MH370 Investigation – Matters of Concern

Items of concern for further investigation or explanation 

 

17/03/2014 Q:Why has the BBC reported that to turn off ACARS is difficult:
"The final message from the ACARS onboard the Malaysian plane came at 01:07 and investigators believe the system was then deliberately shut down. Turning off ACARS is no easy feat, requiring a person with technical knowledge to climb down through a trapdoor into the plane's hull to remove circuit breakers." (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-26544554)   
Is this correct?

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24/03/2014 Q: Why have photos released of so-called Iranian refugees, apparently and poorly been doctored?
 
As reported in: http://www.brimtime.com/2014/03/missing-malaysia-plane-photo-of-men-who.html
Malaysian police admitted the image of one man had been placed on top of the other when they were photocopied. But a spokesman said it was not ‘done with malice or to mislead’. 

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25/03/2014 Q: Wikipedia lists matters of Criticism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia_Airlines_Flight_370#Criticism_and_response

"Public communication from Malaysian officials regarding the loss of the flight was initially beset with confusion.[i] The New York Times wrote that the Malaysian government and the airline released imprecise, incomplete, and sometimes inaccurate information, with civilian officials sometimes contradicting military leaders.[256]Malaysian officials were also criticised after the persistent release of contradictory information, most notably regarding the last point and time of contact with the aircraft.[257]
Vietnam temporarily scaled back its search operations after the country's Deputy Transport Minister cited a lack of communication from Malaysian officials despite requests for more information.[258] China, through the official Xinhua News Agency, said that the Malaysian government ought to take charge and conduct the operation with greater transparency, a point echoed by the Chinese Foreign Ministry days later.[168][259]
On 11 March, three days after the aircraft disappeared, British satellite company Inmarsat had provided officials (or its partner, SITA) with data suggesting the aircraft was nowhere near the areas in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea being searched at that time; and may have diverted its course through a southern or northern corridor. This information was only publicly acknowledged and released by Najib on 15 March in a press conference.[41][260]
Questions and criticisms were raised by air force experts and the Malaysian opposition about the current state of Malaysia's air force and radar capabilities.[261][262][263] Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said it was impossible and unacceptable that the country's advanced British radar system and military readiness had not been triggered by such a diverted flight.[264]
On 14 March, Malaysia Airlines retired the MH370/MH371 flight number pair for the Kuala Lumpur–Beijing–Kuala Lumpur route, replacing them with MH318 and MH319 respectively.[265]
On 24 March, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng reacted sceptically to the conclusion by the Malaysian government that the aircraft had gone down with no survivors. Xie Hangsheng demanded "all the relevant information and evidence about the satellite data analysis", and said that the Malaysian government must "finish all the work including search and rescue."[44][266]
Criticism was also levelled at the delay of the search efforts. Explaining why information about satellite signals had not been made available earlier, Malaysia Airlines said that the raw satellite signals needed to be verified and analysed "so that their significance could be properly understood" before it could publicly confirm their existence.[267] Hishammuddin said Malaysian and US investigators had immediately discussed the Inmarsat data upon receiving them on 12 March, and on two occasions, both groups agreed that it needed further processing and sent the data to the US twice for this purpose. Data analysis was completed on 14 March, by then, the AAIB independently arrived at the same conclusion.[268]
On 25 March, Chinese president Xi Jinping said he was sending a special envoy to Kuala Lumpur to consult with the Malaysian government over the missing aircraft.[269] The same day, around two hundred family members of the Chinese passengers protested outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing.[270][271] Relatives who had arrived in Kuala Lumpur after the announcement continued with their protesting, accusing Malaysia of hiding the truth and harbouring the murderer. They also wanted an apology for the Malaysian government's poor initial handling of the disaster and its "premature" conclusion of loss, drawn without physical evidence.[272] An op-ed for China Daily said that Malaysia was not wholly to be blamed for its poor handling of such a "bizarre and unprecedented crisis", and appealed to Chinese people not to allow emotions to prevail over evidence and rationality.[273] The Chinese ambassador to Malaysia rebuked the "radical and irresponsible opinions" of the Chinese relatives, and said that they "[did] not represent the views of Chinese people and the Chinese government".[274] The ambassador also strongly criticised Western media for having "published false news, stoked conflict and even spread rumours" to the detriment of relatives and ofSino–Malaysian relations.[244] China, for whom the search is a matter of national prestige and favourable public opinion at home, has been criticised for their false leads that have detracted from the search effort and wasted time and resources.[275][276]".

