Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Traces Of MH370 Could Be Found Off Indonesia

Even after seven months of its disappearance, missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues to baffle the experts. Latest reports suggest that investigators may look at areas away from Australian coastline as the wreckage from the missing Boeing 777 might be found at the coast of Indonesia.

According to Independent UK the authorities conducting the search mission of MH370 claim that the debris of the plane "is most likely to wash up on the coast of Indonesia, not Australia" after the crash. The report notes that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is continuously receiving information from those dedicated to the work of locating missing airliner. The information received is reportedly being "reviewed carefully" and regularly. Based on the analysis of the flow of ocean water, the authorities suggested it is much more likely that "debris would have drifted the other way."

"The ATSB reviews all of this correspondence carefully, but drift modelling undertaken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has suggested that if there were any floating debris, it is far more likely to have travelled west, away from the coastline of Australia," released by the authority stated.

Furthermore, the report notes that they have "issued an alert" in Indonesia and have advised the authorities to pay attention to the appearance of any evidence from MH370. Meanwhile, The Star states that Indonesia is yet to confirm if they have discovered any traces from MH370 disaster on Indonesian shoreline according to deputy Transport Ministry secretary general Datuk Ruhaizah Mohamed Rashid.

"We have not received any information from there, and if there is, the Indonesian authorities will get in touch with the Malaysian authorities," told Ruhaizah Mohamed Rashid to the reporters.

The secretary to the Transport Ministry also noted that if the Indonesian investigators uncover any related debris, it will be handed over to Australia to be photographed and Boeing will investigate and verify the evidence further.

MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014 briefly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur airport. The missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner was carrying 239 people from 15 different nations. The airliner lost its contact with the radar when it was flying over the South China Sea. Based on satellite data, Malaysian government declared that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. Since then, extensive and joint search missions have been initiated by many countries. However, the location of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane remains unknown.

United Begins World's Longest 787 Route

United Airlines on Sunday launched what's now the world's longest Dreamliner route, using its new Boeing 787-9 to add service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.

The 787-9 is the newest and biggest version of Boeing's Dreamliner, a "stretch" variant of its original 787-8 model. United is the first airline in North American to fly both the original 787-8 and the newer 787-9 models of the Dreamliner.

As for the 787-9, the LAX-Melbourne route marks United's first international deployment of the aircraft. Prior to the beginning of that route Sunday, United flew the 787-9 on domestic routes – mainly between its hubs – as it readied the aircraft for long-haul international service.

United's 787-9s have 252 seats, including 48 lie-flat business-class seats, 88 Economy Plus seats and 116 in standard coach.

At a distance of 7,920 miles (6,855 nautical miles), the Los Angeles-Melbourne route is the world's longest with regular Dreamliner service.

In a statement, United says "the 787-9's extended range – 8,550 miles compared to the 787-8's 8,200 – enables United to launch the Los Angeles-to-Melbourne service, which will be the longest Dreamliner route in the world to date."

More broadly, LAX-Melbourne is the 15th-longest regularly scheduled route departing from an airport in the U.S. or Canada. United now goes head-to-head with Qantas on the route. Another competitor – Virgin Australia – ended its nonstop service on the route Saturday, the day before United's route began.

United's LAX-Melbourne route comes as the carrier launches three other Pacific routes. Also on Sunday (Oct. 26), United began nonstop service between San Francisco and Tokyo's close-to-downtown Haneda Airport. That route compliments United's existing service between San Francisco and Tokyo Narita, the city's primary international airport.

United also is adding two new routes from its Guam hub. Nonstop service to Seoul begins Monday (Oct. 27) while nonstop flights to Shanghai launch on Tuesday (Oct. 28).

"These four new routes further strengthen United's presence in the Pacific, already the most extensive among U.S. airlines," Brian Znotins, United's VP of network, says in astatement. "New nonstop service to Melbourne and Haneda from our powerhouse West Coast hubs, and the additional new flights from our Guam hub to both Seoul and Shanghai, offer our customers convenience and schedule options that no other airline can offer."

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Mystery Of The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle is one of the great conspiracy theories of history, with the disappearances of aircraft and boats in the region baffling experts for decades. Even now, there is a lot of debate about the Bermuda Triangle, with scientists and the public committed to finding the answer to the age old question of just what is going on in the area. But in spite of the array of technology available to us now, are we really any closer to answering what is the Bermuda Triangle and how can the disappearances be explained?

