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« Reply #420 on: May 02, 2014, 11:43:33 AM »

Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

5 HRs ago   Update
JACC Says Ocean Shield Heads to Fleet Base West

A statement from the Joint Agency Coordination Center:


Mission 18 of sub-surface search operations is now complete. No debris was found.

Ocean Shield is now en-route to Fleet Base West to replenish supplies and personnel. Once the port visit is complete, the ship will return to the vicinity of its current search area and recommence the search with Phoenix’s Bluefin-21.

Earlier this week, HMAS Toowoomba and MV Seahorse Standard returned to port while HMAS Success is continuing to steam towards Sydney and HMAS Perth is redeploying to operations in northern Australia. Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu has also been resupplying in port. The Malaysian supply vessel Bunga Mas is remaining in the search area with a number of Chinese vessels.

The last of the air search fleet, the two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, are due to depart Perth International Airport tomorrow. One RAAF AP-3C Orion remains on standby to assist with search operations.

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« Reply #421 on: May 02, 2014, 11:49:45 AM »

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4 HRs ago   Update
Statement From Malaysia’s Hishammuddin Hussein


It has now been 56 days since MH370 went missing. The fact that MH370 is still not found after more than seven weeks of searching on land, air and sea, indeed highlights the complexity of this entire mission. Nevertheless, we are resolute in our commitment to find MH370 and will continue to intensify the search efforts. On that note, as promised by the Prime Minister last week, we have released the Preliminary Report that was sent to ICAO along with additional information. This is consistent with our stand that in the interests of openness and transparency–‐ all information which does not jeopardize the investigation or the search operation; should be made public. It must be stressed that the report made public yesterday, is a preliminary report. Nevertheless, as I have repeatedly stressed since the beginning, we have nothing to hide.

Meeting with Angus Houston and Jean Paul Troadec

Earlier today I met with Retired Air Marshall Angus Houston–‐ who has been leading the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) in Perth, coordinating the search of MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean and Mr Jean Paul Troadec, the Head of the French Investigation Team for Air France Flight 447 and the former Head of the Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau. The presence of these two individuals in Kuala Lumpur is to discuss the new phase we are entering in the search operation. The meeting was a testament to Malaysia’s inclusiveness in coordinating the next phase of this “unprecedented” search effort and it reaffirms our relentless commitment as well as that of the international community in searching for MH370.

Sub Committee Progress

The three sub committees led by the three deputy ministers have been meeting and  efforts have been intensified to  prepare ourselves for the  next phase. Let me now  update you on  their progress.
 
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« Reply #422 on: May 02, 2014, 11:52:22 AM »

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Malaysia to Probe Airline, Officials’ Response to Disappearance

By Jason Ng

Malaysia said it will investigate the immediate reactions by the airline and authorities that followed the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as part of an official probe into the incident.

Documents released on Thursday by the Malaysian government revealed a series of missteps and confusion among air-traffic controllers in nearby countries before an alarm was raised about four hours later. That delayed search-and-rescue efforts, which didn’t begin until over nine hours after the Boeing 777 vanished from civilian radar.

“I would leave it to the panel of experts to decide whether four, six or seven hours is reasonable,” Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defense minister and acting transport minister, said at a news conference.

The documents also show that even as the plane carrying 239 passengers and crew members veered off course on March 8, the carrier’s operation center continued to advise air-traffic controllers that the plane was in “normal condition,” remained in contact with ground facilities and was flying somewhere in Cambodian airspace–an area that was never on its flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya explained Friday that the company used a flight-following program that relied on data from a “secondary source” to track the aircraft in the hours following Flight 370′s disappearance. That same program also did a “projection” showing the plane likely to be in Cambodian airspace, he said.

