Missing Flight MH370: Clarity and assumptions
The fate of the passengers and crews of Malaysia Airline flight MH370 that disappeared March 8, 2014, is still very much unknown. I was taken aback bu PM Najib’s announcement on flight MH370 on Monday, March 24. Here’s the full transcript on his announcement;
March 24, 2014, 10 p.m.
This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path.
Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.
This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.
Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.
Its like a big hard slap for the families and friends of the people on board, that patiently waited with high hopes for weeks but then came to this. I can’t imagine their heartbreak when they heard PM Najib’s announcement. The announcement begets more and more questions from the netizens, poured out from every social channels since the announcement was made.
Although its highly unlikely chance to have survivors, I am still hoping and praying until the finally found a legit wreckage of the plane, or maybe even a lifeboat. At least, there will be a real and proper closure for this tragedy, for now it is still ‘hanging’ in the air.
Even before the official announcement, Malaysia Airlines had already blasted out this message through SMS to the affected families,
“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
Assumed, not ‘believe’, not ‘confirmed’, but assumed.
Another thing that really pissed me off yesterday was how careless the the Royal Malaysian Air Force when they detected the re-routed flight MH370 in their radar, ASSUMING the re-route was ordered by Air Traffic Controller (ATC). Their quick action may have saved the lives of the people on board, but then, they let it go away.
I chatted with one postcard enthusiast from China last night, we were talking about the incident and how it affect us both in country relationships and the mindset. She told me that the Malaysians is not at fault on this incident, rather pointing out the fault to Malaysian government and Malaysia Airline. We both felt the pain, but what has happened, has happened.
I hope in the coming days, the responsible authorities in Malaysia can bring more clarity to what they are currently doing, and stop making more and more assumptions. I don’t want to see any more contradictory statements and wild goose chase.
Last but not least, to the families and friends of the poeple on board Malaysia Airline flight MH370, stay strong through these trying times.
To you who are reading this, feel free to share your views on PM Najib’s announcement or any other interesting development surrounding the incident.
Don’t ASSUME, it makes an ASS out of U and ME