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904 MH370 search called off, but debris found (2017)

MH370 search called off, but debris found (2017)

Newsletter published on 1 February 2017


My webpage MH370 was Hijacked is at http://mailstar.net/MH370.html

(1) Wikipedia "Unofficial" MH370 webpage takes Cass Sunstein's debunker line
(2) Rolls Royce goes quiet over Engine Health Management (EHM) system
(3) WSJ report says MH370 sent data via satellite for 5 hours after last confirmed location
(4) WSJ update, a few hours later
(5) Dow Jones version of WSJ report
(6) New Scientist says Rolls Royce received two data reports from MH370; it keeps real-time tabs on its engines
(7) The Guardian: US officials say plane sent signals 'hours' after losing contact 
(8) Malaysia Airlines subscribed to engine health monitoring that enabled MH370 to send data to Rolls Royce
(9) Rolls Royce website says its Engine Health Management (EHM) tracks the health of thousands of engines using onboard sensors and live satellite feeds
(10) Rolls Royce pdf shows engine sensors
(11) Image of Rolls Royce engine sensors
(12) Co-pilot tried to make a call from his Mobile Phone
(13) Amateur investigator Blaine Gibson found pieces of MH370 around Madagascar; gives credence to Maldives/ Diego Garcia theory
(14) Murdock's Australian interviewed Maldives witnesses; Gov't investigators ignored them
(15) Government wasted $200 million of OUR money, but neglected to pursue other leads costing $10,000

(1) Wikipedia "Unofficial" MH370 webpage takes Cass Sunstein's debunker line

by Peter Myers, February 1, 2017

MH370 kept flying for 5 hours after its last known location, proving that mechanical failure was not the problem.

The Transponder and ACARS were turned off, proving conspiracy of some kind. Either by one of the pilots, or by an intelligence agency taking control of the plane and flying it remotely like a drone.

After its diversion, and without radar protection, the plane first flew high, to avoid collision with other planes, then flew low to avoid radar, as it doubled back and flew west over Malaysia. It successfully dodged mountains, suggesting computer control.

The co-pilot attempted to make a distress call from his mobile phone, as the plane neared the Penang mobile system towers at low altitude.

If it had crashed at sea, there would have been a huge debris field. Given the worldwide interest, that would have been spotted. It wasn't - so the plane landed somewhere; Diego Garcia is the most likely location. There were no secheduled flights from Diego Garcia airport on March 8-10, 2014; flights resumed on March 11.

The only credible motive concerns Freescale semiconductor technology - either cargo on its way to China, or the 20 employees en route from Malaysia to China. Details of the cargo in the hold have not been released.

The intelligence agency behind the hijack (CIA or Mossad) could have disposed of the plane later, after it faded from media interest.

Wikipedia has two webpages on MH370, one presenting the official theory, and one presenting unofficial or  conspiracy theories; the two link to each other. The official one is at  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia_Airlines_Flight_370.

In the past, the unofficial one, being edited by many people, at times presented incriminating information. However, it no longer does so; it's now written by the same people as the official one. The difference is that, whereas the official one ignores conspiracy theories, the unofficial one seeks to debunk them.

The current Wikipedia webpages, official and unofficial, make no mention of the comments of Emirates CEO Tim Clark, who said he believed MH370 was hijacked, and that Government agencies were covering up. Emirates flies more 777s than any other airline.

When I checked it on January 28, 2017, I found that the unofficial webpage not only omitted the most  incriminating evidence, but favorably quoted Cass Sunstein, a leading, government-appointed, debunker of  9/11 and other conspiracy theories. It even included a photo of him. This is what it said:

'Harvard professor Cass Sunstein noted that the conflicting information initially released by the  Malaysian government explains the interest in alternative theories. Sunstein, who has written on the topic,  argued in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on 20 March 2014 that conspiracy theories in general  often are borne out of horrific and disastrous situations, because such events make people angry, fearful and  looking for a "target".'  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia_Airlines_Flight_370_unofficial_disappearance_theories

Cass Sunstein, when at Harvard University, authored a paper recommending "Cognitive infiltration" of Dissident groups by Government agents:

Conspiracy Theories, by Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, both of Harvard Law School, January 15, 2008: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1084585

Sunstein was later appointed by Obama to take on this role.

