Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - Missing Plane

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Jul 30, 2018 - Anger as MH370 families say official report offers no new information
Anger as MH370 families say official report offers no new information

A long-awaited official report into the disappearance of Flight MH370 gave no new clues about why the plane vanished, relatives of those on board the aircraft said Monday, expressing anger and disappointment.

Family members had been hoping that the official investigation team's report could provide them with some closure, over four years after the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people went missing.

But grieving relatives said the technical document appeared to contain little new beyond a lengthy description of the plane's disappearance and search efforts, and that officials were unable to answer their questions. Some angry relatives walked out of the briefing.

"It is so disappointing," said Intan Maizura Othman, whose husband was a flight steward on MH370, which was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished in March 2014. "I am frustrated. There is nothing new in the report.

"Those who gave the briefing from the ministry of transport were not able to give answers as they were not (the ones) who wrote the report."

She said that the meeting between relatives and officials descended into a "shouting match" as family members' frustration boiled over.

"Many asked questions," said G. Subramaniam, who lost a son on the flight, but added that "unsatisfactory responses left many angry".

The report was due to released publicly later Monday.

No sign of the jet was found in a 120,000-square kilometre (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led hunt, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January last year.

US exploration firm Ocean Infinity resumed the hunt at the start of this year on a "no find, no fee" basis, using high-tech drones to scour the seabed. But that search was called off after failing to find anything.

Malaysia's new government, which took power in May, total transparency, including the release of the report by the official safety investigation team -- a 19-member body which includes international investigators.

Only three confirmed fragments of MH370 have been found, all of them on western Indian Ocean shores, including a two-metre wing part known as a flaperon.

There have been a host of theories about why the plane disappeared, ranging from an accident to a hijacking or even a terror plot.


Mon, Jul 30, 2018 - 10 of the world's biggest aviation mysteries
10 of the world's biggest aviation mysteries

The final report into the disappearance of Flight MH370 has been published, but struggled to reveal definitive conclusions about the final hours of the doomed aircraft.

Below we detail 10 more of the greatest mysteries in aviation, from the early history of flight to modern day.

1. Amelia Earhart
A photograph discovered last year was said to prove that Amelia Earhart did not die in a plane crash but was captured by the Japanese, experts claimed 80 years after her disappearance.

The pioneering aviator vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe. Various reasons have been given for her disappearance. The theory that she was captured by Japanese forces has been suggested before; others believe she faked her own death; a few oddballs even claim she was abducted by aliens. The photo, found in a former “top secret” file at the US National Archives, and thought to have been taken in 1937, has been subjected to facial-recognition and other forensic testing – and could put the mystery to bed.

A documentary, Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, aired on the History channel, argued that the photograph proves Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were picked up by the Japanese military, who believed they were spies, and taken prisoner. It states that the pair crash-landed in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands and proposed that the US government knew of Earhart's whereabouts and did nothing to rescue her. The theory was somewhat disproved, however, after the new image was said to have appeared in a Japanese travel brochure published years before Earhart disappeared.

2. The Bermuda Triangle
The roughly triangular area bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico is where dozens of aircraft and ships are said to have vanished in unusual circumstances, with the disappearances attributed to paranormal or extraterrestrial activity.

Notable incidents include the disappearance of Flight 19, a US Navy bomber, on December 5, 1945, as well as the aircraft sent to search for it; that of a Douglas DC-3 aircraft with 32 people on board in 1948; and a mid-air collision between two US Air Force planes in 1963.

3. “D B Cooper”
In 1971, an unidentified man travelling under the name of “Dan Cooper” managed to hijack a Boeing 727, extort a $200,000 ransom, and leap from the rear exit on the aircraft (with a parachute), never to be seen again. No conclusive evidence has emerged confirming his true identity or subsequent whereabouts, but FBI investigatiors claimed he would not have survived the jump.

A year after the incident “Cooper vanes” were installed to disable aircraft doors while the landing gear is up.

4. TWA Flight 800
Trans World Airlines Flight 800, a Boeing 747, exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York, on July 17, 1996, resulting in the deaths of all 230 people on board.