The plane is now believed to be in the southern Indian Ocean, where an Australian-led search team is scouring the seabed off Australia’s west coast with a submersible.
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« Reply #423 on: May 02, 2014, 11:56:20 AM »

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Malaysia Airlines Statement


Media Statement 30 Released at 9.30 p.m. local time May 2

Malaysia Airlines wishes to make further clarification on the following matters:

1)      Malaysians On Board

Malaysia Airlines confirms that 38 passengers of the 239 persons on board MH370 on 8 March 2014 were Malaysians. The names of the 38 Malaysians on board had been earlier shared in the Passenger Manifest which has been made public previously. Please see attached document for names of all Malaysian passengers onboard MH370.

2)      Exchange of Signals and Aircraft in Cambodia

On the exchange of signals between ground and the aircraft soon after Ho Chi Minh Air Traffic Control advised that radio contact had not been established with MH370, as carried in the recently released MH370 Preliminary Report, Malaysia Airlines clarifies that what was referred to as signals was actually the aircraft displayed on the ‘Flight Following System’ screen. This was based on the aircraft projection at that point of time and not the actual aircraft position.

When KL-ATCC (Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre) Watch Supervisor queried Malaysia Airlines OPS (Operations) on the status of MH370, Malaysia Airlines OPS informed KL-ATCC Supervisor that MH370 was still sighted over Cambodian airspace in the Flight-Following System, which is based on a flight-projection.

The word “Cambodia” was displayed by the Flight-Following System on the screen when zoomed-in, leading Malaysia Airlines to deduce that the aircraft was flying in Cambodian airspace. The Flight-Following System did not display the name “Vietnam”, even though the aircraft was over Vietnam airspace.

The responsibility of aircraft tracking monitoring resides with Air Traffic Control Centres. For airlines, it is normal to engage flight following systems to assist its pilots to manage in weather conditions or route diversions. Such airline flight following systems are non-primary and non-positive controlling.

Flight following systems also do not trigger airlines of any abnormality. Such situations have to be pilot initiated. Unless otherwise, airlines’ operations control centres would continue to see the aircraft as flying on its normal route, based on projected or predicted positions and locations.

To make the flight-following systems work successfully and effectively, it is important to have visual depiction of the aircraft’s position, coupled with confirmation by air-to-ground communications, such as through ACARS or Satcomm or VHF or HF.

In the case of tracking MH370, Malaysia Airlines’ flight-following system indicated that the aircraft was flying, however, there was no communication from or with the pilot. Malaysia Airlines OPS attempted to communicate with MH370 after we were flag by KL-ATCC, but was never able to make contact.

3)      On the Cargo Carried

About 2 tons, equivalent to 2,453kg, of cargo was declared as consolidated under one (1) Master Airway Bill (AWB). This Master AWB actually comprised 5 house AWB. Out of these 5 AWB, two (2) house AWB contained lithium ion batteries amounting to a total tonnage volume of 221kg. The balance 3 house AWB, amounting to 2,232kg, were declared as radio accessories and chargers.
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« Reply #424 on: May 02, 2014, 10:29:47 PM »

Rest in Peace

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/05/02/MH370-Australia-funerals-Burrows/

Published: Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 5:40:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 8:17:53 PM
MH370: Funerals planned for Australian passengers


A file picture of Rod and Mary Burrows

SYDNEY: The first funeral service for passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be held in Australia this weekend, nearly eight weeks after the plane disappeared in the southern Indian Ocean.

Despite the most intensive air, sea and underwater search in commercial aviation history, no trace of Flight 370 has been found since it vanished from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing on March 8.

Family and friends of Rod and Mary Burrows, two of six Australians on board the flight, will be holding a formal memorial in Brisbane on Sunday, according to a statement on behalf of the family released by police on Friday.

"Family and friends send their appreciation for the well wishes from the media and public but ask for privacy and request their solitude be respected during this difficult time," it said.
 
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« Reply #425 on: May 03, 2014, 11:42:55 AM »

Missing MH370 latest: 4-hour delay, 17-minute ATC call-gap deepens mystery
Published Saturday, May 03, 2014


Did a four-hour delay between the plane's disappearance and the authorities' response a key factor in the ‘losing’ of the Malaysia Airline plane MH370?

