Jul 252014

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Let’s put knowledge in to action by creating an online MH370 and MH17 ‘learning forum.’ Let’s spur the creation of ideas for air travel safety through social ‘long-form‘ media engagement.

Photo Credit: Taken on July 28, 2013, at Shanghai Pudong Airport, by Steven Richardson, aviation analyst at FlyersPulse.com, of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, Registration Number 9M-MRD, which is reported by Malaysia Airlines as the aircraft of Flight 17, which crashed on July 17, 2014.

Hope for finding MH370 continues to weigh heavily on our hearts, and raises more questions than answers, as we move into August.

Coping with the most recent MH17 tragedy of July 17 has strained us even more. In the aftermath of both of these incidents, more questions than answers have emerged, further heightened by our yearning for more information and for uncovering the truth.

Both have shook our spirit, as events have created insights about how busy professionals consume, digest and respond to news.

Malaysia Airlines is now in the fog of the greatest dual-crisis in international aviation safety and security history,” I said recently on Reuters.

As the Dutch loss of life has been greatest on MH17, Malaysia Airlines has been rocked by the most loss of life, because of the firm’s responsibility for all 537 souls on board both MH370 and MH17, including the two Boeing 777-200ER airliner assets destroyed.

Equally as important, the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has learned much about crisis management, not only taking the lead on “quiet diplomacy” in securing the release of the MH17 black-boxes to Dutch and U.K. safety investigators, but also in securing the respectful return of the victims’ remains of MH17 to their families and friends, who loved the 298 passengers and crew that passed away on board the bombed airliner.

Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian leader Najib Razak are also learning from significant improvements in daily communications about the MH17 aviation disaster compared to the MH370 aviation tragedy. Learning is indeed what professionals around the world do best.

This ‘learning forum‘ of questions and answers on LinkedIn Pulse proposed here can run as continuously and seamlessly as the best on the latest in MH17 “long-form” running news and information, for instance, streaming every 90 seconds right now in The Telegraph (U.K.), right now showing zero social media data analytic interaction on LinkedIn.

Sometimes extreme events unfold so quickly that a new kind of ‘social newsroom forum’ is required to stay up-to-date and in front of questions and answers of the busy professional world.

Short answers and predictable sound bites simply don’t satisfy the curiosity each of us has, as we find ourselves engaging in these news stories more deeply. Are we looking for information to help us regroup? Or, are we simply looking for answers to many of the questions that have been raised, as we continue to grapple with this MH17 aviation disaster and MH370 aviation tragedy?

Would busy professionals consume only short answers about MH370 and MH17 breaking news? Or, would they simply be looking for a few questions and answers on how to begin to regroup? How can we begin to get our heads around this unfolding aviation disaster story?

What I have found in the nearly five months, since the MH370 aviation tragedy first broke across social media (see “Boeing 777 airplanes do not vanish or fall out of the sky” on LinkedIn Pulse Airlines & Aviation Channel and “Malaysia PM: Missing MH370 Ended in Southern Indian Ocean” on LinkedIn Pulse Airlines & Aviation and Editor’s Picks Channels) is that LinkedIn members tend to care about four things in particular in regards to July 17th’s MH17 aviation disaster:

(1) they have many questions,

(2) they want their questions answered,

(3) they want ‘calls-to-actions’ that lead to real reforms,

(4) they want to know that something is being done, so this will never happen again.

As an immediate concern, I know every one out there has questions about the MH17 aviation disaster on July 17. And, they deserve to have answers. This became very evident to me, as I saw the kinds of questions that were raised in the many comments I have received and responded to these past six days across social media (see “#MH17: Boeing 777 airplanes should NOT be shot out of the sky” on LinkedIn Pulse Airlines & Aviation Channel and “Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 Shot Down Near Donetsk (Ukraine)” on Linked Pulse Airlines & Aviation and Editor’s Picks Channels).

People from all walks of life around the world would love to partake in a MH370 and MH17 ‘learning forum‘. Or, better still, a ‘global water cooler’, informally sort of speak. This ‘learning forum‘ proposes to draw people to freely engage, read, write, listen, and openly comment further about why this MH17 aviation disaster and MH370 aviation tragedy happened. And, what can be done to prevent such extreme events from ever happening again.

MH370 and MH17 Online ‘Learning Forum

I don’t just want to transmit MH370 and MH17 news and information. I want to facilitate a Socratic engagement of others in MH370 and MH17 questions and answers inspired by this article. This is more about not what I have to say. Rather, this is more about what you and others have to say.

What we have here is akin to a “global water cooler.” The notion of a “water cooler” conversation is frequently used to reference informal, spontaneous conversation that takes place among people who happen to be at the same place at the same time. In this instance, our water cooler is global, and online. But, we all find ourselves in the same place, at the same time, as the conversation revolves around a topic or concern — in this case, the dual Malaysian Airlines tragedies.

