It’s been a sad Sunday for all Malaysians. It’s should be happy Sunday as usual. Adding on to the happiness is Dato’ Lee Chong Wei and Malaysian Sepak Takraw team who made in in the final for both badminton All England and ISTAF Super Series that will be played on Sunday. But 27m Malaysian heart was crashed due to the lost of MH370 departed from KL and scheduled to land in Beijing at 6.30am, 8th March 2014.
It’s a broken heart for me too since it is a major fatal airplane crashed I’ve ever heard. Forget about 1977 because I wasn’t born yet and 1995 due to minor classification. MH370 brings world attention to us. I’ve been in aircraft for the first time in 2008 and made international fly at 2009 but the first long hour journey across the ocean was at 2011. Things came in mind when boarding, can we safe in the flight and landed safely to hug our loved ones? Only Allah knows and He have decided all that happens. My condolence to all the family members and we keep praying until we find our beloved MH370.
Please let me paste some information gather to remember. These post are the chosen one :
Why Malaysia Airlines Jet Might Have Disappeared
Associated Press by :Scott Mayerowitz
NEW YORK (AP) — The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth.
So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet well into its flight Saturday morning over the South China Sea has led aviation experts to assume that whatever happened was quick and left the pilots no time to place a distress call.
It could take investigators months, if not years, to determine what happened to the Boeing 777 flying from Malaysia’s largest city of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
“At this early stage, we’re focusing on the facts that we don’t know,” said Todd Curtis, a former safety engineer with Boeing who worked on its 777 wide-body jets and is now director of the Airsafe.com Foundation.
If there was a minor mechanical failure — or even something more serious like the shutdown of both of the plane’s engines — the pilots likely would have had time to radio for help. The lack of a call “suggests something very sudden and very violent happened,” said William Waldock, who teaches accident investigation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz.
It initially appears that there was either an abrupt breakup of the plane or something that led it into a quick, steep dive. Some experts even suggested an act of terrorism or a pilot purposely crashing the jet.
“Either you had a catastrophic event that tore the airplane apart, or you had a criminal act,” said Scott Hamilton, managing director of aviation consultancy Leeham Co. “It was so quick and they didn’t radio.”
No matter how unlikely a scenario, it’s too early to rule out any possibilities, experts warn. The best clues will come with the recovery of the flight data and voice recorders and an examination of the wreckage.
Airplane crashes typically occur during takeoff and the climb away from an airport, or while coming in for a landing, as in last year’s fatal crash of an Asiana Airlines jet in San Francisco. Just 9 percent of fatal accidents happen when a plane is at cruising altitude, according to a statistical summary of commercial jet airplane accidents done by Boeing.
Capt. John M. Cox, who spent 25 years flying for US Airways and is now CEO of Safety Operating Systems, said that whatever happened to the Malaysia Airlines jet, it occurred quickly. The problem had to be big enough, he said, to stop the plane’s transponder from broadcasting its location, although the transponder can be purposely shut off from the cockpit.
One of the first indicators of what happened will be the size of the debris field. If it is large and spread out over tens of miles, then the plane likely broke apart at a high elevation. That could signal a bomb or a massive airframe failure. If it is a smaller field, the plane probably fell from 35,000 feet intact, breaking up upon contact with the water.
“We know the airplane is down. Beyond that, we don’t know a whole lot,” Cox said.
The Boeing 777 has one of the best safety records in aviation history. It first carried passengers in June 1995 and went 18 years without a fatal accident. That streak came to an end with the July 2013 Asiana crash. Three of the 307 people aboard that flight died. Saturday’s Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 passengers and crew would only be the second fatal incident for the aircraft type.
“It’s one of the most reliable airplanes ever built,” said John Goglia, a former member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.
Some of the possible causes for the plane disappearing include:
— A catastrophic structural failure of the airframe or its Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines. Most aircraft are made of aluminum which is susceptible to corrosion over time, especially in areas of high humidity. But given the plane’s long history and impressive safety record, experts suggest this is unlikely.
More of a threat to the plane’s integrity is the constant pressurization and depressurization of the cabin for takeoff and landing. In April 2011, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff from Phoenix after the plane’s fuselage ruptured, causing a 5-foot tear. The plane, with 118 people on board, landed safely. But such a rupture is less likely in this case. Airlines fly the 777 on longer distances, with many fewer takeoffs and landings, putting less stress on the airframe.
