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Malaysian MH370: There’s at least one turd in the punchbowl.

Posted in "Terrorism", Disappearance of MH370, Geo-Political Warfare, Politics by earthlinggb on March 15, 2014

All those countries; All those ships and aircraft while, at the very same time, there are people out there, belonging to one or more of those very same countries, who know precisely, the fate of MH370. Just think about that because that, I can assure you, is a fact.

There may be Captains of certain vessels out there from the very country(s) who carried out this example of state (or state sponsored) terrorism/hijacking, who don’t know they are being led on a wild goose chase (or, indeed, they may be fully aware) while they “trawl” the seas for wreckage I believe they will never find.

Which countries are taking part?

Malaysia has deployed around 18 aircraft and 27 ships, including the submarine support vessel MV Mega Bakti which is able to detect objects in water at depths of up to 1,000m.

Huge numbers of maritime police, air force and other personnel are also taking part in the hunt.

China, Vietnam, USA, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan, India and the Philippines are also contributing ships, aircraft and personnel, while other nations such as Brunei have also offered support.

The majority of the 239 people on board flight MH370 were Chinese, and Beijing has dispatched four warships to help in the search and rescue mission.

First to be sent was the frigate Mianyang which was diverted to the south-east of Vietnam. It was joined by the landing craft Jinggangshan and its support vessels.

Destroyer Haikou and amphibious landing ship Kunlunshan set off on Sunday from two southern Chinese ports with a 50-strong marine corps as well as assault boats and rubber dinghies aboard, according to the People’s Liberation Army ( PLA) Navy.

On Tuesday, China said it also deployed four civilian ships, two military aircraft, and up to 10 satellites, to assist the search.

And somebody (or somebodies) – high up in the chain of command of one or a few of those countries – knows exactly what’s going on. Who would you guess that, or those, countries are? If I thought for one second that the truth would come out, I’d lay every penny I have left to my name, my house, my car, everything, on the USA. Either people within the government (most likely), people at the highest echelons of the world banking community (most likely) and the intelligence services. There is no doubt in my mind of that. Not a single one.

The question is why? And what have they done with the plane? Well as to why, I covered my idea in a previous blog on the subject. As to what they have done with the plane? Who knows? Certainly not me. But we can have our suspicions based upon what we sense from all that is being said and all that we know.

If you want me to take a “punt” on what’s happened to the plane, here is my “punt” (but that’s all it is right now and, of course, were it to be correct, we’ll never know UNLESS the USA wishes to start World War 3 that is).

Here is a map of the most up to date understanding (or belief) re the flight path the plane took. I have added my additional flight path belief to it in yellow:

MH370 flight path

Now, here is a line on Google Earth representing the distance between KL and Beijing – approximately 4000Km…

KL - BeijingAnd here’s a similar line between KL and somewhere in the BRITISH Indian Ocean territory – approx 3500Km….

KL - Diego GarciaAnd here IS that BRITISH Indian Ocean territory…

British Indian Ocaen territoryThere won’t be a lot of radar around that area of the world EXCEPT American Military radar. Why American military radar?

Well, because of this. What you’re looking at in the centre of that image is Diego Garcia…

Diego Garcia

A little background on Diego Garcia:

To accomplish the UK/United States mutual defense strategy, in November 1965, the UK purchased the Chagos Archipelago, which includes Diego Garcia, from the then self-governing colony of Mauritius for £3 million to create the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), with the intent of ultimately closing the plantations to provide the uninhabited British territory from which the United States would conduct its military activities in the region.

On 30 December 1966, the United States and the UK executed an agreement through an Exchange of Notes which permit the United States to use the BIOT for defense purposes for 50 years (through December 2016), followed by a 20-year optional extension (to 2036) to which both parties must agree by December 2014. No monetary payment was made from the United States to the UK as part of this agreement or any subsequent amendment. Rather, the United Kingdom received a US$14 million discount from the United States on the acquisition of submarine-launched ballistic missile system Polaris missiles per a now-declassified addendum to the 1966 agreement.

In March 1971, United States Naval construction battalions (Seabees) arrived on Diego Garcia to begin the construction of the Communications Station and an airfield. To satisfy the terms of an agreement between the UK and the United States for an uninhabited island, the plantation on Diego Garcia was closed in October of that year. The plantation workers and their families were relocated to the plantations on Peros Bahnos and Salomon atolls to the northwest; those who requested were transported to the Seychelles or Mauritius. In 1972, the UK decided to close the plantations throughout the Chagos, including those on Peros Banhos and the Salomon Islands, and deported the Ilois to their ancestral homes on either the Seychelles or Mauritius. The then-independent Mauritian government refused to accept the islanders without payment, and in 1974, the UK gave the Mauritian government an additional ₤650,000 to resettle the islanders.

