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Notes along the way

These notes are just side marks along the unfoulding story in the early days of the missing plane and are made for documentation and research purposes only.
They are not a reflection of the opinion or believes of the author.

 

 


Note Index - Go to:
- Overview on Interactive Map
- Runways in Range (Map)
- Questions & Info notes
- Info on Underwater Locator Beacon
- Accoustic Tags
- Marine debris & Ocean Currents
- Ongoing Investigation Section 130C of the Penal Code | UNODC Malaysia
- Overview of Sighting Claims
- 4 june 2014: Curtin researchers in search for acoustic evidence of MH37
- MH370: Looking into Northern Indian Ocean Possibilities based on Sightings and Findings
- 31 May/June 3 2014: Scientist study low frequency sound off south india tip
- 29 May 2014: Debris believed to be from an aircraft found in seas off Sri Lanka's Aluthgama coast
- 3 may 2014 Analysis of bookofresearch On expert analysis of audio recordings
- April 28 2014: Exploration company GeoResonance believes it may have found MH370 in Bay of Bengal
- April 27 2014: Pilot believes to have found MH370, West of Songkhla, Thailand
- March 13 2014: MAS370 status: Arrived?? @ FlightAware.com
- Book 'Fly by Wire' simularities
- Oct 31, 2013
Article : Secret spy station on Cocos Islands
- April 4 2014 The following messages i found on a forum and caught my interest because they were posted starting March 10 2014, only 2 days after Malaysian Flight MH370 went missing on March 8 with 239 passengers on board, claiming classified inside information from a reliable inside source of both MAS and the Malaysian government, and posted "in fright of terror".
Could this be what's behind Malaysia's conflicting messages and secrecy and the reason why no debris is found yet, or is it just the poster's fantasy?
- March 14 / April 6 2014: RI radar 'did not detect MH370 in Malacca Strait': Air Force contradiction
- MH370 'hijacked and in Afghanistan': Russian intelligence source claims
- MH370 has a Twin
- March 28 2014 Search area shifted: contradiction
- March 24 2014: unknown object found in Baarah, Haa Alif Atoll, Maldives " likely" to be a fire suppression bottle from aircraft
- March 22 2014: Plane crash on google maps? Imagery research
- March 19 2014 Near collision between an unknown object and De Havilland DHC-8, VH-XFX, Perth Airport, WA on March 19 2014 - Aviation safety investigations & reports Source: ATSB.gov.au Update 26 May 2014: Investigation Completed + Final report download ATSB
- March 19 2014 02:22:38 Claim: Passenger of MH370 "Philip Wood" sents message + photo from hidden iPhone claimimg MH370 was Hijacked
- March 19 2014: Could MH370 be somewhere around the Maledives?
- March 12 2014: Plane flying low over a jungle @ Tomnod
- Anomalies in radar playback of flight MH370
- What more do we know


 

Overview on Map

Where is Flight MH370? << Click for enlarged map with menu


Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Runways in Range
 
 

 

 
Questions
 
Where is the plane?
What happened to it?
Why did it go off course?
- Why no distress signal?
- It reversed its flypath, travelled for almost 8 hours till it ran out of fuel?
- How does a plane in case of catastrophic (?) mechanical malfunctions fly on for another 7/8 hours?
- There's been no claim of responsibility.
- No manifesto explaining political or personal motives so far.
- What happened inside the plane?
- Would the crew members just stand by and let the plane go off in the opposite direction?
- Why no calls from any of the passengers?
- Why were Malaysian authorities persisted with a search effort in the South China Sea for many days when they knew within 24 hours that it had been seen on military radar departing from its intended flight path, and flying across the Malaysia Peninsula instead of continuing on a course that would have passed over Vietnam?
According Plane Crash Statistics data: 50% is pilot error, 9% is sabotage, 1% is other reasons

Inmarsat Aviation Air Transport
 
 

Should Lithium Battery Transport be banned on Passenger jets? - International Civl Aviation Organization document
 

Info Underwater Locator Beacon (ULB)
The manufacturer of the underwater locator beacons (ULB), that were mounted to the flight data and cockpit voice recorders of MH-370, specified their ULB would transmit ultrasonic pulsed sounds at 37.5kHz +/- 1kHz at 160dB (re 1µPa). After a period of 30 days the ULB would still transmit at that frequency at 157 dB. The manufacturer did not publish any data beyond 30 days (certification criteria). Other manufacturers specifying their ULBs also at 160dB initially and 157dB after 30 days state the ULB would still transmit after 90 days though at around 150dB, the frequency drift may exceed 1kHz. Source

DUKANE DK120 Technical Manual - pdf
DUKANE DK120 Specifications - pdf
 
Accoustic Tags

Acoustic telemetry for fisheries research employs acoustic tags where are small sound-emitting devices allowing the detection and/or remote tracking of fish in three dimensions . Acoustic telemetry (including acoustic tags) are commonly used to monitor the behavior of fish. Acoustic tag tracking technology allows researchers to view 3D fish tracks in real-time with sub-meter resolution. Acoustic tags have been employed to help public utility agencies, private firms, and state and federal agencies meet fisheries regulations as defined by the Federal Regulations and Oversight of Energy known as FERC

Acoustic Tags transmit a sound signal or "ping" that sends location information about the tagged fish to the hydrophone receiver. By tying the received acoustic signature to the known type of programmed signal code, a specific fish is identified. The transmitted signal can propagate up to 1 km (in freshwater). Each "ping" comes at a predetermined interval. The signals are encoded for strength to improve range and resolution. Thus, an array of receivers allows the user to record the movement of a particular fish over many kilometers. Unique to Acoustic Tags is the capability to have over 100,000 user-specified individual tag ID codes with battery lives up to four years. These variables allows a custom fit for unique projects.

Acoustic Tags are produced in many different shapes and sizes depending on the type of species being studied, or the type of environment in which the study is conducted. Sound parameters such as frequency and modulation method are chosen for optimal detectability, and signal level. For oceanic environments, frequencies less than 100 kHz range are often used, while frequencies of several hundreds of kilohertz are more common in for studies in rivers and lakes.

Source: Read more
Also read: Hydroacoustics

 

Marine Debris & Ocean Currents


West Australian Current, relatively cold surface current of the southeast Indian Ocean , part of the general counterclockwise movement in the southern section of that ocean. As the South Indian Current (part of the West Wind Drift ) approaches the west coast of Australia , it turns north to parallel that coast as the West Australian Current. The current, which is much affected by winds, is weak during the winter and strong during the summer, attaining velocities of 20–35 cm (8–14 inches) per second. The flow dissipates by sending some of its water northwest to join the Indian South Equatorial Current and the remainder northeast into the Timor Sea.

