MORE ON MALAYSIA AIR FLIGHT 370: ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS, AND DRILLS
I've been fascinated by the story of the disappearance (and presumed crash) of Malaysia Air Flight 370 ever since it disappeared (and presumably crashed) on March 8, 2014. The mere fact that this story remains unresolved is an indicator, perhaps, that something is very amiss, and that something very strange might be going on with the story. Within a week or so of the story breaking, I interviewed with the late George Ann Hughes on The Byte Show, and outline the emerging theories, and came to my first hypothesis that the aircraft had simply gone "poof" and that it may have been the victim of a "Bermuda triangle" like phenomenon, or the victim of some sort of exotic energy technology. That may seem like quite a stretch, until one considers the other theories being floated at the time: it was shot down by missiles (which would have left radar and other clues), it was crashed deliberately by a crazy pilot (or copilot). These were quickly shunted aside, as character witnesses came forward to dispute that the pilot was either depressed or of low character. Missile shootdowns would have left debris.
Then came the stories that the aircraft had diverted from its flight path, flew back over the Malay Peninsula, heading roughly in the south westerly direction. Some eyewitnesses seemed to corroborate this story. Thus arose more theories that made the rounds on television and the internet. There was the "Diego Garcia" theory, that the plane had been diverted and actually landed at the super-secret US-UK base on the island. Then an American general - I forget his name - appeared on a major American lamestream media network and advanced an even kookier theory that he had "inside information" to the effect that the flight had been diverted to Iran, with the help of the always-byzantine-never-to-be-trusted-Russians and their evil-criminal-super-genius-mastermind Vladimir Putin, where it would be repainted and used in a subsequent terrorist act. Supposedly, in the general's scenario, the aircraft flew through Indian airspace, and avoided detection by Indian air defense radar by flying closely behind another civilian airliner.
It was in that context of nuttiness that I advanced my own "outrageous" theory. Then came the stories of it flying more or less due south, and crashing in the Indian Ocean somewhere off the coast of western Australia, and searches immediately commenced, and found... nothing. When I interviewed with George Ann Hughes, I cautioned - long before the Indian Ocean crash theory emerged - that if a crash site was advanced in the Indian Ocean, to be suspicious, because that ocean is very deep, and only a few countries possessed the technology to do deep sea searches. I even warned, in that interview, against the possibility of "salting" a debris field.
Then alleged debris began to wash up in French colonial islands off the east coast of Africa. Case settled, and I moved to the position that the flight might indeed, after all, have crashed in the Indian Ocean. But then one of the regular readers of this site in Australia, and a pilot, began to email me pointing out discrepancies in some of the alleged debris. I'm not a pilot, and as most people know, I don't go anywhere near airplanes. So I'm not in a position to evaluate those claims. But shortly after this, the Malaysian ambassador, who was tasked with collecting this debris and returning it to Malaysia, was murdered. Had he seen something to suggest a hostile takedown? or a takedown by exotic means? Or conversely, had he seen something to suggest that the alleged debris really was not debris from the flight? Again, we don't know. But with those additional "facts" added to the story, I moved back to entertaining my "it just went 'poof'" hypothesis, by the above-mentioned means.
So now we come to the most recent twist in this strange saga, in the following shared by Mr. D.W.:
The first article seems to account for the discovery of alleged debris off of Madagascar and other French islands in the western Indian Ocean:
WHEN you drop a pebble in a pond, you hear a 'plop' and see ripples begin to expand across its surface. If you were beneath the surface of the pond, you'd hear a slightly different 'plop'. All involve waves. And all radiate outwards from the source. So if you can hear it, you can learn a lot about the rock that dropped.
It's a technique used by the world's militaries to track and identify submarines and warships over great distances. It's also a key component in sensing nuclear weapons tests, which is why a worldwide network of hydroacoustic (under water microphones) has been in operation for decades.
Two of these ocean acoustics recorders were in a position to pick up MH370's impact with the Indian Ocean. But only one, based in Australia, has supplied reliable data.
The other was positioned at the secret US defence facility at Diego Garcia, in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Much of its data from the relevant time frame is distorted. And 25 minutes of it is inexplicably missing.
What emerges from these recordings is something intriguing in and of itself, for they pinpoint not one, but two potential crash zones:
Writing in The Conversation , Kadri explains an attempt was made to use recordings of underwater acoustic waves to locate the aircraft in 2017. Noises potentially associated with the crash were detected by hydrophones off Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia, and another at the secret US military facility at Diego Garcia, in the central Indian Ocean.
One puts the crash site further north in the Indian Ocean than previously believed.
The other points to a flight course taking MH370 closer to Madegascar(sic).
The second article linked above outlines yet another theory that the aircraft may have been downed during a military exercise, to crash in the Gulf of Thailand.
So where are we now? More or less where we were in the first weeks after the flight's disappearance: We don't know where it went down, we don't know why it went down, and we don't know the motivation (if any) of those who brought it down. .
What I do suspect, however, is that someone knows what happened to Flight 370, and they seem eager to avoid any resolution of the story. It is perhaps even possible, to extend my speculations, that this latest round of evidence is another attempt at obfuscation.
See you on the slip side...
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