The mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

 MH370, the Malaysia Airlines flight with 227 passengers and 12 crew disappeared less than an hour into its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

How, in this high-tech age of uber-surveillance, in which hundreds of satellites sweep the Earth and modern aircraft have multiple communications systems with triple redundancies, can a plane vanish?

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Six days after it disappeared, despite a hunt involving more than 80 vessels and aircraft, no debris has been found in the South China Sea, over which the plane disappeared, or the Strait of Malacca.

”This is quite unprecedented,” says Ann Williamson, a professor of aviation safety at the University of NSW. ”We are talking about a demonstrably safe aircraft, an airline with a good safety record, and a very experienced pilot. After this amount of time, I think it’s fair to conclude they have been looking in the wrong place.”

Indeed, confirmation on Friday that an extra search area had been opened in the Indian Ocean, some 1000 kilometres west from where last contact was made with the plane, indicates as much. The expanded search was based on new but ”not necessarily conclusive” information, White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Inconclusive information has defined the investigation into the disappearance of MH370, but there are some facts.


With 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, flight MH370
left Kuala Lumpur’s airport at 12.41am, local time.

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Note: image to the right is only for purpose of illustration of what the amount of 239 people onboard looks like – it is not exact seating of the flight MH370.

The last transmission from the plane was at 1.07am, when it was cruising at about 33,000 feet over the Gulf of Thailand just as it entered Vietnamese airspace. The contact ”indicated everything was normal”, Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defence minister said.

Suddenly, all communication ceased, including any from the continuous ACARS data-monitoring system, which emits data from the engine, or from the plane’s high-frequency radio. There was no mayday call and the plane’s secondary radar, which sends its location to earth-based radar stations, stopped functioning. However, even though the secondary radar was inoperable, ground or sea-based radar – known as primary radar – could still pick up the plane, just not identify it with precision.

Intriguingly, a Malaysian military radar did pick up a reading from an unidentified object flying west across the Malaysian peninsula on Saturday morning. The final blip from the radar was at 2.15am, positioning the object about 320 kilometres north-west of Penang, or about 500 kilometres from MH370’s last known position, Malaysia’s air force chief, General Rodzali Daud, said.

Malaysian authorities still believe it is possible the plane may have suddenly disintegrated or been forced into a rapid descent at the moment contact was lost. But after six days, some kind of debris should have been found, given the massive search. Moreover, no signal has been detected from the flight recording device. By contrast, remnants of the Air France jet that crashed en route to Paris from Rio in 2009 was detected within two days after a search that spanned the Atlantic Ocean.

Indications suggest MH370 continued to fly on after communications abruptly ended, probably on a different, westerly course from its planned route to China. There are two broad scenarios that could explain this.

First, MH370 was hijacked and its transponders deliberately shut down, either by the pilots or someone else on board. Malaysian authorities have said this option is being considered, with the psychological state of the pilots being scrutinised.

Then there’s the theory – described by former Qantas head of security Geoff Askew as ”extremely unlikely” – that any hijacking could have been motivated by ”something valuable in the plane”, whether in the cargo or the plane itself. US counterterrorism officials are also, reportedly, examining a possible terrorist hijacking.

Even so, while two Iranian men were on the flight with stolen passports, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble has said they ”were probably not terrorists”.

There was also a Chinese Uighur, Maimaitijiang Abula, on board. The Uighurs, an oppressed Muslim minority from western China, have launched a series of brutal but low-tech terrorist acts in China, including the gruesome train station knifing rampage by masked assailants this month that killed 29 people. But Maimaitijiang is a renowned oil painter, not an employee at a Swedish flight-simulation facility, as Malaysian media earlier reported.

As for the pilots, Malaysian authorities deny they have extremist links.

A terrorist link remains a live area of inquiry and could be behind the second possible scenario that could explain why MH370 may have travelled way off course with no communications. That theory suggests an explosion or structural failure on the plane caused a rupture in its fuselage that was significant but not enough to destroy the plane or send it into a nosedive.

