The latest critical MH370 debris, delivered to Malaysia this week,
could hold clues to the location of the Boeing 777.
Malaysian authorities received the debris
that was handed to wreck hunter Blaine Gibson on Madagascar in 2017.
The debris, off one of the engines,
is critical as it may hold clues to the speed and force of the impact
which would help searchers refine the area where it crashed say, experts.
According to Mr Gibson
“this debris was handed to me by local people more than two years ago as a result of the 370 families debris awareness trip to Madagascar.
They were supposed to be collected and delivered in August 2017 by Hon. Consul Zahid Raza,
but he was tragically assassinated before he could do so.
The two pieces were held in Madagascar for two years during the investigation into his assassination.”
Mr Gibson travelled to Madagascar in June 2019
and met and communicated with government officials at different levels
in an effort to arrange the release and delivery of two pieces of probable 370 debris.
“The baseplate of the vortex generator may provide valuable information on how the plane impacted the water.
Mike Exner and Don Thompson of the Independent Group worked very hard to identify the debris from photos,” said Mr Gibson.
Banijay Rights has acquired worldwide sales to the thriller mini-series “Flight MH370”
which is based on the real-life mystery
surrounding the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight which vanished in the depths of the Indian Ocean,
carrying 239 passengers.
Produced by Nora Melhli (“The Tunnel”)’s new outfit Alef One,
the six-part drama has been ordered by the French public broadcaster France Televisions.
The predominantly English-langauge show is based on a novel by Ghyslain Wattrelos,
who lost his wife and two of his three children in the tragedy in 2014,
and another book by the investigative journalist Florence de Changy.
The show is driven by a strong creative team, including the showrunner Gilles Bannier (“Spiral”),
and writers Tim Loan (“Versailles”) and Laurent Mercier (“Eden”).
Nadine Nohr, whose credits include “The Bridge” and “Broadchurch” is executive producing alongside Melhli.
Unfolding across seven countries,
“Flight MH370” is told from multiple perspectives of characters who are based on real people,
from journalists, to scientists, pilots, politicians and others whose lives have been affected by the tragedy.
Nathalie Biancolli, the head of international scripted at France Television,
described the mini-series as a
“high-quality drama, interweaving the investigation, fiction and reality to create a gripping story.”
said the series’s aim “is to tell a true story through the lens of an intimate and geopolitical thriller.
RAeS Brussels Branch lecture
held at Eurocontrol on the topic of the MH370 Flight
and whether ATC was deliberately misled.
Engineers from CAPTIO will illustrate a plausible trajectory of flight MH370
that might have taken advantage of the shortcomings in civil and military air traffic control
– and the antiquated air/ground communication systems in particular.
People in command of the flight – the pilots? hijackers? –
would have been able to fly practically undetected.
One thing is known from the Inmarsat communication watchdog data:
the flight ended in the Indian Ocean.
NEW SEARCH AREAS FOR MH370 FROM WORLD EXPERTS
February 02, 2020
A group of the world’s leading search experts for Malaysia Airlines Flt MH370
have defined new areas to be searched for the missing Boeing 777.
Malaysia has stated that it needs new evidence before starting a new search, although US-based search company Ocean Infinity has said that it will search on a “no find no fee basis.”
After extensive revision and refinement of data search experts
Victor Iannello, Bobby Ulich, Richard Godfrey, and Andrew Banks
have defined a new area for MH370 adjacent to that previously covered
and have released the findings in a detailed paper.
“The last search for MH370 was conducted by Ocean Infinity,
who consulted with official and independent researchers and
subsequently scanned the seabed along the 7th arc as far north as S25° latitude.
Since then, independent researchers have continued to analyze the available data
to understand what areas of the seabed are the most likely,
and why previous search efforts have been unsuccessful.
The results of that work suggest that the final hours of the flight
were due south in the Indian Ocean along E93.7875° longitude,
which matches a great circle between the waypoint BEDAX (about 100 NM west of Banda Aceh, Sumatra)
and the South Pole.
The POI was estimated to lie close to the 7th arc around S34.4° latitude.”
This would be about 1800km due west of Dunsborough, Western Australia.
The map below shows the new areas to be searched for MH370
in green (A1), grey (A2) and then A3.
