications.

Also, it took air-traffic controllers four hours to launch the search-and-rescue operation. But the plane vanished at a moment—between two countries' air-traffic controls—that caused maximum confusion. Despite this, the search began about a third quicker than during the Air France Flight 447 tragedy in 2009. Nevertheless, the response time should and will be investigated.

None of this could have altered MH370's fate. And I pledge that Malaysia will keep searching for the plane for as long as it takes. We will also continue facilitating the independent investigation so we can learn from any mistakes. We have already tightened airport security, and investigators are looking for other measures to improve safety.

Yet Malaysia is not the only party that must learn from MH370. There are also important lessons for the global aviation industry. One of the most astonishing things about this tragedy is the revelation that an airliner the size of a Boeing 777 can vanish, almost without a trace. In an age of smartphones and mobile internet, real-time tracking of commercial airplanes is long overdue.

After Air France 447 crashed into the Atlantic, investigators recommended that the airline industry introduce improvements that would help search teams quickly locate a crash site and reach any survivors. But no action was taken. Malaysia's preliminary report into MH370 includes a recommendation for the real-time tracking of commercial aircraft.

This week, the International Civil Aviation Organization has been meeting in Montreal. One of the issues discussed was real-time tracking of airliners. I strongly encourage the members of ICAO to push this recommendation forward.

We should also consider changing communications systems—namely transponders and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting Systems (ACARS)—so they can't be disabled mid-air.

Policy makers need to reconsider the capabilities of airliners' black boxes. At the moment, the location pingers—which are activated if a plane crashes—last only for 30 days. This should be increased to at least 90 days, as the European Union has proposed. If MH370's black box pinger had lasted for 90 days instead of 30, search teams may have been able to locate the plane by now.

Today's black boxes can only record the last two hours of cockpit conversation. This seems wholly inadequate. When MH370's black box is finally recovered, the most important portion of the cockpit conversation—the minutes and hours after the plane first vanished—won't be available. Given that a standard iPhone can record 24 hours of audio, surely the black box should have sufficient memory to record cockpit conversation for the full duration of any flight.

Airliners' emergency locator transmitters—which emit a distress signal when the plane is in trouble—could also be improved. Currently they don't work very well underwater, and their mandated battery life is just 24 hours.

These changes may not have prevented the MH370 or Air France 447 tragedies. But they would make it harder for an aircraft to simply disappear, and easier to find any aircraft that did. Which would help reassure the traveling public and reduce the chances of such a drawn-out disaster reoccurring.

The global aviation industry must not only learn the lessons of MH370 but implement them. The world learned from Air France but didn't act. The same mistake must not be made again.

 

 

Wednesday 14 May 2014


ADV Ocean Shield Arrives Back in Search Area

JACC Media Release
14 May 2014—pm

After a short port visit, the ADV Ocean Shield yesterday returned to the vicinity of the acoustic signals acquired by the Towed Pinger Locator in April to continue the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was deployed from Ocean Shield yesterday afternoon but was recovered about two hours later to investigate communications problems. Work continues to rectify the issue and to date, Bluefin-21 has not redeployed.

The international search effort presently includes assets from Australia, the People's Republic of China, Malaysia and the United States.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) has relocated from Perth to Canberra and is based at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The JACC now includes a Military Coordination and Sub-Surface Planning Cell, which includes a Royal Australian Navy Hydrographer and US Navy Sea Systems Command representative.

Preparations to conduct the bathymetric survey are continuing. A Chinese survey ship is now in the search area and will assist in preparations for future operations.

Vessels from Australia, Malaysia and China and a RAAF aircraft remain on standby should any debris on the surface require investigation.

(JACC)

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Wednesday 7 May 2014

MH370 families leave hotel as MAS shuts down assistance center

 
A notice pasted on the door of the briefing room at the Lido Hotel in Beijing to inform families that Malaysia Airlines is shutting down its assistance centres and will no longer be providing accommodation. – Reuters pic, May 7, 2014.   A hotel worker walks past notices informing relatives of passengers on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that the airline is shutting down service centers and will stop providing accommodation for family members at Lido Hotel in Beijing. Reuters

They had arrived two months ago at the Lido Hotel in Beijing anguished but full of hope that they would have some news of their loved ones on board the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.

They stayed there, attended every briefing and offered each other comfort and support as days turned into weeks without any significant development in the search for the plane and its passengers and crew.

Today, the families of those on board flight MH370 leave the hotel with heavy hearts as MAS shuts down all its family assistance centres, including the one at the Beijing hotel, and said it would no longer be providing accommodation at the hotel.

Although they will no longer be meeting face-to-face, many are keeping their support group alive nonetheless on Tencent's WeChat messaging app, a report in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said.

The report said as many as 500 people – mostly family members of passengers on flight MH370 but also journalists, police officers and even government officials – were in a WeChat room on Tuesday, discussing topics ranging from how to obtain a temporary residency permit in Beijing to sorting out legal issues.

WeChat is a mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent in China.

Jimmy Wang, 31, whose father was on flight MH370 said the WeChat room was created the day the plane went missing for members to keep in touch and share information, the WSJ reported.

He said moderators planned to delete the room, however, because too many participants who weren't passengers' family members had joined.

Wang said that moderators planned to create a new room, with three family members per passenger allowed in. Most of the members left or were booted from the existing chatroom late yesterday, WSJ reported.

Wang, a graduate student in Sweden who has been staying in Beijing since shortly after the plane went missing, was asked along with other families to leave the Lido Hotel by tomorrow.

The hotel had been designated a residence and meeting place for families for nearly two months. MAS had said in a statement earlier that it would close all its family assistance centres worldwide by May 7.

Yesterday, the hotel was devoid of any signs of activity related to the missing plane. The family meeting room was empty, and a large mural with messages of support was gone, as were the heavy police presence and security checkpoints, said WSJ.

"Malaysia Airlines will keep in close touch with the families on news updates through telephone calls, messages, the Internet, and face-to-face meetings," an earlier statement by MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya had said.

"With the support of the Malaysian government, the airline's family support centres will be established in Kuala Lumpur and in Beijing. The detailed plan of follow-up support and services will be informed in person to the families," the statement had said.

Wang and his wife, who moved into a hotel down the road, said they had found the WeChat room to be the only support network they have left.

Malaysia Airlines had promised to maintain a support centre for families near Beijing's international airport, but Wang's wife said the location was inconvenient for most family members.

“Malaysia Airlines remains in close touch with the families on news updates through telephone calls, messages, the Internet, our 24/7 hotline and face-to-face meetings,” the airline said in a statement. “The airline's family-support centers are established in Kuala Lumpur, and with the support of the Malaysian government, an additional center has been established in Beijing.”

When Flight 370 first went missing, Beijing's city government dispatched dozens of lawyers and legal representatives to the Lido Hotel to help family members negotiate compensation from the airline, Mr. Wang's wife said. The lawyers also have a chat room where families can seek legal advice, she said. She said she feared she had been blacklisted from the room, however, for asking too many questions during Malaysia Airlines and Malaysian government-sponsored briefings.

“Today, I found that I can't send messages that can be seen by others. I guess my WeChat messages in the room are blocked. Nobody answers what I send,” she said.

(Sources: WJS | The Malaysian Insider)

Monday 5 May 2014

Monday 5 May 2014

JACC press conference on day-59 MH370 (5 May 2014)

 
Full Press Conference Video

MH370 Press Conference by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin, Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) Chief Angus Houston and China Transport Minister Yang Chuantang from Perth, Australia - (11.15am, 05/5/2014).

JACC Transcript of Press Conference, 5 May 2014
 

 

 


JACC Media release: Ocean Shield resupplies and continues the Search

Media Release
5 May 2014—pm

Ocean Shield will today return to Fleet Base West to replenish its supplies and conduct routine maintenance and software modifications to Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle ‘Artemis' Bluefin-21.

On completion of the short port visit, Ocean Shield will return immediately to the search area where the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will continue.

The just-completed deployment began on 31 March with 56 personnel and specialist search equipment including a Towed Pinger Locator and Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle ‘Artemis' Bluefin-21.

Although the search to date has not uncovered any evidence of possible aircraft debris during operations, the data collected during the 35 days at sea will assist in narrowing the search area for the final resting place of MH370. 

The Australian Government is proud of the combined efforts of the Royal Australian Navy, United States Navy, civilian contractors from Phoenix International, Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the ship's crew.

Also at the request of the Australian Government, the U.S. Navy will continue supporting the MH370 sub-surface search effort with the Bluefin-21 side scan sonar for approximately 4 more weeks.

(JACC)

Saturday 3 May 2014

Saturday 3 May 2014

Missing Jet Recordings May Have Been 'Edited': Experts (NBC NEWS)

 

Comment of bookofresearch On expert analyzes of audio recordings: Missing Jet Recordings May Have Been 'Edited': Experts (NBC NEWS)

 

Below statement and attached documents were made public and shared with NOKs at 8:27pm (Malaysia local time), 1 May 2014: 

PRESS STATEMENT MAY 1, 2014

  1. 1. ATC Delivery (wav)
  2. 2. KL Ground (mp3)
  3. 3. KL Tower (mp3)
  4. 4. KL Approach (mp3)
  5. 5. KL Radar (wav)
  6. Actions taken between 0138 and 0614
  7. Cargo Manifest and Airway Bill
  8. Maps
  9. Preliminary Report
  10. Seating plan

NOTES TO EDITORS

a. The audio recordings consist of five files which should be listened to in sequence.

b. The attached map shows MH370's flight path, based on the best available knowledge of the investigation team. There are a number of possible flight paths to the southern Indian Ocean, and three boxes indicating where MH370 likely ended. These flight paths differ based on different projections of the aircraft's speed, shown on the map in knots.

c. The attached preliminary report was drafted with the involvement of the NTSB, AAIB, ATSB, AAID and CAAC, as well as Malaysian officials.

 

An overview of the preliminary files here

The release of the preliminary files were first posted on the Facebook page of Minister of Defence & Acting Minister of Transport Hishammuddin Hussein and announced via his twitter account:

 

The Statement given with the released files cleary notes:

Quote:

NOTES TO EDITORS

a. The audio recordings consist of five files which should be listened to in sequence.

 

Here the statement and the five audio recording files:

PRESS STATEMENT MAY 1, 2014

  1. 1. ATC Delivery (wav) 01min:11sec
  2. 2. KL Ground (mp3) 3min:59secs
  3. 3. KL Tower (mp3) 41secs
  4. 4. KL Approach (mp3) 25secs
  5. 5. KL Radar (wav) 48secs
Total time audio recordings: 6min:24secs
Total time Youtube video: 07min:10secs

ps. From an earlier releasement:

Audio Transcript MH370 Pilot-ATC BIT.pdf Release date: 1 April 2014
Part 1
Part 2
Starts at 12:25:53 and Ends at 01:19:29, a total time of 54 min and 36 secs between airtraffic control and cockpit.
 
    From   Total time
1. ATC DELI VERY   12:25:52 - 12:26:55   01min:03secs
2. LUMPUR GROUND   12:27:27 - (12:36:19 +)   approx 8min:52sec +
3. LUMPUR TOWER   12:36:30 - (12:40:38 +)   approx 4min8sec +
4. LUMPUR APPROACH   12:42:05 - (12:42:52 +)   approx 47sec +
5. LUMPUR RADAR (AREA)   12:46:51 - 01:19:29   32min:38sec
Note: + is latest time given, not end time, so total time is also +
 
More documents: here

 

The released youtube video contains an audiofile in one piece.

On Malaysian Airlines website, Statement 29, the files were released the same day (may 1, 2014) in pdf's and the audiofile as downloads in five pieces.
Their formats are, in the following order; a wav file, an mp3 file, an mp3 file, an mp3 file and another wav file. (as highlighted above)

The 'editing' that NBC News 'experts' have discovered; '4 clear breaks and differences in sound and background noise' could have been caused by the audio files being released as the five files mounted to one, in a video.

* Mounting five files to one file gives four breaks.

wav | mp3 | mp3 | mp3 | wav
1
2
3
4

* Also note that WAV files and mp3 files are very different files which differ in sound, processing and format.

* Both can be done for research reasons / part of the investigation (splitting a file and using different formats)


Here's a summary of the differences between wav & mp3 files:

WAV files

A WAV file is a very simple, accurate, lossless format, which nowadays can achieve astonishingly high recording rates with huge dynamic ranges.
As a result of the files simplicity, wav files are relatively easy to process and edit. wav's are an excellent format to work in for studio recordings, mastering, and pro-audio applications.

WAV files are large. A stereo, CD quality recording (44.1khz, 16-bit), works out at 10.09 MB per minute. Moving up to 48kHz 24-bit stereo, which improves both the frequency range and the available dynamic range, but will increase the file size to 16.48 MB per minute. The large file size of WAV's makes them impractical for portable devices and streaming.

MP3 Files

Unlike WAV files, MP3s are a lossy format. This means that encoding audio to MP3 will reduce its quality, but also reduces its file size. It is the manner in which it achieves this that makes it so clever.

The scientific study of how people perceive sound is named Psychoacoustics. There are many anomalies in the way we hear. It is these quirks in our hearing that are exploited by MP3 files. There are certain frequencies our ears can not hear or are too loud. The way in which an MP3 encodes, it masks the loud sounds and gets rid of the 'hidden' data.

MP3 files are compressed files with little perceivable difference to the overall sound quality. The file size is small and can be easily distributed over the internet, computers and handheld devices.




Analyzes:

- The experts likely based their analyzes on the file released in the youtube video

- The total time of the youtube video is 07 min and 10 secs

- The total time of the five audio recordings that have been released is 6 min and 24 secs

Specified    
1. ATC Delivery (wav)   01min:11sec
2. KL Ground (mp3)   3min:59secs
3. KL Tower (mp3)   41secs
4. KL Approach (mp3)   25secs
5. KL Radar (wav)   48secs

- There's a difference of 46 secs between the total time of the youtube video and the total time of the five released audio recordings

- The audio transcript starts at 12:25:53 and ends at 01:19:29 a total time of 54 min and 36 secs between airtraffic control and cockpit.

Specified
    From   Total time
1. ATC DELI VERY   12:25:52 - 12:26:55   01min:03secs
2. LUMPUR GROUND   12:27:27 - (12:36:19 +)   approx 8min:52sec +
3. LUMPUR TOWER   12:36:30 - (12:40:38 +)   approx 4min8sec +
4. LUMPUR APPROACH   12:42:05 - (12:42:52 +)   approx 47sec +
5. LUMPUR RADAR (AREA)   12:46:51 - 01:19:29   32min:38sec
Note: + is latest time given, not end time, so total time is also +


- Only parts of the audio recordings have been released



May 5 2014: Why are there two different file formats (wav & mp3) released and mounted to one in the released video, and why are there only parts of the full audio file released. The answer could solve the speculations

 

 

 


Related:

- What investigators can learn from MH370 Radio Communications and Cockpit Voice Recorder (ProAudioLabs)
- Archive Audio Files WMKK Lumpur Control LiveATC.net - Archives only kept for 30 days (also note date/time is in GMT/UTC) Files MH370 are no longer there
1 May 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Airtraffic communications is edited (ForensicExperts)
3 May 2014: Missing Jet Recordings May Have Been 'Edited': Experts (NBC NEWS)
5 May 2014: MH370: No info on audio tampering, says Hishammuddin (Astro Awaini)

 

 

Saturday 3 May 2014

First Memorial Service in Brisbane

The first funerals for passengers on board of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will be held this weekend, relatives said on Friday, as a Malaysian official urged relatives of those presumed dead to "face reality" and leave support centers.

Despite the most intensive air, sea and underwater search in commercial aviation history, no trace of Flight MH370 has been found since it vanished on a scheduled service from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.

Almost eight weeks later, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has said it will close assistance centers it has set up in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur for the families of the 239 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 777-200ER jet.

Many of the bereaved are Chinese.

On Friday, Malaysia's deputy foreign minister said it was time for relatives to be "realistic".

"We have been waiting to come up with a statement and all of us, be it the family members or the whole world, is actually looking for the answer," Hamzah Zainudin said in a news conference.

The airline, he said, had been looking after and supporting family members in Beijing for 55 days.

"And that's the reason it's about time for us to actually accept the reality that the family members should go back and wait for the answer in their hometowns."

Families, Malaysian officials said, would be told of developments in the search and those who qualified would receive prompt compensation.

Some families in Beijing have left for home, but others were resisting.

"Do you think I will leave? How many things do we need to do if we go back home? What will life be like after returning home?" said Wang Bao'an, the father of a passenger.

"Our life has been ruined by this. We are not able to face our relatives if we go back."

Another relative, Zhang Yongli, said: "Malaysia Airlines has promised that they would not ask families to leave the Lido Hotel until they figured out what had happened and had found the plane. But now they go back on their words."

Families of other passengers were moving on.

First Memorial Service in Brisbane

Family and friends of Rod and Mary Burrows, two of six Australians on board the flight, will hold a memorial service in Brisbane on Sunday, according to a statement on behalf of the family released by police.

The family, it said, sought "privacy and request their solitude be respected during this difficult time".

The announcement was issued a day after Malaysia released its most comprehensive account yet of what happened to Flight MH370, detailing the route the plane probably took as it veered off course and the confusion that followed.

The report showed four hours elapsed between the first sign that the plane had failed to report in and the decision to mount a search.

Maps showing the aircraft's probable flight path suggest the plane turned back from the South China Sea and flew across the Malaysian Peninsula. Investigators believe it then turned south and headed for the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean.

The preliminary report, however, left many questions unanswered, including whether the aircraft was deliberately diverted after communications were disabled.

Malaysia's defense minister said an independent panel would look into the delay in ordering a search and rescue operation.

"We created the independent body with experts from around the world," Hishammuddin Hussein, who doubles as acting transport minister, told the Kuala Lumpur news conference.

"There were things that Malaysia has done well and there were things we could have done better. If that's something the panel says, we won't be reluctant to take the relevant action."

Using groundbreaking analysis of satellite data, experts have narrowed down the search area where the plane is presumed to have crashed to a large arc of the Indian Ocean some 1,600 km (1,000 miles) northwest of the west Australian city of Perth.