An independent panel formed by the Malaysian government will now decide if that is indeed the case.

However, in a report published by the asiaone website, Transport Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein defended the response time, even invoking the seven-hour gap during the Air France incident.

"Each case is different. In this case, we took four hours to respond to the disappearance.

"I was informed that in the Air France case, it was six to seven hours before any response.

"We leave it to the independent panel to judge the four-hour gap," he said at a press conference on Friday .

The report also states that at the same press conference, the Civil Aviation Department said the independent panel could decide on the 17-minute gap between the plane's last connection with air traffic control and the call from Ho Chi Minh saying there was no contact established with the plane.

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« Reply #426 on: May 03, 2014, 11:51:42 AM »

Missing MH370 latest: 4-hour delay, 17-minute ATC call-gap deepens mystery
Published Saturday, May 03, 2014

The preliminary report


Malaysia released its most comprehensive account yet of what happened to missing Flight MH370, in a preliminary report that detailed the route the plane probably took as it veered off course and revealed the confusion that followed.

It showed four hours elapsed between the first sign that the Malaysia Airlines jet had failed to report in when expected to and the decision to mount a search operation - and that time included lapses of communication and a false lead from the airline itself.

The document, dated April 9, also contributed to a growing safety debate by urging the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN body that oversees aviation, to consider introducing a system for tracking commercial jets.

The call comes ahead of a meeting at the Montreal-based agency later this month to address mounting pressure for improvements to fill communications blind spots over the world's oceans, but until now regulators have said such systems still need to be proven despite lobbying by the satellite industry.

Although the preliminary report issued by the Ministry of Transport leaves many key questions about what happened nearly eight weeks ago unanswered, and is not intended to resolve speculation about the cause, Malaysia may be hoping it sets the record straight on at least some of the contentious issues.

The fate of Flight MH370 remains a mystery despite the biggest search operation in commercial aviation history, and relatives of the passengers on board are desperate for confirmation of what happened to their loved ones.

Boeing, the manufacturer of the 777 aircraft, will also be keen to learn exactly what caused the plane to veer sharply off course and disappear from sight, and in particular whether it was mechanical failure or human intervention.

While not ruling out technical faults, a parallel Malaysian police investigation has so far focused on the pilots amid signs that the aircraft followed a twisting and deliberate course for at least the first hour of its journey off course.

THAILAND AND INDONESIA

The report confirmed that military radar tracked a plane as it turned in a westerly direction across the Malaysian Peninsula on the morning of March 8, and said the radar operator took no further action because the aircraft was deemed ‘friendly’.

In an accompanying statement, Defence and Acting Transport  Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the military data was played back that morning and after he and Prime Minister Najib Razak were informed of the possible turnback, military ships and an aircraft were sent to look for MH370 in the Straits of Malacca.

The report also described what appeared to be frantic attempts to trace the aircraft, with air traffic control in Kuala Lumpur contacting counterparts in Singapore, Hong Kong and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, when something appeared to have gone awry.

Kuala Lumpur was initially informed of a problem when air traffic controllers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, who were meant to take over monitoring MH370 around the time the plane disappeared, said they had not heard from its pilots.

They told their Malaysian counterparts the "radar blip" had disappeared at a navigation point called BITOD about half way between Malaysia and Vietnam. Investigators suspect the aircraft's radar transponder was turned off at about that time.

The airline at first wrongly told controllers the jet was over Cambodia and later that it had passed over Vietnam, but this turned out to be a projection rather than real information.

Released to the public for the first time were recordings of conversations between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control and maps showing MH370's probable flight path.

The pilot recordings, ending with a deadpan "good night" and the call sign, begin with the first contact on the ground and appear business-like, without any obvious signs of stress.

According to the maps, MH370 turned back from the South China Sea, cut across the southernmost tip of Thailand near the border with the Malaysian state of Kelantan and then flew across the Malaysian Peninsula.