Why have these matters arisen?


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26/03/2014 Q: BBC News Magazine have reported that "Malaysian authorities have said the plane rose to 45,000ft, before falling to 23,000ft, after it changed course." See http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26671224 .
Is this detail true? And where has this information been made available?

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26/03/2014 Q: BBC News Magazine also reported that "photographs have emerged of the co-pilot of MH370 entertaining teenage tourists in an aircraft cockpit during a previous flight."
Is this detail true? And where has this information been made available?

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26/03/2014 Q: BBC News Magazine also reported that "it's possible a sequence of events may have taken the plane so far off course by accident. Something could have gone wrong in stages. A fire could have taken out part of the plane, or led to some systems failing, but left the plane intact. Then there could have been decompression - not an explosive decompression, but a gradual one."
How possible is this sequence of events?

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31/03/2014 Q: Why have MAS included MYT +0800 in the title of all their press releases?

A: MYT represents MalaYsia Time at Longitude 120° East which is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) – and Universal Coordinated Time (UCT) – as a single standard time zone for both East and West Malaysia since 1982.
Malaysia at only 5° North of the Equator, does not observe daylight savings. See WikiPedia Time in Malaysia.

The press releases should more properly have been labelled as (-0800), and not +0800 which is actually the time zone for the West Coast of North America. See the bottom row of the following diagram world time zone map for proper numbering. 
World Time Zones Map
11/04/2014 Q: Why has Perth radio station 6PR tweeted the discovery, citing aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas had revealed the flight recorder had finally been found after more than a month of being missing. - See more at: http://www.brimtime.com/2014/04/missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-mh370-black-box-found.html#sthash.TzLiBgSC.dpuf

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11/04/2014 Q: Why have headlines run with "Blackbox has been found" sourced from PM Abbot whilst visiting China, quoted as having commented "he is 'very confident' black box from missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 has been found." - See more at: http://www.brimtime.com/2014/04/missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-mh370-black-box-found.html#sthash.TzLiBgSC.dpuf

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12/04/2014 Q: Is there any relationship between the MH370 disappearance and a more recent Semporna kidnapping case with ransom demands, and two shot policemen in Ampang Selangor?
See http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-mh370-tragedy-font-police-investigating-company-involved-in-cleaning-of-cabin-1.563722 

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 17/04/2014 Q: MAS renamed dark-site to MH370 (was http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en/site/dark-site.html, now http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en/site/mh370.html). Why did they ever publicly use the term "dark-site", which is only a term used to describe a prepared site not normally open to public?

A: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) provides Guidelines for dealing with the news media after an aviation accident which specifically recommends the preparation of a special dark-site for rapid activation "almost immediately after notification of an accident" and "in the event of an accident with fatalities" which directly "replaces the normal home page on the website" of the "company website". Furthermore, it recommends that "For lesser events" ... "a link displayed prominently on the home page is sufficient, using the words “For more information on the incident involving xxxx, click here” ".

It appears that MAS have determined to only partly follow these suggestions, or have not understood them fully, thus actually naming their dark-site as "dark-site", then not appropriately renaming when released to the public web. Neither did they appear to have replaced their normal home page completely, instead merely providing the added link to the "dark-site" instead. It is likely that this naming error had been brought to their attention and was subsequently corrected at this date.