After the moorage…

Lazzara” 80′ Alchemist

Metaphor is a good way to go.
There are some places that are graveyards for old ships. Sometimes these aged, corroded vessels sink. If it goes fast, it can create a whirlpool. If it’s a long-term process it can last for years and nobody will notice until the ship is under the water way below the waterline.

There are many new kinds of vessels: yachts, cobles, cutters, ferries and so on. These are new generation that need to discover new expanses of the ocean or rivers. This is the main purpose, what those vessels were built for. Otherwise, if they moored to a pier they may get old, corroded, useful. After the damage caused by aging, it won’t be the same.

That is why most ship owner usually give it a good use for intended purposes. It would be unwise to have a boat or a yacht and keep anchored until it gets damaged. 

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Mysteries of our time. Flight MH370. Part 3: A signal after the disappearance*

In some point, there was a feeling that plane suddenly disappeared in the air… Latter British company – Inmarsat made unexpected announcement. According to the company’s officials they had been receiving a signal during 7 hours after the plane despaired. It allowed them to calculate plane’s speed… Meanwhile, available information about the flight MH370 is so limited that plane announced vanished.

Flight MH370 was newer found. The event became a case of delicate matter. Different aviation agencies from all over the world tried to solve the mystery. They analyzed available data, marked flight course and possible crash site. Sadly, but after a wide scale search and rescue operation even a smallest part of Boeing 777-200ER wasn’t found. In some point, there was a feeling that plane suddenly disappeared in the air…

The investigation revealed some preflight details of enigmatic event, which didn’t give the answers. According to the officials, an aircraft with 239 people has crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Is it possible that such a big plane as Boeing 777 can fall down the sky without a trace? Well, they didn’t give direct answer to that, but they noticed that it could sink rapidly… It’s very doubtful, because even if the wreckage sunk, there are a lot of plastic part on the plane that can drift on the water.

The official theory states that the Indian Ocean is a big space, which is very hart to cover with the search missions. Except that, there is some part of it which is not properly surveyed yet. Therefore, there is chance that plane’s debris if there was a crash, could have been overlooked by rescuers. This assumption sounds realistic, but still all collaborative affords couldn’t be so inefficient. Theoretically, they supposed to detect something, but they didn’t.

Few days after the disappearing there were such theories as: terrorism, pilot suicide, mechanical failure, cyber hijacking. It was almost impossible to determinate a possibility it, because crew didn’t send a distress call. Even if there was an intruder in the crew cabin, he didn’t contact to Air Traffic Control either. As it was mentioned before, the situation looked like in one second there is plane in the air and suddenly few seconds later it’s gone. It sounds mysterious but in real life it probably was different.

According to the investigation materials, there keyword in this case is a device called transponder that somebody switched off. Basic function of the devise is to send and receive radio signals from the ground without it, plane loses connection with a radar and disappears from the screen. That is exactly what happened in this particular situation.

Why would somebody do it, remains unknown. It could be a technical glitch, but the switch was an analog. That means, that it can be turned off either manually or because of short circuit. But if there was a problem with electronic, the power could go off and that’s how they ended up with turned off transponder.

In previous article called Mysteries of our time: Flight MH370. Part 1 there is an information that military radar still could see the plane for almost two hours before it got missing. Latter British company – Inmarsat was getting a signal from a plane for more than 7 hours. This fact makes the situation even more mysterious. How it possible is that plane is missing, but the company had a signal for a while? Where did it come from? These are questions without answers!

According to the company’s data, during 7 hours after the despairing plane was sending signals which allowed them to calculate a speed of the aircraft. They said that it was in a motion. It raises even more questions.

The whole situation reminds an endless chain of the questions and there in nobody to give answers. Investigator found clues, but those were just partial pieces of information which did not allow to see a whole image. Somebody can argue with that, because it’s investigators’ job to find a true. And as far as we know it, they are looking for it. Meanwhile available information about the flight MH370 so limited that plane unofficially pronounced vanished.

