Tag Archives | MH370

Where’s the safety incentive when accidents don’t happen?

Global airline accident statistics for the first six months of this year are staggeringly good – if you don’t include MH370. And for the purposes of this argument I am not including it. MH370 is missing, no trace of the aircraft or the 239 people on board has been found so far, and the official […]

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The MH370 mirage

Existence for the relatives of passengers and crew lost with Flight MH370 continues like a nightmare. Every time information is released about the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 they comb it for something – anything – to provide either hope or closure, but they receive neither. And thus it has been this time. Within a […]

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Problems that start in the cruise

My colleague Max Kingsley Jones has been raiding our archives for historic data on airliners that get a terminal problem in the cruise phase of the flight. Cruise is normally the peaceful part, and this is born out by the fact that, among all accidents, only 10% are caused by something that happens in that […]

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Why MH370 probably won’t be found

The least unlikely cause for the disappearance of MH370, based on what little we know about the final flight, is that a person with a sharp mind and a plan, but who was emotionally unbalanced, took control of the aeroplane. It could have been one of the pilots, or someone else on board who had […]

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If we had been able to track MH370…

Let’s go back to 8 March and start again from the point where the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 radar return disappears from ATC screens as the transponder is deactivated, then turns west from its north-easterly heading. This sequence, using what little is known about the 777′s behaviour that night, is intended to show that a […]

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MH370: where now?

The quote that says it all came about 24h ago from one of the leaders of the Australian search team: “We’re not looking for a needle in a haystack. We’re looking for the haystack.” The Malaysian government has accepted that they are not going to find any survivors. After more than two weeks, that is […]

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That 5,000ft story about MH370

The media have been rightly confused by the story which says that Singapore radar saw MH370 descend to 5,000ft from 35,000ft after switching off the transponder. The proposed reason for the descent is that at such a low altitude even the military radar couldn’t see them. So why could Singapore radar see them, then? 5,000ft […]

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The flight path of the MH370 story

It was about 01:30 local time on Saturday 8 March that the secondary radar return of flight MH370 no longer painted on Kuala Lumpur radar screens, and no-one at the Vietnamese ATC centre at Ho Chi Minh City that was expecting to take over surveillance responsibility for it could see them either. A week later, […]

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Malaysia is handling MH370 incompetently

It’s bad enough for a widebody jet to go missing with 239 people on board, but then for the responsible country’s government and aviation agencies to handle the associated information with total incompetence is unforgivable. China, which may have lost more of its nationals on board than any other single country, certainly thinks so. This […]

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