Brazilian Current: Major surface currents of the world's oceans

Major surface currents of the world's oceans. Subsurface currents also move vast amounts of water, but they are not known in such detail. Credit: © Merriam-Webster Inc.

More on Ocean Currents


 
Debris scattering in the Southern Ocean
 
This animation shows how debris can scatter on ocean currents. This technology was used to assist in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. CSIRO |

- The Global Drifter Program - Status of Satellite-tracked surface drifting buoys Satellite-tracked surface drifting buoy observations of currents, sea surface temperature, atmospheric pressure, winds and salinity. More information ... | View in Google Maps or Download Google Earth file | Download all data (Database has been updated through September 30, 2013. (As of May 2014)
 
- BlueLink A global ocean forecasting system that provides information on oceanic conditions to help manage Australia's diverse area of maritime operations. Delivered in partnership by CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Royal Australian Navy.
- Get Ocean Data IMOS
 

Near Realtime Ocean Currents Realtime Weather Satellite Australia
Click here for 7 day ocean forecasts Click here for Wundermap or Satellite

 
Indian Ocean | Full Size
Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean, with depth contours and undersea features - Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

 

How Earth would look without water | csc.noaa.gov
 

 


Ongoing Investigation Section 130C of the Penal Code | UNODC Malaysia

Section 130C. Committing terrorism acts. (1) Whoever, by any means, directly or indirectly, commits a terrorist act shall be punished--
(a)  if the act results in death, with death; and
(b)  in any other case, with imprisonment for a term of not less than seven years but not exceeding thirty years, and shall also be liable to fine.

(2) Where in any criminal proceeding it is necessary to decide whether any item or substance is a weapon, a hazardous, radioactive or harmful substance, a toxic chemical or a microbial or other biological agent or toxin, a certificate purporting to be signed by an appropriate authority to the effect that the item or substance described in the certificate is a weapon, a hazardous, radioactive or harmful substance, a toxic chemical or a microbial or other biological agent or toxin shall be sufficient evidence of the facts stated in it.

 
 
 
Links
Timeline: The Aviation Herald
Defenition of Hypothesis :)


 

 

Overview of Sighting Claims on Map

Where is Flight MH370? << Click for enlarged map with menu

 

Overview of Sighting Claims
Sighting Claims | See google map
Note: none of the sighting claims is substantiated by authorities
 

March 8 2014, 1:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sighting Claim:"Pada 8/03/2014 Jam lebihkurang 0130HRS saya bersama kawan saya nama panggilan "Pader Rohim" semasa sedang memancing di Kuala Besar, Badang telah ternampak lampu sebuah pesawat melalui lokasi kami, lampu tersebut adalah dari sebuah kapal terbang saya merasa hairan kerana pesawat tersebut terbang agak rendah dari kebiasaan pesawat lain yang saya selalu nampak sebelum ini. Pesawat tersebut kelihatan terbang dibawah awan dari arah laluan keluar negara. Selepas balik rumah pada siang hari saya dapat tahu ada satu kapal terbang dari syarikat MAS telah hilang. Sekian laporan saya." Source

Translation: On 8/03/2014 Time 0130HRS be about me with my friend's nickname" Pader Rohim "while fishing in Kuala Besar, Grabber has noticed the lights of an aircraft through our location, lighting is from a plane I was puzzled because the aircraft a bit low from the norm of other aircraft I always saw before. airplane seems to fly under the cloud of the passage out of the country. Upon return home during the day I learned that there is a plane from the MAS has been lost. Yours is my report. "
   
March 8 2014, 1:30 Sighting claim: Kota Bharu, Malaysia - two fishermen near the Malaysia-Thailand border saw a plane flying low over the South China Sea -- at the same time that air traffic controllers lost contact with Flight 370 over the same body of water, at 1:30 a.m. or almost 50 minutes after takeoff. Source
   
March 8 2014 MISSING MH370: Pilot: I established contact with plane - New Straits Times
   
March 8 2014, 1:45 a.m. Kampung Kadok, Ketereh - Man claims he saw plane descending NewStraitsTimes | More
   
March 8 2014,
1:30 & 1:45 a.m.
Two Men Claim to Have Seen Plane Plunging into Sea - about 14.4 km (8.9 miles) from Kuala Besar in Pantai Cahaya Bulan & About 30 km (18.6 miles) away from Kota Baru - ibt
   
March 8 2014 10:30 a.m. Sighting Claim: Eight villagers here lodged police reports today claiming that they had heard a loud noise last Saturday coming from the direction of Pulau Kapas.- New Straits Times | Bernama
   
March 8 2014 Sighting claim: Oil rig off Vietnam read more | more | Article related to oilrig claim
   
March 8 2014 06.15 a.m. Sighting claim: Kudahuvadhoo, Dhaalu-atol, Central Province, Maldives Haveeru Online | Read more | Read more
   
* March 8 2014 8:30 a.m. (2.30pm Malaysian time) Sighting claim: from passenger of flight SV2058 flying over Indian Ocean read more
   
* March 8, 2014 Sighting Claim: I think I saw Flight MH370 - Sailoress crossing the Indian Ocean from Cochin, India to Phuket, Thailand, saw a burning plane with a trail of black smoke behind it going North to South at approx the last part of her track Source | Forum discussion | Details
   
March 9 2014, 11 a.m. Sighting claim: Off Indonesia coast - Mike McKay, a worker on the "Songa Mercur" drilling platform, said that he "observed the plane burning at high altitude...in one piece" about 50-70 KM from his location. Source
   
* March 11 2014, 12 p.m. Sighting Claim: A group of fishermen found a life raft bearing the word “Boarding” 10 nautical miles from Port Dickson town at 12pm - New Straits Times
(Currents Port Dickson)
   
March 11+13 2014 Victim's sister received missed calls on March 11 and March 13 from her younger brother via Skype on her iPad after the aircraft went missing on March 8 Read more | Source | Translation
   
* March 12 2014, 10 a.m. Fishermen Find Bodies in the waterway - Batu Bara, North Sumatra on March 12 2014 The unidentified e body has been in the ocean for 2 days. Its a male body wearing shirts, blue jeans and no shoes. It's not a fisherman. Its unclear if he's related to the missing plane. (News DeTik)
   
March 12 2014 Australian man claims he might have spotted MH370 in the Bali Sea when travelling on flight Virgin Australia VA4153 on March 12 - An Australian man claims he might have spotted the missing Malaysia Airlnes MH370 flight sinking in the Indian Ocean, south of Bali, when travelling on flight Virgin Australia VA4153 on March 12. While travelling from Melbourne to Bali, he noticed what appeared like a "white shadow of a plane". "Just flying low towards Denpasar, I noticed a large white object under the water which appeared to me as a white shadow of a plane... I quickly snapped a pic of the location on my iPhone".IBTimes
   