But after weeks of scouring millions of square kilometers without finding any sign of debris, Australian authorities have called off the air and surface search.

Australia and Malaysia now plan to contract commercial companies to undertake a sonar search of 60,000 sq km (24,000 sq mile) of seabed that could take eight months or more at a cost of about A$60 million ($55.6 million).

 

 

Saturday 3 May 2014

Saturday, May 03, 11:00 AM MYT +0800 Media Statement 31 - MH370 Incident

Malaysia Airlines confirms that representatives from its Family Support Center have been in touch with the next-of-kin of those onboard flight MH370 that went missing on 8 March 2014, to initiate an advance compensation payment process.

This is to assist the family members in meeting their economic needs and will not affect their rights to claim compensation according to the law at a later stage. It will be calculated as part of the final compensation. 

Matters with regards to compensation remain private and confidential, as such Malaysia Airlines reiterates that it will not be discussing any related details publicly, out of respect to the grieving families.

-Ends-

Malaysia Airlines

 

Friday 2 May 2014


Friday 2 May 2014

JACC Media release: Ocean Shield on route to Fleet Base West

Media Release
2 May 2014—am

Mission 18 of sub-surface search operations is now complete. No debris was found.

Ocean Shield is now en-route to Fleet Base West to replenish supplies and personnel. Once the port visit is complete, the ship will return to the vicinity of its current search area and recommence the search with Phoenix's Bluefin-21.

Earlier this week, HMAS Toowoomba and MV Seahorse Standard returned to port while HMAS Success is continuing to steam towards Sydney and HMAS Perth is redeploying to operations in northern Australia. Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu has also been resupplying in port. The Malaysian supply vessel Bunga Mas is remaining in the search area with a number of Chinese vessels.

The last of the air search fleet, the two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, are due to depart Perth International Airport tomorrow. One RAAF AP-3C Orion remains on standby to assist with search operations.



(JACC)

 

 

Friday 2 May 2014

Friday, May 02, 09:30 PM MYT +0800 Media Statement 30 - MH370 Incident

Malaysia Airlines wishes to make further clarification on the following matters: 

1)      Malaysians On Board

Malaysia Airlines confirms that 38 passengers of the 239 persons on board MH370 on 8 March 2014 were Malaysians. The names of the 38 Malaysians on board had been earlier shared in the Passenger Manifest which has been made public previously. Please see attached document for names of all Malaysian passengers onboard MH370.

2)      Exchange of Signals and Aircraft in Cambodia

On the exchange of signals between ground and the aircraft soon after Ho Chi Minh Air Traffic Control advised that radio contact had not been established with MH370, as carried in the recently released MH370 Preliminary Report, Malaysia Airlines clarifies that what was referred to as signals was actually the aircraft displayed on the ‘Flight Following System' screen. This was based on the aircraft projection at that point of time and not the actual aircraft position.

When KL-ATCC (Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre) Watch Supervisor queried Malaysia Airlines OPS (Operations) on the status of MH370, Malaysia Airlines OPS informed KL-ATCC Supervisor that MH370 was still sighted over Cambodian airspace in the Flight-Following System, which is based on a flight-projection.

The word “Cambodia” was displayed by the Flight-Following System on the screen when zoomed-in, leading Malaysia Airlines to deduce that the aircraft was flying in Cambodian airspace. The Flight-Following System did not display the name “Vietnam”, even though the aircraft was over Vietnam airspace.

The responsibility of aircraft tracking monitoring resides with Air Traffic Control Centres. For airlines, it is normal to engage flight following systems to assist its pilots to manage in weather conditions or route diversions. Such airline flight following systems are non-primary and non-positive controlling.

Flight following systems also do not trigger airlines of any abnormality. Such situations have to be pilot initiated. Unless otherwise, airlines' operations control centres would continue to see the aircraft as flying on its normal route, based on projected or predicted positions and locations.

To make the flight-following systems work successfully and effectively, it is important to have visual depiction of the aircraft's position, coupled with confirmation by air-to-ground communications, such as through ACARS or Satcomm or VHF or HF.

In the case of tracking MH370, Malaysia Airlines' flight-following system indicated that the aircraft was flying, however, there was no communication from or with the pilot. Malaysia Airlines OPS attempted to communicate with MH370 after we were flag by KL-ATCC, but was never able to make contact.

3)      On the Cargo Carried

About 2 tons, equivalent to 2,453kg, of cargo was declared as consolidated under one
(1) Master Airway Bill (AWB). This Master AWB actually comprised 5 house AWB. Out of these 5 AWB, two
(2) house AWB contained lithium ion batteries amounting to a total tonnage volume of 221kg. The balance 3 house AWB, amounting to 2,232kg, were declared as radio accessories and chargers.

Ends.

Malaysia Airlines

(Overview of related documents: Documents released May 1 2014)

 

Friday 2 May 2014

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Playlist of the Press Conferences @ 2 May 2014 (9 video's)


MH370 PRESS STATEMENT BY HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN
MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT
2 May 2014

Introduction

It has now been 56 days since MH370 went missing. The fact that MH370 is still not found after more than seven weeks of searching on land, air and sea, indeed highlights the complexity of this entire mission. Nevertheless, we are resolute in our commitment to find MH370 and will continue to intensify the search efforts.

On that note, as promised by the Prime Minister last week, we have released the Preliminary Report that was sent to ICAO along with additional information.
This is consistent with our stand that in the interests of openness and transparency- all information which does not jeopardize the investigation or the search operation; should be made public. It must be stressed that the
report made public yesterday, is a preliminary report.

Nevertheless, as I have repeatedly stressed since the beginning, we have nothing to hide.

Meeting with Angus Houston and Jean Paul Troadec

Earlier today I met with Retired Air Marshall Angus Houston- who has been leading the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) in Perth, coordinating the search of MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean and Mr Jean Paul Troadec, the Head of the French Investigation Team for Air France Flight 447 and the former Head of the Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau.

The presence of these two individuals in Kuala Lumpur is to discuss the new phase we are entering in the search operation.

The meeting was a testament to Malaysia's inclusiveness in coordinating the next phase of this “unprecedented” search effort and it reaffirms our relentless commitment as well as that of the international community in searching for MH370.
Sub Committee Progress The three sub committees led by the three deputy ministers have been meeting and efforts have been intensified to prepare ourselves for the next phase. Let me now update you on their progress.

I) Technical Committee

The International Investigation Team which is led by Dato Kok Soo Chon - the former Director General of the DCA and a former permanent representative to the ICAO Council in Montreal - has commenced investigations on the incident as stipulated by the Terms of Reference laid out by ICAO. The investigation team has convened 5 times so far and progress will be reported in due course.

II) Next of Kin Committee

Yesterday, Malaysia Airlines had announced it will make advanced compensation payments as soon as possible to the nominated next-of-kin who are entitled to claim compensation. The compensation package is aimed to meet the immediate economic needs of the families.

I would like to reaffirm the government's stand as iterated yesterday by Hamzah Zainuddin, the Deputy Foreign Minister who heads the next of kin subcommittee, that we are confident in Malaysia Airlines' commitment in assisting and supporting the families of those on board MH370.

On that note, I would also like to record our sincerest appreciations to the Chinese Government for their strong support on this matter.

I strongly urge that Malaysia Airlines continue to engage the families of the passengers as we enter this new phase. It is imperative for MAS to maintain and improve the communication platforms and channels which have been
established between the airline and the families in the past eight weeks.

The designated family members of the passengers, wherever they are, must be kept informed consistently and timely on significant developments relating to the search. We owe it to the families to keep them abreast with the progress
and to get to the bottom of this incident.

III) Asset Deployment Committee

On the asset deployment front, we have had detailed discussions with several Malaysian companies namely Petronas, DEFTECH, Boustead and Sapura Kencana in the past few days on deploying specialized assets.

These highly specialised underwater systems and platforms include the Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (AUVs), Deep-water towed side scan sonars, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and support vessels to deploy these assets to join in the new phase of this search mission. It is important for all the Malaysian entities involved in this effort to be on the same page- working as one team, flying the Malaysian flag to find MH370.

Trip to Canberra Next week, I will lead a delegation to Canberra to attend the Trilateral Ministerial Meeting which will be hosted by our Australian counterparts on 5 May 2014. The meeting will be chaired by Hon Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and the Minister of Infrastructure and Industry. I will be accompanied by the heads of three sub committees, the Deputy Minister of Defence, Deputy Minister of Transport and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs along with Dato Azharuddin from the DCA, Ahmad Jauhari from MAS and other relevant representatives from the respective Ministries.

In addition, a Chinese delegation will also be joining us for the meeting led by the Transport Minister, HE Yang Chuantang, and accompanied by the Vice Minister of Transport, HE He Jianzhong and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Xie Hangsheng and other senior government officials.

Bay of Bengal Allegation

On the Bay of Bengal allegation, we agree with Angus Houston's statement that this claim is highly unlikely. Many leads in the past have proven to be negative and this is similar to what we have done before. There is nothing new but we have informed the littoral states to verify this claim.

Currently, there are 3 naval ships from Bangladesh including a survey ship in the search area. To date, nothing has been found.

Concluding Remarks

As we enter the new phase of this search, we are grateful for the continuous support that we have received from the international community as well as stakeholders domestically. We are also heartened by the new support from countries who have come forward but were not in the initial phase of the SAR operation. We will strive to overcome the new challenges facing the search operations in this new phase which requires expensive, sophisticated and
complex underwater assets. As always, our thoughts and prayers remain with those on board MH370 and their families and the search goes on.

- ENDS -

Hishammuddin Hussein

 

Friday 2 May 2014

Another Press Conference will be held later in the evening at Royale Chulan hotel Malaysia. Stay tuned!

 

Friday 2 May 2014

MH370: Boeing vows to find out what happened

KUALA LUMPUR: As the hunt for the missing Malaysian aircraft continues in the southern Indian Ocean, Boeing, along with the entire global aviation community vowed to find out what happened to the airplane and why.

The aircraft manufacturer said in a statement released on Friday that it was working with all parties in hopes of bringing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to a resolution as soon as possible.

It said all updates and information must come from the Malaysian authorities.

"Boeing is actively engaged as technical advisor to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, sharing our technical expertise and analysis with the Malaysian investigation team, and supporting the ongoing search," Boeing said.

Boeing added that it would participate in and support the effort to find effective and efficient ways to enhance global tracking of airplanes.

"Since day one, the families and loved ones of those aboard Malaysia Airlines (flight) MH370 have been in our thoughts and prayers," Boeing said.

Flight MH370 with 239 people on board left the KL International Airport at 12.41am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea. Among the passengers were three Americans.


A multinational search for the Malaysian Boeing 777-200 plane in waters off Perth, Australia, involves the use of a US Navy's sonar-equipped autonomous underwater vehicle called Bluefin-21. - Bernama

 

 

Friday 2 May 2014

Press Conference on MH370 (Live coverage):

Angus Houston: The search in the new phase for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may take up 8 to 12 months
Jean Paul Troadec : It's a big challenge. The water is very deep and I think we're deploying the right assets to search for the plane
Angus Houston: I understand that the Bangladesh navy is at the Bay of Bengal and they have found nothing yet.
Hishammuddin: I'm also looking at the possibility of satellite in China that has the ability to search the area
Angus: Efforts at the moment should be focused on search and find out what happened to MH370
Hisham: We will follow the leads. What we've done in the past month is not wrong.
Hisham: We've to focus on how to move forward by increasing assets and so on. We still have a long journey ahead
Angus: When we had transmissions in the deep. We had to do something and we sent the bluefin in. It scoured 500 sq km
Hisham: I will be attending a trilateral meeting in Canberra on Sunday to discuss matters pertaining to missing flight # MH370
Hisham: I would like to thank JACC and the Aus gov for their endless commitment towards SAR mission which will now enter a new phase
Hisham: The new phase will continue with the same approach until we've found the missing plane
Angus: When we had transmissions in the deep. We had to do something and we sent the Bluefin in. It covered almost 5000 sq km
Read more

Hisham's Press Conference together with Houston and Troadec has just ended. Another Press Conference will be held later in the evening at Royale Chulan. Stay tuned!

 

Friday 2 May 2014

MH370 News Conference in Kuala Lumpur

Will Ripley summarizes Angus Houston's and Hishammuddin Hussein's MH370 press conference in Kuala Lumpur.

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Thursday 1 May 2014

Thursday 1 May 2014

MH370 report reveals 4-hour gap before official search for plane began

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    CNN's Richard Quest goes over the 4-hour gap from when Flight 370 disappeared to when the official search began.

On the fateful night that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, officials apparently didn't notice for 17 minutes that it had gone off radar -- and didn't activate an official rescue operation for four hours.

Those are two of the details outlined in a preliminary report by Malaysia's Transportation Ministry released to the public Thursday. The report had been sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the U.N. body for global aviation.

What's remarkable about the report is what's missing from it.

When did the plane disappear?

At 1:21 a.m. on March 8, the plane -- carrying 239 people to Beijing -- disappeared from radar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

By then, the plane's crew should have contacted air traffic control in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, but apparently it didn't.

And it wasn't until 17 minutes later that Ho Chi Minh asked Malaysian air traffic control where the plane was.

"We are left to assume (that) for those 17 minutes, Kuala Lumpur either didn't notice or didn't act," CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest said.

Why was there a four-hour gap in response?

Then came a four-hour gap -- from the time when officials noticed the plane was missing to when the official rescue operation was launched.

The report gives an account of the conversation air traffic controllers in Vietnam and Malaysia had at that time. Ho Chi Minh City let Kuala Lumpur know at 1:38 a.m. that it was not able to establish verbal contact with Flight 370.

Kuala Lumpur also contacted Singapore, Hong Kong and Cambodia.

Those four hours may have been crucial.

On Tuesday, a Malaysia Airlines official said the plane probably ran out of fuel about 7½ hours into the flight. That means it might have been flying during that four-hour gap, and possibly for another 2½ hours after the search started.

Where was the military?

The Malaysian Prime Minister has said the military tracked the plane as it headed back across Malaysia.

According to the report, a playback of a recording from military primary radar revealed that an aircraft that may have been MH370 had made a westerly turn, crossing Peninsular Malaysia. The search area was then extended to the Strait of Malacca.

But it's unclear when that happened. The report makes no mention of the military's role the night of the disappearance.

Where are the details?

Preliminary reports are by their nature brief and to the point. It is up to the country to choose whether to release additional details, such as a cargo manifest, seating plan and air traffic control transcripts.

"This report and any other documents released should be an audit of what happened and factually who did what," Quest said.

Compared to the preliminary reports of other recent major flight investigations, the one released by Malaysia is scant.

Read the report

The equivalent preliminary report on Air France 447 was 128 pages long. That report by, produced by France's aviation safety agency just one month after the plane went missing in 2009, offered specific details on communication between various air traffic control centers.

Flight 447 was found more than a year later in the Atlantic Ocean; all 228 people on board had died.

And a preliminary report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau into the Qantas engine explosion in 2010 ran more than 40 pages, including diagrams and charts.

"I can certainly understand that the authorities had more pressing matters in finding the plane than writing a long report, when there will be plenty of other chances to do so," Quest said, "but this report is the barest possible they could get away with."

Debate over transparency

The report released Thursday was the same one Malaysia submitted to the International Civil Aviation Organization but had not been made public. Malaysian officials came under heavy criticism last week for submitting the report to the U.N. body but not making it available to relatives of passengers.

While authorities are not required to make a preliminary report public, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak acquiesced.

Reporters could not ask questions raised by the report since the document was released by e-mail and not at a news conference.

One safety recommendation

The report makes one safety recommendation: the need for real-time tracking.

Authorities noted that while commercial planes spend considerable time operating over remote areas, there is no requirement for real-time tracking of such aircraft.

"There have now been two occasions during the last five years when large commercial air transport aircraft have gone missing and their last position was not accurately known," the Malaysian report states. "This uncertainty resulted in significant difficulty in locating the aircraft in a timely manner."

CNN reported on this detail from the report last week.

The officials asked the International Civil Aviation Organization to examine the benefits of introducing a standard for real-time tracking of commercial planes.

It's the same recommendation that was made after the Air France 447 disaster in 2009. But nothing seems to have happened after that report.

(CNN)

 

Thursday 1 May 2014

Malaysia Airlines will be closing all of its Family Assistance Centres around the world by 7 May 2014

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Malaysia Airlines will soon close the hotel support centers where relatives of MH370 passengers have gathered.

Read the statement below




Thursday, May 01, 07:00 PM MYT +0800 Media Statement 29 by Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Group Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airlines

Kuala Lumpur – 55 days since Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370's disappearance on 8 March 2014, a multi-nation search is still ongoing for the missing aircraft, its passengers and crew.

This enormous search mission was carried out with the support from more than 20 states, firstly in the South China Sea, in the Malacca Straits, and on land along the Northern Corridor, and since mid-March when specialised assets were deployed in the air, on the sea and underwater in the southern Indian Ocean, where top experts concluded the aircraft's last known position was.

Despite such an intensified search operations, probably the largest one in human history, we have to face the hard reality that there is still no trace of the aircraft, and the fate of the missing passengers and crew remains unknown till this day.

Malaysia Airlines is acutely conscious of, and deeply sympathetic to the continuing unimaginable anguish, distress and hardship suffered by those with loved ones on board the flight.

We share the same very feelings and have been doing whatever we can to ease the pain of the families and to provide comfort for them. 

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) in Australia has announced early this week that the search operation in the southern Indian Ocean will be moving to a new phase in the coming weeks, and it is certainly not ending.

In this new phase, the Malaysian Government, working together with Australia and Chinese governments, other international partners and specialised companies, plans to intensify the undersea search by deploying more technologically advanced assets in the search zone.

The Malaysian Government recently announced its decision to establish an international investigation team led by Malaysia. The members will include accredited representatives from the US, UK, Australia, China, France and Singapore. Also included are representatives from relevant international organisations and the civil aviation industry.

This investigation is an independent process in accordance with ICAO standards and recommended practices. Malaysia Airlines commits itself to fully support this independent investigation and provide full information and assistance as required.