By 1973, construction of the Naval Communications Station (NAVCOMMSTA) was completed. In the early 1970s, setbacks to United States military capabilities in the region including the fall of Saigon, victory of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the closure of the Peshawar Air Station listening post in Pakistan and Kagnew Station in Ethiopia, the Mayaguez incident, and the build-up of Soviet Naval presence in Aden and a Soviet airbase at Berbera, Somalia, caused the United States to request, and the UK to approve, permission to build a fleet anchorage and enlarged airfield on Diego Garcia, and the Seabees doubled the number of workers constructing these facilities.

Following the fall of the Shah of Iran and the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979–1980, the West became concerned with ensuring the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz, and the United States received permission for a $400 million expansion of the military facilities on Diego Garcia consisting of two parallel 12,000-foot-long (3,700 m) runways, expansive parking aprons for heavy bombers, 20 new anchorages in the lagoon, a deep water pier, port facilities for the largest naval vessels in the American or British fleet, aircraft hangars, maintenance buildings and an air terminal, a 1,340,000 barrels (213,000 m3) fuel storage area, and billeting and messing facilities for thousands of sailors and support personnel.

In 2004, the UK applied for, and received, Ramsar Site status for the lagoon and other waters of Diego Garcia.

On 1 April 2010, the UK Cabinet declared the Chagos Archipelago a Marine Protected Area (MPA) and prohibited all extractive industry, including fishing and oil and gas exploration. It is unclear whether Diego Garcia is included in the MPA.

The Ramsar Convention (formally, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat) is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, i.e., to stem the progressive encroachment on and loss of wetlands now and in the future, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed in 1971.

Now isn’t that just “delicious”? Have the place protected, “for marine life you understand”, from “extractive industry” while then protecting a billion dollar Military site. “It’s for the birds and the fish you know!” Meanwhile, 1,151 people were displaced from their homes and the Mauritian government were paid £650,000 to resettle the the people. That’s roughly £565 per person. For the upending of their entire lives. But remember, this was paid to the government not to the people themselves. I’ll let you ponder that and wonder how much the people got. Yet the Mauritian government got paid £3m just for the land itself half a decade before. I wonder whose pockets that money went into? These people were ROYALLY (yes her again) fcuked. They had no choice, they didn’t wish to be resettled and they were told “We’ve agreed with your government. Cause any problems and you’ll find a bullet in your head.” And that’s international law for ya!

So now Diego garcia is used by the US/UK for extraordinary rendition flights. Things and people just disappear around that area you know. It’s like a man made Bermuda Triangle!

Diego Garcia 2

And yes, I just happen to think that there is a VERY good chance that MH370 has been “diverted” there. Just to give Malaysia a warning? No, there’s never just one reason for anything. 9/11 was staged for multiple reasons and I entirely believe this was too. For instance, just as Larry Silverstein made a shitload of cash for the double “terrorist” strike on the WTC which he owned and had just insured for precisely such an event(s), I have a sneaking suspicion that money was made from this event too. For example, as described in a previous article, the volume of trading in Malaysian Airlines shot up just the week before the event. The shares plummeted. Insider knowledge?

Secondly, there are reports that suggest there was a heavy load of cargo on that MH370 plane. So much so that, while the actually number of passengers was not to capacity of the aircraft (over 50 vacant seats), reports have suggested that there were a number of the passengers who flew standby. The reason given for this was that cargo uplift may have limited passenger capacity.

Question – how often does routine cargo on a passenger flight displace this much passenger uplift capacity?

If it was revealed that the cargo included a heavy valuable substance weighing as much as 50 passengers and their baggage, would this give pause for thought?

Passenger list also contained some 30 odd state of the art cyber warfare techies and execs from 5 global organisations, many with direct links to China. Coincidence?

Has anyone at the intended destination spoken up about not receiving any of their expected (valuable) cargo? There are two things they are not divulging (and yet must be known): Amount of fuel and the cargo onboard. Yes, fleeting mention has been made of the possibility of lithium batteries or something but that was just for the sake of another theory of how the plane may have caught fire. The Airline will know PRECISELY how much fuel the aircraft had AND what cargo was on it.

