Boeing 777

Flight 370 Search Zone Widens After 5 Days Without Pings

Flight 370 Search Zone Widens After 5 Days Without Pings

It has been more than five days since searchers looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner detected any pings from what was believed to be the emergency beacons and authorities announced an expansion in the search area.
In a message similar to the prior day’s, the Joint Agency Coordination Center said, “There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.”
The authority said that the visual search area on …

Aeromexico to Expand Shanghai-Mexico City Service

Aeromexico to Expand Shanghai-Mexico City Service

Aeromexico announced it will launch a third weekly flight between Shanghai and Mexico City on July 1 of this year.  Flights will operate using Boeing 777 aircraft.
The additional flight will operate on Sundays, departing Shanghai at 10:45 a.m. and arriving in Mexico City at 2:00 p.m.  The extra flight from Mexico City will depart at 9:45 p.m. and arrive in Shanghai at 6:00 a.m. two days later.  Flights from both …

Flight 370: Australian Vessel Picks Up Ping in Indian Ocean, Moves to Investigate

Flight 370: Australian Vessel Picks Up Ping in Indian Ocean, Moves to Investigate

As the first month of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner draws to a close, Australian officials said they had detected pulse signals in the southern Indian Ocean, one day following a similar report by Chinese authorities.
An Royal Australian Navy vessel, the Ocean Shield, picked up a separate pulse signal Sunday approximately 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers) from its location, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the chief coordinator …

Asiana: Secondary Cause of Crash Was Poor Software Design

Asiana: Secondary Cause of Crash Was Poor Software Design

Asiana Airlines said Monday that contributing factors to the July 2013 crash in San Francisco included poor software design and the failure of the plane’s low-speed alerting system to activate in time for a safe recovery.
On July 6, 2013, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed short of the runway at San Francisco International Airport.  Of the 307 people on board, all but three survived.  The accident followed a rapid deterioration in …

Malaysia Airlines Chief Contradicts Defense Minister in Sequence of Cockpit Events

Malaysia Airlines Chief Contradicts Defense Minister in Sequence of Cockpit Events

Malaysia Airlines executives reversed course on what had appeared to be a clue in the presumed hijacking or takeover of the missing Boeing 777 jetliner over a week ago.
On Sunday, Hishammuddin Hussein, who is both the country’s minister of defense as well as its acting minister of transport, said that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or Acars, had been “disabled” at 1:07 a.m., 12 minutes before the last …

Malaysian Officials Expand Search Area

Malaysian Officials Expand Search Area

The three significant leads that officials had in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner that disappeared Saturday failed to pan out, and underscore the fact that, despite the wealth of safety and emergency equipment on the plane, modern technology is unquestionably fallible.
Indeed, Malaysian authorities said Monday that no debris from the missing plane has been recovered even though a massive air and sea search has been under way …

Popular Boeing 777 Has Solid Safety Record

The cockpit of a Boeing 777

The presumed crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in the South China Sea between southernmost Vietnam and northern Malaysia involved an aircraft with an exemplary safety record.
Until the crash of an Asiana Airlines 777 in 2013, the 777’s record was virtually unblemished.  Indeed, it was part of a small group of long-range aircraft from the world’s two major aviation manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, to never have had a fatal …