Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Malaysia plane search: China is adjusting 10 satellites to help trace plane

BEIJING: With the fate of the Malaysian airplane continuing to be elusive, China announced Monday evening it had started using satellites to search for it. China is adjusting the orbit of up to 10 of its satellites to assist the 9-nation hunt for flight MH370, which is missing with 239 people on board.

China's People's Liberation Army said that Xian Satellite Monitor and Control Center had launched an emergency response using high-resolution satellites to assist the search on Monday evening.

The rare move resulted in the Xian Center purging the original commands of several satellites, which are meant for full services in weather monitoring and communication and replacing them with commands on different aspects of the search, it said.

A report from Kuala Lumpur said Malaysian authorities are awaiting the latest satellite imagery for any signs of wreckage from the air plane, wich is believed to have vanished in the South China Sea. It did not name the country, which had engaged the services of its satellites but indicated that the focus of satellite search was to look for debris as hopes of finding the plane intact had evapourated.

The Chinese move came after intense efforts by ships and airplanes deployed by nine countries failed to throw up any clue about what happened to the 11-year old Boeing, which was last cited on a radar at the Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control area in Vietnam at 1:20 a.m. Beijing time on Saturday.
Malaysia's director-general of civil aviation Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said it had concentrated its efforts on the South China Sea but would now extend its search to the west coast of the peninsula.



  1. Missing Malaysia Airlines flight systems disabled, PM says...

    The communications systems of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were deliberately disabled, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has said.

    According to satellite and radar evidence, he said, the plane then changed course and could have continued flying for a further seven hours.

    He said the "movements are consistent with the deliberate action of someone on the plane"...........http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26591056

  2. Vol MH370: la thèse du détournement est privilégiée par les enquêteurs...

    Les enquêteurs estiment désormais que l'avion de Malaysia Airlines, un Boeing 777 disparu il y a une semaine, a été piloté par une personne "expérimentée", sachant éviter les radars civils, plusieurs heures après avoir perdu le contact. La conférence du Premier ministre malaisien Najib Razak n'a apporté que peu d'informations supplémentaires.

    Lors d'une courte conférence de presse, donnée à 7h30 (heure belge), le Premier ministre a déclaré que par respect pour les familles, il ne pouvait donner de nombreuses précisions, mais que les transpondeurs ont bien été déconnectés. Les recherchent s'étendent à deux "corridors" et concernent désormais 14 pays. Le ministre n'a toutefois pas invoqué nommément un détournement.

    "Ce serait forcément un pilote expérimenté, compétent et en activité", avait déclaré samedi à l'AFP un haut responsable militaire, qui prend part aux opérations de recherches sur une zone immense allant de la mer de Chine méridionale à l'Océan indien.

    Cette théorie se base sur des données relevées par un radar militaire, non publiées, a ajouté le militaire sous couvert de l'anonymat.

    Le radar a continué de détecter un appareil pendant plusieurs heures, après que le vol MH370, avec 239 personnes à bord, a disparu des écrans des radars civils, a-t-il dit. L'avion s'est dirigé vers l'Océan indien, très à l'ouest de la route qu'il aurait dû suivre au sud du golfe de Thaïlande pour rejoindre, depuis Kuala Lumpur, sa destination Pékin................http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_le-vol-mh370-detourne-selon-les-enqueteurs-conference-de-presse-attendue?id=8223040

  3. Lost passenger jet was diverted deliberately: Malaysian PM...

    (Reuters) - Investigators believe someone aboard a missing Malaysian airliner deliberately shut off its communications and tracking systems, turned the plane around and flew for nearly seven hours after it vanished, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday.

    As the unprecedented search for Flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew entered its second week, Najib told a news conference that the hunt for wreckage around the scheduled flight path to the east of Malaysia was being called off.

    "Despite media reports the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear, we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate," Najib said.

    The fate the of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 has been shrouded in mystery since it disappeared off Malaysia's east coast less than an hour into a March 8 scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing..........................http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/15/us-malaysiaairlines-flight-idUSBREA2701720140315?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

  4. Malaysia ends search for missing airliner in South China Sea...

    Malaysia said Saturday it was terminating a search in the South China Sea for the missing airliner, and redeploying assets to two possible corridors in the Indian Ocean.

    Prime Minister Najib Razak said the Beijing-bound MH370 flight had changed course and headed westward before its communication system was disabled.

    He identified "a northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand or a southern corridor stretching approximately from Indonesia to southern Indian Ocean," he said.

    "We are ending our operations in the South China Sea and reassessing the redeployment of our assets," he said. "We are working with relevant countries to request all information relevant to the search including radar data."

    Voice of Russia, dpa
    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_15/Malaysia-ends-search-for-missing-airliner-in-South-China-Sea-2662/

  5. Disappeared Malaysia Airlines flight path altered by plane’s computer – report.....

    Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 changed course on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing via the cockpit’s computerized Flight Management System, not by manual control, American officials suggested to the New York Times.

    The officials said Monday that only seven or eight keystrokes would have been sufficient to make the change the Boeing 777’s flight path, though it was not clear whether the system was reprogrammed before or after takeoff.

    Regardless, the theory supports the belief of investigators – first voiced by Malaysian officials – that the flight was deliberately diverted.

    On Saturday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that investigators had reliable information that someone on the plane had “deliberately disabled” communications systems before the plane vanished. Furthermore, investigators said that it would have taken someone with pilot training to be able to switch off the Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS. This system automatically sends engine data and other information to the airline.

    Yet Malaysian officials retracted the ACARS theory on Monday. They believe ACARS was still functioning when the plane’s co-pilot spoke the last words heard from MH370 by ground control.

    ACARS lost function around the same time oral radio contact was cut off and as the airplane’s transponder halted, the Times reported...................http://rt.com/news/malaysia-airlines-computer-missing-462/


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