Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – unmanned sub on the hunt for black boxes – an annotated infographic

The unmanned Bluefin-21 submarine deployed to search for wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner on the sea floor, after acoustic signals consistent with an aircraft black box narrowed down the likely search area last week, has been forced to resurface. A technical glitch has halted operations, with the autonomous submarine already in its second mission. The Bluefin-21, currently the only tool available to the search teams to move forward with the investigation after the black box batteries ran out more than 30 days after the suspected crash, resurfaced early on Wednesday due to unspecified technical problems. Sonar data downloaded … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – unmanned sub on the hunt for black boxes – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – black box pings grow fainter – an annotated infographic

With signals from the black boxes from Flight MH370 expected to degrade soon, the hunt for the plane could ultimately involve an exhaustive search of a vast area of unmapped ocean floor. This process could take years. You may be interested to know that E&T has gathered the series of flight MH370 infographics on to one web page, which documents the mystery as it has unfolded. Future infographics about flight MH370 will be added to the page, as well as posted here on WordPress. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – black box pings grow fainter – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – black box pinger locator begins its search – an annotated infographic

With the search continuing for missing Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370, locating the plane’s black boxes are the focus for investigators. To that end, a Towed Pinger Locator and a Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle have arrived in Perth to assist with the location and recovery of the black boxes. This equipment will be fitted to the Australian naval ship, the Ocean Shield, as she covers the current search area. You may be interested to know that E&T has gathered the series of flight MH370 infographics on to one web page, which documents the mystery as it has unfolded. Future infographics about … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – black box pinger locator begins its search – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – what we know so far – an annotated infographic

With the focus of the flight MH370 search mission now centred around the floating debris in the southern Indian Ocean, a consensus of opinion about the events leading up to the plane’s mysterious disappaerance is coalescing around known facts. The plane took off. Its transponder was disabled. Military radars show the aircraft turning sharply to the west, then north. Satellite data indicates the plane was still flying seven hours after losing contact with air traffic control. No response was received at the next scheduled contact time. The big question begged by all these facts is: why? We are still waiting … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – what we know so far – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – US Navy pinger hunts for black boxes – an annotated infographic

Tecnological conjecture, floating debris, rumour, conspiracy theory – until the mysterious whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are determined, all bets are off and all opinion is valid. The latest development in the search and rescue mission is the US Navy deploying a “towed pinger locator”, shipped to Australia to begin trawling the ocean where the floating debris was spotted last week. This state-of-the-art pinger locator device is being used as a black box finder, capable of picking up a signal from a submerged black box pinger down to a depth of 6,000 metres. You may be interested to know … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – US Navy pinger hunts for black boxes – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – US Navy sub-hunting Poseidon plane searches for debris – an annotated infographic

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane flight MH370 continues, with attention currently focussed on the debris spotted floating in the southern Indian Ocean. In light of this discovery, the US Navy has deployed its newest patrol aircraft – the P-8A Poseidon – in order to use its high-tech sub-hunting equipment to search below the surface of the ocean. The Poseidon is a surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, which can drop sonobuoys in to the sea in order to listen for pingbacks coming from the missing plane’s black boxes. You may be interested to know that E&T has gathered the series … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – US Navy sub-hunting Poseidon plane searches for debris – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – debris discovered at sea – an annotated infographic

The first credible lead has surfaced in solving the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Australian investigators spotted what could possibly be plane debris floating in the southern Indian Ocean, 2,500km south-west of Perth. An international task force of aircraft and ships has been sent to the area to determine if the objects spotted by satellite are in fact debris from flight MH370. The satellites spotted two objects on the ocean surface, one of which is approximately 24 metres long. Large pieces of debris are often found floating in the world’s oceans. However, this discovery is being considered the … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – debris discovered at sea – an annotated infographic

Malaysia airlines flight #MH370 – one-tenth of the planet now being searched – an annotated infographic

Almost unbelievably, the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 now extends to covering one-tenth of the planet’s surface. Taking in two vast air corridors, crossing Thailand, Laos and Kazakhstan to the north and from Indonesia way out in to the Indian Ocean to the south, 26 countries are now involved in the search. Australia leads the search in the southern areas. Given that the plane could possibly have disappeared anywhere along either of the red lines indicated in the infographic below, we can appreciate the scale of the task in locating one small plane across such a vast expanse … Continue reading Malaysia airlines flight #MH370 – one-tenth of the planet now being searched – an annotated infographic

Malaysia airlines flight #MH370 – plane may have flown extra four hours and 4,000km – an annotated infographic

In the continued absence of any hard, physical evidence as to what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, the latest speculation from US security officials is that the plane may have flown on for four hours after its last known contact. This supposition is based on data automatically transmitted from the plane’s engines as part of the ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) programme, which monitors and transmits data including performance, location, altitude and air speed every 30 minutes. If ACARS transmissions continued as claimed, the plane could have flown up to 4,000km. We have previously posted several flight … Continue reading Malaysia airlines flight #MH370 – plane may have flown extra four hours and 4,000km – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – black box recorders crucial to understanding final moments – an annotated infographic

With still no sign of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the authorities’ understanding of exactly what happened in the final moments before the plane’s disappearance ultimately rests on recovery of the black box data recorders on board. Commercial aircraft carry two black boxes. While they do nothing to help the plane in flight, they are vitally important to accident investigators in the aftermath of a plane crash. Our infographic today shows the detail inside and outside of the Honeywell ED-55 Flight Data Recording System, which was installed on flight MH370. As the graphic shows, the boxes are designed to withstand … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – black box recorders crucial to understanding final moments – an annotated infographic