Such an event would lead to decompression, depriving those on board of oxygen, a condition known as hypoxia. Previous flights have crashed after a decompression of the cabin rendered everyone unconscious, the plane falling to earth once the fuel ran out.

”Hypoxia … can easily reduce a highly functioning individual to utterly useless in 90 seconds,” one pilot said on an internet forum this week. Enough time, perhaps, for a pilot to try to turn a plane around before falling unconscious, with the plane continuing on its new course.

An explosion in the cargo hold from a device secreted in baggage is another possibility. Cargo does not typically get the rigorous screening of passenger luggage. And a plane’s communications technology is usually located in the cargo hold.

Much has been made of a US safety regulator warning last year of corrosion and cracking around the satellite antenna of Boeing 777s like MH370, but Boeing insists MH370 did not have that type of antenna.

Analysts have also pointed to an incident on a Qantas jet in 2008, when an exploding oxygen tank in the cargo hold exploded in midair, ripping a two-metre hole in the fuselage. The pilots skilfully made an emergency descent to 10,000 feet – a breathable level – before making an emergency landing.

But if a terrorist hijacked the plane or planted an explosive device, why has no one claimed responsibility? Given the multiple communications back-ups on a modern plane, could all the communications systems be knocked out by an explosion or structural failure and the plane continue to fly?

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Conspiracy Theories about the Disappearance of MH370

Wild guesses appear on social media, where riveted users are thinking about everything from black ops to black magic.
Here are some of the likely and unlikely theories about the disappearance of the Malaysian airplane.

  • total electrical failure
  • plane crashed due to weather anomaly (or “Bermuda Triangle” like event )
  • Boeing 777 could have landed safely and its occupants are still alive
  • terrorists hijacked or exploded the plane
  • hijacked plane is going to be used for something bigger than 9/11,  possibly nuclear
  • planned assassination of important person(s) on the plane (made to look like an accident) 
  • theft of the mysterious cargo (gold?, weapons?) carried on the plane; plane landed in secret location – e.g. an island in the Indian Ocean
  • the Malaysian (or other) military might have mistakenly shot down the passenger plane
  • meteor strike
  • alien/UFO abduction
  • the time anomaly – along the story presented on the TV series “Lost”
  • first of many upcoming disappearances described in the book “Atlas Shrugged”
  • hostage taking for upcoming political demands on China
    during Iran hostage crisis, fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian Revolution took over the US Embassy in Tehran. President Carter called the hostages “victims of terrorism and anarchy,” …

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239 people onboard of flight MH370  would fill this entire conference room!

Malaysia Flight 370: The 10 big questions

Every day brings new details and new questions surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard that went missing on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Here are 10 questions surrounding what we know and what we don’t know:

  1. What do we know about the pilots?
  2. What do we know about communications to and from the plane?
  3. Where could the plane be? What could have happened to it?
  4. Couldn’t a pilot just ‘fly under the radar’?
  5. Could the plane have landed somewhere?
  6. How likely is hijacking or terrorism in this situation?
  7. Could mechanical failure explain it?
  8. What other theories and speculation have been offered?
  9. What about reports that passengers’ cell phones continued operating after the flight’s disappearance?
  10. Is this the first time a plane has vanished?

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A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

by BY CHRIS GOODFELLOW, a Canadian Class-1 instrumented-rated pilot for multi-engine planes

There has been a lot of speculation about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Terrorism, hijacking, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN; it’s almost disturbing. I tend to look for a simpler explanation, and I find it with the 13,000-foot runway at Pulau Langkawi.

The left turn is the key here. Zaharie Ahmad Shah was a very experienced senior captain with 18,000 hours of flight time. We old pilots were drilled to know what is the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us, and airports ahead of us. They’re always in our head. Always. If something happens, you don’t want to be thinking about what are you going to do–you already know what you are going to do. When I saw that left turn with a direct heading, I instinctively knew he was heading for an airport. He was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi, a 13,000-foot airstrip with an approach over water and no obstacles. The captain did not turn back to Kuala Lampur because he knew he had 8,000-foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier toward Langkawi, which also was closer.MH370route140319

The pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make an immediate turn to the closest, safest airport.

