Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SCOTUS Set to Hear Arguments in 1ST Amendment Case - U.S. Vs. Elonis

What is U.S. Vs. Elonis, and WHY is it SO IMPORTANT? 

Anthony Elonis is an individual in the commonwealth country of Pennsylvania who was arrested after what he says was simply the act of "venting" on Facebook.  Elonis wrote status updates such as:
"Did you know that it's illegal for me to say I want to kill my wife?
It's illegal.
It's indirect criminal contempt.
It's one of the only sentences that I'm not allowed to say.
Now it was okay for me to say it right then because I was just telling you that it's illegal for me to say I want to kill my wife."
According to Elonis, he obtained the above words from The Whitest Kids U' Know, in which comedian Trevor Moore begins "Did you know that it's illegal to say, 'I want to kill the president of the United States of America.' "

Elonis was subsequently arrested, tried, and convicted. The court gave Elonis 44 months in prison, followed by a term of supervised community release. Criminologist Rob D'Ovidio of Drexel University is watching this case closely.


Pennsylvania isn't part of the U.S.? 

Yes, the term "commonwealth country" was used in place of the term "state". Legally, a commonwealth is not a state and does not enjoy state status in the union of U.S. States. The reason for a commonwealth being only that has to do with how much of the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Bill of Rights was ratified by a territory wishing to become a state and enjoy full status as a state in the union of U.S. states. There also needs to be a constitutional convention in which one third of state legislatures vote on things such as which territory can join the union of U.S. states.

For exactly these reasons, Shortwave America is treating Pennsylvania as a separate country within U.S. borders until there is evidence to suggest otherwise. SCOTUS cases involving commonwealth territories are always difficult for the court because a commonwealth draws their own law, and their laws are usually out of date and out of synch with the current day. Commonwealth territories are almost always more concerned about tradition and image than balancing the rights of people. 

The 1st Amendment, Threats, Misconduct, and Reasonable Restrictions on Speech

Elonis' case has traversed the court system, and now the U.S. Supreme Court says they'll hear the case and make a decision. Right from the Official SCOTUS Blog, Shortwave America has this tracking available: 

DateProceedings and Orders
Dec 20 2013Application (13A695) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from January 15, 2014 to March 7, 2014, submitted to Justice Alito.
Jan 6 2014Application (13A695) granted by Justice Alito extending the time to file until February 14, 2014.
Feb 14 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 21, 2014)
Mar 12 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including April 21, 2014.
Mar 21 2014Brief amici curiae of Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, et al. filed.
Apr 21 2014Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed.
May 5 2014Reply of petitioner Anthony Douglas Elonis filed.
May 6 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 22, 2014.
May 27 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 29, 2014.
Jun 2 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 5, 2014.
Jun 9 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 12, 2014.
Jun 16 2014Petition GRANTED In addition to the question presented by the petition, the parties are directed to brief and argue the following question: "Whether, as a matter of statutory interpretation, conviction of threatening another person under 18 U. S. C. §875(c) requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten."

As we can see, SCOTUS is looking at what is known as "statutory interpretation". This encompasses statutory scheme, statutory design, and statutory intent and spirit just to start with. The statutory interpretation of a threat is usually narrowed down to whether or not a person on the receiving end of a threat could reasonably feel as if they were going to be in reasonable jeopardy of being battered, and if he person making such threat did so knowingly, intentionally, and without legal justification.

The issue before SCOTUS is now precisely the following: (1) Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, conviction of threatening another person under 18 U.S.C. § 875(c) requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, as required by the Ninth Circuit and the supreme courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont; or whether it is enough to show that a “reasonable person” would regard the statement as threatening, as held by other federal courts of appeals and state courts of last resort; and (2) whether, as a matter of statutory interpretation, conviction of threatening another person under 18 U.S.C. § 875(c) requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten.

How do you go about proving beyond the shadow of a doubt (remember, this is a criminal case from which the SCOTUS involvement has arisen)  that someone INTENDED to threaten someone such that they were in real and reasonable fear of receiving a battery? There usually needs to be what we know as intent to further the crime instead of an act of actual furtherance. 

In some states, the legal term for a threat varies. One state may call it simple assault, while another may call it something like "terroristic threats" or "making a threat to commit battery", or something similar along these lines. Many have questioned the constitutionality of laws against making threats for the reason that deciphering real intent to further the act versus something said in a moment of anger and other resulting high emotions is most times extremely difficult because it creates a "hear say" situation whereby it is simply one person's word against another person's word. 

The Supreme Court will consider if Elonis' language was a "true threat," which the lower court defined as speech that is so clearly objectionable, any objective listener could be scared.

The question here that should hopefully be taken in by the court is: If any reasonable objective listener could be scared, is it really a threat, or is it more along the lines of disturbing the peace or disorderly conduct? Both of these named things are criminal acts, but of lower seriousness. 

In all of these details, do the way these laws are prefaced and written rise to such a level that the first amendment to freedom of expression is violated? Do we need to raise the bar for defining a real threat versus conduct that is only mildly to moderately scary / disturbing? 

When looking at speech, no matter where it's done, we always refer to two things: The Miller Test (also called the Three Prong Obscenity Test) in MILLER v. CALIFORNIA, 413 U.S. 15 (1973)
413 U.S. 15
, and Time and Place Restrictions applied to the first amendment. Also, as shown above, the Virginia Vs. Black in 538 U.S. 343 , 155 L.Ed.2d 535 is being looked at when balancing the matters of this case.  

Virginia Vs. Black was based upon the following facts:  "Respondents were convicted separately of violating a Virginia statute that makes it a felony "for any person ..., with the intent of intimidating any person or group ..., to burn ... a cross on the property of another, a highway or other public place," and specifies that "[a]ny such burning ... shall be prima facie evidence of an intent to intimidate a person or group." When respondent Black objected on First Amendment grounds to his trial court's jury instruction that cross burning by itself is sufficient evidence from which the required "intent to intimidate" could be inferred, the prosecutor responded that the instruction was taken straight out of the Virginia Model Instructions. Respondent O'Mara pleaded guilty to charges of violating the statute, but reserved the right to challenge its constitutionality."

Communication while in a psychological state of emotional turmoil (anger, high anxiety, passion arising from a closely held belief system, etc) and behavioral criminality are almost always dependent upon context in each different situation since the police, prosecutors, and even the court knows that no situation is the same. 

When looking at whether nor not a statute is unconstitutional, we look at two elemental questions: 

1.Is it unconstitutional on its face? Meaning we ask "is it unconstitutional no matter what?"  
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2. Is it unconstitutional as applied? Meaning we ask: "was one person or one group of people treated differently than another in the same or substantially similar conduct?" 

First amendment reasonable restrictions on speech: Time, Place, and Manner attach to the first amendment in a four part test.

1.  Does the regulation serve an important governmental interest?
 
2.  Is the government interest served by the regulation unrelated to the suppression of a particular message?
 
3.  Is the regulation narrowly tailored to serve the government's interest?
 
4.  Does the regulation leave open ample alternative means for communicating messages?   

What the court (SCOTUS) does is to take all of this together, and sometimes they may even consider whether or not something new needs to be added, enhanced, modified, or even taken out. The court will also be looking at the usual standard of taking the speech all together with the totality of facts and circumstances, and deciding what was reasonable under law and what wasn't. 

Media and Entertainers Could Get Swept - Up in a Bad SCOTUS Decision

If SCOTUS decides that a threat is defined exactly by what Elonis did, then various media and entertainment people can get caught up in the aftermath of bad interpretations, bad legislation that will surely follow, and lots of people will end up losing their freedom and liberty because all it will take is some overly - sensitive individual or a smart aleck to say they "feel threatened" and that defendant will be arrested, held in jail, and tried. The circuit courts across our nation will be overrun with threat cases, and everyone will have to worry about what they say. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Open Letter To The U.S. Amateur Radio Community and The ARRL - Field Day, Contesting, and Emergency Communications

This is directed at amateur radio operators from the West coast to the East coast of the U.S. and the ARRL. If this makes you uncomfortable, or otherwise finds you severely upset in regards to content, no one really cares. Go complain to someone who'll play their tiny violin for you.

This author, like many others in amateur radio, got into this for the love of radio and learning the science of radio communications since it teaches a LONG list of useful, practical, and needed communications and research skills. Amateur radio can help teach mathematics, geography, culture, earth and space sciences, etc. Radio can also be a form of useful medical and mental health therapy for those with chronic illnesses who are sometimes house-bound, or otherwise can't always get out and about. Radio gives these folks a way to be part of the outside world because it is a form of human interaction.

However, a collective of many amateur operators have found that the whole emergency aspect has been over-blown, and made to be the holy grail of amateur radio, especially the yearly nationwide "Field Day" event held by the ARRL! The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) has been dishonest about what Field Day really is.

Field Day is billed by the ARRL as being all about emergency communications. What a line of Bullshit! Field Day is a CONTEST and has nothing to do with practicing emergency communications skills. Field Day brings out two different crowds...the "whackers" or what we otherwise call the "whack-out and whack-off crew" who falsely think of themselves as THE experts, and also tend to look ridiculous in all of their unneeded emergency garb, coming awful close to false personation of emergency personnel.

The next crew in the emcomm "Field Day" crowd are your contesters. These are your technically adept, highly skilled, but rude and obnoxious people with zero social or conversational skills who love nothing more than making meaningless contacts where everyone is 5/9, and all you have to do is make a quick exchange of callsigns and tactical or logistical information that sounds EXACTLY like this: Operator callsign followed by operation class, and their state with their city.
THAT is NOT practicing emcomm skills, it's contesting!

The same exchange happens with Digital modes as well. Then there's always the argumant that it "exposes new amateur operators to radio", NO....new amateur operators don't need to be "exposed" to radio, they need to start using their license, whatever class they hold, to start learning the science and art of communications.

