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MH370 – The Malaysian Government’s Responsibility

Lose Yourself Malaysian AirlinesWe now know multiple authorities watched MH370 disappear. Despite the inaction and the repeated failures by those in charge on the evening of March 8 2014, no one in Malaysia has taken responsibility for the loss of MH370, and this is the real conspiracy behind the disappearance. This course was charted from the first official press conference, and since then it has become increasingly evident that a litany of embarrassing failures by multiple authorities in Malaysia to take the action they should have taken, has been covered up and dumbed down.

“It is a conspiracy,” said former Chief Pilot for Malaysia Airlines, Nik Huzlan, “merely to protect the people who have not done the job they were supposed to do…all the people that were on duty that night.”

The world knows what happened to MH370. Not definitively, perhaps, but based on the official evidence available it all points to one thing: human interference. Whether that onboard human interference was initiated by the Boeing 777 pilots, members of the crew, the passengers or a combination of all, the disappearance almost certainly began in the mind of a human. The task was carried out by people with vast aviation experience.

A catastrophic accident can be effectively ruled out. If there was a fire and/or explosion aboard MH370 that knocked out the transponder and the ACARS communication system, could the plane have kept flying? “It is beyond the bounds of probability,” said retired Boeing 777 Pilot Steve Buzdygan. “No mechanical malfunction would destroy an aircraft communication system while enabling said aircraft to fly on – in the case of MH370 – for several hours.”

It is true, a passenger jet can deviate from its proposed course because of bad weather or some control requirement prompted by Air Traffic Control, but none of these are a factor in the case of MH370. So until further notice it is safe to assume human interference is the root cause for the mystery.

Referring to the “grey-zone” where Malaysian air space crosses over into Vietnamese air space, yet another retired Boeing 777 pilot, John Lindsay, agreed that, “If I was going to take the aircraft over and make the aircraft disappear this is exactly when I would do it.”

Nik Huzlan backed up this claim: “When a plane crosses over from one air space into another, I tell you, it is all done in one fair swoop: Malaysian 370, good-night…over to Ho Chi Minh CLICK…Ho Chi Minh, Malaysian 370, good-morning. – That’s all it takes. Exactly that long. That did not happen.”

And while the mid-air human interference was occurring, human incompetence was working in tandem at a ground level to create a synergy of error that would ultimately make the disappearance of MH370 absolute.

The following is part of an interview conducted by ABC news with The Minister of Malaysian Transport, Hishammuddan Hussein.

ABC: Did DCA [Dept of Civil Aviation] contact the military?

HH: Yes they did.

ABC: What time?

HH: You have to ask the DCA. And it will come out the details, the dates…because I do not want to be trapped by…from my experience in the last four weeks…by dates, by numbers, by names, by rank.

ABC: You have conceded earlier that on the morning the plane was missing, there was four and a half hours time in which to respond. So why wasn’t a jet sent up?

HH: It was not hostile, it was commercial, it was from our airspace, and we’re not at war with anybody. Even if we sent [a jet] up are you going to say that we are going to shoot it down?

ABC: Well you said that, not me.

HH: No, I’m asking you.

ABC: I could not possibly answer; I’m not a military expert…

HH: So if we’re not going to shoot it down what’s the point of sending it up?

ABC: To see where it’s going.

HH: Well, to see where it’s going…you need a fighter for that? You are talking now about military procedures. And if I did shoot it down, you’d be the first to say how can you shoot down a commercial airline with 14 nationals, half of them Chinese…I’d be in a worse position, probably.

ABC: Why shoot it down if it’s not hostile?

HH: Well, the Americans would.

It is far from uncommon for officials attempting to cover-up details of an incident to put the blame on a subordinate. However, in this interview, Hishammuddan Hussein used a different approach. Relying on his skills in public deception, Mr. Hussein tried to create the impression that nothing improper had occurred, that faced with horrendous choices a sharp military crew had done the right thing. They had behaved in a manner that would surely shame the leaders of the free world.

Asked why a jet wasn’t sent up, Mr. Hussein replies: “…are you going to say that we are going to shoot it down?” Firstly, the original question should have included the word intercept; I believe this is what the interviewer intended: the question should have been clearer – Why wasn’t a jet sent up to intercept MH370? Perhaps then Mr. Hussein might have been less predisposed to introduce the concept of blowing the plane out of the sky. The word “intercept” is clearly different than the phrase “shoot it down.”

