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Malaysian Airlines MH370 contact lost

Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:07
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Images and interviews have just been shown on Australian TV of two girls invited to spend the entire flight in the cockpit of a Malaysian Airways flight. Ths copilot was the same one on the MH370 flight.

Smoking ciggies, posing for snaps with girls, both were plucked out of the queue by the pilot and copilot and invited to spend the flight in the cockpit.

Air steward took them into the cockpit, helped to fold out jump seats.

Pilot was palm reading one of the girls, commenting on nail polish.

Fariq Abdul Hamid is his name.

They are very pretty girls, they say the pilots seemd in control the whole flight. Dec 13 2011.
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:08
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Ok so what has this got to do with it?
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:09
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(perhaps stoopid) question from frequent PAX.

If deliberate / accidental cut-off of all signalling/monitoring equipment occurs, would that same cause stop control of the pressurisation system ?

Thus, cut/off of electrical control occurs (which is instantaneous) followed by fairly gradual (1 to 2 minutes ??) of loss of cabin/cockpit pressure and oxygen, resulting in incapacity of whover was in the cockpit at the time.
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:11
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Exclamation 2 Conjectures

1 - Contrary to what Holywood would have us believe, a primary radar screen can be quite messy at times and much skill is needed to produce a valid interpretation of what one sees. Even more so at the fringes of the equipment range. It may well be the case that some radar operator is "not quite sure" of seeing an unexpected return around that time in a westward direction. Malaysian authorities are under a lot of pressure (at least, a lot of attention) to show some results and maybe shooting in both directions makes sense, but claiming that the plane turned back only to find it further down the intended track the next day would look bad, as would look bad to concentrate search efforts in the Gulf of Thailand and find the fuselage much later in the opposite body of water. Hence the ambiguity in saying that some things can be told, some can't.

2 - It was a very sophisticated operation dreamed about in some think room in some powerful nation-state at some point in time and then filed, to be used later when needed, so as to divert world attention from more pressing matters...
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:12
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Notice the debris in the water in this shot? That's right, there is none,
Also, how long after the crash was the photo taken? Any debris is probably washed up on shore, which is only a few feet away.
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:15
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They are very pretty girls, they say the pilots seemd in control the whole flight. Dec 13 2011.
Come on, seriously? Your post could at least have dignified his career and accomplishments. Ffs.
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:15
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Originally Posted by mickk View Post
Images and interviews have just been shown on Australian TV of two girls invited to spend the entire flight in the cockpit of a Malaysian Airways flight. Ths copilot was the same one on the MH370 flight.
oh please - A Current Affair?

Half the photos they showed as "evidence" showed buildings in the background. Bit difficult to explain those at 35,000 feet eh??
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:21
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The transponder supposedly stopped at 0121 local. One hour and twenty minutes creates a rather large search area from the point at which the transponder ceased transmitting.
I think they were using ALL Local times and, as you know, Vietnam in one hour BEHIND KUL. Zulu times would have been less confusing.
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:23
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I'm not sure it was established one of the 2 was african. I believe at the earlier news conference said he looked similar to the soccer player.

Many Iranians from the south, as well as many arabs look very dark and some look very similar to being black.
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:23
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The Malaysian Airforce - TUDM - has a fighter base at Gong Kelak. It's near the coast just south of Kota Bharu. It hosts No 11 Sqdn which operates Su-30 Flankers - you would have thought there would be air defence radar there which would have "seen" a 777 passing close by (along with other traffic)

Is this radar recorded?
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:23
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Woman raises questions about cockpit behaviour

Meanwhile, I'm interested to see the findings of the most recent eyewitnesses (fishermen).
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:24
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Question for 777 pilots/engineers only please...

Can you access the ACARS c/b on the flight deck? The earlier Boeings that I have flown all sported c/b panels but that (idiotic) youtube 777 MEC video has me wondering.

Interesting to note that the fishermen's accounts mention the aircraft lights, suggesting the 777 had electrics available. (Or it was some other fast moving low level aircraft...fighter?)
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:26
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I found that story utter disrespectful to Fariq and his family.

That's what Australia does, finds the worst in people.

The key point in the story was the girls felt as though they were completely safe and did their job as they should have. Also, I did not see one picture with them in the air but one with the captain.

I feel as though this story showing how much of a caring person he is, is a much better sentiment:

MISSING MH370: First officer Fariq cared and loved my many - Latest - New Straits Times

P.S. They were flying in a 767 it appears from the pictures. Different aircraft type, different and more training since 2011. I'm sure he was an excellent pilot. Must look at the positives.
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:28
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One man using stolen passport on ill-fated Malaysian jetliner confirmed as a 19yo Iranian

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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:30
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Electrical fire

At the risk of going over old ground…….my apologies in advance, but here is my two bits worth….

The three confusing issues or facts (unless the authorities are not revealing the full information, as suspected or insinuated elsewhere) are:-

1) No comms from the crew – no mayday, no request for deviation from altitude or track (it is just possible that they may have still had selected Lumpur VHF control frequency – before getting to IGARI to change over to HCM, and actually did make some initial radio calls but the aircraft position was at the extreme range of Lumpur control).

2) No ACARS messages of any serviceability issues with the aircraft. Or more likely, there were some ACARS messages delivered to MAS maintenance control, but MAS have not been able to make sense of them – and are thus not willing to release them to the public. In other words, the messages, (and it is highly likely that there were more than one), does not fit any logical scenario – a la AF447, the actual scenario of the crew stalling the aircraft and then keeping it stalled, (by sustained crew input on the flight controls, all the way to the surface), would have been rejected out of hand even with all of the STATUS messages that AF had received.

3) No debris found – this has been covered ad-nauseum already.

Simon001 in Post #1648, and others, allude to a bomb – a scenario that fits with the above, unless MAS are sitting on some ACARS messages – particularly if their transmission occurred over a period of time – ie the problem was not instantaneous. Even if MAS are not releasing the ACARS message(s) to the public, I cannot believe that they would keep all of the countries, and relevant SAR authorities therein, in the dark about it. Particularly so the Chinese, with the majority of the pax.

Conversely, if MAS are NOT sitting on any ACARS messages then it beggars belief that they would not publically state as much, leading to the rather blameless conclusion (from the MAS point of view) of a bomb event.

Given all of the above, I do not think it was a bomb event.

So, if not a bomb what is the next most likely scenario (speculation here – running the analytic risk of AF447, without all of the FDR and Voice recorder data)?

Assuming that ACARS messages actually were transmitted by the aircraft, they are not straightforward or logical – in the sense that it cannot immediately be concluded or logically considered – to explain:-

· What was the actual single event that must have triggered the flow of messages?, together with
· What was the likely crew response to such an event?.

Given that there have been no suggestions to date of “pilot error” (the usual and handy suspect) from any source, then I suspect it must be quite difficult to make sense of the ACARS messages transmitted by the aircraft.

I would expect that an electrical fire of sorts in the E&E compartment or on the flight deck would/could make various systems unserviceable (including the left/all VHF radios), leading to the transmission of various ACARS messages. The crew would be faced with an acute emergency, and whilst dealing with it, are forced to revert to manual flight (the turn back alluded to by the Malaysian authorities). Either the radios have been rendered inop or the crew workload is so high in the smoke environment that no radio calls are made by the crew.

With an electrical fire raging under floor or on the flight deck, eventually a vital piece of equipment is burnt through or the crew are overcome. By this stage the aircraft could be heading in any direction, but clearly the Malaysian authorities have concluded that it had headed back over the Malay peninsula and, somehow, ended up in the Malacca straits.

Unlikely scenario perhaps –, but so was the AF447 and the Asiana SFO accident.
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:32
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When he didn't show up at FRA, mom called the authorities.
The fact that "Mom was expecting him" doesn't preclude a terrorist attack.
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:39
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Nonetheless, ACARS data proved crucial for gaining an early understanding of Air France flight AF447, which crashed 1 June 2009. Within three days of this aircraft’s disappearance investigators released ACARS data, revealing that the aircraft had transmitted a number of failure reports for various aircraft systems.
ACARS revealed indeed what was going on, on the way down to the ocean. But keep in mind that ACARS data was initially leaked by an AF engineer to the internet and not through official channels. And if you go back in time, AF officials said initially that the ACARS messages proves nothing with regards what happened on AF447. Only month later, everybody was talking about ACARS.

Now with regards to ACARS on B777. Here some insights specific to a B777. B737 for instance is less sophisticated.

ACARS managment Unit (MU) is connected to a 115V BUS and to the 28V Battery BUS (B737/B777)
ACARS MU send over VHF (B737/B777) and over satelite (B777)
ACARS MU collects all vital data of the aicraft (B737/B777)
ACARS MU has downlink (B737/B777) and uplink (B777) connection
ACARS MU connect to each system independantly going over separate BUS (B737/B777)
ACARS MU has two independant, redunant fiberchannels for connecting to mentioned systems below and individual power source (B777). This is the "SAFEBus"

ACARS collect data from: (B737)
Flight Data Unit

ACARS collects information from: (B777)
Flight Management
Central Maintenance
Airplane Condition Monitoring
Communication Management (including flight deck communication)
Data Conversion Gateway (ARINC 429/629 Conversion

Additional ACARS allows Airline HQ to upload/download data from the EFB (Electronic Fligtht Bag)

With regards to MH370 and ACARS, there are two options
a. Malaysian Airlines offcials are telling us not all they know
b. All ACARS related systems were destroyed immediately, otherwise it would have been sending data as it send over multiple channels.

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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:44
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Can you access the ACARS c/b on the flight deck?
As detailed above, you do not need to deactivate "ACARS" as a system. All you need to do is prevent it transmitting...

On some types, just switch VHF3 from "data" to use it as a radio - ACARS cannot now communicate. I imagine if you turn off the Satellite link you'll get rid of that route as well...

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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:44
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Do Malaysian enrypt the ACARS messages, like some others? The header however is transmitted unencrypted always. Afaik the frequency is asia is 131,550 and can be recorded by anyone who has the equipment. Maybe someone has done this already?
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Old 11th Mar 2014, 08:45
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the last press release from the airline included this statement regarding ACARS:

" All Malaysia Airlines aircraft are equipped with continuous data monitoring system called the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) which transmits data automatically. Nevertheless, there were no distress calls and no information was relayed."
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