The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is as I write an unsolved tragedy and I had thought mystery.
As a result I have done some analysis on how it is possible that a Boeing 777 or any commercial aeroplane was NOT continuously reporting its position to the ground.
"Malaysia Airlines has not revealed if it has learned anything from ACARS data, or if it has any," it said, referring to the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which automatically collates and files four technical reports during every flight so that engineers can spot problems.These reports are sent via VHF radio or satellite at take-off, during the climb, at some point while cruising, and on landing.
There is various press coverage of what I regard as deeply insulting behaviours
Witch Doctor Prayers
An Ocean of Prayers
Are people praying that the God that allowed this tragedy to happen in the first place would suddenly [as a result of prayer] have a change of heart and make everything good.
By all means let's have solidarity and compassion for the relations and loved ones of the missing. Let's support the staff who are trying to search and find the plane. These matters are not prayer related.
And so to summarise. YES I am quite critical of the airlines & Government:
- The ADS-B service or equivalent should be installed on aircraft right now. It provides a sub second plane position, altitude and velocity data transmission.
Governments MUST allow collection of this data at all times, with if necessary rules to allow the confidential holding of this data and its timely disposal as necessary.
It seems here that ADS-B information was not collected because Governments have forbidden its collection in certain areas
- Internet communicators and mobile phone communications should be allowed on planes. Carriers continued preposterous claims that such devices interfere with a planes electronics is beyond insulting.
Had on-board Internet connections been present on this plane, every passenger with a smartphone and a gmail or equivalent account would have been periodically broadcasting their position. With >200 passengers, we would likely have had a significant tracklog dataset.
Normally have time to communicate
Real time flight tracking
Example online tracking
MAS370 track log from flightaware