International Aircraft Accidents Observations #2

Arrogance! When you look at the travesty that was the Malaysia Airlines MH370 aircraft accident, it’s hard to find sympathy for Malaysian officials that spearheaded the investigation. Clearly they were in way over their heads, fumbling through theories, looking embarrassingly foolish as they tried to lay out where the plane may have gone down.
But it’s arrogance on the part of these officials who cannot recognize when to defer to more experienced organizations; to ask for help from an investigatory group that could’ve raised the bar, giving the investigation the benefits of wisdom and experience. It is times like these that one questions the rules of diplomacy. Yes, the ICAO rules are clear. However, common sense should’ve prevailed and it should have been given over to the NTSB as soon as the aircraft went missing. But it was not.
The trail is cold; the new search area is roughly 60,000 square miles ( 9/5/2014); that’s 10,000 miles shy of the total square mileage of New England. In comparison the accident aircraft is smaller than a needle in a warehouse full of haystacks. Add to that, the aircraft is most likely in many pieces because hitting the ocean’s surface at that speed is like hitting a brick wall, the aircraft disintegrating on impact. It could be lying in an oceanic ridge, nose (or tail) down on a seamount’s side, which would significantly decrease its profile. The searchers are blind to within several yards; they are deaf since the pingers are dead. It would’ve been far easier to find the Titanic had the Carpathia not had an educated guess where it sunk.
Now the full grasp of the desperate mission is clearer. If only the Malaysian government had asked for help.

2 thoughts on “International Aircraft Accidents Observations #2”

  1. Stephen,

    Has your criticism lessoned after you read the MH370 Interim Report?

    I found it quite thorough except that it lacked the INMARSAT doppler analysis from the SAR section.

    No viable theory includes lack of transmission by any RF device, including the crash position indicator.

    OTOH, INMARSAT hand shakes continued – just no one on board would answer the phone calls.

    The last two INMARSAT replies exhibited very high Doppler shifts (those alien vehicles are VERY fast).

    The Malaysian Annex 13 report was a pretty good read, but what do I know? I was only an NTSB contractor.


    1. Doug, I wish I could say my criticism changed, because the entire investigation has been disjointed and questionable. They are presently expanding the search area again, but to what end? They are looking for a needle in a warehouse full of haystacks and to be sure, they don’t know the physical shape of what they hope to find or how it lays in a 3-dimensional search grid. BTW, don’t knock NTSB contractors; my criticisms of my former Bosses don’t include many contractors who I deeply respect. Stephen

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