Just for the sake of an example:

If the flight was carrying a consigned gold cargo:
50pax * (75kg + 23kg) = 4900kg
Gold is approx US$1300/oz,
4900kg = 172842oz, therefore,
172842 * 1300 = US$224.7mil

The aforementioned figures are for example only, and intended just to highlight the scope of wealth that can be transported on such an aircraft.

Diego Garcia 3Now, I’m not saying that there is a Malaysian Airlines 777 sitting on the tarmac in Diego Garcia right now. DG may well have just been a stop-over.

Think about it: The radars showing the new flightpath are suggesting what? That someone knew exactly what they were doing for one thing. But, in flying west, where were they thinking of taking it and landing without being intercepted? India? Sri Lanka? Iran? Saudi? To reach Iran would have necessitated flying over Indian airspace. If not, it would have had to have taken one hell of a detour and used up fuel (and fly closer to Diego Garcia with the chance of being picked up on their radar). Flying over Indian airspace would be a death sentence. Not only that, whoever “hijacked” it truly expected to be in the air for a substantial number of hours without being noticed or intercepted by radar and then military planes? Could it even have made Saudi or Iran on its fuel?

Missing Malaysia plane may have run out of fuel over Indian Ocean – source

BY MARK HOSENBALL

WASHINGTON, March 14 Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:30am GMT

03/14/2014
 (Reuters) – Analysis of electronic pulses picked up from a missing Malaysian airliner shows it could have run out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean after it flew hundreds of miles off course, a source familiar with official U.S. assessments said on Friday.

The source, who is familiar with data the U.S. government is receiving from the investigation into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane, said the other, but less likely possibility, was that it flew on toward India.

The data obtained from pulses the plane sent to satellites had been interpreted to provide two different analyses because it was ambiguous, said the source, who declined to be identified because of the ongoing investigation.

But it offers the first real clues as to the fate of Flight MH370, which officials increasingly believe was deliberately diverted off its scheduled course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Too many “sources” these days who decline to be identified in so many of our media’s stories!

Exclusive: Radar data suggests missing Malaysia plane flown deliberately toward Andamans – sources

BY NILUKSI KOSWANAGE AND SIVA GOVINDASAMY

KUALA LUMPUR Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:27am GMT

(Reuters) – Military radar-tracking evidence suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown across the Malay peninsula towards the Andaman Islands, sources familiar with the investigation told Reuters on Friday.

Two sources said an unidentified aircraft that investigators believe was Flight MH370 was following a route between navigational waypoints – indicating it was being flown by someone with aviation training – when it was last plotted on military radar off the country’s northwest coast.

The last plot on the military radar’s tracking suggested the plane was flying toward India’s Andaman Islands, a chain of isles between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, they said.

Waypoints are geographic locations, worked out by calculating longitude and latitude, that help pilots navigate along established air corridors.

A third source familiar with the investigation said inquiries were focusing increasingly on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight, with 239 people on board, hundreds of miles off its intended course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

“What we can say is we are looking at sabotage, with hijack still on the cards,” said that source, a senior Malaysian police official.

All three sources declined to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media and due to the sensitivity of the investigation.

Officials at Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport, the official point of contact for information on the investigation, did not return calls seeking comment.

Malaysian police have previously said they were investigating whether any passengers or crew had personal or psychological problems that might shed light on the mystery, along with the possibility of a hijacking, sabotage or mechanical failure.

The comments by the three sources are the first clear indication that foul play is the main focus of official suspicions in the Boeing 777’s disappearance.

As a result of the new evidence, the sources said, multinational search efforts were being stepped up in the Andaman Sea and also the Indian Ocean.

LAST SIGHTING

In one of the most baffling mysteries in modern aviation, no trace of the plane nor any sign of wreckage has been found despite a search by the navies and military aircraft of more than a dozen countries.

The last sighting of the aircraft on civilian radar screens came shortly before 1:30 a.m. Malaysian time last Saturday (1730 GMT Friday), less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur, as the plane flew northeast across the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand. That put the plane on Malaysia’s east coast.

Malaysia’s air force chief said on Wednesday an aircraft that could have been the missing plane was plotted on military radar at 2:15 a.m., 200 miles (320 km) northwest of Penang Island off Malaysia’s west coast.

