Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, according to a new theory from a prominent expert that has been circulated in the media this week, may have flown north and ended up at a remote Russian-controlled air and space base in Kazakhstan. But how could that happen when satellite data appears to show the missing plane flying south and ending up somewhere in the middle of the remote Indian Ocean?
With the one-year anniversary of the baffling Flight MH370 disappearance coming up on Sunday, March 8, and investigators no closer to uncovering any hard evidence of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777’s fate than they were a year ago, independent aviation experts say they’ve come up with a possible answer to how satellite data could have been “spoofed,” or faked, to show the plane headed south when it was, in fact, flying in the opposite direction.
The “spoof” theory was first proposed in December by author and private aviator Jeff Wise, who reiterated his theory for a national U.S. audience in New York Magazine last week. Read the Inquisitr‘s coverage of Wise’s “spoof” theory at this link, and also at this one.
The original, six-part blog article by Wise spelling out his “spoof” theory in exhaustive detail can be read at this link.
While numerous other experts dismissed the idea that Flight MH370 could have actually landed at the Yubileyniy Aerodrome inside the massive Baikonur Cosmodrome — the aerospace center that was once home to the Soviet Union’s space shuttle program — another expert has now shown how easy it would have been to “spoof” the satellite data, camouflaging the true flight path of the rogue airliner.
Gerry Soejatman, an aviation expert based in Jakarta, Indonesia, wrote on Sunday that while he remains skeptical of Wise’s idea that Flight MH370 was diverted to the Russian airfield, gaining access to the satellite data system would be much easier than anyone, including Wise, has yet to realize. In fact, it would have been as easy as opening an overhead compartment, or the ceiling panels above one.
Here is a photo posted by Soejatman showing the satellite data system on a different plane registered to Malaysia Airlines.
Commenting on the photo, Soejatman wrote, “Anyone who thinks this set up is secure from manipulation needs to have his/her head checked!”
There are two components to a plane’s satellite date, the Burst Timing Offset (BFO), or “pings,” which show that the plane is still in the air, and the Burst Frequency Offset (BTO), which allows experts to deduce a plane’s most likely location.
“Whilst the BTO (pings) are not doubted whatsoever, the Burst Frequency Offset (BFO) which has long been the source of irrefutable evidence that the aircraft went south after it disappeared from Malaysian military radar coverage, while accurate as far as what Inmarsat received is concerned, can be forged,” wrote Soejatman on his blog.
How? Soejatman said that for obvious security reasons, he would not reveal exactly what it would take to alter the BTO data. But he said that he was astonished by Wise’s finding that there was one Russian national and two Russia-connected Ukranians on the plane — and more than that, by where they were sitting.
“The 2 Ukrainians sat just under and in front of where the access panels to the Satellite Data Unit would be above the cabin ceiling,” Soejatman wrote.
Wise believes that the data spoofing could have occurred when all of the Malaysia Airlines plane’s communications systems shut down, including the satellite system.
But only the satellite system switched back on — a phenomenon which remains unexplained.
Read Soejatman’s full explanation, on his blog, of how satellite data on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 could have been faked at this link.
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