* March 16 2014 Debris found at Straits of Malacca Elka Athina, a barge heading to Suez was alerted by Indonesian authorities over radio, warning them that they were ‘approaching a field of debris' (floating suitcases), the tanker had sailed passed the debris field at about 9.30pm March 16 2014 (Malaysia Time) + A twitter user, Richard Barrow, posted a satellite image of ‘a potential crash site' and ‘possible floating seats' on the surface of the ocean at coordinate 5°39'08.0"N 98°50'38.0"E.
( New Straits Times)
   
March 18 2014, 8:49 p.m Claim: Passenger of MH370 "Philip Wood" sents message + photo from hidden iPhone tracing back to secret U.S. military base Diego Garcia' claimimg MH370 was Hijacked (message: I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my ass during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly.)
Article | Source | Message Source
   
March 24 2014 Unknown object found in Baarah in Haa Alif Atoll of the Maldives is "very likely" to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft, local aviation experts said on Wednesday March 26. Haveeru Online | * Read more
   
April 27 2014 Pilot believes to have found MH370, West of Songkhla, Thailand Read more
   
* April 28 2014 Exploration company GeoResonance believes it may have found MH370 in the Bay of Bengal Source | * Read more
   
* May 29 2014 Serial number (AN-210-6A) of ‘aircraft part' (an Aircraft Cable Pulley Airplane Control AN-210-6A Phenolic) recovered in seas off Sri Lanka's Aluthgama coast Newsfirst.Ik | * Read more
   
MISSING MH370: Phone number is a US number, not China (New Straits Times)
MISSING MH370: Fishermen find life raft near PD (New Straits Times)
MISSING MH370: Loud noise reported, believed linked to missing plane (New Straits Times)
MISSING MH370: Man claims possible sighting of airliner (New Straits Times)
MISSING MH370: Debris found at Straits of Malacca (New Straits Times)
MISSING MH370: Kelantan police received 4 reports on plane sighting (New Straits Times)
MISSING MH370: Terengganu police receive report on explosion in Marang (New Straits Times)
MH370 girlfriend talks of claims that plane was followed by fighter jets (NewsViewsComment)
   
   
* Note THE STRAIT OF MALACCA—NORTH COAST OF SUMATERA
Tides—Currents.—The flood sets E on the N coast of
Sumatera and the ebb W, rarely exceeding 2 knots at springs.
3.1 At neaps, they are sometimes imperceptible, except at the
points or over banks and narrow channels.
3.1 The currents are affected by the constant current out of the
Strait of Malacca, which takes a W direction along the N coast
through Sempitan Malaka (Malacca Passage). The currents
pass through Selat Benggala (Bengal Passage); for the greater
part of the year the ebb current is longer and stronger than the
flood current.
   
* Also read note: April 28 2014: Exploration company GeoResonance believes it may have found MH370 in Bay of Bengal
   
 

 

Video's   Description
  Witness of The Missing Jetliner MH370 Malaysian Airways
Published: March 12 2014 (Youtube | Sugeng Wahyudi)

Description: Several eyewitness reported of sightings flights MH370 after plane last recorded on Air Traffic Control at 1.30 a.m. Some villagers from the Marang area heard the loud noise sound like fan of the aircraft and blinking lights coming from direction of Pulau Kapas on saturday night same time of the missing plane. Bus driver said he saw a low-flying plane at Penarik at about 1.45am the same time flight MH370 went missing, he saw the blinking beacon of the plane. A local businessman saw sighting of lights in the air at Kota Bharu about 1.45 a.m same night flight MH370 went missing.
     


 

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March 8 2014: Sighting claim: Kota Bharu, Malaysia | Video link
In the middle of the night, two fishermen near the Malaysia-Thailand border saw a plane flying low over the South China Sea -- at the same time that air traffic controllers lost contact with Flight 370 over the same body of water, at 1:30 a.m. or almost 50 minutes after takeoff.
Fisherman Azid Ibrahim and a friend had taken people fishing that night off the coast of Kota Bharu.
"I was fishing when I saw the plane -- it looked strange. Flying low. I told my friend that's not normal. Normally, it flies at 35,000 feet. But that night it touched the clouds. I thought the pilot must be crazy," Ibrahim said.
"It was really low. I saw the lights they looked like the size of a coconut," he said.
Their fishing grounds lay under a flight path, but the predawn plane was unusual to see because of its low altitude, they said.
The fishermen filed a police report about their sighting, but Malaysian officials haven't commented.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  Published on Mar 18, 2014 | Youtube
Satellite image apparently showing white-painted plane among jungle is posted on website which lets ordinary people help solve the Malaysian Airlines mystery
Image from map search site appears to show the missing passenger plane
It was reportedly discovered by a Taiwanese university student
The authenticity of the photo has not yet been verified
News comes as villagers report seeing flight at low altitude
A satellite image appears to show the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the skies above a jungle.
The image is taken from Tomnod, the map search website currently being used by hundreds of thousands of people in an attempt to search for missing passenger plane, was posted on Reddit on Sunday.
The authenticity of the photo has not yet been verified and the region depicted in the photo is as yet unknown. Intriguingly, the plane appears to have been painted white.

The image was found by an university student in Taiwan, according to Taiwan's China Times.
The image has surfaced at the same time as the news that Malaysian villagers claim to have seen the missing Malaysian Airlines jet flying over the north east of the country at around the time the aircraft is thought to have made a 'U-turn'.
At least nine people - tuna fishermen, farmers and villagers - in Kelantan have made reports to police about seeing lights in the sky and some said they heard the loud noise of an engine.
These accounts appear to match the conclusions of investigators who say the jet flew low to avoid radar after making a sharp turn and heading west from its course over the South China Sea.
Investigators told the New Straits Times that they were now convinced the aircraft flow low over the village, which is in the north east - exactly the same area where the villagers and fishermen who saw bright lights in the sky and heard noises on the night the jet vanished are living.
Investigators told a Malaysian newspaper that the Boeing 777 had dropped to a lower altitude - under 5,000ft - to avoid ground radar, using the surrounding terrain as a sonar barrier.
This type of flying is considered to be dangerous and risky, because it places tremendous pressure on the frame of the aircraft - and flying low at night without radar assistance could lead to the plane crashing into trees or mountains.
The first report of a 'bright light descending at high speed' came from Mr Alif Fathi Abdul Hadi, 29 who said he saw the light heading towards the South China Sea at 1.45am on the night the aircraft disappeared.
Businessman Mr Alif lives in Kampung Kadok, in the far north west of the Malaysian mainland, close to the southern border of Thailand - and the light he witnessed would have been several miles to the north of the flight path the jet was on before it vanished.

