The Latest on Malaysian Government Incompetence


9M-MRO — The Boeing 777 that would become Malaysia Flight 370

Back when I was the QATS (Quality Assurance & Training Specialist) for El Paso Airport Traffic Control Tower and TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) one of my duties was accident/incident investigation.  As an investigator one of my most crucial responsibilities was transcribing onto paper from audio recordings a complete, verbatim account of any and all radio and landline communications related to any accident under formal investigation.  This required headphones, copies of the original recordings, and endless hours of playing and replaying each snippet of communication no matter how seemingly trivial.

The primary task during such a tedious and time consuming endeavor is to transcribe every utterance with 100% accuracy.  If I couldn’t make out precisely what was said then I was required to note it in the transcript with something such as, “roger, mooney um four seven two (unintelligible) good day“.  In a formal transcript there is no capitalization, no punctuation, no guesswork.  If I heard “ah,” “uh,” or “um,” then I put “ah,” “uh,” or “um,” into the transcript.  I was not even allowed by regulation to use an apostrophe for an obvious contraction — absolutely nothing that could even remotely be construed as inadvertently influencing or unduly weighting the actual official record whatsoever.  The only thing that went on the transcript were the time the transmission began, the entity making the transmission, and what precisely was said word . . . for . . . word.

What has this to do with MAS370, you ask?  It’s being reported in multiple U.K. outlets including the BBC that Malaysia just corrected their account of the final transmission from MAS370. The revised account reads, “Goodnight Malaysian three seven zero,” rather than the, “All right, good night,” version given to the public twenty-three days ago.

We are now three+ weeks into this thing, and the Malaysian government can’t even get straight something as simple and straightforward as the air traffic control transcript.  If they cannot even do that much, what hope is there that any information coming from Malaysia has any validity whatsoever?

This has to be by far the most incompetent air incident investigation ever run, worldwide, throughout the history of aviation, bar none.

It’s being reported in multiple U.K. outlets including the BBC that Malaysia just corrected their account of the final transmission from MAS370.  The revised account reads, “Goodnight Malaysian three seven zero.”
We are now three+ weeks into this thing, and the Malaysian government can’t even get the ATC transcript correct.  This has to be by far the most incompetent air incident investigation ever run worldwide.
Un-Frappin’ Believable!
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4 responses to “The Latest on Malaysian Government Incompetence

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  2. I knew that the investigation was being poorly handled when the ACARS data came out. Something that should have taken not more than six hours took five days to release.

    • Hello, Elaine. Sure wish we were catching up with you and the gang at next month’s NIW. Perhaps next year.

      I’ve come to the conclusion that the Malaysian investigation team are a very hard working bunch. Indeed, I believe that each and every one of them is doing the work of three. Unfortunately, the three they are emulating are Larry, Moe, and Curly.

  3. Reblogged this on sadeodut and commented:
    Well, a lot of dumbing-down has since happened here and there and everywhere, so much so that your time would seem like a zillion years ago! Such things as this are stuff of which suspicions are made and they give one eerie feelings of what other hazards are lurking around the corner. 46days on, still no single clue! Kudos to the search team though, and hoping they lay hands on something useful soon. I trust that at the end of the day, recommendations from the investigation would bring about the desired improvements. My heart goes out to the loved ones of the SOB: souls-on-board.