MANIFEST and CARGO 



THE MYSTERIOUS CARGO

MALAYSIA ARTICLE OF THE MANIFEST


However, another mystery surrounding the final voyage of flight MH-370 has emerged.  I recall in a previous article on MH370, a copy of the released cargo manifest - something which should have been made public the day the airplane went missing and instead was withheld for two months.  

Note that on page 5 of the manifest, in a waybill from NNR Global Logistics in Penang to JHJ International Transportation in Beijing, are disclosed two shipments of some 200 units of Lithium Ion batteries, weighing a gross weight of 2453 kilos. (5400 pounds or 21/4 tons)

So far so good. However, as the Malaysia Chronicle reported last night, there is a major discrepancy between the declared shipment weight on the manifest, and what Malaysian Airlines stated yesterday. From the Chronicle:  A new mystery has emerged in Flight MH370's disappearance with the Malaysia Airlines saying the lithium ion batteries carried in the plane weighed over 2002 kg, even as the cargo manifest released recently listed the "consolidated" consignment at 2.453 tonnes.  

A new mystery has emerged in Flight MH370's disappearance with the Malaysia Airlines saying the lithium ion batteries carried in the plane weighed over 200 kg, even as the cargo manifest released recently listed the "consolidated" consignment at 2.453 tonnes.  "About two tonnes, equivalent to 2,453 kg of cargo was declared as consolidated under one master airway bill. This master AWB actually comprised five house AWB. Of these five AWB, two contained lithium ion batteries amounting to a total tonnage volume of 221 kg. The balance three house AWB, amounting to 2,232 kg, were declared as radio accessories and chargers,” the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said in a statement last night.

But this has not been disclosed before and is not stated in the cargo manifest, the Star reported.  According to Malaysian company NNR Global Logistics the batteries formed only a small part of a "consolidated" shipment weighing 2.453 tonnes.  Even though the MAS said the batteries weighed 221 kg, a company spokesman said they weighed less than 200kg. He, however, did not say what the remaining 2.253 tonnes of cargo was.

"I cannot reveal more because of the ongoing investigations. We have been told by our legal advisers not to talk about it," he was quoted as saying by the daily.  He said he could not name the company which manufactured the batteries.  Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya had also announced on March 24 that 200 kg of lithium batteries were on board the plane. He said they were packed safely.

Malaysian authorities released the plane's full cargo manifest along with the preliminary report on the missing Boeing 777-200 on Thursday which showed that NNR Global shipped 133 pieces of one item weighing 1.99 tonnes and 67 pieces of another item weighing 463kg for a total weight of 2.453 tonnes. Neither the number of batteries nor its weight were specified.

The manifest came with an instruction that it should be handled with care and that flammability hazards exist. Its flammability had been the source of many earlier theories over how the plane was lost. However, most of the theories have been debunked.  Meanwhile, an International panel probing the case of the missing Malaysian jet will determine the reason for the four-hour delay in the hunt for the plane.  


COVERUP
The balance three house AWB, amounting to 2,232 kg, were declared as radio accessories and chargers," the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said in a statement last night.  But this has not been disclosed before and is not stated in the cargo manifest, the Star reported.  

According to Malaysian company NNR Global Logistics the batteries formed only a small part of a "consolidated" shipment weighing 2.453 tonnes.  Even though the MAS said the batteries weighed 221 kg, a company spokesman said they weighed less than 200kg. He, however, did not say what the remaining 2.253 tonnes of cargo was.

"I cannot reveal more because of the ongoing investigations. We have been told by our legal advisers not to talk about it," he was quoted as saying by the daily.  Would it be the same law firm that "advised" the Malaysian government to edit the voice recordings before public release?

He said he could not name the company which manufactured the batteries.  Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya had also announced on March 24 that 200 kg of lithium batteries were on board the plane. He said they were packed safely.  

Malaysian authorities released the plane's full cargo manifest along with the preliminary report on the missing Boeing 777-200 on Thursday which showed that NNR Global shipped 133 pieces of one item weighing 1.99 tonnes and 67 pieces of another item weighing 463kg for a total weight of 2.453 tonnes. Neither the number of batteries nor its weight were specified.