Lending credibility to the account by Mr Alif is the claim by fisherman Azid Ibrahim, 55, who saw a bright light streaking overhead at 1.30am on Saturday, about 100 miles south of where Mr Alif had seen the light.
Mr Alif told said the bright light was the type that aircraft use when taking off and landing at night - like a car uses its headlights.
'I was walking towards the rear of my house when I saw the light, and wondered where it was heading to,' he said.
'The airspace here is like a highway for aircraft and they usually travel in routine patterns.
'However, the light I saw was moving towards a completely different direction. It was going towards the sea, near Bachok (which lies to the south of Mr Alif's home).'
His description tends to indicate that if the light he saw was on the doomed aircraft, it had turned north instead of continuing on its regular north-easterly flight path.
Mr Alif said the aircraft he usually sees fly across the sky for as far as his eyes could see but the light he saw in the early hours of Saturday vanished from view behind a line of coconut trees.
While he thought nothing of it at the time, when he learned about the missing aircraft MH370 the following day he lodged a report with police.
Mr Alif's account tended to coincide with that of fisherman Mr Azid who told the New Straits Times: 'Usually, lights from an airplane look like distant stars at night but the one that I saw was big, as the aircraft was flying below the clouds.
'I followed the light for about five minutes before it disappeared.'
The Malaysian Airlines jet went missing 1.30am on Sunday, March 9. It is not yet known what has happened to the 239 passengers and crew on board.
     

 

 


 

April 27 2014: Pilot believes to have found MH370, West of Songkhla, Thailand
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
Read more

     
 

April 28 2014: Exploration company GeoResonance 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 at the Bay of Bengal consistent with material from a plane. Read more

     
    May 29 2014: Debris believed to be from aircraft found in seas off Sri Lanka's Aluthgama coast | Newsfirst Sri Lanka
The serial number (AN-210-6A) of a mysterious object believed to be an aircraft part has also been recovered by fishermen off the coast of Aluthgama. Police said that the debris was found trapped in a fishing net. According to the Police Media Unit, the fishermen handed over the debris to the police, who had then informed the Air Force of these findings. Investigations into the incident have commenced. Read more here (scroll)

 


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Emergency landing round-up - Boeing wins patent on uninterruptible autopilot system Published 4 December 2006


New technology can be activated by the pilots, government agencies, even on-board sensors; not even a tortured pilot can give up control; dedicated electrical circuits ensure the system's total independence

Although airplane cockpit door locks are now standard, worries remain about terrorists taking control of a plane a la 9/11, perhaps by extorting the pilots into opening the door against their better judgement. Elsewhere in today's issue we report on a new Raytheon contract to develop software that uses type of craft, location, and fuel capacity to determine the safest route for a hijacked or otherwise compromised aircraft. This is a great idea, one that must have Chicago, Illinois-based Boeing excited — not out of envy but because it improves the value of its recently awarded patent for a system that, once activated, takes control of the airplane away from the pilots and flies it to a predtermined landing position. Put the Raytheon and the Boeing systems together — now that's a good idea.

Boeing's is, of course, not the first autopilot technology in existence, but this one has been designed with counterterrorism first and foremost in mind. Not only is it “uninterruptible” — so that even a tortured pilot cannot turn it off — but it can be activated remotely via radio or satellite by government agencies. The system might even include senors on the cockpit door that activate the autopilot of a certain amount of force is used against it. “There is a need for a technique that ensures the continuation of the desired path of travel of a vehicle by removing any type of human decision process that may be influenced by the circumstances of the situation, including threats or further violence onboard the vehicle,” the patent application explains. To make it fully independent, the system also has its own power supply, independent of the aircraft's circuit breakers.

-read more in John Croft's Flight Global report

Homeland Security News Wire

Remotely piloted aircraft
Predator 107 (P107): General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems

 

 


Missing Jet Recordings May Have Been 'Edited': Experts (NBC NEWS)
Saturday 3 May 2014


Audio recordings of the final conversations between pilots of the missing Malaysian jet and teams of air traffic controllers on the ground were "edited" before they were made public, voice experts say.

The tapes also appear to be recorded by at least two different audio sources, one of which may have been a digital recorder held up to a speaker, they said.

The analysts cautioned that their observations don't necessarily imply anything about the investigation into the missing flight.

The quality and brevity of the interactions between the cockpit and controllers made it impossible to glean any information about the pilots' state of mind before the plane disappeared, or even to determine whether both the pilot and co-pilot were speaking or if just one can be heard.

The audio recordings were published Thursday for the first time as part of a preliminary report by Malaysian authorities . In the report, Malaysia's Air Accident Investigation Bureau said a lack of real-time tracking devices caused "significant difficulty" in the hunt for MH 370, which disappeared March 8.

 

 

 

Analysts who listened to the recordings for NBC News did not know why they were edited, but discovered at least four clear breaks in the audio that indicated edits.

"It's very strange," said audio-video forensic expert and registered investigator Ed Primeau of Primeau Forensics, who has analyzed hundreds of audio recordings. He said the beginning and end of the recording are high-quality with a low noise floor, meaning ambient background noise is almost silent, unlike the middle.

"At approximately 1:14 (a minute, 14 seconds into the audio, which can be heard here ), the tone of the recording change to where to me, it sounds like someone is holding a digital recorder up to a speaker, so it's a microphone-to-speaker transfer of that information. That's a pretty big deal because it raises the first red flag about there possibly being some editing," he said.

The next part that raises questions is two minutes, six seconds in, through two minutes, nine seconds in, he said.

"I can hear noise in the room, along with the increase in the noise floor. I can hear a file door being closed, I can hear some papers being shuffled. so I'm further convinced that, beginning at 1:14 continuing through 2:06 to 2:15, it's a digital recorder being held up to a speaker."

Long gaps in the communication throughout the recording also imply some editing, he said.

"But yet, at 6:17, there's a huge edit because the conversation is cut off. It's interrupted. And the tone changes again," he said. "The noise floor, when you're authenticating a recording from a forensic perspective, is a very important part of the process. All of a sudden, we go back to the same quality and extremely low noise floor that we had at the beginning of the recording."

Kent Gibson, a forensic audio examiner with Forensic Audio in Los Angeles, added that there appear to be additional edits at 2:11 and 5:08, and agreed it sounded as though the middle section was recorded with a microphone near a speaker.

"You can hear, at 4:07, pages turning or a person breathing, which is unusual," he said.

While it's not uncommon for the background of a recording to change when a cockpit communication turns over from ground control to air controllers — which happened about four minutes into this recording — that doesn't explain the noises that are heard.

