Malaysia Airlines #FlightMH17 shot down by Russian-made Buk missile – an annotated infographic

The Dutch Safety Board has released its final report into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn Ukraine, which has concluded that a Russian-built Buk missile took down the plane. The question of who fired the missile and thus who is to blame for the tragedy remains unresolved. Dutch prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation to find the perpetrators. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Malaysia Airlines #FlightMH17 shot down by Russian-made Buk missile – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – undersea search area moves on – an annotated infographic

The near-impossible search for the wreckage of flight MH370 valiantly continues in the Indian Ocean, as the search area is moved to a new location. Now three ships will use “towfish” – underwater vessels equipped with Synthetic Aperture Sonar that creates high-resolution images of the ocean floor – in the search for any sign of the missing plane. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – undersea search area moves on – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines #flightMH17 definitely hit from the outside, preliminary report states – an annotated infographic

A preliminary report into the causes of the MH17 tragedy has confirmed the aircraft was penetrated from outside, in line with suspicions it was shot down by either side of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The report, released by the Dutch Safety Board (DBS) who is leading the investigation, said damage found on the wreckage “appears to indicate that there were impacts from a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft” and that “the pattern of damage observed in the forward fuselage and cockpit section of the aircraft was not consistent with the damage that would be expected … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines #flightMH17 definitely hit from the outside, preliminary report states – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines #MH17 – clues to the plane’s final moments – an annotated infographic

Aviation and defence experts say that chemical residue on wreckage could confirm the type of weapon that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The location of debris could yield information on how the attack unfolded and evidence of shrapnel in aircraft panels could confirm that the plane was hit by a SA-11 Buk missile. The black boxes could offer vital clues as well, with the explosion captured by the cockpit voice recorder, and the data recorders, which register altitude and position, would be able to tie that information to the timing of any known missile launch in the area detected … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines #MH17 – clues to the plane’s final moments – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines #MH17 – facts, rumours, accusations and threats – FOUR annotated infographics

With investigations in to precisely what happened and who was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 moving considerably faster than the investigations in to precisely what happened and who was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, here we offer four infographics. These range from the first news of the incident (bottom), when only the bare facts of the plane’s crash were known, up to the most recent direct accusation of Russian complicity in the attack, as voiced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (top). For the latest facts, revelations, nation accusations and on-the-spot … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines #MH17 – facts, rumours, accusations and threats – FOUR annotated infographics

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – mysterious underwater sound could be linked to missing plane – an annotated infographic

While it has been deemed unlikely that the deep-sea pings picked up by search teams in April originated from the black boxes of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a new sound has now piqued the curiosity of Australian researchers. The researchers have released data about an underwater sound that could possibly be linked to the final moments of the missing jetliner. A broad rectangular area in the Indian Ocean, some distance north of the previous search areas, has been outlined as the location of a “loud thump” sound recorded by undersea receivers. The sound was captured around the time that the … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – mysterious underwater sound could be linked to missing plane – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 joins list of mysterious aviation disappearances – an annotated infographic

With the mystery as to what happened to flight MH370 no nearer to being solved, the ill-fated plane joins an historical list of famous mysterious aviation disappearances, going back to 1937 and the year legendary pilot Amelia Earhart vanished. E&T‘s coverage of the hunt for flight MH370 continues, including our most recent stories on how the acoustic signals intercepted in early April probably did not originate from the black boxes of the missing plane; how raw satellite data used by telecommunications firm Inmarsat to determine the likely location of Flight MH370 wreckage has been made publicly available for independent experts … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 joins list of mysterious aviation disappearances – an annotated infographic

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 – 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