Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, March 8.
A nice saturday evening in Malaysia, flight MH 370 boarded its passengers and took off for China. The time was 12:41 a.m. local time (12:41 p.m. Friday EST) . Around 12 midnight the Western world got the usual CNN breaking news that Flight 370, a Boeing 777 with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board is missing. It has been 16 days since that breaking news and today the Malaysian government reported the sad news. Here are 10 things I have learned since this news was announced today.
1. The Malaysian Government is INEPT. Frankly the government’s handling of the disaster is beyond acceptable and the latest announcement seems like a fait accompli rather than solid intelligent evidence and facts.
2. The global satellite system is archaic. With so many satellites above us none of them seem to be able to produce any tangible fact on this missing plane. Technology also seems to be out of sync with that used in airplanes.
3. The media is above their heads when it comes to covering a missing plane. Some of the questions asked by the media a 6 year old could have figured it out.
4. The technology used in the black box is outdated and immediate review needs to be done and improvements implemented. When we can send man to the moon why can’t the black box FLOAT and have technology where the battery does not fade within 30 days?
5. The PR as it relates to the family members was poor. Again the Malaysian government as well as Malaysian Airlines are directly responsible for this. The families were treated like chopped liver.
6. The claim that traveling by air is still the safest way to travel is ridiculous to say the least. Try telling that to the family members. Taking a flight like all travel is taking a risk, a BIG risk. You cannot quantify RISK. Risk is risk. If you land or arrive by car safely, say a prayer.
7. With all the exploration MAN has done there is still a place on earth that is presumably undiscovered. The Indian Ocean seems to be the obvious target for the National Geographic channel.
8. With all the so called latest technology in the 777 there is still some small, practical detail that a plane should do that it isn’t. One thing comes to mind, why can’t a plane record its flying specs to a database where it can be monitored instead of to this ‘black box’ which in all likelihood will never be found?
9.With an airline industry so big why isn’t there one body that takes over all air crashes when it happens? One independent agency that takes over the investigations so governments like Malaysia cannot corrupt the system. We still do not have any questions answered as to what happened. We are only told that the plane crashed in the Indian ocean and everybody died. ummm DUH?
10. Flight MH 370 took off, all seems ok, last word from flight was good night, no signal after wards, flight seemed to have changed course headed in opposite direction, no word. Seems to be mechanical , a total shut down. Question is how can all system fail, how did the passengers seemed not able to tex or phone and lastly why did the place change course? I don’t think these questions will ever be answered.