Questions tagged [mh370-incident]

For questions about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's disappearance. Please make your question as specific as possible; general questions inviting speculation about the cause or nature of the incident ("What do you think happened?") may be placed on hold until factual information is available.

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MH370 blackbox - is it still possible to retrieve data from it?

If the blackbox of MH370 were to be found today, would it actually still provide any information, assuming that it was in 5km deep water or so for some 5 years now? If not, why would you still be ...
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What is the problem in the satellite data of MH370

In the Inmarsat data of MH370, there are handshakes (BTO) with time (UTC) at: 19:41, 20:41, 21:41, 22:41, 00:11,00:19. Normally it pinged every hour, but why the 2nd to last happened at 00.11 that was ...
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How unusual were MH370's final ATC exchanges?

There are 2 noteworthy occurrences in the ATC radio transcript within just minutes of a 3rd noteworthy, quite unprecedented occurrence in aviation history: At 01:07:55 MH370 unnecessarily reported ...
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Can the pilot stop airflow between cockpit and cabin?

During normal operation the entire fuselage is pressurized equally: An aircraft fuselage does not contain separate compartments with different pressure values in each. The entire vessel is ...
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How to refute this geometrical method to find MH370? [closed]

A geometrical method to find MH370 has been published on the Net (see images below). I am sure it is wrong (because if it were that easy, thousands of people would have had this idea back in 2014). ...
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Post MH370, are there developments to improve the tracking of airliners? [duplicate]

Post MH370, are there developments to improve the tracking of airliners? Is there any technology being developed that would utilize the smartphones of the passengers? MY question include smartphones ...
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What was the reason why 9M-MRO burned more fuel on one engine? [closed]

MH370 Factual Information reported "Right engine consumes average 1.5T more fuel per/hour compared to left engine" on p.28 (page 47 on page count) http://mh370.mot.gov.my/download/FactualInformation....
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Why is a part from a Boeing 777 being analysed by Airbus?

Since MH370 was a Boeing 777, why are they taking the suspected wing flaperon to Toulouse, France? Are some spare parts made by Airbus?
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How can investigators tell the difference between impact damage and explosion damage when investigating debris from a crash?

When reading this article on the debris they found from Flight MH370 they mention a lab in France that is supposed to be able to look at the debris (a flaperon), and figure out if the flight had ...
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What was the forensic process underlying the recent news regarding MH370 debris?

On or about July 30, 2015, the initial news could have been worded like: "debris appears to have come from a Boeing 777". As the story evolved, additional details emerged such as the wreckage being ...
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Could flight MH370 have suffered decompression due to a high altitude bird strike? [closed]

MH370 was flying at 11 km altitude at a speed of 872 km/h. It is known that some birds can fly at this altitude, e.g. the Rüppell's vulture. So, could such a bird hitting the windscreen at roughly 900 ...
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Doppler shift in appendix G of ATSB report for the MH370 incident [closed]

Two people provided answers to my previous questions: What is the nominal frequency of the satellite communications terminal on MH370? How does one interpret the satellite data on flight MH370? And ...
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Why Search for MH 370 in this area?

Consider the above figure: Why the search is conducted to the red boxed area in the figure. while the actual route of Flight MH 370 is the green line. The last known position is on the flight path, ...
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How does one interpret the satellite data on flight MH370?

There seems to be a problem with some of the data released by the satellite company Inmarsat. Specifically, the handshake at 00:10:58 on 7/03/2014. In the left column the difference in time-stamp ...
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What is the nominal frequency of the satellite communications terminal on MH370?

What is the nominal frequency of the aircraft terminal on flt 370? (The terminal used to provide the handshake with the satellite). The raw data provided by the accident team does not specify this ...
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How could MH370 fly west to Straits of Malacca within time frame without being seen on Radar? [closed]

Malaysia originally claimed they saw MH370 on military radar climb to 45,000ft (in excess of its service ceiling) then drop 40,000ft (12,000m/6.47nm) within 60 seconds. Prior to May 2014 Malaysia ...
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Why does the MH370 ATC transcript never mention QNH? When is QNH given to aircraft?

Looking at the ATC transcript from MH370, I noticed that nowhere is the QNH communicated to the aircraft. That seemed odd to me... it seems that every time I talk to a tower or airways they tell me ...
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Why do MH370 Indian Ocean INMARSAT distances increase when they should decrease? [duplicate]

This image illustrates my question: In the Burst Offset Frequency chart from 19:41 UTC until the final ping at 00:11 UTC the blue track for MH370 shows increasing frequency, which means flying ...
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Why does MH370 Satellite data disagree with track after take off? [duplicate]

Can someone please explain the inconsistency in MH370's alleged track after take off? The satellite handshake offset frequency shows an increase after take off until 16:55 UTC, then a reduction in ...
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How could MH370 fly west when satellite pings went east? [duplicate]

I have a question perhaps best demonstrated with this image: Malaysia published two maps with the preliminary accident report which allege MH370 flew west from Penang to MEKAR (above Aceh Province) ...
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Why is only a single underwater robotic submarine Bluefin-21 being deployed in the search for MH370? [closed]

As my question states, why is only a single Bluefin-21 being deployed underwater to scan the seabed with an area of around 40 square miles? Why aren't multiple Bluefin-21's getting deployed when ...
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Flight path question? re missing 777 MH370 [duplicate]

Can someone explain why the aircraft would fly in an arc using the satellite as a reference point? Have I missed something?
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Are there any Airworthiness Directives for the Boeing 777 that might explain MH370's disappearance?

Are there currently any ADs for Boing 777s which would indicate the potential for catastrophic electronic system failures that might explain MH370's transponder failure and other issues? Was the ...
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MH370 Curved Track / Arc to southwest…Isn't this also affected by the Earth's motion? [closed]

How does the Earth's eastward motion figure into the tracks proposed by Inmarsat data etc?
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What can passengers do if they realise their plane is not on the right path?

In the case of flight MH370, I think passengers on board would have long enough time to realise that something is wrong with their flight. I have a habit of carrying a compass with me when I travel ...
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Can the FDR be interfered with in-flight? [duplicate]

Can an FDR on a Boeing 777 be interfered with or vandalised during flight? If this has happened on MH370 then the black boxes may not yield any data if found.
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How did the AAIB assist in locating MH370?

I saw on news that the AAIB helped to locate the missing MH370 flight, saying that it ended up in Indian Ocean, with the help of a whole new technology. I was wondering what kind of "new technology" ...
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Anyone estimating possible paths of MH370 quantitatively? [duplicate]

I had posted the question below on a New York Times article, but did not get any useful replies. The series of six successful Inmarsat pings known to exist, MAY carry enough information to say if the ...
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How can a computer model yield two possible flight paths of MH370 in South Indian Ocean?

I am reading this article on the NY Times, where they show two possible flight paths of the missing flight MH370 in the South Indian Ocean: I am wondering how they can come up with such specific ...
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How does an aircraft report crew programming of the FMS to the ground? [closed]

I am reading in the news that the MH370 flight changed its course by "Computer entry" and that it was programmed into the computer at least 12 minutes before the last voice contact with the plane. ...
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Could a pilot incapacitate other crew/passengers by manipulating cabin air quality/pressure?

Could a pilot of an airliner incapacitate everyone outside the cockpit by somehow triggering a loss of cabin pressure while simultaneously disarming the airplane's oxygen masks, manipulating the air ...
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What was Korean Air 672 doing at the time of Malaysia Air 370's disappearance? [duplicate]

In the first part of this YouTube video, you can see an aircraft supposedly flying 4x faster than the surrounding aircraft, at the time the Malaysian 777 went missing. After replaying this on Flight ...
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Is it possible for a modern commercial airliner to stop being tracked without substantial mechanical failure?

I was speaking to someone about the MH370 incident, and they suggested that a hijacker could turn off the device that sends the plane's current position, resulting in the appearance of a catastrophic ...
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Does a system exist that can bulk process satellite data to find a plane lost over ocean?

The case of the lost Malaysian Airlines plane is tragic for all those involved. In the case of such a plane lost over the ocean, hypothetically (and described very simplistically), it would seem ...