Malaysia Airlines MH370 update roundup: Airline found to only have contacted missing flight 370 twice; Power outage; Search to resume in August

Judith Aparri

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Thursday, July 03 2014

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 of the same type as the lost Flight MH370.Credit: FLICKR / Aero Icarus

It has been over 100 days since the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared, and there are still no traces of it.

People are asking, where in the world is Flight 370?

The search for the flight, which has been participated in by countries worldwide, has not delivered promising results after the missing plane disappeared without a trace.

On June 26, after a close examination of a report concerning the disappearance of Flight MH370 by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, it was believed that for a period of over six hours, Malaysia Airlines made only two attempts to reach Flight MH370 by phone.

This is also one of the reasons as to why hints to the flight's status and location were lost, causing a hurtful image of the region's air safety regulation.

And, it appears, the mystery is deepening.

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The report eliminated the suspicion that the plane's pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, programmed the plane beforehand to crash, as it showed no one had used waypoints to direct the course of the Boeing 777 jet to a possible doom.

However, this does not remove the suspicion that someone used auto-pilot to steer the plane southward.

It also appeared that emergency procedures were not immediately applied when contact with the flight was lost.

Richard Woodward, a pilot who served Qantas flying Airbus A380s, but with a test-pilot background on the Boeing 777, said if the ground-based air-traffic control had made contact attempts to MH370, there would have hints as to where the aircraft went down.

Meanwhile, investigators also found the plane's cockpit had been tampered with, and the Boeing 777 had an unexplained power outage during the flight's early stages.

Experts said this is could have been one of the attempts to make it undetectable by radar.

The missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight went off course at 1:25 a.m., a few minutes after the pilots had the last voice contact with air traffic control. The Boeing 777 then veered southwest and deliberately turned south for a second time, over the Indian Ocean.

The first deviated turn can be justified as a result of an emergency decision, such as a fire. However, the primary data from a radar in Malaysia shows a second, deliberate, turn took place towards the Indian Ocean.

The Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 search operations are now moving further south. The search will pick up in a new area, which covers approximately 23,000 square miles, and will resume in August. The search is estimated to last for at least a year.

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