In reply, David Ray Griffin wrote a book Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee's Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory: http://www.amazon.com/Cognitive-Infiltration-Appointees-Undermine-Conspiracy/dp/1566568218.

To counter government disinformation, I collected the best articles and assembled them in  newsletters which you can download as Microsoft Word files. I composed them in Word 95 (Word 6), but I  now use Word 98 (97). I do not have any macros on my old Mac, which runs the officially extinct OS 9. I prefer  Word 95 & Word 98 because of their simplicity and lack of clutter. These files will open in later versions of  Word.


2: Mahathir alleges remote hijacking by CIA; Yoichi Shimatsu presents a detailed case:  http://mailstar.net/bulletins/140521-b2388-MH370.rtf

3: Internet contributors assemble evidence of Hijacking to Diego Garcia, despite official  obfuscation: http://mailstar.net/bulletins/140727-b2420-MH370.rtf

4. MH370 one year on: Emirates head Tim Clark says MH370 was hijacked, warns "others would  like to bury" the truth: http://mailstar.net/bulletins/150315-b2427-MH370.rtf

5. MH370 search called off, but debris found (2017): http://mailstar.net/bulletins/170201-b2910-MH370.rtf

(2) Rolls Royce goes quiet over Engine Health Management (EHM) system

With regard to reports that MH370 sent signals to Rolls Royce for 5 + hours after the initial disappearance:

The reports from the Wall St Journal are supplied below.

The WSJ later corrected its report to state that the signals were sent from a satellite-communication link, not from the Rolls-Royce engines. And that they were sent to Boeing, not to Rolls Royce.

Aviator, however, wrote "Rolls Royce made the initial announcement that the engines were communicating ... From my perspective as an Aviator Rolls Royce knows exactly where this Flight landed but are saying nothing!" http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t1044524/

(3) WSJ report says MH370 sent data via satellite for 5 hours after last confirmed location


The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Flew On for Hours

Investigators Believe Plane Flew On for Total of Up to Five Hours

By Andy Pasztor and Jon Ostrower

Updated March 13, 2014 3:08 p.m. ET

U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for up to four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky.

The investigators believe the plane flew for a total of up to five hours, according to these people, based on analysis of signals sent by the Boeing 777's satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of certain onboard systems to the ground. Throughout the roughly four hours after the jet dropped from civilian radar screens, these people said, the link operated in a kind of standby mode and sought to establish contact with a satellite or satellites. These transmissions did not include data, they said, but the periodic contacts indicate to investigators that the plane was still intact and believed to be flying.

(4) WSJ update, a few hours later


Satellite Data Reveal Route of Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

Jetliner 'Pinged' Satellites With Location, Altitude for Hours After Disappearance

WSJ's Andy Pasztor has been reporting on Flight MH370 since it disappeared. Here he explains how a plane can still transmit "pings" that allow investigators to track it even after its main tracking systems — or transponders — are shut off.

By Jon Ostrower, Andy Pasztor and Julian E. Barnes

Updated March 14, 2014 5:57 a.m. ET

Malaysia Airlines' missing jet transmitted its location repeatedly to satellites over the course of five hours after it disappeared from radar, people briefed on the matter said, as searchers zeroed in on new target areas hundreds of miles west of the plane's original course.

The satellites also received speed and altitude information about the plane from its intermittent "pings," the people said. The final ping was sent from over water, at what one of these people called a normal cruising altitude. They...

(5) Dow Jones version of WSJ report


U.S. Investigators Suspect Malaysia Flight 370 Was Airborne Hours After Vanishing

Andy Pasztor reported a major new turn in the continuing mystery over the disappearance of Flight 370, breaking the news that U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location. The report, citing sources, raised the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles. In later reports, the WSJ said the officials’ suspicions were based on an analysis of signals sent through the plane’s satellite-communication link, and not engine monitoring systems, as first reported.