“It’s not like this was Southwest Airlines doing 10 flights a day,” Hamilton said. “There’s nothing to suggest there would be any fatigue issues.”
— Bad weather. Planes are designed to fly through most severe storms. However, in June 2009, an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed during a bad storm over the Atlantic Ocean. Ice built up on the Airbus A330’s airspeed indicators, giving false readings. That, and bad decisions by the pilots, led the plane into a stall causing it to plummet into the sea. All 228 passengers and crew aboard died. The pilots never radioed for help.
In the case of Saturday’s Malaysia Airlines flight, all indications show that there were clear skies.
— Pilot disorientation. Curtis said that the pilots could have taken the plane off autopilot and somehow went off course and didn’t realize it until it was too late. The plane could have flown for another five or six hours from its point of last contact, putting it up to 3,000 miles away. This is unlikely given that the plane probably would have been picked up by radar somewhere. But it’s too early to eliminate it as a possibility.
— Failure of both engines. In January 2008, a British Airways 777 crashed about 1,000 feet short of the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport. As the plane was coming in to land, the engines lost thrust because of ice buildup in the fuel system. There were no fatalities.
Loss of both engines is possible in this case, but Hamilton said the plane could glide for up to 20 minutes, giving pilots plenty of time to make an emergency call. When a US Airways A320 lost both of its engines in January 2009 after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York it was at a much lower elevation. But Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger still had plenty of communications with air traffic controllers before ending the six-minute flight in the Hudson River.
— A bomb. Several planes have been brought down including Pan Am Flight 103 between London and New York in December 1988. There was also an Air India flight in June 1985 between Montreal and London and a plane in September 1989 flown by French airline Union des Transports Aériens which blew up over the Sahara.
— Hijacking. A traditional hijacking seems unlikely given that a plane’s captors typically land at an airport and have some type of demand. But a 9/11-like hijacking is possible, with terrorists forcing the plane into the ocean.
— Pilot suicide. There were two large jet crashes in the late 1990s — a SilkAir flight and an EgyptAir flight— that are believed to have been caused by pilots deliberately crashing the planes. Government crash investigators never formally declared the crashes suicides but both are widely acknowledged by crash experts to have been caused by deliberate pilot actions.
— Accidental shoot-down by some country’s military. In July 1988, the United States Navy missile cruiser USS Vincennes accidently shot down an Iran Air flight, killing all 290 passengers and crew. In September 1983, a Korean Air Lines flight was shot down by a Russian fighter jet.
MAS plane disappearance bears marks of ‘catastrophic failure’, says aviation lawyer
Malaysian Insider wrote :
An aviation lawyer who has worked on cases with problems similar to the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane which went missing yesterday said the lack of warnings about a problem aboard the flight suggests a catastrophic failure during flight.
“The complete absence of any information suggests a catastrophic failure,” said Steve Marks, who represented relatives of victims in the Air France crash of 2009, speaking to the US daily, USA Today.
He added that the plane could have broken up due to lack of pressurisation or electrical failure.
Flight MH370 was carrying 239 people, including 12 crew members, when it lost contact with air traffic controllers at 1.30am yesterday, after it took off from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am for Beijing.
The incident has puzzled authorities and aviation experts as there were no reports of bad weather and no sign of why the Boeing 777-200ER, which has multiple transmitters to indicate its location during a failure, vanished from radar screens.
“There would have been some type of reporting, whether through the radios or the computer system,” Marks told the US daily, comparing the absence of any distraught call from the MAS plane to the Air France Airbus A-330, which he said had relayed flight errors to the manufacturer’s headquarters in France.
In June 2009, Air France Flight 447 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 216 passengers and 12 aircrew in the deadliest plane crash in Air France history.
Rescuers only managed to retrieve bodies and debris from the plane after several days, while investigators took nearly two years to get to the main wreckage including black boxes.
USA Today also quoted an aviation safety consultant who warned of an expensive search and rescue operation that could cost millions and even billions of dollars.
John Cox, a retired airline captain, said based on past incidents, those involved in tracking the MAS plane would focus on the surface of the ocean.
Another aviation expert predicted a difficult search ahead for the MAS aircraft.
“The deeper you get, the harder it is to see,” Jim Hall, former chairman of the US’s National Transportation Safety Board, told USA Today.
“It’s very expensive and very technical work.
“Trying to get the proper people assembled usually takes quite a bit of time,” he added. – March 9, 2014.
