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Experts have warned there is a "high probability" that a fault which caused a British Airways jet to crash-land at Heathrow could hit other Boeing 777s. US air accident investigators called for a component to be redesigned after a Delta Air Lines plane reportedly encountered a similar problem. Manufacturers Rolls-Royce say the new part should be ready within the year. It comes after tests proved a build-up of ice in the engine was the most likely cause of the Heathrow crash.
EYEWITNESSES claim to have seen a low-flying jumbo jet “with red stripes” similar to that of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet flying over their houses in the Maldives, local media reports.
The Maldivian daily newspaper Haveeru reports residents described a white aircraft with red markings similar to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passing overhead about 6.15am on March 8.
The claims, which have not been confirmed, follow reports of radar and satellite signals indicating the missing airliner could have followed a track in that general direction.
The holiday islands are about halfway between Malaysia and the east coast of Africa.
It’s about 3200 kilometres from Malaysia - placing it at the extreme edge of how far flight MH370 could travel.
Do they turn the transponder off when the arrive at the gate? The normally shut off the engines when they arrive at the gate. Maybe it could be designed to run while the engine was running? At least in my experience, when the engines are operating is when it's needed.
Someone said the reason it can be turned off is for fire control, but I'm not sure if that's a good enough reason, since I never heard of a fire control off-switch for the black boxes. The other thing I noticed in the video I posted showing how to turn the transponder off, is that the "off" position wasn't really off....it said "STBY" so that would imply to me the power isn't completely off, that it's just not transmitting, and it kind of kills the fire control argument. He said the three transponder switch modes were "standby", "auto" and "on".
I would think this episode has some aircraft designers and aviation officials thinking about how aircraft tracking can be improved in cases like this.edit on 18-3-2014 by Arbitrageur because: clarification
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has admitted the missing plane's captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, is a relative of his daughter in-law, contradicting comments he made a day earlier.
"I am not denying that he [Zaharie] is related to one of my in-laws and that I have met him on several occasions," he was quoted by The Straits Times as saying.
I thought they needed to leave the transponders on even after landing so the ground traffic controllers can guide them to their gate without any collisions?
Pilots generally would always turn off transponders on the ground at airports because they would overwhelm air traffic controllers with all those signals overwhelming them .
If it was headed to Bangkok where it could fly into some buildings it might be a threat and they might have taken action then. But the southern part of Thailand probably has tourism as its biggest industry, so while it would be unfortunate if it crashed into a hotel, they probably wouldn't shoot it down first to prevent that. If it was heading for Bangkok it might be a different story and they might shoot it down if they thought it was a threat.
Not sure if I saw this posted already but Thailand did not take action bc it wasnt a threat? So an unidentified plane flies through and you dont consider that a threat? Did they know what plane it was or ?
I find tomnod very very frustrating
Can you select a location from a map to look at as appose just looking at what is loaded up ?