"It's not unusual that there would be clicks when they push the button on the microphone, but it's very unusual to have a disturbance. Normally you wouldn't have any background," Gibson said.

A cut-off word also isn't out of the realm of possibility, he said.

"It wouldn't be unthinkable to have a truncated word because if somebody let go of the trigger on the microphone, it might cut off their word," he said. "But it would be very unusual to find a background differential at the same time, suggesting that Malaysian authorities or whoever presented this made edits for whatever reason."

Gibson said it's possible the tapes could have been edited by Malaysian authorities "if the pilot dropped a hint that they didn't want to get out, if he said something that doesn't fit with the Malaysian government's party line."

But, he said, "It's more likely to be an inadvertent thing. But it's not the way to handle evidence."

The recording also could have come from different sources, he added.

"You can assume that the recording while they're still on the ground came from the tower and then you could assume that the communication with air controllers was while they're in the air," he said. "They may have just mishandled the cobbling of it together."

This doesn't necessarily prove anything about the investigation, he added.

"Unfortunately, there are no smoking guns, except there are edits. And there are clear edits," he said.

Tom Owen, a consultant for Owen Forensic Services audio analysis and chairman emeritus of the American Board of Recorded Evidence, said edits were to be expected.

"There's things that have to do with timelines and radar that they have available, but they don't make them available," he said. "They wouldn't give you anything that would be enlightening for the public to any secretive information. I don't see that as a problematic issue."

Primeau disagreed.

"This is not a good maneuver or a good faith move by the Malaysian government because of all these questions with regard to the different anomalies and edits that are in this recording," he said.

Audio experts felt the quality of the transmissions was too low to offer analysis of the pilots' voices.

Forensic audio expert Paul Ginsberg said even after enhancing and slowing down the conversations, there wasn't good enough, or long enough, sound samples to make a determination on the pilots' stress level.

"It's analogous to blowing up a photograph. It's the same amount of information," he said. "I don't know that any such determination would be admissible."

(NBC News)

ps. sources linked by Bookofresearch

 

 

Published 1 May 2014: The Malaysian government finally released a recording today with their report of the conversation between Malaysian Flight 370 and Air Traffic Control. I had the opportunity to listen to the recording and have several concerns from an audio forensic perspective.

Read the full article HERE:
http://www.audioforensicexpert.com/malaysia-flight-370-air-traffic-communication-is-edited-latest-news/

http://www.audioforensicexpert.com

 

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)

 

 

Preliminary Files Released - Find them: HERE
1 May 2014 (more released and related documents: here)
 

 

Exploration company believes it may have found MH370
28 April 2014

 

 

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



UPDATE: Tuesday 29 April 2014

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)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- -  
Interview with David Pope of GeoResonance

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

GeoResonance Press Releases
 

 

Research 28 April 2014 - by Bookofresearch:
Bay of Bengal - Interactive Map with wind direction - MarineTraffic (Live Ship Tracking)

 

Realtime Ocean Currents: Indian Ocean Northern Region   Current Marine Observations
 

 

 

 

Ocean Weather.com    

 

Related to sighting claims?


Sighting Claim show on enlarged map  
  March 8 2014 8.30 a.m.: Sighting claim: from passenger of flight SV2058 from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur flying over Indian Ocean - after the plane flew past the southern Indian city of Chennai, she saw a silverly object what looked like an aeroplane, like the tail and wing of an aircraft on the water in the ocean. The aircraft had what looked like floats on its side but a large part of it was under water. she did not know the exact spot where but said it was an hour or more out of Chennai, a timeline that would have put her flight just over the Andaman islands. read more | location on google map

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

 

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

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

 

More sighting claims related?

Sighting Claims show on enlarged map  


* March 11 2014, 12p.m Sighting Claim: A group of fishermen found a life raft bearing the word “Boarding” 10 nautical miles from Port Dickson town at 12pm (Straits of Malacca) - New Straits Times
(Currents Port Dickson)

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


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


May 31 2014: Researchers Studying a Very Low Frequency Sound to Locate MH370


Alex Duncan from Curtin University's Centre for Marine Science and Technology has said one signal has been detected on several receivers, which is likely to be related to the crashed Malaysian airliner MH370. Duncan told CNN, "Researchers are studying a very low frequency sound to see if it was the impact of the aircraft on the surface of the water. Alternatively, it could be the implosion of parts of the aircraft as it sank".

However, Duncan said that there is no surety over the source of the noise as it could belong to any natural event as well. When circumstances are favorable, low frequency signals can travel thousands of kilometers through the water. He admitted that the sound was inconsistent with other data about the aircraft position.

The underwater listening devices help researchers in listening to the signs of nuclear blasts. Same was the case with data provided by British satellite company Inmarsat, which was used for locating MH370 by Malaysian authorities. Being a communication satellite, the Inmarsat was used for a mission that it was not designed for. There is one device - located some 20 kilometers off Perth - operated by Curtin University to listen to whales and other marine life.

Duncan said additional information about findings will be soon revealed by investigators in coming days. Australian authorities declared earlier this week that flight MH370 was not in the search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

 
June 3 2014: MH370 search: 'underwater noise' detected off the southern tip of India

Scientists examine sounds suggesting new location for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 as British woman reports seeing burning plane above Indian Ocean

Scientists are investigating a mysterious low-frequency underwater noise detected off the southern tip of India at about the time the missing Malaysia Airlines plane had its last satellite transmission and disappeared.

The noise, outside the range of human hearing, reportedly travelled across the Indian Ocean and was picked up by receivers off the west coast of Australia. But its original location – about 3,000 miles north-west of Australia – would not be consistent with the current search area off the Australian coast which is based on analysis of satellite data by British firm Inmarsat.

Alec Duncan, a marine scientist at Curtin University near Perth, said he believed the chances of the sound being from the missing Boeing 777 were about “25 to 30 per cent”. The plane, carrying 239 passengers, disappeared on March 8.

“It's not even really a thump sort of a sound — it's more of a dull oomph,” Dr Duncan told The New York Times.

“If you ask me what's the probability this is related to the flight, without the satellite data it's 25 or 30 percent, but that's certainly worth taking a very close look at.”

 

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 Sunday 27 April 2014




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.


 
     
 

 

 

 
Thursday March 13 2014 MAS370 status: Arrived?? | FlightAware.com
15 April 2014 | Bookofreseach
( Click for track log & graph >> )
 
Note: MH318 replaces the flight number of the missing airplane, MH370, as a mark of respect to the passengers and crew
 
Book: Die by Wire - Author: Lewis Perdue

Aircraft disappear without a trace.
Published in 2011, Die By Wire describes a terror plot with eerie parallels to
the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Die By Wire explains why terrorists would do this. And how.
 