This position marks the limit of Malaysia’s military radar in that part of the country, a fourth source familiar with the investigation told Reuters.

When asked about the range of military radar at a news conference on Thursday, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said it was “a sensitive issue” that he was not going to reveal.

“Even if it doesn’t extend beyond that, we can get the cooperation of the neighbouring countries,” he said.

The fact that the aircraft – if it was MH370 – had lost contact with air traffic control and was invisible to civilian radar suggested someone aboard had turned its communication systems off, the first two sources said.

They also gave new details on the direction in which the unidentified aircraft was heading – following aviation corridors identified on maps used by pilots as N571 and P628. These routes are taken by commercial planes flying from Southeast Asia to the Middle East or Europe and can be found in public documents issued by regional aviation authorities.

In a far more detailed description of the military radar plotting than has been publicly revealed, the first two sources said the last confirmed position of MH370 was at 35,000 feet about 90 miles (144 km) off the east coast of Malaysia, heading towards Vietnam, near a navigational waypoint called “Igari”. The time was 1:21 a.m.

Malaysian PM says lost airliner was diverted deliberately

BY ANSHUMAN DAGA AND SIVA GOVINDASAMY

KUALA LUMPUR Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:19pm GMT

(Reuters) – A missing Malaysian airliner appears to have been deliberately steered off course after someone on board shut down its communications, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday.

A week after the disappearance of flight MH370, Najib said its last transmission of satellite data came nearly seven hours after it disappeared from radar screens.

But the new satellite data gave no precise location, and the plane’s altered course could have taken it anywhere from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean, he said.

Minutes after the Malaysian leader outlined investigators’ latest findings, police began searching the house of the aircraft’s 53-year-old captain for any evidence that he could have been involved in foul play.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the early hours of March 8 with 239 passengers and crew aboard.

Najib, giving his first statement at a news conference since then, confirmed reports that investigators believe somebody cut off the plane’s communications reporting system, switched off its transponder and steered it west, far from its scheduled route.

“In view of this latest development the Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board,” he said.

“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.”

Search operations by navies and aircraft from more than a dozen nations were immediately called off in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea to the east of Malaysia, where the plane dropped off civilian air traffic control screens at 1:22 a.m. last Saturday (1722 GMT on Friday).

Malaysia said new data showed the last communication between the missing plane and satellites at 8:11 a.m. (0011 GMT), almost seven hours after it turned back and crossed the Malay peninsula.

The data did not show whether the plane was still flying or its location at that time, presenting searchers with a daunting array of possible last locations. Seven hours’ more flying time would likely have taken it to the limit of its fuel load.

TWO CORRIDORS

Najib said the plane’s final communication with satellites placed it somewhere in one of two corridors: a northern arc stretching from northern Thailand to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, or a southern one stretching from Indonesia to the vast southern Indian Ocean.

“Clearly, the search for MH370 has entered a new phase,” said Najib, whose government has come under criticism for its slow release of information surrounding one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history.

India stepped up its search in two areas at the request of Malaysia – one around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and another further west across the Bay of Bengal – but found no evidence that would indicate that the plane had come down in its waters, the Defence Ministry said.

A senior military official in Port Blair, capital of the archipelago, said Indian aircraft had combed waters stretching up to 300 nautical miles (550 km) offshore and overflown all 572 islands in the chain but “we don’t have anything so far”.

India’s Eastern Naval Command was investigating a separate rectangular ‘box’ 15 km wide by 600 km long, some 900 km east of Port Blair, but had found nothing.

About two-thirds of the passengers on board the flight were Chinese, and Beijing has been showing increasing impatience with the speed and coordination of the Malaysian search effort.

On Saturday, China said it had demanded that Malaysia keep providing more thorough and accurate information, and added that it was sending a technical team to Malaysia to help with the investigation.

China’s Xinhua state news agency said in a commentary that Najib’s disclosure of the new details was “painfully belated”.

“And due to the absence – or at least lack – of timely authoritative information, massive efforts have been squandered, and numerous rumours have been spawned, repeatedly racking the nerves of the awaiting families,” it said.

The fate of flight MH370 has been shrouded in mystery since it disappeared off Malaysia’s east coast less than an hour into its scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.

But investigators have increasingly discounted the possibility of an accident due to the deliberate way it was diverted and had its communications switched off.

EXPERIENCED CAPTAIN

Investigative sources told Reuters on Friday they believed the plane was following a commonly used navigational route when it was last spotted early on Saturday, northwest of Malaysia.