While many speculated that terrorists were to blame, no evidence of a criminal act was discovered by the FBI following a 16-month investigation. Others suggested that a US Navy vessel blew up the plane with a missile strike, and that the US Government has since instigated a cover-up.

A report published on August 23, 2000, however, concluded that a short circuit was the most likely cause of the explosion.

5. Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571
On October 13, 1972, a Uruguayan air force plane carrying 40 passengers and five crew members disappeared while crossing the Andes. Seventy-two days later, after everyone on board was presumed dead, 16 survivors emerged. The story of how starvation drove them to eat some of the dead passengers was made into the 1993 film "Alive".

6. Air France Flight 447
In the early hours of June 1, 2009, Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris went missing, along with 216 passengers and 12 crew. The Airbus A330-200 disappeared in the middle of the ocean, beyond radar coverage and in darkness. It took a shocked and bewildered Air France six hours to concede its loss and for several days no trace of it was found. Even when wreckage was discovered, the tragedy was no less perplexing. The aircraft had flown through a thunderstorm, but there was no distress signal, and the jet was state-of-the-art, a type that had never before been involved in a fatal accident. The aircraft’s black boxes were recovered nearly two years later, at the bottom of the ocean. A final report, published in July 2012, said the accident occurred due to obstruction of the “pitot tubes” due to ice crystals, which caused the auto-pilot to disengage, as well as human error. It later emerged that the pilot had only slept one hour the previous night after a romantic jaunt in Brazil with his girlfriend.

7. Helios Airways Flight 522
On August 14, 2005, air traffic controllers in Greece lost contact with Helios Airways Flight 522, but the plane remained in the holding pattern for Athens Airport for more than an hour. At one point, a Greek fighter jet was scrambled, and spotted the pilot slumped over the controls. Around half an hour later the plane started to descend, crashing into the hills near Grammatiko, killing all 121 passengers and crew (the deadliest air disaster in Greek history). An investigation revealed that a gradual loss of cabin pressure had left the crew incapacitated.

8. Flying Tiger Line Flight 739
On March 16, 1962, a Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation propliner carrying 93 US soldiers and 3 South Vietnamese, disappeared in clear weather on its way to Clark Air Base in the Philippines, prompting an eight-day search of more than 200,000 square miles. Eye witnesses on a civilian tanker reported seeing an explosion, but no remains were ever found.

9. Egyptair Flight 990
In 1999, Egyptair Flight 990 from New York to Cairo plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean around 60 miles off the US coast. All 217 people died in the crash, but mystery still surrounds its cause. The Egyptian Flight Officer controlling the plane was recorded repeatedly saying "I rely on God" moments before the disaster, and a colleague claimed he crashed the jet as an act of revenge after being reprimanded by the airline for sexual misconduct, but an investigation concluded he did not deliberately cause the accident.

10. BSAA Avro Lancastrian Star Dust
In August 1947, Star Dust, a British South American Airways airliner vanished as it flew between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile, via Mendoza. No wreckage was discovered for over 50 years, provoking conspiracy theories about sabotage and abduction by aliens. A Rolls Royce engine and the remains of nine of the eleven victims were eventually found at the foot of a glacier in the Andes.
 

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France reopens MH370 investigation amid claims of Malaysian cover-up
New findings in report on MH370 mystery
https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/france-reopens-mh370-investigation-amid-claims-of-malaysian-coverup/news-story/e9e231261894911bed28258a45747d7f
news.com.au August 8, 20187:41pm
FRANCE has reopened its investigation into the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 after Malaysia’s long-awaited “final report” failed to provide an explanation for the aircraft’s disappearance.

French newspaper Le Parisien reports that investigators are keen to verify data from Inmarsat — the British operator of a global satellite network — which tracked the aircraft’s pings to the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia, where it is believed to have crashed.
In response, relatives of those on board MH370 issued a statement urging the Malaysian government to release all data, including military radar data, for review and analysis by independent experts.