For far too long, amateur radio has been all about the boys. Amateur radio has been overrun for a long time with meatheaded, super macho - jocks, republican and libertarian conspiracy junkies who need serious psychiatric help, rich libs and neo-libs who want everyone censored if it doesn't tow the ARRL party line, and who also subscribe to the "separate but equal" and NIMBY mentalities. These are factual observations made over a period of years.

Chicago / Suburban Amateur Radio Culture as Example of Rampant Social and Political Dishonesty 

Earlier today, this very discussion about field day and emcomm vs. contesting took place on the NS9RC repeater in Chicago, Illinois between two parties who will not be named, but when the party divulging these facts set henceforth, the  "repeater trustee", Don - KK9H, openly censored the radio op on the air and said "why don't you keep your opinions to yourself, you can't say that on THIS repeater, and we don't want to hear it" Obviously, the op struck a nerve and the repeater organization can't deal with hearing the truth, and so they now call truth an opinion and tell people to be quiet. Typical liberal side-stepping from the rich, far north, suburban spoiled brats. What we have here is a good old case of "affluenza" where entitlement tries to overrun facts by using brute force to unfairly stifle meaningful and needed discussion in the amateur radio community.

Don - KK9H, is your typical one-way conduit of information type of guy who is backed by his fellow sufferers of affluenza at the North Shore Radio Club. What they do is to create a false dichotomy, and a one - way tolerance in which they'll have you around for so long as you buy their brand of bullshit and never talk about what's real in the wider amateur radio community outside of secret closed door discussions. THAT is also a DIRECT show of culpability towards intentional dishonesty and goes to a lack of upstanding collective character. This is something CFMC used to be known for.

In being communicators, is it not part of our mission to have these discussions about HOW and WHY we use communications, the issues at hand, and bring things into the light even if it's unpopular and uncomfortable? Turning your head or burying your head in the proverbial sand doesn't help anyone, nor does it go to helping any certain cause. What it does is allow community-wide problems to fester as the open, gushing wound it is. The necessary first-aid for this is to stop the bleeding, and prevent infection. This is done only by dealing with the problems instead of practicing avoidance, except when and where avoidance is used only AFTER the issues have been dealt with as a sort of preventative care.

ARRL Field Day Rules Prove Field Day To Be About Contesting

The ARRL sets up rules for all of the so - called "radio sports" they get into and offer to the amateur radio community at large. These are what we know as contests. Contests are in the factual sense, the bane of amateur radio because of the behavior on display, and because they take up significant portions of the bands, and therefore use up unnecessary bandwidth. 

ARRL Official Field Day websiteOfficial ARRL Field Day Rules for 2014. Let's see, shall we? Yes, just as suspected, the website when used in conjunction with the ARRL rules proves beyond the preponderance of the evidence that Field Day is about contesting, not the practice and art of emergency communications.

What other things are missing to make Field Day about emergency communications? For starters, there are no specific emergency drills or practice emergency scenarios involved which would facilitate the basis, need, and foundation for emergency communications "practice" to be held.

With that HUGE element missing, there can be no other steps taken to have a practice emcomm session such as Field Day.

Now, if the ARRL wanted to be factually honest, they would re-brand field day as a family friendly event to present amateur radio and all of its involved / associated sciences to families and individuals from all walks of life. Get rid of the emcomm moniker, replace it with a slower tempo, non-contest, relaxing and fun sort of experience, and it can be at least 90% guaranteed that amateur radio will see new licensees. There should be testing sessions at each moderate to large scale Field Day event so people can obtain new licenses, upgrade their current licenses, etc. 

How about having some seminars on radio basics?  Talks involving multi-media presentations about being able to hear people from all over the world right from your home or your car, your bike, and making contacts with those people. How about interactive community relationship - building experiences whereby the public can see all the different aspects of amateur radio at play, including satellite stations? 

Young people from the earliest of ages, to the young adult 20s and 30s crowds are heavily involved in computers today. We should be teaching them how to use amateur radio to set up new and innovative uses for radio in respect to computers and social networking so that when there is no cellular signals, and / or no internet, radio will have a new use. This will also give the radio community ideas for emcomm drills that can be practiced, especially in the event of cyber-terrorism. 

The advanced world has made the mistake of not properly securing various internet and computer related things, so it would be entirely possible that because our electrical systems, our water systems, our mail systems, payment and banking systems, automotive applications and various other important parts of electronic infrastructure is, for the most part, tied together by way of computers, if a cyber-terror group were to attack with any sort of strong, directed, sustained attack, amateur radio could be there as the final means of communication that cyber-criminals / cyber-terrorists wouldn't be able to screw with.
Closing Remarks

Given the points made in the above three sections, and the facts presented, the amateur radio community nationwide, and the ARRL would be well-served to be more realistic about where they belong in the scheme of our nation's emergency communications infrastructure, stop playing the immature ego games, start discussing and addressing real problems in a public and visible manner so as to be 100% transparent, and start painting an honest picture about what amateur radio is and isn't, especially in regards to Field Day and emcomm.  

Stop censoring open discussion on the air simply because it makes a few jerks uncomfortable. The jerks who are uncomfortable have the option of turning the dial, turning the radio off, or going to do something else. Pandering to uptight, over-privileged, bratty, closed-minded ignoramuses is only making things worse.

Reject racial profiling, ethnic, disabillity, sex based / orientation based, gender based, and other types of already illegal discrimination in all aspects of amateur radio. Take a stand against cliques, against political and social bullying, and take a solid stand against on-air censorship when and where there are no FCC violations committed.

Take a clear stand against amateur radio ops who have certain available technology, but attempt to limit its use to "their group". We are already seeing this happen with things like TDMA, where a few individuals who may or may not be a clique or group of some sort feel they need to "approve" of someone before they mentor them in this newest radio technology and help them learn where and how to obtain the programing software, equipment, etc. Self-policing does not mean hogging an entire technology or using it to separate other ops out of amateur radio.

Overly aggressive gate-keeping needs to stop if we are to be taken seriously as today's FCC described "existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts." and if we are to provide what the FCC mandates as "Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill."

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Entercom Sets Industry Standard For On-Air Responsibility and Communications Ethics


May 22nd started out as a glim day for those who had the unfortunate experience of listening to Kimberly and Beck in Rochester, New York on 98.9 - The Buzz. The topic of discussion on Kimberly and Beck's show was medical insurance coverage for Transgender city employees in Rochester.

What should have been a mature fact - filled discussion quickly became one false statement after another intended to shame and embarrass transgender persons, as the show aired irresponsible memes about trans persons that rose to the level of psychological violence, and possibly could have had the effect of inciting violence against trans persons simply based on old, worn out, untrue, and disproven political talking points.



Entercom Entertainment quickly fired the two show hosts, saying this: "This morning Entercom fired Kimberly and Beck effective immediately. Their hateful comments against the transgender community do not represent our station or our company. We deeply apologize to the transgender community, the community of Rochester, and anyone else who was offended by their hateful comments. We are proud of our past work on behalf of the local LGBT community and we remain committed to that partnership."

Kimberly and Beck called transgender people "nut jobs," trivialized the need for transgender health care, and played Aerosmith's Dude Looks Like A Lady throughout the segment. When a caller expressed disappointment in the hosts' transphobic commentary, another host responded "thank you, sir," in an attempt to mock the caller's gender.

1. Kimberly and Beck ignored the fact that Gender Dysphoria is a serious medical problem that is rooted in biological basis, requiring safe and effective medical treatment.

2. Kimberly and Beck did absolutely no research into what gender dysphoria is, or what it means to be transgender. Their abusive, vitriolic speech, and dangerous use of their place in the public spotlight highlighted their blatant disregard for the rights of fellow human beings.

3. The show hosts conflated gender identity with other things that are not related at all to the development of sex and gender.

4. Kimberly falsely used the presence of reproductive anatomy to spread misinformation about development of sex and gender. Playing to the false notion that trans persons, specifically transwomen, have "testosterone" and are therefore stronger than "women" gave rise to losing the fact that all women have some level of testosterone in their system.

5. Misogyny and trans-misogyny in the form of tasteless reference to female reproductive anatomy as a "back-up glove".

6. Kimberly and Beck fell so low as to introduce the "political correctness" argument when and where they say they are "used to all the nuances of desensitization".

Not ONLY were Kimberly and Beck fired, the consequences were even farther reaching for Entercom. "Critical Mass swiftly and overwhelmingly spoke out in support of transgender rights, and  advertisers were quick to pull their financial support from the program and the station." - Huffington Post

"The rallying cries of the transgender community are no longer heard only by left-leaning, insular groups without a stake in commerce, business or popular culture. Rather, issues of importance to the ever more visible transgender community are playing out on NBC and CNN, on the New York Times bestseller list and Netflix, and in the pages of this very paper." - Huffington Post

What we see here are the consequences of reckless and violent behavior. The social media reaction across the internet included volumes of transphobic responses that devolved into threats of sexual assault, and murder. In-between the violent responses to this sad event, were found thoughtful, caring, understanding, and educational comments advocating for the utmost of human rights and human decency towards transgender persons. 
   
Little did the transgender community know that BIG BUSINESS would have their back on that fateful May 22nd. While Kimberly and Beck were screaming about their "freedom of speech" which doesn't apply in the workplace, everyday people and well-known, multi-billion dollar businesses were voting with two powerful things: their money and their radio dials.

The standard of decency towards those with medical needs was given a HUGE one-up by Entercom in the best of all possible ways, as Entercom stepped - up in real time, and took a stand against hate radio for not only their own business interests, but, it made a statement that being transgender or being a person with any valid medical need is NOT a reason for ignorant, irresponsible, immature bashing of real human beings by pompous radio show hosts.   

