Sunday, May 4, 2014

MH370: The Preliminary Report

The Malaysian Transport Ministry on Thursday released a 5-page preliminary report on the missing plane along with the audio recording. After some delay.

In an opinion piece in CNN, the Airbus A330 captain Bill Palmer – who authored the book “Understanding Air France 447” which explains the details and lessons of the crash of that aircraft in June 2009 – said the brief report, showed that the Malaysians were still trying to share as little information as possible. 

"What we do learn from this new report is that the airline told controllers – who were already looking for flight 370 – that everything was normal, delaying the realization that the plane was many hundreds of miles from where it was thought to be, and any attempts at finding it. 

In fact, it would be three hours and 52 minutes between the time that the controller in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, reported to air traffic control in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that flight 370 had not contacted him as instructed, and the time that the Kuala Lumpur rescue centre was activated. 

Then there is the matter of the recordings. Analysts who listened to the recordings had told NBC that they noticed four clear breaks in the audio that indicated edits, NBC reported. 

According to the news broadcaster, the experts said at least two different audio sources recorded the tapes, wherein one of those recordings may have been a digital recorder held up to a speaker. 

This is Malaysia where cover-ups are common. Malaysians remember only too well how the authorities love to do cover-ups. Can you recall when immigration records were erased? And DNA samples that were allegedly switched? Cover-ups happen because we are very good at being incompetent. After that, we are so proud of it that we show off this incompetence. And when that shows itself, we respond by denying, delaying and defending.

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