Malaysia’s 449-page report into MH370’s disappearance, released on July 30, was universally condemned and sparked accusations by victims’ families of a cover up at worst and incompetence at best.

They were particularly critical of the decision to rule out a sophisticated murder suicide plot by the chief pilot, Captain Zaharie Shah, despite evidence showing someone intentionally disabled the plane’s communication systems before manually rerouting it.

Now the Gendarmerie of Air Transport (GTA) has launched its own probe into the mysterious disappearance, according to Le Parisien.
It said the presence of four French victims on board the doomed flight, which vanished on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 along with 239 passengers and crew, allowed the GTA to conduct its own investigations.

The most significant piece of suspected MH370 debris to be located so far — a barnacle encrusted wing part known as a flaperon — was found on the French-owned island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean in 2015.

The results of the French analysis of the flaperon have never been fully released but an interim report said investigations had been hampered by an absence of data from Boeing.

According to Le Parisien, French investigators want to re-examine “all the technical data” provided by Inmarsat in order to “verify its authenticity” and confirm if the plane’s path was correctly plotted.

However, the French Government has made no formal announcement about any investigation.

Voice 370, a group comprising of and acting for relatives of those lost on MH370, echoed French concerns regarding the satellite data in a strongly worded statement issued on Tuesday.

“Boeing, for example, that has been silent for the last 4.5 years wasted no time in absolving

themselves of blame despite the fact that (the Malaysian) report specifically mentions that a lack of evidence precluded the investigation from definitely eliminating any possibility,” it said.

“Furthermore, the French authority mentions repeatedly in their report that their investigations on the flaperon had been hampered by an absence of data from Boeing.

“The report highlights that the military’s primary radar data played a significant role in

tracing the aircraft’s flight path. Voice 370 calls upon the Government of Malaysia to share all

available data with independent experts for a thorough peer review and analysis.

“We believe that after 4.5 years since MH370 disappeared, there is no reason to continue to withhold data when its probative value far outweighs any prejudicial effect.”


The results of the French analysis of the flaperon have never been fully released but an interim report said investigations had been hampered by an absence of data from Boeing.

According to Le Parisien, French investigators want to re-examine “all the technical data” provided by Inmarsat in order to “verify its authenticity” and confirm if the plane’s path was correctly plotted.

However,
the French Government has made no formal announcement about any investigation.

Voice 370, a group comprising of and acting for relatives of those lost on MH370, echoed French concerns regarding the satellite data in a strongly worded statement issued on Tuesday.

“Boeing, for example, that has been silent for the last 4.5 years wasted no time in absolving

themselves of blame despite the fact that (the Malaysian) report specifically mentions that a lack of evidence precluded the investigation from definitely eliminating any possibility,” it said.

“Furthermore, the French authority mentions repeatedly in their report that their investigations on the flaperon had been hampered by an absence of data from Boeing.

“The report highlights that the military’s primary radar data played a significant role in

tracing the aircraft’s flight path. Voice 370 calls upon the Government of Malaysia to share all

available data with independent experts for a thorough peer review and analysis.

“We believe that after 4.5 years since MH370 disappeared, there is no reason to continue to withhold data when its probative value far outweighs any prejudicial effect.”

Malaysia’s June 30 report, written by a 19-member team of local and international experts, said there was no evidence that Captain Zaharie Shah or his co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid were involved in the plane’s disappearance.

“We did not find any change to their behaviour, everything was normal,” lead investigator Kok Soo Chon told a press conference.

Police retrieved more than 2700 coordinates from various file segments found on Zaharie’s home flight simulator, he said.

They included seven “manually programmed waypoint coordinates” that when linked could fly from the Kuala Lumpur airport to the southern Indian Ocean, but police could not determine if the coordinates were found in a single file or from different files, Mr Kok said.

It said the plane was diverted from the planned route while “under manual control” but could not “exclude the intervention of a third party”. The report did not elaborate on who or what that “third party” could be.

It concluded that a lack of evidence, including the flight recorder and black boxes, made it impossible to figure out why the plane changed paths and why communication with the plane was lost 40 minutes after takeoff.