From past experience, we understand the continuing search and investigation would be a prolonged process. While Malaysia Airlines is committed to continuing its support to the families during the whole process, we are adjusting the mode of services and support. Instead of staying in hotels, the families of MH370 are advised to receive information updates on the progress of the search and investigation and other support by Malaysia Airlines within the comfort of their own homes, with the support and care of their families and friends.

In line with this adjustment, Malaysia Airlines will be closing all of its Family Assistance Centres around the world by 7 May 2014.

Malaysia Airlines will keep in close touch with the families on news updates through telephone calls, messages, the Internet, and face-to-face meetings. With the support of the Malaysian Government, the airline's Family Support Centres will be established in Kuala Lumpur and in Beijing. The detailed plan of follow-up support and services will be informed in person to the families.

Malaysia Airlines will make advanced compensation payments soonest possible to the nominated next-of-kin who are entitled to claim compensation, in order to meet their immediate economic needs.

Such advanced payments will not affect the rights of the next-of-kin to claim compensation according to the law at a later stage, and will be calculated as part of the final compensation.

Immediately after the next-of-kin have returned home, our representatives will be in touch with them at the earliest opportunity to initiate the advanced compensation payment process.

At this very difficult time, we wish to once again thank everyone for their understanding and support, especially from the families of the passengers and crew on board.

Malaysia Airlines' thoughts and prayers remain with the families of all those onboard MH370.

-Ends-

(Malaysia Airlines)

 

Friday 1 May 2014 - UPDATE


 

Preliminary Report MH370
Release date: 1 May 2014

Content:

- MH370 Press Statement
- MH370 Preliminary Report dated 9 April 2014
- Actions Taken Between 01:38 And 06:14 On Saturday 8 MARCH
- Map Showing MH370's Flight Path
- Seating Plan for MH370
- Cargo for MH370
- Conversation between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control (audio)

See the Preliminary Report here

 

Friday 1 May 2014

MH370 PRESS STATEMENT BY HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN
MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT
THURSDAY, 1 MAY 2014


1. Release of information regarding MH370

Last week, the Prime Minister appointed an internal team of experts to review all the information the Government of Malaysia possesses regarding MH370, with a view to releasing as much as possible to the general public.

The P rime Minister set, as a guiding principle, the rule that as long as the release of a particular piece of information does not hamper the investigation or the search operation, in the interests of openness and transparency, the information should be made public.

The internal team has concluded its review. As a result, the following information regarding MH370 is being released:

The audio recordings of conversations between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control (see notes to editors).
The preliminary report into MH370, dated 9 April.
An additional document, which gives further information regarding the actions taken between the hours of 01:38 and 06:14 on Saturday 8 March.
A map showing MH370's flight path (also see notes to editors).
The cargo manifest for MH370.
The seating plan for MH370.

2. The military's tracking of MH370

As stated previously, Malaysian military radar did track an aircraft making a turn-back, in a westerly direction, across peninsular Malaysia on the morning of 8 March. The aircraft was categorised as friendly by the radar operator and therefore no further action was taken at the time.

The radar data was reviewed in a playback at approximately 08:30 on 8 March. This information was sent to the Air Force operations room at approximately 09:00. Following further discussion up the chain of command, the military informed the Acting Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at approximately 10:30 of the possible turn-back of the aircraft. The Minister then informed the Prime Minister, who immediately ordered that search and rescue operations be initiated in the Straits of Malacca, along with the South China Sea operations which started earlier in the day.

During this time, KD Mahamiru, the Mine Counter Measure Vessel and KD Laksamana Muhamad Amin, the Corvette Vessel of the Royal Malaysian Navy were already in the Straits of Malacca on patrol duties. They were immediately retasked to conduct the search and rescue operation. A military aircraft was then sent to join the two ships in the Straits of Malacca at 10:54 to search for MH370.

NOTES TO EDITORS

a. The audio recordings consist of five files which should be listened to in sequence.

b. The attached map shows MH370's flight path, based on the best available knowledge of the investigation team. There are a number of possible flight paths to the southern Indian Ocean, and three boxes indicating where MH370 likely ended. These flight paths differ based on different projections of the aircraft's speed, shown on the map in knots.

c. The attached preliminary report was drafted with the involvement of the NTSB, AAIB, ATSB, AAID and CAAC, as well as Malaysian officials.

-ENDS-

Hisshammuddin Hussein

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Playlist of video's @ 1 May 2014 (4 video's)

 

Thursday 1 May 2014

Preliminary Report MH370 Released


UPDATE: See the Full Preliminary Report here:
DOCUMENTS: MH370 PRELIMINARY REPORT 1 MAY 2014

 

Thursday 1 May 2014

Malaysia to release first report on MH370; company defends wreckage claim

As the world waits to see Malaysia's first report on MH370, the private company that says it may have found plane wreckage defended its claim.

Fifty-five days have passed since the plane carrying 239 people disappeared on March 8. After intense criticism from relatives of passengers, Malaysian officials are expected to publicize its preliminary report Thursday.

Bracing for the report

Malaysia has already submitted its preliminary report to the International Civil Aviation Organization, as required. Officials came under heavy criticism last week for not making it available to relatives of passengers.

While authorities are not required to make a preliminary report public, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak gave in.

On Thursday, throngs of police guarded the Lido Hotel in Beijing ahead of the Malaysian report's release. More than 100 passengers on the plane are Chinese, and relatives have been receiving updates from Malaysia Airlines officials at the hotel.

Sometimes, the encounters were marked with screams and sobs.

Relatives who have been holding out hope that their loved one survived have left messages on a conference room board.

"Little Ling, why don't you call home?" one message said.

"We're waiting for you to come home for dinner."

Company: Our claims are valid

GeoResonance, the company that says it found what appears to be airplane wreckage in the Bay of Bengal, defended its claim -- even though it wouldn't detail the technology it used.

GeoResonance said it used spectral analysis from satellite and plane images to reach their conclusion about the Bay of Bengal site.

The company said it conducted "large scale remote sensing" and detected the presence of aluminum, titanium and copper. Scientists went back to test for other elements that the company says make up a commercial jet.

GeoResonance has faced questions about how it could have found wreckage deep underwater, thousands of miles from the official search area.

"What we say to those people is that that is not about technology, It is about the fact that an object or a combination of objects which produce exactly the same signal as materials used in a plane are detected," GeoResonance Managing Director Pavel Karsa told CNN's Anna Coren.

Analyst: Experts don't support claim

The company said its analysis was done by a team of its scientists in Europe. But GeoResonance declined to name the scientists or the country they worked in and declined to give a reason.

CNN aviation expert Miles O'Brien said GeoResonance's claims are not supported by experts.

"My blood is boiling," he told CNN's "New Day." "I've talked to the leading experts in satellite imaging capability at NASA, and they know of no technology that is capable of doing this. I am just horrified that a company would use this event to gain attention like this."

Nevertheless, the company got its wish on Wednesday, when Bangladesh sent two navy vessels into the Bay of Bengal to the location cited by GeoResonance.

The chief coordinator of the international search effort, Australian Angus Houston, held out little optimism that any such search would prove fruitful. He told Sky News International that the search area in the Indian Ocean had been set based on pings believed to have come from one or both of the plane's voice and data recorders.

"The advice from the experts is that's probably where the aircraft lost power and, somewhere close to that, it probably entered the water," he said.

But some aviation experts said officials have little choice but to look into the company's claim.

"The investigators are going to be hard-pressed to blow this off," said Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general for the Department of Transportation. "I think at this point, because of the lack of results where they've been searching for six weeks, they're almost stuck. They have to go look."

(CNN)

 

Thursday 1 May 2014

Navy scouring Bay of Bengal again for MH370 after GeoResonance claim

Bangladesh Navy has mounted a renewed search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Bay of Bengal after an Australian exploration company claimed to have traced its debris.

Two ships – BNS Bangabandhu and BNS Anusandhan – began scouring the sea from Tuesday night, Navy Director (Intelligence) Commodore Rashid Ali told bdnews24.com on Wednesday.

Geophysical survey company GeoResonance on Monday said it had spotted pieces of wreckage in the Bay of Bengal and that it should be investigated as potential debris from the Malaysian plane.

But the present search coordinators have dismissed the claim.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), which is managing the multinational search, said it continued to believe that the plane had come down in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia.

Bangladesh Navy resumed search operation after the media ran reports on the GeoResonance claim.

The Navy's two frigates and two maritime aircrafts had earlier scoured the Bay of Bengal, joining the multinational search, six days after the plane went missing.

But after a 12-day-long search, they returned empty handed.

Flight MH370, a Boeing 777, went off the radar while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Mar 8 with 239 people on board.

Malaysia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Britain and the United States are assisting Australia in conducting the most expensive search in aviation history.

GeoResonance official David Pope had said that the technology they used was originally designed to find nuclear warheads, submarines.

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

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

He added they were “very excited” at finding what they believed to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner.

Another official of the survey company, Pavel Kursa, said they had identified chemical elements and materials including aluminium, titanium, copper and steel alloys that make up a Boeing 777.

The team sent an initial report to the authorities while the black box still had two weeks of battery power left.

They said they verified the findings by analysing images from the same area on Mar 5, three days before the Malaysian plane's disappearance.

“The wreckage wasn't there prior to the disappearance of MH370,” David Pope said.

David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), also expressed scepticism over the claim by GeoResonance.

Aviation experts, however, said investigators are obligated to check out GeoResonance's claim.

(Source: BDnews24)

Also read: No sign of Malaysian aircraft crash in Bay of Bengal - (March 19 2014: National News Agency Bangladesh)

 

Thursday 1 May 2014

Tomnod thanks crowdsourcers

DigitalGlobe's Tomnod platform for crowdsourcing satellite imagery in the search of missing Malaysian Flight MH370, thanks all 8 Million + people who helped in the search

 

 

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Initial reports MH370 released tomorrow, says Hishammuddin



Preliminary report on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 loss will be released tomorrow, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He said the report is the same as that presented to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

"I think there's nothing to remove the problem report. But we decided as a team, that it will be released tomorrow.

"The agreement I have in my discussions with Australia and other stakeholders in finding mission, I was present and told the Cabinet this morning and I have the mandate to," he told reporters after opening the Station Express Rail Link (ERL) at the Airport Kuala Lumpur International 11 (KLIA2) in Sepang today.

The government's commitment to making the report was expressed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last week.

Hishammuddin, who is also Defence Minister, said he would fly to Australia next week to talk about a new phase of a mission to find MH370 is now concentrated in the deep waters and including the financial aspects.

He said any announcement on the operating costs of the new phase will take place next week if the relevant parties to reach consensus and agreement about it.

"But we do not know the cost until we decide where to begin the search, the assets will be used and who will provide those assets," he said, adding three ministerial committee looking into the matter.

In a press conference in Canberra on Monday, Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, said the rescue operation is now entering a new phase with a focus on search on the seabed involve a wider area.

He said a new phase involving commercial contractors who have expertise in search operations at sea with an estimated cost AU $ 60 million (RM184 million).

Abbott said Australia would be seeking "reasonable contribution" from other countries participating in the rescue operation.

Flight MH370 carrying 239 passengers and crew lost from radar scans the airspace when flying in the South China Sea on March 8 after departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 midnight.

Movement across multi-country launched to track aircraft, first in the South China Sea and then to understand it deviated from its original path and ended in the southern Indian Ocean. - The Star, 30 April, 2014.

(The Malaysian Insider | Translated by google translate)

Also read: Houston confident MH370 will be found (SkyNews)

 

Wednesday 30 April 2014

MH370 search moves to underwater phase

Today the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has officially ended, the Australian authorities have said, with all resources now focused on the underwater search. "Over the coming days the vessels that remain on standby for the search will transition to and from the search area," the Joint Coordination Centre announced. "A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion also remains on standby in Perth. Other vessels and aircraft that have been engaged in the surface and aerial search will now transition to their respective national tasking." The US Navy autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 has completed a 314km² search where pings matching an aircraft emergency beacon were located.

(IHS Maritime 360)

 

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Royal Navy concludes search for missing aircraft

HMS Echo has joined HMS Tireless in standing down from the search for the signal from the black box of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

The move comes after the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the search for the missing Malaysian aircraft is now moving into a new phase.

Survey ship HMS Echo and submarine HMS Tireless played an important role in the hunt for the black box signal by using their specialist sonar capabilities.

But with the Australian command assessing that there is no prospect of further acoustic detections associated with the aircraft's black box, HMS Tireless and HMS Echo have both been stood down.

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

'The search for the black box signal has been an extremely challenging operation and, while we all hoped for a faster and more conclusive result, I am very proud of the contribution British forces have been able to make as part of this complex international effort.'

'The operation is now moving into a new phase, requiring different capabilities. HMS Tireless and HMS Echo will be withdrawn, but we remain ready to provide further appropriate assistance as and when required.'

The commanding officer of HMS Echo, Commander Phillip Newell, said:

'The search for MH370 has required my ship and her company to work 24/7 in order to assist with the international effort. I am extremely proud of the professionalism, dedication and the value they have added to the multinational operation.'

'We have faced numerous challenges, not least the sheer size of the search area and the environmental conditions of the southern Indian Ocean.'

'As the search moves into the next phase, we sincerely hope that the autonomous underwater vehicles being used by our colleagues are able to provide concrete results in the search for answers as to the fate of the plane.'

The commanding officer of HMS Tireless, Commander R Hywel Griffiths, said:

'I am proud of the part HMS Tireless has played in the operation to find MH370. The only submarine participating, Tireless, with her advanced underwater search capability, was ideally suited to this challenging task.'

'Overcoming some of the most inhospitable sea conditions ever experienced by my crew, we searched 7,000 square nautical miles in a 16-day period.'

(GlobalSecurity.org)

 

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Navy planes, ship end search for missing Malaysian Airlines jet

Two Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft and the USNS Cesar Chavez have ended their participation in search efforts for missing Malaysian Airlines MH370, a 7th Fleet spokesman said. The unmanned submarine Bluefin-21 is expected to be used in future search missions.

“The decision to detach the P-8s was made in close coordination with the governments of Australia and Malaysia in view of the diminishing possibility debris will be found on the surface of the water,” Cmdr. William Marks said in an email on Tuesday. “Overall Seventh Fleet patrol aircraft support included 45 missions, with 396 hours of flight time covering 513,000 square nautical miles.”

The P-8s and Cesar Chavez will return to other operations within the 7th Fleet area of responsibility this week, Marks said.

Since the passenger jet went missing on March 8, roughly 800 sailors from 7th Fleet have taken part in search efforts, including sailors from the USS Pinckney, USS Kidd, the command and control staff about the USS Blue Ridge and P-3 Orion and P-8 crews, Marks said.

“Support from our allies and partners in the region has been exceptional; at one point 26 countries were working together in close coordination to achieve a common goal,” 7th Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Robert Thomas said in a statement. “To see such significant depth of international cooperation coming together for one mission is unprecedented and highly encouraging for the security and stability of the region.”

(NavyTimes)

Also read: US 7th Fleet Weather Specialists Contribute to Pacific Humanitarian Assistance Efforts

 

Wednesday 30 April

End of the air search: Crews that searched for missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 pose for final photo in Perth as operation is scaled down

 
     

A farewell photo by the men and women who have searched in vain from the sky for the missing plane.

They posed for a photo at the Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce, located north of Perth, on Tuesday 29 April 2014, to mark the official end to the huge international air search for MH370, which lost contact on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew.

A scaled down operation, including a few vessels on standby and an underwater search for the Boeing 777, will still continue for an indefinite amount of time.

 

 

Wednesday 30 April 2014

JACC Media Release: Search for MH370 to enter new phase

Media Release
30 April 2014—am

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is commencing a new phase and will transition over the coming weeks to an intensified undersea search.

In the meantime Bluefin-21, which has completed its search of the 314 square kilometre area around the detections made by the Towed Pinger Locator, will continue to search adjacent areas.

Mission 17 will commence when weather conditions improve allowing Bluefin-21 to be safely launched from Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield .

Ocean Shield will remain on station supporting Bluefin-21 search activity.

Over the coming days the vessels that remain on standby for the search will transition to and from the search area.

A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion also remains on standby in Perth.

Other vessels and aircraft that have been engaged in the surface and aerial search will now transition to their respective national tasking in the coming days.

Any further information will be made public if, and when, it becomes available.

(JACC)

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Satellite company Inmarsat remains very confident that Flight 370 ended in south Indian Ocean, investigation source says.

 

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Searchers dispute company's claim that it may have found aircraft wreckage

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Interview with David Pope of GeoResonance

A private company declared that it has found what it believes is wreckage of a plane in the ocean, but leaders of the search the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are dismissing the claim.

The reasons for the skepticism are obvious -- the site where GeoResonance says it found the wreckage, in the Bay of Bengal, is several thousand miles away from the current search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre, which is coordinating the multinational search, dismissed the claim.

"The Australian-led search is relying on information from satellite and other data to determine the missing aircraft's location," the JACC said.

"The location specified by the GeoResonance report is not within the search arc derived from this data. The joint international team is satisfied that the final resting place of the missing aircraft is in the southerly portion of the search arc."

Malaysian acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia "is working with its international partners to assess the credibility of this information."

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GeoResonance said it analyzes super-weak electromagnetic fields captured by airborne multispectral images.

"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 did not want to go public with the information at first, but his information was being ignored.

"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 Tuesday.

(CNN)


Also read:Press statement on missing Malaysia Airlines flight #MH37 (The Kuala Lumpur Chronicle)
Also read: Malaysia: Possible plane wreckage claim assessed (AP)

 

Tuesday 29 April 2014

GeoResonance Press Release

GeoResonance Pty Ltd (“GeoResonance”), a South Australian company and its team of scientists have invested considerable resources into the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The only motivation is to help the families of the missing passengers and crew, knowing the company has the technology capable of the task.

GeoResonance has discovered what they believe to be the wreckage of a commercial aircraft. The wreckage is located approximately 190km south of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal. The wreckage is sitting on the seabed approximately 1000m to 1100m from the surface. The company is not declaring this is MH370, however it should be investigated.

The search was completed using proven technology. In the past, it had been successfully applied to locate submersed structures, ships, munitions and aircraft. In some instances objects that were buried under layers of silt could not be identified by other means. At present the technology is being used with great success in the mining exploration industry.

