Life Moves On…

ACARS

So much has been written in the last twenty-four hours on the demise of Flight MS804 that there is little more to impart. It now seems likely the aircraft developed a catastrophic technical fault, causing it to crash into the Mediterranean Sea.

Information received from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (see above) suggests smoke was detected, first in the aircraft’s toilet, then in the avionics (electrical systems) directly beneath the cockpit, shortly before the crash.[1]

Given the lack of any known claim of responsibility from terror groups, until a full investigation is completed technical failure is now the most likely cause of this disaster, which claimed the lives of sixty-six people.

The plight of MS804 is now ‘off the radar’ for most news outlets. The plane’s been located – at least part of it – and the evidence of fire on board has taken much of the mystery away, leaving major outlets with other matters to fill their front pages.

Life moves on. The work of assessing exactly what caused this crash will take many months, if not years. By the time we know for sure these last few days will be a distant memory for all, except of course, for the families and friends of the sixty-six who never came home.


[1] “Crash: Egypt A320 over Mediterranean on May 19th 2016, aircraft found crashed, ACARS messages indicate fire on board” Aviation Herald, May 21st 2016

5 Replies to “Life Moves On…”

  1. I’ve been hoping this search would be a short one, with clear answers found from the black box recorders quickly. It seems this is not to be. Like you, I was comparing the Med. depths and size to those of the Indian Ocean’s, where still they search, on and on and on, for MH370, what is it now – more than 2 years later?

    It does make one wonder why, in this technological age, it hasn’t been possible to devise some way of constantly relaying aircraft’s data re position etc. to be stored in that famous “cloud”, so that the wreckage could be found at once, when disaster happens. Too much money would be involved, I guess. 🙁
    Yet what about the money the MH370 search is costing….?

  2. Masa – there are similarities with these two crashes. Although the Swissair disaster was fifteen years ago and recommendations were made by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, including the removal from all aircraft of flammable acoustic insulation materials that undoubtedly played a part in the demise of Swissair 111, it’s not known if this was carried out throughout the industry, or whether it played any part in the loss of MS804.

    My personal opinion, based on the frugal evidence available to date, is that this aircraft (MS804) suffered a similar catastrophic fire to that of Swissair 111, which the crew were not able to contain. The lack of any claim from terrorist groups is, I believe, pertinent, though one cannot rule out the possibility of one person acting on their own initiative to bring the aircraft down.

    Twilight – MH370, two years and two months and god knows how many millions of dollars. The search is due to end in late July, though whether it will is debatable.

    I agree that today’s technology should be capable of tracking any aircraft, and it most certainly is. I believe the difficulty lies in the numbers of aircraft in the skies at any one time. Very difficult to track them all continuously, particularly in those parts of the world where even radar coverage is sparse. Of course, most of the truly sophisticated tracking devices are developed for military, not civil, use. It’s time we got our priorities right.

  3. Masa – no, I wasn’t aware of any link with Tomlinson and Swissair 111. I can’t find any solid evidence he was ever booked on that flight. The only account is one at Geocities, a near copy of the pdf file put out by EIR (one of the idiot LaRouche web mags) and picked up by any number of third rate blog sites happy to dish out ill-researched sensationalism. According to EIR, the only newspaper to print the Tomlinson-Swissair 111 link was the British “News of the World.” It was not a newsheet known for the accuracy of its reporting and has long gone the way of many others, for which we can all be grateful. The reporter who allegedly broke the story, the somewhat disreputable Neville Thurlbeck, has also been discredited and received six months in prison for his part in the recent News International phone hacking scandal. My own personal opinion is that many of the passengers on that flight were way too important for MI6 to risk carrying out any plot to sabotage the aircraft, and risk it going wrong. Also, by that time I don’t think Tomlinson was really that important to them. The information he had was already available to most international security agencies (including the Russians) anyway.
    There are, however, still many unanswered questions surrounding that crash, and possible similarities with EgyptAir MS804 in the way both aircraft became incapacitated.
    Way more interesting than the Tomlinson conspiracy theory, I believe, is what happened to half a billion dollar’s worth of jewelery and precious stones. They obviously weren’t on the plane as at least some of them would have been vacuumed up with the rest of the debris. Yet they were manifested as being in the cargo hold. I think that was a far more likely reason to sabotage the airliner than just to bump off a mediocre ex-spy, though it’s even less likely MI6, or any other government security agency, would be involved in a basic heist. Nevertheless, had the intended plan been to crash the aircraft out in the deep Atlantic, chances of gem recovery would have been even more remote, and if a criminal gang had lifted the jewels before they got on the aircraft they could never have been discovered.
    There also remains the mystery, highlighted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in its excellent documentary of September 16th 2011, “Swissair 111 – The Untold Story,” of why RCMP crime scene investigator Tom Juby, who was assigned to the Swissair Flight 111 investigation team, was forced off the case after independent analysis of the charred wiring from the aircraft showed evidence of magnesium residue, indicating a possible incendiary device. One mundane explanation is that Juby may have got above himself and become a plain nuisance to his superiors who weren’t prepared to spend tons of money delving deeper into what was to them an obvious accident. Or, as Juby intimates, orders to terminate the inquiry may well have come from very high up.
    Much has been made of the black boxes missing the last six minutes before the crash, but the pilots turned off all electrical power, and in those days that meant turning off the black boxes as well. They weren’t on a separate independent circuit – amazing as that seems to us today.
    We may well never know the truth of Swissair 111, or EgyptAir MS804. The Egyptians can be very tight-lipped when they want to. Already the theorists are having a hey-day: it was a bomb; it was hit by a meteor; no sign of a technical fault preflight (well, of course not or it wouldn’t have flown! And that was from the Guardian newspaper, which should know better than to print such rubbish). An ‘expert’ said it had to be a bomb as there wasn’t even one whole head intact. He should try diving at 500 mph from 37,000 feet inside a tin can into two mile deep water and see just how much of his body remained intact.
    Facts are hard to come by. Opinions are two a penny. But mysteries will always remain.

    I very much appreciate your comments, Masa. Also, your photographic images are the place I go when I need to feel peace. Keep up the good work, my friend.

Comments are closed.