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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Conspiracy theories in MH370 disappearance. MAS report "needlessly deficient"?



Still alive? IBM employee and
MH370 passenger, Philip Wood.
The strongest rumour taking shape now is the Philip Wood iPhone image. The claim is that Wood secreted his iPhone5 on his person and used it to send a GPS-encoded image from a cell in which he was being held. It is the sort of thing that makes one think of a cruel hoax, but there are many in the Internet community who are strong believers in this story and it certainly has all the hallmarks of a genuine intrigue. With CNN swerving off to black holes, supernatural and alien theories, this Wood theory starts to stack up as credible.

Traveloscopy cannot independently verify the facts of this claim, but Kris Zane is one who presents his research here. Independent journalist, Jim Stone, is vociferous in his defense of this theory and goes to some length to explain why he believes the image is genuine and that the passengers (or at least some of them) are being held on the US military base at Diego Garcia. Wood's partner, Sarah Bajc, is cautiously optimistic about Woods' survival and believes there is much to the MH370 saga that the public is NOT being told. She clings to the belief that MH370 and all aboard were abducted with the motive being the knowledge and skills of the 20-odd Freescale Semiconductor employees and whatever they may have been carrying.


Experts agree that the object (top row above) is most
likely a fire suppression bottle of the type used in Boeing aircraft.
Can anyone explain why eyewitness reports from Maldives as well the best piece of debris (yes, actual debris) evidence is being totally ignored and why the search is continuing off Australia with dozens of aircraft and ships?

The pictured object washed up in the Maldives appears to be a fire suppression bottle used on Boeing aircraft (inc. B777). This bottle will have a serial number definitively linking it to MH370 (or not). So why are we not hearing about this?

Former CIA counter-terrorism officer Jeff Beatty (on CNN): "...The aircraft might have been taken for a high-value cargo. Now that cargo could possibly be people, high-value people that are on board, or that cargo could possibly be something of great value in the hold."
 Is it true? One source is saying that 10 tonnes of gold was in the B777's cargo. Explains a lot of things, but cannot be verified as fact as yet. Malaysia Airlines continue to refuse to release the cargo manifest. Why?


Recently analysed and released radar data now indicates the jet headed west then into the Indian Ocean. But to where exactly and why? ELT beacon batteries, if indeed they were ever triggered, would have a life of around 30 hours. If the plane has crashed then where is a) the debris field and, b) the ELT signal. Lack of both suggests the aircraft could be intact somewhere.

The New York Times
Sources: Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (search areas); (dotted flight path); Malaysia Airlines

Engine data includes encoded GPS data. If MAS have the engine data (from ACMS) they know where the plane is. Why aren't they telling?


Hijack or defection now seems ever more likely after recent data reports. Traveloscopy has made independent verification of this and can report:

"B777 has ACMS system which automatically sends data from airframe and engine data automatically until engines are shutdown and aircraft on ground... Reports are coming thru that Maint received these reports for 4 hours after it disappeared from radar... They have either been hijacked or pilot has defected .."

Apparently this data is also relayed to Rolls Royce in the UK, so it would be difficult for MAS to suppress such information.

Here's the new possible extent of flight based on the extra flying time. (source: WSJ)


Anatomy of a rescue source: Acrartex
With the unprecedented failure of the state-of-the-art search and rescue teams to locate anything at all from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, conspiracy theories are beginning to spread through the Internet.

The Boeing 777 is widely acknowledged as being one of the safest planes in the skies with an enviable safety record. Even those involved in serious mishaps like the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 have shown remarkable sturdiness and durability.

So why, with such an array of back-up systems and safety procedures has this massive aircraft simply vanished without trace?

One of the most perplexing questions facing aviation experts is the failure of the ELT (Emergency Location Transmitter) to send a signal. An ELT is a totally sealed, tamper-proof unit designed to send a satellite signal if subjected to extreme G-Forces or immersed in water. It is similar to an EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon) but built specifically for aviation use.

The ELT’s fitted on most Boeing aircraft are manufactured by Honeywell. A recent fire on a parked 787 in July this year was traced to the Lithium batteries and a service bulletin issued (AAIB Bulletin S5/2013).

While the actual ELT unit specification may be different, the basic functions and battery operation are sure to be similar.
Artex B406-4 ELT

The Artex B406-4 (pictured) is another unit specified for use in B777s. According to their website,

The Artex B406-4 transmits on all 3 emergency frequencies (121.5/243.0 and 406 MHz). The ELT automatically activates during a crash and transmits the standard swept tone on 121.5 and 243.0 MHz. Every 50 seconds for 520 milliseconds (long message protocol), the 406 MHz transmitter turns on and transmits an encoded digital message to the Cospas/Sarsat satellite system. 

So, if the ELT batteries caught fire, would this have the dual effect of disabling the transmitter and causing a catastrophic blaze aboard the aircraft?

Even if this were so, why then is there absolutely no wreckage to be found?

Some relatives of passengers have been able to ring their mobile phones, with the calls simply ringing out? Is this some network glitch, or are the phones still active? These relatives are crying out for the phones to be traced before the batteries expire.

As of right now, the strongest theory is links to the stolen passports and terrorism, although with the identification of one of those passengers, that theory is also losing traction. That is despite Malaysia admitting that it deportees from China’s Uighur Muslim minority group have been sent back to China for using false passports in the past. Security at KUL is likely to come under serious scrutiny as a result.

Perhaps even a simple, but deliberate aircraft toilet fire like that experienced on Etihad recently could have got out of hand?

Other wild theories include a surface-to-air (SAM) missile or even a meteor.

Ironically, 20 staff from semiconductor giant, Freescale, were on the flight. One of the company's research fields is location tracking in smart mobile devices.

Another long shot is that the aircraft has been hijacked and taken to an as yet unknown airfield. This would also explain the lack of an ELT signal, but not necessarily that of the data transponder which should have continued to transmit under normal flight conditions. If the aircraft was diverted due to a terrorist act or hijaking, why are we not seeing this on flight path tracking data?

Investigators are also concerned that cockpit activity appeared to be abnormal when another MAS flight crew contacted MH370 and only heard garbled transmissions. Was some sort of altercation talking place in the cockpit? Was long-serving MAS Captain Zaharie on his last flight? The highly experienced captain had intimate knowledge of the aircraft’s systems and could have disabled critical components prior to some final departure. There have been at least two previously documented instances of pilot suicide in this manner. But this still doesn’t explain the total lack of wreckage.

Why did Malaysian Airlines take almost seven hours to issue their statement: "We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing."

What else are we not being told?

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