Their suspicion has hardened that it was flown off-course by the pilot or co-pilot, or someone else with detailed knowledge of how to fly and navigate a large commercial aircraft.

No details have emerged of any passengers or crew with militant links or psychological problems that could explain a motive for sabotaging the flight.

The experienced captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was a flying enthusiast who spent his off days tinkering with a flight simulator of the plane that he had set up at home, current and former co-workers said. Malaysia Airlines officials did not believe he would have sabotaged the flight.

The 27-year-old co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, was religious and serious about his career, family and friends said, countering news reports suggesting he was a cockpit Romeo who was reckless on the job.

As the search enters its second week, several governments are using imagery satellites – platforms that take high definition photos – while data from private sector communications satellites is also being examined. China alone says it has deployed 10 satellites.

“The area is enormous. Finding anything rapidly is going to be very difficult,” said Marc Pircher, director of the French space centre in Toulouse. “The area and scale of the task is such that 99 percent of what you are getting are false alarms.”

The corridors given by Najib represent a satellite track, which appears as an arc on a map. The plane did not necessarily follow the corridor, but was at some point along its path at the moment the signal was sent.

Officials at Kazakhstan’s state air navigation service were not available for comment while in Turkmenistan, state aviation officials referred queries to the Foreign Ministry.

Afghanistan‘s ministry of aviation said its controllers were certain the plane had not crossed their airspace. A spokesman for Pakistan’s civilian airspace authority said: “We have not received any requests from Malaysia authorities for help, nor have we any information on the plane’s whereabouts.”

SATELLITES

Earlier, a source familiar with official U.S. assessments of electronic signals sent to geostationary satellites operated by Britain’s Inmarsat said it appeared most likely the plane had turned south over the Indian Ocean, where it would presumably have run out of fuel and crashed into the sea.

If so, just finding the plane – let alone recovering the “black box” data and cockpit voice recorders that hold the key to the mystery – would be a huge challenge.

The Indian Ocean has an average depth of more than 12,000 feet, or two miles (3.5 km). This is deeper than the Atlantic, where it took two years to locate wreckage on the seabed from an Air France plane that vanished in 2009, even though floating debris quickly gave an indication of the area of the crash.

Any debris would have been widely dispersed by Indian Ocean currents in the week since the plane disappeared.

“We have many radar systems operating in the area, but nothing was picked up,” Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai, Chief of Staff of India’s Andamans and Nicobar Command, told Reuters.

“It is possible that the military radars were switched off as we operate on an as-required basis. So perhaps secondary radars were operating, which may not have the required range to detect a flight at an altitude of 35,000 feet.”

The other interpretation was that the aircraft continued to fly to the northwest and headed over Indian territory.

The source said it was believed unlikely the plane had flown for any length of time over India because it has strong air defence and radar coverage that should have allowed authorities to see the plane and intercept it.

It is extremely rare for a modern passenger aircraft to disappear once it has reached cruising altitude, as MH370 had. When that does happen, the debris from a crash is usually found relatively quickly, close to its last known position.

In this case, there has been no trace of the plane, nor any sign of wreckage.

The maximum range of the Boeing 777-200ER is 7,725 nautical miles or 14,305 km. It is not clear how much fuel the aircraft was carrying, though it would have been enough to reach its scheduled destination, Beijing, a flight of five hours and 50 minutes, plus some reserve.

Malaysian PM’s statement (15th March):

Seven days ago Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared. We realise this is an excruciating time for the families of those on board. No words can describe the pain they must be going through. Our thoughts and our prayers are with them.

I have been appraised of the on-going search operation round the clock. At the beginning of the operation, I ordered the search area to be broadened; I instructed the Malaysian authorities to share all relevant information freely and transparently with the wider investigation team; and I requested that our friends and allies join the operation. As of today, 14 countries, 43 ships and 58 aircraft are involved in the search. I wish to thank all the governments for their help at such a crucial time.

Since day one, the Malaysian authorities have worked hand-in-hand with our international partners – including neighbouring countries, the aviation authorities and a multinational search force – many of whom have been here on the ground since Sunday.

We have shared information in real time with authorities who have the necessary experience to interpret the data. We have been working nonstop to assist the investigation. And we have put our national security second to the search for the missing plane.

It is widely understood that this has been a situation without precedent.

