Friday, October 13, 2017

It's official: Hijacking MH370 is a success

The Plane That Wasn't There: Why We Haven't Found Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (Kindle Single) by [Wise, Jeff]

Jeff Wise on the failure to find MH370:

Three years, six months, and 26 days ago, a sophisticated hijacker (or hijackers) made of with a Malaysia Airlines 777 with 239 people aboard. In the course of doing so, he, she, or they expended considerable effort to befuddle pursuers. 

Today, that effort has officially been crowned with success. The Australian agency charged with the conducting the pursuit, the Australian Transport Safety Board, has thrown in the towel. In a final report issued today[October 3], The Operational Search for MH370, it stated that “we share your profound and prolonged grief, and deeply regret that we have not been able to locate the aircraft.”

There’s a good deal of material here–--the whole report is 440 pages long–--and I’d like to boil down the key takeaways.

As I’ve said many times before, the key clue in the disappearance of MH370 is the fact that the Satellite Data Unit–the piece of equipment which generated the all-important Inmarsat data was turned off and then back on again at 18:25. This process cannot happen accidentally, and is beyond the ken even of most experienced airline captains, and thus provides powerful evidence that the disappearance was the work of sophisticated operators. 

This document does not even mention the SDU reboot. Only by ignoring it can the ATSB maintain a state of indeterminacy as to “whether or not the loss of MH370 was the result of deliberate action by one or more individuals, or the result of a series of unforeseen events or technical failures”...

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