 

Read also: Mysteries of our time: Flight MH370. Part 1

                  Mysteries of our time. Flight MH370. Part 2: The timeline of search & rescue missions

[*] Warning. This is not an official statement neither from responsible authorities or official investigation reports. This is a fact build reflection based on information from listed sources. It made by enthusiasts who want to know, what really happened. The information can be uncompleted or inaccurate in some point, because some of hidden information that was unreachable to the authors.

Sources:

  1. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101485972 (Retreived 2015-07-03)
  2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10714907/Revealed-the-final-54-minutes-of-communication-from-MH370.html (Retreived 2015-07-03)
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  8. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31736835 (Retreived 2015-07-05)

Mysteries of our time. Flight MH370. Part 2: The timeline of search & rescue missions*

The search radius is extended to 27 000 nautical miles. It was confirmed that plane was heading off course. Malaysian police began to check passengers’ background boarded on the plane. Authorities got desperate. Australian government shared satellite images where they indicated some unknown objects Later, Chinese plane found 2 white square objects, which could have been parts from the missing plane…

Read also: Mysteries of our time: Flight MH370. Part 1

On March 9, 2014 U.S., China, Singapore and Philippines joined rescue operation. Analysis of radar data showed that plane changed its direction. Therefore, the search area was expanded from 20 to 50 nautical miles. Nothing was there. Malaysian police began to check passengers’ background boarded on the plane. After some time, they learned that two passengers had forged passports, but it did not give answers what has happened to the plane?

Flight MH370 rescue operation from March 8, 2014 to March 19, 2014

Fig 1. MH370 rescue operation from March 8, 2014 to March 19, 2014

On the next day, on March 10, 2014 search area was expanded even wider to 100 nautical miles, but there was no evidence that plane crashed somewhere near the area. It just disappeared. Therefore, rescue operation focused on any debris or oil stains that could be seen on the water. After a while, near the coast of Vietnam they found some oil stain, but it turned out that it was trace left by ship. Authorities got desperate.

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 the Interpol has learned that 2 men from Iran used fake passports. At this time, the Malaysian army started to investigate the concept of possibility that plane changed course above the southeast coast of Malaysia, near Kota Bharu. It did not give any results!

Fig. 2. MH370 rescue operation from March 20, 2014 to March January 28, 2015

Fig. 2. MH370 rescue operation from March 20, 2014 to March January 28, 2015

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, search radius is extended to 27 000 nautical miles. Thus the search operation has become one of the largest in the world. Twelve countries came to help. In operation attended 42 ships and 39 aircraft. It did not lead to vanished plane or its debris. No one knew where wreckage was. This was a starting point of various rumors and speculations.

On Thursday March 13, 2014, the Wall Street Journal shared the idea that perhaps the plane drifted away about 2200 miles from search area. But it was another unconfirmed reflection.

On Friday, March 14, 2014 the White House has provided information that after the disappearance a satellite was getting weak signals from the plane. It lasted during a few hours, which proves that communication on the aircraft was functional. At this time, the USS Kidd has searched the area near Strait of Malacca, around the Gulf of Thailand.

On Saturday, March 15, 2014 it was confirmed that plane was heading off course. Unexpectedly, new facts appeared. Signals transmitted from the plane have been receiving by the satellite during 7.5 hours after disappearing! For Malaysian authorities it seemed that it could be a case for some kind of terrorist act. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that, it was somebody’s well planned operation… But it was just a political statement that didn’t help to find the wreckage.

Fig. 3. MH370 rescue operation from March 7, 2015 to March 8, 2015

Fig. 3. MH370 rescue operation from March 7, 2015 to March 8, 2015

Sunday, March 16, 2014. Eleven countries joined the search and rescue mission. This was a new stage of the search operation. Meanwhile, Malaysian police continued the investigation and checked the identities of all passengers and crew members.

On Monday, March 17, 2014 operation continued. Australia and Indonesia were searching in certain corridors indicated on the satellite maps.

