Friday, January 27, 2017

Other mysteries in the mystery

THE PLANES THAT CONTACTED MH370

The Narita B777 plane


9 Mar 2014, nst (archive1, archive2)
//www.nst.com.my/nation/general/font-color-red-missing-mh370-font-pilot-i-established-contact-with-plane-1.503464
//www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/missing-mas-plane/story/missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-pilot-contacted-mh370-just-it
//www.malaysiandigest.com/news/492279-pilot-i-established-contact-with-plane.html
//mobile.twitter.com/airlivenet/status/706894731108745217


"A BOEING 777 pilot, who was flying 30 minutes ahead of the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, said he established contact with MH370 minutes after he was asked to do so by Vietnamese air traffic control. The captain, who asked to not be named, said his plane, which was bound for Narita, Japan, was far into Vietnamese airspace."
"... 'We managed to establish contact with MH370 just after 1.30am and asked them if they have transferred into Vietnamese airspace... The voice on the other side could have been either Captain Zaharie... or Fariq, but I was sure it was the co-pilot. There were a lot of interference... static... but I heard mumbling from the other end. That was the last time we heard from them, as we lost the connection', he told the New Sunday Times."
"He said those on the same frequency at the time would have heard the exchange. This, he said, would include the vessels on the waters below...".
"He said he thought nothing of it, as the occurrence (of losing contact) was normal, until it was established that MH370 never landed... 'If the plane was in trouble, we would have heard the pilot making the Mayday distress call. But I am sure that, like me, no one else up there heard it... Following the silence, a repeat request was made by the Vietnamese authorities to try establishing contact with them'..."


Picture: "Emergency rescue message to all vessels near, 8 Mar 2014"
//says.com/my/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-missing
//images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/262434/4229.jpg


Video: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUZ2Mt8hxEo

What flight could it have been?

Checking flight history on flightstats, possible flights are:
//www.flightstats.com/go/HistoricalFlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do
- MH 88: KUL (11:40 PM, Fri 03-07-2014) -- NRT, Narita (7:07 AM., Sat 03-08-2014).
- JAL 750: SGN, Ho Chi Minh (11:55 PM, Fri 03-07-2014) -- NRT (7:04 AM, Fri 03-08-2014).

JAL 750 took off from Vietnam... and the pilot interviewed by NST said he was "far into Vietnamese airspace" when he was asked to relay to MH370. This could suggest that he had been previously into another airspace that was not Vietnam... So, MH88 has more possibilities to be the plane of that B777 pilot.

Flight MH386

2 May 2014, theborneopost
//www.theborneopost.com/2014/05/02/mh370-recorded-communication-between-1-38am-and-6-14am-on-march-8
"At 02:53, MH386 was requested by HCM to try to establish contact with MH370 on Lumpur radar frequency. KL-ATCC then requested MH386 to try on emergency frequencies as well... Attempts on many frequencies and aircraft in the vicinity received no response... No verbal communications was established"

WAS FLIGHT MH370 INTERCEPTED?

21 Mar 2014, chinadaily
//www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2014planemissing/2014-03/21/content_17370246.htm
//news.xinhuanet.com/english/special/2014-03/22/c_133205010.htm
//www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-assures-mh370-families-of-timely-updates-at-closed-door-meeting
//english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/mh370-malaysian-high-level-team-meets-family-members-32280
//www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10716042/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-March-21-as-it-happened.html


"At a briefing of relatives of Chinese passengers on board MH370... (asked) if it was possible that the plane has been shot down by air forces... 'highly not possible'... military radar had captured signs of the jet, they did not take any measure as they believed the aircraft 'friendly'..."
"The meeting went smoothly but there were questions on why Malaysian authorities had provided so much seemingly contradictory information".
"Malaysian officials just told families in #Beijing #MH370 was on military radar the whole time - that's how they knew it was a 'friendly'."
- Natalie Pöyhönen (@NataliePoyhonen) March 20, 2014
4-9 Apr 2014 intellihub
//intellihub.com/girlfriend-370-passenger-wood-fighter-jets-accompanied-flight-370-secret-militarized-operation-husband-still-alive
//www.intellihub.com/girlfriend-mh370-passenger-wood-giant-plane-filled-people-just-taken/

Passenger's girfriend told cnn: "Fighter jets accompanied flight 370 in secret militarized operation... The jet had actually been accompanied by fighter planes, there is some witness to that... Actually, most of the circumstantial evidence points to an abduction of this plane. I don’t know why and I don’t know who, but I am convinced that plane has been taken by somebody"

Videos:
//outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/04/flight-370-passengers-partner-i-believe-hes-still-alive/
//outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/08/passengers-partner-on-possibility-plane-might-not-be-found-thats-the-scariest-option-of-all/


10 April 2014, cnn
//www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane
"Sources told CNN that Malaysian air force search aircraft were scrambled about 8 a.m. March 8 to the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca, soon after Malaysia Airlines reported that its plane was missing".
"Later Thursday, communications officials from Malaysia's Transportation Ministry denied that jets had scrambled shortly after the plane went missing, calling that claim a 'false allegation'..."


21 May 2014, abc.net.au (Four corners- Lost mh370: Transcript and Video)
//mobile.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-19/lost-mh370/5464818
Jornalist: "But why not send the jets up..."
Malaysia Transport Minister: "It was not hostile; it was commercial; it was from our airspace; we're not at war with anybody. Even if we sent them up, are you going to say that we're going to shoot it down?"
Jornalist: "Well you said that, not me...Why shoot it down though if it's not hostile?"
Malaysia Transport Minister: "Well the Americans would... And only when we had confirmation, corroboration, verification that the commercial flight that was detected by the military radar was the MH370, then we stopped our search in the South China Sea."


31 Jul 2015, telegraph
//www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/11772187/MH370-debris-found-live.html

"US intelligence assessment, made months ago, suggested MH370 was deliberately steered off course and was also potentially deliberately downed... The plane debris on Reunion Island is 'convincing evidence' that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean, Malaysia said"

THE TRACED CO-PILOT PHONE

12 Apr 2014, nst (archive)
//www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/co-pilot-of-mh370-made-mid-air-phone-call-report
//www.nst.com.my/nation/general/call-traced-to-co-pilot-s-phone-1.562612

"The co-pilot of missing MH370 reportedly made a call from his mobile phone as the plane was flying low near Penang".
"The ongoing criminal investigation traced the source of the call to co-pilot's phone".
"The call ended abruptly, but not before contact was established with a telecommunications sub-station in the state. "The telco's tower established the call that he was trying to make. On why the call was cut off, it was likely because the aircraft was fast moving away from the tower and had not come under the coverage of the next one".

"From a different set of sources close to the investigations: Connection to the phone had been 'detached' before the plane took off (usually result of being switched off), the line was 'reattached' between waypoint Igari and the spot near Penang (just before it went missing from radar). A 'reattachment' does not necessarily mean that a call was made. It can also be the result of the phone being switched on again".


14 Apr 2014,cnn
//edition.cnn.com/2014/04/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane
"U.S official told CNN that the co-pilot's mobile phone was on when made contact with a cell tower in Penang, that the signal was detected about 250 miles (400 km) from where the flight transponder last sent a signal, and the phone was searching for service roughly 30 minutes after the plane made a sharp turn westward. He added that no other mobile phone signals were picked up by the Penang tower."

15 Apr 2014, astroawani
//english.astroawani.com/news/show/mh370-co-pilots-mobile-phone-was-on-u-s-official-33912
"(Asked) if first officer tried to make a call while the plane was in flight... Acting Transport Minister: 'As far as I know, no, but... when the time comes that will be revealed. But I do not want to speculate on that at the moment,'...".

