Category Archives: Aviation

The mystery of flight MH370

I was up late the other night when the news that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was missing came out. There was a flurry of speculation as to its whereabouts, but no hard news. I went to bed figuring that by morning the mystery would be resolved.

That was four days ago, and the plane is still missing and the mystery has only deepened.

Short of going on a search and rescue mission yourself, the closest that anyone can do to chip in on the search is to join in on Tomnod which has a crowd-sourced digital image recognition system. From WebProNews

Tomnod, a Mongolian word that translates to “Big Eye,” is owned by Colorado-based satellite company Digital Globe. The company trained five satellites on the region of the Gulf of Thailand, the plane’s last known location. The satellites transmit data and photos of the area on the Tomnod website. It is hoped that through millions of crowdsourcing volunteers acting as a large virtual search party, signs of the missing plane will be found.

Until the disappearance of the jet has been explained, my heart goes out to the families of those who were on board.


Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a Boeing 777, crash lands at San Francisco Airport with 307 on board

Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a Boeing 777, crash landed at San Francisco Airport on Saturday, July, 2013 with 307 passengers and crew on board. As of this writing (1:19 PM PT) there are no confirmed fatalities, but it's too early yet to give a final accounting. The plane did not report any problems before landing, and caught fire on the ground.

SFO airport was closed for several hours, and flights were diverted to other area airports.

This is breaking news, and here are some sources for it as the story unfolds.

Wikipedia: Asiana Airlines Flight 214

Asiana Airlines: Press Release for Incident Involving Asiana Flight OZ 214 (July 7, 2013 06:30 KOR.Time)

Passenger David Eun tweeted from the tarmac minutes after the crash.

Scanner traffic: San Francisco Fire and EMS (6000+ listeners), SFO Airport and Oakland Center

Broadcast news: CNN (via Tunein); account from KCBS.

Newspaper reports: The Guardian, Boeing 777 from Seoul crashes on landing at San Francisco Airport. New York Times, 2 Die and Many Are Hurt as Plane Crashes in San Francisco.

Twitter: follow @flySFO (airport official), @MickiMaynard (reporter), @Eunner (passenger), @SoCalEMSFire (monitoring scanner).

Reddit: Apparent 777 crash at SFO.

A good technical discussion of the aircraft is on Airliners.NET: OZ 777 Crashes at SFO. See also Flight Aware, Asiana 777 (AAR214) crashes upon landing at SFO; Aviation Herald, Accident: Asiana B772 at San Francisco on Jul 6th 2013, touched down short of the runway, broke up and burst into flames

UPDATE: Passenger/crew count updated to 307 from 303 per press conference at 7:45pm PT. 



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