When I heard this I immediately brought up Google Earth and searched for airports in proximity to the track toward the southwest.

For me, the loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense in a fire. And there most likely was an electrical fire. In the case of a fire, the first response is to pull the main busses and restore circuits one by one until you have isolated the bad one. If they pulled the busses, the plane would go silent. It probably was a serious event and the flight crew was occupied with controlling the plane and trying to fight the fire. Aviate, navigate, and lastly, communicate is the mantra in such situations.

There are two types of fires. An electrical fire might not be as fast and furious, and there may or may not be incapacitating smoke. However there is the possibility, given the timeline, that there was an overheat on one of the front landing gear tires, it blew on takeoff and started slowly burning. Yes, this happens with underinflated tires. Remember: Heavy plane, hot night, sea level, long-run takeoff. There was a well known accident in Nigeria of a DC8 that had a landing gear fire on takeoff. Once going, a tire fire would produce horrific, incapacitating smoke. Yes, pilots have access to oxygen masks, but this is a no-no with fire. Most have access to a smoke hood with a filter, but this will last only a few minutes depending on the smoke level. (I used to carry one in my flight bag, and I still carry one in my briefcase when I fly.)

What I think happened is the flight crew was overcome by smoke and the plane continued on the heading, probably on George (autopilot), until it ran out of fuel or the fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed. You will find it along that route–looking elsewhere is pointless.

Ongoing speculation of a hijacking and/or murder-suicide and that there was a flight engineer on board does not sway me in favor of foul play until I am presented with evidence of foul play.

We know there was a last voice transmission that, from a pilot’s point of view, was entirely normal. “Good night” is customary on a hand-off to a new air traffic control. The “good night” also strongly indicates to me that all was OK on the flight deck. Remember, there are many ways a pilot can communicate distress. A hijack code or even transponder code off by one digit would alert ATC that something was wrong. Every good pilot knows keying an SOS over the mike always is an option. Even three short clicks would raise an alert. So I conclude that at the point of voice transmission all was perceived as well on the flight deck by the pilots.

But things could have been in the process of going wrong, unknown to the pilots.

Evidently the ACARS went inoperative some time before. Disabling the ACARS is not easy, as pointed out. This leads me to believe more in an electrical problem or an electrical fire than a manual shutdown. I suggest the pilots probably were not aware ACARS was not transmitting.

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Fire in an aircraft demands one thing: Get the machine on the ground as soon as possible. There are two well-remembered experiences in my memory. The AirCanada DC9 which landed, I believe, in Columbus, Ohio in the 1980s. That pilot delayed descent and bypassed several airports. He didn’t instinctively know the closest airports. He got it on the ground eventually, but lost 30-odd souls. The 1998 crash of Swissair DC-10 off Nova Scotia was another example of heroic pilots. They were 15 minutes out of Halifax but the fire overcame them and they had to ditch in the ocean. They simply ran out of time. That fire incidentally started when the aircraft was about an hour out of Kennedy. Guess what? The transponders and communications were shut off as they pulled the busses.

Get on Google Earth and type in Pulau Langkawi and then look at it in relation to the radar track heading. Two plus two equals four. For me, that is the simple explanation why it turned and headed in that direction. Smart pilot. He just didn’t have the time.

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  1. Rich says

    From the god who always helped my fortune teller said , the plane is now in another planet taken by 200 gods. Just recently two senior citizens were died because of diseases and the rest are still alive and trying to survive on the planet with two moons at night time. but they will move back to the earth soon.
    The idea of taking the plane is to reproduce the human like us on that planet as their people are only 2ft tall. They planned to take 500 human. this is first batch. let’s see dont criticize before you see it true. ok?

