MH370: ‘One Of The Great Aviation Mysteries’ – Emirates CEO

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 – Resting in an unknown territory therein lies the debris or what is left of the Malaysia Airlines airliner, MH370 – the Beijing-bound aircraft which mysteriously vanished on March 8. Many months later, most of us are still perplexed over the disappearance questioning the ‘lack of information and the cold hard logic of the incident and the factors that led to the disappearance.

“Malaysia Airlines MH370 remains one of the great aviation mysteries. Personally I have the concern that we will treat it like that and move on, and it will go onto National Geographic as one of aviation’s great mysteries,” said President and CEO of Emirates, Sir Timothy Charles Clark in an interview with aviation journalist Andreas Spaeth, published on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Said Clark, the routing, its altitude oscillations were all measurable and explainable, but yet the responsible quarters seemed to have allowed all possibilities, “to go into this black hole of ‘it could be one of aviation’s great mysteries’. “It can’t be left like that, never. We must know what caused that aeroplane to disappear,” he said in the report.

Clark was adamant in his views that flight MH370 control was taken of the aeroplane and that what occurred during the course of its navigated route is as good as anybody’s guess. “I think we need to know who was on this aeroplane in the detail that obviously some people do know, we need to know what was in the hold of the aeroplane, in the detail we need to know, in a transparent manner.

“And we need to continue to press all those stakeholders that were and are involved in the analysis, in the assessment of what happened, for more information,” said Clark. “I do not subscribe to the view that the aircraft, which is one of the most advanced in the world, has the most advanced avionics and communication platforms, needs to be improved so that we can introduce some kind of additional tracking system for an aeroplane that should never have been allowed to enter into a non-trackable situation,” he added.

An experienced aviation figure, Clark explained that technical know-how of an aeroplane. Top on his technical list is the transponders which are under the control of the flight deck which constitute tracking devices, aircraft identifiers that work in the secondary radar regime. “If you turn off that transponder in a secondary radar regime, it causes a disappearance of that particular aeroplane from the radar screen. That should never be allowed to happen. All secondary and primary radar should be the same,” said Clark.

“Irrespective of when the pilot decides to disable the transponder, the aircraft should be able to be tracked. So the notion by the Malaysians that the disappearance from the secondary radar and then the ability of the military to use primary radar to track the aeroplane and identify it as ‘friendly’ – I don’t know how they did that –  is something we need to look at very carefully,” he added.

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