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, China confirmed that its citizens did not belong to the terrorist groups. It was an important issue, because there were some speculations that separatists from the province of Xinjiang could be connected to larger group and had something to do with plane disappearance.

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 the FBI officially joined the investigation. The Malaysian government dismissed rumors that someone saw the plane on the Maldives Islands.

On Thursday, March 20, 2014 Australian authorities shared satellite images where they indicated some unknown objects that could have been parts of missing plane, such as wreckage and debris. Four planes sent to the area, overcame 1553.43 miles (2500 km) and arrived to marked location near the south-western part of Perth. It turned out that it was not plane’s debris.

Friday, March 21, 2014. It becomes clear that rescue efforts were ineffective. Representatives of the Australian Government made an assumption that the wreckage could be already under the water. Therefore, the authorities started new search in the Andaman Sea.

Saturday, March 22, 2014. China unveiled a new series of satellite images. There were some objects drafting on the water surface. So, it gave a hope that finally authorities found debris of flight MH370, but it wasn’t it. Information updated again. Chinese authorities reported that 74,56 miles (120 km) to south from previous area marked by Australian authorities, they’ve found an object. Its side was 22 by 13 meters, but it wasn’t a part of vanished plane.

On Sunday, March 23, 2014 the search continued. French experts shared satellite images made above the southern part of Indian Ocean. There were another drifting objects. However, it was very unlikely that it could be a wreckage. In that point, search efforts based on previous Chinese satellite images were in south-west area, near the Perth. There was a hope to find the plane and those who survived.

On Monday, March 24, 2014 appeared an official statement from Malaysian Government, which indicated that it is very likely the plane crashed somewhere in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. This information is permanently dispersed the hope that anyone survived (if there was a crash). Later, Chinese plane found 2 white square objects, which could have been parts from the missing plane. But as previous, these elements weren’t connected to the flight MH370.

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 a storm on the Indian Ocean caused a suspension of the search. After weather conditions became better they continued the operation. But in that point, there was no hope to find passages alive.

In April 2014 began underwater search. It covered an area 430 miles (692 km) wide and 50 miles (80 km).

In June 2014, Australian Government published a report. Investigation authorities assumed there was a possibility of cockpit decompression and because of oxygen starvation crew members couldn’t do their duties. Therefore aircraft was controlled by autopilot…

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, Australian authorities said that perhaps the plane changed course of flight earlier than investigators thought earlier.

On Friday, September 19, 2014 after 4 month suspension of underwater search, authorities announced resumption until the end of the month.

In October 2014 sonar equipped ships commenced an active search operation.

On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) made a statement that this event was a precedent in modern aviation. However, the search will continue.

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, Malaysian authorities said that obtained data will be analyzed again.

On Sunday, March 8, 2015 was published an official report of Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation but plane still remains missing.

Sources:

1. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101485972 (Retreived 2015-07-03)
2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10714907/Revealed-the-final-54-minutes-of-communication-from-MH370.html (Retreived 2015-07-03)
3. http://www.livescience.com/44228-photos-missing-malaysian-flight-370.html (Retreived 2015-07-03)
4. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/austria/10898385/13-planes-vanish-from-radars-over-Europe.html (Retreived 2015-07-03)
5. http://mh370.mot.gov.my/download/FactualInformation.pdf (Retreived 2015-07-03)
6. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/07/flight-mh370-disappearance-timeline (Retreived 2015-07-04)

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*Warning. This is not an official statement neither from responsible authorities or official investigation reports. This is a fact build reflection based on information from listed sources. It made by enthusiasts who want to know, what really happened. The information can be uncompleted or inaccurate in some point, because some of hidden information that was unreachable to the authors.

Mysteries of our time: Flight MH370. Part 1*

It happened on March 8, 2014 when aircraft MH370 flew over the Indian Ocean, from International Airport of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing (China). But it never reached its destination. What did happen with flight MH370?

