Its now 72 hours since flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared while en route to Beijing with 239 people on board. While the authorities are doing their best with a massive search and rescue effort, a lot of questions are being asked as to what has happened with the flight. We’ve compiled a few of the more important questions and answers below. If you think have a question to ask, leave it at the comments section and we will try to get an answer for you.
Q: Why hasn’t the plane, or wreckage been found?
There are many reasons for this, and the most grim scenario is that the plane suffered a high-altitude catastrophic disaster, either a mechanical failure or a strong explosion. This would have caused the debris to have been spread over a wide area and swept out by the currents before the search and rescue (SAR) efforts were started.
Another possible reason is that the plane deviated from its flight path and ended up hundreds of miles away from the current search area.
Q: What was the last known point of contact?
120 nautical miles east off Kota Bahru, 40 minutes into the flight at 1.30am.
Q: Did the flight enter Vietnam air space and if it did, did it establish contact with the Vietnamese Air Control?
Q: Is it normal for a plane to disappear from radar and go silent, and nobody is sent out to look for it immediately?
The problem with flight MH370 is that is it disappeared at a point where it was leaving Malaysian Airspace and entering Vietnamese air space. It is not known if the Vietnamese air force scrambled any jets to look for the plane when it disappeared.
Q: How does radar work and how could a plane suddenly disappear from radar at 35,000 ft
Radar works by sending out radio waves or microwaves, and when it hits an object, and the object bounces back a small amount of the energy back to the transmitter. Its how blind bats find their way around. By compiling back the waves, and calculating the time it took for the waves to come back, the distance, height speed and other details of an object can be extrapolated.
In the case of MH370, it mysteriously went off from radar at about 1.30am. The only two possibilities that seem could make the plane disappear from in an instant is if it disintegrated or if it went into a steep nosedive.
Q: Could somebody on the plane have jammed the radar?
No. There are a number of ways to jam or fool a radar, but its not something that can be done from within the plane. You would need to be at the radar base station to jam the radar, or you would need a decoy or special paint to hide the entire plane from a normal radar.
Q: I heard that the military radar is more powerful and could have found the flight. Is this true?
Yes, Military radars are much more powerful, but to date, they have not released any information to the public.
Q: Why are they searching at the Straits of Malacca?
We don’t know, and we’re quite surprised that nobody has asked the question to the DCA. It is quite impossible for the flight to have made a reverse flight over the Peninsular without being detected by any radar stations.
Q: If the plane made a reverse and headed back towards land, why are they not searching on land?
We have reason to believe that the land search has already been conducted and they did not find any clues to support the theory that the plane came down over land. Also, if it was on land, the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) as well as other beacons would have been picked up by rescue crafts. A low flying aircraft the size of a Boeing 777 would have woken up a lot of neighbours.
Q: Does the 777-200ER have an ACARS system on board? If yes, where is the data?
Yes it does, but we do not know if the MH370 had its system activated or if Malaysia Airlines had it set up to be used on its aircraft. ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) if activated automatically sends short messages to ground controllers, reporting the position and critical data like speed and altitude of the plane. In the event of a disaster, the ACARS system would have continued to relay data back to the ground controller until a point when it became disabled.
Q: Why don’t we send in the submarines, submarines are !##%#$# awesome!!
This seems to be the question that has been making its round across our forums for some days now. Why? Because our subs aren’t nuclear powered like the one used to help locate Air France flight AF447. Without nuclear power, the sub needs to return to base to refuel. Scouring the ocean floor when you don’t know where to look is another big problem. Even with sonar, its like using a torchlight to look for a needle on a dark carpet. The South China sea isn’t very deep, so its much easier (and faster) to just send divers down from rescue vessels.
More Q&A’s tomorrow. Keep the questions coming, and lets all pray for the best for #MH370.
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It is now almost 72 hours since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing in South China Sea en route to Beijing during the early hours of 8 March 2014. The search and rescue (SAR) effort that is joined by various countries from across the world in South China Sea and Straits of Malacca so far has not been able to locate the missing aircraft.
