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MH370 Investigators ping media about important phone call

There are two possible reasons why a satellite phone on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 didn’t respond to calls from frantic airline officials after it went missing on 8 March. One would be that a conscious decision was made not to take the call, and the other, that there was no one near it who [...]

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MH370 Two very ugly scenarios get some detailed attention

Two detailed, reasonable, and deeply disturbing hypothetical scenarios seeking to explain the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been posted by Jeff Wise, a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics and the author of Extreme Fear.

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MH17 preliminary report due first week of September

The Netherlands investigation into the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July will be released in the first week of September.

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Why did Qantas persist with Iraq overflights for so long?

Serious questions remain unanswered about the inability of Qantas to take on board security advice from its business partner Emirates when the latter announced on 28 July its intention to cease Iraq overflights which crossed ISIS contested regions of that country.

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Was MH370 a botched hack attack that killed 239 people?

The possibility that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was destroyed because of a botched hack attack on its computers and electrical systems will force itself back into the spotlight this week at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas.

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Qantas stops Iraq overflights

On 28 July we asked how long would it take for Qantas to discontinue its overflights of Iraq while its partner Emirates considered them too unsafe? The answer is five and a half days.

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War zone flights meeting puts safety onus back on airlines

Carriers like Malaysia Airlines, or Lufthansa, or KLM, that think they can fly where someone else tells them it is safe to do so have been rebuffed on the sidelines of a industry crisis meeting in Canada called to consider the MH17 shoot down.

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Malaysia Airlines kept apart from Tiger at Adelaide Airport

An incident involving Malaysia Airlines and Tigerair Australia at Adelaide Airport yesterday underlines the importance of a vigilant tower when an airline, in this case a local low cost carrier, stuffs up.

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Black box reports ‘confirm’ missile strike on MH17

Updated  It has taken a day longer than most observers expected for reports as to what was learned from MH17′s ‘black box’ flight recorders to leak out, and it is no surprise that they are claimed to confirm that Malaysia Airlines 777 and the 298 people on board were brought down by a missile warhead [...]

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Qantas to fly where Emirates fears to go, but for how long?

It isn’t clear for how long Emirates and Qantas will be saying different things about the missile risk over Iraq, but for the time being Qantas is going to fly where its business partner fears to go, right across territory contested by the ISIS insurgency.

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MH17 Admissions of safety failure by Malaysia Airlines?

Malaysia Airlines’ airline’s commercial director, Hugh Dunleavy, is reported to have made a series of comments about the MH17 shoot down which might cause dismay among industry observers.

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MH370 Does this video hold the key to the mystery?

The silence from Boeing and safety regulators about a troubling security hole in Boeing 777s is of concern. It existed on the 777 that mysteriously disappeared while operating Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on 8 March.

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Israel flights grounded after rocket attack on key airport

Unlike the situation in Ukraine, it has only taken one rocket which landed near Israel’s gateway Ben Gurion Airport at Tel Aviv  to shut down foreign carrier flights to and from Israel.

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MH17 Rebuild confidence pledge may be poorly timed

At a time when the media is full of confronting images from the MH17 disaster scene in east Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines has today issued statements that could reflect very poorly on the competency and judgement of its management.

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MH17 UN resolution is some comfort for bereaved, none for regulators

The fields of horror in eastern Ukraine where MH17 fell to earth will now give up their secrets to an impartial investigation, and those who lost their loved ones may receive their mortal remains.

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MH17 Documents show airlines using Ukraine routes were warned

Although they have already been widely circulated on technical and closed user forums there are documents that show that airlines that continued to use Ukraine airspace for overflights until the MH17 atrocity caused their closure were given specific and unambiguous warnings which they chose to ignore or discount.

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MH17: Why Malaysia Airlines must be confident about Syria safety

This isn’t new, as a practice, but Flightradar24 shows the extent of Malaysia Airlines’ confidence in the aviation friendly nature of the Syrian conflict.

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MH17 Ukraine made serious money from airline overflights

The exact sums have not been publicly established, but Ukraine had tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars at stake from flights that used its air space to save time and fuel and other operating costs while flying between Asia and Europe.

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