We have conducted search operations over land, in the South China Sea, the Straits of Malacca, the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean. At every stage, we acted on the basis of verified information, and we followed every credible lead. Sometimes these leads have led nowhere.

There has been intense speculation. We understand the desperate need for information on behalf of the families and those watching around the world. But we have a responsibility to the investigation and the families to only release information that has been corroborated. And our primary motivation has always been to find the plane.

In the first phase of the search operation, we searched near MH370’s last known position, in the South China Sea. At the same time, it was brought to our attention by the Royal Malaysian Air Force that, based on their primary radar, an aircraft – the identity of which could not be confirmed – made a turn back. The primary radar data showed the aircraft proceeding on a flight path which took it to an area north of the Straits of Malacca.

Given this credible data, which was subsequently corroborated with the relevant international authorities, we expanded the area of search to include the Straits of Malacca and, later, to the Andaman Sea.

Early this morning I was briefed by the investigation team – which includes the FAA, NTSB, the AAIB, the Malaysian authorities and the Acting Minister of Transport – on new information that sheds further light on what happened to MH370.

Based on new satellite information, we can say with a high degree of certainty that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was disabled just before the aircraft reached the East coast of peninsular Malaysia. Shortly afterwards, near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control, the aircraft’s transponder was switched off.

From this point onwards, the Royal Malaysian Air Force primary radar showed that an aircraft which was believed – but not confirmed – to be MH370 did indeed turn back. It then flew in a westerly direction back over peninsular Malaysia before turning northwest. Up until the point at which it left military primary radar coverage, these movements are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane.

Today, based on raw satellite data that was obtained from the satellite data service provider, we can confirm that the aircraft shown in the primary radar data was flight MH370. After much forensic work and deliberation, the FAA, NTSB, AAIB and the Malaysian authorities, working separately on the same data, concur.

According to the new data, the last confirmed communication between the plane and the satellite was at 8:11AM Malaysian time on Saturday 8th March. The investigations team is making further calculations which will indicate how far the aircraft may have flown after this last point of contact. This will help us to refine the search.
Due to the type of satellite data, we are unable to confirm the precise location of the plane when it last made contact with the satellite.

However, based on this new data, the aviation authorities of Malaysia and their international counterparts have determined that the plane’s last communication with the satellite was in one of two possible corridors: a northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, or a southern corridor stretching approximately from Indonesia to the southern Indian ocean. The investigation team is working to further refine the information.

In view of this latest development the Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board. Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear: we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate from its original flight path.

This new satellite information has a significant impact on the nature and scope of the search operation. We are ending our operations in the South China Sea and reassessing the redeployment of our assets. We are working with the relevant countries to request all information relevant to the search, including radar data.

As the two new corridors involve many countries, the relevant foreign embassies have been invited to a briefing on the new information today by the Malaysian Foreign Ministry and the technical experts. I have also instructed the Foreign Ministry to provide a full briefing to foreign governments which had passengers on the plane. This morning, Malaysia Airlines has been informing the families of the passengers and crew of these new developments.

Clearly, the search for MH370 has entered a new phase. Over the last seven days, we have followed every lead and looked into every possibility. For the families and friends of those involved, we hope this new information brings us one step closer to finding the plane.

ENDS

The Malaysian PM is briefed, so what he says he thinks he knows isn’t what HE knows but what he is led to believe by the briefing team.

There’s only two airstrips in the Northern Indian Ocean (besides DG) – CCK (8000′) and XCH (6900′).
Both of these are well-established Australian territories with top-class communications, and I’m sure we’d have heard by now if a stray B777 rolled up to either. 

Reports say that MH370’s last ACARS pings were received by Inmarsat.

If it’s a fact that the pings were received by Inmarsat only, and not by ACARS ground stations, couldn’t you deduce that MH370 was not in range of an ACARS ground station when it sent its last pings?

SITA ACARS ground station coverage:

SITA_ACARS_coverage

So, pretty much covered then by SITA ACARS isn’t it? However, where is one place which just so happens to be located in British Indian Ocean Territory far away from SITA ACARS? Diego Garcia!

But then something keeps coming back to haunt me and that is the statement made by the Malaysian Embassy official in Beijing on the day of the disappearance: Flight MH370 landed in Nanning, China. It was stated by an official of the Malaysian Embassy then it was discarded by another official in Malaysia itself and the statement was forgotten rather than people ask why an official would make such a statement so erroneously?