The standard for on-air reponsibility and professional usage of communications ethics has been set by Entercom. Civility, skill, willingness to do research before presenting a discussion or a bit, and common - sense decency are called for in today's world of mass radio communications. Hopefully, this becomes a trend. 

Here are some good questions for Kimberly and Beck:

Would you have gone on the same rant if Rochester had introduced insurance coverage for lesser known, but serious medical conditions?

Would you have played a song in the background against any other legally protected group of people, simply because they have more unique medical needs than the general public?

Would you have gotten on the mic and lambasted a woman who was born without a vagina, and had to have surgery to install one after it was made for her in a lab? Surely you would have told her to pay for it out of her own pocket?

Did you know that the sort of tirade you went on is what trans people, most often trans women and ESPECIALLY trans women of color hear just moments before they are murdered for being trans?

Were you aware that screeds like you went on LIVE to who knows how many listeners, was a trigger for an untold number of transgender people? Surely, you knew that any given number of trans people with a history of surviving horrid abuse of various types, and those with severe challenges otherwise, could have been lost to suicide or their conditions made worse by hearing you dehumanize them without remorse?    

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Problem With Northern Illinois "Skywarn" - Part 1 in a Series

For the past 25 years and possibly longer in Northern Illinois, there has been a pattern of abuse happening within the Skywarn community. Anyone who has listened to and observed Skywarn up-close in Northern Illinois will have to honesty tell you that Skywarn is a front for a crew of rather rich, white, privileged, racist, bourgeois, xenophobic, suburban neo-fascists with racial and financial privilege that gets them places in regards to local and regional politics.

The Problem Starts With Ego, Selfishness, and Exclusion

What happens when you grow up with a silver spoon in your mouth, grow old, and have been given the unchecked privileges that come with being white, raised in the suburbs, given social preference based on your race and region of residence, handed a college education which led to an overpaid career that was already pre-arranged for you by someone, and your friendships, your very social standing depends on towing the party line and excluding certain groups of people?

You get a show of ego, selfishness, and exclusion. Amateur Radio has been used by a large group of folks at Skywarn from affluent suburbs as their personal playground, and they have given themselves authority to decide who can participate and who can't. This same group has also decided which areas / regions get the protection of skywarn spotters in regards to ground coverage and what reports get relayed to the NWS (National Weather Service) without delay based on a number of factors that rise to being patently illegal discrimination.

The Chicago Way 
Anyone who knows anything about the amateur radio scene in Chicago and the link to certain suburbs, especially the far northern burbs, knows that there are certain players who have brought the "Chicago way" to amateur radio and the public service aspect. First, it is important to note that public agencies have no real need for amateur radio. Public service agencies have their own equipment, they have their own official relationships with trusted agencies, and they are all trained by their respective governments or respective agencies. It doesn't matter if they're municipal, county, state, or federal. It also matters not whether they are an NGO (non-governmental agency) or NFP (not for profit).

Realistically speaking, the "public service" aspect of amateur radio is the clever jargon used to conceal the real intent of these folks: to bring a new level of nosiness into play. See, this crowd are mostly believers in a paranoid motto that says "In God We Trust, All Others We Monitor". They actually believe they have a right to listen in to a wide range of frequencies and to decode all different manner of electronic radio communication modes under the guise of being associated with "amateur radio public service".

They actually believe that they have a right to be involved in huge events such as the Bank of America 5K Run, certain big bicycle events, and all sorts of other things. The "public service" they provide could easily be done by the event organizers or an outside contractor with staff that actually specialize in that sort of business practice.

All of this started with things like Skywarn, and it quickly became a situation where they were given an inch and they took a mile. The very motivation and sole reason was because these people are engaging in a sick form of nosiness that resembles voyeurism. Observing their personalities, behaviors, and practices tells a story of people who have a pre-occupation with needing to feel as if they are in possession of information and other things that no one else has or can obtain.

The reality is that anyone can find out all of this stuff with a few keystrokes or simply by listening to a combination of trustworthy news sources, amateur radio frequencies, and doing a little bit of investigating.


Investigative Journalism, Criticism, Truth Telling, and Dissent Are Easily Silenced

Earlier today on the North Shore Radio Club UHF repeater (442.575Mhz +114.8PL), this reporter was on with Jan - NE2AR, and we were talking about the differences and disparities between Chicago and certain suburban regions in regards to emergency response after major storms and other emergencies. This author pointed out that those disparities go to to racial, financial, and political privilege. My exact comment was that I observed how everyone goes running to the rescue of the mostly white and financially affluent areas of concern when disaster happens, but no one comes running to the rescue of other areas where there is a mix of people. 

Don - KK9H happened to be participating in the conversation when I did this, thinking he would be intelligent enough and honest enough to admit that this problem exists. I mean, after all, he IS the former Mayor of Northbrook, Illinois, and is now a financially loaded financial business professional.

KK9H comes back on and respectfully gives his disagreement with what I said. I immediately see that he's defensive, as his voice tone and other voice characteristics tell that story. He wasn't just defensive, he's annoyed and offended. The truth tends to lead to these sorts of behaviors, and especially when someone has something to protect. Given Don's association with NSRC, his former political career, his current career, and his social following, he has a status quo and more to protect.

One should note the conversation went on after Don left the conversation even though he was on company time at his workplace. See, Don keeps an HT or something by his side so he can "monitor the repeater". Jan - NE2AR, and myself continued our conversation in which I mentioned certain facts about Northern Illinois Skywarn and how they operate. I linked it with suburban, racial, and social privilege. Don came back on and specificaly said "This is an inappropriate conversation, and I woud like you to keep your opinions off of this repeater. I'm about this close to shutting off this repeater." (funny how facts now become opinions, unless it supports the group, then it's just fine)

My so-called offensive comments? Those will be told in the next section when I tie it all together. The investigative journalism comes in when and where I have asked a lot of questions and attempted lots of research into a dangerous pattern of behavior that could potentially leave the Romeoville NWS Office on the hook for civil damages even though they likely have no clue what's happening.

The questions I've asked have been mostly met with silence, being witness to buck passing, attempted deception by dishonest or misleading answers, ignored e-mails, etc. There have been times when honest, genuine, criticism has been given and was again met with being silenced / shamed. Truth telling about any given subject has been answered by the "community" with the equivalent of Don's above words, or even worse. There has even been private phone calls from certain people high up the chain at NSRC where there was actual dictation of what could and could not be talked about.

The list of "approved" conversation topics pretty much left this, and other operators with literally two topics: emergency traffic, and check - in to nets. BUT, it was ok for everyone else to talk about anything and everything. This operator was told repeatedly that certain "listeners" of the repeater were gravely offended by simple, ordinary, enlightened, factual, conversations such as weather, gardening, traffic, everyday mundane banter between operators, and everything else you can imagine. 
The funny fact is that these "complaining" stations never even use the repeater! Not even on net night! These same stations don't check in or anything. They sit and listen, then they complain to everyone who will bend to their psychotic thought process instead of turning the dial and exercising choice. When dissent is expressed on ANY matter, even when it is done diplomatically, the reaction is shaming and silencing of that voice of dissent.
 
The "Offensive" and "Non-Existent"  Truth Revealed 
For twenty five years, this reporter and other people have listened to the Skywarn operations in Northern Illinois, operations that comprise the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, Grundy, DeKalb, Boone, McHenry, and Lake.

The fact is that Illinois is segregated by race, ethnicity, religion, financial status, and popularity. Northern Illinois Skywarn ops all report to one central repeater system that then forwards their reports from their local area repeater net control to the National Weather Service. In deploying weather spotters, and deciding which reports are sent to the NWS first, the clusters of popular amateur operators who are from high income, white majority communities are given preference. Areas with mixed race, mixed ethnicity, and areas that are not so financially well-off are either given poor to marginal deployment of spotters deployed by each amateur radio group, or their areas are completely neglected altogether, and those spotters who are not with a specific group who are from mixed race / mixed ethnicity neighborhoods with a variance of financial standings see a delay in their reports being handed over to the central repeater group that passes information on to the NWS.

All of this leads to specific groups of white, financially affluent amateur operators and their friends representing a "priority cluster" which provides and experiences the protection and core benefit of early severe weather warning reporting.

These facts lead a person in a reasonable state of mind to conclude that preponderance of the evidence proves that this rises to a level of cruel, wanton, civil rights violation by specific FCC licensed amateur radio operators and their groups which could end up with the NWS taking legal heat, even though there is no evidence that they are even aware of these practices in the field and at net control stations. 
Does The National Weather Service NEED Amateur Radio Operators or Spotters At All? 

The simple and factual answer is a resounding, NO. Given the presence of  local, county, and state employees on the streets representing government operations such as law enforcement, emergency fire and emergency medical services, public works, railroad, mass transit, and other trained weather spotters with access to better, more reliable radio communications, cell phones, internet access, etc, there is no need for amateur radio involvement other than the need for even the whitest and most financially well-off people to play God and decide who gets early weather warnings first, and who never gets them at all.   

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 - Timeline, Communications, Investigation Analysis, and Amateur Radio Involvement


On March 08th, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was scheduled to depart Kuala Lumpur airport (WMKK/KUL) at 12:41AM Malaysia time. The flight was scheduled to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport (BJS/PEK) at 8:25AM, according to major news sources.

Flightaware flight tracking shows the flight as airborne at 3:00PM with an altitude of 1,500 feet, and was tracked by ADS-B technology until 3:26PM at an altitude of 39,000 feet, and from 3:28PM until 5:54PM, Flightaware shows the aircraft as only at "estimated" status, meaning that their tracking of the flight cannot be verified between the times mentioned. From 5:54PM until 5:59PM, the flight was tracked again by ADS-B. Please note that all times are in EDT time to prevent confusion due to time zone crossing.

Flightaware tracking further shows that the aircraft at a high speed of 509 knots at exactly 3:18PM. The aircraft slowed to 477 knots at exactly 3:26PM. When the aircraft was tracked again at 5:54PM, it was flying at a speed of 507 knots, slowing to a speed of 458 knots, with a steady altitude of 39,100 feet. 

ABC news timeline shows MH370 information as follows:
  • The plane’s transponder, which reports its location and altitude - along with a data reporting system - were shut down within minutes of each other before the plane changed course. According to experts, the fact that the systems were shut down separately means a catastrophic event is unlikely because both systems would have failed at the same time. 
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, disappeared from radar about 1:30 a.m.
  • After disappearing from radar the plane turned back towards Malaysia, where military radar picked up the plane’s signal but did not realize it was a passenger jet until days later. The plane was tracked crossing Peninsular Malaysia before crossing the Strait of Malacca. 
  • Although the transponder was turned off, the plane was “pinging” a satellite for hours after it disappeared from radar. As a result, officials revealed the last time the satellite received data from the plane was 8:11 a.m., about seven hours and 31 minutes after the plane took off. Currently officials have not been able to track the plane’s location with these same “pings.”
  • The missing plane was piloted by Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and his co-pilot or first officer on the flight was Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27. Neither Shah or Hamid appeared to raise any red flags during the initial investigation. 
  • Shah, a married father with three grown children, joined Malaysian Airlines in 1981 and has more than 18,000 hours of experience in the air. 
  • Hamid had been flying with Malaysian Airlines since 2007 and has more than 2,000 hours in the air.
The Associated Press and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, David Kerley, Gloria Riviera, Colleen Curry, Molly Hunter and Joohee Cho contributed to this timeline. 
  • 12:41 a.m.: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 takes off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia heading for Beijing, China. The plane shows up on radar two minutes after taking off. 
  • 1:07 a.m.: The last automated data transmission is sent from the plane. U.S officials told ABC News they believe that sometime after this transmission the data reporting system was shut down. Sometime after this transmission Kuala Lumpur's air traffic control tells the plane's pilot they are handing off to air traffic control based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The pilot responds, "All right. Good night."
  • 1:21 a.m.: The plane's transponder, which transmits location and altitude, shuts down. Sources told ABC News that U.S. officials are “convinced that there was a manual intervention.”
  • 1:22 a.m.: MH370 should have come to the navigational way-point called Igari point. Before it reached this point, Vietnamese air traffic control noticed they had lost contact with MH370, according to the Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority.
  • 1:30 a.m.: The last moment that the plane was seen by Malaysian radar.
  • 1:38 a.m.: Air traffic control in Ho Chi Minh City informs Kuala Lumpur air traffic control about the signal loss. Ho Chi Minh City asks two other planes to contact MH370. Neither plane is able to raise the pilot of MH370. At least one of the planes report getting a “buzz signal” and no voices, then losing the signal.
  • 2:15 a.m.: Malaysian military defense radar picks up traces of the plane hundreds of miles west of MH370’s last contact point. The plane crosses over the Peninsular Malaysia and into the Strait of Malacca. The Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that the flight path was “consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane.”
  • Following hours: In the hours after contact was lost MH370 "pings" a satellite several times. It's not clear if those pings include data that could reveal the plane's location. The Malaysian prime minister said Saturday that the satellite data revealed that the plane flew for approximately seven more hours after dropping off of radar.
  • 6:32 a.m.: A broadcast call was made from Kuala Lumpur's air traffic control on emergency frequencies asking MH370 to call them.
  • 6:51 a.m.: A broadcast call was made from Ho Chi Minh City's air traffic control on emergency frequencies asking MH370 to call them.
  • 8:11 a.m.: The fight makes its last communication with a satellite seven hours and 31 minutes after taking off. Due to the amount of time the plane was in the air, officials are now searching an expansive region covering 5,000 miles from Kazakhstan to the South Indian Ocean 
See THIS newest video from ABC News:


See this video from CNN about transponders


Malaysian Airlines made THESE STATEMENTS. In case this link doesn't work, the statements are quoted in their entirety below:

Saturday, March 15, 05:45 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 19th Media Statement

Further to the statement by the Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak earlier today into the ongoing search for Flight MH370, Malaysia Airlines has shared all available information with the relevant authorities since the moment we learned that the aircraft had disappeared, in the early hours of Saturday 8th March. This includes the very first indications that MH370 may have remained airborne for several hours after contact was lost, which the Prime Minister referred to today.
This is truly an unprecedented situation, for Malaysia Airlines and for the entire aviation industry. There has never been a case in which information gleaned from satellite signals alone could potentially be used to identify the location of a missing commercial airliner. Given the nature of the situation and its extreme sensitivity, it was critical that the raw satellite signals were verified and analysed by the relevant authorities so that their significance could be properly understood. This naturally took some time, during which we were unable to publicly confirm their existence.
We were well aware of the ongoing media speculation during this period, and its effect on the families of those on board. Their anguish and distress increases with each passing day, with each fresh rumour, and with each false or misleading media report. Our absolute priority at all times has been to support the authorities leading the multinational search for MH370, so that we can finally provide the answers which the families and the wider community are waiting for.
We remain absolutely committed to sharing confirmed information with family members and the wider public in a fully open and transparent manner. However given the nature of the situation, the importance of validating new information before it is released into the public domain is paramount.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of the 227 passengers and our 12 Malaysia Airlines colleagues and friends on board flight MH370. They will remain at the centre of every action we take as a company, as they have been since MH370 first disappeared.




马来西亚航空公司MH370航空事件
媒体声明19
(2014年3月15日下午5时55分发布)

关于马来西亚首相拿督斯里纳吉敦拉萨今天较早时对于正在搜寻马来西亚航空公司MH370航班的工作所发表的声明, 马来西亚航空公司自获悉该班机于3 月8 日凌晨失踪后,便与各有关当局互通得到的一切信息。 这包括首相今天所提及的最初显示MH370 航班可能在失去联络后继续在空中飞行数小时迹象的信息。

此事件对于马来西亚航空公司及整个航空业而言的确是前所未有的。单凭卫星收集到的讯号来定位一架失踪的民航飞机,过去从未发生过。鉴于局势的性质和 高度敏感性, 原始的卫星讯号必须由有关当局加以核实和分析,以充分地了解这些讯号的意义。由于核实和分析工作需要一些时间,因此我们在此期间无法公开证实这些讯号的存 在。

我们很清楚在此期间,媒体持续所作的各种猜测, 以及这些猜测对航班上乘客家属的影响。随着失联时间的增加以及不断出现的谣言、虚假或误导性的报导,都会加深他们的痛苦和忧伤。我们的当务之急是协助有关 当局组织多国搜寻MH370航班 , 以便我们可以最终为家属们及公众提供他们所期待的答案。
我们绝对承诺以完全透明的方式向家属及公众公开已被证实的信息。然而,鉴于事态的性质,我们向公众发布任何新信息之前必须先核实信息的真实性。
我们继续与MH370 航班上227 名乘客及12 位马航同事的家属一起祈祷。MH370航班失联以来,他们便是马航的工作重心。。



Friday, March 14, 12:13 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 18th Media Statement

Malaysia Airlines reiterates that we will continue to give our full support in cooperating with the search and rescue mission which is coordinated by the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA) under the purview of the Ministry of Transport, Malaysia.
Malaysia Airlines is fully aware of the on-going media speculations and we have nothing further to add to the information we have already provided.
Our primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families of the passengers and crew of MH370. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals, medical and emotional support.
Malaysia Airlines will continue to provide regular updates to the general public via the media and our website on all matters affecting MH370.


马来西亚航空公司MH370航空事件
媒体声明十
(2014年3月14日下午12时13分发布)
马来西亚航空公司再次郑重声明,公司将继续与马来西亚民航局紧密合作,全力支持该局在马来西亚交通部权限范围下所进行的搜索和救援任务。
对于各方媒体持续不断的各种猜测,马来西亚航空重声我们已将所掌握的一切信息全面地提供与发表,故暂无补充。
马航此时的首要任务乃尽全力关注及照顾MH370航班的乘客与机组人员的家属,为他们提供及时信息、安排交通、食宿、医疗服务及心灵关怀辅导。
马来西亚航空将继续通过媒体及网站向公众发布所有关于MH370事件的最新消息。
媒体咨询请联络+603 8777 5698 / +603 8787 1276。

Thursday, March 13, 11:10 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 17th Media Statement

As a mark of respect to the passengers and crew of MH370 on 8 March 2014, the MH370 and MH371 flight codes will be retired from the Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur- Beijing-Kuala Lumpur route.
With effect from 14 March 2014, the new flight number to replace MH370 and MH371 will be:-
MH 318 – Kuala Lumpur - Beijing
MH 319 – Beijing - Kuala Lumpur
There are no changes to the frequency of our services and we will continue to operate double daily services to Beijing.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of our colleagues and passengers of MH 370.


马来西亚航空公司MH370航空事件
媒体声明十
(2014年3月13日上午11时10分发布)


马来西亚航空为表达对2014年3月8日MH370航班的乘客与机组人员的尊重,故MH370 与MH371 航班号将不再用于马来西亚航空公司的吉隆坡-北京往返航线。
自2014年3月14日起,MH370 及MH371 将更改为以下新的航班号:-

吉隆坡飞往北京——MH318

北京返回吉隆坡——MH319

航班运营服务的班次并无变化,每天将继续有两班飞机往返于吉隆坡和北京。

我们仍然与MH370失联客机的同事及乘客的家眷同在,一起为MH370 祈福。

Thursday, March 13, 12:45 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 16th Media Statement

Malaysia Airlines wishes to clarify the claims that some families of the passengers were flown to India instead of Malaysia. This is not true.
Malaysia Airlines flies directly from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur without a transit. There are also no Malaysia Airlines' direct flights from Hong Kong to Mumbai or any part of India.
The welfare of both the crew and passenger’s families remain our focus. At the same time, the security and safety of our passengers is of the utmost importance to us.