In order to identify and locate subsurface substances, GeoResonance Remote Sensing analyses super-weak electromagnetic fields captured by airborne multispectral images. During the search for MH370, GeoResonance searched for chemical elements that make up a Boeing 777: aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys, jet fuel residue, and several other substances. The aim was to find a location where all those elements were present.

GeoResonance commenced the search before the official Search and Rescue operation moved to the Southern Indian Ocean. The multi-discipline team of 23 researchers, including 5 professors and 12 PhDs got involved in the project. The search used the imagery taken on March 10, 2014, and was conducted consecutively in 4 zones north and northwest of Malaysia, until all targeted elements produced an anomaly in one place in the Bay of Bengal.

GeoResonance completed analysis of multispectral imagery of the location taken on March 5, 2014. It established that the anomaly had appeared between the 5th and 10th of March 2014.

The approximate location was passed onto Malaysian Airlines and the Malaysian and Chinese Embassies in Canberra, Australia, on March 31, 2014. It was well before the black box batteries had expired. These details were also passed onto the Australian authorities (JACC) in Perth on April 4, 2014. A more detailed study was completed in early April. The final 23 page report including the precise location of the wreckage was passed onto Malaysian Airlines, Malaysian High Commission in Canberra, Chinese Embassy in Canberra, and the Australian authorities (JACC) on April 15, 2014.

The Company and its Directors are surprised by the lack of response from the various authorities. This may be due to a lack of understanding of the Company's technological capabilities, or the JACC is extremely busy, or the belief that the current search in the Southern Indian Ocean is the only plausible location of the wreckage.

The people involved in the Channel 7 Adelaide News interview were Mr Pavel Kursa, GeoResonance CEO, Mr David Pope GeoResonance Director and CEO of Tellus Resources Mr Carl Dorsch. Mr Dorsch was involved as a client reference for the technology. The company Directors are not seeking publicity, they only want to bring the results to the attention of the authorities. The Directors feel a moral obligation to help bring closure for the families of the 239 passengers and crew of flight MH370 by releasing the findings, so the authorities can investigate.

(Air Traffic Management)

 

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Families briefed about Flight MH370 - Listen to the Audio Released from the Cockpit

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Read more at: MH370 Audio recording played in public for first time to Chinese families (Astro Awani)

Also read: Press statement by Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (New Straits Times)

 

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Joint air search ends for MH370 as families hear new audio from cockpit

After seven weeks of an intense but fruitless search, the international air effort to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is over. But some ships will stay on the Indian Ocean to gather any debris that might surface.

More than 600 military personnel from at least seven countries solemnly posed in front of search planes Tuesday for a commemorative photo. Some traded military patches and mulled over their disappointment in not finding the Boeing 777.

Also on Tuesday, relatives of missing passengers heard new details from officials, including audio recordings from the plane that had never been released to the public before.

The final words between the cockpit and a control tower weren't extraordinary. But after 52 days in limbo, families say they're finally starting to get some of the answers they've been looking for.

Aerial search ends

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Most of the international air crews will leave the Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce, near Perth, over the next few days.

The likelihood of finding any debris on the ocean's surface is "highly unlikely," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday. By now, most of the debris is probably waterlogged and has likely sunk, he said.

So officials are moving on to the next phase: a more intense underwater search that will use private contractors and could cost about $56 million.

Crews will now scour a much larger area of the ocean floor -- 60,000 square kilometers. The process could take at least six to eight months, officials said.

The Bluefin-21 underwater probe will continue scanning the ocean floor. But the submersible couldn't search on Tuesday due to weather and very high seas.

No one knows exactly what happened to the MH 370, which disappeared March 8 with 239 on board. The plane was headed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing.

New details for relatives

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Relatives of Chinese passengers have been furious over the perceived lack of information given by Malaysian authorities.

But on Tuesday, Malaysian officials briefed scores of family members in Beijing and played never-before released audio of the plane's final chatter with a control tower.

"Malaysia three seven zero contact Ho Chi Min 120.9, good night," says a voice identified by Malaysian officials as that of a radar controller in Kuala Lumpur.

"Good night Malaysian three seven zero," answers a male voice believed to be a crew member on board.

Officials also showed family members maps of the flight's route, including a questionable turn at Penang over the Strait of Malacca. That turn sent the plane veering far off course.

Malaysia Airlines representative Subas Chandran said the plane likely ran out of fuel about seven-and-a-half hours into the flight.

Such details, while sobering, were welcomed by relatives.

"They are making progress," said Jimmy Wang, a member of the families' committee aimed at seeking answers.

(CNN)

Also read: China to Intensify Undersea Search for MH370

Monday 28 April 2014

 

Exploration company believes it may have found MH370

 

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.

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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.”


The images showing chemical elements detected in the area
the company believes it has located MH370.

* Added to research Notes: read more

Realtime Ocean Currents: Indian Ocean Northern Region   Current Marine Observations
 

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Bay of Bengal - Interactive Map - MarineTraffic

 

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Monday 28 April 2014


Malaysia detains nine suspected of terrorist links

Malaysian police said nine people were detained on Monday on suspicion of involvement in terrorist acts or forming links with terrorists inside the country and abroad.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the suspects, aged from 25 to 55, were arrested in several locations in Selangor state, near Kuala Lumpur, and in northern Kedah state bordering Thailand .

"Some of the individuals arrested have taken part in clandestine meetings to strengthen militant ideology, for fundraising and military-style training in preparation for violence," he said in a statement.

No other details were made available.

The Southeast Asia nation has not been the target of major terror attacks, but has been the home of people believed to be linked with militant groups, such as al Qaeda.

(Reuters)

 

Monday 28 April 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search Area Moves to Perspective of Months -
Expanded Zone for Hunt for Missing Plane Is Roughly Equivalent in Size to West Virginia

PERTH, Australia—The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 moved from a perspective of days to one of months or maybe years, as Australia gave up on finding wreckage in a narrow area of the southern Indian Ocean and vastly expanded the search area into deeper surrounding waters.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday that military involvement would also be significantly scaled back. The aircrews and most of the naval vessels that had been part of the eight-nation search are set to wrap up as authorities look to hand a bigger role to companies specializing in lengthy deep-water searches.

Searchers now face the daunting task of scouring an area of seabed covering around 23,000 square miles (60,000 square kilometers)—about the size of the U.S. state of West Virginia. That compares with the roughly 154 square miles (400 square kilometers) of ocean floor covered by a Bluefin-21 underwater drone in the past weeks' search.

Three weeks ago, the mood among officials including Mr. Abbott couldn't have been more different. After a prolonged period of false leads, Australia said sailors looking for Flight 370 had made an apparent breakthrough. Streams of signals, one of which lasted for more than two hours, were detected using a U.S. Navy underwater listening device. Hopes built of a quick end to the search, after analysis found the pings to be consistent with an aircraft's "black box" locator beacons.

The failure of the initial underwater search to find any trace of the plane has left Australian officials with no fresh leads. The batteries on the plane's "black-box" beacons are long dead. A lengthy and costly air-and-ship search of the ocean's surface has dredged up only random flotsam, such as discarded fishing nets.

Underlining that the search relies heavily on educated guesswork, Australia has asked Malaysian investigators to take a new look at radar and satellite data. The hunt for Flight 370 swung to the southern Indian Ocean in mid-March, based on revised interpretations of satellite data. The search area has shifted a number of times since then as investigators made new data calculations, including around how much fuel the plane was burning and changes in the operating temperatures of the satellite.

The expanded search area spans a wide arc of sea extrapolated from the partial digital "handshake" between Flight 370 and an Inmarsat PLC satellite on March 8, some hours after the plane disappeared from radar screens en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

According to Mr. Abbott and search officials, it would take roughly eight months to scour the expanded area fully. But they warned even that is an optimistic assessment: Bad weather and technical glitches like those that disrupted the initial underwater search are likely to cause delays.

"All of us have stressed all along the difficulty of this search," Mr. Abbott told reporters. "The aircraft plainly cannot disappear. It has to be somewhere."

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who has been coordinating Malaysia's hunt for the missing plane, said the Indian Ocean search will go on but is "moving on to the next phase." The minister said he believes the coalition of 26 nations aiding Malaysia is committed to continuing the search, but that it is time to consider the operation's cost and who will pay for it. "It's still a very long journey," he said.

Cost estimates for a wider search are unclear as a search that had been steered with sophisticated military hardware is moving to one essentially led by private contractors with equipment that can scan trenches in the southern Indian Ocean thought to lie up to 7,000 meters below the sea surface. Mr. Abbott said hiring a civilian contractor to search deeper underwater would cost around 60 million Australian dollars (US$57 million), which Australia would seek to pay alongside contributions from other nations such as Malaysia.

"It's time to begin the discussion on transition to long-term solutions such as commercial contracting of side scan sonars like the Bluefin and commercial analysis of the ping data," said Commander William J. Marks, of the U.S. 7th Fleet.

It took searchers almost two years to find the black-box recorders for Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro.

In that case, searchers had a better idea of where the plane went down after finding hundreds of pieces of floating debris quickly. Yet it still took small robotic submarines nearly 60 trips under the surface before the black boxes were discovered in an area where the ocean floor was nearly 2.5 miles, or 4,000 meters, deep.

The strategic shift in the hunt for Flight 370 doesn't mean authorities have run out of options. The U.S.-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which helped recover the black boxes from the ill-fated Air France jet, is among the organizations ready to provide submersibles that can go deeper than Bluefin, which had to be brought to the surface every 20 hours so its data could be downloaded.

The decision to widen the search is the latest blow to relatives of the 239 passengers and crew on board Flight 370, already angered by the false leads and lapses in coordination among countries and companies trying to find the jetliner.

Malaysia Airlines last week said some of its staff were temporarily detained at the Lido Hotel in Beijing by families who were unhappy with the details being provided on the missing aircraft. On Monday, Wen Wancheng, whose 34-year-old son was on the plane, outlined the families' concerns to Malaysian Embassy deputy chief of mission, Bala Chandran Tharman.

"After all these tips have been followed, we haven't gained any clue or evidence regarding the whereabouts of the flight," said Mr. Wen.

Mr. Bala said the Malaysian government would continue to search for the plane and its passengers, and the Chinese government has also promised to commit the resources to carrying on.

"China hopes the Australian side will coordinate search resources to enhance the underwater search," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang at a daily media briefing in Beijing. "China will continue to send search forces and stay in communication and cooperation with the Malaysian and Australian sides."

In Malaysia, the absence of debris or any other tangible evidence of where the plane went down has caused some relatives to hold out out hope that the plane didn't crash in the ocean.

"Maybe it is time for the government to rethink where the search should be," said Selamat Omar, whose son Mohammed Khairul Amri Selamat was a passenger on Flight 370. "Look for the plane on land."

(WSJ)

 

Monday 28 April 2014

Missing plane: Search enters 'new phase'

 
Full Press Conference - Transcript of Press Conference, 28 April 2014

 

The search for the missing Malaysian plane is entering a "new phase", Australia has announced, after the initial undersea search found nothing.

PM Tony Abbott said that "a much larger" area of the ocean floor would now be targeted.

But he said it was "highly unlikely" any surface wreckage would be found, and suspended aerial searches.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on 8 March as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The plane, carrying 239 people, disappeared off radar over the South China Sea.

Officials say that, based on satellite information, they believe it ended its journey in seas north-west of the Australian city of Perth, far from its planned path.

Investigators have given no reason yet as to why the plane flew so far off course. Finding the "black box" flight recorders is seen as key to understanding what happened.

Bigger area

Mr Abbott made his announcement at a news conference in Canberra.

"It is now 52 days since Malaysia Airlines Fight MH370 disappeared and I'm here to inform you that the search will be entering a new phase," he said.

By now, he said, most debris would have become water logged and sunk, so operations would now focus on "searching the ocean floor over a much larger area".

So far, a robot submersible called the Bluefin-21 has been scouring the seabed in the location of acoustic signals heard on 8 April believed to have originated from the plane's flight recorders.

Bluefin-21 has been searching a circular area with a 10-km (6-mile) radius, some 4,500m below the surface.

Planes and ships from multiple nations have also been searching the sea for signs of debris, based on where it might have floated from the possible impact point.

So far, however, no sign of the missing plane has been detected.

Mr Abbott said there was still "a considerable degree of confidence that the detections that were picked up" in early April were from a flight recorder.

He said the new phase of the search would involve commercial contractors with additional sonar mapping equipment - an operation towards which Australia would be seeking contributions from other countries to help meet the estimated $60m (£36m) cost.

Getting this equipment in place could take several weeks, he said, and in the interim the Bluefin-21 would continue to search.

Mr Abbott also promised that while the operation was changing, "it certainly is not ending".

"We will do everything we humanly can... to solve this mystery," he said.

(BBC)
Related: Flight 370 Aerial Search Suspended; Search Efforts Focusing Underwater (ABC News)

 

 

Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370

JACC Media Release
28 April 2014—am

Up to 9 military aircraft and 12 ships are planned to assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 54,921 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1667 kilometres north west of Perth.

Bluefin-21 has completed mission 15 and has commenced mission 16 this morning.

No contacts of interest have been found to date.

Bluefin-21 will continue to examine the areas adjacent to the focused underwater search area during mission 16.

The weather forecast for today indicates the cold front will move out of the search area and be replaced by a southerly trade flow, sea swells of four to five metres.

Any further information will be made public if, and when, it becomes available.

(JACC)

 

Sunday 27 April 2014

Sunday 27 April 2014

US pilot believes he's found wreckage of missing airliner after searching through thousands of satellite images online - right where the flight vanished seven weeks ago

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Michael Hoebel, from Tonawanda, New York spent hours trawling through pictures on TomNod.com, a website that shares satellite images
He has found images of what he believes to be the intact aircraft just off the northeast coast of Malaysia days after the crash
He has contacted the FBI and NTSB to share his findings

A pilot from New York believes he has found the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 off the coast of Thailand after searching thousands of satellite images online.

Michael Hoebel, 60, spent hours trawling through the images made available to the public on a crowd-sourcing website, TomNod.com, before coming across what he believes is the doomed plane.

The recreational pilot from Tonawanda said he was shocked to discover that the aircraft, which vanished two months ago, appeared to be in one piece beneath the water off the northeast coast of Malaysia, just west of Songkhla in Thailand. The image was taken days after the crash.

He told WIVB that he used the scale at the bottom of the map on TomNod and compared them to the specs on Boeing's website to establish that the white figure he saw was the perfect size.

 
 

 


Sunday 27 April 2014

Former Malaysian PM lays blame on Boeing for MH370 disappearance

Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has questioned whether flight MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean and has blamed Boeing, the plane's maker, for its disappearance.

Dr Mahathir, who maintains a powerful influence in his country's ruling party, also suggested the reason why the passengers and crew never acted to stop whatever was happening on board was because they were “somehow incapacitated".

“Even if the pilot wants to commit suicide, the co-pilot and the cabin crew would not allow him to do so without trying something,” he said.

“But no one, not even the passengers, did anything.”

Writing in an opinion piece, Dr Mahathir questioned why no debris or oil slick from the plane has been found.

“Can it be that the plane remained intact on crashing and sank with no trace and no one launching the lifeboat doors, as we are told all these aircraft are equipped with?” he asked.

“Can one believe this plane quietly floated down into the raging sea and sank conveniently in the deepest part (seven miles deep) of the Indian Ocean?”

Dr Mahathir said it must have taken some effort if the pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, disabled the plane's communication system.

“The co-pilot would notice and for his own life he would have tried to do something … was he disabled? Were all the crew members and the passengers disabled?”

Dr Mahathir, 88, who was prime minister for 22 years from 1981, said he is upset that Malaysia Airlines staff were taken hostage by angry Chinese relatives of passengers in Beijing last week, “because they are blaming the wrong people".

“The loss of the plane is due to the makers, Boeing. How can Boeing produce a plane that is so easily disabled?” he said.

Dr Mahathir said in an era where passenger planes can be tracked on mobile phone, and spy satellites operated by some countries can photograph and identify a person on the ground, Boeing must explain how all these means of tracking the plane “can be disabled, can fail”.

“Either Boeing technology is poor, or it is not fail-safe,” he said.

“I would not like to fly in a Boeing aircraft unless Boeing can explain how all its system can fail or be disabled.”

Dr Mahathir said Boeing, a multinational corporation based in Chicago, must “demonstrate possible ways for the communication system to be disabled”.

“Boeing must accept responsibility for building an aircraft that can disappear in mid-air so completely,”  he said.

Boeing has sent experts to Kuala Lumpur to work with Malaysian and international aviation experts investigating the disappearance of the Boeing 777 with 239 people on board during a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.

Boeing has not responded to Dr Mahathir's comments which were first published in his personal blog and then republished in several Malaysian news outlets.

Dr Mahathir's comments will fuel scepticism among Malaysians that the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean 1500 kilometres west of Perth, where an Australian-led hunt has so far failed to find any trace of the airliner.

Malaysia plans this week to release a preliminary report into the disappearance - but, according to officials, it will shed little light on what happened.

(Source: The Sydney Morning Herald | Mahathir Mohamad's personal Blog)


 

Sunday 27 April 2014

Press conference PM Najib Tun Razak with United States (US) President, Barack Obama on Sunday at Putrajay (video of full conference)

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Sunday 27 April 2014

Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370
JACC Media Release - 27 April 2014—am (no chart available)

Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the planned air and surface search has been suspended for today.

Bluefin-21 has completed mission 14 and is expected to commence mission 15 this morning.

No contacts of interest have been found to date.

Bluefin-21 is expected to complete the focused underwater search area and continue examining the areas adjacent to it during mission 15.

Any further information will be made public if, and when, it becomes available.

(JACC)

Saturday 26 April 2014

Saturday 26 April 2014

MH370: Obama visits Malaysia as questions loom over missing jetliner
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(CNN)

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Livestream Coverage: here

 

Saturday 26 April 2014

JACC Media Release: Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370
26 April, 2014—am


Up to 8 military aircraft and 11 ships are planned to assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 57,311 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

The weather forecast for today is for isolated showers, with south easterly winds up to 20 knots, sea swells of two to 2.5 metres and visibility of one kilometre in thunderstorms and three kilometres in rain.

