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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Updates March 26 , 2014 -- Australia has yet to confirm any sightings of the potential debris field announced in Kuala Lumpur. While Hishammuddin was talking, Australian investigators said objects spotted in today's search are not confirmed to be related to MH370. No breakthroughs are reported at today's media briefing by the Malaysian authorities. Acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein stressed that satellite images of possible debris are not necessarily related to MH370. The British company Inmarsat said it is unable to comment on reports that British experts have refused to take part in a briefing with Malaysian officials to relatives of the passengers in Beijing. China doubts remain as to Malaysian claim Flight 370 plunged into the Indian Ocean - Inmarsat finding challenged by chinese authorities who demand evidence to back up theories
IT was always declared an inexact science albeit using the latest technology.
But the analysis of a wavelength that travelled between Earth and an orbiting satellite 35,800km away that concluded Flight MH-370 crashed into the Indian Ocean is now being challenged by Chinese authorities.
East London-based satellite firm Inmarsat made the unlikely breakthrough that redirected searchers for the lost Malaysian Airline to the Southern hemisphere and yesterday prompted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to confirm the plane had crashed.
But it is now being challenged to explain their findings by Chinese authorities that today demanded the records turned over by Malaysian authorities to ascertain for themselves the fate of their 153 Chinese nationals among the 239 on-board MH370.
Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered a special envoy Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui to Kuala Lumpur to secure first-hand analysis while deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangshend ordered Malaysia’s ambassador to China to establish what it was that led to Mr Najib making the declaration the plane had crashed in the Indian Ocean.
The airline’s boss Mohammed Nor Mohammed Yusof said today it was a “rational deduction”.
Inmarsat — short for International Maritime Satellite Organisation — and Malaysian authorities are also being asked to explain why there was an apparent delay in the information being passed to searchers some four days after the plane disappeared on March 8.
Breakthrough technology ... The offices of satellite operator Inmarsat in central London. Picture: Leon Neal/AFPSource:AFP
Inmarsat was set up in 1979 as a non-profit initiative by the International Maritime Organisation to help with ship-to-shore communications and to make calls for help no matter how remote their location. It quickly became a market leader in satellite technology.
In 1993 it moved to the so-called “Silicon Roundabout” tech park in East London and
In 1999 became Britain’s first intergovernmental organisation to transform into a private company and has since floated on the London Stock Exchange. It has since grown to have a presence in 60 countries, including Australia, offering global sitcom solutions. Specifically, it provides high-speed mobile data to government, military and companies for land sea and air operations and counts the US Government as a customer.
But it was in this tech park location in east London that on giant screens in the company’s operation room analysts track 11 satellites in geostationary orbit one of which they used to predict MH370’s location along its last known corridor.
While the aircraft’s data transmission system was turned off a second system that cannot be switched off while the aircraft has power continued to send out a “ping” to satellites once every hour.
China’s anger ... A relative of passengers on flight MH370 protests outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing. Picture: Mark Ralston/AFPSource: AFP
It was these pings — also known as “handshakes” — that showed the plane continued to travel for six hours after radio contact was lost and variations in the wavelength did not provide a location but a prediction it flew along either a north or south curved corridor. From the final turn it was deduced the plane probably crashed at the end of the southern arc, hence the location in the Indian Ocean. The technique is based on the “Doppler Effect” which describes how a wavelength changes frequency relative to the movement of an observer, in this case the satellite. The Doppler effect is why the sound of a police car appears to change as it approaches then passes an observer.
Firm senior external affairs vice president Chris McLaughlin said the prediction was refined by comparison with pings from normal flights and assumptions made about the aircraft’s speed. Inmarsat’s data was then sent to members of UK’s space industry for peer review. Its data was shared with Swiss aviation IT company Sita but for reasons that are not clear were not passed to Malaysian investigators until March 12. It was another six days before Australian authorities announced the search was being narrowed to a patch in the southern Indian Ocean.
Inmarsat will later this year deploy three new satellites that will offer the world’s first global, high-quality mobile broadband service. -News.com.au
Satellite data that confirmed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, missing for more than two weeks, had crashed in the Indian Ocean included a final electronic signal at 8.19am (Malaysian time) on March 8, that is still being investigated, Malaysian acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.
"There is evidence of a partial handshake between the aircraft and ground station at 0019 UTC (GMT)," Hishammuddin told a news conference.
"At this time, this transmission is not understood and is subject to further ongoing work."
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said on Sunday that groundbreaking satellite-data analysis by the British company Inmarsat had revealed that MAS flight MH370, which vanished while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, had crashed thousands of kilometres away in the southern Indian Ocean.
Preliminary analysis of the satellite "pings" had only been able to place the plane's final position in one of two vast arcs stretching from the Caspian Sea to the southern Indian Ocean. - TMI
A senior figure at Inmarsat said Malaysia was struggling to cope with the amount of information involved in the search operation and suggested that Malaysia sat on the company's analysis about the plane's final movements.
Speaking to the official Chinese news agency Xinhua, Chris McLaughlin, senior vice-president for external affairs at the British company, said:
I think the Malaysian authorities have spent many days looking at the possibility of where the flight ended. I think that they have struggled with an awful lot of information, a lot of challenges.
I don't think that they have the navy, and the airforce and the size that the Chinese have, and other other countries have. I think they have made an honest attempt to try to run a very complex investigation.
But people will draw their own conclusions.
China's special envoy to Malaysia, Zhang Yesui, has urged Malaysia to release all the data it has on why it has assumed MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
His remarks come after Yesui met Malaysia's prime minister Najib Razak and its acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
and from earlier..............