However, investigators did find that Malaysian air traffic control and their Vietnamese counterparts failed to act properly when the Boeing jet passed from Malaysian to Vietnamese airspace and disappeared from radars.

The plane had been missing for a full 20 minutes before air traffic controllers raised the alarm, delaying the start of the search and rescue operation, it said.

That revelation prompted the resignation of Malaysia’s civil aviation chief, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.
 

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An enthusiastic man can give a new twist to the mysterious story of Boeing 777-200, that disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing over four years ago. He claims to have spotted the wreckage of the airliner deep in the jungles of Cambodia; this comes a month after a dubious Malaysian-led report prompted France to renew the investigation.

05.09.2018 - Briton Claims He Found Mysterious Malaysia Airlines Plane in Cambodian Jungle
Briton Claims He Found Mysterious Malaysia Airlines Plane in Cambodian Jungle

Ian Wilson, a UK-based video producer, has shown the Daily Star where he believes the mysterious Malaysian Airlines flight crashed four years ago.

The plane's disappearance in March 2014 has become the world's biggest aviation mystery, but Ian claimed that he has spotted the Boeing's crash site in a high-altitude jungle in Cambodia on Google Earth.

Blurred images from the mapping service show what is believed to be the wrecked plane, although the Aviation Safety Network argued that it was a plane that was flying below the satellite that pictured it. However, the outline measures shy of 70 meters, which is larger than the actual length of the MH370 Boeing. "The Boeing 777-200 is 63.7m in length," Wilson said.

"Measuring the Google sighting, you're looking at around 69 meters, but there looks to be a gap between the tail and the back of the plane. It's just slightly bigger, but there's a gap that would probably account for that."

What is more intriguing is that the spot where the plane appears to sit on the ground lies near an area air traffic controllers enquired about following its disappearance, the tabloid says.

The stunning discovery has already put some truth-seekers into a flutter. Andre Milne, the founder of defense technology firm Unicorn Aerospace, has asked Google to revisit the location with real-time satellite technology.
 

angelburst29

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Over the weekend, pilot Daniel Boyer claimed that the Google Maps images of the Cambodian jungle showed the crash site of the MH370 Boeing 777, which disappeared nearly five years ago en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

17.10.2018 - Body of Missing MH370 Reportedly located in Cambodian Jungle
Body of Missing MH370 Reportedly Located in Cambodian Jungle

Speaking to Daily Star Online, pilot Daniel Boyer said he believed he had found the body of the missing MH370 just a few days after he allegedly discovered the tail and the cockpit of the aircraft on Google Maps.

The truth-seeker claims that the body, purportedly pictured in the Cambodian jungle, even showed Malaysia Airlines lettering:

“I really think this image could show the plane’s body. If you look closely enough you can see the ‘y’ from the logo, with the cabin windows below. This is definitely a plane wreckage of some sort and needs to be investigated.”

MH370 Malaysia Airlines lettering ‘seen on wreckage’ convincing investigator 'plane FOUND'

The search for the missing plane intensified after British video producer Ian Wilson claimed he had found the MH370 after spending hours scouring Google Maps.

The images appeared to show a 70-meter plane, which is a close match to the 63.7-meters of the Malaysia airliner, prompting Wilson to decide to search the Cambodian jungle.
 

angelburst29

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The search for the Boeing has been going on since 2014, but without much success. A British producer recently claimed to have found the plane's remains on Google Maps and is preparing an expedition into Cambodian jungle to check if he is right.

19.10.2018 - MH370 Plane's Mysterious Disappearance to be turned into Thriller Mini- series
MH370 Plane's Mysterious Disappearance to Be Turned Into Thriller Mini-Series

The producer of the show "The Tunnel", Nora Melhli, will be leading the production of a thriller mini-series devoted to the disappearance of flight MH370, branded one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, Variety magazine reported. The plot will reportedly be based on the books of Ghyslain Wattrelos ("Flight MH370, A Life Rerouted") and Florence de Changy ("Flight MH370 did not simply disappear").

It's unclear so far, which of the books will influence the plot the most, but Melhli said the show will be shot as a fictional series.