Article of oct 31, 2013: Secret spy station on Cocos Islands Read more
 
 

March 14 2014: RI radar 'did not detect MH370 in Malacca Strait': Air Force
Added @ April 6 2014 | Bookofresearch >> Contradicting with statements made on April 6

Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | World | Fri, March 14 2014, 4:04 PM

In a development that could make the mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines plane more puzzling, the Indonesian Air Force has revealed that its radar in Sumatra, which is closest to Penang on the Malaysian Peninsula, did not detect any aircraft in the Malacca Strait area under its coverage, around the time Flight 370 was lost early last Saturday.

The Malaysian military previously insisted that its radar had tracked an aircraft that could have been the ill-fated plane in the strait, around 200 miles northwest of Penang, about 1.5 hours after departure or 45 minutes after the aircraft disappeared from civilian radar.

The discovery has led to the theory that the Boeing 777-200 with 239 people on board, which was bound from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, might have made a turn to the West at the time it lost contact with the air traffic controller, which last detected it in the Gulf of Thailand in the South China Sea, then going past the Malaysian Peninsula.

But the revelation by Indonesian Air Force spokesman Air Commodore Hadi Tjahjanto on Friday could bring the mystery back to the question: Did the plane really turn back to the West?

Hadi told The Jakarta Post that the Indonesian Air Force's radar unit in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, did not detect the missing MH370 in the area where the Malaysian military suggested as being the plane's last detected position around Penang waters.

“Our radar information has been shared with our Malaysian counterparts,” he said.

When asked if Lhokseumawe radar's coverage had reached Penang, he only said that the radar had the capability to detect flying objects for up to 240 nautical miles, or about 445 kilometers.

A rough calculation using Google Earth shows that Lhokseumawe's distance to Penang is about 300 kilometers, meaning that the radar could cover up to the Malaysian Peninsula.

The Malaysian military has asked the Indonesian Military (TNI) to help search the plane in the Malacca Straits. The Indonesian Air Force and Navy have been deploying aircrafts and warships since Monday.

The Indonesian Air Force's Boeing B737-2x9 Surveiller was still searching the plane regardless of the radar's lack of detection, Hadi said. “We just finished our first search today. After Friday prayers, we will conduct another search,” he said.

The search has been expanded to the Andaman waters to the north of Sumatra or west of Thailand. The US' White House had signaled that the search could significantly broaden to the Indian Ocean, far west off Sumatra, Reuters reported.

One of the most baffling mysteries in the history of modern aviation - there has been no trace of the plane since nor any sign of wreckage despite a search by the navies and military aircraft of over a dozen countries across Southeast Asia.

Experts say that if the plane crashed into the ocean, then some debris should be floating on the surface even if most of the jet is submerged. Past experience shows that finding the wreckage can take weeks or even longer, especially if the location of the plane is in doubt.

Source: TheJakartaPost

 

MH370 'hijacked and in Afghanistan': Russian intelligence source claims
April 7 2014

A Russian newspaper has claimed that Flight MH370 was hijacked by "unknown terrorists" and flown to Afghanistan, where the crew and passengers are now being held hostage.

The paper says: The "MK" was told by an anonymous source in the security services and adhere to the same version of intelligence from several countries.
This information was not published in the world media: "Flight MH 370 Malaysia Airlines missing on March 8th with 239 passengers was hijacked. Pilots are not guilty, the plane was hijacked by unknown. By the way we know that the name of the terrorist who gave instructions to pilots is "Hitch". The plane is in Afghanistan not far from Kandahar near the border with Pakistan. Plane is on the road near the mountain range, he has a broken wing. Maybe he made ??a hard landing. All passengers survived , they live in shacks almost without food. Twenty Asian specialists were captured. There is one japanese among them. All experts were brought into the bunker in Pakistan. Perhaps the terrorists intend to bargain with the americans. This information has been provided by an anonymous Source in the Intelligence Agencies to the Correspondent of the Russian newspaper " Moskovsky KOMSOMOLETS ".


Author: Zaur Andrianov material posted April 7, 2014 at 23:58 | Translation of Full article

It is also claimed that the terrorists are possibly seeking to bargain with either America or  China .

Note: The news has not been confirmed by authorities either in Malaysia or China and must be taken with caution as there are no credible evidence to prove that this is what has happened. Also, the news cannot be independently verified due to the anonymity of the source to the Russian newspaper.


Another article follows by the same paper: Malaysian "Boeing" still Hijacked? | Translation
Author: Zaur Andrianov April 12, 2014


Another article was posted on March 29 2014:
Author: Irina Rinaeva March 29, 2014 at 22:38

Malaysian "Boeing" was shot down over the ocean: the terrorists were labeled in a nuclear reactor | Translation

16 April: New rotation guards flight line in Kandahar - AGDD


MH370 has a Twin
Research
(references included) March 29 2014

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200-2H6ER has an identical Twin stored in Tel Aviv, Israel, since 04/10/13.  The only visible difference between the two is their serialnumber.

References for this information are linked in the information below :

Flight MH370

Boeing 777
-2H6ER  
Construction No. 28420
Registration No. 9M-MRO
First Flight date 14/05/2002
Delivered to Malaysia Airlines on 31/05/2002
Left the Maylasian Airlines fleet:
GECAS 14.04.00 own Alafco Labuan Aircraft Leasing frd KUL--Lourdes 03-04.10.13

Sources:
Airfleeds Search (linked in above info)
Planelogger Search Result
Photo by Bernhard Ebner -Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Amsterdam, May 5, 2013 Image
 
Identical twin of Flight MH370

Boeing 777
2H6ER
Construction No. 28416
Original Registration No. 9M-MRI
First flight date 25/07/1998
Delivered to Malaysia Airlines on 20/10/1998
Stored on 04/2013 with new Registration No. N105GT
Delivered to GA Telesis LLC at 04/10/13
21.10.13 frd Lourdes-Tel Aviv 04.11.13
Now stored
in Tel Aviv.

