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BTW the boeing link you post is correct of course but they are being conservative with their data. Nothing wrong with that. But just to repeat for those of us whose eyes glaze over when they see numbers. The Maldives lies 1709.5 nautical miles from KL, Malaysia. Easily within reach of MH 370 and still leaving the plane with plenty of fuel capacity on tanks not even half full ( and that's using your wrong estimate of the max range ). Or if you want to see a comparison with the original scheduled route. KL to Beijing is 2,339 nautical miles. That's right, the plane had even less distance to travel from KL to the Maldives than it did from KL to Beijing, exempting slight diversions around storm systems and passing fleets of UFOs or whatever.
Citing sources close to the investigations, the paper said that checks on Fariq's phone showed that connection to the phone had been "detached" before the plane took off.
"This is usually the result of the phone being switched off. At one point, however, when the airplane was airborne, between waypoint Igari and the spot near Penang (just before it went missing from radar), the line was 'reattached'.
"A 'reattachment' does not necessarily mean that a call was made. It can also be the result of the phone being switched on again," the sources said.
"The telco's (telecommunications company's) tower established the call that he was trying to make
MH370 co-pilot tried to make mid-flight phonecall, report claims
Malaysian paper says co-pilot's mobile phone was switched on as plane vanished from radar screens near Penang island
There have been unconfirmed reports in the Malaysian media of calls made by the captain before or during the flight but so far no details have been released.
The co-pilot of the missing Malaysian airliner MH370 tried to make a mid-flight call from his mobile phone just before the plane vanished from radar screens, according to Malaysian newspaper reports.
The call ended abruptly possibly "because the aircraft was fast moving away from the [telecommunications] tower," the New Straits Times quoted a source as saying.
However, the Malaysian daily also quoted another source saying that while Fariq Abdul Hamid's "line was reattached", there was no certainty that a call was made from the Boeing 777 which vanished on 8 March.
The report - titled a "desperate call for help" - did not say who the co-pilot was trying to contact.
The NST report said that after turning off course MH370 flew low enough near Penang island on Malaysia's west coast for a telecom tower to pick up the co-pilot's phone signal.
The phone line was "reattached" between the time the plane veered off course and blipped off the radar, the government-controlled paper quoted the second source as saying.
"A 'reattachment' does not necessarily mean that a call was made. It can also be the result of the phone being switched on again."
Malaysia's transport ministry said it was examining the NST report and would issue a response.
I appears they basically do but as usual keep it secret as long as possible.
(Yes, I know, national security and all )
Co-pilot of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have made desperate phone call seconds before plane went off radar: report
Fariq Abdul Hamid’s cell phone reportedly connected with a telecommunications tower in the Malaysian city of Penang on March 8, according to a newspaper with ties to the Malaysian government. Malaysian authorities haven't verified the report.