MH370 news: Why plane needed ‘major repairs’ before doomed flight

MH370 left Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, from Kuala Lumpur Airport with 239 people on board. The jet last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am while travelling over the South China Sea. Moments later, it disappeared and has not been seen for more than five years. 

In 2015, on the first anniversary of the disappearance, the Malaysian government released a 600-page report put together by an international team of investigators. 

Within, it disclosed that the batteries used on the flight data recorder – sometimes referred to as the black box – had gone flat some 15 months before the aircraft took off.

The electronic device is placed in an aircraft for the sole purpose of facilitating the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents. 

It also revealed how a crucial system in the cockpit “malfunctioned minutes before takeoff“, forcing it to be repaired. 

However, perhaps the most shocking revelation of the bunch revealed how the 12-year-old Boeing 777 undertook “major repairs” 19 months before it disappeared.

The taxiing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane struck the tail of a China Eastern Airlines A340 plane at Pudong International Airport in August 2012.

There were no injuries, but the wing of MH370 was significantly damaged.

Part of the plane was broken off and hung on the tail of the China Eastern Airbus 340-600, pictures revealed.

However, the wing tip was fully repaired, tested and then rolled back out to service by the airline.

It has left some asking questions whether it could have caused the plane to crash.

However, it is far from the most popular theory, with a lot of experts claiming Mr Shah took his own life.

Some claim the plane was hijacked, either by terrorists on board or through remote cyber hacking.

While more outrageous ideas have claimed the plane was a  “flying bomb” due to the cargo of five tonnes of mangosteens and 221kg of lithium-ion batteries.

Over the years there have been all sorts of claims over possible sightings, from Maldive islanders to oil rig workers in Vietnam.

However, we are still no closer to knowing the truth.

Alligator Bites Police Car During Anything But Routine Traffic Stop

You’ve heard the term “taking a bite out of crime”? Well, turnabout was apparently fair play for an alligator in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.

Sheriff’s deputies were called after the eight-foot gator was spotted in the middle of a local highway, according to WBRZ-TV. 

Deputies called wildlife experts to remove the animal from the road. But while they were waiting, the gator apparently got hungry ― or something.

As a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page notes that the gator escaped, “but not before taking a bite out of our deputy’s patrol car.”

The pictures in the post tell the whole story.

HuffPost reached out to the sheriff’s office to find out details of the damage, but calls were not immediately returned.

The gator remained at large. 

MH370 shock claim: Saboteur may have ‘snuck on’ a USB stick to initiate attack on plane

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, never to be seen again. It remains a mystery to this day what happened to the plane, but there are dozens of theories. One possibility is that someone snuck onto the plane in hours before take-off in an attempt to stop the plane reaching its destination.

Risk management consultant Dr Sally Leivesley told Channel 5 documentary ‘Flight MH370’ that there is missing documentation that should outline who had access to the plane.

Without knowing who had access, investigators cannot be sure if there was an opportunity for such a saboteur to have tampered with it.

Dr Leivesley said: “We know from the Malaysian government reports there was maintenance activity in it in February, but in the immediate period before the plane took off we don’t have that history.

“We need to know who had access to the plane.

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“Was there an opportunity for someone to get on with a USB stick or in other ways to initiate a cyberattack on the plane so it would never reach its destination?”

Other aviation experts in the documentary emphasised the importance of getting to the bottom of the MH370 mystery.

Not only is it very important for families to get closure on the tragedy, it is also important to stop such an occurrence ever happening again.

For example, if it was a technical error with the plane that was to blame, this could affect other planes and would need to be identified as soon as possible for future passengers’ safety and security.

Aviation journalist David Learmount told Channel 5: “Learning what the fate of MH370 was is very important, because those of us in the aviation industry don’t like not knowing what happened to an aeroplane.

“It might have been a human thing, it might have been a technical thing.

“But especially if it was a technical thing we want to know what it was.”

One family member spoke to the documentary, imploring the authorities to help loved ones get some answers.

She said: “It is about finding the truth of what happened and no secrecy, no hiding of information.”

The official investigation into MH370 has said the presumed location of the plane is at the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean.

However, two attempts to find a wreckage have been unsuccessful and some doubt the calculations used.

Principal Admits Accidentally Plagiarizing 2013 Ashton Kutcher Speech

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school’s graduating class says he didn’t mean to use someone else’s work.

Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss has issued a statement saying he should have cited his sources in the May 23 speech, but asserted the ideas were his own.

“I did not get all my ideas from Ashton. Format yes, thoughts and ideas were from my heart,” he wrote, adding that he’s upset the speech has stolen the focus from graduating students.

A graduate posted a video to Facebook that spliced DeMoss’ speech with Kutcher’s 2013 Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards speech and has since amassed more than 100,000 views. The speeches used similar wording and at times featured identical phrasing.

DeMoss said the widely-circulated video cut out a preface that was supposed to make clear he was going to be folding others’ ideas and thoughts into his speech.

In an email Friday, DeMoss said he’s putting the incident behind him.

“Me and my family are the only ones being hurt here. My accuser isn’t. I love kids and love this school and this will only make me better,” he said.

Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook did not immediately return a voicemail seeking comment.

This story has been corrected to say Teen Choice, not Kids’ Choice. Links photo.



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UFO sighting: NASA Curiosity rover spots ‘alien base’ on Mars

Curiosity is a car-sized rover designed to explore the Gale crater on Mars as part of NASA’s ongoing mission to explore the Red Planet. Since Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012, the rover has covered almost 13 miles on Mars and revealed evidence of water on Earth’s nearest neighbour. But a well-known alien life conspiracy theorist believes Curiosity has now uncovered proof of something even more incredible – an alien UFO spacecraft on the surface of Mars.

Speaking on his etdatabase.com blog, Scott Waring said: “Do you see this structure in the upper right hand corner – the one that looks like a pie pan turned upside down?

“On one side it appears to actually be transparent, so maybe it has windows you can see through?

“This building is remarkable. You can see it has a metallic structure on the outside.

“It looks to me like a possible flying disc which has landed or crashed on Mars.

“And maybe aliens are utilising the craft as a base of some sort.”

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The image is believed to have been automatically uploaded by the NASA Curiosity Mars rover’s blog.

The picture’s timestamp shows it was taken on Sol 2432, on Monday, June 10, 2019 on NASA rover’s left hand Navcam.

Waring proceeds to employ sophisticated photo editing software to manipulate the bizarre UFO-shaped object.

He adds: “It is strange the NASA Mars rover is ignoring the UFO while it passes so close by.

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“NASA are not supposed to report real alien news or the discovery of alien artefacts.

“NASA are supposed to appease the public by drip-feeding them bits of already-known scientific information about Mars.

“But I am here to tell you that there are alien artefacts and interesting structures on Mars, and this is one of them.

“It is incredible that metallic structures can exist on Mars and NASA Curiosity has just rolled right by it.

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“And NASA is must be hoping that nobody is going to notice them.”

The NASA photograph purporting to show the alien UFO on Mars soon attracted scores of comments on YouTube.

YouTube user Loki joked: “Hi Scott, that has got to be the least curious rover ever made!”

Thomas J M Mundt added: “Nice find. Looks like some sort of building to me.

“Could that be a sort of building over to the left of it, looks like light is coming from parts of it. Interesting photo.”

MH370: How investigators made shocking revelation from flight data recorder

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 mysteriously vanished on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China. Captain Zaharie Shah was in charge of the Boeing 777 and the 239 people on board when it last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am. However, moments later, the plane vanished from civilian radar screens following a routine handover from Malaysian to Vietnamese channels.

Radar and satellite data shows how the jet suddenly changed course and flew back across Malaysia before turning south of Penang and then towards the southern Indian Ocean. 

However, it has been more than five years since aviation’s greatest ever mystery took place and we are no closer to knowing what happened.

In 2015, on the first anniversary of the disappearance, the Malaysian government released a 600-page report put together by an international team of investigators. 

Within, it disclosed that the batteries used on the flight data recorder – sometimes referred to as the black box – had gone flat some 15 months before the aircraft took off.

The electronic device is placed in an aircraft for the sole purpose of facilitating the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents. 

However, some experts have argued whether this had any impact on the subsequent search for the missing jet. 

They claim that just because a battery had passed its expiration date does not necessarily mean it would not have been capable of emitting some pings from a submerged aircraft.

The discovery has put pressure on airline regulators, with some calling for the live streaming of data to the ground.

However, it was far from the most concerning finding from the report.

The documents also revealed how a crucial system in the cockpit “malfunctioned minutes before takeoff”.

They found the emergency oxygen system on the flight deck of MH370 had to be repaired shortly before it departed.

This has led some to argue that a fire may have broken out on board the plane – possibly from an exploding oxygen tank.

The pressurisation fault was one of eight defects reported to maintenance staff the morning before the doomed flight took off, according to the team. 

It also stated that the 12-year-old Boeing 777 had been involved in an accident on the ground at Shanghai airport 19 months earlier that required “major repairs”.

The right wing tip was damaged when it collided with an Airbus A340-600 and the aircraft was grounded for almost two months.

Another theory as to how MH370 went missing has also been through a hijacking – either by terrorists on board or through remote cyber hacking.

While more outrageous ideas have claimed the plane was a  “flying bomb” due to the cargo of five tonnes of mangosteens and 221kg of lithium-ion batteries.

Over the years there have been all sorts of claims over possible sightings, from Maldives islanders to oil rig workers in Vietnam.

However, we are still no closer to knowing the truth.

Florida Thief Tries To Open ATM With Blowtorch; Seals It Instead

OKALOOSA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two Florida burglars thought they were clever when they used a blowtorch to break into an ATM machine, but they never hit the jackpot.

Instead, the burning heat actually welded the ATM’s hinges shut.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s officials say video surveillance shows two male suspects entering the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island on Friday. One was armed with a crowbar and appeared to serve as the lookout while the other took the blowtorch to the ATM.

Instead of cutting the ATM with the blowtorch, authorities say the would-be thief welded the metal parts shut and the pair left with nothing.

