The everlasting mystery of MH370

The years tick by and they have still not been able to recover, nor find, the fuselage of the missing Malaysian airliner. The missing flight, MH370, has therefore become the largest aviation mystery known to man. Long discussed promises of better aircraft-tracking is still a Soria Moria and there have been few new regulations introduced yet. Basically, this great mystery have the ability to be repeated again in the future, unless we can track large commercial aircrafts carrying some 4 BILLION people a year, like we can track our mobile-phones in real-time. †

New regulation are on the steps though, but they don’t take effect until January 2021. These new requirements will force aircrafts to transmit their position once a minute - when they are in “trouble” (defined as detecting “distress” because of turbulence, mechanical difficulties, or an unexpected course-change). Sadly, these new regulations will not affect the current world-wide fleet of 23.500 aircrafts, but only new aircrafts delivered AFTER January 2021. Therefore, for a very long time into the nearest future, only a tiny fraction of all aircrafts will be “track-able”. At least to until somewhere between 2040 and 2050 when the current aircrafts are withdrawn from service.†

The challenges for this new one-minute reporting system are the need to upgrade the aircrafts computing-power, increase internet bandwidth on bord the aircraft to process larger volumes of data, and reserving more space on the flurry of satellites being launched to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for better and more internet connectivity. Additionally, the new system must be created fully “tamper-proofed” from any possible intrusion on board the aircraft itself. †

A gradual tightening of the rules takes effect in November this year (2018), when aircrafts will be required to transmit their position once every 15 minutes. There are already airlines that are meeting this increased position reporting, such as Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Qatar AND Malaysian Airlines. It’s a step in the right direction, but for an airliner travelling at 500+ knots, a 15 minute position-report might still give a search area equal to the size of Florida, if it went missing again. A search for an aircraft between 1-minute “pings” would reduce the potential search-area by a factor of 227 times.†

Calgary based Flyth sells an off-the-shelf automated FIRS (Flight Information Reporting System) in the size of a briefcase, able to pinpoint an airborn location every 20 seconds. Price for their reporting-system is about US$60.000 per aircraft. Currently, there are some 1.800 aircafts already with this system installed.†

In this video found on youtube, I tend to lean against the hypoxia-theory. But then again, there are those turns and change of direction which would not have be possible on a flight where crew and passengers suffer from oxygen starvation.†

Additionally, in this clip, there are mentions of two ground-to-aircraft phone calls which went unanswered, and an aircraft-to-aircraft attempt at communication where they only heard noice and gargeled voices in return. That air-to-air attempt once again makes me think of hypoxia.†

A search is currently in progress, but so far there are no information of any progress or find.

What do you think happened to MH370, and do you think we will find out what happened sometime in the near future? ††

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