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Chinese radar expert has doubts that Malaysian airliner simply 'vanished'

Radar technology is advanced enough to track an aircraft 'even after an explosion'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 March, 2014, 6:02am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 March, 2014, 12:53pm
 

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could not just "disappear", a Chinese military radar expert said yesterday, and asked whether Vietnamese authorities were withholding crucial information or if staff had "neglected their duty".

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, had reached cruising altitude of more than 10,000 metres when it vanished over the sea between Vietnam and Malaysia, Vietnamese air traffic controllers said.

"This is very strange," the expert said. "Radar technology today is so advanced, even a piece of debris just a metre or two long can be detected easily."

Vietnamese air traffic controllers should have been able to track precisely the whereabouts of the aircraft and reproduce its flight route, said the source, who declined to be named.

Even if the aircraft broke apart in an explosion, the cloud and trajectory of its debris would still leave a trace on a radar screen.

"The plane was flying at a very high altitude. The crew had lots of time to use the emergency radio frequency for help. I find it difficult to believe that the Vietnamese did not detect anything, although some staff might have neglected their duty or were not doing their job properly," he said.

The expert added that the area where the plane went missing was very busy and closely monitored by ground radar networks.

Some passengers might have survived a crash at sea, waiting for rescuers to arrive, the source said. "The rescue efforts have been unreasonably slow," he said. "If there were survivors, whether or not they lived was determined by the speed of the search and rescue operation."

In a meeting with the Malaysian chargé d'affaires to China, Bala Chandran Tharman, and Vietnamese ambassador to China Nguyen Van Tho, Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng called on both countries to try their best with rescue work, and to inform the Chinese passengers' relatives about the latest developments.

Xinhua reported that both envoys said they planned to work closely with China and do their best to help facilitate a rescue.

If the plane's black box can be found, investigators should examine whether there was any delay in the rescue operations, according to the radar expert.

"Radars have no blind spot on the ocean. After an accident, radar data should provide a fairly accurate estimate on the plane's final location," he said.

"There has been very little transparency with the information. This is murder to survivors," he added.

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arthur.venene

It is well known that the press can make a monkey out of sincere intent to expedite a mammoth task. This is what Malaysia has done in difficult circumstances (see below), that is co-ordinate a multi-country search and rescue. If we new the detailed events behind many past diplomatic tasks in history ie. "real-time" we would not necessarily be appalled because we would put events into context retrospectively.
In the current context that no one new where this plane was, it was right that China combed the China Sea, and Vietnam its area of near sea, Malaysia the coastal and other specific searches, The US the Pacific and Andaman seas, India the local ocean and nicobar. There are Others:- Singapore's specialist use of equipment, Thailand, Cambodia; the list may lengthen. It is we hope what Navy's are for and not forgetting AF and Army personnel.
The difficulty I referred to above is best explained in this article published elsewhere earlier. I cannot quote it here but copy and paste this link(in edit mode) to your browser to get the picture.
****www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-missing-mh370-font-legal-limbo-hampers-probe-into-missing-jet-1.508124
This is well worth the read and has no connection with myself.
mark.orr.315
if it broke up at 35000 feet no one survived. That is a fact.
HiggsSinglet
Who is this so called Chinese military radar expert? what is his problem? sounded like a nationalist bonker who needs to be rendered!!! must have learned from us extremists who just like to bash and blame!!!
bunko8@yahoo.com
what are you babbling about?
jiawang@adb.org
China should not be so quick in accusing Vietnamese authorities of "withholding crucial information" or blaming Vietnamese staff for "neglected their duty."
Let the investigation determine the cause of the missing flight.
Small minded, insecure people always seek to blame others.
Greedy, nasty people always look for opportunities to sue.
I'm sure China is not like this.
arthur.venene
It is well known that the press can make a monkey out of sincere intent to expedite a mammoth task. This is what Malaysia has done in difficult circumstances (see below), that is co-ordinate a multi-country search and rescue. If we new the detailed events behind many past diplomatic tasks in history ie. "real-time" we would not necessarily be appalled because we would put events into context retrospectively.
In the current context that no one new where this plane was, it was right that China combed the China Sea, and Vietnam its area of near sea, Malaysia the coastal and other specific searches, The US the Pacific and Andaman seas, India the local ocean and nicobar. There are Others:- Singapore's specialist use of equipment, Thailand, Cambodia; the list may lengthen. It is we hope what Navy's are for and not forgetting AF and Army personnel.
The difficulty I referred to above is best explained in this article published elsewhere earlier. I cannot quote it here but copy and paste this link(in edit mode) to your browser to get the picture.
****www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-missing-mh370-font-legal-limbo-hampers-probe-into-missing-jet-1.508124
This is well worth the read and has no connection with myself.
bunko8@yahoo.com
where in the article did it say China was accusing Vietnam of "withholding crucial info"?
you are telling me, an individual's (private sector or otherwise) opinion represents an entire country? if so, then you must be dumber than a door ****.
HiggsSinglet
although i agree with most of your statements, but i disagree with your last one. many of these prc hans that i have met are exactly like the 2 of your last 3 statements you have mentioned. the state media blame MAS releasing information too slowly where as they themselves always withhold information. my experience is that they are usually 24 to 48 hours late in releasing incidents within the mainland prc or simply covering up. in the MAS case, there is simply nothing to release other than speculations. even if the plane is found, it will take years and the possibility that the cause may never be found (TWA 800)!!! these prc hans have generations to go before they will be integrated into the modern world, particularly those from the mid level governments!!!
 
 
 
 
 

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