21 March 2014
ABC America reports – A British satellite company said today that it had indications that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane may have crashed into the Indian Ocean as early as two days after the plane’s disappearance.
The search for the jetliner did not move into the Indian Ocean until more than a week after the plane vanished in the middle of the night from Malaysian airspace on March 7.
“This is very troubling, just thinking of the time wasted and what was ever on the water moving farther away,” said ABC News consultant Tom Haueter, a former National Transportation Safety Board investigator.
Inmarsat, the maker of satellites, told ABC News that they had an “initial idea” on March 9 and by March 10 were “fairly certain” that the search parties should look in the south Indian Ocean for the vanished plane.
Inmarsat shared their data with a partner company the following day, on March 11, and with Malaysian investigators on March 12.
It was not until three days later, on March 15, that Malaysian authorities acknowledged that satellite data suggested the plane was not in the Strait of Malacca or the South China Sea and began redirecting search efforts to the Indian Ocean.
Asked whether the company was concerned Malaysia took so long to act on their information, Inmarsat spokesman Chris McLaughlin told the BBC that theirs was just one small piece of data in the Malaysian investigation.
“No, it’s not our place to be concerned,” McLaughlin said. “Our position was we shared data and an idea that could be tested against other data with the correct authorities on the Tuesday. We can’t possibly know what other data was in the investigation or what routes the Malaysian government were following.”
Meanwhile, News Nation of India reports – Sydney : Pilot of the missing Malaysia Airline passenger jet reportedly made a call just minutes before taking off from Kuala Lumpur.
With focus on the pilots after possible terror links, investigators are trying to find out who Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah spoke to in the cockpit before taking off for Beijing.
Discovery of the person on the other end of the call would provide a lead to understand the mystery of the ill-fated passenger jet. However, Malaysian authorities have not commented on the lead or confirmed a phone call took place, news.com.au reports.
This revelation comes after it was found that files from Shah’s home flight simulator were deleted on February 3, just over a month before the Flight MH370 vanished.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s defence minister said that the authorities were trying to restore the files to see if it could provide any clue about what might have happened on the aircraft.
It has been 13 days since the ill-fated passenger jet vanished from civilian radar and the latest lead has arrived from Australian authorities, who have pointed to US satellite images showing debris potentially belonging to the plane.
The images point to an area of the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia, one of the most isolated places in the world, the report added.