Sunday, October 12, 2014

The MH370 Riddle











I have not forgotten about MH370. Seven months on, MH370 is still a mystery. The facts of the case have still not been fully disclosed. We were only told that the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 08, 2014.
 
The official version is that the plane flew south over the Indian Ocean on autopilot for five hours until it ran out of fuel and fell out of the sky, forcing 239 passengers into a watery grave.
 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s conclusion this week repeated the story.
 
Emirates president and CEO, Tim Clark (left) had previously told Aviation Week – in July – that “something is not right here and we need to get to the bottom of it.”
 
And in an extraordinary interview with Andreas Spaeth for German magazine Der Spiegel, on Thursday, he challenged the oft-repeated narrative. Clark believed it is far more likely that “MH370 was under control, probably until the very end”, questions the veracity of the “so-called electronic satellite ‘handshake’” used by analysts to pinpoint the probable crash site and insists the mysterious cargo in the hold (removed from the manifest by Malaysian authorities) is a crucial clue to the puzzle.
 
That an aircraft the size of MH370 can simply disappear without a trace, “not even a seat cushion” was downright “suspicious”, he added.
 
Investigators have said the plane’s tracking systems were deliberately disabled by somebody with extensive aviation knowledge in order to take it off radar.
 
If you understand English as I do, this statement itself immediately raises a wary cluster of question marks.
 
Clark has vowed that he will “continue to ask questions and make a nuisance of myself, even as others would like to bury it.”
 
The head honcho of the largest operator of the Boeing 777 in the world – Emirates has a fleet of 127 – declared “I need to know how anybody could interdict our systems”.
 
Clark speaks for all of us when he said that “MH 370 remains one of the great aviation mysteries. Personally, I have the concern that we will treat it as such and move on. At the most, it might then make an appearance on National Geographic as one of aviation’s great mysteries. We mustn’t allow this to happen. We must know what caused that airplane to disappear”. Hear, hear!
 
Yesterday, I was at Sunway University for the Joint Division B & D Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests. I participated in the Humorous Speech contest after winning the Area D2 contest. And I competed against six other Area champions for the one slot to represent Division D at the District-level contest next month.
 
I did my best but I managed only second place.
 




 

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