Malaysian Airline MH370 – chronology of the investigation

In this world of quick news turnover (here in the US, anyway), often stories become reduced to rehashing of the same original information, but with more details removed to make space for newer stories. So here are a series of links to  articles following developments in the case of the lost Boeing 777, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

(Reformatted to be read with most recent info at the top.) Latest update:

The most plausible theory/explanation of what happened to the flight, written by a pilot.

March 18, 2014 – “A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet” –

“There has been a lot of speculation about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Terrorism, hijacking, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN; it’s almost disturbing. I tend to look for a simpler explanation, and I find it with the 13,000-foot runway at Pulau Langkawi….” (follow link for the full article)

Apr 2, 2014 12:44am“Transcript of communications between Malaysia Flight MH370 and ground control”

March 31 – “Flight 370 Passenger Philip Wood Allegedly Sends Message from U.S. Military Base in Indian Ocean” – I don’t know what to think of this, and apparently neither does the writer, but for what it’s worth, here it is. He says:

“There are rumblings that the passengers of Malaysian Flight 370 may be alive and incarcerated at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. If this proves to be true, then a likely scenario is that this was a false flag pulled off by the U.S. Government.

Please keep in mind that there are those out there who create conspiracy theories and accompanying evidence as a hobby. With modern technology, it is getting easier and easier to do. This may or may not be one of those times.”

Image of the post in question:

Also, as a chronology, you also get the unusual stuff as I find it, including a….youtube video.

March 28 “photos from new search zone being analysed” – The end of their blog on the subject, but with an exhaustive, detailed summary (with exact times listed) of the day’s findings, with pictures of just about everything they could think of (videos, images, tweets, media briefings, etc).

March 27 – “MH370: scanners reach search HQ as crews pin hope on new satellite images: Thailand says 300 objects have been spotted near debris found earlier, but bad weather forces planes and ships to call off search” The article discusses the possible debris  field, bad weather hampering the search, and the Australian navy’s plans to sweep for the black box.

March 27 -“Search effort swings towards finding black boxes  EXCERPT: “An Australian navy ship will sweep the seabed by towing an underwater listening device deep below the surface in the hope of picking up an ultrasonic signal from one or both of the recorders; while a small submersible drone will be used to scan the sea floor for signs of wreckage.”

March 26“Have they FINALLY found flight MH370? French satellite spots 122 objects up to 75ft long in Indian Ocean that appear to be debris from doomed airliner” Long article with many pictures and a video (the Daily Mail really goes all out!). I guess we will know when we know. All I know is that the fat lady hasn’t sung yet (I’m keeping my mouth shut),

Here are the specific March 23 images in question. Go to the site for many more.

March 18? Two YouTube videos of the radar tracking with some interesting observations and commentary.

March 18, 2014 “A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet” – Finally, a theory written by an experienced pilot which could lead to answers – fire on board and how pilots and planes figure into what happened. OK, folks, read this, then crowdsource the Tomnod site again and let’s see what can be found []].

March 17, 2014 “Kazakhstan says detected no unidentified planes when flight MH370 vanished”

March 16, 2014 “Did pilot hijack MH370 as political protest against Anwar’s latest jail term?”

March 16, 2014 “Missing Plane: Southern Route ‘More Likely'”

Includes an image showing satellites [in green] that could have picked up the jet.

March 16, 2014 “Can Crowdsourcing Help Find Malaysian Flight MH370?”

March 17, 2014 (AU) Another plane like Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished with GPS tracking

Summary: In 2003 at Luanda airstrip, Angola, an American engineer Ben Charles Padilla and his new Congolese assistant John Mikel Mutantu, boarded the Boeing 727. It had the tail number 844AA. Neither engineer had a commercial pilot’s license or permission to be in the cockpit — yet suddenly the 153-foot plane taxied to the runway and took off. Just before its sunset takeoff, the aircraft’s headlights and transponders were switched off. It was never seen again.