It made a turn to the west in the Straits of Malacca near Penang and flew beyond the limits of Malaysian military radar.

ELECTRONIC HANDSHAKES

From this point, investigators have had to rely on an estimated course based on electronic handshakes picked up by a UK satellite, which came to light days after the disappearance.

After leaving Malaysian military radar coverage, investigators believe MH370 turned south and flew over the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra Island before heading for the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean off Australia's western coast, where a massive underwater search is now concentrated.

The course, contradicting reports the plane skirted round Indonesian airspace, raises potentially awkward questions over why Indonesia did not identify the aircraft on its own radar. Sensitivities over the sharing of data have been a recurring theme in the search for the jet, according to people involved.

The report identified three areas in the southern Indian Ocean where they can say with different levels of certainty that the jet crashed, but although searchers identified pings from its black boxes a thorough seabed search has been fruitless.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that the seabed search over a wider area could take 6-8 months, but some experts say it could take even longer, possibly years.

Fuelling the debate over tracking, Malaysia's Transport Ministry pointed to the disappearance of Flight MH370 and Air France Flight AF447 in 2009 as evidence that a system for real-time tracking would help to locate missing aircraft more easily.

Details of the initial findings including the audio tapes were shared before the report's publication with mainly Chinese relatives who have protested about Malaysia Airlines' handling of the case, in particular the use of text messages to inform some relatives when the aircraft was deemed to have crashed.

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Missing MH370 latest: 4-hour delay, 17-minute ATC call-gap deepens mystery
Published Saturday, May 03, 2014

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The report confirmed that military radar tracked a plane as it turned in a westerly direction across the Malaysian peninsula on the morning of March 8, and that it took no further action because the plane was deemed "friendly".

However, it did not explain why Flight MH370 had been categorised as friendly even through its transponder was switched off by the time it turned back, one of many mysteries surrounding its fate that remain unanswered.

Still unknown is who or what led to MH370 veering off its original flight path and eventually ending up several thousand kilometres (miles) away in the southern Indian Ocean. ...

There is also the question of whether the search is going on in the right area to begin with.

The atoll of Diego Garcia is forever hovering in the background and will continue to drive internet discussion until there is closure on the case.

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These theories will ensure the conspiracy angle stays alive, however, all eyes will be on the report set to come out and if more ‘secret revelations’ are to made by Malaysia.






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« Reply #428 on: May 05, 2014, 12:28:50 AM »

GEORESONANCE
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May 4, 2014


http://georesonance.com/20140504%20Press%20Release.pdf
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« Reply #429 on: May 05, 2014, 12:34:27 AM »

Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

42 MINs ago Twitter
Rob Taylor@WSJRobTaylor

Asked how long it might be before something #mh370 found, longer than 2yrs, Australia's Truss says "we just always hope it's tmrrow"

45 MINs ago Twitter
Rob Taylor@WSJRobTaylor

Malaysian, Chinese and Australian ministers meet in Canberra to discuss next steps in #mh370 search… http://t.co/OXfAzaKxim

50 MINs agoUpdate
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*Malaysia Acting Transport Minister: No Information That Flight 370 Audio Recordings Have Been Tampered With

1 HR ago Twitter
Jason Ng@ByJasonNg

Follow @WSJRobTaylor covering tripartite #MH370 press conference in Australia

1 HR ago Twitter
Rob Taylor@WSJRobTaylor

China transport minister Yang says #mh370 search will not slacken

1 HR ago Twitter
Rob Taylor@WSJRobTaylor

Australia Deputy PM says meetings to re-analyse #mh370 flight data to start Wed in Aust capital Canberra, coord centre also to move to Canb

1 HR ago   Update
Breaking


*Australia Deputy Prime Minister Says Most Equipment Would Likely Be Provided by Private Sector

*Australia Deputy Prime Minister Wants Single Operator to Lead Search With Private Equipment