The manifest came with an instruction that it should be handled with care and that flammability hazards exist. Its flammability had been the source of many earlier theories over how the plane was lost. However, most of the theories have been debunked. (By Whom)  

So because one mystery was not enough, here is the second one: what is the undisclosed 2 tons of cargo? And since absolutely everything about this disappearance stinks to high heaven, including a potentially non-benign cover up, one wonders: what else on the cargo manifest was left undisclosed? We are confident the more conspiratorially-minded, or anyone else for that matter, will have a field day with the opportunities this latest revelations presents.


MY PARTIAL CONCLUSIONS
My theory is simple, very possible, sequence changeable and expandable to other factors. If someone has a better theory , I am open in a heartbeat to change.

I see a culprit in the cargo on the aircraft Lithium batteries.  How many have had to burn or crash before BOEING admitted they knew little about Lithium batteries on the 787 Dreamliner.   All aircraft accidents and incidents are usually a sequence of events that occur.  The unstable Lithium and the mysterious two tons of unknown cargo somehow got lit off, the Halon in the forward cargo hold trying to starve the fire.  

Sequencing the event, the Halon might have permeated the cockpit, the pilots hit the rapid decent decompression button protocol checklist on the FMS, the pilot made a turn back to the nearest, closest, friendly and most familiar landfall.

The Halon overcame them and possibly the fire or halon got to the radio bay.  HALON is not good for electronics.  The plane responded to the last commands into the FMS, and continued on as a ghost ship, till the fuel expired.  

AVOIDANCE 
The reluctance of the Malaysians to disclose the cargo manifest until pressure built.  May 2014,  Just part of their total screw-up and handling of this event. Mistake, ignored or coverup.  All US Domestic and International airlines will not touch anything containing Lithium, in the cargo hold.  

The FAA years ago had to remove Lithium powered ELTs from GA aircraft as they leaked and ate through control cables.   I know, I had those batteries in my plane, I was told they were an upgrade, they leaked and we responded to the advisories with instant removal and as a precaution we repainted the area and mounts the  battery had been located at and checked all connections for corrosion.  What was all this Lithium doing on the plane?  


•  Was it possible the 5400 lbs of cargo (still unspecified and unknown) was intentionally soft-labelled to get the cargo to China instead of a week plus long trip onboard a ship?  Supposedly, it was mangosteens, a fruit originally banned in the US as it can carry fruit flies And requires irradiation to kill flies and their eggs.

•   Was someone possibly paid to overlook the discrepancy in the manifest?  You want a conspiracy,  that one looms big in my mind.  Who in Malaysia knew about the mysterious cargo, from cargo handlers, ramp personnel and, inspectors (where and who certified the safety of the cargo).  

•  The tracking disclosed three things.  The almost 180 turn back to the nearest known land and airfield  which in some statements it literally passed over.  Why did they not draw a line which indicates the plane never did turn south.  A pilot decided to change the course back to familiar land, simple, dial in the new heading on the FMS, activate let the AP make the heading change, and altitude change effected by the protocol for cargo fire and decompression.   

•  Again, the rapid decent to a safer breathable altitude and holding that altitude till the fuel expired is a distinct possibility. . If the oxygen systems were compromised or not enough supply to last a decent is initiated as per cargo fire procedures outlined below. Those are the procedures for a forward cargo hold fire.

•  The fire may have gotten or spreading to the  radio/instrument/guidance bay.   That might explain the transponder shut down.  The 777 is probably one of the most redundant aircraft in the history of aviation. My simulator keyed to model and type shows three FMS systems and computers for complete redundancy.  

•   Had the plane been blown apart, the fight tracks and ACARS would have stopped.  It continued on a straight track. Something was still working.  For an in-depth article on the 777 electronics system    

 

BAD TRACK RECORD

Malaysian Airlines track record in adherence to recommended protocols and processes has been questioned by many and again we have data asking more questions and finding more rabbit holes than needed.   Radar and ACARS signals indicating the plane made procedural turns west, north west and some even have it turning south. 