U.S. counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner’s transponders to avoid radar detection.

The story as it appeared on Dow Jones:

March 13, 2014 – 12:23 AM EDT- U.S. Investigators Suspect Malaysia Flight 370 Was Airborne Hours After Vanishing -Sources

12:24 AM EDT: U.S. Officials Pursue Possibility Plane Diverted to Undisclosed Location -Sources

12:24 AM EDT: Jet’s Transponders May Have Been Turned off Intentionally – Sources

12:27 AM EDT: U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Airplane Flew On for Hours

By Andy Pasztor

U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky.

The investigators believe the plane flew for a total of five hours, according to these people, based on analysis of signals sent by the Boeing Co. 777¢s satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of certain onboard systems to the ground. ...

As of Wednesday it remained unclear whether the plane reached an alternate destination or if it ultimately crashed, potentially hundreds of miles from where an international search effort has been focused. ...

Corrections & Amplifications

This item was corrected at 5:13 p.m. ET because the original version incorrectly said investigators based their suspicions on signals from monitoring systems embedded in the plane’s Rolls-Royce PLC engines.

U.S. investigators suspect Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flew for up to four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, based on an analysis of signals sent through the plane’s satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of some onboard systems, according to people familiar with the matter.

(6) New Scientist says Rolls Royce received two data reports from MH370; it keeps real-time tabs on its engines


New Scientist

11 March 2014

Malaysian plane sent out engine data before vanishing

By Paul Marks

The missing Malaysia Airlines jet sent at least two bursts of technical data back to the airline before it disappeared, New Scientist has learned. The data may help investigators understand what went wrong with the aircraft, no trace of which has yet been found.

To aid maintenance, most airlines use the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which automatically collates and files four technical reports during every flight so that engineers can spot problems. These reports are sent via VHF radio or satellite at take-off, during the climb, at some point while cruising, and on landing.

Malaysia Airlines has not revealed if it has learned anything from ACARS data, or if it has any. Its eleventh media statement since the plane disappeared said: “All Malaysia Airlines aircraft are equipped with… ACARS which transmits data automatically. Nevertheless, there were no distress calls and no information was relayed.”

This would suggest no concrete data is to hand. But New Scientist understands that the maker of the missing Boeing 777’s Trent 800 engines, Rolls Royce, received two data reports from flight MH370 at its global engine health monitoring centre in Derby, UK, where it keeps real-time tabs on its engines in use. One was broadcast as MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the other during the 777’s climb out towards Beijing.

As the engine data is filtered from a larger ACARS report covering all the plane’s critical flight systems and avionics, it could mean the airline has some useful clues about the condition of the aircraft prior to its disappearance. The plane does not appear to have been cruising long enough to issue any more ACARS reports. It disappeared from radar at 1.30 AM local time, halfway between Malaysia and Vietnam over the Gulf of Thailand.

Under International Civil Aviation Organisation rules, such reports are normally kept secret until air investigators need them. ...

(7) The Guardian: US officials say plane sent signals 'hours' after losing contact


MH370: US officials say plane sent signals 'hours' after losing contact

  Matthew Weaver in London and Tom McCarthy in New York

Friday 14 March 2014 09.07 AEDT First published on Thursday 13 March 2014 18.31 AEDT

10.07pm GMT

Summary

 • Malaysia Airlines flight 370 continued to send automatic status transmissions for hours after the plane lost contact with ground control, possibly indicating the plane remained in flight during that time, unnamed US officials told reporters.

 • The search for the jet, which disappeared carrying 239 passengers and crew, was set to enter its seventh day. The search effort now comprises dozens of ships and aircraft from 12 nations over an area of 35,800 square miles (92,600 square kilometers).

 • The search intensified in the Indian Ocean, where the United States said it was deploying additional ships and aircraft.