Location



The Bermuda Triangle’s exact location is debated, but the three points make up the Caribbean island Bermuda, which gives the triangle its name, along with the southernmost tip of Florida in the US and Puerto Rico, to the south of Bermuda.

It is also known as the Devil’s Triangle and although the trail appears to have gone slightly cold, those who still believe in the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle point to a large number of disappearances in the area that remain unexplained tens of years later.

However, the US Navy refuses to acknowledge the existence of the Bermuda Triangle and this attitude is reflected by the US government, with countries all over the planet unwilling to admit there appears to be something odd about this part of the world. Indeed, when the World Wide Fund for Nature picked out the world’s ten most dangerous waters for shipping in 2013, the Bermuda Triangle was not among them.

Disappearances



Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March this year thrust the issue of aircraft disappearances back into the spotlight, leading to fresh theories about the Bermuda Triangle despite the plan being lost on the other side of the world.

The phrase the Bermuda Triangle is thought to have been coined in a magazine article in 1950 and the mystery of various disappearances in this region continues to be hotly debated nearly 65 years after the term was first used. Various writers have posited their own ideas as to why so many aircraft and vessels appear to have gone missing in the area, with one of the best known cases being Flight 19, which was a training flight consisting of five Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared while over the Atlantic on December 5th 1945. None of the aircraft were ever recovered, but the aircraft had a history of explosions, which offers one more mundane explanation for their disappearances.



Another of the most memorable Bermuda Triangle cases is the disappearance of the USS Cyclops ship, which remains the largest single largest loss of life in the history of the US Navy not related to combat almost 100 years after it occurred. No wreckage has ever been found of the vessel, which went off the radar sometime after a stop in Barbados around March 4th 1918.

Explanations



The US Navy says that any disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle region are down to a combination of poor navigation and bad weather. Indeed, the area does experience a lot of stormy weather, but improvements in safety in both ships and aircraft mean it is rare for either a vessel to sink or for an aircraft to go down.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there is “no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-travelled area of the ocean”. However, it is not likely this will have any impact on those who still pour over the history of the Bermuda Triangle and its associated mysteries.

Anyone who has studied the Devil’s Triangle in any detail will have formulated their own ideas on why there have been so many disappearances in the area over the years, but among the more far-flung theories is that the area is linked to the lost city of Atlantic.

For others, the explanation is literally out of this world, with alien abductions helping to explain the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, while some believe the disappearances may be down to other types of paranormal activity.

Logic would appear to dictate the disappearances in the region are linked by nothing more than coincidence, but there is little way to prove the matter on any side of the debate.

It is true that safety improvements on ships and aircraft have made them far less likely to suffer a fatal technical fault and this could help to explain why so many of the disappearances within the Devil’s Triangle were so long ago and modern examples are extremely thin on the ground.

Aircraft have much larger fuel reserves than in the past, making cross-Atlantic journeys far less perilous than they were several decades ago. It may be the case that all of the aircraft to have been lost in Bermuda Triangle simply ran out of fuel, or had another technical fault that caused them to go down, but with a lack of wreckage, it seems as though there will always be speculation about what happened to them.

Investigations



The lure of the Bermuda Triangle remains as strong as ever and at any one time, there are usually multiple investigations ongoing into the various cases of disappearances in this part of the world. One such examination was conducted for the BBC by journalist Tom Mangold a few years ago, with the focus of the investigation being two British commercial planes that were lost in the area.

In January 1948, a British South American Airways (BSAA) Avro Tudor IV plane called the Star Tiger disappeared, with the presumed loss of life of the crew of six and the 25 passengers who were on board, although no bodies or wreckage were ever recovered.

The official investigation into the disappearance concluded: “It may truly be said that no more baffling problem has ever been presented. What happened in this case will never be known and the fate of Star Tiger must remain an unsolved mystery.”

But according to Eric Newton, one of the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s most senior air accident investigators, any problem on board the plane could have led to it going down in “seconds”. He explained that this is because the aircraft would have used a lot more fuel flying at 2,000 feet, while headwinds are also likely to have caused an issue for the plane.

BSSA also had a poor safety record and in three years around the time when the Star Tiger disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle, it lost five planes in total, with 73 passengers and 22 crew members killed as a result of the accidents.

Gordon Store, who was chief pilot and manager of operations at BSAA, has since been quoted by his local newspaper as saying the systems used by the company were “hopeless”.

Even if the disappearance of the Avro Tudor IV plane can be decoded by a technical fault, there are still many other cases of disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle region that lack a scientific explanation. And while that is the case, people will continue to debate the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle.