Aviation Current Event
Introduction and Overview of the MH370 Search Operations
Air travel has been in the limelight in the recent past due to an aviation disaster that has caught the world’s attention. This has also affected other stakeholders in the aviation industry with experts trying to unravel the mystery behind the aviation disaster, which has also influenced what people think about flying, with experts raising questions about the safety of most passenger aircrafts.
One of the events that have continued to dominate international headlines is the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner with over 200 passengers. The airline known as Flight MH370 is known to have left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 2014 and later lost contact just an hour after takeoff. Its disappearance led to many aviation bodies being called to unravel the mysteries surrounding its disappearance.
Over the last two years, the incident has caught the world’s attention, with the family members demanding to know the fate of their loved ones. This led to a massive international search for the missing plane, with major aviation-related bodies being called to aide in the search. While this has dominated international news, there have been a number of theories trying to analyze what actually took place aboard the Malaysian airline.
To solve the onboard mystery, several institutions, companies, and governments have been participating in the search for the MH370 wreckage in recent years. The institutions that have been participating in the search include the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB), National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB), Inmarsat satellite company, and Sonar, a Chinese company that owns the equipment searching for the aircraft along the seabed. It has been a joint effort, which has
been in the headlines, with experts indicating that locating the wreckage could lead to a breakthrough in understanding what caused MH370 to disappear from radar.
Analysis and Impact of the Search for MH370
The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) and Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ASTB) continue to play an important role by implementing coordinated efforts towards the search for the MH370 wreckage. The two bodies lead in the search process by establishing search areas in conjunction with the sonar company in relation to the underground search operations. In the recent case, the ASTB coordinated the transportation of part of wreckage located in Mozambique suspected to be of the MH370 to Canberra for an analysis.
In addition to this, Inmarsat, a satellite company that provides tracking services to major international airlines (“Inmarsat jet tracking system aims to avoid repeat of MH370”, 2015), in its effort to provide the world of aviation with information concerning the MH370 disaster, gave firsthand information that aided in the search process. In the first moments of the disaster, the company helped to analyze the aircraft’s performance including fuel consumption, which helped the search companies to narrow their search operation within a given search area and distance.
The company proved valuable given the sensitive data on logs captured from the flight that also gave a probable flight path, which has continued to guide the sonar vessel and other aviation stakeholders involved in the search operations. In the search operations, Sonar, a Chinese company, also plays a role in locating the MH370 wreckage, and briefing the ATSB and the Malaysian government on the search.
The search operations comprehensively covered the sea floor of the areas where the aircraft is presumed to have crashed into, with a powerful set of equipment including a sonar scan, video cameras, and multi-beam echo sounders aiding in the overall underground deep search operation. In the overall search operations, there has been progress with over 120,000 Sq Km of sea floor having been covered, with work continuing to locate the wreckage of Flight MH370.
Given the success and progress of the operation, there have been a number of challenges, particularly due to weather, with other deep underground search vessels, such as the Furgo discovery, Havilla harmony, and Dong Hai Jiu 101 suspending their search operations. This has slowed down the search process. However, it is expected that normal operations will resume soon.
The search operation regarding the MH370 accident has had an impact on the world of aviation, with the search operations affecting families, stakeholders, and flyers regularly using the airline. In the first instance, the search process continues to elicit frustration and torture as the families of the loved ones ask questions regarding the event.
The other impact is that it has affected other stakeholders, such as the company itself and other international organizations like ICAO. The company continues to rebrand itself as a safe airline despite the ongoing search operations involving one of its advanced models of aircraft. This continues to affect its safety record with periodic cancelations from flyers having a memory of the MH370 unsolved mystery. As the impact continues to reach the many quarters,
the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) continues to tighten its laws and regulations that may lead to operational gaps in the wake of the MH370 disaster. This is because the organization has been in the limelight given the reports that it lacked operational procedures that govern search operations for wreckages in remote locations. In this instance, the event has
revealed several flaws in procedures aimed at locating wreckage in various terrains hence making the organization to adjust with respect to emerging aviation issues.
With the search events currently on going, the Malaysian airlines will struggle to rebrand to restore its image regarding safety. This will have an impact on its business since flyers with recurring memories would shy away from the airline. This would reduce its revenue given that the headlines involve one of its aircraft.
The MH370 search event has continued to dominate the headlines for the past year due to the magnitude of the disaster. This has shocked the world of aviation with many bodies being involved to disclose the mystery concerning the accident. The search process has been the biggest ever recorded in aviation history, with many positives indicating that the wreckage would be located within the next six months.
A lot is happening, with deep search experts analyzing data and information gathered by their vessels. This process indicates the milestone that has been achieved. The event though disastrous will come to an end, and on the other side, many aviation regulators and bodies will implement strategies to aid in similar deep searches to quicken such operations to unravel hidden truths similar to ones mentioned. There is much progress, with various indicators pointing towards victory. The investigation will be completed soon and a final report will be presented.
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