马来西亚航空公司MH370航空事件
媒体声明十六
(2014年3月13日零点45分发布)


马来西亚航空谨此澄清,有关聲稱指一些乘客家属被安排從北京飛往馬來西亞时却经过香港到了印度的说法是不正确的。
马航是从北京直飞吉隆坡,並无中转站。而且马航並没有从香港到孟买的直飞航班,也没有从香港直飞印度任何地区的直飞航班。
我们最关切的是乘客及機組成員家属的情況。與此同時,馬航乘客的保安及安全仍然是我們的首要重點。

Wednesday, March 12, 11:30 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 15th Media Statement

Similar to the situation in Kuala Lumpur, the focus of Malaysia Airlines team in Beijing is to provide care for the families of passengers.
Malaysia Airlines has to-date deployed a team of 112 caregivers to provide assistance to the family members during this trying time.
Once the news of the incident became known, a total of 94 caregivers including the Senior Management members of Malaysia Airlines were deployed to Beijing immediately. In the days that followed, an additional 18 caregivers were deployed.
The caregiver’s primary role is to provide family members with emotional support and ensure their basic needs are met to try and make this difficult time relatively bearable.
Malaysia Airlines also provided equal amount of initial financial assistance to all families of passengers, over and above meeting their basic needs. All travel arrangements, accommodation, meals, and medical support are also absorbed by the Airline.
Regular briefings are conducted to update the families on current progress. During these briefings, the team also takes questions from the families to clear any doubt that they may have. We have arranged a team of translators to convey our messages in Mandarin. We also continue to keep the Chinese media informed and updated via regular press conferences.
Malaysia Airlines also received support from the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCAM), who deployed two of their officers to join the team in Beijing. This was to facilitate questions and provide information on the search and rescue mission which is coordinated by the DCAM.
The Airline continues to work closely with the authorities and we appreciate the help we are receiving from all local and international agencies during this critical period.
Our top priority remains to provide any and all assistance to the families of the passengers and crew.
Malaysia Airlines reiterates that it continues to be transparent in communicating with the general public via the media on all matters affecting MH370.




马来西亚航空公司MH370航空事件 
媒体声明十五
 (2014年3月12日晚上11点30分发布)

同样在吉隆坡的情况,马来西亚航空公司的工作人员在北京的首要任务就是为乘客的家属提供服务。
目前马来西亚航空公司已派出的112名专业辅导员会在这个艰难时期给家属成员提供辅助。
当天3月8日,马来西亚政府官方公布了失联飞机MH370的信息后,马来西亚航空公司已经立刻派出94名专业辅导员,以及马来西亚航空高级管理人员到北京对家属们进行妥善的安排。陆续再派出18名专业辅导员到北京进行协助。
这些专业辅导员的主要工作是提供家属成员支持,并确保满足家属们的基本需求。我们也将会为家属承担并且安排所需的行程,住宿,膳食,医疗,以及财务资助等。
马来西亚航空公司也将会尽量给家属提供最新的信息,而且会尽所能回答家属们的疑问。我们也为家属们安排了翻译团队。与此同时,我们还继续与中国官方媒体保持紧密合作,以便让大众得到最新的信息。
我们还得到马来西亚民航部门( DCAM )的支持 ,民航部署的两个行政人员加入我们北京的团队。为了助于解答家属的疑问,以及提供有关民航的搜索和救援任务的信息。
我们航空公司将继续与有关当局紧密合作,我们非常感谢所有本地和国际机构在这关键时期给予我们的帮助。
我们马来西亚航空公司的首要任务仍然是提供协助给所有家属。
马来西亚航空公司重申对媒体与公众关于失联飞机MH370的所有事项保持信息的透明度。

Wednesday, March 12, 01:00 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 14th Media Statement

Malaysia Airlines' primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families of the passengers and crew of MH370. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals, medical and emotional support. All these costs are borne by Malaysia Airlines.
We have deployed teams of caregivers consisting of trained MAS staff and volunteers from Mercy Malaysia and Tzu Chi Foundation. These caregivers are stationed at five different locations at Beijing and four different locations in Kuala Lumpur.
As of now, we have 115 family members in Kuala Lumpur and they are taken care of by 72 different caregivers. At least one caregiver is assigned to each family together with a Mandarin translator for the families from China.
The caregivers have been keeping the families updated on the search and rescue efforts as well as provide emotional support.
Equal amount of initial financial assistance are being given out to all families of passengers and crew over and above their basic needs. This amount is extended to families of all crew and passengers in Malaysia as well those from other nations.
We regret and empathise with the families and we will do whatever we can to ease their burden. We are as anxious as the families to know the status of their loved ones.
马来西亚航空公司MH370航空事件
媒体声明十四
 (2014年3月12日中午1点05分发布)
马来西亚航空公司当下的首要任务是尽全力照顾MH370航班的乘客与機組成員家属,提供及时信息、安排交通、食宿、医疗服务及提供心灵关怀辅导。这些费用将由马来西亚航空公司承担。

此外,我们已组成多支关怀团队,成员包括经过培训的马航职员、大马医药援助协会(Mercy Malaysia) 和慈济基金会,他们分别在北京五个地点和吉隆坡四个地点提供关怀援助。

迄今有115名家属抵达吉隆坡,由72位关怀志工特别照顾。来自中国的每一家庭均
有一名关怀志工及中文翻译员照顾。

关怀志工们随时为家属们提供最新搜寻与救援工作状况,同时亦提供心理辅导。

我们已向所有乘客及机组成员家属发放首笔相等数额的特殊慰问金作为他们的基本需求。
这笔款项不仅分发给马来西亚所有乘客与机组成员的家属,同时也发放给其他国家所有乘客与机组成员家属。

对于此次不幸事件,我们深感遗憾与同情。家属们焦虑盼望家人消息的心情,我们亦感同
身受。我们将竭尽所能给予援助以减轻大家的负担。

Tuesday, March 11, 11:30 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 13th Media Statement

Malaysia Airlines has become aware of the allegations being made against First Officer, Fariq Ab Hamid which we take very seriously. We are shocked by these allegations.
We have not been able to confirm the validity of the pictures and videos of the alleged incident. As you are aware, we are in the midst of a crisis, and we do not want our attention to be diverted.
We also urge the media and general public to respect the privacy of the families of our colleagues and passengers. It has been a difficult time for them.
The welfare of both the crew and passenger’s families remain our focus. At the same time, the security and safety of our passengers is of the utmost importance to us.


马来西亚航空公司MH370航空事件
媒体声明十三
(2014年3月11日上午11点30分发布)

马来西亚航空在此声明我们非常认真地看待针对副机师 Fariq Ab Hamid 所做出的指控。我们对这些指控感到震惊。
目前,我们无法证实涉嫌事件的图片和视频的真实性。如您所知,我们正在处理危机当中,我们不希望我们的注意力被转移。
这是一个艰难的时刻,我们呼吁媒体和广大公众尊重我们的同事和乘客的家庭的隐私。
乘客家属和马航员工的福利是我们极为关注的重点。与此同时,乘客的安全保障是我们首要任务。

Tuesday, March 11, 05:29 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 12th Media Statement

This statement is in reference to the many queries on the alleged five (5) passengers who checked-in but did not board MH370 on 8 March 2014 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing despite having valid tickets to travel.
Malaysia Airlines wishes to clarify that there were four (4) passengers who had valid booking to travel on flight MH370, 8 March 2014, but did not show up to check-in for the flight.
As such, the issue of off-loading unaccompanied baggage did not arise, as the said four passengers did not check in for the flight. Hence, the above claim is untrue.


马来西亚航空公司MH370航空事件
媒体声明十二

马航首席执行长阿末佐哈里发表声明
(2014年3月11日下午5点29分发布)

此声明为回应有关五名乘客尽管持有有效机票,兼办妥登机手续而最后未登上2014 年 3 月 8 日从吉隆坡飞往北京之MH370航班。

马航特此澄清只有四名乘客持有2014 年 3 月 8 日MH370的有效机票而未到柜台办理登机手续。

为此並没有产生卸除寄舱行李的问题,因该四名乘客从未办理登记手续。因此,上述声称並不真确。

Tuesday, March 11, 11:15 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 11th Media Statement

As we enter into Day 4, the aircraft is yet to be found.
The search and rescue teams (SAR) have expanded the scope beyond the flight path to the West Peninsular of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca. The authorities are looking at a possibility of an attempt made by MH370 to turn back to Subang. All angles are being looked at. We are not ruling out any possibilities.
The mission is aided by various countries namely Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and the United States of America. The assets deployed to cover the search and rescue is extensive. In total there are nine aircraft and 24 vessels deployed on this mission.
Apart from the search in the sea, search on land in between these areas is also conducted.
The search and rescue teams have analysed debris and oil slick found in the waters. It is confirmed that it does not belong to MH370.
The B777-200 aircraft that operated MH370 underwent maintenance on 23 February 2014, 12 days before this particular flight on 8 March 2014. The next check is due on 19 June 2014. The maintenance was conducted at the KLIA hangar and there were no issues on the health of the aircraft.
The aircraft was delivered to Malaysia Airlines in 2002 and have since recorded 53,465.21 hours with a total of 7525 cycles. All Malaysia Airlines aircraft are equipped with continuous data monitoring system called the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) which transmits data automatically. Nevertheless, there were no distress calls and no information was relayed.
Malaysia Airlines has a special task force to take care of families. Mercy Malaysia and Tzu Chi and others are also helping Malaysia Airlines by providing special psychological counseling to families and also the MH crew.
The Chinese government officials in Malaysia are also working closely with Malaysia Airlines. A representative from the embassy is stationed at the Emergency Operations Centre to assist with the emergency management and matters related to families in Kuala Lumpur.
In Beijing, the Prime Minister’s special envoy to China, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting is there to assist and coordinate all operational matters with Malaysia Airlines.
We regret and empathise with the families and we will do whatever we can to ensure that all basic needs, comfort, psychological support are delivered. We are as anxious as the families to know the status of their loved ones.
To the families of the crew on-board MH370, we share your pain and anxiety. They are of the MAS family and we are deeply affected by this unfortunate incident.
Malaysia Airlines reiterates that it will continue to be transparent in communicating with the general public via the media on all matters affecting MH370.