I have observed on LinkedIn Pulse that people want to have their say. They want to be invited into a freely flowing, yet frictionless, and safe forum in which they can pose their burning questions, upon which anybody and everyone may attempt to provide some answers or points of views, including me as an aviation enthusiast and professional in the field.

Fundamentally, I believe LinkedIn Pulse is an invitation to others to partake in an environment to bring forth new ideas, questions and answers. It does not have to be just a transmission of such ideas, questions and answers. I also believe LinkedIn Pulse is a unique invitation to an online ‘learning forum,’ as well as, a ‘social newsroom media‘ for learning new things about how we can cope with the MH17 aviation disaster and the MH370 aviation tragedy.

Finding solace through engagement with people across the professional world, and addressing the flood of MH370 and MH17 news and information, has become quite evident in these past few days. What a revolutionary and evolutionary way to gather the professional knowledge, skills, and channels across LinkedIn Pulse to raise MH370 and MH17 questions, and to answer them.

Knowing now the importance of what it is, we ultimately want to accomplish by addressing MH370 and MH17 questions, we can optimize that objective with innovative answers. Collectively here, we can bring forth both the heartfelt passions and diverse skills of you, the world’s very best creative professionals and insightful thinkers in our “global water cooler” on LinkedIn Pulse.

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The aim of this MH370 and MH17 ‘learning forum‘ proposed here is to assist the flow of human emotions, intellectual capital and collective knowledge to where it can best be leveraged towards ideas and solutions for the future of aviation safety and security. Ultimately, we have a vested human, social and economic interest to ensure and maintain safer skies going forward.

MH370 and MH17 Questions and Answers Leverages Social Economics and Advanced Technology

The convergence between social economics and advanced technology is indeed in the commercial airlines passenger’s interest. Through emerging ‘social newsroom media‘ and airlines and aviation, we can create here a really innovative and unique forum for leveling the field of open dialog and democratizing access to MH370 and MH17 information, fueled by the many questions and answers that are discussed.

This is especially helpful for so many others out there trying to stay engaged with the rapid progression of these extreme aviation events and disasters, which are heaped upon us in this age of demography shift and heightened engagement. Hopefully, we could amass enough influence and ideas through the professional world that could help influence and reform the future of commercial passenger airline travel.

As I was thinking to myself these past six days, it is not enough just to synthesize and share the deluge of MH370 and MH17 news and information. I want to inspire the creation of a ‘learning forum‘ with the professional world, by crafting questions and answers that help steer people through these tough times, where we are seeing a convergence of social media and advanced technology becoming a fixture in our lives.

I think there are always new aspects of ideas to be learned. For example, I am convinced that there are indeed innovative ways we can collectively uncover for improving our once stellar record of commercial passenger airline travel, before we were rocked by MH370 and MH17 along with six additional plane crashes these past five months of 2014.

I think together in this ‘learning forum‘ we can draw upon and learn from your own personal and professional experiences in the aftermath of the MH17 aviation disaster (including the five month aftermath of the MH370 aviation tragedy ongoing).

I believe there remain many more questions than answers, so far, that I could not possibly pose without the help of the diverse field of professionals across LinkedIn. The diverse range of expertise and experiences available across LinkedIn members offer great insights, as this international aviation safety and security story continues to unfold.

One of the laws of good strategy is focus. On defining our focus on commercial passenger airliner safety, we can concentrate on a few key areas around air travel reform. It also means we can leverage valuable time of professionals in a ‘learning forum‘ that nurtures user sentiments of the world’s professional talent, that facilitates the learning process in a Socratic way, and that builds upon the LinkedIn Pulse infrastructure to raise MH17 and MH370 questions and answers that are continuing to unfold. A ‘learning forum‘ dedicated to MH370 and MH17 Questions and Answers is more about realizing the full potential of the LinkedIn Pulse platform.

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Photo Credit: Marlon Mills. Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER Registration Number 9M-MRO, January 12, 2014 – Amsterdam, Netherlands.

MH17 and MH370 are the kinds of extreme event stories that engender a wide array of experts, among families, churches, schools, universities, businesses, trade associations, multi-national government organizations, and public officials alike, including a diverse co-hort of experts across all LinkedIn Pulse Channels, to raise questions and to find answers that serve to educate everyone. Mainly because, we want to feel better at the end of the day, as we try to muddle through slowly in moving forward in the aftermath of MH17, as well as, the ongoing search for MH370.

But most of all, commercial passenger airlines transportation is fundamentally about business communications. I am gratified in seeing so many business professionals emerging onto the growing ‘learning forum‘ of LinkedIn Pulse Aviation & Airlines Channel. These diverse co-horts of professionals are bridging social media and advanced aviation technology, and bringing exciting new perspectives on how we all can learn about safe business and leisure air travel. They are crafting the future outlook on international aviation safety and security. These professionals are being visionary and vigilant in learning how scenarios in the future for air travel are shaped, how these scenarios will unfold in aviation, and what are the trends and choices, as well as, the future uncertainties and risks we all face in global aviation travel and the customer experience.