THE STRANGE CASE OF ELKA ATHINA SHIP

16 Mar 2014, tovima
//www.tovima.gr/society/article/?aid=577455
"Greek tanker named «ELKA Athina», sailing the Strait of Malacca, received a message together with other adjacent vessels from the Indonesian coast station to rush into this position: width 0551 and length 09,657.5 north east to check suspicious objects that may resemble suitcases"
"The ship Vriskótan, on the path to this point, arrived while it was dark but found nothing".


17 Mar 2014, talkvietnam
//www.talkvietnam.com/2014/03/debris-found-at-strait-of-malacca-report/
"Indonesian authorities Sunday alerted Elka Athina, a Greek tanker, that they were 'approaching a field of debris'. They later asked the tanker to keep an eye out for ‘floating suitcases’ at the Strait of Malacca. A first officer of Elka Athina barge told a Greek news portal in a recently-published audio interview that it was steaming towards a 'debris zone' in the northern waters of the Malacca Strait. However, according to nst, checks with online ship tracking websites revealed that Elka Athina had sailed past the debris field at about 9.30 pm (Malaysia Time) on Sunday".

THE PASSENGERS' PHONES

QQ accounts with "ON" status after having showed "OFF"

Note: QQ is a messaging app.

10 Mar 2014, ycwb

//news.ycwb.com/2014-03/10/content_6271457.htm
//www.awaker.cn/57601.html
//translate.google.com/translate?sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=
//www.washingtonpost.com/world/vanished-malaysia-airlines-flight-leaves-relatives-with-anger-and-phantom-phone-calls/2014/03/10/fdb78642-a862-11e3-b61e-8051b8b52d06_story.html

Adapted translation from G-translate:
"Before yesterday, his brother's phone QQ account showed to be offline. However, at 4 or 5am, his brother's QQ status showed to be online. Then, he tried to send a message to his brother and asked where he was, but the other side didn't responded. His phone showed his brother's account is using QQ on the iPhone. 'My brother is using iPhone5s, before QQ was offline state, but later it displayed online'..."


10-12 Mar 2014, ecns
//www.ecns.cn/cns-wire/2014/03-10/104171.shtml
//www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10691634/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-plane-crash-live.html
//www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/12/Missing-phone-ringing-phone

"Users' status on Tencent QQ, an instant messaging software, can keep showing "online" after they turn down cell phones before they exit the mobile chatting application, Tencent Holdings, the developer of the program, said on Monday... QQ user accounts can show an online status for a short period of time even after their cell phones are turned off"
"Some of the relatives have said passenger QQ accounts (a Chinese web chat service like Gmail Chat) are still online. Tencent, the company that administers QQ, says if a user has not logged out of QQ, but merely turned their phone or computer off, they could still seem to be there, even if they are not."
"The accounts of some passengers on Chinese messaging tool QQ show they had been online, although the operator says that failure to shut the software down properly can give that impression."

13 Mar 2014, bhaskar
//daily.bhaskar.com/article/WOR-missing-jet-passengers-spotted-active-on-chinese-social-media-site-qq-hacking-no-4549120-NOR.html
"Experts opined that this is largely a failure of technology. But... "If the passengers were spotted active on social media, even days after the plane went missing, then it is possible that someone hacked passengers’ accounts... May be someone is trying to know more about the passengers... If there is no mobile tower in the vicinity of 10 kilometres, then one can't trace the location of mobile phone".

Video:
//m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=628737840531420&id=289564517782089

Pictures:
//img.ycwb.com/news/attachement/jpg/site2/20140310/002511e10c40148741495d.jpg
//img.ycwb.com/news/attachement/jpg/site2/20140310/002511e10c40148741495e.jpg
//image.awaker.cn/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/496667722.jpg

"If phones of passengers rang n also online at QQ, phone companies should be able to find VHLR roaming data n hence general location. #MH370"
- Seum-Lim Gan (@slgan) March 11, 2014

"@ngips Phone company logs are also available through HLR databases and routed target VLR. They need to request directly from phone companies"
- Seum-Lim Gan (@slgan) March 11, 2014
29 Nov 2014, ntdtv
//www.ntdtv.com/xtr/b5/2014/11/29/a1157606.html
//translate.google.com/translate?sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=

Adapted translation from G-translate:
"On 12 Mar briefing, the families can dial the phone numbers again, and even at the beginning of (it?), the families received a call from the missed call"
"A family member found strange that her husband's QQ head icon was gray and now is brighter, which means QQ online status. It also happened to another family member, her brother's QQ appears on-line more than once".
"The number of Chinese passengers involved in communications and IT industry is amazing... It is more puzzling that so many communications experts did not use their mobile phones to issue any message"
"In 2011, China Mobile expanded coverage to the Spratly Islands...
When MH370 vanished, the China Mobile phone communications throughout the Spratly Islands were blocked (in masked condition)."

Ringing tones
after being out of service

9-10 Mar 2014, mirror
//www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/missing-malaysia-airlines-eerie-moment-3222919
//www.ibtimes.co.uk/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-passengers-mobile-phones-ring-not-answered-1439560
//www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2578020/Why-cellphones-missing-Malaysian-Airlines-passengers-ringing-Family-members-claim-loved-ones-smartphones-active.html

"When the flight was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, the sister of a Chinese man on flight MH370 rang his phone live on BTV, state television, she successfully rang his mobile phone - but nobody answered..."

"The sister of one of the Chinese passengers on board the vanished flight rang his phone live on TV, the Mirror reports. 'This morning, around 11:40 am, I called my older brother's number twice, and I got the ringing tone,'... At 2 pm, she called again on air and heard it ringing once more... 'If I could get through, the police could locate the position, and there's a chance he could still be alive'..."

9-12 Mar 2014, live.china
//live.china.org.cn/2014/03/09/kl-beijing-flight-missing-rescue-underway
//www.ibtimes.co.uk/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-passengers-mobile-phones-ring-not-answered-1439560
//au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/21931627/passengers-active-on-social-media

"Beijing TV has reported that a relative of one of the passengers managed to get through to a family member’s cell phone, but couldn’t hear anything and the call hung up. Attempts are being made to locate the phone. The relative managed to get through twice, live on the TV program."
"19 families signed statement saying that their family members' cell phones connected, but the calls hung up".
"On a Beijing Television news bulletin, a man is shown dialing his older brother, with the call connecting but nobody picking up. The man, who spoke to reporters at a Malaysia Airlines briefing in Beijing, said he had been able to make three calls to the phone, but no one had picked up"

10 Mar 2014, ycwb
//news.ycwb.com/2014-03/10/content_6271457.htm
//www.awaker.cn/57601.html
//translate.google.com/translate?sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=

Adapted translation from G-translate:
"Yesterday, 11:25, after a long time being out of service (more than 40 hours since plane disappeared, since yesterday at 21:00), he called his brother-in-law and the phone rang three times ... He immediately told the MAS staff: 'My brother opened up/turned on the phone!'... Then he dialed the phone again, and after three long ringing beeps, a voice prompt says 'temporarily unreachable'. However, when Wei and other relatives tried callling his brother in law in Singapore, on the previous day and night, the phone number was still in off state... After recharging, Wei tried again to call his brother's phone, and the display showed an on-state, and the three-ring sound and then the 'can not be connected' voice prompt appears".
"SingTel customer service said last night, under normal circumstances, when 'not connected' voice prompts is heard, the phone will not ring, and that 3 times ringing after the voice prompt is very strange and it's the first time."

