Nobody seems to be able to explain what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the first few hours after it disappeared off the radar screens. The varying answers to this simple question are confused at best. Or, are they known but simply not in the public domain? And, if not, why not? Desmond Ross argues that if proper protocols had been followed we would not still be looking for MH370 today, almost nine months after it vanished.
I am watching, with some amazement, the amount of money being expended in the search of the southern Indian Ocean for MH370. Like Sir Tim Clark, the CEO of Emirates Airlines, (Sydney Morning Herald 22 November 2014), I am not convinced by the official version of the final hours of MH370. Nor am I convinced that it is anywhere near the southern Indian Ocean; and, I am quite familiar with Doppler effect, satellite handshakes and much of the other high tech stuff that is being promulgated!
There is an excellent BBC Horizon documentary programme, on the disappearance of MH370, aired in June 2014, at http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/where-flight-mh370/
‘Where is Flight MH370’ is one of the best documentaries I have seen on the subject and it covered most of the detail and circumstances known to the general public at this point.
However, as with almost every other commentary made to date, the programme studiously avoided reference to that four hour period immediately after the aircraft disappeared! The omission of any reference to this period was blindingly obvious and made me wonder again, why it is being avoided in the media and in any official commentary? Perhaps it is lack of understanding as to what should have happened?
Many facts are missing, but many are available and should be released. We know that the initial period was filled with confusion and even misinformation from the airline itself which, at one stage, told Air Traffic Control that it had contact with the aircraft in Cambodian airspace. This was found to be completely incorrect and the flight had never entered Cambodian airspace. In any case, it was not valid for the air traffic controllers to accept this information if they had not been in contact with the aircraft and had not given a clearance for it to deviate from its track.
The BBC documentary did refer, to the stunning inaction of the Vietnamese controller, in Ho Chi Minh centre, who took 17 minutes to ask the Malaysian controller why MH370 had not transferred to his radio frequency, as instructed, at the expected time when crossing the boundary from Malaysian to Vietnamese airspace. The Vietnamese controller should have been looking for MH370 within two to three minutes of the expected transfer time. There has not been any explanation as to why this long delay occurred, when, at that point, it was the responsibility of Ho Chi Minh ATC centre to monitor the flight. This is a serious matter and needs to be explained. It appears to be a dereliction of duty.
An explanation is also needed as to why the controller in Kuala Lumpur did not initiate a call to Ho Chi Minh centre when he saw the MH370 data block disappear from his screen. Did he not want to know why that had occurred? Normally it would not disappear as the secondary surveillance radar system would still show the aircraft in Vietnamese airspace.
The BBC documentary made no further reference to that apparent lack of coordination and the programme then jumped to possible scenarios, diagrams and current search activities. Reference was made to the Malaysian military having tracked the aircraft turning back across the Malaysian peninsula, out to the Malacca Straits and then the Andaman Sea.
However, the Malaysians did not reveal this information until four days after the disappearance. The Malaysian authorities said that there had been security issues surrounding the tracking of the aircraft so they had not been able to reveal this information immediately.
We have been told that the military determined that it was a civil aircraft and, therefore, of no concern to them. Frankly, that is absolute RUBBISH either way you look at it!
Every professional pilot and military person knows that EVERY country maintains surveillance of its airspace to the best of its technical capability. It is public knowledge that Malaysia has a state-of-the-art military surveillance system which monitors ALL flights in its area of responsibility. The former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, who the current authorities keep trying to silence, recently stated on BBC TV that he had authorised the system to be installed whilst he was in Government.
So, what secret was there and what were they so protective about? What needed to be kept secret from the world even when 239 people were lost?
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