Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been missing for seven months, but according to an Oct.25 Malaysiakini news report, a leading aviation expert has detailed information about Flight MH370 and the Boeing 777 that the Malaysian government is in possession of and is refusing to release.
The aviation expert that Malaysiakini is referring to is Des Ross, a pilot and air traffic management specialist with 35 years of experience. In his detailed report published on Oct. 23, Des Ross points out that even after seven months, Malaysian officials have not shared the communication recording between the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and civil air traffic control (ATC).
Beijing bound Flight MH370 which departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8 was carrying 239 passengers when it lost contact with ATC over the South China Sea at 1.20 a.m. Military radar detected the Boeing 777 at 2.15 a.m. but took no action? Malaysia Airlines reportedly did not learn about the missing plane until 7:24 a.m., raising the question – what really happened during those hours?
“We have also been told that the military determined that it was a civil aircraft and, therefore, of no concern to them,” says Ross adding that under international norms the RMAF would have contacted the civil ATC to help identify the unknown aircraft or vice versa. If radio contact cannot be established, the RMAF would have scrambled jets to follow it. “This simple coordination between military and civil officers should have solved the issue then and there. It is hard to believe that this did not occur.”
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been missing for seven months, and in addition to having no information about any communication between the RMAF and ATC, Malaysian authorities have not released the full cargo manifest of MH370. With so much media coverage about the missing Boeing 777, this is hard to believe – especially for the family members of MH370.
“We urge the authorities to make a full release of all cargo carried onboard MH370, stating clearly what was in the cargo hold,” read an official Oct. 23 statement by Voice370, a group representing the family members of the MH370 passengers. The cargo manifest released by Malaysia Airlines on May 1 is still incomplete.
“Citing MAS, Voice370 said that the 2,453kg of cargo from NNR Logistics included 221kg of lithium iron batteries, which the remaining 2,232kg worth of cargo aboard MH370 were simply declared as radio accessories and chargers. The preliminary report, the group noted, suggested that a number of forwarding firms had consignments on the Boeing 777 aircraft, including Kerry Logistic’s 2,250kg, Kintetsu Express’s 646kg, Panalpina’s 32kg and Malaysian Express’s 6kg.”
Families of the still-missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 are continuing their communication via their Facebook page and repeated their demand that Malaysia Airlines release the full cargo manifest of the Boeing 777, saying its continued refusal to do so suggests a possible conspiracy. In regard to Des Ross questioning about the hours after the plane went missing, Voice370 writes, “Thank you for the write up Des Ross. All your doubts about the first four hours resonate with us.” Voice370 also stated that there is no reason for continuing to withhold information about Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 “unless there is a conspiracy to hide information from the public domain with a conscious effort to ensure the truth cannot be ascertained.”