Could the fire effectively made the control of the aircraft unstable and reporting unstable or was the planes direction changed and then the FMS reversed its commands possible being partially destroyed.  Remember there are three units on board for the FMS and fire does strange things to avionics. In addition the ACARS reporting was in question as to the level of compliance and financial constraints.


NOVA TV SPECIAL - WHY PLANES VANISH 
Most of the information given on the NOVA Special on PBS was an accurate account of what is known about the incident.  They did not go into the cloudy conspiracy pot smoking aspects of the investigation. Here from their website is the basic overlay of the show entitled “Why Planes Vanish”.  Can new technology prevent aircraft like Flight MH370 from disappearing without a trace?

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in—in which every move is monitored all the time. 

NOVA tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players from all corners of the globe who have spent months searching for the lost plane. 

In the search for answers, we'll reveal how today's planes must fly through vast radar "blind spots," and investigate new technologies that could allow ground stations and satellites to track planes automatically, without pilot intervention, even in remote areas with no radar coverage. What will it take to guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be 'lost' again?

COMMENT
During the show, there were demos of how Lithium based articles, cell phones, tablets, iPads, Androids and Droid all share a potential to ignite.  These batteries were not in any kind of product, they were just batteries in cartons. Properly packaged, by whom?  How many items have you received from that part of the world that were properly packaged.  Agreed.    Are they out of their friggen mind? 

The FAA examiner a qualified mechanic demonstrated several lighting off and the indication showed the potent votality of a Lithium fire.  Agreed.  How was the unmarked goods palleted?  Who checked the cargo or was it a rubber stamp?

But a comment he made is where he and I differ. My approach using the theory it takes a few things wrong to create a catastrophe, I believe strongly the Lithium was a trigger and the Halon contributed.  The human interaction that followed the catastrophic lightoff event was overpowering.  The redundant systems possibly took over with corrupted data that why I have the information on the systems, something was flying that plane, and I’m guessing something, the FMS, not someone.  

Till they clear what was in those two tons of unknown cargo, I stay on track.  Those discounting the Lithium, effects of the halon, cargo fire, computers effected, in any manner are naive.  

There is another question that looms.  There are seven other methods for signals that can emanate from the 777.  They too shut down, many are focused on transponder only, what about the other systems, like  ACARS as picked up by IMarstadt. Fire stops things, so does Halon which is why it is not used in the Instrument Bay.   But fire does shut things down, and the instrument bay does not use HALON as it destroys digital equipment.


A TWO-TON CARGO MYSTERY  -  5000 POUNDS OF ???
At this point it is clear that Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 which has been missing for months might certainly never be found: 

Too close an association, the cargo, the total disappearance  and adding to the confusion is the arrogant, retarded, inept, compassionless, incompetent, stupid, disgraceful way in which the Malaysian Government handled the entire investigation.  

I was also dismayed at the speed in which the government shifted blame and accusations at an 18,000 hour Command pilot and a rising star Co-pilot because they had no one else to blame. 

I fully understand what Pilot-in-Command means as I owned airplanes, flew some that were simple and some complex aircraft for 28 years, fixed them, taught myself a lot about command and responsibility, doing the right thing at the right time and brought back one on fire, twice after an inept and criminal act by a repairman. I still have my butt.  

And the media bovine expectorations about the pilots having personal home simulators, got me boiling.  That is how most pilots work out the complexities of flight in their mind, good ones have these training aids.  Most of the reporting was a bunch of news about speculation and little about truth.

THE MYSTERIOUS CARGO AND THE SIMULATOR
I have my own theory which I have been working with on my own flight simulator 9M-MRO a 777-200ER as shown below in close proximity to cargo.  It was intentional.   The SIM has the same model, power plants, basic flight characteristics, and instrumentation. Very similar to the one the Captain and Co-pilot had on a slightly lesser scale.  

It’s a loaded X-PLANE Commercial complete with the 777 Extended Professional Package and five other Boeings, on the 777-200ER/LR and it has the FMS Flight Management System, NAVDATA driven.  I realize this is not CIS quality investigative science, it is however common sense. I do not have the access the big boys do to the transmitted data.  When I saw the actual 777 simulator used for Boeing training and the simplistic one I have, I think this program is brilliant.

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