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On 7 October 2008, Qantas Flight 72 made an emergency landing at Learmonth airport near the town of Exmouth, Western Australia following an inflight accident featuring a pair of sudden uncommanded pitch-down manoeuvres that resulted in serious injuries to many of the occupants. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) identified in a preliminary report that a fault occurred within the Number 1 Air Data Inertial Reference Unit (ADIRU) and is the "likely origin of the event". The ADIRU — one of three such devices on the aircraft — began to supply incorrect data to the other aircraft systems. The ATSB's continuing accident investigation will include assessment of speculation that possible interference from Harold E. Holt facility or passenger personal electronic devices could have been involved, although based on initial analysis, the Bureau believes these are unlikely to have been of any impact. On 27 December 2008, another aircraft, Qantas Flight 71, also had a malfunction in its ADIRU. The incident again fuelled media speculation regarding the significance of the Harold E. Holt facility, with the Australian and International Pilots Association calling for commercial aircraft to be barred from the area as a precaution until the events are better understood, while the manager of the facility has claimed that it is "highly, highly unlikely" that any interference has been caused.
reply to post by Mikeultra
And how did the communication station do it? There's no direct evidence they played a role in the Qantas fights, but both of them were flying close to the station at the time.
There are no communications stations near where MH370 went missing, so how did they reach out and only hit that plane and no others?
The Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt, established by the U.S. in the 1960s, uses very low frequency transmissions to relay communications between Australian and American submarines. The U.S. Navy left the base in 1992 and it is now owned by the Australian Department of Defence. Boeing Australia Ltd., which operates and maintains the base for the Australian government, referred a call for comment to the defense department. Defense officials in Canberra didn't immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.
I couldn't help noticing that the search areas are getting closer and closer to the Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt on the northwest cape of Australia. That's a rather sensitive and valuable asset to the U.S. The latest search area is only 700 miles west of that facility. Also I found this interesting fact in a Wikipedia article regarding interference from the Harold E. Holt facility and at least 2 Quantas flights in 2008.
The underwater search is normally in an area where the plane most likely entered the water, said Houston.
But in this particular case, the last known position was a long way from where the aircraft appeared to have gone, he added.
The search area is being constantly adjusted based on continuing
groundbreaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communications and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team, said Houston, the retired air chief marshal.
Also notice that Boeing Australia Ltd. operates and maintains the base for the Australian government!]