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« Reply #540 on: July 06, 2014, 09:41:24 PM »

The latest review of the military radar readings.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/MH370-Malaysian-jet-was-in-controlled-flight-after-contact-was-lost-officials-suspect/articleshow/37115566.cms

MH370: Malaysian jet was in controlled flight after contact was lost, officials suspect
NYT News Service | Jun 24, 2014, 11.02AM IST

 
The radar tracked the aircraft, a Boeing 777-200 with 239 people aboard, as it turned sharply off its scheduled northeastward flight path over the Gulf of Thailand and flew west across Peninsular Malaysia and the Strait of Malacca. The plane then passed beyond radar range near the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Initial reports about the radar readings suggested that along the way, the plane soared as high as 45,000 feet, above its certified maximum altitude of 43,100 feet, and then zoomed down low over the mountains of Malaysia before climbing back to 23,000 feet or higher over the Strait of Malacca.

But a comprehensive international review has found that the Malaysian radar equipment had not been calibrated with enough precision to draw any conclusions about the aircraft's true altitude. "The primary radar data pertaining to altitude is regarded as unreliable," said Angus Houston, the retired head of the Australian military who is now coordinating the search.

Houston said in a telephone interview that it was clearly possible that at some point during the tracked part of the flight, the plane flew at 23,000 feet. But he said he doubted whether anyone could prove that the plane had soared and swooped the way the initial reports suggested.

Martin Dolan, the chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, agreed with Houston. "There's nothing reliable about height," he said in an interview in his office here in the Australian capital.
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« Reply #541 on: July 06, 2014, 09:46:30 PM »

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/07/world/asia/malaysia-sending-more-ships-to-search-for-plane.html?_r=0

Malaysia Is Sending More Ships to Search for Jetliner
JULY 6, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Malaysian government said Sunday that it would step up efforts to search the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines’ missing Flight 370, in the latest indication that a broad international effort to find the plane will continue for many months.

The Malaysian defense minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, announced at the opening here of a photo exhibition dedicated to the missing plane that Malaysia would send one of its navy vessels with deep-sea survey equipment as well as two commercial vessels with towed, sonar-equipped submersibles.

Malaysia will also keep another naval vessel in the southern Indian Ocean, the Bunga Mas 6, which has been providing logistical support to other ships involved in the search. “The search will not stop until we find it,” Mr. Hishammuddin said.
 
Australia already has a deep-sea survey ship there that it chartered to map the ocean floor in the area, the Fugro Equator, which is designed to withstand the towering waves and powerful storms that sometimes move through the area, 1,000 miles west of Perth. China has also sent a deep-sea survey vessel, the Zhu Kezhen, although Angus Houston, the Australian official overseeing the search, said in a telephone interview last month that the Chinese vessel was less specialized for working in heavy seas.

Australia stopped accepting bids last week for a 60 million Australian dollar, or $56 million, contract for up to three towed submersibles to spend as long as a year scanning the ocean floor with sonar for debris from the plane. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has not yet chosen a winner for the contract.
 

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« Reply #542 on: July 21, 2014, 08:26:47 PM »

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/world/asia/malaysia-and-australia-still-seeking-missing-plane-strained-by-second-disaster.html?_r=1

Malaysia and Australia, Still Seeking Missing Plane, Strained by Second Disaster
JULY 21, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Two of the nations most affected by the loss of Malaysia Airlines’ Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, Malaysia and Australia, are still actively involved in the search for another Malaysian airliner that disappeared over four months ago, juggling two crash investigations that require the involvement of many of the same people.

Martin Dolan, the chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said that he spent the weekend switching back and forth between the two efforts. He sent two investigators to Ukraine to examine debris from Flight 17 — a pilot and an aircraft engineer — in between going through bids from contractors to search the floor of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines’ Flight 370.
 
Australia announced on Monday morning that Angus Houston, the former head of the Australian military who has been leading the search for Flight 370 since its disappearance in the southern Indian Ocean on March 8, had been sent instead to Ukraine. He will oversee the recovery, identification and repatriation of the remains of the 27 Australians who were aboard Flight 17 when it crashed — more citizens than any other country had aboard the plane except the Netherlands or Malaysia.

“He will remain in Ukraine as long as necessary to complete the task,” the Australian government said in a statement that did not name a replacement to oversee the ongoing effort to find Flight 370. Mr. Houston will remain the coordinator of Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center, which oversees the Flight 370 search, but his deputy, Judith Zielke, will run the agency while he is in Ukraine.

“Search efforts for MH370 continue unaffected by recent developments,” the coordination center said in an email reply to questions. “Finding Malaysian Flight MH370 is a high priority for the Australian government, as well as Malaysia, China and other countries involved in the search efforts.”

In Malaysia, Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein continues to oversee the Flight 370 investigation, mainly because he was the acting transport minister when the plane vanished with 239 aboard. Another official, Liow Tiong Lai, was named as transport minister four weeks ago and is overseeing his country’s Flight 17 response, flying to Kiev on Saturday night to do so.

Mr. Hishammuddin, who welcomes the spotlight and is a leading contender to succeed his cousin, Najib Razak, as prime minister someday, scheduled a press conference on Monday afternoon to discuss Flight 17 in Mr. Liow’s absence. But that event was abruptly cancelled after the Malaysian government decided that Mr. Liow should remain the government’s main voice on the subject.
 
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« Reply #543 on: July 24, 2014, 09:41:25 PM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/july/mr053.aspx

JACC
The Search for MH370 Continues
Last Updated: 23 July, 2014


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

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

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

While Air Chief Marshal Houston leads our MH17 efforts in Ukraine, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) will continue to coordinate the Australian Government's search for MH370.
 
The underwater search is likely to commence in early September and take up to 12 months to complete. It will aim to locate the aircraft and any evidence (such as debris and the flight recorders) to assist the Malaysian investigation of the disappearance of MH370.
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« Reply #544 on: July 24, 2014, 10:26:58 PM »

This is very, very sad for the victim's families, friends and co-workers.     The employees of Malaysia Airlines must also be suffering from the fallout and morale low, especially in light of the shooting down of the Malaysian flight in the Ukraine.  So much time has passed and there are no answers for the missing from Flight MH370 and it may be a long time before there are answers, if ever. 
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