March 16,2014 “Malaysian plane mystery copies comic story of hijacked jet which landed on remote island”

Excerpts: “The amazing theory was revealed as police confiscated a flight simulator from one of the pilots’ homes… It is feared he may have practised hijacking the plane… MH370 was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished – the same part of the world depicted in Belgian cartoonist Herge’s story [Tin Tin]… An al Qaida supergrass told a court last week that four to five men from the country were planning to take control of an aircraft, using a bomb hidden in a shoe to open the cockpit door. Security experts said the evidence, from a convicted Brit terrorist, was ‘credible’.”

March 17, 2014 (AU) “Missing Malaysia Airlines jet may have flown under radar: investigators”

Excerpts: Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 dropped to altitudes as low as 1524 metres (5000 feet) using a dangerous flying technique called “terrain masking” to avoid radar in at least three countries, investigators believe… Authorities…have appealed for countries to deploy more ships and planes to a vast expanse of water in the Indian Ocean west of Australia, where there is no land mass for thousands of square kilometres… But it is understood investigators say it is more likely the plane is in the northern corridor where there are unstable governments, mountainous terrain and extremist groups…. Malaysia has asked countries to make data on their satellites available to assist the search but some have not because of sensitivities sharing information that involves national security… After a week of false leads, misinformation and confusion around one of the world’s most baffling aviation mysteries, authorities in Kuala Lumpur have calculated from Immarsat satellite data the plane sent out six “pings,” which are also known as electronic handshakes, after its communications equipment was deliberately disabled by some-one on board. The seventh ping never came, indicating the plane either landed and the engine was shut off or it crashed.”

March 16, 2014  “Missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 had choice of 634 runways to land on”

March 16, 2014 “Timing of Report by Flight’s Pilot Focuses Inquiry” Excellent article covering reconstruction of the last flight path of Malaysian Airlines MH370. Worth reading.

March 16, 2014  “Is this proof that missing Malaysia Airlines flight WAS ‘hijacked’ by one of its pilots? Final words from MH370 were spoken after its communication equipment was disabled – and the pilot sounded calm” 

  • Footage captures Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah being frisked by security
  • He is followed by co-pilot Fariq Hamid who was also searched
  • Shah ‘fanatical’ supporter of the country’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim
  • Pilot’s wife and three children moved out of family home the day before plane went missing

Following graphic shows how situation might have developed:

MY COMMENTS: Daily Mail always has many pictures and videos. Worth following the link just to see all they have.

Writer says in article: “After a missing half hour [after the ACARS system was shut down.], someone in the cockpit spoke to air traffic controllers for the final time, saying: ‘All right. Good night.’ The usual sign-off would have been ‘Roger and out’…” He suggests this was an attempt to mislead ground control. Could be… I think another conceivable reason could be that it was either the pilot or co-pilot saying the wrong thing in hopes someone would notice and scramble help. What do you think?

March 15, 2014 “Hunt for ‘hijacked’ Malaysian Airlines plane now: Thailand to Kazakhstan, Indonesia to India”

March 15, 20147 days in life of Malaysia Airlines MH 370″

March 15, 1:40 PM  “Missing airliner may have flown on for 7 hours”

image from article:

possible areas for MH370(

March 15, 2014 13:01 EST, “Satellite data shows hijacked MH370 was last seen flying towards Pakistan OR Indian Ocean as investigators search co-pilot’s home and reveal home-made flight simulator built by plane’s captain” – Article packed full of information

Sat March 15, 2014, 8:39 AM EDT “Lives, not numbers: Snapshots of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 passengers”  Summary: It can seem that the passengers and crew have been reduced to a number,  yet they are so much more. Hailing from at least a dozen nations, they represent a vast gamut of humanity.

Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 11:15:23 PM“Missing MH370: Query over pilot’s flight simulator” Queries about whether someone ought to look at the captain’s flight simulator for clues.