 • Earlier Thursday, Malaysian officials said reports that the plane stayed in the air for hours after losing contact were “inaccurate”. The officials have not commented on the latest claims by US officials.

9.36pm GMT

The “new information” that Press Secretary Jay Carney referred to today was “that the plane’s engines remained running for approximately four hours after it vanished from radar,” the Washington Post quotes anonymous “Obama administration officials” as saying. The information is in line with multiple reports this afternoon. The Post reports:

One senior administration official said the data showing the plane engines running hours after contact was lost came from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, a way that planes maintain contact with ground stations through radio or satellite signals. The official said Malaysian authorities shared the flight data with the administration.

Read the full piece here.

9.29pm GMT

Flight MH370 sent “signals to a satellite for four hours after the aircraft went missing,” the Associated Press quotes an unnamed US official as saying:

The official said the Boeing 777-200 wasn’t transmitting data to the satellite, but sending out a signal to establish contact. Boeing offers a satellite service that can receive a stream of data during flight on how the aircraft is functioning.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said MALAYSIA AIRLINES DIDN’T SUBSCRIBE TO THAT SERVICE, BUT THE SYSTEM WAS AUTOMATICALLY PINGING THE SATELLITE anyway.

The official also said SOME MESSAGES INVOLVING A DIFFERENT DATA SERVICE were received for a short time after the plane’s transponder went silent. ...

Updated at 8.10pm GMT

8.01pm GMT

Summary

 • The White House said Thursday that an unspecified “possible piece of information, or pieces of information, has led to the possibility that a new search area may be opened up over the Indian Ocean” for MH370.

 • The Pentagon said it was sending the USS Kidd destroyer northwest through the Strait of Malacca to cover a new search area. It was unclear what new information the Pentagon was acting on.

 • Multiple news reports quoting unnamed investigators said an automatic onboard satellite link sent pings from the plane after it lost contact with ground control.

 • The Wall Street Journal retracted a report that a system inside the plane’s Rolls-Royce engines had sent signals indicating it was still flying after losing contact with ground control. A different system sent the signals, the paper said. ...

Updated at 8.47pm GMT

7.30pm GMT

The Wall Street Journal has issued a correction to its report early Thursday that MH370 flew for hours after losing contact with ground control based on signals from systems in the plane’s Roll-Royce engines.

The theory that the plane flew for hours is based on a signal coming from a different system inside the plane – a satellite-communication link – and not the Rolls-Royce engines, the Journal now reports. Here’s the correction:

Corrections & Amplifications

U.S. investigators suspect Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flew for hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, based on an analysis of signals sent through the plane’s satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of some onboard systems, according to people familiar with the matter. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said investigators based their suspicions on signals from monitoring systems embedded in the plane’s Rolls-Royce PLC engines and described that process.

Updated at 7.35pm GMT

7.27pm GMT

Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and CNN [and the Chicago Tribune] are quoting unnamed investigators as saying that MH370 continued to send electronic signals after it lost contract with ground control. The Boeing 777 was equipped with a satellite-communication link “designed to automatically transmit the status of some onboard systems to the ground,” the Journal reports:

Investigators are still working to fully understand the information, according to one person briefed on the matter. The transmissions, this person said, were comparable to the plane “saying I’m here, I’m ready to send data.”

Here’s how Reuters explains the “pings”:

Communications satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no indication about where the stray jet was heading nor its technical condition, a source close to the investigation said on Thursday.

The “pings” equated to an indication that the aircraft’s maintenance troubleshooting systems were ready to communicate with satellites if needed, but no links were opened because Malaysia Airlines and others had not subscribed to the full troubleshooting service, the source said.

The Wall Street Journal continues to build out its report, first published this morning, that the plane flew for hours after “disappearing.” See the subsequent post on this blog about an important correction the WSJ has appended to its initial report: the theory that the plane flew for hours was based not on a signal from a system inside the Rolls-Royce engines but on a signal from a separate satellite communication systems in the plane, the Journal says. ...