15 Mar 2014, washingtonpost
//www.washingtonpost.com/world/vanished-malaysia-airlines-flight-leaves-relatives-with-anger-and-phantom-phone-calls/2014/03/10/fdb78642-a862-11e3-b61e-8051b8b52d06_story.html
"Lido Hotel in Beijing... on Sunday... A few relatives said they were able to call the cellphones of their loved ones... Other relatives in the room said that when they dialed some passengers’ numbers, they seemed to get ringing tones on the other side even though the calls were not picked up... many thought the phones might still be on, and that if authorities just tracked them down, their relatives might be found. But they were largely ignored... a Malaysia Airlines official told families that the company had tried calling mobile phones of crew members as well and that they had also rang. The company turned over those phone numbers to Chinese authorities..."

Videos:
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=SowxpDv-0iE
//m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=613813215365262&id=123422527737669
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C1XiSiRIn


Missed calls from passengers phones

15 Mar 2014, telegraph
//www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10687223/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-plane-crash-as-it-happened-March-15.html

"Woman said she had received a missed call from her father, who was on board the plane... and the number said 'powered off' later when she called back," Beijing Times reported.

30 Mar 2014, thestar
//www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2014/03/30/mh370-crash-no-report-on-missed-calls-from-indonesian-passenger/
//m.liputan6.com/news/read/2030041/missed-calls-dari-wni-penumpang-mh370-ini-kata-malaysia

"A passenger's sister, received missed calls on March 11 and March 13 from her younger brother via Skype on her iPad after the aircraft went missing on March 8."

THE MYSTERY OF VIETNAM RADAR AND OIL SLICKS

Vietnam radar

08:20 am (Vietnam time UTC+7)

8 Mar 2014, vnexpress
//vnexpress.net/tin-tuc/the-gioi/may-bay-cho-239-nguoi-cua-malaysia-mat-tich-2960870.html
"Pham The Hien, director of the coordination
centre of search and rescue said they received information from Vietnam maritime rescue center that Malaysia lost the plane signal in location 6°56'N, 103°35'E, 120nm (about 230km) to the southwest from the coast of Ca Mau cape".

10:16 am

8 Mar 2014, tuoitrenews
//tuoitrenews.vn/society/18157/missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-has-not-entered-vn-airspace-caav
"The Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing Saturday crashed off Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, northwest off Cape Ca Mau... the plane went down in the waters between Vietnam and Malaysia, some 153 nautical miles (300km) off Tho Chu Island"

10:32 am

8 Mar 2014, yahoo (archive)
//my.news.yahoo.com/mas-aircraft-goes-missing--says-airline-023820132.html
//www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/03/08/mas-hunts-for-missing-plane-carrying-239/
"UPDATE [11:32am]: VN Express, Vietnam's largest news site, reports that Vietnam Emergency Rescue Center just announced it has found signal of the missing plane at 9.50am 120 miles South West of Ca Mau cape, the Southern-most point of Vietnam.
The signal is believed to be the ELT (Emergency Locator Transmittor), which can be activated manually by the flight crew or automatically upon impact."


10:46 am

8 Mar 2014, reuters
//www.reuters.com/article/malaysia-airlines-missing-vietnam-idUSL3N0M505Z20140308
"... 'The information on local media about the signal near the Cape Ca Mau was inaccurate... We have been seeking but no signal from the plane yet', Pham Hien, director of a Vietnam maritime search and rescue coordination centre in Vung Tau, told Reuters by telephone".
"Last signal from #MH370 located 120 miles southwest of Vietnam's Ca Mau peninsula, unnamed Vietnam official tells BBC pic.twitter.com/HY0KFj0Krg"
- BBC News Asia (@BBCNewsAsia) March 8, 2014 (10:51 am)
11:17 am

8 Mar 2014, tuoitrenews
//tuoitre.vn/The-gioi/597079/may-bay-malaisia-roi-cach-dao-tho-chu-153-hai-ly.html
"Admiral Ngo Van Phat, political commissar of the Navy zone 5, said that Navy zone 5 has identified the position Malaysia Airlines is likely to have fallen in the sea borders between Vietnam and Malaysia, about 153 nautical miles (283km) off Tho Chu island, Phu Quoc (Kien Giang).
Notification of Naval Command and information from Navy radar system of the zone 5.
The Navy... is ready waiting for order to leave the naval base at Phu Quoc island
for the search and rescue".

11:32 am

8 Mar 2014, yahoo (archive)
//my.news.yahoo.com/mas-aircraft-goes-missing--says-airline-023820132.html
"UPDATE [12:37]: Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island."
"Vietnam media quote Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat saying military radar recorded #MH370 crashing into sea 153 miles south of Phu Quoc island"
- Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) March 8, 2014 (11:48 am)

"#PrayForMH370: #MalaysiaAirlines declines to comment on reports that Vietnam navy found crashed #MH370 in the sea sg.news.yahoo.com/mas-aircraft-g…"
- Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) March 8, 2014 (12:05 pm)

"Vietnamese official denies detecting Malaysian missing #MH370 #plane signal after reports saying signal was found southwest of Vietnam"
- China Xinhua News (@XHNews) March 8, 2014 (12:09 am)

"Last update on #MH370 still the Vietnam navy's unconfirmed discovery of the plane crashed into the sea sg.news.yahoo.com/china-bound-ma… #prayformh370"
- Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) March 8, 2014 (13:07 pm)

"Flight #MH370 crashed off Vietnam coast, says navy officer quoted by media sg.news.yahoo.com/malaysian-plan… #prayformh370 pic.twitter.com/EjDGEYiol3"
- Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) March 8, 2014 (13:17 pm)

"Malaysia's transport minister says exact location of #MH370 crash not confirmed, plus 'no sign of wreckage'..."
- Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) March 8, 2014 (13:35 pm)

"In conclusion - Malaysia is denying reports that #MH370 crashed south of an island off Vietnam. #prayformh370"
- Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) March 8, 2014 (13:46 pm)
"Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 crashed 153 nautical miles off Vietnam's coast, says Vietnamese state media. on.wsj.com/1k2lB4a"
- WSJ Asia (@WSJAsia) March 8, 2014 (13:52 am) via wsj stream
14:25 am

8 Mar 2014, reuters
//www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-airlines-admiral-idUSBREA2707I20140308
"Admiral Ngo Van Phat told Reuters the plane may have crashed in Malaysian waters, 153 miles off the coast of Vietnam's Tho Chu island, according to its speed and last known location... The admiral denied earlier reports in Vietnamese state media quoting him as saying the plane had actually crashed... 'Thai and Malaysian rescue teams would be better placed to conduct a rescue but Vietnamese navy boats in Phu Quoc island are ready to support any mission if requested', Phat told Reuters by telephone".

Note: Yahoo News, based on AFP, reported: "
The signal is believed to be the ELT". Unknown the source of that information; it has not been found that VNexpress reported that detail.


Possible crash location & oil slicks in South China Sea

- Location of alleged "crash" site: 153 nautical miles (283km), South off Tho Chu island; 6°56'N, 103°35'E (120nm SW off Ca Mau cape).
- Location of Vietnam oil slicks: 120 miles (193km) off the coast of Cape Ca Mau; N-S direction, 80km from plane's last contact.
- Location of Malaysia oil slicks: 100 nm (185km) from Tok Bali; 20 nm (37km) from plane's last contact.

