Top Blunders in Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Investigations; How Families Were Exploited
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | April 2, 2014 12:25 PM EST
The latest update on the Malaysian Airlines MH370 investigations is the transcript of the telecommunications which air traffic controllers had with the cockpit crew before it mysteriously disappeared. While the ministry does not find anything "abnormal" about the transcript, it shows how clueless the officials still are about the disappearance even though it was declared that the missing flight crashed into the Indian Ocean. The authorities seemingly toyed with the emotions of the families of the missing people on board as their whereabouts are still unknown.
A relative of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines MH370 puts her message on a message board dedicated to the passengers at the Lido Hotel in Beijing April 1, 2014.
Here are a few blunders that, according to experts, were made during the MH370 investigations:
Ignoring Military Radar Capturing MH370's Change of Route
Early radar signatures showed evidence that the flight changed its route and turned west. The last contact was reportedly made over the Strait of Malacca. However, radar operators failed to catch the indication in real time. The flight might have been tracked if the radar signatures were noticed instantly.
Self-Contradictory Statements Baffled Public
Hishammuddin Hussein, the acting transportation minister, told the press on Saturday March 22 that they were "hoping against hopes" to find survivors. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak declared on Monday March 24 that the missing flight had crashed into the Indian Ocean. Malaysian Airlines texted relatives that none of the people on board survived.
Officials Seemed Really Clueless
They like it or not, Malaysian officials failed to look convincing while they tried to explain to the miserable families what might have happened. They appeared totally lost while they threw stones in the dark and hoped for hitting the jackpot. CNN quoted aviation expert Alastair Rosenschein saying that the officials did not have a "proper plan".
The Last Words
The last words from the cockpit before the disappearance were publicly confirmed by Malaysian authorities as "all right, good night". Now, the transcript released by the same authorities show that the last words were "Good night Malaysian three seven zero". If this is correct, it means that the authorities provided false record earlier. Earlier they said that it was the voice of co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid. Now, the officials are not sure of that as well.
Iranian Men Who Travelled on Stolen Passports Compared to Italian Footballer
Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the Civil Aviation Director of Malaysia, referred to Italian footballer Mario Ballotelli to describe the couple of men who had travelled on stolen passports. What he actually meant that those men were black. One may wonder why Mr Rahman took refuge in Italian football to describe the ethnicity of those men who eventually turned out to be Iranian, not black.
Malaysian officials failed to provide any reason yet on why the flight had crashed. While there were numerous rumours over the weeks, which included anything from terrorist activities to Bermuda triangle possibilities; the officials still do not know what really happened. Now they threaten to take legal action over false media reports while people still wonder if authorities themselves know what "truth" is.
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