Early into mission 13 yesterday Bluefin-21 was recovered due to a software issue that required resetting. The AUV has technically sophisticated equipment and a reset is not uncommon. Overnight Phoenix technicians resolved the issue and mission 14 is now underway.

Bluefin-21 has completed approximately 95 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April. If no contacts of interest are made, Bluefin-21 will continue to examine the areas adjacent to the 10km radius.

Any further information will be made public if, and when, it becomes available.

(JACC)

Friday 25 April 2014

Friday 25 April 2014 - Update

MH370 sub search nears completion

The probe of the ocean floor where sounds thought to be from the missing flight MH370 black box were detected, is expected to be completed today. To date, no visible sign of the aircraft has been detected above or below the ocean. Wreckage that washed up on the Western Australian coast this week has been discounted. Yesterday the Australian Transport Safety Bureau announced it had examined photos of the debris at first thought to be that of MH370. ATSB, however, now say they are confident there is no match. Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling 49,249sq kilometres, approximately 1,584 kilometres northwest of Perth.

(Source: IHS Maritime)| Live Ship Tracking

 

25 April 2014:

Latest on the search for MH370

The search for missing flight MH370 continued today in the Indian Ocean to the west of Australia. Here the Chinese SAR vessels Hai Xun 01 and Nan Hai Jiu 101 are still working with the Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu, and Australian warship HMAS Toowoomba. To the south east of this group, the HMAS Success is seen returning to the area, following a lay-over in Fremantle. The Australian offshore support vessel Seahorse Standard appears to be leaving the area. This vessel has been out searching for signs of MH370 since leaving Fremantle on 1 April. Approaching the area from the north, is the Malaysian vessel Bunga Mas 9, a converted containership now operating as a support vessel for the Malaysian navy. The vessel is only 100 miles from the search area, and will have arrived in the area later today. To the north, the ADV Ocean Shield continues to search the seabed. The British Hydrographic vessel HMS Echo, is currently resupplying in Fremantle, and may rejoin the search.

(Source: IHS Maritime) | Live Ship Tracking

 

25 April 2014 - Update

Friday, April 25, 07:40 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - Media Statement 28

Subang, 25 April 2014 : Malaysia Airlines confirms that its staff were held at the Lido Hotel ballroom in Beijing by the family members of MH370 as the families expressed dissatisfaction in obtaining details of the missing aircraft on 24 April 2014 at 3pm.

The 200 over family members requested for the presence of a Malaysian official as only Malaysian Airline staff were present at the briefing session.

The 10 airline staff, then, were told to wait at the ballroom whilst a group of 60 family members left for the Malaysian Embassy in an attempt to get a government official to attend the briefing.

The group finally released the staff at 1.44am, 25 April 2014.

In another incident, Malaysia Airlines Security supervisor, Kalaichelven Shunmugam was attacked by a Chinese family member whilst on duty at Lido Hotel in Beijing on 22 April 2014. The airline staff tried to stop an aggressive family member who demanded access to the secretariat, when the latter kicked the staff in his left knee.

Those at the scene managed to defuse the situation and later brought Kalaichelven to the secretariat for first aid assistance.

The staff sustained only light injury.

 Malaysia Airlines had filed a police report following the incident.

(Malaysia Airlines)

 

25 April 2014

MH370 families protest overnight at Malaysian embassy over 'no-show' officials at meeting


Some 100 families of the passengers aboard flight MH370 continued their overnight protest outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing today to express anger at the “lack of information” about the missing jet.

Many were also angry that high-level Malaysian officials failed to show up for a briefing with the aggrieved families, whom they reportedly promised to update every five days.

“The Malaysian side has broken its promises. We are angry. No update has been made and our loved ones are still missing,” said Steve Wang, a spokesman for the group of families, who estimated the crowd at 100.

Among the 239 passengers onboard the Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight, 154 came from China.

The relatives, who have held out hope that the passengers can still be found and who have opposed Malaysian government plans to issue death certificates, said they waited for hours yesterday from 3pm till midnight at the Lido Hotel in Beijing for high-ranking officials to arrive.

According to the committee for families, in their last meeting, a secretary from the Malaysian embassy curtly told the families they should not ask him questions “if you don't believe me”. The families refused to speak to this representative and demanded a replacement for last night's briefing.

“Several times they said that their two officials would come,” one woman told the South China Morning Post .

“After nine hours, no-one showed up. We were helpless. Some proposed to go to Malaysian embassy and people followed,” she said. Others chose to wait at the hotel for updates.

When they reached the embassy, the families resolved that for every half hour that passed, they would shout, “Give me back my loved ones!”

Police barred the protesters from coming too close last night, but there were no reported scuffles. Embassy staff were not immediately available for comment.

Due to the cold temperatures, the women and elderly were handed blankets borrowed from the hotel, where the families are housed at Malaysia Airlines' expense since after the aircraft's March 8 disappearance.

“We are very tired after spending a sleepless night,” the female relative said. “We were hungry and asked the embassy if there was food. But they denied it. So we had to call for help on Weibo. Someone volunteered to deliver us food.

“Now the majority members are still waiting outside of the embassy. We decided to stay as long as we needed,” she said.

Frustration has been mounting among the relatives 49 days on, with previous regular briefings seeing the families shout or throw water bottles at Malaysian Airlines and government officials.

Search and rescue operations, aided by the militaries of several countries, have not yielded any signs of wreckage in the Southern Indian Ocean, where experts say it crashed, or even the airplane's black-box cockpit voice recordings, which could provide answers about why the plane veered off course and disappeared.

As governments and search authorities confront more questions than answers, the Chinese relatives have refused to accept the official conclusion that the airplane crashed at sea.

“We want truth. It sounded like a lie that the plane ended in the Indian Ocean. What does that even mean? No trace of remains of the plane or passengers?” the woman said.

“There's an old Chinese saying that dying leaves will return to their roots. If they are dead, there should be bodies. What Malaysia has been done is not acceptable,” she said.

(Source: South China Morning Post)

Also read: Malaysia Airlines staff detained, attacked by angry relatives of MH370 passengers in China

 

25 April 2014

JACC Media Release: Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370
25 April, 2014—am

Up to 8 military aircraft and 10 ships are planned to assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,240 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

The weather forecast for today is for isolated showers, with south easterly winds up to 25 knots, sea swells of two to three metres and visibility of one kilometre in thunderstorms and three kilometres in rain.

Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission 13 in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed approximately 95 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available.

(JACC)


Thursday 24 April 2014

Thursday 24 April 2014

MH370 search: Images of debris mistaken for missing plane parts released

 
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Fairfax Media has received photos of the debris found near Augusta which investigators have since confirmed is not linked to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Mat Franklin and his son discovered the debris on Easter Monday four kilometres from Augusta.  

Mr Franklin went to work on Tuesday before trying to report his findings. 

"It looked pretty distinctly like a piece of aircraft. I didn't want to raise any alarms, I just wanted to get an opinion," he said. 

Mr Franklin decided to get advice from the Busselton Aero Club on Wednesday who then passed it on the Busselton police. 

Senior Sergeant Steve Principe said the Busselton station received the object between 2.30 and 3pm on Wednesday afternoon. 

It was from there that the possible link to the MH370 arose. 

Information was then passed on to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) for further investigation. 

The bureau announced on Thursday morning that  there was no link to the missing MH370 aircraft but investigations were still ongoing

"They've had the top forensics examining it and should have been able to tell what it is by now," Mr Franklin said. 

"I still believe it is a piece of aircraft because they won't give it back to me." 

Whilst the debris have been confirmed as unrelated to MH370, ocean experts say it is likely that debris from  aircrafts could wash up on the WA coast if it's caught up in the Leeuwin Current .

This isn't the first time unusual objects have washed up on the shore at a beach at, or near, Augusta.

Last year the navy investigated after an object initially believed to be a bomb was reported found at a beach in Augusta .

Augusta abalone diver Joel Veitch also came across a blue marlin approximately 2.5 metres long and weighing 250 kilograms  dead in the water 100m south of the new marine wall in Augusta.

(Source: The Sydney Morning Harald National)

 

Thursday 24 April 2014 - pm

Malaysia to release MH370 report, Prime Minister tells CNN

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Facing anger from families of Flight 370 passengers, Malaysia's Prime Minister said Thursday his government will release its preliminary report on the plane's disappearance.

In a TV exclusive, Najib Razak told CNN the report will be available to the public next week.

"I have directed an internal investigation team of experts to look at the report, and there is a likelihood that next week we could release the report," Najib said. Later in the interview with CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest, he gave a more definitive statement, saying the report will be released next week.

He also asked an internal investigation team to look into what other information may be released publicly next week, his office said.

In the CNN interview, Najib discussed why he is not yet officially declaring the flight -- and the 239 people on board -- lost.

The report has already been sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the U.N. body for global aviation, but not made available to the public.

The ICAO told CNN about a safety recommendation in the report: Malaysia said the aviation world needs to look at real-time tracking of commercial aircraft. It's the same recommendation that was made after the Air France Flight 447 disaster in 2009.

Earlier Thursday, the partner of one of the passengers accused Malaysian authorities of seeming "to be choosing to treat us as if we are the enemy as opposed to an interested party in helping to solve this mystery."

"We need a fresh start here," Sarah Bajc, partner of passenger Philip Wood, said on CNN's "New Day."

"We've been sitting on opposite sides of the table. They have a briefing, they tell us what they know and we ask them questions. That's just kind of broken. I think we need to start from scratch and sit down and have a positive dialogue."

Families don't "necessarily believe" that the Malaysian authorities are "withholding any new information other than the facts that we've already asked for," she added.

A committee representing some of the Chinese families have posted 26 questions on the Chinese social media site Weibo.

Usually, such reports to the ICAO are public, Quest says.

"In most cases, the report is published because it's not a controversial document," he said. "It's a statement of facts -- what happened. And if there are any controversial or difficult facts, they can be redacted."

Malaysia has insisted it has nothing to hide and is working to find answers.

Families plan to demand answers from Boeing

While pushing Malaysian authorities for answers, "we're also extending our reach now," Bajc said. Some of the questions the families have, including technical questions, "we will be bringing directly to Boeing. Boeing has a shareholders meeting next week. And if we're not getting information directly from Malaysia Airlines and from the Malaysian government, we might as well try to go directly to the source.

"Boeing is a publicly traded company in the United States, and that puts them in a position of a little bit more fiduciary responsibility," she said.

The missing flight is a Boeing 777.

Asked for a response, Boeing sent CNN a written statement: "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies continue to be with the families and loved ones of those aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Boeing continues to serve as a technical adviser to the U.S. National Transportation (Safety) Board, and in that role we have been an active and engaged party to the investigation."

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Thursday 24 April 2014 - am

Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370 - JACC Media Release
24 April 2014—am



Up to 11 military aircraft and 11 ships are planned to assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,567 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

Prior to the commencement of today's air search operations, an assessment of current weather conditions will be made as ex-Tropical Cyclone Jack moves south.

The weather forecast for today is for heavy rain and low cloud, with south easterly winds up to 35 knots, sea swells of three to four metres and visibility of one kilometre.

Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission 12 in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 90 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that after examining detailed photographs of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta, it is satisfied it is not a lead in relation to the search for missing flight MH370.

Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available.

(JACC)

 

Thursday 24 April 2014

Unidentified material highly unlikely to be from MH370
ATSB Media Release - 24 April 2014

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is satisfied that the unidentified material found 10 kilometres east of Augusta, Western Australia is not associated with missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

This assessment follows the ATSB's careful examination of a set of forensic photographs supplied by the West Australian Police yesterday.

ATSB Chief Commissioner, Mr Martin Dolan, said the ATSB takes all suspected leads in the search for the missing aircraft very seriously.

"The ATSB examined the forensic photographs of the material to see if it has any relevance to the search of MH370," Mr Dolan said.

"After careful and detailed examination by investigative experts, our assessment is that the material is highly unlikely to be related to MH370 and will not be used in the search for the missing aircraft.

"We also passed the photographs to the Malaysian authorities, who are leading the investigation."

Media contact: 1800 020 616

(Australian Transport Safety Bureau - ATSB)

 



Thursday 24 April 2014

Australia transport safety chief says beach debris not from MH370

Debris picked up on a beach in Western Australia this week is unlikely to have come from the Malaysian Airlines jet that vanished nearly seven weeks ago, Australia's transport bureau said on Thursday.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has assessed the material that washed up on the coast 10 km (six miles) east of the town of Augusta, near the southwestern tip of Australia, the bureau's spokesman said. "It's considered highly unlikely to be from MH370," spokesman Tony Simes said.

ATSB commissioner Martin Dolan earlier told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio that the bureau had examined detailed photographs of the debris and was satisfied it was not a lead in the hunt for the plane. "We're not seeing anything in this that would lead us to believe that it is from a Boeing aircraft," he told ABC Radio.

Authorities have given no details on the material, which was the first discovery of suspected debris in weeks and the first since the detection of what were believed to be signals from the plane's black box flight recorder on April 4.

Seabed scans of a 10 km zone off the west coast of Australia have failed to turn up any wreckage, but Malaysia and Australia have vowed to plough on with the search for the plane that went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.

The U.S. navy drone that has been scouring the seabed is due to end its first full mission in the southern Indian Ocean within days.

Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the search authorities would need to "regroup and restrategise" if nothing was found in the current search zone, but said the search would "always continue". "I can confirm in fact we are increasing the assets that are available for deep-sea search," he told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, adding that the government was seeking help from state oil company Petronas, which has expertise in deep-sea exploration.

(Source)


Wednesday 23 April 2014

Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

Press Conference by Malaysian Authorities

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Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

The ATSB described the material as a sheet of metal with rivets, the material appears interesting enough to take a closer look. Malaysia's Transportation Minister commented he had not yet seen those photographs.

 


Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

Malaysia's Minister of Transport stated, that a new investigation body is being formed to lead the investigation, the International Investigation Team. Malaysia's Cabinet has approved the formation of that new body: "The main purpose of the International Investigation Team is to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the incident so similar ncidents could be avoided in the future. I would also like to note that the investigation will not include criminal aspects which are under the purview of the Royal Malaysian Police." The investigation will continue to follow the requirements of the Civil Aviation Regulation 1966, the standards set under ICAO Annex 13 - Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation - and the Chicago Convention. The Minister concluded: "Indeed, it is imperative for the government to form an independent team of investigators which is not only competent and transparent but also highly credible. As I've consistently said since the beginning, we have nothing to hide."

 

Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

Unidentified material washed ashore

JACC Media Release
23 April 2014 pm

Western Australia Police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining the photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370.

The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.

No further information is available at this time.

Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available.

(JACC)

 

Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: ATSB examines material washed ashore south of Perth for links to missing plane

Authorities are examining material that has washed ashore south of Perth to identify if it is related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Police from Busselton secured the material that was found 10 kilometres east of Augusta in the South West of Western Australia.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining photographs of the material to see if it is related to the search for the aircraft.

The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.

The ABC has been told the material is metallic and about 2.5 metres long.

WA Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis, a former submarine navigator, said it was possible the items found could have come from the missing flight.

"It wouldn't surprise me if sooner or later ... if there was debris floating, it would end up on the West Australian coast," he told ABC local radio in Perth.

"Weather systems in the southern hemisphere predominantly move in a clockwise direction, and this time of the year the Leeuwin Current is pretty much at its strongest.

"Anything in that area over 50 days travelling at two knots, say four kilometres an hour, sooner or later is likely to have been caught up in it [the current]."

Mr Francis stressed that he did not have any information to suggest the debris was from the missing flight.

"I don't want to pre-empt anything that it may or may not have been," he said. "We're just guessing at the moment but I wouldn't be surprised, that's all."

(Source: ABC News | Read more: CNN)

 

Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

Suspension of air search today due to weather conditions - JACC Media Release
23 April 2014

Planned air search activities have been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area.

Three aircraft had already departed for today's search area prior to the suspension taking effect. They have been recalled.

Current weather conditions are resulting in heavy seas and poor visibility and are making air search activities ineffective and potentially hazardous.

The 12 ships involved in today's search will continue with their planned activities.

( JACC )

 


Wednesday 23 April 2014

Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370 - JACC Media Release
23 April 2014—am




Up to 10 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 37,948 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission ten in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 80 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

The weather forecast for today is for isolated showers increasing to heavy rain, widespread low cloud, with south easterly winds, sea swells up to 2.5 metres and visibility of one kilometere. Prevailing weather conditions may affect today's air search.

( JACC )


Tuesday 22 April 2014

Tuesday 22 April 2014 - Update

Suspension of air search today due to weather conditions

JACC Media Release
22 April 2014

Planned air search activities have been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area as a result of Tropical Cyclone Jack.

It has been determined that the current weather conditions are resulting in heavy seas and poor visibility, and would make any air search activities ineffective and potentially hazardous.

The 10 ships involved in today's search will continue with their planned activities.

(JACC)

Also read:

Cyclone Jack disrupts search for MH370 (IHS Maritime)

 

 

Tuesday 22 April 2014

JACC Media Release - 22 April 2014—am

Up to 10 military aircraft and 10 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,491 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission nine in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area to date. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

The weather forecast for today is for scattered showers to continue with south easterly winds, sea swells up to three metres and visibility of four kilometres.

(JACC)

Monday 21 April 2014

Monday 21 April 2014

JACC Media Release - 21 April 2014—am

Up to 10 military aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,491 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1741 kilometres north west of Perth.

This morning, Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission eight in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area to date. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

Bluefin-21 AUV's ninth mission will commence later this morning.

The weather forecast for today has conditions deteriorating, particularly in the north of the search area, as Tropical Cyclone Jack continues its track southwards. Wide spread showers are developing with isolated thunderstorms to the north and east south-easterly winds.

(JACC)

Sunday 20 April 2014

Sunday 20 April 2014 # MASalert - MAS

Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 makes emergency landing



UPDATE 2:
MEDIA STATEMENT released at 1.35am/21 Apr 2014 (Malaysia time) MAS

MH192 Incident

Sepang, 21 April 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH192 that departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.09pm bound for Bangalore has made an air turn back towards Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft's right-hand landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff and is expected to make an emergency landing at KLIA at around 2.00am, today.

