Chiniese families of missing passengers of MH370 release a statement of their understanding of key factors in the disappearance and failed search, including a stunning claim that a physicists' blog suggested Malaysian authorities and Inmarsat changed the satellite data before releasing it to the world.
'As we approach the third anniversary of MH370's disappearance, we wish to summarise our previously published understanding.
Following the 8 March 2014 disappearance of MH370, Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, announced, 24 March 2014, that flight MH370 terminated in the Southern Indian Ocean. This, he said, was determined by a new form of analysis of the Inmarsat satellite ping data. China families immediately agitated for the release of both this data and associated analysis.
Only after a delay of more than two months, 26 May 2014, the data was released. Two days later, 28 May 2014, a contributor to a physicists' blog site claimed that he had pointed out the flaws in the data analysis, only to have the data modified to conceal the flaws and to conform to the 24 March announcement. We released the content of this blog in our media release published in the Malaysia Chronicle 19 February 2016.
A protracted surface and ocean floor search has since failed to find any evidence of MH370.
On 29 July 2015, a Boeing 777 flaperon was found on Réunion island. On 5 August, Malaysia's Prime Minister, Najib Razak, announced the flaperon was from MH370. Despite a subsequent announcement, 3 September 2015, by the French Prosecutor that "with certitude ... the flaperon ... corresponds ... to ... MH370", serious questions remain about the part's provenance.
There was evidently no security imposed on the manufacturer's critical parts registry, at Airbus Defence and Space Company, Seville, Spain, while waiting for a technician to return from holidays to attend the prosecutor's convened hearing.
Aviation writer Jeff Wise commissioned a study of the marine growth photographed on the flaperon and published in Aviation 9 October 2015 the conclusion "the object did not float there from the plane’s presumed impact point, but spent approximately four months tethered below the surface."
The French internal report, by Pierre Daniel, obtained by China families, similarly concluded that the distribution of marine growth over the surface of the flaperon showed it was completely submerged and yet French flotation tests showed much of the flaperon above the waterline.
China families argue that if the flaperon did not freely float to Réunion, this, along with any other debris, needs to be viewed with suspicion.
We arrive at the third anniversary of MH370's disappearance with no evidence and no answers.'