  2. Beelin Kodituwakku says

    Missing MH370 is Similar to the Vanished JetA35 from Malaysia in 1983……

    I know how Upali Wijewardana disappeared. How Upali got into the Lear JetA35, the incidents happened at the air-port, dropping a heavy thing at the edge of Malaysia(air route), where it was hidden, how the jet fall near Theresa Island near Nicobar Islands, how the plane went round the island ,how a submarine came by the south side there, how it dragged the dingy in curves, stopping the submarine at the edge of Andaman Island, taking out the people, hiding the dingy in a cave, dragging the fallen jet and the chassis of a plane which burnt in the sky to mislead Sri Lankans kept in a cave in an island in Nicobar Islands, how and where Upali was reading newspapers ,where he was hiding, the place seen to be Madurai in India, can be explained. That plane had lowered to about 1000 ft in the Indian Ocean. They used the currents of the sea to transport plane and submarine. Finally the submarine passed through a place where sail-boats were kept. The submarine entered along a river and vanished .According to the map I saw I suspect that country to be Koria or China or country between Korea and Cambodia. I dare to any challenge regarding to the disappearance of Upali Wijewardana and his lear jet. I came to know all these in 1983 through mysterious charming system of Manikkam alias Gopalaswamy who lived in Balagolla near Adikarigama in Hanguranketa. Manikkam was a great charming person who learnt all these in India including malayali charming .Daniyel Gama Ariya a famous astrologer in Sri Lanka had told newspapers in 1983 that Upali Wijewardana could not be faced to any trouble according to his horoscope. He had told the guru being in meena Upali cannot be faced any trouble. Later a friend of Upali had denied it from a newspaper article by telling a lie that the writer met Daniel Gama Ariya at an oracle reading . As Upali´s wife Lakmie Wijewardana had told that the watch given to her by Upali had not stopped as it being the life of Upali and he should have being living.Friends of Upali Wijeratna were trying to say through newspaper articles that Upali had faced to a plane accient with a mistake of engine,and prepared “Bodhi Poojas” and annual ceremonies.Comparing from hijacking A35 Lear Jet, I can guess the disappearance of Mh370.The plane can be lowered below 5000 ft to escape radars. Mh 370 can fly over the plains between Malaysia and Thailand or Thailand and Myanmar or along the borders of two countries, lowering 800-5000 ft. Either landing to an air-port in a lonely island in Andaman Islands or Nicobar Islands or another island between Malaysia and Somaliya (may be Diagogarshiya) or by keeping the plane on the sea-level passengers can be loaded to boats in small groups and can be transported to separate places. There are vacant places such as Cellular-Jail at Port –Blare in Andaman Island, On?e Camps at Little Andaman Island, Castle of Queen Karmorta, jungle covered areas in the above islands. A plane which dripped in the sea gets into pieces very soon and pieces can be hidden in big man made sea caves which are secret to that country or certain people. Lear Jet A35 as well as “Princess of Kashmeer” of Air India International (which dropped near Indonesia in 1955) got into pieces after soaking in the sea water. Passengers may be living and should not consider the misleading debris which may be in opposite direction. On the missing day of mh370 a passenger named Lelelah Raja Latife of Malaysia had made a complain to police telling that she had seen a plane floating near Andaman Islands .She had seen many boats there .From this evidence we can guess that mh 370 to be near Andaman and nicobar Islands.===D.B.Kodituwakku ,Retired Asst. Director Of Education.

  3. Adam says

    Will you please read the following report in full

    Flight 370: The Straw That Breaks the Cabal’s Back?

    http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/1159-flight-370

    though you may not be familiar with the material as you read it in full I hope you see the connections and possible evidence that leads to the possible truth behind the missing Malasian flight mh-370, if you find this article credible I urge you to look deeper and share with others

  4. eddie says

    anyone thought about hijacking to Thailand or similar locations of organ transplant centers for the purpose of sick organ trafficking ?

