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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:27 am

Hopes MH370 will finally be found

Missing flight MH370 set off "radio tripwires" which could finally reveal its true location, a top expert has revealed

The claims come seven years after the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 suddenly vanished with 239 on board, sparking the world's greatest aviation mystery.

Flight MH370 flight disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board

Richard Godfrey - of the respected Independent Group probing the disappearance - has now called for the use of Weak Signal Propagation (WSPR) data to map the doomed passenger plane's final movements.

WSPR is a grid of radio signals which covers the globe allowing planes to be tracked as they they set off invisible “digital tripwires” which reveal their position.

“WSPR is like a bunch of tripwires or laser beams, but they work in every direction over the horizon to the other side of the globe,” Godfrey reveals in a new report.

“JORN or any Over-The-Horizon-Radar is similar to WSPR," he adds. "It also uses HF radio waves that bounce off the ionosphere and is effectively a very sophisticated tripwire detection system.”

Godfrey’s report says that MH370 crossed eight WSPR "tripwires" as it flew over the Indian Ocean, which backs up previous flight path analysis.

It's believed MH370 triggered a number of 'digital tripwires' on its final flight

In busy airspace, these tripwires are crossed so frequently it can be extremely difficult to track individual aircraft.

But he says if the French Air Transport Gendarmerie – the only official body still probing the mystery – were to combine WSPR data with pings from the cockpit's satellite phone then MH370 could finally be tracked down.

"Both systems were designed for another purpose other than the detection, identification and localisation of aircraft,” writes Godfrey.

“However....together the two systems can be used to detect, identify and localise MH370 during its flight path into the Southern Indian Ocean.

“Neither system is perfect for this task, but together they can give a good result.”

Those that lost family members in the mystery have now hailed the potential "breakthrough" on the official MH370 Facebook page.

A wing part found in South Africa is claimed to be the latest piece crash debris

Relatives of those on board still do not know what happened seven years on

They wrote: "Mr Richard Godfrey...has put forth a new credible method that can be utilised to identify possible MH370 Flight Paths using WSPRnet [Weak Signal Propagation Report (WSPR)] and Inmarsat Satellite data.

“This is a new approach that requires interpreting existing data collected and made available on WSPRNet

“We are hoping further research and refinement of possible flight paths using this methodology will help in further validating/narrowing the potential splash point of MH370.”

Problems appeared to start for the passenger jet at 1.20am on March 8, 2014, just 38 minutes into its nine-hour plus flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, over the South China Sea.

In the official version of events the plane performed a U-turn and was tracked by radar crossing Malaysia.

Later atellite analysis was said to have identified a potential splashdown site in the Indian Ocean.

A £110million search led by Australia scoured 50,000 square miles of the ocean floor using high-resolution sonar from 2014 to 2017.

A second search sponsored by the Malaysian government also failed to find any trace.

So far 33 pieces of debris - either confirmed or deemed highly likely to be from MH370 - have been found in Mauritius, Madagascar, Tanzania and South Africa.

Another suspected piece was found in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in February.

Last month, we reported how a panel of oceanographers and flight experts have identified a new area where they think the plane is lying.

Ocean drift analysis and a review of a revised flight path released late last year agreed it probably went down about 1,200 miles west west of Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia.

The area is notorious for its deep ocean floor canyons and underwater mountains.

Peter Foley, who oversaw the first large-scale search, told The Times he agreed with the experts.

He said a new inquiry should examine the sea floor 70 nautical miles either side of the original target area.

Theories put forward include the pilot crashing on purpose; a drop in air pressure leaving crew unconscious; a lightning strike; and lithium batteries in the cargo hold catching fire.

Cops inspect debris found on a beach on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:13 am

WSPR May Hold The Key To MH370

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after an unexplained course change sent it flying south over the Indian Ocean in March 2014 still holds the mystery of the wreck’s final location

There have been a variety of efforts to narrow down a possible search area over the years, and now we have news of a further angle from an unexpected source. It’s possible that the aircraft’s path could show up in radio scatter detectable as anomalously long-distance contacts using the amateur radio WSPR protocol.

WSPR is a low-power amateur radio mode designed to probe and record the radio propagation capabilities of the atmosphere. Transmit beacons and receiving stations run continuously, and all contacts however fleeting are recorded to an online database.

This can be mined by researchers with an interest in the atmosphere, but in this case it might also provide clues to the missing airliner’s flightpath. By searching for anomalously long-distance WSPR contacts whose path crosses the expected position of MH370 it’s possible to spot moments when the aircraft formed a reflector for the radio waves.

These contacts can then either confirm positions already estimated using other methods, or even provide further course points. It’s an impressive demonstration of the unexpected data that can lurk in a trove such as the WSPR logbook, and also that while messing about on the airwaves the marks we leave behind us can have more benefit than simply bragging rights over the DX we’ve worked.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu May 20, 2021 12:35 pm

Missing Aircraft Mysteries: From Malaysia MH370 To Flying Tiger Flight 739, Still No Answers

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Cover of Stars and Stripes day after Flight 739 disappeared

Air travel is generally safe. Commercial aircraft undergo rigorous checks and pilots and flight crew undergo extensive training. Airliners are packed with state-of-the-art communications equipment and continually check in with air traffic control. But despite all this, sometimes aircraft do disappear.