"To me, it was obvious that this tragedy would best be told through the prism of fiction; it's the only genre that allows to get into the twists and turns of the investigation, to deeply explore the characters and to make them real but not a simplistic way. Beyond the puzzling mystery, it also carries a universal human story," she said.

Six episodes of the mini-series will be written and directed by Gilles Bannier, who worked on "The Tunnel" with Melhli. The show will not only explore the mystery of the Boeing's disappearance, but will also show the tragedy from the perspectives of all affected by it — relatives of the passengers, aeronautical engineers, politicians, police and others. It is expected that the story will be set across seven continents.
 

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There is a reason why certain aviation regulations forbid lithium-ion batteries from being transported in personal luggage on airplanes, as under certain circumstances they are capable of exploding and starting deadly fires on board aircraft.

12.11.2018 - Aviation expert claims Lithium-Ion Batteries caused MH370 Crash
Aviation Expert Claims Lithium-Ion Batteries Caused MH370 Crash

Ross Aimer, a pilot with over 33,000 hours of experience, believes that the Malaysian Boeing 777 crashed due to a fire on board, which started due to the explosion of a shipment of lithium-ion batteries, Daily Star reported. The aviation expert claimed that Flight MH370's disappearance is similar to other crashes caused by fires in certain respects.

From the very beginning my gut feeling was a possible on-board fire. Looking at a few catastrophic crashes caused by on-board fires, I see some similarities," he said.

According to Aimer, the source of the fire could have been a shipment of 221kg of lithium-ion batteries, which could have exploded in-flight.

Although 777 has a very sophisticated cargo fire suppression system, it cannot handle this type of carnage," he said.

Some aviation regulations forbid or limit the carrying of lithium-ion batteries on-board planes. In certain rare cases, for example as a result of a short circuit, the individual components in such batteries, normally separated, could mix, creating an explosive reaction. Although the explosion itself is unable to significantly damage a plane, the potential consequent fire could become fatal.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 passengers and crew on board disappeared from radar screens on March 8, 2014 on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. An official investigation by the Malaysian government has failed to determine the airplane's fate without having discovered the crash site.
 

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Five years ago, their loved ones boarded a plane and vanished.

March 1, 2019 - Five years on, MH370 families band together to seek closure

Five years on, MH370 families band together to seek closure
FILE PHOTO: A woman leaves a message of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 in central Kuala Lumpur March 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
FILE PHOTO: A woman leaves a message of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 in central Kuala Lumpur March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The group of Malaysians meet about once a month - usually at a coffee shop or a home in Kuala Lumpur - to support each other and try to keep missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the public eye.

Their relatives were among the 239 people onboard the Boeing 777 when it vanished enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 and became the world’s greatest aviation mystery.

For five years the group has campaigned to keep public attention on MH370 and help each other cope with their grief and try to live normal lives by returning to work, raising children and, in Gonzales’ case, battle illness. (Article continues.)
 

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MH370 SPOTTED? Eyewitness reports of missing Malaysia Airlines plane in Maldives

RESIDENTS of Kuda Huvadhoo in the Maldives allegedly witnessed Malaysia Airlines flight 370 flying overhead on the day it went missing.

MH370 disappeared on March 8 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. According to the Straits Times, residents described seeing a “low-flying jumbo jet” flying over houses early in the morning of March 8 to the Maldivian daily Haveeru. The locals reportedly described the aircraft as being white, with red stripes across it.

The colour scheme is very similar to that uses on the Boeing 777 used for MH370. Eyewitnesses agreed the plane seemed to be travelling in a southeast direction towards Addu, the southern tip of the Maldives. All commented on how loud it had been. One eyewitness said: “Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too.”

Source: MH370 SPOTTED? Eyewitness reports of missing Malaysia Airlines plane in Maldives

[Edit]: After verification, it seems the source is not very reliable.
 
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Ruth

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It's been a while - 8 years - since MH370 dissapeared. Some people think this is "the last hurrah". There are some theories and maybe a new way of looking at what happened.

 
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