1 HR ago Twitter
Rob Taylor@WSJRobTaylor

Australia Deputy PM: More Detailed Oceanographic Mapping of #mh370 Search Area Needed,

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*Australia Deputy PM: Meetings to Analyze Data to Help Find Flight 370 to Begin Wednesday

*Australia Deputy PM: Other Meetings to Study What Equipment Could Be Deployed

*Australia Deputy PM: More Detailed Oceanographic Mapping of Search Area Needed

1 HR ago Twitter
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Press conf about to start in Canberra on #mh370 search after meeting between Aust, China, Malaysia officials
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« Reply #430 on: May 05, 2014, 12:44:35 AM »

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/04/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/

MH370: Officials discuss next phase of search
By Holly Yan, CNN
updated 11:55 PM EDT, Sun May 4, 2014

(CNN) -- More than 300 flights.

Over 3,000 hours in the air.

A staggering 4 million square kilometers of ocean.

The numbers speak to the breadth of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The results speak to the fruitlessness of it.

The plane, carrying 239 people, disappeared on March 8. And despite an expansive international search, officials have nothing to show for it.

On Wednesday, officials from Australia, Malaysia and China will meet in Canberra to consider the next phase of the hunt.

One group will analyze the data and information collected so far. Another will look at the resources needed.

Because the focus of the next phase will be an intense underwater search, a key element of the new phase will be a detailed mapping of the ocean floor.

"We know that the water is very deep. And for the next stage .... we need to have an understanding of the ocean floor," said Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss on Monday.
 
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« Reply #431 on: May 08, 2014, 12:29:23 AM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr043.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Ocean Shield resupplies and continues the Search
Media Release
5 May 2014—pm


Ocean Shield will today return to Fleet Base West to replenish its supplies and conduct routine maintenance and software modifications to Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle ‘Artemis’ Bluefin-21.

On completion of the short port visit, Ocean Shield will return immediately to the search area where the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will continue.

The just-completed deployment began on 31 March with 56 personnel and specialist search equipment including a Towed Pinger Locator and Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle ‘Artemis’ Bluefin-21.

Although the search to date has not uncovered any evidence of possible aircraft debris during operations, the data collected during the 35 days at sea will assist in narrowing the search area for the final resting place of MH370. 

The Australian Government is proud of the combined efforts of the Royal Australian Navy, United States Navy, civilian contractors from Phoenix International, Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the ship's crew.

Also at the request of the Australian Government, the U.S. Navy will continue supporting the MH370 sub-surface search effort with the Bluefin-21 side scan sonar for approximately 4 more weeks.
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« Reply #432 on: May 09, 2014, 09:51:06 PM »

This is truly frightening.  Not only has she suffered from the disappearance of her boyfriend Philip Woods, her apartment has been broken into a couple of times, and gotten scary phone calls and a death threat.  Why?  Who would do this?

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/flight-370-philip-woods-girlfriend-sarah-bajc-got-death-threat-n100446
Flight 370: Philip Wood's Girlfriend Sarah Bajc Got Death Threat
May 9, 2014

The girlfriend of an American passenger aboard missing Flight MH370 told NBC News she has been the victim of two break-ins, a death threat and numerous unsettling phone calls since the jet vanished.

Sarah Bajc received an instant message warning that "I'm going to come and kill you next" about two weeks after the Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared on March 8. Several pornographic images and creepy phone calls were also received from the same China-based number.

Bajc was preparing to move from Beijing to live with passenger Philip Wood, a 50-year-old Texas native and IBM Malaysia employee, in Kuala Lumpur at the time of the tragedy.
 
According to Bajc, the calls and messages began shortly after her apartment was broken into for the first time, midway into the second week after the flight disappeared.

“Whoever came wasn’t very careful because I’m a real neat freak, so it was immediately apparent to me that some things had been moved,” she said. “My housekeeper was out of town so it couldn’t have been her and I got home before my son got back. The password on my safe had been reset which happens when you try the wrong code three times."
Bajc added: “The second time was a couple weeks later and my neighbor saw two people leaving my apartment. I have no illusions of privacy here [in Beijing].”