Although it does not seem that long ago, Malaysia MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014. The plane, a Boeing 777-200ER, carrying 227 passengers and a crew of 12, was flying from Kuala Lumpur to its planned destination, Beijing Capital International Airport. Despite air and sea searches of vast stretches of the Indian Ocean, the aircraft and its passengers has never been found.

A recent memorial reminds that MH370 is not the only missing aircraft out there. The saga of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 a Lockheed Super Constellation, is less known, but to the survivors of its 107 passengers and flight crew, equally painful.

Flying Tiger Line was the first scheduled cargo airline in the U.S., founded by ex-military pilots in 1945. It was acquired by FedEx in 1989, after more than 40 years of flying cargo and passenger charters for the military during the Cold War. Flying Tiger Flight 739, carrying 93 U.S. and three South Vietnamese soldiers and a crew of 11, was one such charter. The Super Constellation aircraft, whose final destination was Saigon, disappeared somewhere between Guam and the Philippines on March 15, 1962.

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Flying Tiger Super Constellation like Flight 739 that disappeared over the Wes term Pacific on ... [+] March15,1962, killing 107.

The ill-fated flight and its passengers were recently recognized at a new memorial at Columbia Falls, Maine, organized by the non-profit Wreaths Across America. Although the aircraft was carrying Army soldiers for a reported covert mission in Vietnam, the organization notes “every attempt to get the names of their loved ones on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. has been met with the response, “they weren’t in combat operations or a combat zone.”

Flight 739 originated at Travis Air Force base in California. It made stopovers in Honolulu, (HNL) at Wake Island Airfield (AWK) and on Guam (UAM). It departed Guam for Clark Air Base (CRK) in the Philippines on March 15, 1962, the last stop before its destination of Saigon. The flight disappeared without a trace somewhere over the Western Pacific. The only clue to its fate was a report by crewmen on a Liberian tanker of a fireball in the sky along what would have been its expected fight path.

In the hunt for Flight 739, more than 200,000 square miles (520,000 km) of the Pacific was searched by air and sea during the course of eight days. The search was eventually abandoned when no sign of the aircraft was found.

At the time one of the largest searches ever conducted, the hunt for Flight 739 eventually would be dwarfed by the so-far equally unsuccessful search for Malaysia MH370. The surface search for that missing Boeing 777 covered over 4,000,000 sq. kilometers. A bathymetric survey and underwater search also took place.

5th Annual MH370 Remembrance Event

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - FEBRUARY 3: Visitors write messages on the board during a commemoration ... [+] event to mark the 5th anniversary of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 03, 2019. The Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014 while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 227 passengers and 12 crew.

Although 33 suspected and confirmed parts of Malaysia MH370have been found, the aircraft is still considered missing, most probably in in the southern Indian Ocean. Wreck hunter Blaine Gibson, who found a number of parts, recently pleaded for a new search, citing drift analysis done by Prof. Chari Pattiaratchi at the University of Washington. He said, “Both Prof. Chari and I think the most likely crash site lies between 32°S and 34° S latitude, most likely [underwater] at the foot of Broken Ridge at about 32.5 °S.”

A compelling question about the loss of MH370 is how a modern aircraft packed with electronics that should have showed its location could simply disappear. More than 100 books have been written about the missing 777. Theories range from a depressed pilot to accidental shoot-down to a stowaway terrorist, but conclusive proof is lacking.

Similarly, the disappearance of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 raised many questions, with few answers. The big Lockheed Super Constellation was only 5 years old, with 17,000 hours of flight time. The weather was clear for what proved to be its final flight.

Theories as to the aircraft’s destruction range from a possible malfunction of secret military cargo (a similar Super Constellation carrying classified equipment, which also departed Travis AFB, crashed in the Aleutians a few days before) to sabotage.

Flying Tiger raised that possibility itself at a press conference. The carrier posited sabotage of one or both planes. Alternately, it suggested, a conspiracy theory as wild as any raised for Malaysia MH370, the possible kidnapping of the craft with 107 persons aboard. But as a news report of the time noted, “the Flying Tiger Line stressed it has no evidence of either possibility and they are strictly in the realm of wild guesses.”

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Granite monument to the 107 dead on Flying Tiger Flight 739, which disappeared March 15, 1962.

The Maine monument to the passengers and crew of Flying Tiger Flight 739, installed by the ... [+] non-profit Wreaths Across America May 15, 2021. The flight disappeared on March 15, 1962.

In April of 1963, the Civil Aeronautics Board investigation on the fate Flight 739 concluded, “A summation of all relevant factors tends to indicate that the aircraft was destroyed in flight. However, due to the lack of any substantiating evidence the Board is unable to state with any degree of certainty the exact fate of N6921C.”

The unveiling of the memorial in Maine, attended by 250 relatives of the victims, may have helped ease the pain of the families. “The memorial ceremony offers some closure,” Marie Mull, 82, told the NY Post. She lost her brother, Sgt. Clarence Ganance of Rensselaer, NY. “We’ve always wondered what happened. . probably always will.”

But the mystery of what happened to Flying Tiger Flight 739 remains. As with Malaysia MH370 and the dozens of other aircraft that have disappeared since Flight 739, hopefully one day there will be answers, instead of questions.

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Over 250 FTLF 739 family members in attendance for the unveiling on May 15th in Maine.

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