Oil slick spotted by Vietnam

7 Mar 2014, ibtimes
//www.ibtimes.com/update-vietnamese-authorities-report-oil-slick-which-could-be-sign-missing-malaysia-1560225
"Official of Vietnam's CAA announced that a 12-mile (19km) long oil slick spotted between Malaysia and Vietnam could be the first sign of crashed into the South China Sea."
"AN26 aircraft of the Vietnam Navy has discovered an oil slick about 20 kilometers (long) in the search area"


8 Mar 2014, yahoo
//sg.news.yahoo.com/malaysia-airlines-investigation-live-report-042933746.html
//www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10684770/Oil-slick-spotted-in-sea-in-search-for-missing-Malaysian-plane.html
"During the initial search on Saturday Vietnam's military said two oil slicks had been spotted, but no debris... 15-20 km (10-12 miles) long, running parallel, around 500 metres apart from each other".
"
120 (nautical?) miles off the coast of Cape Ca Mau".
"...'I think the two oil slicks are very likely linked to the missing plane', Vice-Admiral Ngo Van Phat said".
"An unanmed Vietnamese military official says the oil slick 'was bigger and clearer today'...".
"Vietnamese boats reached the scene of two large oil slicks detected overnight but found no sign of the plane"
"The search has focused on an area of the South China Sea roughly 120 nautical miles south west of Vietnam - the last point of contact with the jet, and where the oil slick has been reported."

9 Mar 2014,
//tuoitrenews.vn/society/18179/photos-of-oil-slick-in-alleged-malaysian-plane-crash-scene
//mobile.twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/442687370366697472?p=v
"Oil slick about 80km long, found around 150km off Vietnam’s Ca Mau"
The photos show several sections of the oil slick are cut into parts.


10 Mar 2014, vietnamnet
//english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/society/97144/the-third-day-searching-for-the-missing-jet--search-area-located.html
"Vietnam's search plane discovered an oil slick measuring 10x80km in the north-south direction, some 80km from the location initially believed to be where the plane went missing"


Oil slicks spotted by Vietnam, 90 miles S of Tho Chu, via twitter
"Chinese Academy of Sciences latest satellite pics showing 3 oil slick areas close to where #MH370 flight went missing pic.twitter.com/kDkoveddUa (pic)"
- Phoenix TV News UK (@PhoenixUKNews) March 10, 2014
Oil slick spotted by Malaysia

10 Mar 2014, channelnewsasia
//www.channelnewsasia.com/news/specialreports/mh370/news/large-oil-slick-found-off-kelantan/1026276.html
//www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2014/03/10/mmea-finds-large-oil-slick-off-tok-bali-kelantan/
"The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) found a large oil slick 100 nautical miles (185km) from Tok Bali, Kelantan on Sunday. An MMEA patrol ship had been ordered to collect samples."
Video:
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1mziHRidM4


10 Mar 2014, ssig
//www.ssig.gov.my/blog/2014/03/10/mmea-sends-samples-of-oil-slick-to-chemistry-department/
"The MMEA has sent samples of oil slick found in the South China Sea... to the Chemistry Department in Petaling Jaya... two kilometre long... yellowish... and was different from the ubiquitous oil slick from oil spills of ships."
Picture:
//www.ssig.gov.my/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/minyak.jpg

11 Mar 2014, thestar
//www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2014/03/11/oil-slick-not-from-missing-plane-results-confirmed-by-chemistry-dept-show-its-from-passing-ships-say/
"The sample of oil slick recovered off the coast of Tok Bali, Kelantan, is not oil from the missing MH370... test results showed that it was “bunker” oil from passing ships"
"On Sunday (9 Mar), the MMEA’s search team found a 16 km-long “yellowish” oil slick about 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of the last point of contact of the plane"
Video:
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sf3jj5nVC0


Oil slick spotted by Malaysia, coast Tok Bali (Kelantan) via twitter
"#MH370: Oil slick found off Malaysia not from missing #MalaysiaAirlines plane, aviation officials say pic.twitter.com/QTo4TWYwpz"
- BBC News Asia (@BBCNewsAsia) March 10, 2014

THE FAKE NEWS "INTERCEPTED SOS CALL IN THAILAND"

A report published by China Times saying a US base in Thailand had intercepted SOS call from MH370 spread in social media and forums.

8 Mar 2014, China Times at 20:25 pm
//www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20140308003502-260401
This report spread in western social media and forums.

The original source of fake news is a fake account on Weibo that says: 'Ambassador of the USA to China'.
Published on 8 Mar 2014, at 16:43 pm

//freeweibo.com/weibo/3685890385754550
"Ambassador of the Embassy of the United States of America: At 2:43 on the 8th US military presence at the military base in U-Tapao, Thailand has monitored a Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 emergency call SOS signal, the aircraft driver's call said the cabin facing disintegration, they want to carry out forced landing. The US military in Thailand has provided the signal to the Malaysian side to help investigate the whereabouts of the flight. Wish the flight crew safe"
Note: We can see that the weibo update is published hours before China Times' report.

FIRST WEEK PLANE DISAPPEARED: A CLUE IN MALDIVES

A lot of shoes & juice cartons on the beach

6 Apr 2015, expressen (translation)
//www.expressen.se/nyheter/svenskans-fynd-kan-losa-flygmysteriet
//scandasia.com/witnesses-and-swedes-mysterious-beach-discovery-links-to-mh370-disappearance

Note: A facebook check confirmed the staying on the island during that time.
//m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153887317000207&id=712500206


"The first week after the plane disappeared, 8-14 March 2014, a Swedish couple was on holiday on Kanuhura island (Maldives).

During a morning walk, they saw that part of the beach was covered with
about 50 shoes (men's shoes, women's shoes and flip flops), and a lot of small square juice cartons.
'We said to someone at our hotel, but they just shrugged about it... Next time we walked past this place it was clean'.
'It has been an uncomfortable feeling ever since we saw it'.
They emailed the Malaysian Ministry of Transport, but no answer
received.
Expressen has tried to contact Ministry of Transport of Malaysia's spokesperson, without result".

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The pulse signals from the ocean search area

Reports

5 Apr 2014, malaysiakini

//m.malaysiakini.com/news/259157
//news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-04/05/c_133241023.htm
"Both Xinhua and CCTV reports that the Chinese vessel Haixun 01 has detected a signal pulsing once a second at a frequency of 37.5 kilohertz, which is consistent with a black box pinger. It's located at 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude - an area in the Indian Ocean off Australia. Links between this signal and MH370 is yet to be confirmed"

6
Apr 2014, cnn
//www.cnn.com/2014/04/06/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane
"In the search for the plane in the Indian Ocean, a Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 picked up two signals, one on Friday and another on Saturday, that were only 2 km (1.25 miles) apart, authorities said. The pulses registered by the Chinese ship are of particular interest because they came in an area that fits with the latest calculation by experts of roughly where the plane is likely to have entered the water. A number of white objects were spotted floating on the surface of the water about 90 km (56 miles) from where the sounds were detected"

6 Apr 2014, malaysiakini
//m.malaysiakini.com/news/259243
"Two ships and an aircraft will be tasked to investigate the signal that the Chinese patrol vessel Haixun 01 detected yesterday: the British hydrographic survey vessel HMS Echo, Australian vessel ADV Ocean Shield, and a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft... Ocean Shield has also detected an ‘acoustic event’ at a separate part of the ocean"


Haixun 01 position via marinetraffic 5 April


7 Apr 2014, malaysiakini
//m.malaysiakini.com/news/259305
"Ocean Shield has detected signals in the Indian Ocean, consistent with that emitted from a black box, in its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. "Two distant pings returned were audible. Significantly, this would be consistent transmission from both the data flight recorder and the cockpit voice recorder", Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) chief Angus Houston said. The signals were picked up twice in the last 24 hours. Ocean Shield picked up the signal for two hours and 20 minutes before losing contact and making a turn around to reacquire the signal. "The second detection on the return round was held for approximately 13 minutes," he said. Houston described this development as the "most promising lead" and "best information" so far."