She said the calls stopped after an FBI agent assigned to help her and Wood’s family was informed.

Bajc is among 350 family members of passengers aboard the missing jet who have demanded raw data be released for independent analysis amid questions about how the investigation has been conducted.

In an open letter sent to the leaders of Malaysia, China and Australia on Thursday, the relatives questioned how authorities could be certain the Boeing 777 had crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.
 
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« Reply #433 on: May 10, 2014, 08:04:10 PM »

Why the Official Explanation of MH370’s Demise Doesn’t Hold Up
ARI N. SCHULMAN
MAY 8 2014, 8:00 AM ET


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Until officials provide more information, the claim that Flight 370 went south rests not on the weight of mathematics but on faith in authority. Inmarsat officials and search authorities seem to want it both ways: They release charts, graphics, and statements that give the appearance of being backed by math and science, while refusing to fully explain their methodologies. And over the course of this investigation, those authorities have repeatedly issued confident pronouncements that they’ve later quietly walked back.

The biggest risk to the investigation now is that authorities continue to assume they’ve finally found the area where the plane went down, while failing to explore other possibilities simply because they don’t fit with a mathematical analysis that may not even hold up.

After all, searchers have yet to find any hard evidence—not so much as a shred of debris—to confirm that they’re looking in the right ocean.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/why-the-official-explanation-of-mh370s-demise-doesnt-hold-up/361826/
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« Reply #434 on: May 10, 2014, 11:14:23 PM »

[http://news.msn.com/world/search-for-flight-mh370-heads-to-site-of-first-ping

Search for Flight MH370 heads to site of first 'ping'
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HMAS STIRLING NAVAL BASE, Australia - An Australian naval vessel carrying an underwater drone involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 left port on Saturday on its second mission to scan part of the Indian Ocean where the longest sonar "ping" was heard over a month ago.

The Ocean Shield is heading to the area where a signal was first located and heard for some two hours on April 5, about 1,600 km (1,000 miles) northwest of Perth to launch the Bluefin-21 submersible.
 
The search had been centered on a 314-square-km (121-sq-mile) area around the second "ping" located and monitored for about 13 minutes on April 5, and which search authorities identified as their strongest lead.

With the search of that area complete, the focus is shifting to the area where the first, and longer, signal was detected the same day, U.S. Navy Captain Mark Matthews told journalists at a naval base near Perth.

"What you do is you go look at your best indications and you pursue them until they're exhausted," he said. "These things don't happen fast. These searches don't happen on the hours or days cycle. These happen on the weeks and months cycle."

Australia, China and Malaysia earlier this week pledged not to give up searching for the plane, even though air and surface searches for debris have been abandoned.

The Ocean Shield returned to Stirling Naval Base south of Perth earlier this week after more than a month at sea to resupply, change crew and perform software modifications and maintenance on the Bluefin.

The submersible has dived to a maximum depth of 5,005 meters in its daily 20-hour missions to scan the ocean floor using sonar, despite being only designed to dive to 4,500 meters, Matthews said.

With just three weeks left on loan from the U.S. Navy, the pressure is on about how to proceed and who will pay for the next phase of the search. The Ocean Shield, which will take three days to arrive at the search location, is due back in port by the end of the month.
 

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« Reply #435 on: May 11, 2014, 10:50:16 PM »

A plea from the families of MH370 — Voice370
MAY 8, 2014


An open letter to:

1. We are the MH370 Victim Families and Crew Association, Voice370. Our purpose is to support each other, with the sole intention of finding MH370 and our loved ones. We represent over 300 family members so far. Our membership grows daily to include family members from all nations.

2. ....

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http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/a-plea-from-the-families-of-mh370-voice370

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« Reply #436 on: May 12, 2014, 03:52:05 PM »

The collective request from relatives of missing passengers/crew who were aboard missing MH370 ... the collective request in an open letter (see above) regarding the release of raw satellite data ... was denied by Malaysia.