  5. Gender Ji says

    The Ashtar command of the Galactic Federation of Light through a Sirious spaceship, saved the plane which had …the airliner wavers to one side and the other and back again – and meanwhile there are two shapes of “planes” on the radar, they come across the screen. One suddenly speeds up four or five times the speed of any other airplane and then suddenly stops. Of course it’s not an airplane – no one talks about this in the media. The “plane” vanishes off the radar then the airliner vanishes seconds later.
    Commander Ashtar: Greetings … This was quite a coup we managed, and first I want to let everyone know that the passengers on Flight 370 are absolutely delighted and happy, spending time – yes I’m going to tell you where they are. I bet some of you have guessed. They are indeed in Hollow Earth.
    When they come back they will have quite a story to tell – they will be interviewed by TV interviewers, and stations all over the world are going to want to find out where they were, how it happened. In case the cigar-shaped ‘ufo’ which is now assigned to hovering over every conflict on the planet has not been enough, it will all come out when the people come back from Hollow Earth. They know all about our galactic plan, and they were most ecstatic – have asked us to please use them as so-called hostages to create leverage to insist that all government bring peace on Earth, to insist the governments must turn over all weapons and agree to enacting NESARA laws around the world, in every country.
    This is the truth that the media don’t tell you, the people are safe and their cellphones are still working (is this possible after an aircraft crashes somewhere?).
    Tell this to their families, they will see them very soon.
    We must begin to accept that we are not alone in our stratosphere and in our earth, the Galactic people are here, we accept it or not, and they are in contact with our governments, but we are not informed. Why?

  6. Elijah says

    Plane was seen 6 minutes on Bankok Thai radar after vanishing off radar coming back in the opposite direction. It was seen until it reached Pulau Perek an island to the west, and then others saw it fly over the Maldives south of the India tip where radar did not pick it up, but Diego Garcia (USA) military did pick up a plane. No landing at Maldive airport, however there is a GAN airport at the south tip that is under construction with private planes coming and going less than 20 a day and has hangars to hide it in. Since the two fake passports are men seeking European asylum is this an ARGO II where British are provding this with reimbersed passengers for the inconvenience? The satellite ping is about one-third the distance to the Maldives in an arc to the SW and to the NW, and the navy searching SW is questionable when Bangkok said they saw the plane turn north (NW).

  7. says

    I read it was a reaction to an overstepping gov. on various issues.

    Two weeks ago I saw a large drone? at tree top level. It’s this or a ufo. But it’s the fact it appeared while I was in deep repose concerning metaphysics questions. That is, I half expected something to happen around that time.

  8. Darren says

    Spend some time researching “Project Excalibur”, which was started in 1972, forty-two years ago. The “Airborne Laser” nosecone mounted turret laser was perfected years ago. A “High Energy Laser” or HEL is advertised to shoot down drones by the German weapons manufacturer Rheinmetall Defense and you can mount a HEL on a drone. The navy have had ship mounted HEL’s for years. The 20 employees of Freescale Semiconductor were involved with that corporations C29x Cryptoprocessor which is used in cohering the 21 individual lasers for long distance aiming of a HEL. Previously these weapons were only applicable over short distances. Jacob Rothschild through Blackstone Group owns Freescale Semiconductor. “Blackstone” is a reference to the OC-cult worship of $$$aturn, the 8-cult pointed black cube of Zoroastrian worship. Zoroaster was the character Abraham, the origin of all three Saturn worshipping religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The da-ath ( death ) cult of the celestial lord of the rings. The hidden sephiroth of the Kabalistic tree of life.

    Just spend some time Googling around high energy beam weapons. It is not a coincidence that flight 370 was “disappeared” right after Putin demonstrated his long range Topol M missiles.

  9. Dr Okafor Chidumeje says

    The Nephilims are here again. The fallen Ones have arosen. The titans, Zeus and the gods of this world, the Anakim has arrived. The world should be prepared for this epic battle. Giants will soon descend. The aliens simply took this plan just the way they took Enoch, Elijah and Moses.

  10. vish says

    It is sad that the plane is not yet traced out in this digital age. Why modern technology didn’t come to rescue the plane and the passengers?

  11. Cecilia says

    Everything is possible.

    I´m wondering how they did not know that 2 passager(both iranian) on the board of the plain travelled with stolen passports(from an austrian who live in Salzburg).

    It´s the same thing like in Ucraina…NSA knew everything but not that Putin will act like he is acting now.

    It´s much more to say but my english is not very good.

    I like your blog and I´m delighted each time when I receive new post.

    Have a nice sunday.

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