(8) Malaysia Airlines subscribed to engine health monitoring that enabled MH370 to send data to Rolls Royce


What SATCOM, ACARS and Pings tell us about the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370

Mar 16 2014 - 137 Comments

By David Cenciotti

Eight days since the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared somewhere over southeast Asia, the last known details about the missing Boeing 777 come from the onboard SATCOM system. [...]

Let’s see why.

ACARS

ACARS is the acronym for Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System. It’s an automated communication system used by commercial planes to transmit and receive messages from ground facilities (airline, maintenance department, aircraft or system manufacturer, etc). Therefore, along with the general information about the flight (callsign, speed, altitude, position, etc), these messages may contain what we can consider systems health checks.

ACARS is a service: airlines have to pay for it. According to the information available to date, it looks like Malaysia Airlines subscribed only to engine health monitoring that enabled MH370 to send data to Rolls Royce.

The ACARS system aboard MH370 was switched off some minutes before the transponder.

ACARS rely on VHF frequencies (indeed, you can track planes and decode messages with a simple radio receiver tuned on the proper ACARS frequencies and a software running on your computer) or SATCOM (SATellite COMmunication).

Although this is still debated, according to several pilots the ACARS transmissions can be switched off by the pilot from inside the cockpit, by disabling the use of VHF and SATCOM channels. This means that the system is not completely switched off, but it can’t transmit to the receiving stations.

SATCOM

SATCOM is a radio system that uses a constellation of satellites used to trasmit voice, data or both. As said, ACARS can make use of SATCOM to transmit its data to ground stations. Dealing with ACARS, the SATCOM system used by MH370 was linked to the INMARSAT network.

Inmarsat is a British satellite telecommunications company, which offers global, mobile services through a constellation of three geostationary satellites.

The system relies on “pings”. [...]

(10) Rolls Royce pdf shows engine sensors


Health Management at Rolls-Royce - PHM Society

Oct 1, 2009 - The information in this document is the property of Rolls-Royce Corporation and may not be ... More dedicated EHM sensors and systems.

(11) Satellite experts writing in The Atlantic (Monthly) find errors in Immarsat mathematics, defining the search area

This article from The Atlantic (Monthly) is not mentioned in Wikipedia's current official or unofficial webpages. You can't trust Wikipedia.


Why the Official Explanation of MH370's Demise Doesn't Hold Up

Outside satellite experts say investigators could be looking in the wrong ocean.

ARI N. SCHULMAN

The Atlantic

MAY 8 2014, 8:00 AM ET

(12) Co-pilot tried to make a call from his Mobile Phone
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Investigators reveal MH370 co-pilot tried to make a call from his mobile phone after the aircraft 'vanished' but 'was abruptly cut off' as U.S. deny reports the plane landed at their remote military base

  Investigators say call was made from Fariq Abdul Hamid's mobile phone

  It was flying low enough for a sub-station in Penang to pick up signal

  Details of who Fariq was trying to call have not been disclosed

  It possible for a mobile phone to be connected at an altitude of 7,000 feet

  U.S. denies reports plane landed at base on remote island of Diego Garcia

By Richard Shears for MailOnline and Tara Brady

Published: 19:31 +10:00, 12 April 2014 | Updated: 00:52 +10:00, 13 April 2014

Fariq Abdul Hamid made a call from his mobile phone as the aircraft flew low over the west coast of Malaysia

The co-pilot of missing flight MH370 made a call from his mobile phone while the aircraft flew low over the west coast of Malaysia, it was revealed today as the U.S. denied reports the plane landed at a military base on the remote island of Diego Garcia.

Investigators have learned that the call was made from Fariq Abdul Hamid's mobile phone as the Boeing 777 flew low near the island of Penang, on the north of Malaysia's west coast.

The New Straits Times reported the aircraft, with 239 people on board, was flying low enough for the nearest telecommunications tower to pick up Fariq's signal.

The call ended abrupty, however it has been learned that contact was definitely established with a telecommunications sub-station in Penang state.

The paper said it had been unable to ascertain who Fariq was trying to call 'as sources chose not to divulge details of the investigation.'