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Malaysia rules out releasing raw satellite data that Mara to MH370 kin
May 12, 2014


Malaysia on Monday ruled out releasing raw satellite data to the families of the 239 people on board the crashed MH370, as the transport ministry prepared to table a report on the outcome of a tripartite meeting in Australia on the future of the search for the plane.

Commenting on the request from the families of those on board Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 for the government to release raw satellite data, Acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said it was better for the International Panel of Experts to decide which information should be made public.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/malaysia-rules-out-releasing-raw-satellite-data-to-mh370-kin/
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« Reply #437 on: May 12, 2014, 04:52:01 PM »

NORTHWEST?  SOUTH?

Maybe the lack of any wreckage or conclusive evidence that MH370 went down in the Southern Indian Ocean ... maybe independent analysts should be afforded the opportunity to study Inmarsat raw satellite data.

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MH370 continued flying for 6 hours, could have gone towards Kazakhstan or south of Indian Ocean: Malaysian PM
March 15, 2014 7:06 pm


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The missing Malaysian jetliner was deliberately diverted and continued flying for more than six hours after losing contact with the ground, meaning it could have gone as far northwest as Kazakhstan or into the Indian Ocean’s southern reaches, Malaysia’s leader said Saturday.

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s statement confirmed days of mounting speculation that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to Beijing more than a week ago was not accidental.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/mh370-continue-flying-for-six-hours-more-could-have-gone-towards-kazakhstan-or-south-of-indian-ocean-malaysian-pm/
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« Reply #438 on: May 12, 2014, 06:06:18 PM »

Malaysia plane searchers doubt that some once-promising signals came from missing jet
Published May 12, 2014


Searchers preparing to resume the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 increasingly suspect that some of the electronic signals detected last month didn't come from the jetliner's black-box flight recorders, a senior Australian naval officer said.

The doubts—based on further acoustic analysis of the transmissions by Australian authorities over recent weeks—represent another potential setback in the two-month-old operation. An initial underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean has already failed to find any sign of the missing plane, while a costly air-and-ship search of the ocean's surface turned up only garbage.

Authorities in April clung to hope that electronic transmissions picked up by Australian naval vessel ADV Ocean Shield on four occasions on April 5 and April 8 would provide a breakthrough in the search. But authorities are increasingly considering only the two transmissions on April 5 as relevant to the search, Australian naval Commander James Lybrand, captain of the Ocean Shield search vessel, said in an interview late last week.

Further analysis of the streams of signals detected three days later on April 8 has led authorities to doubt that they were from a man-made device, Cmdr. Lybrand said.

Each of the transmissions on April 8 were intermittent and at a frequency of around 27 kHz—much lower than the 37.5 kHz frequency that beacons are designed to emit, and also lower than the 33.3 kHz frequency of other transmissions on April 5. "As far as frequency goes, between 33 kHz and 27 kHz is a pretty large jump," Cmdr. Lybrand said.

The Joint Agency Coordination Center, the Australian agency leading the search, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Cmdr. Lybrand's remarks.

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« Reply #439 on: May 12, 2014, 08:26:32 PM »

The description of the jumbo low flying plane reported by Maldive residents mirrors MH370.  Has there been any feedback regarding what is believed to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft that wash up on a Maldive beach one week after the plane sighting.

Both articles are a must read.  IMO

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Missing MH370: Maldives residents report 'low-flying jumbo jet' sighting on March 8
March 18, 2014


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In a report by Maldivian daily Haveeru, residents described the aircraft which flew over Kuda Huvadhoo at around 6.15am as being white, with red stripes across it.

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http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/18/Missing-MH370-maldive-low-flying-jumbo/


Unknown object 'likely' aircraft fire suppression bottle, claim experts
Mar 26, 2014


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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.

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http://www.haveeru.com.mv/news/54178
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