Sources:
Airfleeds Search (linked in above info)

Planelogger Search Result
images

GA Telesis Acquires Boeing 777-200ER for Dismantle
Posted on Oct 4th, 2013 by gatelesis in Press Releases

 

 
Search Area Shifted
March 28 2014
NOTE:  
? The colour coding suggests the new flight path is travelling at a slower speed - which would appear to contradict this morning's statement from the Australian authorities that MH370 was in fact travelling faster than originally thought.
(See statement and legenda below)
--- Route - 400 knots <<
--- Route - 460 knots
---- Route - 475 knots

 

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

 

 


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

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

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


Research by Bookofresearch:

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

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

The unknown object that was found washed up on Baarah beach



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source

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

 

Research by Bookofresearch:

 

See location @ Google map | Full Map

 

Fire protection cargo compartments boeing (pdf)

Fire suppression bottle

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

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

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

Note:
Publish Date : 02/21/2014 23:38 The Indian Government has gifted the Maldives National Defence Force with a Landing craft. The landing craft would equip the MNDF Coast Guard additional capacity to conduct logistic support and disaster relief operations .. Read more. (Source: MNDF)
Publish Date : 03/08/2014 17:36 The Minister of Defense and National Security, Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim, has concluded a visit to India, returning to Male' on Saturday (March 8). The Minister was in India for the "Third National Security Advisors Level Tri Lateral Meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation" held in New Delhi.This meeting was held in order to discuss how to achieve the goals set forth in the meeting of the National Security Advisors of India, Sri Lanka and Maldives .. Read more. (Source: MNDF)
Publish Date: March 18 2014 Cops find five Indian Ocean practice runways in MH370 pilot's simulator. “The simulation programmes are based on runways at the Male International Airport in Maldives, an airport owned by the United States (Diego Garcia), and three other runways in India and Sri Lanka, all have runway lengths of 1,000 metres.- .. Read more (Source: MalayOnline)


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Realtime ocean currents North Indian Ocean:

 



Imagery found on Google Maps
Saturday March 22 2014 | Research by Bookofresearch




In Research: http://www.bookofresearch.com/google-map-item-research.htm
Google map for this image
here

* UPDATE: Conclusion: Not related to MH370
Research by Bookofresearch
 





March 19 2014 Near collision between an unknown object and De Havilland DHC-8, VH-XFX, Perth Airport, WA on 19 March 2014 - Aviation safety investigations & reports Source: ATSB.gov.au
April 6 2014 | Bookofresearch

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into a near collision with an unknown object involving a De Havilland DHC-8, VH-XFX near Perth Airport, Western Australia on 19 March 2014.While passing 4,000 ft on descent, the crew observed an unknown object tracking directly towards the aircraft. The crew manoeuvred the aircraft to maintain separation.As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the aircraft crew.A report will be released within several months.

General details
Date:
19 Mar 2014
Investigation status:
Active
Time:
0913 WST
Investigation type:
Occurrence Investigation
Location (show map):
Perth Airport, NNE 23 km
State:
WA
Occurrence class:
Operational
Occurrence category:
Serious Incident
Report status:
Pending
Highest injury level:
None
Expected completion:
Jun 2014

Aircraft details


Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Canada
Aircraft model: DHC-8-314
Aircraft registration: VH-XFX
Serial number: 313
Type of operation: Charter
Sector: Turboprop
Damage to aircraft: Nil
Departure point: Kambalda, WA
Destination: Perth, WA



Last update 27 March 2014

Source: ATSB.gov.au

Update 26 May 2014: Investigation Completed download final report 71kb pdf
 

Another investigation from same period:

Near collision involving an unmanned aerial vehicle and a Bell 412, VH-WSR, near Newcastle Westpac Base (HLS), NSW on 22 March 2014 | Final report 133kb pdf

 



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

Research Update April 2, 2014

Image:   Message:

 

 

help Anonymous Wed Mar 19 2014 02:22:38
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I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my ass during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly. Source Article | StorySource | Message Source

Research by Bookofresearch:

 

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

Item type:

JPG-file
 

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

Links

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

Also Read:

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

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

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


Philip Wood  

 

 

 

Philip Wood,

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

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

More about Philip Wood >>

Passengerlist MH370 >> (No. 171 on Passengerlist)

Partner: Sarah Bajc    
 

Sarah Bajc

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


Finding Philip Wood Facebook page
Finding Philip Wood Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Sarah Bajc Employment History
: ZoomInfo Sarah Bajc

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

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

Chief Executive Officer ThinkWorks

President WIT Inc


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

President WIT Foundation

Senior Vice President Marketing Alliances


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

Business Director Strategic Partnerships Inc

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

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

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

Education

BA, Chinese language & literature University of Michigan
Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Chinese Language and International Business.

She enjoys deep sea diving, skiing, yoga, hiking, cooking, music and spending time with her three children, two dogs and two cats.


Source ZoomInfo Sarah Bajc
Chamber of Commerce (CV)
 

 
 

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Could MH370 be somewhere around the Maledives?
Research Update Wednesday March 19 2014


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haveeru reporter, Ahmad Naif who wrote the article also revealed the portal had received information on the incident since March 9 but were sceptical over the validity of the claims.
"Later we were getting so many comments that we contacted the island and they said it was true,” Naif explained in an interview on web portal Minivan news. Read more at: http://english.astroawani.com/news/show/mh370-was-the-missing-plane-seen-flying-over-the-maldives-on-march-8-32089?cp
There was local controversy , when the reports were officially dismissed after only two days, with one witness, Rashaad Adam, remonstrating in the face of strong local criticism,
Dont go check that area, go Kazakhstan and search there. Ahhh yes, we were blamed just because we reported sighting a large low flying plane. That wasnt enough, military even flirted their radar could see everything in the world skies except what we reported. I swear if the international search team finds it in India Ocean you could only imagine what I would do for people who laughed at me. Next time I will not even report such thing. Then they would stay there forever searching oceans around Malaysia.

Scheduled Flights

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

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

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


Search Area on March 19 2014
 

 

 

March 12 2014: Plane fling low over a jungle @ Tomnod
The image was found by an university student in Taiwan

 

 

Research by Bookofresearch:

Anomalies in radar playback of flight MH370?
Research update Thursday March 13 2014

 

Areas to watch

 

Radar Playback http:// www.flightradar24.com/ 2014-03-07/17:13/12x/ 3.86,101.79/6

Could it be that the disappearance of flight 370 (labelled MAS370) from the radar (at 17:23 UTC / 0:44 in video) is just a glitch?
When u check GIA890 (East of Kuala Terengganu), in the same playback as MH370, it makes some really strange movements, incl the same movement MH370 makes right before it disappears and then GIA890 disappears too (at 17:44 UTC / 02:30 in video)


What can GIA890's radar behaviour tell us about MH370?

(Both flights are marked by a white cursor in the video below)

 

 

More points of interest  
 
Posted by Youtube user DABOO77
 
 
Note: registration (1st video: 75008F, 2nd video: 7500F5) it's not the same flight. Same with the date on the link provided for the 2nd video, its of March 9 2014.  