The area previously search by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is highlighted in yellow.
ICAO’s 2023 Timeline Gives Airlines More Time for GADSS
May 7, 2020
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
has delayed its January 2021 date
for its Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) initiative until 2023.
Under the newly implemented two-year postponement,
the standard for the distress tracking element of GADSS will now be applicable as of January 2023 for new-build aircraft.
Following a survey by ICAO on preparedness,
the agency’s Air Navigation Commission recommended this postponement to 2023,
which was approved by the ICAO Council this year.
Initially, the second phase of the Autonomous Distress Tracking (ADT) mandate
was berthed as part of its GADSS initiative.
Triggered by the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370,
it was to occur on or after January 21, 2021.
To comply with the mandate, aircraft with a maximum take-off weight over 27,000 kg (60,000 lbs)
with an airworthiness certificate issued
would have to autonomously transmit position information
once every minute or less when an aircraft is in distress.
However, this 2021 date has been pushed back.
While the GADSS 15-minute, normal tracking standard is now being adhered to globally,
many countries still haven’t set out their national regulations in support of its 1-minute standard for distress operations.
Indeed, very few operators are complying with ICAO Annex 6 – 6.18 and Appendix 9 recommendations,
as they see this as a forward-fit requirement only.
Very few aviation authorities have adopted this into regulation yet.
Aircraft Part Found On Australian Beach Unlikely To Be From MH370
October 12, 2020
A fresh wave of speculation was ignited last week regarding the six-year-old mystery of a lost Malaysian Airlines 777.
A piece of unidentified vehicle wreckage washed up on the shores of Australia’s Far North Queensland region,
and photos of the part were subsequently posted to Facebook,
drawing a large amount of public interest.
However, some subject matter experts doubt that the piece could be from the missing aircraft.
According to various media sources,
Australian resident Mick Elcoate was fishing on a remote beach seven kilometers (4.3 miles) north of Cape Tribulation in Far North Queensland
when he found some wreckage that had washed ashore on Monday, October 5th.
MH370 DID NOT CRASH IN THE MALDIVES
December 04, 2020
MH370 did not crash in the Maldives according to one of the world’s leading oceanographers, pouring cold water on a recent theory.
Charitha Pattiaratchi, Winthrop Professor of coastal oceanography at the University of Western Australia
told AirlineRatings.com that MH370 could not have crashed in the Maldives
because the “debris would have ended up in Somalia”
and other northeast African states six months before the first piece was recovered at Reunion Island.
He added that based on hard evidence, not theory,
MH370 must be due west of Perth Western Australia between the latitudes 28 and 33 south.
“It is most likely at Broken Ridge (32 degrees south) on the seventh arc,”
said Professor Pattiaratchi.
That location is about 2000km due west of Perth, Western Australia
and the “seventh arc” is a satellite-related curved line that marks the last contact with MH370.
The topography is very mountainous and the depth is between 4000 and 6000m.
He says the next search should go wider from the seventh arc than the 50 miles on either side previously completed.
TIME TO END BASELESS CONSPIRACY THEORIES FOR MH370
February 01, 2021
The man who has found over half of all the known debris from MH370 is concerned that conspiracy theories still abound over the tragic loss that claimed 239 lives almost seven years ago.
Speaking exclusively with AirlineRatings.com
ahead of the imminent release on yet another conspiracy theory book,
“The Disappearing Act: The Impossible Case of MH370” by journalist Florence de Changy,
Mr. Gibson says that her claim the Boeing 777 was shot down off southern Vietnam by a fighter aircraft
or by a laser beam “is not supported by a shred of debris evidence.”
New possible Malaysia Airlines MH 370 debris has been found in South Africa
earlier this month but there has been no reaction from Malaysian officials.
According to wreck hunter, Blaine Gibson the debris was washed ashore in early February (2021)
in Jeffreys Bay near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The piece of debris is approximately 3 feet (1m) long
and is certainly from an aircraft most likely a Malaysian 777
as it sports the distinctive light grey colour.
According to Mr. Gibson, it could be part of a spoiler wing panel used to reduce lift.
The debris is currently held with the South African Civil Aviation Authority in Johannesburg
and the Malaysian authorities were notified 10 days ago
but there has been no reaction sources tell Airlineratings.com.