7 Apr 2014, nst archive
//www.nst.com.my/mobile/latest/font-color-red-mh370-tragedy-font-new-signals-most-promising-lead-so-far-says-hishammuddin-1.554665
"Separately, the Chinese Ship Haixun 01 has also detected similar signals twice.
'As far as survivors are concerned, it has been our priority. As I have always said to the families miracles do happen and hoping against hope that there are survivors', Hishammuddin said."


Ocean Shield position via MarineTraffic on AMSA search area charts


9 Apr 2014, malaysiakini
//m.malaysiakini.com/news/259515
"Australia yesterday detected two more ping signals... lasted 5 minutes 32 seconds and 7 minutes respectively... JACC chief Houston said analysis on the ping data showed that they were 'not of natural origin but likely sourced from specific electronic equipment consistent with the specifications and descriptions of a flight data recorder'. 'The signal we picked up recently is much weaker. Either we are a long way away or, more likely, the black box battery is starting to fade".

9
Apr 2014, jacc
//www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr014.aspx
"The underwater search continues today, with ADV Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and HMS Echo at the southern end."


Pinger detections and search area, via twitter, twitter2

22 Apr 2014,
malaysiakini
//m.malaysiakini.com/news/260659
"Germany's Feomar Helmholt Centre for Oceanographic Research executive director Peter Herzig adds to the chorus that searchers may be looking for Flight MH370 in the wrong place, reports Bloomberg... the pings searchers picked up on April 5 and April 8, which they believe to be from a plane’s black boxes, can also originate from other sources",

12 May 2014, malaysiakini
//m.malaysiakini.com/news/262517
"Ocean Shield's captain said: 'It seems a little far-fetched that the four pings were picked up from the same source', due to two pings initially heard were at 33.3 kHz frequency and the other two were at 27 kHz, all of them much lower than the 37.5 kHz frequency black box beacons are designed to emit.

23 May 2014, malaysiakini
//m.malaysiakini.com/news/263657
"Acoustic scientists said: 'As soon as I saw the frequency and the distance between the pings I knew it couldn’t be the aircraft pinger'. The scientists reportedly claim that detailed analysis of the signals were not done before the announcement, on April 11, that the location of MH370’s black boxes were known within a few kilometres".

29 May 2014, jacc

//www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr048.aspx

"Bluefin-21 completed its last mission searching the remaining areas in the vicinity of the acoustic signals detected in early April... The search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and in its professional judgement, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370"

2 June 2014, cnn
//outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/02/official-absolutely-sure-mh370-is-not-in-ping-area
"US Navy official says the underwater pings thought to be from MH370 are not from the plane. Australian authorities heading the search say they've been looking in the wrong place for weeks. Chief Commissioner for ATSB, Martin Dolan, also said he is "absolutely sure" that the plane is not in the ping area".

9 Mar 2015, reuters
//www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/malaysia-airlines-idUSL4N0WA0OV20150309
"Interim report said
(underwater locator) beacon battery for the flight data recorder had expired in December 2012 and was not replaced".

The confirmed MH370 pieces

The confirmed pieces
CONSIDERATIONS

Aircraft pieces and numbers

Every piece has a unique serial number
(s/n). This number is the only one associated exclusively to the aircraft registration number in the aircraft records.

Difference between s/n and p/n:
For example, we have 2 identical screws. Both would share same manufacturing part number, but each one would have a unique manufacturing serial number.

Location of the s/n and p/n:
ID plate, and stamped (or engraved) on the assembly surface.

Source:
//www.reddit.com/r/MH370/comments/3f65yg/so_would_a_flaperon_be_stamped_with_a_unique/ctlnxtp/
//www.boeingsuppliers.com/dps/3_02.pdf
//www.rense.com/general64/prec.htm

No info found about 'OL numbers'. But, apparently, OL numbers could be also some type of part number.

About the confirmed pieces

- No ID plate found.
- No serial number
found on the pieces surface.
- Confirmations have been made through a part number associated to the piece serial number.

REUNION - Right flaperon

5 Aug 2015, nytimes
//mobile.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/world/asia/mh370-wing-reunion.html
"Experts from Boeing and the NTSB, who had seen the flaperon, were not yet fully satisfied... a modification to the flaperon part that did not appear to exactly match what they would expect from airline maintenance records..."
"@ManvBrain ... the number and placement of screw holes did not precisely match what would have normally been expected. (2/2) #mh370"
- Nicola Clark (@_nicolaclark) September 3, 2015
3 Sep 2015,
//mobile.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/world/asia/mh370-wing-reunion.html
//mobile.twitter.com/_nicolaclark/status/639459975857893377


- Found on Reunion island, 29 Jul 2015.
- Manufacturer: Airbus Defense and Space (ADS-SAU), Spain.
- ID: Right flaperon
- Initial examination: no serial or other unique number was found.
- Clues: Three
possible "part" numbers inside the flaperon (via endoscope).
- Confirmed: One of those three numbers was associated with the serial number of MH370 flaperon.

Picture:
//static01.nyt.com/images/2015/08/06/world/06Australia2-web/06Australia2-web-articleLarge.jpg
//pbs.twimg.com/media/CN_RcbeWcAAMTUb.jpg:large


PEMBA, TANZANIA - Right outboard flap

15 Sep 2016, atsb
//www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2014/aair/ae-2014-054

- Found on Pemba island, off coast of Tanzania, 20 June 2016.
- Manufacturer: Alenia (Italia).
- ID: Inboard section of right outboard flap
- Clues: Date stamp (manufactured on 23 January 2002),
Boeing part number (113W3701-2), “OL” part number (OL 540 25471). Unique identifiers relating to part construction.
- Confirmed: all of the numbers related to the same serial number outboard flap (shipped to Boeing as line number 404, registered as 9M-MRO).

Picture:
//www.atsb.gov.au/media/5771464/fig2_exemplar-part-number-and-date-stamp_debris3.jpg


MAURITIUS - Trailing edge left outboard flap

7 Oct 2016 , atsb
//www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2014/aair/ae-2014-054

- Found on Mauritius island, 10 May 2016.
- Manufacturer: Alenia (Italia).
- ID: Trailing edge splice strap (part of left outboard flap).
- Clues: "OL" part identifier: 3562-1-OL (unique work order number).
- Confirmed: referred part was incorporated into the outboard flap shipset line number 404 (B777 line number 404, registered 9M-MRO and operating as MH370).

Picture:
//www.atsb.gov.au/media/5771620/left-outboard-flap-trailing-edge-2.jpg

PLANTED OR NOT PLANTED?

There has been lot of discussion about this possibility in the internet.

For example, Pemba piece: "
Boeing part number and “OL” part number... Unique identifiers relating to part construction". Googling, we find a page to locate spare parts. In the results we can see Boeing part numbers of B777 outboard flaps.
//locatory.com/search/LH%20OUTBOARD

We can conclude that the 'Boeing part number' is specific of a model of piece or assembly, not specific of that Pemba piece. Not clear if the OL number can be found exclusively in that Pemba piece.

About Mauritius piece: "
Unique work order number". It may have a double sense: referred to the order of a specific model of piece or referred to a piece that can be found exclusively in that Pemba piece.

It's not the same using the word "unique number" to refer to a specific model of part construction, than using "unique number" to refer to a number that can only be used for a specific aircraft registration number.
We don't know if manufacturers have been also asked whether those identifier-numbers have been used for other B777 or not.

The doubt remains.