The British company Inmarsat said it is unable to comment on reports that British experts have refused to take part in a briefing with Malaysian officials to relatives of the passengers in Beijing.
In a statement it said: "Inmarsat is working with Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) on this live investigation and is therefore unable to discuss the circumstances surrounding Air Malaysia."
The British satellite firm Inmarsat and the Air Accidents Investigation Board have yet to respond to reports that they refused to attend a briefing with relatives of missing passengers in Beijing.
The claim was made by Malaysian officials at the briefing, according to the Straits Times. It reports more scepticism from the relatives about the British analysis.
SYDNEY: Australian authorities said on Wednesday that three more objects had been spotted by aircraft searching for a Malaysian jet missing in the southern Indian Ocean.
A civilian aircraft, one of 12 scouring the region some 2,500 km (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth, had seen two objects thought to be rope, while a New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion spotted a blue object, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said on its Twitter feed.
None was seen again on subsequent passes and none was distinctive of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, ASMA added.
Earlier, Malaysia said new satellite images had revealed more than 100 objects in the search zone that could be debris.--Reuters
26 March 2014| last updated at 06:27PM
MH370 Lost in Indian Ocean: Satellite images show 122 potential objects in
PRESS BRIEFING BY HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN, MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT
The search for MH370 continues. Our efforts are now focused in the southern Indian Ocean, where a multi-national team, led by Australia, is combing the waters trying to find debris from the flight.
Our determination to find MH370 remains steadfast. As we have said all along, we will never give up trying to find the plane – in order to bring closure for the families, and to establish exactly what happened to MH370.
New satellite images
Australia, China and France have already released satellite images, showing objects that may be related to MH370.
Yesterday, on 25 March, the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) received new satellite images from Airbus Defence and Space, which is based in France. The images were taken on 23 March.
MRSA analysed the images and - in one area of the ocean measuring some 400 square kilometres - were able to identify 122 potential objects.
Some objects were a metre in length; others were as much as 23 metres in length. Some of the objects appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid materials.
The objects were located approximately 2,557 kilometres from Perth.
We will issue handouts relating to this new information, after this press conference.
MRSA’s findings were immediately forwarded to the Australian Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Perth yesterday.
It must be emphasized that we cannot tell whether the potential objects are from MH370. Nevertheless, this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation.
We have now had four separate satellite leads, from Australia, China and France, showing possible debris. It is now imperative that we link the debris to MH370. This will enable us to further reduce the search area, and locate more debris from the plane.
2. Operational update
Australia is leading the search effort in the southern Indian Ocean, based out of Perth. Malaysia continues to play a co-ordinating role. All countries involved are displaying unprecedented levels of co-operation; that has not changed.
Australia has divided the search area into two sectors, East and West.
Today the weather has improved, and twelve planes will travel to the search area – six in the East sector and six in the West.
In the East sector, searches will be conducted by:
· one Australian P3 Orion, and three Australian civilian aircraft.
· one Chinese Ilyushin IL-76.
· one New Zealand P3 Orion.
In the West sector, searches will be conducted by:
· one US P8 Poseidon.
· one Korean P3 Orion.
· one Japanese P3 Orion.
· two Australian P3 Orions, and one civilian aircraft.
Two ships will also join the search operations.
Yesterday ‘HMAS Success’ was redeployed to the south of the search area due to bad weather. Today the ship has returned and will support the search operation in the West sector.
Meanwhile, the Chinese ship ‘Xue Long’ has today been deployed to the East sector.
A Japanese Coast Guard gulfstream aircraft left Subang this morning for Perth, to join the search operation.
As I mentioned yesterday, the search operations in the northern corridor, and in the northern part of the southern corridor, have been called off. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent diplomatic notes to all relevant countries to formally inform them of this change.
Before I continue, I would like to convey our appreciation to the Australian authorities, and in particular to Prime Minister Tony Abbot, for making such an extraordinary contribution to the search operation.
Chinese Special Envoy
Today, the Prime Minister met with His Excellency Zhang Yesui, the Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Envoy of the Government of China. I also met with His Excellency this afternoon.
During our conversation His Excellency conveyed China’s commitment to continue and intensify the search operation in any way possible, and to deploy any assets that may be required.
Malaysia has provided his His Excellency and his delegation with a full update on the latest information from Inmarsat.
His Excellency and his delegation also received a comprehensive briefing from the international technical team.
4. International Working Group
As I mentioned yesterday, based on the new information provided by Inmarsat, we have established an international working group. The agencies involved in this working group include: Inmarsat, AAIB, the Chinese CAAC and AAID, NTSB, FAA, Boeing and Rolls Royce, as well as the relevant Malaysian authorities.
The role of the working group is to help try and refine the Inmarsat data and, if possible, more accurately determine the final position of MH370.
5. Further information
I should like to note that the CEO of Malindo Airlines, Chandran Rama Murthy, has joined me on stage today, and will be able to answer any questions that you might have.
As I announced yesterday, MAS is now taking a lead in communicating with the families and is conducting their own press conferences. MAS will hold another press conference tomorrow.
New satellite images continue to provide clues in the search for MH370. And with improved weather conditions, aircraft are now able to investigate objects of interest.
I would like to thank once again our international partners for their continued support and assistance. The search for MH370, and the investigation into what happened on board the flight, is now a truly international effort.
pix by NSTP/Khairull Azry Bidin.
And the plane was not observed by any country after 8:11 Am , March 8th ?