It cannot be assumed that there are no survivors from MH370, says aviation expert
Malaysian Insider again wrote :
While the clock is ticking on the “24-hour golden window” for search and rescue efforts, it cannot be assumed that there are no survivors from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, says Indonesia-based independent aviation analyst Gerry Soejatman.
“You can’t assume that there are no survivors and if there are any, it is absolutely crucial that they are picked up within a day, or the chances of survival drops significantly,” AFP quoted him as saying.
The Boeing 777-200 carried 227 passengers and 12 crew members, from 15 nationalities.
They included 153 Chinese nationals, including an infant, and 38 Malaysians.
Malaysia and Vietnam are leading the search for the plane.
Vietnamese authorities said contact with flight MH370 was lost near their airspace, but its exact location and what happened to it remained a mystery 12 hours after it slipped off air-traffic control screens.
Malaysia Airlines said the plane, on an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, relayed no distress signal, indications of rough weather, or other signs of trouble.
“The plane lost contact near Ca Mau province airspace as it was preparing to transfer to Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control,” a statement on the official Vietnamese government website had said.
Ngo denied earlier reports in Vietnamese state media quoting him as saying the plane had actually crashed.
“Thai and Malaysian rescue teams would be better placed to conduct a rescue but Vietnamese navy boats in Phu Quoc island are ready to support any mission if requested,” Phat said by telephone.
The Malaysian navy, air force and army have been mobilised to conduct search and rescue operations.
Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said a C-130 Hercules had also been deployed to assist in locating the missing B777.
Additionally, the military has also deployed vessels and helicopters to assist in the operations.
The Philippines said it was sending three navy patrol boats and a surveillance plane to help efforts.
Contact was lost at 2.40am Malaysian time, about two hours after take-off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia Airlines group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said.
“Our focus now is to work with emergency responders and authorities and mobilise full support,” he told a press conference in Sepang.
“And our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew, and their family members.”
Screens at Beijing’s airport indicated at first that the flight was “delayed”, but later updated its status to “cancelled”.
The plane is more than 11 years old.
The flight path of the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route passes over the South China Sea and the Indochinese peninsula before entering southern Chinese airspace.
At Beijing airport where authorities have gathered the passengers’ families at a nearby hotel, an AFP journalist saw one woman enter the arrival zone and break down in tears. She was led away by police.
At KLIA, family members looking sombre and distraught trickled into a designated waiting area for loved ones, escorted by authorities.
“They gave us no information so far,” said one man, adding that his niece and her husband were on the flight for a one-week holiday in China. Reporters were barred from entering the area.
The Boeing 777 also has a solid safety record, with only a handful of incidents since its introduction in the mid-1990s.
In July 2013, three people died when a Boeing 777-200 operated by South Korea’s Asiana Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing at San Francisco’s international airport after it clipped a seawall before touching down.
“We’re closely monitoring reports on Malaysia flight MH370. Our thoughts are with everyone on board,” US-based Boeing said in a statement on its Twitter feed. – March 8, 2014.
B777 pilot contacted MH370 before it vanished, says there was radio ‘interference’
Another Malaysian Insider reports :
A Boeing 777 pilot found “interference” when he was asked by Vietnamese air control to contact flight MH370 before the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER vanished from the air.
The captain, who was flying 30 minutes ahead of MH370, told the New Sunday Times that his Narita-bound plane was in Vietnamese airspace when he was asked to use his plane’s emergency frequency to contact MH370 as air traffic control had lost contact.
“We managed to establish contact with MH370 just after 1.30am and asked them if they have transferred into Vietnamese airspace.
“The voice on the other side could have been either Captain Zaharie (Ahmad Shah, 53) or Fariq (Abdul Hamid, 27), but I was sure it was the co-pilot.
“There were a lot of interference… static… but I heard mumbling from the other end.
“That was the last time we heard from them, as we lost the connection,” he was quoted as saying by the New Sunday Times.
The pilot had requested his name not to be published.
He said those on the same frequency at the time would have heard the exchange.
This, he said, would include vessels on the waters below.
He said he thought nothing of it, as the occurrence (of losing contact) was normal, until it was established that MH370 never landed.
“If the plane was in trouble, we would have heard the pilot making the Mayday distress call. But I am sure that, like me, no one else up there heard it.
“Following the silence, a repeat request was made by the Vietnamese authorities to try establishing contact with them,” the weekly quoted him as saying. – March 9, 2014.
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Enough for today. Keep praying and let Allah show us the right path. #PrayForMH370