Flight MH192, operated on the B737-800 aircraft, was scheduled to arrive in Bangalore at 11.35pm the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 166 people on board which include 159 passengers and 07 crew members.

Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the Airport Fire Rescue Services (AFRS) in anticipation of the landing.

The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.

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# MASalert - MAS

UPDATE 1: Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 that departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.09pm bound for Bangalore earlier had turned back and landed safely in KLIA at 1.56am, today.

Malaysia Airlines, in a press statement said that one of the tyres on the right hand main landing gear had burst during takeoff. The Captain was alerted by Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control that tyre debris were found on the runway and immediately contacted Malaysia Airlines Operations Control Centre (OCC) at 10:25pm. As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to KLIA.

The Airport Fire Rescue Services (AFRS) were deployed as soon as the pilot was instructed to turn back to KLIA by OCC.

All 159 passengers and 7 crew members on board have disembarked from the aircraft. MH192 will be retimed to depart KLIA at 3.30pm on 21 April 2014 and arrive Bangalore at 5.00pm the same day.

Meanwhile all passengers will be accommodated at nearby hotels.

(Source)

The website www.flightradar24.com, which displays live air traffic, showed Flight MH192 repeatedly circling Kuala Lumpur airport before the eventual landing.
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Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 makes emergency landing - # MASalert - MAS

Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 suffered a landing gear malfunction Sunday night as it left the international airport Kuala Lumpur, and made an emergency landing back at the airport shortly before 2 a.m. local time, officials said.

The Boeing 737 carrying 166 people was en route to Bangalore at the time of the incident, and emergency crews scrambled as it headed back for an emergency landing.

The plane was able to land safely, according to the Twitter account of Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian minister of defence and acting minister of transport.

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Sunday 20 April 2014 - pm

Both official Malaysian online information centers for Missing Flight MH370; the Official briefings of Malaysia Airlines and the DCA Official Newsroom are offline for unknown reasons.

For updates of Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysian acting transport minister on twitter: @H2OComms and @HishammuddinH2O. Malaysian Airlines here: @MAS


UPDATE: (21 April 2014)


 

Sunday 20 April 2014 - pm

MH370 search: Police have recorded statements from 260 individuals, says IGP


Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said statements have been taken from 260 individuals to assist in police investigations in connection with missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.

He said investigations were still being conducted and many more people would be called up to give their statements.

“I am sorry because I cannot give you anything on the recovery of the plane so far. First, because it is related to a criminal investigation. Secondly, when we say something, people will resort to speculation. So, it is best we continue our investigations until we are ready to make announcements to the public,” he said.

Khalid was speaking to reporters after attending a pinning-of-the-rank ceremony of the Police Volunteer Reserve (PVR) Unit here Sunday where police volunteer Paul Lajumin was promoted to the rank of Superintendent.

He said investigations into the missing plane had been classified as a criminal case under Section 130 (c) under Penal Code which covered investigations into any elements of sabotage, hijacking and so on.

However, Khalid said at present, the main focus was on finding the plane.

In a separate development, Khalid confirmed the detention of a Malaysian military officer by the United States authorities on suspicion of trying to smuggle a pistol out from the country.

“What I can say here is that he (the officer concerned) has to face the United States' laws. However, we are interested to know his intentions and reason for attempting to smuggle the Taurus PT-22 pistol. That will be later. We will have to get the full report from the US,” he said.

Local media had reported today that the officer, a major, had been detained by the San Angelo authorities in Texas after a pistol was found in his bag.

On the PVR, Khalid said to date, there were about 16,000 members including 1,618 in Sabah.

He said Police welcomed volunteers from the public to enable it to achieve its membership target of 50,000. – Bernama

 

Sunday 20 April 2014 - am

JACC Media Release - 20 April 2014—am

Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 48,507 square kilometres, across two areas.

Early this morning, Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission seven in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 50 per cent of the focused underwater search area to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April

No contacts of interest have been found to date.

Bluefin-21 AUV's eighth mission has commenced.

The weather forecast for today is scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms in some areas, and east south-easterly winds.

(JACC)

Saturday 19 April 2014

Saturday 19 April 2014 - am

Search intensifies, should be completed in a week

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The underwater drone scanning for traces of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should complete its task within the next week, as the search for the plane intensifies, a government official said Saturday.

"Today and tomorrow, it's imperative that we focus because the experts have narrowed down the search area," said Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysian acting transport minister. "Whatever the outcome for the next few days, we need to regroup and reconsider."

When asked whether he's confident searchers are close to finding debris from the Malaysian jetliner, Hussein said the next few days are critical.

"It's difficult to say. But at the moment, it's important to focus on today and tomorrow," he said. "The narrowing of the search today and tomorrow is at a critical juncture. I appeal to everyone around the world to pray and pray hard."

The developments come a day after a a senior Malaysian aviation source said the Malaysian jetliner drastically changed course then soared to near its peak altitude, adding yet another wrinkle to the enigma of the plane's last flight.

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Saturday 19 April 2014

JACC Media Release 19 April 2014—am

Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 50,200 square kilometres, across three areas.

Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission six in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 133 square kilometres to date. Data from the sixth mission is currently under analysis. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

Bluefin-21 AUV's seventh mission has commenced. The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds.

(JACC)

Friday 18 April 2014

Friday 18 April 2014 pm - Update

New details emerge

New information has come to light about the path taken by Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before it disappeared from radar screens on March 8.

The plane deviated from its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing by turning leftward over water while it was still inside Vietnamese airspace, a senior Malaysian aviation source told CNN's Nic Robertson.

The aircraft then climbed to 39,000 feet, just short of the Boeing 777-200ER's 41,000 feet safe operating limit, and maintained that altitude for about 20 minutes over the Malaysian Peninsula before beginning to descend, the source said.

Investigators have determined that the missing jet was equipped with four emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs, which are designed to transmit a plane's location to an emergency satellite when triggered by a crash or by contact with water, the source added.

The ELTs were at the plane's front door, its rear door, in the fuselage and in the cockpit, said the source, who was puzzled over why they appear either not to have activated or, if they did activate, why they were not picked up by the satellite.

Relatives of the 239 passengers and crew have raised questions about the ELTs with Malaysian authorities, suggesting there were at least three aboard the plane, including two portable units and one fixed device.

Malaysia Airlines would not comment

Malaysia Airlines has declined to answer CNN's questions about the ELTs and other matters. The airline said it could not comment on "any questions that relate to information held by other authorities and/or fall under the jurisdiction of the ongoing investigation. ..."

As the details about the investigation emerged, the work of searching for the plane continued Friday, when a drone submerged to the bottom of the Indian Ocean for its sixth trip in search of the missing Malaysian plane.

A fifth mission had been aborted when problems with its inertial navigation system arose, said Michael Dean of the U.S. Navy.

The Bluefin-21 was then re-submerged to resume scanning the floor of the southern Indian Ocean.

During its first four missions, the drone searched about 42 square miles (110 square kilometers). On that fourth mission, it reached a record depth of 15,404 feet (4,695 meters), the Navy said. Pushing that limit "does carry with it some residual risk to the equipment," which is being monitored closely, it said.

The probe typically can search no deeper than about 14,764 feet (4,500 meters), but Bluefin operators said they could tweak it to reach 16,404 feet (5,000 meters) -- beyond the search area's maximum depth of about 15,100 feet (4,600 meters).

Authorities said the probe had scanned 42 square miles (110 square kilometers) without making any "contacts of interest."

'No debris or aircraft wreckage'

The first four dives discovered "no debris or aircraft wreckage," said Phoenix International Holdings, which owns and operates the equipment under a contract with the U.S. Navy.

A single dive takes 24 hours to complete: two hours to submerge to near the ocean floor, 16 hours to map the seabed, two hours to ascend to the surface and four hours to download the images.

The continuing search efforts came as relatives of the people who were aboard the jetliner when it disappeared from radar nearly six weeks ago pressed for answers.

They have drawn up 26 questions that they want addressed by Malaysian officials, who are to meet with them next week in Beijing. Most of the 239 passengers and crew who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were Chinese.

Among their questions: What's in the flight's log book? Can they review the jet's maintenance records? Can they listen to recordings of the Boeing 777 pilot's conversations with air traffic controllers just before contact was lost?

Malaysia's acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, has defended his government's handling of the operation and accused members of the news media of focusing on the Chinese families. He said relatives of passengers and crew from other nations represented have not had problems.

"The most difficult part of any investigation of this nature is having to deal with the families," he said.

More underwater probes?

Hishammuddin tweeted Friday that authorities are looking at deploying more unmanned underwater probes.
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Officials might consider searching along a large portion of sea highlighted by a partial digital "handshake" between the jetliner and an Inmarsat PLC satellite, Dolan said.

That arc of sea is more than 370 miles long and 30 miles wide.

A new setback

Analysis of samples of an oil slick discovered on April 13 and collected 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) from where a ping was detected concluded they were neither aircraft engine oil nor hydraulic fluid, Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre said Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on March 8 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.

With no debris found and no possible pings from the plane's "black boxes" detected in more than a week, officials have shifted the focus underwater.

A prolonged undersea search by private contractors could cost a "ballpark rough estimate" of $234 million, said Martin Dolan, Australia's top transport official.

Searches from air and ship may wrap up

Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships were to assist in Friday's search across three areas northwest of Perth, Australia, covering about 20,000 square miles (52,000 square kilometers). But searches from air and ship are probably nearing an end, officials said.

That did not surprise former National Transportation Safety Board Managing Director Peter Goelz. "There's a lot of resources being expended there; it's turned up nothing," he said.

But he predicted the underwater search would continue for the six to eight weeks needed to cover the current search zone. If that turns up nothing, he predicted, towed array sonar probably would be used to search a wider zone.

"This is a very complex operation," ocean search specialist Rob McCallum said. "It's going to be a game of patience now."

Source: CNN
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Friday 18 April 2014

JACC Media Release - 18 April 2014—am

Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 51,870 square kilometres, across three areas.

Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed another mission in the underwater search area and has commenced mission five. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 110 square kilometres to date. Data analysis from the fourth mission did not provide any contacts of interest.

The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds

Thursday 17 April 2014


JACC Update on search for flight MH370
Media Release - 17 April 2014—pm

At the recent media conference conducted by the Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said that the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick on Sunday evening in her current search area.

Preliminary analysis of the sample collected by ADV Ocean Shield has confirmed that it is not aircraft engine oil or hydraulic fluid.

Additionally, Phoenix International, with the assistance of Bluefin, have assessed that there is a small but acceptable level of risk in operating the vehicle in depths in excess of 4,500 metres. This expansion of the operating parameters allows the Bluefin-21 to search the sea floor within the predicted limits of the current search area.

Some media reports today state that it would take Bluefin-21 anywhere from six weeks to two months to scan the entire underwater search area. This is incorrect.

Since the US Navy provided comment some days ago, the underwater search has been significantly narrowed through detailed acoustic analysis conducted on the four signal detections made by the Towed Pinger Locator on ADV Ocean Shield .

This analysis has allowed the definition of a reduced and more focused underwater search area. This represents the best lead we have in relation to missing flight MH370 and where the current underwater search efforts are being pursued to their completion so we can either confirm or discount the area as the final resting place of MH370.

 

Wednesday 17 April 2014

The key of questions from family members - From The Committee of MH370 family
(2014-04-16 17:44:40)

Families of relatives that were aboard flight MH370 have released a list of unanswered questions as the search for the aircraft continues and information is starting to dwindle. There are 26 questions in all and a number ask about the technical aspects of the aircraft including regarding issues in relation to the flight recorders or 'black boxes'. There are also questions relating to the aircraft's distress radiobeacon also known as the emergency locator transmitter (ELT).

The list of questions verbatim are as follows as posted on Chinese social networking site, Sina Weibo:

Emergency locator transmitter

As far as we know, MH370 has one fixed ELT and two portable ELT. All ElT has passed the latest maintains check (Malaysia airlines has promised to ask when they did the last check and what has been checked)

1. How many ELT are there on the plane? Including fixed and portable.   We have heard two versions. We would like to insure how many?
2. Did Malaysia Airline have regular maintains check for ELT? When was latest check for MH370 ‘s ELT? What is the maintainous interval? And we need to see results of maintainous check. If not possible to see the result during the investigation. We would like to know what has been checked.
3. How your 406 MHz is certified. Your licences?
4. Is it possible to break the ELT at high impact? Where is the 406 MHz ELT exactly located on MH370? (tail of the flight or on the celling of business class)
5. Is the ELT protected in the compartment within the fuselage?  Surrounding by metal? will the signal  be weaken if the metal shield_
6.  Is the cable and blade antenna 9G certified?  How much impact is need to active ELT?  Does the ELT active in Asiana accident and France Air 447?
7.  Are 121.5 MHz 243 MHz useless when aircraft crash in water?
8.  The manufacturer of the ELT, the signal of 406MHz supposed to be detected by satellite.
9.  Is the 406 MHz is a separate service beside the 121.5 and 243 MHz?
10. If the crew has been trained on how to use ELT?
11. Can ELT unlock and bounce to the surface of water?
12. When plane is trying to land on the sea, can ELT can be activated?

Black box

1.  The serials number of the black box on MH370. Manufacturer?
2.  What kind of characteristic signal does MH370's black box pinger send? Is it a pulse, with a peak at 37.5 kHz? The width, the shape of the pulse?
3.  What is the sample that Boeing has sent to Australia to compare with the detected pinger? Was it from a normal black box signal or the specific black box on boeing 777, or even the exact black box mount on MH370?
4.  How many items can the Flight Data Recorder provide? 25, 57 or 88?
5.  How long time can the Cockpit Voice Recorder provide? When did Malaysia Airline start to prolong 2 hours record?
6. Can the detected frequency 33.3kHz can illustrate the coverage environment of the black box? Can the location of the black box also te illustrated?
7. Can the investigation team make an experiment on checking the 33.3kHz is caused by the weaken battery? And how long can 33.3 kHz can be detected under the weaken power situation?

Protocol

1.  What protocol does ICAO do when flight missing.  What did Malaysia Airline do when MH370 missing. What organization are Malaysia in.
2.  We want MH370's logbook
3.  We need Malaysia Civil Aviation Control MH370   Voice Record.
4.  Inmarsat in Malaysia   ,  NTSB  ,Chief engineer Zaharie  personal  contact phone number. Directly  contact information.
5. Have the searching and rescue team got final result from the searched areas? Are they ensure any impossibility on thosed closed area, if not why close all the other areas?
6. Can Malaysia Government specify the right of kins, especially the right to know the facts of a cases or the details of an incident?
7. We require the ATC audio.

From: The Committee of MH370 family

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Thursday 17 April 2014

JACC Media Release - 17 April 2014—am

Up to ten military aircraft, two civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 40,349 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,170 kilometres north west of Perth.

Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed a full mission in the search area and is currently planning for its next mission. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 90 square kilometres to date and the data from its latest mission is being analysed.

The oil sample collected by Ocean Shield has now arrived in Perth and will be subject to detailed testing and analysis. We will provide details of the results when they become available.

The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds.

Wednesday 16 April 2014

JACC Update on search for flight MH370
Media Release 2 - 16 April 2014—pm

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue. While on deck, its data was downloaded.

Bluefin-21 was then redeployed and it is currently continuing its underwater search.

Initial analysis of the data downloaded this morning indicates no significant detections.

 

Wednesday 16 April 2014 a.m.

JACC Media Release - 16 April 2014—am - Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370

Up to 11 military aircraft, three civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 55,151 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,087 kilometres north west of Perth.

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle was again deployed last night from ADV Ocean Shield .

The data from Bluefin-21's first mission has been downloaded and analysed. No objects of interest were found.

The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with isolated rain showers, sea swells up to two metres and visibility of five kilometres.

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Tuesday April 15 - Update

Full Transcript of JACC Press Conference with Chinese Media, 14 April 2014

Read Full Transcript of Press Conference with Chinese Media on April 14 2014 here


Tuesday April 15 - Update

The cabinet has agreed to set up an International Investigation Team to specifically look into the MH370 incident

 

 


 

 

Tuesday 15 April - Update

Underwater search for MH370 cut short

Eleven ships and 11 aircraft assisted in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as the autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin began its search for wreckage on the ocean floor. The underwater search, however, was aborted early. The AUV was deployed last night from the ADV Ocean Shield, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) announced this morning by way of a statement. After completing around six hours of its 16-hour mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its 4.5km operating depth limit. Its built-in safety feature returned it to the surface, the JACC said. Data gathered by the unmanned submarine is currently being extracted and analysed before the Bluefin-21 is redeployed.

(IHS Maritime)

 


Tuesday April 15 2014 - Update

- Bluefin-21 Underwater Vehicle has
collected 6 hours of data that has now been analyzed, no objects of interest have been detected

- No other phones other than from the co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid have been connected to the telecommunications network, according CNN

 


Tuesday April 15 - Update

Tuesday, April 15, 03:15 PM MYT +0800 Press Briefing by Hishammuddin Hussein Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport

Introductory Statement on MH370

It has been 39 days since MH370 went missing. We have now entered a new phase for the search operations expanding into deep ocean search with deployment of the Bluefin - 21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AVU). As stated by the Joint Agency Coordinating Center in Perth earlier today, there are 9 military aircraft, 2 civil aircrafts and 11 ships which haven assisgned to search for MH370.

1. International Investigation Team

The Cabinet has agreed to set up an International Investigation Team to specifically look into the MH370 incident. The Ministry of Transport (MOT) will spearhead the efforts to draft the Term of Reference for the investigation team and will be recruiting the members for the team in accordance with international standards. 

The sub committee, let by Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Minister of Transport has been assigned the task to coordinate the formation of the International Investigation Team.

On that note, Malaysia as the Contracting State and a Council Member of the International Aviation Organization (ICAO) will observe and comply with the standards and recommended practices of ICAO set mainly to look into the safety of international civil aviation. It is imperative for thr goverment to form an independent team of investigator which is not only competent and transparent but also highly credible. 