Dizzying Airlift Turns Hiker’s Rescue Into The Theme Park Ride From Hell

A woman in her 70s was injured during a hike in the Phoenix area on Tuesday and needed to be airlifted to safety. But the rescue didn’t go according to plan.

(Watch the rescue effort in the video above.)

“Sometimes when we bring the helicopter up from the ground, [the basket] will start to spin,” Paul Apolinar, chief pilot in the Phoenix Police Department’s Air Support Unit, said at a news conference, per ABC 15. “We have a line attached to the basket that’s supposed to prevent that. Today it didn’t.”

Instead, the basket began spinning wildly and with increasing speed. 

“They tried to stop some of the spin with the line that Paul was referring to, but that didn’t work and it eventually broke,” Derek Geisel, who was pilot during the rescue, said.

The pilots attempted to lower the basket, which slowed the spin, but as they brought it back up again the spin returned. Eventually, they were able to transport the unidentified woman to safety. 

She suffered a facial laceration, wrist and hip injuries and possibly a fractured nose while hiking, The Arizona Republic reported. According to Fox 10 in Phoenix, the spinning rescue only left her dizzy and a little nauseous

None of the rescuers were injured. 

Apolinar said the potential for spinning is a “known phenomenon” but remains a rare occurrence. During 210 rescues over the past six years in the area, it happened just twice. 

“It’s not something that’s inherent to the basket or inherent to the bag,” he said. “It’s just something that occurs every now and then and we train to deal with it.”

MH370 BOMBSHELL: Disaster ‘could happen AGAIN’ if no answers found, expert warns

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 people. To this day, the reason behind its disappearance remains a mystery. Aviation consultant Alastair Rosenschein told Channel 5’s ‘Flight MH370’ that the accident “may apply to other aircraft”.

Alternatively, it could be a botched repair job that could endanger other planes, which is why it is “vitally important” to work out exactly what happened.

Mr Rosenschein said: “This accident may apply to other aircraft or it may have been an engineering repair job which has been done incorrectly and may also affect other makes of aircraft.

“So it is vital that one tries one’s hardest to get to get to the bottom of it.”

His words were backed up by aviation journalist David Learmount who emphasised that if a technical error occurred, it is very important to find out what it was.

READ MORE: MH370: Hijackers of missing Malaysia Airlines jet ‘wanted to be seen’

He said: “Learning what the fate of MH370 was is very important, because those of us in the aviation industry don’t like not knowing what happened to an aeroplane.

“It might have been a human thing, it might have been a technical thing.

“But especially if it was a technical thing we want to know what it was.”

In this way, the safety and security of future aeroplane passengers could rely on getting to the bottom of the MH370 mystery and learning what went wrong could prevent a similar accident happening in the future.

One theory is that a technical failure caused the plane to simply drop out of the sky.

However, there are dozens of theories, with many experts believing the plane was taken deliberately – ie. it was hijacked.

The plane’s flight path indicates that someone intentionally took it off track, but no group has ever taken responsibility for the incident.

Mr Rosenschein added that it is also important for the loved ones of those on board MH370 to have some answers.

Families of those on board MH370 are still fighting for the truth and meet up to pay tribute to those they lost.

One family member told Channel 5: “I am just imagining their last moments, what they are thinking of.

“And I am sure they are all thinking of their family, their home, who love them.

“It is about finding the truth of what happened and no secrecy, no hiding of information.”

UFO sighting: Does NASA Apollo 10 photo show alien ‘Dark Knight’ satellite?

The Dark Knight satellite conspiracy theory claims that there is at least one alien UFO in near-polar orbit of the Earth. This has led UFO conspiracy theorists to claim US space agency NASA is engaged in a cover-up regarding the Dark Knight satellite’s existence and origin. And well-known alien life believer Scott Waring has reignited the bizarre theory after re-examining a photo from the iconic Apollo 10 moon mission.

Waring took to his etdatabase.com UFO blog to say: “I have found something unique orbiting the Earth during the Apollo 10 mission.

Waring then proceeds to use sophisticated photo editing software to digitally manipulate the image to get a clearer look at the mysterious object.

He adds: “It has large arms. Astronauts have said they have seen large L-shaped arms fly past their space shuttle.

“The craft does have large appendages to it and it looks almost bio-mechanical or a living ship.

“This ship is proof of absolutely amazing alien technology which is out of our grasp unless someone can retrieve this Dark Knight satellite.

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“This photograph does match-up with descriptions of Dark Knight satellites in orbit around Earth.

“They are though to have been in near-Earth orbit for tens of thousands of years, but regularly go unreported by US space agency NASA.

“No-one can approach this ancient alien technology because they will defend themselves.”

This most infamous photo used by UFO conspiracy theories was taken in 1998.

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The NASA photo is believed by some to show the Black Knight satellite, but the space agency has stated this was likely space debris, specifically a thermal blanket lost during an extravehicular mission.

Waring’s post soon attracted scores of comments on his YouTube channel.

Cosmic Soul wrote: “Dark Knight is always monitoring us.. it’s part of their mission… And for many decades.”

However Leatherneck Joe is a little more sceptical, commenting: “You can never tell, could be what you say or a one of hundreds of satellites in orbit.”