At the same time, Malaysian authorities as well as international agencies are deep in their investigation regarding the fake passports that are used by two MH370 passengers. Due to safety concern, not much information were revealed to the public although it is now known that authorities already able to identify one of the two suspects.
Just like previous days, here is our shortlist of essentials news for all our fellow readers that are following the developments of the SAR operation for MH370:
[New Straits Times] The oil slick found in Kelantan coast was analysed and proven to be not from MH370. Objects spotted by Vietnamese search plane on Sunday also turned out to be just a mouldy cable reel cover.
[Amanz] An interesting look at why the SAR operation for MH370 didn’t utilize Google Earth and Malaysian battle submarines as well as brief history on black box and why aviation industry is not using cloud-based flight recording system. (In Bahasa Malaysia)
[Straits Times] A photojournalist account of 10-hours SAR operation alongside Singapore Air Force.
[Aviation Herald] A large field of debris has been spotted, ships already on their way to check it.
[Astro Awani @ Twitter] The search areas in both South China Sea and Straits of Malacca have now being widen.
The first official press conference for 11 March has been scheduled to take place at 10am.
We at Lowyat.NET continue to hope for the best for MH370 and urges everyone to continue to pray for the safety as well as the swift discovery of the aircraft together with its passengers and crew members. We would like to also wish all the best and thank you to all personnel that are involved in the SAR operation of MH370.
[Image: U.S 7th Fleet - a U.S. Navy SH-60R Seahawk helicopter from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Pinckney which is also involved in the SAR operation for MH370]
Just moments ago, Microsoft Malaysia has officially announced the price of Surface 2 which will be made available in our market later this week on 14 March. First announced to the world last September, the 10.6-inch full HD tablet is powered by the ARM-based 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor and runs Windows RT 8.1. It will be available in Malaysia with two different internal storage space configurations: 32GB and 64GB.
Hackers have uncovered purported evidence that bankrupt Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox has kept at least a portion of the Bitcoins it claimed to have lost. The company, which filed for bankruptcy last month, halted transactions amid complaints of a vulnerability within the Bitcoin system which allowed hackers to get away with more than 750,000 BTC. Another group of hackers has recently broken gained access to the Mt Gox servers in an attempt to find out what really happened.
On March 8th, 2014, at 12:41am, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) left Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing Capital International Airport. At 1:22am, Subang Air Traffic Control Centre lost contact with MH370. At 2:40am, MH370 was reported missing.
MH370 has been missing for more than 48 hours.
A Joint Search-and-Rescue Effort is being conducted by American, Australian, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai and Vietnamese authorities.
Let’s hope for the best and pray for MH370. This video is a tribute to hope and prayer.
Ahead of its launch event this coming Wednesday, we’ve received a unit of Lenovo’s upcoming flagship, the Vibe Z. Also known as the K910L, this is Lenovo’s first-ever LTE-enabled smartphone, and marks another major step in Lenovo’s increasing presence in the Malaysian mobile space. We’ve been using the K910 for many days now, so check out we think of Lenovo’s latest mobile darling after the jump!
The Oppo Find 7 is definitely shaping out to be one of the hottest smartphone to look out for this year, we’ve been seeing quite a number of leaks and even teasers from the company itself, showing off some of the amazing features such as a 2K display and a whopping 50MP rear camera. Oppo has already confirmed that there will be two variants of the Find 7, we’ve been seeing the outline of the device in a couple of teasers and it looks like now, you can get a full view of what the Find 7 looks like as a whole.
The picture was posted on Red Dot Design Award website recently and was picked up by a tech website, Liliputing. The pictures have already been removed of course, but nothing that gets posted on the internet remains as a secret and it looks like the Find 7 looks pretty much like the Find 5 with a pretty square design and similar button layouts on the side. There is also a nice LED notification panel at the bottom of the phone.
The Oppo Find 7 will come in two different variants – one will sport a super shart 5.5” 2K resolution while the other will be equipped with a Full HD display instead. Rumors are now saying that the 2K variant will be the higher end one that features a 50MP rear camera while the other might sport less powerful hardware under its 1080p hood.
