MH370 Investigation

Independent progressive record of investigation

Investigation Day 2 – 1 April 2014

Wikipedia contains a dedicated page for the missing flight MH370

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The missing aircraft, 9M-MRO, pictured in 2011
Incident summary
Date 8 March 2014
Summary Missing
Site Southern Indian Ocean (presumed)
Passengers 227
Crew 12
Aircraft type Boeing 777-200ER
Operator Malaysia Airlines
Registration 9M-MRO
Flight origin Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Destination Beijing Capital International Airport

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370[1]), also marketed as China Southern Airlines Flight 748 (CZ748) through a codeshare, was a scheduled international passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport (a distance of 4,399 kilometres (2,733 mi)). On 8 March 2014, the aircraft flying the route, a Boeing 777-200ER, went missing less than an hour after takeoff. Operated by Malaysia Airlines (MAS), the aircraft carried 12 crew members (all Malaysian nationals) and 227 passengers from 14 nations.
A joint search and rescue effort, later reported as the largest in history,[2] was initiated in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea.[3][4] The search area was later extended to include the Strait of Malacca, Andaman Sea, and the Indian Ocean.[5][6][7] On 15 March, investigators believed that the aircraft had first headed west back across the Malay Peninsula, then continued on a northern or southern track for approximately seven hours.[8]
Two satellite images taken on 16 and 18 March showed potential aircraft debris in the southern Indian Ocean southwest of Western Australia,[9][10][11] prompting increased search activity in the area.[12][13] On 24 March, the Malaysian government confirmed analyses by the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Inmarsat concluded "beyond any reasonable doubt" that the aircraft had gone down in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.[14][15][16]
Since 22 March, there have been almost daily sightings of marine debris in the search area made by various countries' satellites.[9][10][11][17] However, none of the photographed objects have been positively confirmed as belonging to the missing aircraft.[18] Revised estimates of the flight's remaining fuel for its untracked route after losing radar contact, caused on 28 March a move of the search area to 1,100 kilometres (680 mi) north-east of the previous search area.[18]
On 29 March 2014, the Government of Malaysia and the AAIB stated that, in accordance with the protocols detailed in International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13 concerning aircraft accident investigation, an international team will investigate the loss of the flight.[19][20]


Collated listing of official Press Releases

Also retrieved were MH370 Malaysia Airlines Media Statement Press Releases to 30Mar2014.pdf

Briefing update – 1 April 2014

[Transcription of private conversation between Colonel Colin James Pickering (retired), Private Investigator, and Major Stephen Michael Phelps (assistant to COL Pickering) dated April 01, 2014.]

COL Pickering: Yes, I'm ready now, go ahead.
MAJ Phelps: Thankyou Sir. We're on.
COL Pickering: Good evening Phelps, what do you have for me?
MAJ Phelps: Ramsden commenced today, Sir.
COL Pickering: Ah, yes ... Ramsden. How is he?
MAJ Phelps: Good Sir. He sends you his greetings.
COL Pickering: Yes, well I expect some results now.
MAJ Phelps: Indeed, Sir. We have brainstormed a cover story, and he thinks a book about the incident will do the job.
COL Pickering: A book? What sort of book?
MAJ Phelps: A novel, at this stage non-fiction, perhaps a techno-mystery of sorts.
COL Pickering: Yes, I see. A novel could work well for our purposes.
MAJ Phelps: Yes Sir, allows for great flexibility under this cover, no matter which way this investigation unfolds.
COL Pickering: Now what of the investigation?
MAJ Phelps: Wikipedia reports the search now to be the "largest in history", Sir. Reportedly, twenty six countries were involved.
COL Pickering: Yes indeed.
MAJ Phelps: Which quickly raised matters of conflict between some old rivalries.
COL Pickering: I'm sure it has.
MAJ Phelps: Yessir, apparently only a few days into the S&R operation, China and Malaysia are reported to be bickering over information sharing and a lack of transparency.
COL Pickering: How bad is it?
MAJ Phelps: They're using words such as confusion, error, mistake, suffer, never.
COL Pickering: Oh dear.
MAJ Phelps: And Vietnam has declared they're unhappy about not being kept informed officially, having to find out what's happening over the internet!
COL Pickering: Yes, a debacle in the making.
MAJ Phelps: Malaysia appears to be on the back foot. They're saying things like criticism of them is unfair.
COL Pickering: Oh dear. Unfair you say?
MAJ Phelps: Their words, not mine Sir. Again, doesn't inspire much confidence in them.
COL Pickering: No indeed, they do not inspire confidence. That's why we're investigating this incident for ourselves. Could explode right on our doorstep. Need to know what we're dealing with.
Anything else?
MAJ Phelps: Yessir, the Malaysian acting Minister for Transport denied that the plane could have flown on for hours after the last known communication as was reported in the Wall Street Journal. These categorical denials have done nothing to instill confidence that the Malaysians appear to know what they're saying. 
COL Pickering: Woeful. Just woeful.
MAJ Phelps: We're collecting and sorting these reports. As you can imagine, there are very many to go through.
Interestingly, we've also observed that there appears to be a distinct bias in the Asian media against MAS for some reason, maybe worth a more thorough understanding. It looks like it could be a factor behind the negative attitudes emanating from this issue.
COL Pickering: Really? That's interesting. There are still public demonstrations in ... where is it ... Thailand, with their elections. Perhaps there's some link to consider, or maybe something more fundamental? Look into that will you?
MAJ Phelps: Already on it Sir. Political unrest is a hot topic in Malaysia, and the pilot of the missing plane is reported to have a relative in the government, and has also been linked to a political party. We're looking into it.
There's only so many paths we can follow simultaneously.  
COL Pickering: Yes, but discretion is the key to our anonymity. Will Ramsden be the front-man for us again?
MAJ Phelps: He's more than agreeable Sir. He's registered a website, and will use it to "investigate" the disappearance of MH370.
COL Pickering: A website? Isn't that the opposite of discretion, Phelps?
MAJ Phelps: He argues that the best place to hide a tree, is in a forest, Sir. That way, we can claim complete transparency should we ever need to do so, and be in an excellent position to prove our position, should we ever be questioned.
COL Pickering: I don't know about that. A website doesn't seem safe to me. What's it called, or named, ... whatever?
MAJ Phelps: Deathflight, Sir. Apparently, planes go down all the time, and this is just another one. By appearing to be a common site for all major flights of death, our MH370 investigation will meld into the ether. Ramsden is quite excited to explore this avenue, saying he could take it further with other memorable crashes of his own volition, padding out the site to make it be more real.
COL Pickering: OK then. Let's jump into the 21st Century, and become web savvy, as it were.
MAJ Phelps: Good idea Sir. Subterfuge is only a click away! I thought we could use this as an experience in adaptation to the new media of the internet.
COL Pickering: Should I be overly concerned?
MAJ Phelps: Welcome to the future, Sir.
COL Pickering: Yes, God help us all!
MAJ Phelps: With all due respect, Sir. I don't think God is with us on this one.
COL Pickering: Phelps, are you being impertinent?
MAJ Phelps: No, Sir. This missing plane was carrying mostly non-Christians, and other Gods were in control.
COL Pickering: Be careful Phelps, we don't want to start another holy war.
MAJ Phelps: Nosir we don't. But a tragedy has befallen this flight, and several religions are involved.
COL Pickering: All the more reason to tread warily.
MAJ Phelps: Yes Sir. Good evening Sir.
COL Pickering: Good evening Phelps.