This is one of modern mysteries of our time. It happened on March 8, 2014 when aircraft MH370 flied over the Indian Ocean. There were 239 people on board. It supposed to be a regular flight from International Airport of Kuala Lumpur to the capital of China – Beijing. The weather was good, nothing foretoken a danger or obstacles in air traffic. Among those on board there were 12 crew members, who carry out their daily duties.

The Boeing 777-200 ER that they were traveling on was made in 2002. Last technical review was on February 23, 2014. Since its first flight on May 14, 2002 he flew 53465 hours. Despite the good condition, the aircraft was repaired in August 2012. This was a result of minor fender bender which damaged the plane’s winglets. It took place at the International Airport of Shanghai where two planes bump their wings. After the reparations, the plane returned to the air fleet of Malaysia Airlines.

In that day, take-off was successful and as well as first hour of flight. This conclusion comes from the communication record between the pilots and flight controller. At 00:42 ATC (Air traffic control) informed the crew about entering KL radar 132.6 and wished them good night. Pilots confirmed the information.

Passengers felt relief and could unfasten the belts. Each of them was sure, that after a few hours the aircraft is landing in Beijing and they are going to do their business. Controllers who watched the flight did not registered deviations. Everything was going well.

The pilots contacted to ATC at 00:46:51. The conversation between the air traffic controller and the crew shows that plane supposed to go up. When it was at flight level 350 (35000 feet), the control tower (ATC) gave them instructions to switch between the communication channels to the Tower Chi Minh City 120.9 i wished a good night. At 01:19:29 pilots acknowledged further contact. No one knew that this is the last information that has been transferred from the plane.

The flight was lasting an hour. At 01:21 when flight MH370 was over the South China Sea, he disappeared from the radar. The attempts to establish a connection have been unsuccessful. It was unclear what happened?

In spite of fact that plane was lost on commercial airlines radar, it still was visible at military radar of Malaysian Army. They observed its activity and course deviations until 02:22 of local time. Afterward the signal faded out.

Shorty, there was a confirmation that aircraft has disappeared over the Andaman Sea, near the coast range of Malaysian town called Kota Bharu. It was tragedy. It was all over the news. People didn’t know how to react? It was unacceptable that in civilized time such big airliner as Boeing 777-200 can just disappear… Relatives, public, officials and specialists were confused and frustrated.

Malaysian authorities authorized search and rescue operation… But the weather in the Indian Ocean is very changeable. In addition in the time it was a monsoon season, which means that the ocean was very stormy and windy. All methods of air and sea search was ineffective. They needed to wait until the next day.

Read more in the second part…Mysteries of our time. Flight MH370. Part 2: The timeline of search & rescue missions

Sources:

1. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101485972 (Retreived 2015-07-03)

2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10714907/Revealed-the-final-54-minutes-of-communication-from-MH370.html (Retreived 2015-07-03)

3. http://www.livescience.com/44228-photos-missing-malaysian-flight-370.html (Retreived 2015-07-03)

4. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/austria/10898385/13-planes-vanish-from-radars-over-Europe.html (Retreived 2015-07-03)

5. http://mh370.mot.gov.my/download/FactualInformation.pdf (Retreived 2015-07-03)


[*] Warning. This is not an official statement neither from responsible authorities or official investigation reports. This is a fact build reflection based on information and articles from listed sources. It made by enthusiasts who want to know, what really happened. The information can be uncompleted or inaccurate in some point, because some hidden information.  

What will happen if your country lock down your bank?

Because of financial problems, Greece shut down banks. It is obvious that outgoing transactions also blocked. This caused serious problems for all cardholders. Just imagine, you are a tourist in one of the most developed countries of the world, but you have no money, because your country foolishly locked down your bank. 

Today the Associated Press published an article titled «Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC». It says that, because of financial problems in Greece, the country shut down banks. However, it was difficult to suspect that they blocked credit cards. Perhaps this also applies to all non-cash transactions.