马来西亚航空公司MH370航班事件
媒体声明十一
马航首席执行长阿末佐哈里发表声明
(2014年3月11日上午11点50发布)


已经进入第四天了,可是马航失联客机还是没被搜获。
搜索和救援队目前已经将搜索范围扩大到飞行道以外位于马六甲海峡的西海岸。有关当局也正全力研究有关失联MH370可能折返马来西亚梳邦的可能性。所有的角度也正被检验,并不排除任何可能性。
此项搜索任务也得到多国协助,其中包括澳大利亚、中国、泰国、印尼、新加坡、越南、菲律宾和美国。所派出应付搜索及救援行动的物资是庞大的。目前已共有9架飞机和24艘船只被部署在东部地区进行搜索。
除了海上,搜寻行动也包括陆地。
至于此前在海上发现的残骸和油带样本,搜寻组已经分析并证实其不属于MH370航班。
执行MH370航班的波音777-200飞机在失联前12天,即2014年2月23日进行了保养维护,而下一次检查时间则定于2014年6月19日。该项维护工程在吉隆坡国际机场的飞机库进行,并且没有发现任何飞机机械问题。
这架客机于2002年移交给马航,至今已执飞行多达53,465.21个小时和7,525飞行周期。所有马航的飞机上都配有持续数据监控系统,即通 信寻址和报告系统(the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System ,ACARS),这一系统将自动与地面联络,发送信息。然而,失联客机并无发出任何求救讯号或信息。
马航同时也已经成立了一支特别行动组以照顾失联客机乘客的家属。大马医药援助协会和慈济基金会等组织也将会帮助马航向乘客以及机组人员的家属提供特别的心理援助。
身在马来西亚的中国政府的官员目前也与马航紧密合作。一名中国驻马大使馆官员现位于紧急行动中心,以协助应急管理和有关失联班机家属在吉隆坡的事宜。
而在北京,马来西亚总理的特使,丹斯里黄家定也在协助及配合马航处理后续事宜。
马航再次对所有乘客家属表示了遗憾和同情,并称将竭尽所能保障家属的基本需求、给予安慰以及提供心理辅导援助。我们也如失联客机的家属般焦急地想知道自己亲人的状况。
至于MH370机组人员的家属们,我们同样感到痛苦及焦虑。他们是马航的家人,我们对于这不幸的事件也深感同受。
马航重申,我们将会继续通过媒体,将一切有关涉及MH370失联班机的事项透明化。


Monday, March 10, 05:30 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 10th Media Statement

The purpose of this statement is to update on emergency response activities at Malaysia Airlines.
On notification of the incident the following steps have been taken:-
The EOC:-
1. Activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the early morning of 8 March 2014. The EOC is the central command and control facility responsible for carrying out emergency management functions at the strategic level during a disaster.
2. In addition to the EOC, various departments of Malaysia Airlines are also addressing to all the different needs during this crisis.
Family Management
1. Malaysia Airlines is working closely with the government of China to expedite the issuance of passports for the families intending to travel to Malaysia, as well as with the immigration of Malaysia on the issuance of their visas into Malaysia.
2. Malaysia Airlines is deploying an additional aircraft to bring the families from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur on 11 March 2014.
3. When the aircraft is located, a Response Coordination Centre (RCC) will be established within the vicinity to support the needs of the families. This has been communicated specifically to the families.
4. Once the Response Coordination Centre is operational, we will provide transport and accommodation to the designated areas for the family members.
5. Our oneworld partners have been engaged to help bring family members in other countries aside from China into Kuala Lumpur.
Search and Rescue
1. Malaysia Airlines has been actively cooperating with the search and rescue authorities coordinated by the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA) and the Ministry of Transport
2. DCA has confirmed that search and rescue teams from Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, New Zealand and the United States of America have come forward to assist. We are grateful for these efforts.


We also want to address a few common queries from the media.
We are receiving many queries about how the passengers with the stolen passports purchased their tickets. We are unable to comment on this matter as this is a security issue. We can however confirm that we have given all the flight details to the authorities for further investigation.
We also confirm that we are making necessary arrangements for MH370 passengers' families from Beijing to travel to Kuala Lumpur. However, flight details of the families’ arrival are highly confidential. This is to protect the privacy and well-being of the families during this difficult time and to respect their space. Our position is not to reveal any information on the flight or movements of the families.
Malaysia Airlines' primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families of the passengers and crew of MH370. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals, medical and emotional support. The costs for these are all borne by Malaysia Airlines.
All other Malaysia Airlines’ flights are as per schedule. The safety of our passengers and crew has always been and will continue to be of utmost importance to us.
The airline continues to work with the authorities and we appreciate the help we are receiving from all local and international parties and agencies during this critical and difficult time.
Malaysia Airlines reiterates that it will continue to be transparent in communicating with the general public via the media on all matters affecting MH370.


马来西亚航空 MH370航班事
媒体声明十
马航首席执行阿末佐哈里发表声明
(2014年3月10日下午6点10发布)

            本声明之目的為更新马来西亚航空对此次紧急事故所做的应急处理工作。
            為应对此事件,马航已经开展以下各项工作:
      
紧急行动中心:
l 此次事件的紧急行动中心于3月8日清晨开始運作。紧急行动中心为是次事件的中央指挥及控制中心。於策略上負責處理災難性的緊急事故。
l 除了紧急行动中心,马来西亚航空的各部门亦會處理此危機當中的不同需求。

乘客家属援助:
l 马航正与中国政府紧密沟通,帮助那些想前往马来西亚的失联航班乘客家属加速办理护照,同时亦与马来西亚签证當局沟通,加速签发入境签证。
l 马航正在计划安排一架包机,于3月11日将在北京的失联航班乘客家属接載至吉隆坡。
l 马航已经特别告知所有失联航班乘客以及舱务员家属,只要失联航班的位置一经确定,将会于邻近设立协调中心开展工作,为这些家属提供支援。
l 一旦紧急协调中心开始操作,我们会为失联航班家属提供在该区所需的交通和食宿。
l亦已知会 寰宇一家联盟中的伙伴航空公司协助将中国以外的失联航班家属送抵吉隆坡。

搜救工作:
l 马航正与由马来西亚民航局及交通部协调的国际搜救团队紧密合作,展开搜救工作。
l 马来西亚民航部证实国际搜救团队来自澳洲,中国,泰国,印度尼西亚,新加坡,越南,菲律宾,新西兰和美国。我们感谢这些国际搜救团的努力及支持。

       我们也希望对媒体的一些问题作出回应。
我们收到很多关于持有盗用护照的乘客是如何购得机票。由于这是一个保安问题,我们对此无法评论。但我们确定已经将所有的航班资料提供给有关当局作进一步调查。
我们也确定正在协助在北京的MH370失联航班家属前往吉隆坡。但有关这些家属的航班详情必需保密以保护这些家属的隐私,以及避免他们在这个困难时刻被打扰及尊重他们的私人空间。我们的立场是不会公开任何关于这些家属的航班详情及动向。
      马航目前的首要任务是为MH370失联航班乘客以及舱务员家属提供照顾与援助。这些支持包括事态的最新进展,交通,住宿,食物的安排,以及医疗及情绪方面的支援。所有费用由马航承担。
            马航所有其它航班仍正常运作。一如既往,保障所有乘客以及机舱服务员的安全,为我们服务的首要重点。
在此非常时刻, 我们将继续与有关当局保持紧密合作,同时也感谢所有提供帮助的马来西亚以及海外团体和组织。
      马航再次郑重重申,在此次失联航班的事件中,会继续保持透明度通过媒体与公众沟通,及时提供有关MH370的最新信息。

Monday, March 10, 10:00 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 9th Media Statement

It has been more than 48 hours since we lost contact with our flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Despite not being able to establish any positive findings on the whereabouts of the aircraft, Malaysia Airlines has been actively cooperating with the search and rescue authorities coordinated by the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA).
DCA has confirmed that search and rescue teams from Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and the United States of America have come forward to assist. We are grateful for these efforts.
Malaysia Airlines' primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals, medical and emotional support. The costs for these are all borne by Malaysia Airlines.
Initial financial assistance has been given out to all families over and above their basic needs.
At least one caregiver is assigned to each family. These caregivers are well-trained staff and volunteers from Malaysia and other organisations.
As of now, there are more than 150 "Go Team" members consisting of senior management and caregivers at Beijing to attend to these families. In Kuala Lumpur, a different group of caregivers are attending to the families’ needs.
Families from other nations apart from China have been arriving at Kuala Lumpur since early yesterday. More are expected to arrive today.
Malaysia Airlines is working closely with the government of China to expedite the issuance of passports for the families as well as with the immigration of Malaysia for their visas into Malaysia.
When the aircraft is located, a Response Coordination Centre (RCC) will be activated within the vicinity to support the needs of the families. This has been communicated specifically to the families.
The airline continues to work with the authorities and we appreciate the help we are receiving from all parties and agencies during this critical and difficult time especially the members of the media.
Malaysia Airlines reiterates that it will continue to be transparent in communicating with the general public via the media in all matters affecting MH370.
Malaysia Airlines is similarly anxious and we appreciate the patience, support and prayers from everyone.