The main purpose of the International Investigation Team is to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the incident so similar incidents could be avoided in the future. I would like to stress that this investigation is not aimed at apportioning blame or liability with regards to the incident. I would also like to note that the investigation will not include criminal aspects which are under purview of the Royal Malaysian Police. 

The investigation will be carried out in accordance with the Civil Aviation Regulation 1966 and the standards set under Annex 13 - Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, the Chicago Convention, which requires each party to investigate air accidents independently with full powers in their respective countries. 

The investigation team will include three groups:

a. an airworthiness group, to look into issues such as maintenance records, structures and systems;

b. an operational group, to examine flight recorders, operations and meteorology;

c. a medical and human factors group, to investigate issues such as psychology, pathology and survival factors.

We are also discussing to appoint experts from other ASEAN countries in accordance with ASEAN MoU on Cooperation Relating to Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation that was signed in 2008.

2. Developments on the Ministerial Committees

As mentioned previously, the Malaysian goverment has established three ministerial committees. These three committees have started their respective tasks and I will now update on you their progress.

The next of kin committee, led by Hamzah Zainuddin, Deputy Foreign Minister has looked into various issues related to the next of kin of passengers onboard MH370. They are now working closely with various Goverments especially the countries whose nationals were on board. 

The technical committee, led by Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Transport Minister has developed the structure and drafted the terms of reference for the International Investigations Team which will be made known to the public in due course. 

The asset deployment committee, led by Abdul Rahim Bakri, Deputy Defence Minister has directed the deployment of the existing assets involved in the current SAR operation. They will be consulting relevant partner countries through our defence cooperation mechnism to further assist JACC in the receovery process of MH370.

I have instructed leading members of the three sub committees to head to Perth to hold discussions with the JACC.

3. SAR Operations Updates

As mentioned by Angus Houston yesterday, the Bluefin-21 AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) has been deployed. The search area is based on the identified location where the ping transmission was last detected and verified to be from an electronic device. 

The Bluefin-21 which will be deployed daily to locate the black box, will take 24 hours to complete a full mission. It takes 2 hours for it to descend to the botton level, 16 hours to search and photograph the seabed, 2 hours to ascend back to the surface and 4 hours to download the images.

We are still waiting verification of the oil slick found and collected yesterday 5.5 kilometres away from the site where a ping was detected. This is consistent with our stand to only accept corroborated and verified evidence and there fore we appreciate JACC's effort in treating this new potential lead cautiously. 

Concluding remarks on MH370

A Framework Agreement on Cooperation Between The Goverment of Malaysia and The Goverment of the Commonwealth of Australia in relation to MH370 is currently being drafted. A first draft has been sent to the High Commission of Australia for their deliberation.

I would like to conclude by reiterating that the search for the MH370 has entered yet another phase. The information release yesterday has provided new leads, and given new direction to the search process. When possible, we will keep the media fully briefed, but our priority remains with the search operations. 

Malaysian Airlines

 


Tuesday 15 April

Press Conference today by Minister of Defence & (Acting) Minister of Transport Hishhammudin Hussein

 

 

 

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370 - JACC Media release 15 April 2014—am

Up to nine military aircraft, two civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 62,063 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,170 kilometres north west of Perth.

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle deployed last night from ADV Ocean Shield .

After completing around six hours of its mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its operating depth limit of 4,500 metres and its built in safety feature returned it to the surface.

The six hours of data gathered by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is currently being extracted and analysed.

Bluefin-21 is planned to redeploy later today when weather conditions permit.

The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, sea swells up to two metres and visibility of five kilometres.

The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), will provide further updates if, and when, more information becomes available.

(JACC)

Monday 14 April 2014


Monday April 14 2014 - Update

Phone tower, 250 miles from where MH370 disappeared, detected co-pilot's phone searching for service near Palang, Malaysia, U.S. official says, according - CNN

A U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Pamela Brown on Monday that a cell phone tower in Penang, Malaysia -- about 250 miles from where the flight disappeared -- detected the co-pilot's phone searching for service around the time the plane vanished.

The revelation follows reporting over the weekend in a Malaysian newspaper that co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid had tried to make a telephone call while the plane was in flight.

However, the U.S. official -- who cited information shared by Malaysian investigators -- said there was no evidence the co-pilot had tried to make a call.

The details do appear to reaffirm suggestions based on radar and satellite data that the plane turned around and was probably flying low enough to obtain a signal from a cell tower, the official said.
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Monday April 14 2014 - Update

Oilslick detected on Sunday evening will take a few days to analyze

Earlier, Australian officials announced the Australian ship Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick Sunday evening. It is unclear where the oil came from. A 2-liter sample has been collected for examination, but it will take a few days to analyze.

"I stress the source of the oil has yet to be determined, but the oil slick is approximately 5,500 meters (3.4 miles) downwind ... from the vicinity of the detections of the TPL on Ocean Shield," Houston said, referring to the pings detected by a towed pinger locator, a wing-shaped listening device connected to the ship by a cable.

It's not the first oil slick detected as part of the search. A similar find in the first days of the search was determined to be fuel oil from a freighter. Read more

 

Monday April 14 2014 - Update

Malaysian government warns legal action against 'retweeting' and 'sharing' false reports on MH370 Published on Apr 13, 2014

Multimedia and Communications Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek says the government will not only take legal action to those responsible for producing false reports on the search for MH370, it will also act on individuals spreading such information on social media. Read more

 

Monday 14 April 2014

MH370: How do underwater sonar subs work?

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Four pings and an oil slick. That's what the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has yielded so far.

No signs of wreckage, no assurances of exactly where the plane might be.

So officials are launching their next option: an underwater vehicle to scan the ocean floor.

But even that vehicle -- the Bluefin-21 -- faces plenty of challenges in finding the plane carrying 239 people.

How does the underwater vehicle work?

The Bluefin-21 is a probe equipped with side-scan sonar, or acoustic technology that creates pictures from the reflections of sound instead of light.

The device sends a pulse that produces a three-dimensional map of the seafloor, according to the U.S. Navy. An operator on the surface programs the vehicle, which is owned and operated by Phoenix International, a marine services contractor.

"When it reaches the appropriate depth, it will turn on its sensors," said David Kelly, the president and CEO of manufacturer Bluefin Robotics.

"It will then run what's called the lawn mower pattern, which is a series of parallel lines or tracks, where it will go back and forth just like mowing your lawn."

Where will it be launched?

The Bluefin-21 will be launched in the most probable area of the pings that were detected by the Australian ship Ocean Shield.

From there, it will plunge to a depth of 4,000 to 4,500 meters (2.5 miles) -- roughly 35 meters above the ocean floor, the U.S. Navy said.

"It operates at a height above the bottom optimized for its sensors," Kelly said.

How fast and how far will the vehicle go?

The Bluefin-21's first mission will cover about 40 square kilometers (3.1 miles by 4.9 miles). It'll probably take anywhere from six weeks to two months to scan the entire search area, the U.S. Navy said.

That's because the vehicle crawls at the pace of a leisurely stroll, said Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer from National Geographic who was chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

But the Bluefin-21 does create good images -- so good that they are "almost a picture of what's there ... but it's imaged with sound instead of with a camera."

What kind of terrain will it have to deal with?

The bottom of the search area is not sharply mountainous -- it's more flat and almost rolling, Australian chief search coordinator Angus Houston said.

But he said the bottom of the area probably has a lot of silt, which can "complicate" the search.

Houston cautioned against beliefs that the underwater vehicle will find wreckage.

"It may not," he said. "This will be a slow and painstaking process."

When can we learn what the Bluefin-21 sees?

The vehicle has a 24-hour cycle, so it can be deployed only once a day. And no information will be available until the end of each cycle, Houston said.

It will take two hours for the Bluefin-21 to get down to the search area. Then it will scour the ocean bed for 16 hours and take another two hours to resurface. After that, it will take another four hours to download and analyze the data collected, Houston said.

"The rate of information flow is certainly going to be a little bit more than a day apart," Matthews said.

What happens after the pingers die?

What happens if and when debris is found?

Once the debris field is found, other equipment -- such as remotely operated vehicles -- would be brought in to recover the black boxes, Earle said.

ROVs working at depths of 3 miles would require power conveyed down a cable from a ship above, said. "There are not many pieces of equipment in the world able to do this."

And only a handful of countries have manned submarines capable of descending to such depths -- such as the United States, Russia, Japan, France and China, she said.

Why haven't they found any debris yet?

It's actually not that surprising, said CNN aviation analyst David Soucie, author of "Why Planes Crash."

The model used for tracking the debris could be incorrect, Soucie said. He said that was the case when investigators were searching for evidence of Air France Flight 447, which plunged into the southern Atlantic Ocean in 2009, killing all 228 people aboard.

"They spent weeks looking for debris in the wrong area," he said.

The lack of debris could also mean that the plane did not break apart on impact, but instead sank largely intact, he said.

If that was the case, it could complicate the effort to retrieve the black boxes, since they were stored inside the tail of the plane. Investigators would have to dismantle the tail in order to extract them and whatever secrets they may hold.

We heard pings last week. Will the towed pinger locators be used again?

Probably not. The plane's black boxes were expected to ping for only about 30 days, and Monday marks Day 38 of the search.

The towed pinger locator and the Bluefin-21 are hosted by the same Australian ship, and only one device at a time can search underwater, Houston said.

And because no new pings had been detected in the past six days, officials have pulled up the pinger locator in order to send down the unmanned vehicle. Houston said it's unlikely the pinger locator will rejoin the search.

What do we know about the oil slick?

On Sunday night, the Australian ship Ocean Shield found an oil slick about 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) downwind from where the pings were detected.

A 2-liter sample was collected for analysis. But it could take a few days to transfer that sample to a task force ship, bring it closer to shore, send it by helicopter to Perth, Australia, and then take it to a lab, Royal Australia Navy Capt. Brett Sampson said.

Will the mystery of Flight 370 be solved once the data recorders are found?

Not necessarily. The voice recorders retain only the last two hours of recordings. And, since officials believe Flight 370 flew almost seven hours beyond the point where something went terribly wrong, crucial data have almost certainly been erased.

On the positive side, the depletion of the battery will not wipe out data. Data has been known to survive years in harsh sea water conditions on modern recorders.

(CNN)

READ: MH370: Is it time to stop searching for pings?

INTERACTIVE: The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

READ: Listen for a ping, and the water may play tricks on you

 



Monday 14 April 2014 - Update

Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 set to go under water


(Full Press conference: 26min50sec here)
Full Transcript of Press Conference, 14 April 2014

The Australian vessel Ocean Shield will stop seeking pings today and the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 will be deployed this evening to search the ocean floor, search co-ordinator Angus Houston has announced.

Retired defence chief Air Chief Marshal Houston told a media conference in Perth that the chances of any floating material from MH370 being recovered from the ocean has greatly diminished.

“We haven't had a single detection in six days - it's time to go under water,” he said.

“The deployment of the autonomous underwater vehicle has the potential to take us a further step towards visual identification since it offers a possible opportunity to detect debris from the aircraft on the ocean floor,” he said.

Any hope of receiving further “pings'' from the devices is highly unlikely due to battery exhaustion, Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

“We've got a very good lead - we've just got to wait and see if Bluefin-21 can find the wreckage,” he said.

But he warned there was still no further certainty as to whether the area was MH370's final resting place.

“I would caution you against raising hopes that the deployment of the autonomous underwater vehicle will result in the detection of the aircraft wreckage. It may not.”

Air Chief Marshal Houston said the search area “is new to man” and may have a lot of silt.

He said Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick downwind from the search area and a sample will be tested.

“Aircraft wreckage needs to be visually recognised before we can say this is the final resting place of MH370,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

The remote underwater vehicle will be deployed this evening in the search area based on the last emissions from the locator beacons of the aircraft's black boxes, Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

“We anticipate deploying it this evening,” he said. “It will be deployed again exactly 24 hours after the first delployment.”

The search area will cover an area measuring 5km by 8km.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said a decision will soon have to be made about whether to continue looking for debris on the surface.

“The air and surface search for floating material will be completed in the next two to three days in the area where the aircraft most likely entered the water,” he said.

“The chances of any floating material being recovered have greatly diminished and it will be appropriate to confer with Australia's partners to decide the way ahead later this week.”

Bluefin-21's missions will each take a minimum of 24 hours, with the first to cover an area of 40 square kilometres.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said other vehicles, which can go deeper than 4,500 metres, are being looked at in case Bluefin-21 isn't capable of reaching the necessary level.

“Those sorts of possibilities … are being looked at as we speak. But a lot will depend on the outcome of what we find when we go down and take a look.”

The co-ordinator conceded the search was “very expensive” and countries involved are “running up big costs”.

“I think the world community should be very appreciative to those countries for their contribution to what I would say is one of the largest search and rescue, search and recovery operations that I've seen in my lifetime.”

The search area has been narrowed down to patch of ocean floor less than 1000 kilometres square making a successful physical search almost impossible.

The Bluefin-21 will submerge to its near maximum depth of 4500 metres and conduct 20-hour long sweeps using powerful sonars.

If any wreckage is found the sonars will be switched to cameras to and lights to record whatever lies on the bottom.

The initial search will focus on the location of the strongest “pings'' detected last week by the Ocean Shield.

Read: Full Transcript of Press Conference, 14 April 2014

- Oilslick discovered
- Last ping was 6 days ago
- Bluefin-21 will be deployed to search a 4,5 square km


 



Monday 14 April 2014—am

JACC Media Release - Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370


Up to 11 military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 15 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 47,644 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,200 kilometres north west of Perth.

Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to aircraft black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield . The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield.

There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.

The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with possible showers, sea swells up to 1.5 metres and visibility of three to five kilometres.

Sunday 13 April 2014


Sunday 13 April 2014

Authority widened its search zone Sunday.

Ships and aircraft have been working to refine the size of the possible underwater search area to allow the use of an autonomous underwater vehicle, which will more closely scour the sea floor to get visual images of any possible wreckage.

The visual search area will cover an area of 57,506 square kilometers (22,203 square miles) on Sunday, widened from 41,393 square kilometers on Saturday.

"Today's visual search area is a continuation of the systematic search for floating debris derived from the probable area determined by the international investigation team and the area of acoustic event detections," the authority said. "The daily visual search areas will vary in size according to factors such as oceanic drift and weather information optimized for aircraft search operations."

 



Sunday 13 April 2014 - Update

Acting Transport Minister Hussein Not Aware of Co-Pilot Phone Call


The Defence and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein has been reported by the New Straits Times as saying there was no phone call made from aboard the aircraft of flight MH370 by the co-pilot, First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, as reported yesterday. However he did emphasise that such issues remained a concern for the police and relevant investigative bodies and when the time was right information would be released. He stated:

I don't want to speculate on that, because out of respect of the families of the pilot and co-pilot, and I don't want to disturb the investigations being done now, not only by Malaysian police but other intelligence agencies...The police are still investigating the possibility of hijacking, issue of terrorism, psychological and personal problems.

 


Sunday 13 April 2014 - Update

Black Box Custody Being Discussed




The Malaysian Defence and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein has informed reporters that the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail is currently in the UK liaising with the relevant authorities to clarify who will have custody of the flight recorder (or 'black box') should it be located and retrieved.

Hussein said:

The Attorney General is in the UK discussing with relevant authorities such as ICAO and experts involved, based on international and domestic laws, who actually do have custody of the black box.

Clarity has had to be sought by the Malaysian government: typically Malaysia should be leading the search operations and securing the aircraft wreckage, if found, since the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft of flight MH370 is registered in Malaysia and belongs to Malaysia Airlines, as per the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); however Australia has been requested to lead the search operations.

 



Sunday 13 April 2014 - Update

Family Unaware of Alleged Co-Pilot's Call


The family of the co-pilot of flight MH370, First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid have spoken of their surprise at the alleged report that he could have been trying to make a phone call from the aircraft as it passed north-west of Penang, Malaysia.

The New Straits Times reported yesterday that apparently according to sources, Abdul Hamid had last used the WhatsApp messenger service at 23:30, 7 March (local time), just over an hour before the departure of flight MH370 at 00:41; and last made a phone call to a regular contact no more than two hours before the departure time.

The newspaper goes on to report that allegedly Abdul Hamid's mobile phone had 'detached' or disconnected from the telecommunications network before flight, then become 'reattached' or made connection with the network shortly into the flight at a point where other reports claim MH370 flew at extremely low altitude. Experts state a mobile phone can receive reception at an altitude of around 7,000ft. Apparently it is claimed, Abdul Hamid did attempt to make a phone call from the aircraft but that the call abruptly ended. To whom he may have been calling is unknown.

The brother of the co-pilot, Afiq Abdul Hamid stated his surprise at this claim saying he could not think who his brother could have been trying to call. He added the authorities had not mentioned anything like this to the family and understood the police investigation was ongoing.

The Defence and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammudin Hussein said yesterday about the above claimed phone call:

If this did happen, we would have known about it earlier...Unless we can have verifications, we can't comment on these reports.

 


April 13 2014:

Media Realease JACC



Up to 11 military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 14 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 57,506 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2200 kilometres north west of Perth.

Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to the aircraft's black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield . The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield.

This work continues in an effort to narrow the underwater search area for when the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is deployed.

There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.

The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with isolated showers, sea swells up to one metre and visibility of five kilometres in showers. (JACC)

12 April 2014

April 12 2014 - Update 2:

Co-Pilot's call denied

Malaysian acting transport minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein appears to have denied claims that MH370's co-pilot made a "desperate call" just before the Malaysian Airlines jet vanished.

Malaysian acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein has immediately denied the claims of the co-pilots phonecall. He told the paper: "If this did happen, we would have known about it earlier."
He told assembled media outside a mosque that authorities have received a lot of reports and leads which have turned out to be baseless. He added: "Unless we can have verifications, we can't comment on these reports." - According Mirror.uk

 



April 12 2014 - Update 1:
Call traced to Pilot's Phone
AIRBORNE CONTACT: Telco tower in Penang picked up phone signal

KUALA LUMPUR: A CREW member of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a  desperate  call from his mobile phone as the plane was flying low near Penang, the morning it went missing.

The latest breakthrough in the ongoing criminal investigation traced the source of the call to co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's phone.

