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Emirates chief’s startling theory on vanished MH370

October 13, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59People have always had doubts and misgivings about the disappearance seven months ago of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 – and now one of the world’s most experienced airline chiefs has come out and voiced them.

In an interview with German news magazine Der Spiegel, Emirates president Tim Clark criticised the investigation and said frankly that he believed someone took control of the plane and maintained control until the very end.

Tim Clark has since 1985 been a senior manager at Emirates airline, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777’s, the same airline type as the vanished MH370.

Clark warned that the disappearance of MH370 must not be allowed to become simply “one of the great aviation mysteries”. Investigators must find what caused the aircraft to disappear.

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“My own view is that probably control was taken of that airplane,” Clark told the magazine.

He said full details needed to be disclosed about who was on the plane and what was in the hold of the aircraft. Those involved in the investigation and analysis needed to be pressed for more information.

B777s were highly advanced and did not require additional tracking systems, he said. MH370 “should never have been allowed to enter a non-trackable situation”.

Even if a pilot disabled the transponders, ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) should provide information to the plane’s operator, Clark said. He said Emirates tracked all of its aircraft from the ground to such a degree it could sometimes identify systemic faults before the pilots knew about them.

Aviation authorities needed to ensure ACARS could not be interrupted or disabled from the flight deck, regardless who was controlling the aircraft, Clark stressed.

“MH370 was, in my opinion, under control, probably until the very end.”

When asked why the MH370  pilots would in that case spend five hours “heading straight towards Antarctica”  Clark exclaimed: “If they did!”

The “facts” had yet to be challenged and examined with full transparency, he continued. Not even a seat cushion had been found. Nothing had been produced to show the aircraft was where the searchers were looking, apart from a so-called electronic satellite handshake, which Clark found questionable.

Meanwhile, Australia is coordinating a vast undersea mapping operation in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast in a bid to find the plane.

An English version of Clark’s interview can be found here and latest information about the search, here.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. The plane is sitting on an obscure airstrip in Afganistan or Iran or this was the beginning of Isel. These pilots were practicing landing on a small airstrip somewhere in the Middle East. I can’t be the only one who thought of this!!!???

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