马来西亚航空公司MH370航班事件
媒体声明九
马航首席执行长阿末佐哈里发表声明
(2014年3月10日早9点53分发布)

       我们与吉隆坡飞往北京的MH370失联航班失去联系已经超过48个小时。尽管目前仍然未有任何关于MH370失联航班确切位置的发现,航空公司已经尽全力支持由马来西亚民航部门协调的搜救团队开展搜救工作。

      马来西亚民航部门表示国际搜救团队来自澳大利亚,中国,泰国,印度尼西亚,新加坡,越南,菲律宾和美国。航空公司感谢这些搜救团队的帮助。

      航空公司现在的首要任务是及时为MH370失联航班乘客以及乘务员家属提供照顾与援助。这些工作包括最新进展的及时通知,交通,住宿,食物以及情绪安抚方面的支持与援助。航空公司将承担因此产生的费用。

      航空公司为每个失联航班乘客与乘务员家庭安排了至少一位护理人员,这些护理人员都是经过专业训练的工作人员与志愿者,她们来自马来西亚和其它相关机构。

      截至目前,超过150人的特别工作小组,他们包括航空公司高层管理人员以及护理人员,他们已经在北京开始照顾失联航班乘客家属。在吉隆坡,另一支护理人员的团队也正在照顾失联航班乘客与乘务员家属的需求。

      除了中国之外的第一批失联航班乘客家属已经在昨天早些时候来到吉隆坡,更多家属将在今天陆续抵达。

航空公司正在与中国政府和马来西亚签证服务中心积极沟通,加速办理失联航班家属赴马来西亚的签证。

      航空公司已经特别告知失联航班乘客与乘务员家属,一旦失联航班的位置被确定,邻近的应急处理协调中心会立即开展工作,为他们提供对应的援助与支持工作。

      航空公司将继续与当局有关部门合作。航空公司感谢在此非常和艰难时刻,为航空公司提供帮助的团体与组织,特别是所有媒体工作人员。

      航空公司再次郑重声明,在与公众的关于失联航班的信息沟通中会继续保持透明度,及时提供最新信息。

      航空公司也和大家的心情一样焦急。我们感谢所有人的耐心,支持与祈福。

Sunday, March 09, 02:43 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 8th Media Statement

Statement by MAS GCEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya
Together with all those affected by the MH370 incident, we understand the need to provide regular updates on the progress of the search and rescue operations.  As the hours turn into days, we at Malaysia Airlines are similarly anxious and we appreciate the patience, support and prayers from everyone.
We however acknowledge that the most affected group in this incident is the families of those on-board. As such, our primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals and emotional support. Initial financial assistance has been given out to all families. Caregivers are already assigned to each family and they are trained staff and volunteers from Malaysia and Australia.
Family members of the MH370 passengers from Beijing who wish to travel will be flown in stages to Kuala Lumpur on the available flights.  We are also communicating with the families from other nations to similarly arrange for their travel to Kuala Lumpur.
In the event flight MH370 is located, a Response Control Centre (RCC) in the area will be activated to support the needs of families.
The airline continues to work with the authorities and we appreciate the help we are receiving from all parties during this critical and difficult time.


马来西亚航空公司MH370航班事件
媒体声明八
马航首席执行长阿末佐哈里发表声明
(2014年3月9日上午2点43分发布)

我们理解所有失联航班的乘客和乘务员家属的心情,我们会第一时间更新搜救团队的在搜救工作中的最新进展。随着时间的推移,我们在马来西亚同样万分焦急。同时我们也感谢那些帮助,支持,以及为MH370失联航班祈福的人员。
我们承认大部分受失联航班影响的家属来自海外,所以我们的首要任务是为这些家属提供照顾与帮助。对此,我们会提供各个方面的援助,包括信息的及时通 知,交通,住宿,食物以及情绪安抚方面的工作。我们的工作团队已经分别派往各个家庭开始工作,他们都是来自澳大利亚和马来西亚接受过专业指导的工作人员。
身处北京的MH370失联航班家属如果想前往吉隆坡,我们会根据适当的航班依次负责接转。对于在其它国家的MH370失联航班家属我们也会提供同样的便利。
一旦MH370失联航班的位置被确定,我们的应急指挥控制中心会立即行动,为有需要的家庭提供帮助与照顾。
在这非常时期,航空公司将会继续与有关部门密切合作应对这一事件,同时表达对所有提供帮助的部门和相关团体表示感谢!

Sunday, March 09, 02:00 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 6th Media Statement

Sepang, 9 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines humbly asks all Malaysians and people around the world to pray for flight MH370.
It has been more than 24 hours since we last heard from MH370 at 1.30am. The search and rescue team is yet to determine the whereabouts of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
An international search and rescue mission from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam was mobilized yesterday morning. At this stage, they have failed to find evidence of any wreckage. The sea mission will continue overnight while the air mission will recommence at daylight.
We are dispatching all information as and when we receive it. The situation in Beijing is also being monitored closely. As many families of passengers are in China, we have deployed our “Go Team” to Beijing with a team of caregivers and volunteers to assist the family members of the passengers.
Once the whereabouts of the aircraft is determined, Malaysia Airlines will fly members of the family to the location. Travel arrangements and expenses of immediate family members will be borne by Malaysia Airlines.
Our sole priority now is to provide all assistance to the families of the passengers and our staff. We are also working closely with the concerned authorities in the search and rescue operation
The families may contact +603 7884 1234 (Kuala Lumpur) / +8610 6437 6249 (Beijing)
For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.
There will be a press conference at Sama Sama Hotel at 9.00 am today 9 March 2014 by DCA.
(2014年3月9日凌晨2点发布)
       马来西亚航空公司恭请所有马来西亚及全世界人民共同为MH370航班祈祷。
       距离最后一次接收MH370讯号,已经过去超过24小时。搜寻和救援队伍仍然没有确定波音777-200客机的行踪。
       来自马来西亚、新加坡及越南的国际搜寻与救援机构已于昨天早晨启动搜救行动。截至目前,搜救队伍还没有找到飞机失事的证据。海上搜救还在进行,空中搜救将在今天白天继续进行。
        我们会及时发布收到的相关信息,北京的事态也在紧密地控制中。由于乘客亲属大部分都在中国,我们已经组建“行动小组”与志愿者及安抚人员一起前往北京,为乘客亲属提供全力协助。
       一旦确定飞机的具体位置,马航工作人员将安排乘客亲属前往事发地点。亲属的旅行安排及费用将由马来西亚航空公司承担。
       我们当前的首要任务是全力为乘客亲属提供帮助。我们也在密切配合有关当局进行搜救工作。      
       亲属可以联络:+603 7884 1234 (吉隆坡) / +8610 6437 6249 (北京)
       媒体可以联络:+603 8777 5698 / +603 8787 1276
       马来西亚民航局将于今天早晨9点在吉隆坡Sama Sama酒店举行新闻发布会。

Saturday, March 08, 07:20 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 5th Media Statement

Sepang, 8 March 2014:  The families of all passengers on board MH370 are being informed. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members.
An international search and rescue mission was mobilized this morning. At this stage, our search and rescue teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam have failed to find evidence of any wreckage.
The sea mission will continue while the air mission will recommence at daylight.
For the passenger manifest of MH370, click here.
The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on-board are Malaysians.
The below table shows the latest number of passengers and their nationalities:-
Nationality
Total
China/Taiwan
153 including infant/1
Malaysia
38
India
5
Indonesia
7
Australia
6
France
4
USA
3 including infant
New Zealand
2
Ukraine
2
Canada
2
Russian
1
Italy
1
Netherlands
1
Austrian
1
Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.
The public may contact +603 7884 1234.
For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

aturday, March 08, 04:20 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 4th Media Statement

Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines is still unable to establish any contact or determine the whereabouts of flight MH370. Earlier today, Subang ATC had lost contact with the aircraft at 2.40am. The last known position of MH370 before it disappeared off the radar was 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).
We are still trying to locate the current location of the flight based on the last known position of the aircraft. We are working with the International search and rescue teams in trying to locate the aircraft. So far, we have not received any emergency signals or distress messages from MH370. We are working with authorities and assure that all sources are deployed to assist with the search and rescue mission.
The passenger manifest will not be released until all families of the passengers have been informed. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members.
We are deploying our “Go Team” to Beijing which will depart Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 4.30pm with a team of caregivers and volunteers to assist the family members of the passengers.
The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on-board are Malaysians.
Please take note that the earlier statement did not include the number of Indian nationals. This was due to confusion between the country code of Indonesia and India.
The below table shows the latest number of passengers and their nationalities:-
Nationality
Total
China/Taiwan
154 including infant
Malaysia
38
India
5
Indonesia
7
Australia
6
France
4
USA
3 including infant
New Zealand
2
Ukraine
2
Canada
2
Russian
1
Italy
1
Netherlands
1
Austrian
1
Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize our full support.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.
The public may contact +603 7884 1234.
For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. There are many unvalidated reports out in the media and Malaysia Airlines strongly urges the media and the public at large to only report from official statements from Malaysia Airlines and the Government of Malaysia.
马来西亚航空公司目前仍然无法与MH370航班取得联系并确定飞机位置。苏邦空中交通管制台于今天凌晨2点40分与该航班失去联系。MH370航班从雷达系统失踪前的位置在北纬06’55’15,东经103’34’43。

       我们正在依据上述位置信息,竭尽全力确定飞机的位置。航空公司正在与国际搜寻与救援机构紧密配合以确定具体位置。截至目前,我们还没有收到MH370发生事故或遇难的信息。我们正与当局合作,调动一切资源全力配合搜救团队。

       旅客名单将在通知所有旅客亲属后才会公布。该航班搭载239人,包括227名旅客及12名机组人员。

       马航已组建“行动小组”,与志愿者团队一起于今天下午4点30分由吉隆坡启程前往北京,为乘客家属提供协助。

       乘客来自于14个国家,所有机组人员均为马来西亚籍。
      
       今天早些发布的媒体声明三中未包括印度籍人员名单,现更正国籍信息如下:

1.     中国154人(包括1名婴儿)
2.     马来西亚 – 38人
3.     印度 – 5人
4.     印度尼西亚 – 7人
5.     澳大利亚 – 6人
6.     法国 – 4人
7.     美国 – 3人(包括1名婴儿)
8.     新西兰 – 2人
9.     乌克兰 – 2人
10.  加拿大 – 2人
11.  俄罗斯 – 1 人
12.  意大利 – 1 人
13.  荷兰 – 1 人
14.  奥地利 – 1人

       航空公司目前的工作焦点是配合紧急工作组及有关当局,提供全力支持。     
     
      我们为所有乘客、机组人员及其家属祈福。
   
       媒体可以联络:+603 8777 5698 / +603 8787 1276
       公众可以联络:+603 7884 1234

       航空公司将会根据事件进展及时提供最新讯息。目前各大媒体发布了许多未经证实的报道,马航呼吁各大媒体及广大公众以马来西亚航空公司及马来西亚政府的官方声明为准。

Saturday, March 08, 02:30 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident update as 2.30pm

We regret to announce that Subang Traffic Control lost contact with flight MH370 at 2:40 am today.
We are currently working with international authorities on the search and rescue mission and as at 1400 hours, 08 March 2014, we have no information on the location of the aircraft.
MH370 is a Boeing 777-200 aircraft on a code share with China Southern Airlines. It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am today for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. The flight had a total number of 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The passengers were from 14 different countries, most of whom are from China.
Our team is currently calling family members of passengers to keep them updated on the situation and our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and the authorities. We are sending a MH team to support the families of passengers at Beijing. The airline will continue to publish regular updates on the situation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all passengers, our crew and their family members.
Media: +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.
Public: +603 7884 1234




       我们很遗憾MH370航班于今天凌晨2点40分与苏邦空中管制台失去联系。
       我们目前正与搜寻与救援机构通力合作,截至2014年3月8日下午2点,还没有飞机确切位置的信息。
       MH370航班由波音777-200机型执飞。该航班于今天凌晨0点41分由吉隆坡起飞前往北京,原计划于北京时间早晨6点30分抵达北京首都国际机场。航班搭载227名旅客及12名机组人员。乘客来自于14个国家,多数为中国人。
      
       我们的工作人员正在联络乘客亲属并告知事件的最新进展,航空公司正在是与紧急工作组及有关当局紧密合作以了解最新事态。马航总部已派出专门小组前往北京为乘客家属提供协助。航空公司将根据事件进展及时提供最新讯息。
   
       我们为所有乘客、机组人员及其家属祈福 。
       亲属可以联络:+603 8777 5770
       媒体可以联络:+603 8777 5698 / +603 8787 1276
       公众可以联络:+603 7884 1234

Saturday, March 08, 10:30 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 3rd Media Statement

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are deeply saddened this morning with the news on MH370.
Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today. There has been speculation that the aircraft has landed at Nanming. We are working to verify the authenticity of the report and others.
Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. 
The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members. The passengers were of 14 different nationalities - citizens from:-
1.    Chinese – 152, 1 infant 
2.    Malaysian - 38
3.    Indonesian - 7
4.    Australian - 6
5.    French - 3
6.    American – 3 pax plus 1 infant
7.    New Zealander - 2
8.    Ukrainian - 2
9.    Canadian - 2
10.  Russian - 1
11.  Italian - 1
12.  Indian - 5
13.  Dutch - 1
14.  Austrian - 1
15. Chinese Taipei - 1
We are working with authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.
Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.
The flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53. He has a total flying hours of 18,365hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981. First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, a Malaysian, is aged 27. He has a total flying hours of 2,763 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.
Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. The public may contact +603 7884 1234. For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.
Next-of-kin may head to the Support Facility Building at KLIA’s South Support Zone. For directions, call 03 8787 1269. 

女士们,先生们,
       我们对今晨发生MH370航班事件深表遗憾。
      马来西亚航空公司证实MH370航班于今天凌晨2点40分与苏邦空中交通管制台失去联系。目前有推测该客机在Nanming地区降落,我们正在和有关当局证实该信息的真实性。

      MH370航班由波音777-200机型执飞,该航班于今天凌晨0点41分由吉隆坡起飞前往北京,原计划于北京时间早晨6点30分抵达北京首都国际机场。

      该航班总共运载239人 - 其中包括227名旅客(2名婴儿)及12名机组人员。航班的乘客来自于14个地区。
1.     中国内地152成人及1婴儿 / 中国台湾1人
2.     马来西亚 – 38人
3.     印度尼西亚 – 7人
4.     澳大利亚 – 6人
5.     法国 – 3人
6.     美国 – 3成人及1婴儿
7.     新西兰 – 2人
8.     乌克兰 – 2人
9.     加拿大 – 2人
10.  俄罗斯 – 1 人
11.  意大利 – 1 人
12.  印度 – 5人
13.  荷兰 – 1 人
14.  奥地利 – 1人
       
      马来西亚航空公司目前正与搜寻与救援机构通力合作以确定飞机位置。工作人员正在与乘客和机组人员的亲属联系。

      该航班机长为Zaharie Ahmad Shah,马来西亚籍,年龄53岁,总计飞行时间18,365小时,于1981年加入马航;副驾驶为Fariq Ab.Hamid,马来西亚籍,年龄27岁,总计飞行时间2,763小时,2007年加入马航。

       航空公司与紧急工作组及有关当局紧密合作,提供全力支持。航空公司将会根据事件进展及时提供最新讯息。
       公众可以联络+603 7884 1234
       媒体可以联络+603 8777 5698 / +603 8787 1276

Saturday, March 08, 09:05 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 2nd Media Statement

We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. Subang Air Traffic Control reported that it lost contact at 2.40am (local Malaysia time) today.
Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing B777-200 aircraft. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members. The passengers were of 13 different nationalities. Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft. Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.
Focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members. The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.
The public may contact +603 7884 1234. For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.
For the next-of-kin, please inform them to to Anjung Tinjau, Level 5, KLIA. Our staff will be there to assist. Transport will be provided to go to the South Support Zone Facility building for the next-of-kin.
Or next-of-kin may head straight to the Support Facility Building at KLIA’s South Support Zone.



      (2014年3月8日雪邦讯)马来西亚 航空公司对与MH370航班失去所有联系的事件深表遗憾。该航班于今天凌晨0点41分由吉隆坡起飞前往北京,原计划于北京时间早晨6点30份抵达北京首都 国际机场。苏邦空中交通管制台证实该航班于今天凌晨2点40分(马来西亚时间)与管制台失去联系。
       MH370航班由波音777-200机型执飞,该航班总共运载239人,包括227名乘客(2名婴儿)及12名机组人员,航班的乘客来自于13个国家。马 来西亚航空公司目前正与搜寻与救援机构通力合作以确定飞机位置。工作人员正在与乘客和机组人员的亲属联系。
       航空公司与紧急工作组及有关当局紧密合作,提供全力支持。航空公司将会根据事件进展及时提供最新讯息。
       公众可以联络+603 7884 1234
媒体可以联络+603 8777 5698 / +603 8787 1276.

Saturday, March 08, 07:30 AM MYT +0800 Media Statement - MH370 Incident released at 7.24am

Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014).
Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.
Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. Meanwhile, the families may contact +603 7884 1234 for further info.


      (2014年3月8日雪邦讯)马来西亚航空公司证实MH370航班于2014年3月8日凌晨2点40分与苏邦空中交通管制台失去联系。
        MH370航班由波音777-200机型执飞,于2014年3月8日凌晨0点41分由吉隆坡起飞,预计今晨6点30份抵达北京。该航班运载227名旅客(包括2名婴儿)及12名机组人员。
 马来西亚航空公司目前正与搜寻与救援机构通力合作以确定飞机位置。
  航空公司将会根据事件进展及时提供最新讯息。公众可以联络+603 7884 1234了解更多信息。

Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Involvement

(Amateur Radio Newsline) 

Special thanks to Bill Pasternak for providing this to Shortwave America


RESCUE RADIO: MISSING FLIGHT SEARCH INVOLVES AMATEUR RADIO EMCOMM The disappearance of a Malaysian Airline Boeing 777 jetliner with 239 passengers on board is a mystery that nine nations are trying to solve. But during its early hours ham radio was called in to help with the human aspect of the situation as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen,

ZL2BHF: -- When Malaysian Airline flight MH370 bound for Beijing, disappeared from the air traffic radar, the Emergency Management Centre at Kuala Lumpur Airport provided accommodation for all next-of-kin at the Everly Hotel at Putrajaya. The Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society President, Mohd Aris Bernawi 9M2IR, said his group was asked to provide a communications link between the airport and the hotel.

9M2IR said the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society quickly set up a station at the hotel led by Zanirul Akhmal Zanirun 9M2PRO. Azizi Samsuri 9W2ZZE as the team leader. The Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society also provided a cross-band VHF/UHF link to avoid any unnecessary interference from the public services.

An HF link was later added. The Negeri Sembilan Amateur Radio Club provided the volunteers for the station at the airport's Emergency Management Centre. During the call-out there were 11 volunteers at the airport and 23 at the hotel, all on rotating shifts. 9M2IR oversaw the entire process for the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, in Nelson, New Zealand -- Meantime the mystery surrounding Malaysian Airline flight MH 370 continues. (VK3PC)

Malaysian Airlines MH370 Information Links: Credit given to Wikipedia

Wikipedia current events page for Malaysian Airlines MH370 (this ink currently lists 158 references for this incident and that list can grow or shrink)

Accident Description at Aviation Safety Network

Meteorological and oceanographic maps and charts relevant to Flight 370

NOAA Bathymetry & Digital Elevation Models (ocean depth in metres)

777-200 Airplane Characteristics Technical information from Boeing

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