The China satellite Malaysia plane report that stated that Chinese satellite images showed wreckage of the plane near the flight path of MH370 was corrected by the Chinese embassy after surveillance vehicles sent to investigate the debris found nothing. According to a March 13, 2014, The Guardian report, “the Chinese embassy told Malaysian authorities the images were released ‘by mistake and did not show any debris’ from the plane.”
According to a previous report, China released on Wednesday satellite images of “three suspected floating objects.” The satellite images were taken one day after the disappearance of Flight MH370 but were not shared by China for the next four days. Wednesday’s announcement about the photos came from China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense and said that the images of the “suspected crash area” were taken around 11 a.m. on March 9. The Chinese agency not only provided specifics on the coordinates but also specifics on the size of the alleged debris.
The real truth in regard to the disappearance of Flight MH370 is the one that mankind has been struggling with for thousands of years – the unknown. While trying to deal with the unbearable unknown, it might be helpful to focus on the six major facts that are known.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fact one:
China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense releases information about satellite images which are then labeled as having been released “by mistake” by the Chinese embassy.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fact two:
The families of the passengers of Flight MH370 are angry, desperate, and (like the rest of the world) kept in the dark in Beijing. While waiting in overcrowded rooms with insufficient chairs, family members are listening to representatives from Malaysia Airlines who do not speak Mandarin and only basic English. The people who do speak Mandarin, Chinese representative, have not much to say other than “prepare for the worst.”
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fact three:
According to Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, the last transmission from the flight was made at 1:07 a.m.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fact four:
The last words said by 53-year-old Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah before leaving Malaysian airspace and entering Vietnamese airspace were “All right, good night." The captain’s last words were revealed at a meeting between the Malaysian government and Chinese relatives in Beijing.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fact five:
Malaysia Airlines had not paid for the full troubleshooting service that would have allowed satellites to communicate with pings that came from the Boeing 777. After the last transmission from the plane at 1:07 a.m., signals came from the plane's onboard systems but no link was established because Malaysia Airlines “had not subscribed to the full troubleshooting service.” (While not quite a fact, one of the comments under the Guardian article states that “Ex-jet driver here. On the professional pilots rumour network pprune, for the last year stories about MAS's struggles against the low-cost budget carriers like Asia Air, Tiger and Lion Air, have resulted in a struggling airline where the pilots are some of the lowest paid in Asia.")
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fact six:
In its 18th Media Statement, as in all prior media statements, Malaysia Airlines has continuously repeated that “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.” Neither one has been the case as the family members in Beijing and Malaysia can attest to. In regard to providing regular updates to the media, ABC News reported on March 13 that “the Malaysians spent much of today's news conference dismissing earlier leads.”
From the China satellite Malaysia plane images that were released by mistake by Chinese authorities to the contradicting information provided by Malaysian authorities, six days after the disappearance of flight MH370, the only truth is that someone is not speaking the truth. Twelve nations are in search of a plane that is (or was) carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The excellently written article published by the Guardian is a must read when it comes to finding one’s way through the maze of information and misinformation that the media and the public has been receiving from China and Malaysia since the disappearance of flight MH370. For anyone who feels a sense of frustration in regard to the media reports and the lack of truth about MH370 -- imagine what the family members of the 239 souls on board must be going through.