Air Traffic Controllers request military jets to intercept commercial aircraft on a routine basis. Sometimes the purpose is to tell a commercial pilot their plane has gone off course; other times the interceptor is sent to observe a situation directly – for example, to see who is flying the plane. None of this requires political approval. It is not uncommon for ATC to request military jets to intercept a commercial aircraft in response to any serious problem which ATC cannot resolve thru radio contact. Furthermore, the most common problem is that a commercial jet has deviated from its authorised flight path. Given what is known about the behaviour of MH370 post 01:19 this would have been a completely appropriate response.

Yet Mr. Hussein frames his response as “You are talking now about military procedures” as though interceptions are 1) unusual, and 2) as something that automatically means a seek and destroy mission. Mr. Hussein believes no interception was necessary because “It was not hostile, it was commercial, it was from our airspace, we’re not at war with anybody.”

The fact that Malaysia is not at war with anybody should not alter the fact that anyone at any time might decided to initiate an act of war against you. That is what military radar is for, early detection. “It was not hostile” – who decided it was “not hostile” might have been an appropriate follow up question. That or, how was the “non hostile” status arrived at? “It was commercial, it was from our airspace” – how did Malaysian military know that given that transponders and ACARS data transmitters aboard MH370 had been switched off? In the 40 minutes that MH370 blipped across Malaysian military radar, and to the best of public knowledge, that aircraft was unidentified.

Again, when a plane deviates from its flight plan, ATC will contact the pilot. If ATC cannot establish contact, a military jet can be scrambled to fly up to the aircraft and check out the situation. This normal procedure is called “interception” and it is not an aggressive act. Almost always it is requested because routine communication has become impossible.

Furthermore, Mr. Hussein’s implied argument – that there is no point in sending up an interceptor unless there is an intention to shoot it down – is obtuse. Why would such a decision have to be made in advance of scrambling an interception? Even if an airliner has been taken over by terrorists with a suicide mission, no one could predict how the hijacker(s) might respond to an interception. Both police and the military routinely respond to a hijack situation in this manner: they mobilise a potentially overwhelming force in the hope of getting the hijacker to surrender?

Here is just one example amongst the many that demonstrates Hishammuddan Hussein and the Malaysian authority’s reluctance to discuss their failure to intercept MH370. It adds to a full list of fallibility peppered with half truths peddled as accepted fact, false foundations and a fog of emotional misinformation designed to cover-up plain and simple human fault.

When will The Malaysian Government accept responsibility for the disappearance of MH370?

Roy Pinto, Chief Operations Officer at Inmarsat, said, “In events of this magnitude, everybody has an opinion.” The ongoing and regrettable behaviour of The Malaysian Government has done nothing to minimalise this truth.

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MH370 – Where Did That Plane Go?

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Traditional media quickly confirmed the last ATC position of MH370, tracked at 35000 feet, about 90 miles off the east coast of Malaysia, heading towards Vietnam, near a navigational way-point called “IGARI.” It vanished from ATC radar at 1:21am.

For now, let’s believe MH370 existed normally until that time.

From 1:21 on, we the people rely on the public version of events generated by Malaysia Airlines and Lord knows who else. It’s the firm telling the press who tell the public.

Authorities know all information will be shared via personal networks: yet the majority of social media does not question the authenticity of the source they share. It’s accepted as the straight truth despite the information having flowed in a series of claims that assault the senses via a chain of Chinese whispers, bent out of shape passing the way-points of Rupert Murdoch and omnipresent Twitter feeds. The plane did this hash tag @ The plane did that hyperlink. Did it? The sources say it did. Why would they lie? The public shares information without considering the answers. Information is quickly transformed into common knowledge. Common knowledge gets shared.

So it’s 1:21 and the plane turns sharply westwards. It began heading towards a way-point called “VAMPI.” It went northeast of Indonesia’s Aceh province and followed a navigational point used for planes tracking route N571 to the Middle East.

The plane followed aviation corridors N571 and P628 both commonly identified on maps used by commercial planes flying from Southeast Asia to the Middle East or Europe. These corridors can be found in public documents issued by regional aviation authorities.

It flies towards a way-point called “GIVAL”, south of the Thai island of Phuket, and is last plotted heading northwest towards another way-point called “IGREX”, on route P628 that would take it over the Andaman Islands and which carriers use to fly towards Europe.