When I read this article was deeply impressed, for a moment imagined myself in their place. They came to the U.S. with the hope to have a good time, to visit tourist attractions and got into unpleasant situation. They had money on the account, but it was blocked because the country got financial issues. It seems to me that it is a very extreme challenge to be far away from home with the lack of money.

When they’ve realized that their credit cards are blocked, they decided to visit fast-food restaurant and spent all they had for a meal. Under the circumstances, it was a very hard decision. But somebody could ask, couldn’t they get money from their families? It is obvious that Greek banks also blocked outgoing transactions, which caused serious problems for all cardholders. Therefore, family members weren’t able to support them financially.

Interesting fact is that Greece is not some third world country, but it is a member of the European Union. But it is obviously, that the methods of their financial policy are very desperate. It’s probably because they used all financial help from Germany and other countries and didn’t put their economy on the right track.  In addition, they probably do not care about their citizens and economic consequences of such action. Therefore, we should remember that not all countries that are considered economically developed, really know how to act during the crisis.

Would you like to be like this poor couple? Just imagine, you are a tourist in one of the most developed countries of the world, but you have no money, because your country foolishly locked down your bank.  You barely know the language, and you need to do something, you need to look for help. This is a challenge not for everybody, but it teaches us a lesson that you need to be ready for all kind of weird, disagreeable circumstances.

What would you do if your linguistic skills were so limited that it was only enough to visit a souvenir shops and check in and checkout at the hotel? You feel the tension, right?  But before the trip, you were convinced that your account balance is fine, but you check it out just to make sure. Your savings were there. This inspired you to great expectations about your future vacation or honeymoon (like in this case).

You were about to have a time of your life, but something was coming… It was like a hurricane that you didn’t expect or tornado that showed up earlier that was forecasted.   It suddenly changes everything. In this case, someone the other part of the world has blocked your dream by locking down your bank account.

You have to survive somehow and return home. All of this sound like an example in a book published by some Academy of survival…  For these tourists – it was real.

Common affords lead them to a solution. They’ve visited Greek embassy first, but it seems that they didn’t provide them with a help they needed. Therefore, another step they took is to visit the Greek Orthodox churches in Queens, New York where parishioners donate them money.

It remains unclear was it enough to stay in New York for a while or not. Another unknown detail, do they have tickets back home or not? But the most important question is it wise to return to the country with broken economy?

Source (07/03/2015): http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/honeymoon-is-over-for-greek-couple-who-went-penniless-in-nyc/ar-AActSJF?ocid=U220DHP

Movie The Tourist (2010). How “traveller” was the one…

The film, which we’ll write about is one of those films where you can understand the plot in the end. As far as I can see, there are some genres were mixed up. The movie is an action, a drama, a detective and very good quality movie.

The Scotland Yard is looking for a criminal Alexander Pears, which steals from mafia and thus multiply his wealth. However, the police do not care how he earns money; they are looking for him because he is a citizen of the United Kingdom and does not pay taxes. He hides so well that police and Interpol do not know how he even looks like. The viewer learns that the only person associated with this criminal is Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie).

She is an under-cover agent and supposed to enter into trust, collect the evidence of his crimes and get information where it keeps the money. But she fell in love, and disappeared with him in an unknown direction. A few years later appeared on public again. Interpol began to track her activity with the hope that she may lead to Alexander Pears.

This adept, canny and experienced villain was very careful. He to stay under the radar, he usually communicate with Elise via letter of instruction. The film begins with the fact that the French Interpol spy upon sophisticated, which is Elise Clifton-Ward.

All begins in the restaurant.  She gets the letter, which says that she should go to the railway station and take the train.  During the trip she must find naïve simpleton that have the same stature as Pears. In this scenario she supposes to treat him as a boyfriend, so the police will think that this is Alexander Pears. She did it. Interpol, including Inspector John Acheson got confused…

In the end of the movie it turned out that this average American teacher from Wisconsin Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) was a Alexander Pears, who had plastic surgery. All those turns and twists allowed him to be unnoticed during whole movie.  Also it made possible to escape with his mistress…