The device is scheduled to be launched on 19 March 2014 in Beijing, China, so stay tuned as we keep you updated with the latest news.
In just 3 short days, the area around Bukit Jalil National Stadium will be jam packed with festival goers attending the much hotly awaited Future Music Festival Asia. Last year saw over 50,000 revellers flood the Sepang International Circuit for 2 days and this year it will be even bigger. Whether your taste involves larger than life Mau5 heads, drifting into A State Of Trance or just plain being #HappyInKL, FMFA14 will have something for you.
I’m sure you’ve already seen various lists telling you the do’s and don’t of a festival but here at Lowyat.NET we decided to give you tips based on what we do best, tech and gadgets!
Lowyat.NET and Lowyat.TV will be attending FMFA2014! If you recognise us, do stop us and say hi!
At CeBIT 2014, MSI gives us a little look into the next NVIDIA laptop GPUs with a brand new gaming laptop the GS60 Ghost Pro. While the MSI guys at the booth wouldn’t divulge much about the NVIDA technology present in the device, the laptop is running on a staggering 2880 x 1620 on a 15.6inch screen . The laptop also features configurations up to a Core i7 Processor, dual SSD (in super raid if you want) and everything else a power user would want. The best thing is? The laptop stays true to a pretty svelte ultrabook-esque form factor. The laptop is said to retail from EUR1,600 to EUR2,000 depending on your configuration.
Another week another teaser for the upcoming All New HTC One. HTC has just released its third video teaser for its upcoming flagship smartphone of 2014, this time focusing on the camera and yes you guessed it, it looks like they will stick with the good old Ultrapixel camera but hopefully with a rumored second camera at the back, it will deliver a much, much better picture than last year’s flagship.
Details about the upcoming Tales From The Borderlands: A Telltale Game Series have been revealed at SXSW. The episodic adventure series set on Pandora – the same location as the first two Borderlands games – will involve two protagonists who don’t entirely live up to the title of ‘hero’.
The Lenovo Vibe Z, the first LTE smartphone from the Chinese company, will be arriving in Malaysia very soon and if you’re eagerly waiting for its arrival, Celcom has finally started teasing the device on its main page. Celcom will start offering the Lenovo Vibe Z on 16 March 2014 but as always, the telco will be having a special deal for the smartphone, allowing subscribers to get the Lenovo Vibe Z for only RM688 when you sign up with a mPro or mPro Plus plans; the deal even comes with a shopping voucher worth RM50.
More than 44 hours have now gone since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control on 8 March while en route to Beijing and so far, the flight’s Boeing 777-200ER aircraft is still nowhere to be found.
Below are the list of essential updates regarding the missing MH370 incident as of Day 2:
[The Star]: There are signs on radar that MH 370 might have attempted to turn back according to the Chief of Royal Malaysian Air Force, Jeneral Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Rodzali bin Daud.
[The Malay Mail] SAR effort intensifies, now includes Straits of Malacca.
[Infonet (in Vietnamese) via Wall Street Journal, CNN] Vietnamese search aircraft spotted debris, believed to be from MH370. However, the investigation on the debris can only be done tomorrow due to darkening condition at the time of discovery. Earlier, debris that was spotted by a Singaporean search plane found to be a false alarm. – [UPDATE, 12PM 10/03] The object is not verified by Vietnamese authorities, according to the chief of DCA in the first MH370 press conference for 10 March just moments ago.
[Reuters] Authorities are looking into the possibility that the aircraft might have disintegrated mid-air.
Meanwhile, always keep a look for official announcements from Malaysia Airlines over at its Facebook page and the dedicated website for MH370. The next official press conference for MH370 by Malaysian authorities has been scheduled to take place at 12pm tomorrow, 10 March.
Our thoughts and prayers go to the safety of the MH370′s passengers and crews. We are also hoping that the SAR operation of MH370 will be able to discover the aircraft as soon as possible.