Fri March 14, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT – “CNN Exclusive: Analysis shows 2nd possible Indian Ocean path for Malaysia airliner” NEW INFORMATION. This also has a video showing a map of where the plane might have gone. Excerpts: ‘An aviation industry source tells CNN that the flight’s automated communications system appeared to be intact for up to five hours, because pings from the system were received after the transponder last emitted a signal. Taken together, the data point toward speculation in a dark scenario in which someone took the plane for some unknown purpose, perhaps terrorism. Aviation experts say it’s possible, if highly unlikely, that someone could have hijacked and landed the giant Boeing 777 undetected. The international airport in Port Blair, the regional capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, has a runway that is long enough to accommodate a 777, according to publicly available data.’

March 14th, 2014,10:28 AM ET ‘Andaman Chronicle Editor: “no chance” Malaysian Airline flight 370 landed on Andaman or Nicobar Islands’

Mar 13, 2014, 4:31 PM“How far could MH370 have flown?” See this:

MH370 range

Thursday, March 13, 2014 – “WSJ Reporter: Missing Flight 370 Could Have Landed” Transcript of a radio interview.

March 13, 2014 “China Releases Satellite Image of Suspected Debris from Missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 in South China Sea”  China said its satellites have detected three large floating objects in a suspected crash site; on Wednesday, US authorities said spy satellites had detected no sign of a mid-air explosion; Malaysia denied that the hunt for the aircraft was mired in confusion after a series of false alarms, rumours and contradictory statements.

March 13, 2014 “How Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Was Lost (Update)” A discussion of the technology of locating aircraft, the limitations of radar and other modern technology, and how easily it can be overridden.

March 13, 2014 “Pings point to Malaysian Plane Flying for Hours After Last Contact” It apparently did turn west, but radar in the area is spotty and inconsistent.

March 12, 2014 “Could YOU solve the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight? Satellite images made public to help locate MH370 jet”

  • The high-resolution satellite images were captured by DigitalGlobe
  • Over 25,000 people have already signed up to help search for the plane [This is the site for the satellite images:]
  • The popularity of the search has caused the site to repeatedly crash
  • Approximately 1,300 sq miles of imagery has been uploaded onto the site
  • More images are being added as and when they become available
  • One user believes he has found what appears to be a underwater wreckage
  • Sighting is now being investigated by experts to confirm its authenticity

March 12, 2014 “Missing plane: Don’t read too much into ringing phones—expert”

March 12, 2014“Expert Suspects Fuselage Cracking In Missing Plane”

March 12, 2014 00:40 ET “Malaysia Airlines MH370: Air Force Denies Malacca Straits Comments” He says ‘I didn’t say that.’

March 11, 2014, 5:40 pm  “Malaysia Military Source Says Missing Jet Veered to the West”

March 11, 2014 “Missing Malaysia Plane: The Passengers on Board MH370” A general manifest for the flight, pictures of various passengers and their stories, pictures of the two men flying on stolen passports.

March 11, 2014 “Malaysia Airlines: What We Know About Flight MH370”

March 11, 2014, 1:44 pm  “Major Updates in Malaysia Airlines Mystery: New Information Could Change Everything”

March 10, 2014, 2:35

[Original Chinese text]

[Google translation: Editorial: Malaysian aviation obvious loophole must urgently fill]

March 10. 2014  “Why cellphones missing Malaysian Airlines passengers ringing – Family member claim loved ones smartphones active” This article covers many ideas/speculations, from the pilot committing suicide, to the mysterious passengers using stolen passports (and their pictures), cell phones still able to “ring out,” an embedded video of Interpol’s chief, some popular speculations, some passenger profile info, and so on.

March 8(?), 2014 “TRIBUTE: Who exactly is Malaysia Airlines Captain Zaharie Shah of MH370?” ‘The pilot of MH370 must not go unnoticed. See just how passionate Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah is about flying. Note: All information found here is publicly available. This post acts as a tribute to the brave Captain Zaharie.’


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