It added: 'The telco's (telecommunications company's) tower established the call that he was trying to make.

'On why the call was cut off, it was likely because the aircraft was fast moving away from the tower and had not come under the coverage of the next one,' the paper said, quoting 'sources'. [...]

(13) Amateur investigator Blaine Gibson found pieces of MH370 around Madagascar; gives credence to Maldives/ Diego Garcia theory

The Government found nothing, but an amateur investigator, Blaine Gibson, found pieces of MH370 around Madagascar and Reunion. He also visited the Maldives, and wrote,

"After my recent visit to Kudahuvadhoo I am more convinced than ever of the credibility of these witnesses and their sighting, and I personally believe, but am not yet totally convinced, that they saw MH 370. My original theory was that MH 370 encountered an emergency ... I never believed before that MH 370 landed or was attempting to target Diego Garcia in a 9/11 style terror attack.

"However I cannot deny and must report the fact that upon reaching Kudahuvadhoo, whatever that plane was, for whatever reason, made a deliberate turn and headed on a bearing in the direction of that secretive military island."

The Maldives Sightings
1000 Days 2nd December 2016
Blaines Independent Investigation

(14) Murdock's Australian interviewed Maldives witnesses; Gov't investigators ignored them


The Maldive islanders who say they can help find MH370

Court official Abdu Rasheed Ibrahim, on the shores of Kuda Huvadhoo, says ‘I strongly felt those people who were searching should come here’. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen

The Australian      12:00AM April 4, 2015

Hedley Thomas

The tiny Indian Ocean island of Kuda Huvadhoo is the sleepy fishing community that the world forgot. Some of its villagers believe an aircraft they saw on the morning of March 8 last year could hold the key to modern aviation’s most confounding mystery — the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Some of the locals on the 60ha of sand and coral in the Maldives chain do not understand why, after more than a year, investigators involved in the search for the Boeing 777 have not come to hear first-hand about the large, low-flying passenger jet they insist they saw that fateful morning.

They wonder why the year-long search has not ventured here to listen to accounts from witnesses who were surprised by the unidentified aircraft. Two told The Weekend Australian they could see distinctive red and blue markings — similar to the striping on the missing plane which was heading west towards the Maldives when last spotted on radar after departing Kuala Lumpur.

Their suspicions are no match for the highly sophisticated calculations based on satellite connections with MH370, which have put its likely crash zone along an arc about 1800km southwest of Perth. [...]

An interesting event on Kuda Huvadhoo is a small twin-prop sea plane swooping nearby. An unusual event is seeing the contrails of a large jet at high altitude — they seldom cross the southern atoll. A remarkable event, something the locals relate to us with the intensity of people who fear they are doubted, is watching a large passenger jet, like a Boeing 777, flying low about the time MH370 would have been close to running out of fuel.

“I watched this very large plane bank slightly and I saw its colours — the red and blue lines — below the windows, then I heard the loud noise,’’ says Abdu Rasheed Ibrahim, 47, a court official and the -island’s keenest hobby fisherman, as he speaks of what he saw from the beach that morning. “It was unusual, very unusual. It was big and it was flying low. It was a holiday (Saturday) and most people had gone to bed after praying.”

When he went home with his catch, a barracuda tied to his bicycle’s handlebars, Abdu spoke to other villagers about the strange, large aircraft. Some saw it. Others only heard it. They say they were talking about it hours before they knew MH370 had gone missing. Later that morning, at an extra-curricular class at school, Humaam Dhonmamk, 16, talked excitedly to Abdu’s daughter, Aisath Zeeniya, about seeing it — he also described the distinctive blue and red striping. It flew over as he took his clothes from the outside line.

"I saw the blue and red on a bit of the side," -Humaam says. “I heard the loud noise of it after it went over. I told the police this too.” [...]

Several people we spoke to believe they saw MH370 about 6.30am (9.30am in Malaysia) that day.

Zuhuriyya Ali, 49, who watched it from her home’s courtyard, still “feels strange when thinking about the people on it”. “I consider it a lot,’’ she says. “I am concerned there is a connection to the Malaysia plane.”