Places objects found but Maldives

OTHER FOUND PIECES

//www.mh370.gov.my/phocadownload/3rd_IS/Debris%20Examination%20Reports%20-%2028022017.pdf
//www.mh370.gov.my/phocadownload/3rd_IS/Summary%20of%20Debris%20300417.pdf
//www.mot.gov.my/SiteCollectionDocuments/MH370/Summary%20of%20Debris%20Recovered%20-%20Updated%2028%20Feb%202017.pdf
//www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2017/jan/17/missing-flight-mh370-a-visual-guide-to-the-parts-and-debris-found-so-far

Mozambique

30 Dec 2015
- Xai Xai
//www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/mh370/12191768/Has-a-South-African-teenager-found-MH370-plane-debris-on-Mozambique-beach.html
Flap fairing
(676EB), right wing - B777 part.

3 Mar 2016 - Vilankulos
//www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/03/03/missing-flight-mh370-blaine-gibson-mozambique-debris_n_9377048.html
//www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/independent-experts-give-their-opinions-on-new-possible-mh370-debris-found-in-mozambique-channel/news-story/406d326eec1da68a6a8d604aa8c7169e

Near Benguerra island at sandbank 'Paluma'.
"No Step" panel, right horizontal stabilizer -
B777 part.

24 Apr 2016 - Chidenguele
Words “HOIST POINT”.
Part of right fan cowl of one of the engines -
B777 part.

27 Aug 2016 - Linga-Linga beach
//www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-27/mh370-tour-operator-claims-to-have-found-debris/7790688
//actus.clicanoo.re/article/faits-divers/1405531-un-nouveau-débris-pouvant-appartenir-au-mh370-trouvé-au-mozambique

Metallic piece (with aluminum honeycomb). 1x1m.
The outer skin is in better conditions than the inner metallic skin which is fractured in several places (squashed).
ID number 177W3103-8 (panel); paint red & white
Part of right vertical stabilizer panel - Malaysia Airlines B777 part.

South Africa

22 Mar 2016 -
Mossel Bay
//www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/23/possible-piece-of-mh370-engine-found-on-south-african-beach
Rolls-Royce engine cowling - B777 part.

21 June 2016 - Kosi Bay mouth
Part number: 149W5232-1, and R (right).
Right aft wing to body fairing panel
- B777 part.

23 Dec 2016 - Mossel Bay (Nautilus Bay)
//www.ibtimes.co.uk/mh370-south-african-all-rounder-albie-morkel-finds-possible-piece-debris-while-holidaying-mossel-1598654
//m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157948443120273&id=655475272
Part of the inboard section of the right aileron (non-metallic honeycomb) - B777 part.

30 Jan 2017 - East London (Mpame Beach)
//www.ibtimes.com/possible-mh370-debris-found-malaysia-investigate-plane-wreckage-washed-beach-south-2483452M
Part of the fixed, forward No.7 flap support fairing
- B777 part.

Mauritius

5 Apr 2016 - Rodrigues Island
//www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/suspected-fragment-of-mh370-business-class-cabin-found-on-rodrigues-island-east-of-africa/news-story/5ee5f650a44e5b19b7dfe6f92370fc61
//www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-airlines-idUSKCN0X001Y

Interior cabin panel -
Malaysia Airlines B777 part.

24 May 2016 - Gris Gris Beach
//www.news.com.au/national/two-more-pieces-of-possible-mh370-debris-wash-up-in-mauritius/news-story/fb6972af33726da5f8b11badd67879c2
Part number 113W9154-401 and serial number s/n 407 were visible on one side.
Part of a flap track fairing -
B777 part.
"Further research and identification of the serial number 407 did not directly link the part to the MAS aircraft registration 9M-MRO"

Note: The fact that a serial number cannot be linked to an aircraft registration number is really strange, taking into account that
"Every piece has a unique serial number (s/n). This number is the only one associated exclusively to the aircraft registration number in the aircraft records".
Serial number of a piece and production line number are not the same. Anyway, as curiosity, 407 is the production number of 9V-SVH, Singapore Airlines, Serial number: 28532, LN:407.
//www.planelogger.com/Aircraft/Registration/9V-SVH/537185
//www.abcdlist.nl/777LINE.html


Madagascar

10 Jun 2016 - Nosy Boraha (Île Sainte-Marie)
//www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36495617
//www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36571822
//www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-09/mh370:-claims-malaysian-authorities-ignoring-possible-evidence/7711736
//www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4045372/Australian-woman-believes-slipper-missing-Malaysian-Airlines-flight-MH370.html
//www.nst.com.my/news/2016/08/164577/mh370-items-found-madagascar-beach-not-missing-aircraft
On Riake Beach (18km stretch).
- A seat screen frame - Malaysia Airlines B777 part.
- Panels from flaperon, left and right wing - B777 part.
- Personal objects.

10 Jun 2016 - Antsiraka beach
- Right Hand Nose Gear Forward Door -
B777 part.
- Cabin interior panel with MAS vinyl decoration -
Malaysia Airlines B777 part.

12 Sep 2016
- Sainte Luce
//www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37333762
//www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-37437651
Five fragments (Two of them with burn marks, apparently), no part numbers or serial numbers.
It has not been possible ID.

8 Dec 2016
- Nosy Boraha (Île Sainte-Marie)
//www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/08/possible-mh370-debris-found-by-relative-of-disappeared-passenger
Two small pieces.
It has not been possible ID.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Flaperon and objects washing up on Reunion for months

FLAPERON WASHING UP ON REUNION FOR MONTHS

Reports

31 Jul 2015, zinfos
//www.zinfos974.com/Une-St-Andreenne-affirme-avoir-vu-le-bout-d-aile-deux-valises-et-deux-roues-d-avion-des-le-mois-de-mai_a88545.html
//www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/reunionfrance/11777540/MH370-Has-wreckage-been-washing-up-on-Reunion-for-months.html
//www.smh.com.au/world/mh370-search-plane-door-washes-up-on-reunion-island-say-reports-20150802-gipugz.html
//www.leparisien.fr/espace-premium/actu/ils-veulent-tous-un-bout-du-mh-370-01-08-2015-4983509.php

"Isabelle, was walking on the beach accompanied by her 10-year-old son, Krishna. 'It was around May 10... Then from a rock on which we were standing, he saw an object and shouted: 'Mum, that looks like the wing of a plane'..."
"She sees him jump on what looked like a suitcase. He opens it and leaves a nail-clippers, and then spotted another suitcase buried in the sand"
"She also saw two wheels on the beach, which looked like the wheels of a plane (two aircraft wheels, she promises)"

"Isabelle: 'Krishna, my son, was the first to find the piece of Boeing in May. There was even a wheel that had to be washed away by the sea. I had taken a photo of it alongside with my mobile but it broke down, it's really too stupid. I also found some old shoes with shells glued on.'...", via leparisien.

Note: Isabelle's story is completely different to Betty's story.
"A local woman, Betty, when asked if the object could have been part of a door... said she witnessed police carrying an object the size of a shoebox... 'I was on my bike going past the beach'..." "A beachcomber... Betty... from Jamaique beach, Saint-Denis at about 10am local time. The witness did not see the object but said that it fit in a box"
//www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/mh370-how-plane-debris-will-be-analysed-as-locals-continue-to-comb-beach-on-reunion-island/story-fnizu68q-1227466871662
//www.smh.com.au/world/mh370-search-plane-door-washes-up-on-reunion-island-say-reports-20150802-gipugz.html

1 Aug 2015, telegraph
//www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/mh370/11777921/MH370-Plane-seat-found-washed-up-on-Reunion-Island-three-months-ago.html
//www.smh.com.au/world/mh370-search-plane-door-washes-up-on-reunion-island-say-reports-20150802-gipugz.html
//www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/mh370-how-plane-debris-will-be-analysed-as-locals-continue-to-comb-beach-on-reunion-island/story-fnizu68q-1227466871662

About the flaperon and suitcases...
Mr Ferrier said: "... 'I found a couple of suitcases too... full of things'... He also saw the wing... although in May, the barnacles encrusting its side were still alive. By the time it washed ashore again this week, the crustaceans were dead... 'I didn't know what it was... I sat on it. I was fishing for macabi [bonefish] and used it as a table. I really didn't pay it much attention - until I saw it on the news.'...the wing flap... had been on the beach since May."

