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BEN SANDILANDS | January 18, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 51 |

MH370: Is it time to investigate the investigators?

Choose your heist? Gold bullion inside plane, or riches on the plain?

A Canadian mathematician, Brock McEwen, says it’s high time to investigate the MH370 investigators themselves because there are reasons to believe the search is being set up to fail

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 16, 2015 | SPACE | 5 |

Mars: The Beagle was landed all those years ago

Scrutiny of high definition mapping images from a NASA Mars orbiter has found the UK’s missing probe.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 16, 2015 | STRATEGY | 10 |

Boeing’s measured view of the future may not have MAXed out

Comfortable but cautious, Boeing still talking to airlines about something beyond a 737-9 MAX

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 14, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 18 |

Singapore Navy finds fuselage of AirAsia flight 8501

The main fuselage section of the crashed AirAsia A320 has been found by the Singapore Navy, and this message and images have been posted on Facebook by the country’s Defence Minister,  Ng Eng Hen.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 14, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 13 |

MH370 searchers to look at hard to reach sea floor wrinkles

Deep holes and wrinkles that might hide the wreckage of MH370 from the sea floor search are to be probed by new underwater robot

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 13, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 3 |

Airbus commits to A321LR and a whole new 200 pax jet market

Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier laying claim to more than the 757 market

Airbus won the net order contest with Boeing in 2014, but the real news from its annual press conference in Toulouse today includes the firm launch of a trans Atlantic capable A321 LR or long range model of the new engine option version of its largest single aisle jet.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 13, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 9 |

AirAsia crash investigation gets second data recorder

Recovery of both flight recorders means the hard work in understanding the AirAsia crash can now get underway in earnest

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 13, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 10 |

Most capable A330 yet makes first flight, extends model life

The options for new wide body twin engined airliners have become more complex as older designs live on with new engines, ‘sharper’ packages

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 12, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 11 |

AirAsia FDR recovered, holds potential answers to many riddles

AsiaAsia flight 8501's tail after being recovered on Saturday

While the state of the recovered flight data recorder from AirAsia flight 8501 has not been checked out, it has the potential to explain why the Surabaya-Singapore flight crashed with such force and lethality 15 days ago.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 12, 2015 | ATROCITIES | 35 |

MH17: Blogger tears down Moscow made conspiracy claims

MH17 shrapnel damage, from the interim crash report

UK based blogger Eliot Higgins has analysed hundreds of pieces of social media evidence in reaching his just published report destroying the made up assertions by Russian officials and the RT News agency that Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July, killing all 298 people on board

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 11, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 17 |

AirAsia: Why black boxes don’t float, for the time being

Air France AF447: A reminder as to why floating black boxes won't work

There are some interesting discussions on this blog and elsewhere as to why ‘black boxes’ like those on AirAsia flight 8501 don’t float, or don’t eject in a crash, or otherwise prove perhaps needlessly hard to find. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 11, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 2 |

AirAsia CEO Fernandes: Black box may have been found

Note The data recorders have been located and efforts to recover them will occur later today

This tweet from Tony Fernandes, who turned AirAsia into Asia’s low fare giant, raises hopes of some answers about the circumstances and causes of the crash of flight 8501 between Surabaya and Singapore on 28 December.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 10, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 5 |

Frustration over ‘black boxes’ as AirAsia tail raised to surface

Almost all of the recovered seats from this nearly full flight were empty

Reports from Indonesia indicate growing concern that the black box flight recorders on AirAsia flight 8501 may be being buried deeper into the silt on the shallow floor of the Java Sea by strong currents.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 10, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 8 |

Qatar Airways already testing live black box uploads

Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker made an astonishing disclosure to a media conference this week about live streaming data from flight recorders, which no one seems to have picked up on for its implications for new tech high efficiency air traffic control systems.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 09, 2015 | PRESS FREEDOM | 14 |

Crikey: Je ne suis pas Charlie

This concerns the integrity of one of the parties to two major airline tragedies which the muzzled media in this country can’t report.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 09, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 5 |

Update, pings heard from AirAsia flight 8501

Indonesian authorties now say they have detected water activated sonic pings coming from one or both of the flight data ‘black boxes’ carried by AirAsia flight 8501 when it crashed into the Java Sea on 28 December.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 09, 2015 | APPOINTMENTS | 17 |

Todd Sampson brings altitude, attitude, big shoe size to Qantas

Hey, Todd! Redesign our Qantas

Never mind the Qantas bio for new non-executive director Todd Sampson, the board room is about to get someone who understands physical as well as mental pain and achievement.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 07, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 24 |

Photos show tail, part of cabin, of AirAsia flight 8501

Indonesia media montage courtesy @thatjohn (John Walton) and @STCom

Indonesian searchers have located and photographed the tail and very rear section of the cabin of crashed AirAsia flight 8501 on the floor of the Java Sea near the SW coastline of Kalimantan.

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