Either an aviation expert was entering those way-points in the flight management computers, or the computers had been programmed earlier to send the plane there. The former option is not consistent with an unconscious or dead crew. The latter makes no sense for a crew in a dire emergency looking for the closest place to land. Even if the plane was hijacked by a person with vast aviation experience, no one knows why the plane did what it did.

The time was then 2:15am and according to official reports that’s when it disappeared from Malaysian military radar, at a spot between the Malay Peninsula and the Andaman Islands. The plane was 320km northwest of Penanag.

From there the plane apparently flies blind. No one in the whole wide world can see it. Its only communication comes from its Rolls Royce engines pinging with Inmarsat satellites.

The public story is now in the hands of Inmarsat. At or around 2:15am, Inmarsat tells us the plane inexplicably stops following aviation corridors as it had done until now, and suddenly, MH370 turns away from the Andaman Islands, engages the auto-pilot (presumably) and flies off to its doom down the well publicised “Southern Arc.” Its last complete ping is at 8:11am. There is a partial unexplained ping at 8:19am. Here (presumably again) the plane runs out of fuel and crashes into the ocean some 2000km off the coast of Perth Western Australia.

That’s the official story.

March 18 2014
TEN DAYS after MH370 vanished

A story emerges from the Maldives about a number of witnesses claiming they saw a low-flying “Jumbo Jet” on the day MH370 disappeared.

Local news site Haveeru Online reported residents seeing a jet with markings similar to a Malaysia Airlines plane flying past Kuda Huvadhoo, a remote Maldives island in Dhaal Atoll.

According to the report, a number of locals saw a plane at 6:15am local time on March 8.

One resident said: “I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We’ve seen seaplanes, but I’m sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly. It’s not just me either, several other residents have reported seeing the exact same thing. Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too.”

6:15am in the Maldives means the incident would have occurred seven hours and 45 minutes after the last radio contact at 1:19am Malaysian time.

A Boeing 777-200, with a nearly full load of 227 passengers and 12 crew, cargo, and fuel for the scheduled five and a half hour trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, plus reserves, would typically be able to stay in the air for approximately eight hours. That makes the presence of the aircraft at 6:15am in the morning local time in the middle of the Indian Ocean possible.

In fact, the distance between the point of last radio contact and Kuda Huvadhoo is 2000 miles, which a 777 at cruise speed would cover in far less time. Flying in a straight line from the Gulf of Thailand, MH370 would have appeared over the island well before sunrise.

However, as we know from Malaysian military radar tracking that after passing the West coast of Malaysia, MH370 zigzagged north and west, toward the Andaman Islands, following precise way-points. So, shortly before reaching the Andamans where it was lost to radar, the plane was flying at a very low level where the air is thicker and jet planes fly slower because of added drag. Coupled with a reduced air speed to maximise fuel range, and because jet engines are less efficient at low altitude, a 6:15am time frame remains possible.

March 19, Sepang:

Speaking at a press conference at the Sama-Sama hotel, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein said, “MH370 was not seen over the Maldives.” A confirmation was made by top-level armed forces personnel in both countries.

“Regarding reports that the plane was sighted in the Maldives, I can confirm that the Malaysian Chief of the Defense Force has contacted his counterpart in the Maldives, who has confirmed that these reports are not true,” said Hishamuddin.

So they are false?

To reiterate: An undisclosed number of eyewitnesses spot an aircraft matching the description of MH370 traveling in a North to South-East heading towards Addu, the southern tip of the Maldives, on March 8, at 6:15am, and all comment on the very loud noise the aircraft made when flying over the island…and all of them are, apparently, wrong?

If anyone did ask Mr. Hussein why “these reports” were untrue it was not reported. There were no additional interviews with or publicity about those local Maldives eyewitnesses. The Maldives military backed up the official Malaysian statement with their own official statement on their official website:

http://mndf.gov.mv/mndf/english/news/1170

Without question, without fitting investigation, the story is officially declared untrue. Traditional media goes along for the ride, new media does not probe and social media picks up the slack. The mathematical calculations of Inmarsat is pushed up the eyes and ears of busy people with better things to do, and like flight MH370 The Maldives story simply disappears from mainstream radar.To date, the official report is carefully worded as: “MH370 did not land at the airport of the Maldives’ capital Male.”

But no one ever said it did.

(Independent reporter, John Holloway, made calls to the Maldives and contacted residents who verify the sightings. Make of them what you will – HERE: http://youtu.be/yKM7q56OQSw – and HERE: http://youtu.be/r3POGsZ6jFk – )

FACT: If MH370 did fly over Kuda Huvadhoo (as eyewitnesses suggest) the next closest runway suitable for a Boeing 777 to land is just a short 800 miles away on the U.S. military base of Diego Garcia.

