MH370: Malaysia Airlines Warned Fleet Failed Safety Standards Prior to Incident

malaysia-airlines-777An aviation industry veteran claims Malaysia Airlines knew the Boeing 777 that flew as MH370 was going to be hard to contact if it ever got into strife.

In her new book, The Crash Detectives, Christine Negroni said that in 2013, one year before the plane went missing, Malaysia Airlines was presented with a detailed safety audit that should have grounded all wide-bodied jets in the fleet.

In her new book, The Crash Detectives, Christine Negroni said that in 2013, one year before the plane went missing, Malaysia Airlines was presented with a detailed safety audit that should have grounded all wide-bodied jets in the fleet.

Top managers were told the fleet did not meet the Malaysian Transport legislated standards for the frequency of ground-to-aircraft communications.

The shock advice in the audit report was to ground all wide-bodied jets until a technical refit, but it seems that never happened.

This seems to answer one of MH370’s greatest mysteries — why was the plane not equipped to report its position more frequently than 30 minute intervals?

“The aircraft functioned just fine,” said Negroni, who worked in aviation insurance law before becoming a journalist with a speciality in aviation.

“The airline couldn’t track it. The airline could not track the aeroplanes as often as they were required to do.”

Malaysia Airlines has not denied the existence of the audit report, but will not comment on the claim it has been hiding that information.

Negroni is calling on the Turnbull Government to demand Malaysian authorities release more complete and transparent records on the aircraft that flew as MH370.

“I know who conducted it, I know what their results were, and I know who they presented it to,” she said.

Negroni believes Malaysia has some explaining to do, especially to Australia, which has spent $60 million in a so-far futile search for the wreck of a plane that might not have been technically compliant to fly.

“[Even] with the black box you might not know what happened to Malaysia 370, but it’s a dodge to put all the eggs in that basket, it’s a dodge.

“It keeps everybody from going back to the Malaysians and saying, ‘Let’s see what you found out about the maintenance records, let’s see what you found out about the servicing of the crew oxygen canisters, let’s see what you found out about the last time the mask oxygen interface was inspected’.

“Were the masks working properly? We don’t even know.”

More at abc.net.au

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