Ahmed Shiyaam, 34, an IT manager at the local medical clinic who was riding with his daughter, Uyoon, 6, along one of the island’s sandy paths that morning, stopped and looked up on March 8 last year — they had never seen such a large plane fly so low.

“I’m very sure of what I saw on a very clear and bright day, and what I saw was not normal — the plane was very big, and low. I did not know until later that other people saw it too. I don’t know if it’s the Malaysia plane.”

Ahmed Ibrahim, 40, who saw it from his garden, also described it to us in confident detail.

“This was not a normal sight — the plane was different,’’ he says. “It was very big, very noisy, flying low. Later that afternoon on the beach I was told the news about the missing plane. I think this is the same flight.”

Back on the exact spot where he was standing on March 8 last year when he saw the aircraft, Abdu Rasheed Ibrahim says: “First, I saw the plane flying towards me over water. When it was over my head I saw it starting to turn away. At first glance, I did not know it was a missing plane. I didn’t know that a plane was missing. I went straight home and told my wife about it. I told my family, ‘I saw this strange plane’. This is the biggest plane I have ever seen from this island. My family says, ‘It might be the Malaysian plane’. I have seen pictures of the missing plane — I believe that I saw that plane. At the time it was lost, I strongly felt those people who were searching should come here.”

The Weekend Australian spent three days interviewing locals, all of whom described the incident in a similar way. Six of the key witnesses we spoke to were interviewed last year by police at the direction of authorities in Male, and each signed statements of their versions. A senior source familiar with the police probe confirmed the witness accounts were regarded as truthful and consistent. The office of the new President in Male declined to comment; his immediate predecessor is languishing in a nearby prison.

“These people were not seeking attention and they did not go to the police about it, the police went to them after hearing about this,’’ the source says. “They are not dishonest and they have no motive to lie. They all told the police it was big, low and noisy. If it was not the missing plane, then which plane was it? We do not see planes close and low to Kuda -Huvadhoo. Nobody knows what has really happened.”

There were other reasons the people of Kuda Huvadhoo were not taken seriously. The Maldives National Defence Force, responsible for guarding the security and sovereignty of the low-lying country, issued a statement in March last year ruling out any such aircraft movement over its air space. The locals were surprised and felt humiliated. Several of those we spoke to in Kuda Huvadhoo were scornful, accusing their defence chiefs of seeking to save face and not wanting to admit to their people or the world that the limitations of Maldives radar and other equipment could not detect such flights.

Around this time, Malaysian authorities agreed that the aircraft’s “pings” — like breadcrumbs being left in a trail — meant MH370 should have crashed somewhere along one of two potential arcs. The arcs are in opposite hemispheres, but the most probable extended in the Indian Ocean west of Perth where vessels and aircraft are engaged in a search across a massive haystack for an infinitesimally small needle. [...]

(15) Government wasted $200 million of OUR money, but neglected to pursue other leads costing $10,000

by Peter Myers, February 1, 2017

The fruitless search has been called off, after Governments spent $200 million of OUR money.

It would have cost only $10,000 or so to send investigators to the Maldives to check our eyewitness reports. But Gvernments chose not to, replying on Inmarsat's faulty mathematics instead.

Journalists from Paris March and Rupert Murdock's The Australian did later visit the Maldives, more than a year after the disappearance. Government investigators never bothered.

Authorities spurned offers by Georesonance, and also also turned down a Hydrometeorologist's offer to locate MH370 by tracking its vapour trail:

Could this technology find missing Malaysian Flight MH370?

By MARNIE O’NEILL

The Australian October 17, 2014 6:04PM


AN Australian scientist says it is possible to locate missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 by identifying cloud changes for evidence of vapour trails caused by burning fuel emissions from the aircraft. Hydrometeorologist Aron Gingis, head of environmental consultancy firm Australian Management Consolidated, and a former Monash University academic, specialises in cloud microphysics. [...]

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