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MH370 – The Known Knowns

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First public statement from Malaysian Airlines:

We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH 370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning (March 8) bound for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30 am local Beijing time. Subang Air Traffic Control reported that it lost contact at 2.40 am (local Malaysia time).

NOTE: “…lost contact at 2:40am” – later adjusted to 1:21am. The 2:40am time was it appears the time Malaysia Air Traffic Control notified authorities of the missing plane.

2nd Statement:

Malaysia Airlines is still unable to establish any contact or determine the whereabouts of flight MH370. Earlier today (March 8), Subang ATC had lost contact with the aircraft at 2.40 am. The last known position of MH370 before it disappeared off the radar was 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).

  • It took the Malaysian government 5 full days to confirm early data from Inmarsat suggesting that MH370 was nowhere near the South China Sea.

When the news went viral, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim accused the government of hiding information on missing flight MH370, telling Britain’s Daily Telegraph that the country’s radar system would have detected any change of course.

Anwar said he was “baffled” why the sophisticated Marconi radar system that he authorised as finance minister in 1994 had failed to immediately detect the plane’s deviation.

He described it as “not only unacceptable but not possible, not feasible” that [the plane] could go on to travel across “at least four” Malaysian states undetected, adding: “I believe the government knows more than us.”

The Marconi radar system, based near the South China Sea, covers mainland Malaysia and its waters.

  • The air U turn back West was initiated during the grey zone where the MH370 passed from Malaysian to Vietnamese air traffic control.
  • The maneuver was intentional because after the U turn the plane maintained a cruising altitude to reach the Indian Ocean.
  • All communication tools were deliberately disabled.
  • An expert aviation pilot was in charge of the plane for the entire period.
  • The Royal Malaysia Air Force detected the plane on radar, deemed it “non-hostile” and allowed it to fly on. With the exception of Thailand, military authorities from other countries (including the U.S. base at Diego Garcia) claim they never detected the plane in their air space.
  • The Captain of flight MH370, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, had such a passion for aviation that when he wasn’t flying real planes he was flying virtual ones on a self-assembled home flight simulator with records of all airstrips in the Indian Ocean, including The Maldives and Diego Garcia.
  • Based on unconfirmed satellite images of 2 objects floating in the Southern Indian Ocean, the Royal Australian Air Force, under the leadership of Angus Houston, with full confidence they had the right leads “to solve this baffling mystery,” was given charge of the entire recovery operation. And so the search began.

The known unknowns:

  • The Malaysian government stated, for almost 3 weeks, that the last verbal communication from flight MH370 was “All right, good-night” spoken by either the Captain, 53-year-old Zaharie Ahmad Shah, or First officer, 27-year-old Fariq Abdul Hamid. Finally, bowing to public pressure, the government released the actual and complete transcript of communication between Air Traffic Control and MH370, revealing a routine exchange up to and including the plane’s final broadcast: “Good night, Malaysian three seven zero.” It is, of course, impossible to misconstrue “Good night, Malaysian three seven zero” as “All right, good-night.”
  • When the air U turn back West was initiated the plane climbed as high as 45000ft (according to Inmarsat and Rolls Royce engine data), descended 40000ft in less than a minute (which a Rolls Royce technician described as making “no sense at all”) before eventually leveling out between 23000 and 29500ft. There is much conjecture as to why such a drastic fighter pilot type maneuver ever took place.
  • The plane’s communications went dark at 1.21 am on March 8 2014. Vietnamese air control twice contacted it, but it did not respond. Another Malaysian flight MH83 bound for Narita, Japan and flying half hour ahead of MH370 was asked to attempt contact. It was initiated but Vietnamese air control was informed that the response was static and mumbling.Why did the Vietnamese (and scores of military monitoring these channels) wait until 36 hours after the disappearance to admit this conversation took place?
  • MH370 flew on for another 6.5 hours:
    • To date, there is no indication of who was alerted in that time and what action, if any, was taken.
    • To date, there is no indication of what the civil aviation authorities and the air force did during this time.
    • At 6:30 on the morning the plane was scheduled to land at Beijing airport (the plane had already been missing for 5 hours), the Arrivals board listed MH370 as DELAYED. This remained in place until the first press conference went live at 7:24am Malaysian time.

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