The New Straits Times has learnt that investigators are poring over this discovery as they try to piece together what had happened moments before the Boeing 777-22ER twinjet went off the radar, some 200 nautical miles (320km) northwest of Penang on March 8.

It is understood that the aircraft with 239 people on board was flying at an altitude low enough for the nearest telecommunications tower to pick up his phone's signal.

His call, however, ended abruptly, but not before contact was established with a telecommunications sub-station in the state.

However, the NST is unable to ascertain who Fariq was trying to call as sources chose not to divulge details of the investigation. The links that police are trying to establish are also unclear.

"The telco's (telecommunications company's) tower established the call that he was trying to make. On why the call was cut off, it was likely because the aircraft was fast moving away from the tower and had not come under the coverage of the next one," the sources said.

It was also established that Fariq's last communication through the WhatsApp Messenger application was about 11.30pm on March 7, just before he boarded the aircraft for his six-hour flight to Beijing.

The NST was also told that checks on Fariq's phone history showed that the last person he spoke to was "one of his regular contacts (a number that frequently appears on his outgoing phone logs)".

This call was made no more than two hours before the flight took off at 12.41am from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

A different set of sources close to the investigations told the NST that checks on Fariq's phone showed that connection to the phone had been "detached" before the plane took off.

"This is usually the result of the phone being switched off. At one point, however, when the airplane was airborne, between waypoint Igari and the spot near Penang (just before it went missing from radar), the line was 'reattached'.

"A 'reattachment' does not necessarily mean that a call was made. It can also be the result of the phone being switched on again," the sources said.

The flight, with a crew of 12, was supposed to take off at 12.35am.

The jetliner disappeared from commercial radar about an hour later, while it was flying over the South China Sea. It was supposed to have landed in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.

Experts said it was possible for a mobile phone to be connected to a telecommunications tower at an altitude of 7,000 feet.

An NST exclusive on March 16, quoted investigators as saying that the jetliner had dropped to as low as 5,000 feet after it made the turnback at waypoint Igari in the South China Sea before it crossed Peninsular Malaysia headed towards Penang.

Meanwhile, Fariq's cousin Nursyafiqah Kamarudin, 18, told the NST on Monday that Fariq, who would have turned 28 on April 1, was very close to his mother.

"If Fariq could make one call before the plane disappeared, it would have been to her."

Police have not cleared the 227 passengers of the flight MH370 of possible foul play. Clearance has also not been given to the crew.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had, on April 2, said they had "obtained some clues" on what might have happened to the flight, based on the statements recorded from 176 people. This number has climbed to 205 as of yesterday.

Khalid had also said the crew were among the main "subjects of the investigations".

Their probe had been focused on four possible areas -- hijack, sabotage, as well as personal and psychological problems.

They are investigating the case under Section 130C of the Penal Code, which deals with hijacking, terrorism and sabotage offences, as well as the Security Offences (Special Measures) and Aviation Offences Acts.

On why these findings were not made known, the sources said, like criminal investigations by any police force, details of an ongoing probe would not be made public.

"Not only are they not obliged to, it also puts the investigation at risk if the findings are revealed," the sources said.

The team carrying out this probe is separate from the International Investigating Team (IIT), which comprises agencies with expertise in satellite communications and aircraft performance.

The IIT is also represented by Inmarsat, Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Rolls-Royce from the United Kingdom, China's Civil Aviation Administration and Aircraft Accident Investigation Department (AAID), and from the United States, National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Bureau Investigation and the Triple Seven's manufacturer, Boeing.

This team had been working over the past weeks, refining data, including those extracted from radars and satellites, in narrowing down the search area, which has since been centred in the Indian Ocean.

While some details from the IIT's investigations have been released to appease family members' and the media's demand for information, police said they were not at liberty to divulge details of the probe for fear that it could jeopardise their investigation.

The FBI has been assisting police, including sharing intelligence and expertise.

Kuala Lumpur had also, on April 5, announced the appointment of an independent "Investigator in Charge" to lead an investigating team, which will include three groups.

They are an airworthiness group to look at issues such as maintenance records, structures and systems; an operations group to examine, among others, flight recorders, operations and meteorology; and, a medical and human factors group to investigate areas of psychology and survival factors.

Six days ago, the New Sunday Times front-paged a report that said investigators had, over the last few weeks, sifted through hundreds of hours of closed-circuit television footage, not only from cameras in most corners of KLIA, but all the way back to a toll plaza 8.8km away, which most passengers would have had to pass through to reach KLIA. Videos were also taken from the stretch of road leading to the airport.

Their movements were traced by the CCTVs right up to the time they showed up at gate C1, in the West Zone of the airport's Satellite Building, where the plane was parked.

It was also learnt that while Fariq and chief stewardess Goh Sock Lay, 45, communicated via the WhatsApp messenger application at 11.30pm, pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, made his last contact through the application at 7.45pm, some five hours before flying off. Source: NewStraitTimes

Read more: MH370: Transport Ministry to explore co-pilot's reported phone call


 



April 12 2014:

Planned search Area's for April 12 2014 - JACC Media Release



Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 41,393 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2331 kilometres north west of Perth.
Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to the aircraft's black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield . The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield . This work continues in an effort to narrow the underwater search area for when the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is deployed. There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours. Read more

11 April 2014



April 11 2014 - Update 3:

Press Release by the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force in reaction on alligations in CNN report
In response to reports by CNN that the Royal Malaysian Air Force has scrambled jets shortly after the loss of flight MH370; and before authorities were liaised with and before informing the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, the Chief of the Air Force, General Tan Sri Rodzali Daud has issued an official statement in which he states the allegation as "totally false."

The statement reads as follows:

MH370 PRESS STATEMENT BY
GENERAL TAN SRI DATO' SRI RODZALI DAUD
CHIEF OF ROYAL MALAYSIAN AIR FORCE

With regards to yesterday's (10 April) release on the CNN website which state that:
"Malaysian air force search aircraft were scrambled around 8 a.m., soon after Malaysia Airlines reported that its plane was missing early March 8, Malaysian sources told CNN.
The aircraft were scrambled before authorities corroborated data indicating that the plane turned back westward, a senior Malaysian government official told CNN.
But the air force did not inform the Department of Civil Aviation or search and rescue operations until three days later, March 11, a source involved in the investigation told CNN."
In my capacity as the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, I can confirm that the above allegation is totally false.


 

 


April 11 2014 - Update 2:


JACC Media Release
11 April 2014—pm

The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said an initial assessment of the possible signal detected by a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft yesterday afternoon has been determined as not related to an aircraft underwater locator beacon.

“The Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre has analysed the acoustic data and confirmed that the signal reported in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield is unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes,” Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said.
“Further analysis continues to be undertaken by Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre.

“Today Ocean Shield is continuing more focussed sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals that may be related to the aircraft's black boxes. It is vital to glean as much information as possible while the batteries on the underwater locator beacons may still be active.
“The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield, with three more missions planned for today.

“A decision as to when to deploy the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle will be made on advice from experts on board the Ocean Shield and could be some days away.
“On the information I have available to me, there has been no major breakthrough in the search for MH370. I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.”
Source: JACC

 

April 11 2014

New ships join the search

The search for any signs on the surface of MH370 continues in the western section. The US Naval vessel Cesar Chavez, a Lewis and Clarke class support ship has now entered the area, accompanying the Australian warships HMAS Perth, HMAS Toowoomba, the replenishment ship HMAS Success, as well as the Chinese search vessels Nan Hai Jiu 115, Hai Xun 01 and Dong Hai Jiu 101.
The Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu is also still in this area.
To the east, the Australian ADV Ocean Shield and Royal Naval Hydrographic ship, HMS Echo continue their underwater search. Source: IHS Maritime 360

 



April 11 2014 - Update 1:


10 April 2014


April 10 2014 Update:

Possible new underwater signal from sonobuoys detected by AP-3C Orion aircraft

The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), has confirmed that whilst conducting an acoustic search this afternoon a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft has detected a possible signal in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield.
“The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a man-made source,” Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret'd) said.“I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.” Media Update JACC | Read more

 

 

9 April 2014


April 9 2014

Update 2:

Multiple Floating objects spotted in area where Ocean Shield detects signals - ABOARD HAIXUN 01,
April 9 2014 12:12:43 (Xinhua)

Multiple floating objects were spotted by patrol aircraft in an area where Australian ship Ocean Shield detected suspicious signals, officials at Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 said Wednesday.
Haixun 01 is heading to a search zone of about 75,000 square kilometers where the objects were spotted, at about 20 degrees south latitude and 98 degrees east longitude, to assist in the search for the missing Malaysian jet MH370.
Chinese officials aboard Haixun 01 told Xinhua they were informed of the latest sighting of floating objects by Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) late Tuesday night.
Chinese rescue ship Nanhaijiu 115 and Chinese naval vessel 998 are already working in the search area, they added. (source)

 



China deployed 21 satellites, and used remote sensing technologies to search for the missing plane. Meanwhile, nine ships have been sent to search waters around the gulf of Thailand, the island of Sumatra and other areas of the Indian Ocean. Source

Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force has deployed two P3 Orion aircraft to the Perth's Pearce Air Force Base from Subang today. A team of 40 crew members led by Maritime Self-Defence Commander Hideki Jufuku took off around  9.40am  this morning. Japan's Ambassador-Designate to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa said the mission is to fly and join the search debris as soon as possible.
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Japan's two P3 Orion aircraft join

 



Update 1:


April 9 2014 - 2 more underwater ping signals detected



Two new underwater ping signals were detected on tuesday (April 8). The first in the late afternoon for 5 min 37 sec, the second in the evening for 7 min. This makes a total of 4 transmission in the same area:

The first signal was picked up on Saturday and lasted for two hours and 20 minutes.
The second lasted 13 minutes and was detected at 9:27pm later that day.
Sunday and Monday proved to be disappointing days with no significant developments.
Then, on Tuesday, the third at 4:27pm and lasted for five minutes and 32 seconds.
The fourth lasted for seven minutes and was at 10:17pm.

More news: CNN | Live Updates - mirror

 
8 April 2014


April 8 2014

JACC Media Release - 8 April 2014-am

The underwater search continues today, with ADV Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and HMS Echo at the southern end.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia. (JACC)

7 April 2014


April 7 2014 UPDATE:


Visual indication on screen, and audible signal



Two 37.5khz signal returns were dectected in the last 24 hours, one for two hours and 22 min and another one for 13 min. The sounds were heard at a depth of 4,500 meters (about 14,764 feet) and about 600 km apart. The signals are consistent with transmissions from both a Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder. It could take days before officials can confirm whether the signals did indeed come from MH370.


Full Transcript of Press Conference, 7 April 2014


6 April 2014


April 6 2014 UPDATE:


Update 3:
investigators pieced together new details about the plane's path. After reviewing radar track data from neighboring countries, officials have concluded that the passenger jet curved north of Indonesia before turning south toward the southern Indian Ocean.

Update 2:
MH370 flew north of Indonesia and around its airspace on way to Indian Ocean according Inmarsat data, which may have been an attend to avoid radar data.

Update 1: Ocean Shield has detected another 37.5khz signal today for 90 secs, less than 2 km from the pings that were detected by Chinese Haixun-01 patrol vessel on Friday and Saturday March 4+5 2014. Read more | Full Transcript of Press Conference, 6 April 2014




Image of Ocean Shield

5 April 2014


April 5 2014 UPDATE!


Update 2: Chinese air force plane spots new floating objects in south Indian Ocean



A Chinese air force plane searching for missing Malaysian passenger jet MH370 spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area Saturday. The plane photographed the objects over a period of 20 minutes after spotting them at 11:05 local time. The floating objects were 90 kilometers, or about 55 miles, from where the pulse signal was detected Full story

Update 1: The Chinese Haixun-01, has detected a 37.5khz ping # MH370 The 1,5 sec signal was reportedly detected at 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude. 37.5 kHz pulse reportedly detected in Indian Ocean is standard frequency for voice, data recorders, expert says. The signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz received by the Haixun 01 is highly unlikely to have come from Ships, they have black boxes, but that's at 400kHz–15kHz. Or any marine life such as whales, as their frequencies range between 15Hz and 20Hz, or dolphins, whose ultra sonic waves span from 200kHz to 350kHz. Additionally, marine life frequencies rarely change. 37.5kHz was selected as to avoid clash with known frequencies of other emission sources including natural sources and background noise. The Chinese search vessel is yet to compare its record of the signal's waveform with the Boeing factory's recorded configuration of the missing B-777 (product serial number 9M-MRO) to give out a final confirmation whether or not the signal came from MH370.- Read more @ News Xinhua.net . CNN Breaking News | Live China.org | JACC Media Reporting on Chinese Ship Detection of Electronic Pulse Signals

4 April 2014


April 4 2014

Airbus Defence and Space expands VSAT coverage in the Indian Ocean


World's largest Ku-band coverage boosted with Seychelles region extension delivering high-speed data.

Airbus Defence and Space has expanded its Ku-band VSAT (Very Small Apperture Terminal) coverage in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), using the Intelsat IS-702 S2 satellite.

The new coverage enables improved availability of Pharostar, Sealink and WaveCall VSAT voice and data services for vessels transiting or operating primarily in the Seychelles area, north to Ethiopia and south to Madagascar.

Several diverse maritime groups will make use of more available high speed VSAT, including commercial fishing, government, naval, shipping and yachting vessels. An improved Ku-band footprint will also enhance security and anti-piracy efforts in the region.

“By bringing up this network, we enhance our market leading global VSAT coverage to support service providers serving customers in the IOR. The new coverage enables delivery of reliable connectivity up to 3.8Mbps,” said Ghani Behloul, Head of Product Marketing, Maritime, Airbus Defence and Space. “The IOR coverage extension is part of our commitment to maintaining the most extensive maritime VSAT coverage for global users.”

About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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1 April 2014


Message from Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, Director of Commercial, Malaysia Airlines
Published on Apr 1, 2014


Malaysia Airlines' Director of Commercial, Dr Hugh Dunleavy, responds to recent calls for disclosure of information on the MH370 incident. Various countries from around the world have been involved in the search process. Immense efforts are ongoing to ensure that information is shared with the families of MH370 in a timely and effective manner.

25 March 2014

25 March 2014

INFORMATION PROVIDED TO MH370 INVESTIGATION BY UK AIR ACCIDENTS
INVESTIGATION BRANCH (AAIB)
- Report (download pdf)

On 13 March we received information from UK satellite company Inmarsat indicating that
routine automatic communications between one of its satellites and the aircraft could be
used to determine several possible flight paths.

Inmarsat UK has continued to refine this analysis and yesterday the AAIB presented its
most recent findings, which indicate that the aircraft flew along the southern corridor.

As you have heard, an aircraft is able to communicate with ground stations via satellite.

If the ground station has not heard from an aircraft for an hour it will transmit a 'log on /
log off' message, sometimes referred to as a ‘ping’, using the aircraft’s unique identifier.
If the aircraft receives its unique identifier it returns a short message indicating that it is
still logged on. This process has been described as a “handshake” and takes place
automatically.

From the ground station log it was established that after ACARS stopped sending
messages, 6 complete handshakes took place.

The position of the satellite is known, and the time that it takes the signal to be sent and
received, via the satellite, to the ground station can be used to establish the range of the
aircraft from the satellite. This information was used to generate arcs of possible
positions from which the Northern and Southern corridors were established. br />
Refined analysis from Inmarsat

In recent days Inmarsat developed a second innovative technique which considers the
velocity of the aircraft relative to the satellite. Depending on this relative movement, the
frequency received and transmitted will differ from its normal value, in much the same
way that the sound of a passing car changes as it approaches and passes by. This is
called the Doppler effect. The Inmarsat technique analyses the difference between the
frequency that the ground station expects to receive and that actually measured. This
difference is the result of the Doppler effect and is known as the Burst Frequency Offset.

The Burst Frequency Offset changes depending on the location of the aircraft on an arc
of possible positions, its direction of travel, and its speed. In order to establish
confidence in its theory, Inmarsat checked its predictions using information obtained
from six other B777 aircraft flying on the same day in various directions. There was
good agreement.

While on the ground at Kuala Lumpur airport, and during the early stage of the flight,
MH370 transmitted several messages. At this stage the location of the aircraft and the
satellite were known, so it was possible to calculate system characteristics for the
aircraft, satellite, and ground station.

During the flight the ground station logged the transmitted and received pulse
frequencies at each handshake. Knowing the system characteristics and position of the satellite it was possible, considering aircraft performance, to determine where on each
arc the calculated burst frequency offset fit best.

The analysis showed poor correlation with the Northern corridor, but good correlation
with the Southern corridor, and depending on the ground speed of the aircraft it was then
possible to estimate positions at 0011 UTC, at which the last complete handshake took
place. I must emphasise that this is not the final position of the aircraft.

There is evidence of a partial handshake between the aircraft and ground station at 0019
UTC. At this time this transmission is not understood and is subject to further ongoing
work.

No response was received from the aircraft at 0115 UTC, when the ground earth station
sent the next log on / log off message. This indicates that the aircraft was no longer
logged on to the network.

Therefore, some time between 0011 UTC and 0115 UTC the aircraft was no longer able
to communicate with the ground station. This is consistent with the maximum endurance
of the aircraft.

This analysis by Inmarsat forms the basis for further study to attempt to determine the
final position of the aircraft. Accordingly, the Malaysian investigation has set up an
international working group, comprising agencies with expertise in satellite
communications and aircraft performance, to take this work forward.

In Annex I (attached) there are three diagrams, showing:

 Doppler correction contributions

This diagram shows the Doppler contributions to the burst frequency offset.


 MH370 measured data against predicted tracks

The blue line is the burst frequency offset measured at the ground station for
MH370.

The green line is the predicted burst frequency offset for the southern route,
which over the last 6 handshakes show close correlation with the measured
values for MH370.

The red line is the predicted burst frequency offset for the northern route, which
over the last 6 handshakes does not correlate with the measured values for
MH370.


 Example southern tracks

This shows the southern tracks for a ground speed of 400 and 450 knots ground
speed. It should be noted that further work is required to determine the aircraft
speed and final position.

(Source: Malaysia Airlines)




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