Why I mention this once more is because, when you look at the Inmarsat pings, the satellite is suggesting two possible arcs with the plane’s last “known” / possible position. Which, in itself makes me think “How good is satellite data and the spying capabilities if this is the best result of triangulation it can come up with for a massive Boeing 777 aircraft?

Anyhow, note that Nanning lies very close to the bottom/east point of the top arc while, for the aircraft to be on any other point on that arc as a last known point, it would have crossed any number of radars in multiple countries. The southern arc wouldn’t really make sense.

But then, with all the deliberate confusion which is going into this event (and it certainly is deliberate), nothing makes sense. Just how they like it. 😉

Final destination? How about South Africa? With DG a stop over?

Why?

Oh I don’t know! Just a hunch!

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  1. David said, on March 16, 2014 at 12:37 am

    You’ve been busy.

    I have to agree with your analysis…
    India would have spotted something by now.
    The ‘southern route’ is….illogical, unless Australia is now letting the Americans do more than spy on everyone else from their Western Coast.
    Diego Garcia…..protected wetlands…..(*shakes head with cynical smile…..)

    Good work.

  2. pete fairhurst said, on March 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Great work and a good analysis, thanks.

    I agree, it’s got to be a state action, and USA is the best bet. DG is a good theory too. Which means good old UK [not] is up to our necks in it as usual. If it did go there, then we’ll never ever have any confirmation I suppose….

    If all this is true then China must know what’s happened too? So why the silence from them? And what is the endgame? Hard to discern at the moment…..

    • earthlinggb said, on March 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Pete, read the new blog. The breaking news from the mail on sunday has just freaked me the hell out!

  3. Tom said, on March 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Wouldnt the Andaman Islands radar have picked up the contact?…Then again easily paid off I guess.

  4. D. Hounsome said, on March 19, 2014 at 12:10 am

    During the planing stage of putting together our sailing route for a circumnavigation of the world in 1992/95, we did give consideration of making a stop at Diego Garcia, but on making enquiries it became obvious that it was not considered prudent. And as you rightly point out in this excellent article, the recent history of this unfortunate group of Islands is not good reading, and in the main kept very much under wraps. Just as a point of interest our cruise began in New Zealand.

  5. kcoppick said, on March 19, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Great blog. The flight simulation alone is a strong point. It just makes me sick that upper CoCs try to hide these things. I haven’t been able to sleep since I found out about all of this. Concerned about the families. These kind of events can be scary. Keep me posted.

  6. Billy Overmyer said, on April 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Close. However, they could have changed the transponder to emit “Singapore 213” when on Indian radar. Singapore 213 would have been grounded for maintenance but enroute controllers figure that the maintenance was corrected and it is now flying. The flight recorder with transmit emergency data if it is so much as jolted but IF the 24 volt circuits were given a charge of 110 volt 50 amps from the galley where that is used on the cooking ,..and more. this is all on the Novel by Addison Gast on smashwords.com “Malaysian MH370 Heavy, where are you?”

  7. Aqua Fyre said, on April 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Under your very nose.

    This is your image from your blog..

    Now look to the area above Diego Garcia.

    This is mine : but close up.

    The area is the Greater Chagos Archipelago.

    Notice anything strange ?

    See how some of those map areas have been blocked out ?

    Starting from the top of the map; the top pale blue area is an area called ‘Speakers Bank’.

    To the right is a small area called ‘Colvocoresses reef’. Both are blocked out.

    Moving lower, (South & closer to Diego Garcia), we see that a large chunk of the Eastern arm of the ‘Great Chagos Bank’ is blocked out.

    And finally, directly underneath that lies ‘Cauvin Bank’ which is also blocked out.

    That’s four areas blocked by Google Maps.

    In total, they make up a couple of hundred square kilometers of islands, reefs and shoals that lie north of the Diego Garcia base, but which also make up part of the British Indian Island Protectorate. They form part of the areas designated as ‘nature reserves’.

    These areas islands and reefs as well as protected waters that are only 2 meters to 8 meters deep. These could be filled in relatively easily. Child’s play for anyone wanting to build a new military base and airfield. (or even rocket launching base). Here think of the Boeing X-37.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_X-37

    So, from my perspective : the MH370 flight flew toward Deigo Garcia : but landed on one of these covered / blocked areas. The Chagos archipelago group are also 200 Kilometers further north and therefore closer to the Maldives. The people who took control of the flight would not have been in any danger of running out of fuel if they landed in one of these ‘hidden’ areas.


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