About the seat...
"Nicolas Ferrier says he came across the blue plane seat three months ago (in May), but thought nothing of it at the time... 'I could have found many things that belonged to the plane, and burnt them, without realising'... A blue seat (he had assumed was from a bus) and luggage were among the items he claimed to have burned.

About other objects...
"Ferrier yesterday returned to the beach... Among the assorted debris he said he had collected... were an inner sole from a running shoe, an old wallet and a Frisbee tied with string"

SOUVENIR OBJECTS ON THE BEACH MONTHS AGO?

2 Aug 2015, news
//www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/mh370-how-plane-debris-will-be-analysed-as-locals-continue-to-comb-beach-on-reunion-island/story-fnizu68q-1227466871662

"Amadi, his sister, their siblings and cousins are regular fixtures at their local beach... yet no officials have questioned them about previous finds... 'This is the best thing I have found on the beach,' Amadi said of the carved wooden pole he picked up a few months ago and prizes most among his treasure from the shores.. 'We go there to find things we have never seen before', Amadi said. In ten minutes with News Corp they amassed a bucket filled with debris. From a New York baseball cap to a rusted engine part, fishing line to broken plastic lining"

Note:
Curiously, after flaperon found on 29 July 2015, a beach combing began on Reunion in order to find objects that could be related to the plane. A man from Reunion shared on twitter pictures of things he had found. One was a carved wooden mask souvenir, probably same craft art type like the one the kids had found on the beach a few months ago.
"#MH370News MH370 "passenger" object probably found on coast : A ritual wood mask (Sarawak borneo Malaysia style)!?? pic.twitter.com/YX2duKOite"
- creissen philippe (@creissen) August 6, 2015 (tweet deleted)
Note 2: A journalist posted on twitter a picture with a bag that contains a wooden object. It might be another carved wooden mask figure (what might be the pedestal or foot base and a bit of the mouth can hardly be seen)
"Malaysian team recovered two bags of debris, inc small white pieces and what appeared to be a wooden object #MH370 pic.twitter.com/FWOJTShWyI"
- Jack Board (@JackBoardCNA) August 4, 2015
Note 3: Picture of the carved wooden mask published Aug 6, 2015 on twitter.
//media.therakyatpost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/08/mh370-snack_07082015_chong_2.jpg
Source: //ch.therakyatpost.com/world-news/159785

Reflection

At least two or three carved wooden objects washed up on Reunion beach, one picked a few months ago (April or May 2015) by kids, and another one discovered by a Reunion man in early August 2015.
Might those handicrafts wooden objects have been inside the alleged suitcases seen in May?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Other planes flying Maldives

THE MEGAMALDIVES FLIGHT

Reports

18 Mar 2014, haveeru, archive
//www.haveeru.com.mv/news/54062
"Several residents of Kuda Huvadhoo saw a "low flying jumbo jet" at around 6:15 am on March 8. They said that it was a white aircraft, with red stripes across it. The aeroplane was travelling North to South-East, towards the Southern tip of the Maldives - Addu.

18 Mar 2014, pprune
//www.pprune.org/8386302-post5784.html
//www.reddit.com/r/MH370/comments/20sr0r/maldives_national_defence_force_no_indication_of/cg743im/
"A Mega Maldives 767 landed (in Malé) about 0600-30"
"MLE: MEG 189 from Beijing"

4 Apr 2015, the australian
//www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/the-maldive-islanders-who-say-they-can-help-find-mh370/story-e6frg95x-1227290748703
"Several people we spoke to believe they saw MH370 about 6.30 am (9.30am in Malaysia) that day"

9 Nov 2015, twitter

//mobile.twitter.com/nihonmama/status/663887029457915904
"There's a MegaMaldives flight (Boeing 767), "no call sign", that appears on flightradar around 21:30 UTC in the center of mainland Thailand flying to the WSW. It disappears from flightradar over the Andaman sea (no receiver coverage), and appears back on flightradar near Sri Lanka. Finally it lands on Male (Maldives) at around 1:30 UTC (6:30 am Maldives Time)" Megamaldives flight: Flightradar screenshot
"@BloggerAround @FChangy @kstaubin @Matbythesea @Signsoflife27 From Dr. Niels Tas bit.ly/1NDgubg #MH370 pic.twitter.com/j06cfvTAhy"
- Julie (@nihonmama) November 8, 2015

"@BloggerAround @Matbythesea @kstaubin @Signsoflife27 FYI: Niels post re MegaMaldives on Duncan Steel Aug. 2014. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/guQWQ1HEVX"
- Julie (@nihonmama) November 9, 2015
In screenshot: //www.flightradar24.com/2014-03-08/00:22/24x//2d8cf44
We can see, at 1:00 UTC = 6:00 MVT (Maldives Time),
a plane with "no call sign" flying past Sri Lanka coming from west. Flightradar suggests is a Megamaldives B767, 8Q-MEH.

Screenshot:
//www.dropbox.com/s/tmv329t16d7qg9e/Maldives_080314.pdf


Megamaldives Flightradar via twitter. Source: Niels bit.ly/1NDgubg

Observations

- Schedule March 2014: the only scheduled B767 on Saturday is LV189 (also named MEG189), direct route
PEK--MLE, 6:20am - 12:10am.
//www.macl.aero/plus/library/downloads/FLIGHT_SCHEDULE_2013.xlsx (file removed)

- Schedule March 2015: The only flight from PEK is LV189 with arrival to Malé at 11:35 am or 12:10 am.
//cdn.megamaldives.com/content/downloads/schedule/Winter_Schedule_2014_Version_0.11_180215.pdf
//www.macl.aero/plus/library/downloads/FLIGHT_SCHEDULE.xlsx (file removed)

- LV189/LV188 corresponds to registration "8Q-MEG 05A037" (However, the flightradar screenshot says: "8Q-MEH 05A040")
//www.flightradar24.com/data/airplanes/airline.php?airline=8q-meg

- In 2012, Megamaldives added 767-300ER aircraft, registered 8Q-MEH, to their fleet for route Hong Kong-Malé.
//megamaldivesair.com/en/about-us/news-and-media/news/mega-maldives-increases-fleet-size

Note: A registration code can have different flight number depending on the route.


Conclusions

- No official 'megamaldives' or 'maldives airports' online schedules showed LV189 (MEG189) or any other flight landing at Malé at that time.
- Only flightradar24 showed a
"no call sign" Megamaldives B767, 8Q-MEH landing on Malé at 6:30 am. This flight, by the way, has a different registration number to LV189 (8Q-MEG).
- Pending task: checking if the alleged "Megamaldives" flight was scheduled or not on the flightstats site.
//www.flightstats.com/go/HistoricalFlightStatus/flightStatusByAirport.do



THE FAKE DOMESTIC FLIGHT OVER KUDAHUVADHOO

Reports

19 Mar 2014, Astroawani
//english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/mh370-was-missing-plane-seen-flying-over-maldives-march-8-32089
"A local aviation expert told Haveeru Online there is a possibility that the low-flying plane was flight MH370 because at that time there were no planes scheduled to fly over the island.
Minivan News meanwhile said the earliest flight schedule at the nearest airport to the area was at 7.20am on Saturday with all flights headed to the capital Male to the north-east."