 




What more do we know (points of interest from news sources)
 

 

In the Media
 


March 8 2014: China times: US militairy in Thailand heard MH370 SOS call - aircraft cabin facing disintegration U.S. Embassy said the 2:43 U.S. military bases stationed in Thailand U-Tapao SOS signal was listening to some of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 emergency call, said the aircraft cabin facing disintegration driver call, they want a forced landing . U.S. troops are currently stationed in Thailand, Malaysia has been providing this signal - ChinaTimes.com (Translated with google)
" ” In addition, the US Embassy in Beijing claimed that at 2.43am USAF Base at U Tapao in Thailand monitored a piece of distressed SOS emergency message from MH370. Aircraft pilot claimed the cabin was facing the risk of disintegration, they demanded a forced landing. The USAF Base in Thailand has presented this piece of information to Malaysia. “ translation source "
Sun Mar 9, 2014 7:21pm EDT : Missing Malaysian jet may have disintegrated in mid-air: source - Reuters
 

MISSING MH370: 3 pieces of evidence point to jet's takeover The three systems refered to are the transponder, the standard link between every airliner and the ground that constantly reports its position, the Aircraft Communications and Addressing Reporting System, ACARS which, in the case of the Malaysian 777 was programmed to send data on the condition of the airplane's systems every 30 minutes, and the electronic brain center of the 777, its Airplane Information Management System (AIMS), located in the electronics bay beneath the cockpit.

 
Weather
Collection of Weather Graphics Malaysia March 8 2014
 
Pilots

- Unknown woman used a fake ID when buying phone to bypass security checks - Call was made to Captain Shah just hours before he took off in MH370
- The captain pilot's home flight simulator was removed from his home and investigated. Deleted files are being recovered by forensic investigators
- Cops find five Indian Ocean practice runways in MH370 pilot's simulator. “The simulation programmes are based on runways at the Male International Airport in Maldives, an airport owned by the United States (Diego Garcia), and three other runways in India and Sri Lanka, all have runway lengths of 1,000 metres.- .. Read more (Source: MalayOnline March 18 2014 )

 

Passengers

- Passengerlist MH370



The tickets of the 2 men traveling with stolen passports

- Two men from Austria and Italy, listed among the passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight, are not in fact on board. They say their passports were stolen
- There is a brisk global trade in passports and other false or stolen travel documents. There are millions of such documents in use for a wide variety of reasons.
The two such documents being used were under the names Christian Kozel (Austria) and Luigi Maraldi (Italy). Both passports were stolen in Thailand at different times. China was not the final destination of the individuals using these passports on the missing Malaysia airlines flight. They were changing planes in Beijing to a KLM flight to continuing on to Amsterdam, that same day.Once in Amsterdam, "Maraldi" was holding tickets to continue on to Copenhagen, Denmark. "Kozel" was booked through to Frankfurt, Germany. All flights were booked for March 8th. Source, which was the carrier that would complete the journey.
- Two men who boarded jet with stolen passports as Iranians, aged 18 and 29, who had entered Malaysia using their real passports. The younger man appeared to be an illegal immigrant. His mother was waiting for him in Frankfurt and had been in contact with authorities.
- Interpol confirmed yesterday (March 11?) that Iranian nationals Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19, and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza, 29, travelled to Malaysia on their Iranian passports before switching to the stolen Austrian and Italian documents.
- The two Iranians were traveling with stolen passports consecutively numbered tickets - 7842280116099 and 7842280116100 that were bought at the same time. Both passports were stolen in Thailand over the last two years.

- 20 employees of Freescale Semiconductor were confirmed passengers aboard of MH370 - Freescale Semiconductor is an American company that produces and designs embedded hardware, with 17 billion semiconductor chips in use around the world. The company focuses on the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets with its product portfolio including microprocessors , microcontrollers , digital signal processors , digital signal controllers, sensors, RF power ICs and power management ICs. In addition, the company offers software and development tools to support product development. The company also holds an extensive patent portfolio, including approximately 6,100 patent families. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas with design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations in more than 20 countries. Freescale is currently ranked 7th among the semiconductor sales leaders in the United States and is ranked 16th worldwide.
Loss of employees on Malaysia flight a blow, U.S. chipmaker says



- Paul Weeks was on the missing flight MH370 as he made his way to new job
Before leaving he had taken 'lots of photos' of his family, his wife has said
She said he left her his wedding ring and watch in case something happened

 

The passport number of a Fujian native surnamed Yu matches that of a passenger named Zhao Qiwei, who was reported on board the missing MH370. According to the Straits City Daily, a newspaper in Fujian Province, Yu is still in his hometown, Fuqing, Fujian Province. According to Yu, he has never lost his passport, nor has he ever used it since it was issued in 2007. Source

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: oldest MH370 passenger, Liu Rusheng , 'cheated death six times'



Cargo - Official Cargo Manifest >>

- Missing jet was carrying highly flammable lithium batteries:
CEO of Malaysian Airlines admits to dangerous cargo four days after denying it. Lithium-ion batteries have caused 140 mid-air incidents in last 20 years

- Confusion over Mangosteens Source
As part of the ongoing investigation, the Malaysian Police have turned to questioning fruit farmers involved in the collection of a tropical fruit known as the mangosteen, which is found widely in south-east Asia. Mangosteens are known to have been loaded into the undercarriage of the aircraft of flight MH370. Confusion arose when the Inspector-General of the Malaysian Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar mentioned the town of Muar in Johor, Malaysia, when referring to the source of the mangosteens. The Johor Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama) stated that Muar being the origin of the mangosteens was not true. They referred to the wrong time at which mangosteens could have been cultivated in Muar and said the mangosteen season does not normally start until June.
Khalid clarified his earlier statements by saying:
The mangosteens may have not necessarily been cultivated in Johor. The supplier is from Muar. I did not say they were harvested in Muar. I said we will investigate up to the stage where the fruits were harvested. I did not say the orchard was in Johor. The mangosteens were gathered in Muar before being brought to the KLIA [Kuala Lumpur International Airport].More

Timeline
Theories

Timeline
Factfile
Malaysian Governments Mixed Messages

More to come ..

 
Personal Side Notes to look in to
 
CIA World Factbook Malaysia
Aeronautical Information Publication AIP
Meteorology Malaysia
United States Embassy Malaysia
Malaysian Embassy United States
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
ICAO Annex 9 Entry/Exit Documents.pdf
Study on the Use of Cell Phones on Passenger Aircraft.pdf
Malaysia Factbook Department of Civil Aviation
An Overview of Malaysian Legal System and Research
Law of Malaysia.pdf
Legislative Guide to the Universal Anti-Terrorism Conventions and Protocols
FOSI handbook Department Civil Aviation (Malaysia)
- Flight Operations Devision.pdf
Emergency landing round-up - Boeing wins patent on uninterruptible autopilot system (Published 4 December 2006 - Homeland Security News Wire)



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