20 Jun 2015, The Australian
//www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/mh370-maldives-theory-dismissed/news-story/d06abe88d7420d8e8b9607bb779bf34a
//www.reddit.com/r/MH370/comments/3agajn/mh370_maldives_theory_dismissed/
"Maldives Civil Aviation Authority chairman said in early April that he was concerned the villagers’ claims had not been properly reviewed by Defence or other agencies in his country. He said at the time he believed the aircraft the villagers saw crossing the remote island of Kuda Huvadhoo at a relatively low altitude on the morning it would have crashed could have been the Malaysian jet. Yesterday, he said he was now confident the villagers had seen a much smaller, 50-seat aircraft near the island at the time"

11 June 2015, lemonde
//www.lemonde.fr/asie-pacifique/article/2015/06/10/l-avion-qui-n-etait-pas-le-mh370_4650766_3216.html
//www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s4259926.htm
//www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/1521_lemonde.pdf
"According to the civil aviation authority's official record of flights across the zone, there was a flight on March 8, 2014 - domestic flight number DQA149 from Malé to Veymandhoo, operated by the airline company Maldivian - which landed at 6.33am at Thimarafushi airport"

5 July 2015, scmp
//www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1830548/could-plane-spotted-maldivian-islanders-really-be-mh370
"According to the Civil Aviation Authority's official record of flights across the zone, retrieved from air-traffic control data... on March 8... DQA149 landed at 6.33am at Thimarafushi Airport".
"... 'In all probability, the plane that the islanders saw was this domestic flight,' says the chairman of board of directors of the Civil Aviation Authority... The pilot of flight DQA149 could have made an unusual approach... When pressed to confirm with Maldivian the flight path or the name of the DQA149 pilot, MCAA head replies that he is 'not sure Maldivian have records of routes flown that far back'...".

30 Aug 2016, zeit (10 pages)
//www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2016-08/malaysia-airlines-mh370-wreck-search/
//www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2016-08/malaysia-airlines-mh370-wreck-search/seite-2

"Blaine Gibson believes that the Le Monde article is incorrect... (In a restaurant of Malé)... a mutual friend has arranged the meeting. The man is a senior manager at the aviation safety authority at the airport. He has access to the tower’s database. All takeoffs and landings are recorded there. The man needs just a few seconds to check his smartphone: the domestic flight mentioned in the Le Monde article wasn’t there. In fact, no other flight matches the description. Later on, he sends Gibson a screenshot of the actual flight data. The journalist from Le Monde was taken in by false information. In the days that followed it is confirmed by two pilots and a second source from air traffic control."
"The eye witnesses did not see a domestic plane. But can Gibson also prove that the plane they saw was in fact MH370?"


The controversial schedule shared with Le Monde

Le Monde journalist shared a schedule with ABC mediawatch,
22 June 2014, episode 21.
//www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s4259926.htm
"@AsaMariaHedberg @kstaubin Hi and thanks for interest. I shared the logs with @ @ABCmediawatch episode21. pic.twitter.com/8LFz7DpgyK"
- Florence de Changy (@FChangy) October 31, 2015

"@vmcmahon Hello. I got this (as well as the domestic flights to Thimarafushi) Maldives CAA head office, Govt building,11F, Male."
- Florence de Changy (@FChangy) January 4, 2016
On 9 Jan 2016, the journalist shared on twitter an image of a schedule (flights to/from TMF, 8 Mar 2014). VRMM = MLE (Malé airport).

Screenshot:
//mobile.twitter.com/FChangy/status/685807600496177152
//pbs.twimg.com/media/CYR6VkSWsAAKU3O.jpg:large

Lemonde journalist response to Zeit's report
"The Maldives docs mentioned are official and have been checked by @ABCNetwork @Mediawatch program too. twitter.com/AnthonyMaksoud…"
- Florence de Changy (@FChangy) August 22, 2016
"@SimonGunson @ThePixiePress @AirInvestigate #MH370 I was not played. I trusted someone I should'nt have. Very different. Careful now."
- Florence de Changy (@FChangy) September 5, 2016
Observations

Note: Flight DQA149 = Q2149 = Q2 149 (airportia). Maldivian IATA Code: Q2; ICAO Code: DQA (centreforaviation).
//www.airportia.com/flights/q2149/huvadhu_atoll/male
//centreforaviation.com/profiles/airlines/maldivian-q2

Results of flightstats research:
In order to check links, necessary to be logged in flightstats.
- Search by flight and date (Q2 149, 2014-03-08): Kaadedhdhoo to Male (KDM-MLE): 5:40-6:50 AM
This same result on 2014-03-07 and 2014-03-09
- Search by airport (TMF) and date: Arrivals (00:00 -6:00; 6:00-12:00); Departures (6:00-12:00)... No flights were found arriving/departing in/from Thimarafushi Airport all day.
- Search by airport (KDM) and date (KDM departures 00:00-6:00): To (MLE) Male, Q2 149, 5:40 AM.
- Search by airport (MLE) and date (departure): To (GAN) Gan Island, Q2 116, 6:30 AM.


Early Maldivian flights on 8 March 2014

Results of flightradar24:
On flightradar only premium accounts have access to flights history (not sure if only to last 30 days).
- On internet archive it was possible to find a screenshot of flight Q2149 (
summer schedule) on 21 Sep 2014, (2014-05-23 to 2014-09-29, UTC timezone. Maldives time = UTC+5).
For example, we see on
Saturday 24 May 2014, a flight from KDM-TMF: 5:40-6:20 am; TMF-MLE: 6:35-7:25 am (It flies from South to North).
- Info corroborated on flightstats site: Search by flight; search by airport (KDM): to TMF 5:40-6:20AM; search by airport TMF: to MLE 6:35-7:25 AM.

Results of fis.com.mv:
Archive 2014 (arrivals, departures)
- Arrivals: 22 Feb 2014
- Arrivals: Sat, 1 Mar 2014
- Arrivals: Sun, 3 Aug 2014: Q2 149 Thimarafushi 07:25
- Departures: Sat, 26 July 2014

Anyway,
usual route of flight Q2 149 is from South to North. And, according to eyewitnesses, plane that flew over Kudahuvadhoo came from NW to S.

Results of official online schedules in Maldives

a) Maldives Airports:
Winter (
28.10.13-24.03.14) schedule (2014)
Q2 149: Route MLE-KDM-MLE, 23:45-06:50 +1
Winter (
26.10.15-21.03.16) schedule (2015)
Q2 149: Route KDM/MLE, 05:20-06:30

b) Maldivian domestic winter schedule 2015
Q2 149: Route KDM/MLE, 05:20-06:30


c) Maldivian booking:
Checking for example
Sat 5-Mar-16.... We can see that Q2 149 makes the route KDM to MLE, 05:20-06:30 (non-stop).

Note:
Maldives Airports Company macl.aero uses as flight information fis.com.mv, and Maleairport uses flightstats.


Screenshots of Flightstats Historical Flight Status


Conclusions

- On 8 March 2014, there was no flight coming from Malé landing at Thimarafushi airport (TMF).
- Usual route of flight Q2 149 is Kaadedhdhoo (KDM) to Malé (MLE), South to North.
- No possibility flight Q2 149 flying S to N was the one seen on Kudahuvadhoo.
- No flights from MLE (Malé) before 06:30 MVT.
- Lemonde report
"domestic flight number DQA149 from Malé to Veymandhoo... landed at 6.33am at Thimarafushi airport" is not correct and contradicts with all other official schedules.
- The schedule shared by lemonde journalist showing "DQ149 from VRMM with arrival to TMF at 6:33am" is NOT correct either.