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Photo Credit: Taken on July 28, 2013, at Shanghai Pudong Airport, by Steven Richardson, aviation analyst at FlyersPulse.com, of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, Registration Number 9M-MRD, which is reported by Malaysia Airlines as the aircraft of Flight 17, which crashed on July 17, 2014.

So, to humbly start the ball rolling, let’s begin by addressing a few immediate MH17 questions I wish to put forth in shedding some light on some answers that I hope will engage readers to bring forth their own sentiments in the form of questions and answers. In the comments, share your own ideas of MH370 and MH17 questions and answers for commercial airlines and aviation. In doing this, perhaps we can uncover some great ideas that experts have not thought about. Hopefully, we can all find some solutions in which to begin to move forward in digesting the shock of the MH17 aviation disaster, including the MH370 aviation tragedy.

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Photo Credit: Berhard Ebner. Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER Registration Number 9M-MRO, May 5, 2013 – Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1. What has happened to our stellar world of commercial passenger flight safety – 8 plane crashes in 5 months?

History repeats in cycles. First and foremost, reoccurring commercial passenger aviation safety mishaps in this digital-age should NOT happen. Are we losing control of the system? Where is the system thinking – real-time data, information, clear knowledge, and better understanding? How are governments and aviation trade organizations effectively and efficiently cooperating?

“Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot out of the sky Thursday by a Russian-built surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine, joins a growing list of commercial airliners carrying civilian passengers downed by military forces around Russia’s western border,” reports Mashable.

“It is also the second such incident in Ukraine, which shot down a Siberian Airlines plane back in 2001 over the Black Sea, killing 78. Ukraine admitted to mistakenly firing an S-200 missile, which may also have been involved in downing the Malaysian airliner.”

Since 1940, there have been at least 22 incidents of commercial airliners being shot down around the world, resulting in more than 1,250 casualties, Mashable tallied. (That tally doesn’t include the 295 passengers and crew killed aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. In addition, an Airbus A300, operating as Iran Air flight 655 was shot down by the USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988, killing 290 on board).

The borders of Russia — or the Soviet Union and the former Eastern Bloc countries — have been home to nine of those incidents, more than any other region of the world. (By contrast, Africa had six, and the Middle East had four). Mashable further chronicles historically what happened in each of several aviation disaster events.

Commercial Airlines Flying Over War Zones. An immediate concern at this moment is why would a commercial passenger airliner be allowed to fly regularly over a known war zone. We have to determine exactly what happened to cause such a horrible safety mishap to happen.

This is absolutely an international call-for-action for the commercial passenger airline’s trade group, International Air Transportation Association (IATA), and the United Nation’s commercial passenger airline’s policy group, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to counsel, to advise, and to warn sovereign states to establish clearer commercial passenger risk management policies and guidelines, like those of British Airways, for restricted flight paths over known war zones by commercial passenger aircraft.

A high-level perspective of why “The tragedy of MH17 is an outrage” is noteworthy counsel, advice, and warning to sovereign states given here by LinkedIn Influencer, Tony Tyler, Director General & CEO at IATA, now featured on LinkedIn Pulse Airlines & Aviation Channel.

Eurocontrol has the Ukrainian war zone open to commercial area travel. A Malaysian official said ICAO had approved the route the doomed MH17 airliner took. However, this appears to be a misreading of what exactly the ICAO does. ICAO issues advisory based on decisions taken by delegates rather than mandating to its members what to do in commercial passenger airline travel.

This horrible MH17 safety incident was completely avoidable.

Let me briefly and implicitly address why in this ‘learning forum‘ with a few questions in a Socratic way to further jump-start us off with fruitful discussions on this central question of commercial passenger safety. Can you offer some ideas to stimulate further sentiments among LinkedIn professionals, including expert and layperson readers alike?

Do we have to endure such a miserable aviation safety and security mishap again, before yet another call-to-action here turns into actionable execution we can all actually realize as a benefit for the flying public?

How on earth was MH17 allowed to operate inside a known conflict zone along the Ukrainian-Russian border, where separatists are either involved in actual conflict or performing practice runs with a Russian Buk-M2 missile.

How can we best secure the commercial flying public, when any sovereign nation has alienable rights to preemptively negate risks associated with aircraft entering and leaving its airspace with unknown intentions?

Why is a Buk, having an advanced computerized targeting range of 10-25 thousands meters, allowed to be anywhere near a commercial passenger airliner that typically cruises at 33,000 feet (10,000 meters)? What can we do with a Buk militarily? How can we keep a commercial passenger plane away from a Buk? Is it possible in the upcoming IATA and ICAO proposed real-time digital-age tracking of all commercial airliners to be announced in September for international aviation safety and security?

2. Who is in charge of the MH17 crash site?

Dubious State of MH17 Crash Site. An incredible concern is dubious security of the MH17 crash site inside a war zone, along with recovery of the 298 loved ones’ remains and personal belongings now scattered across a 15 kilometer region between the village of Shakhtarsk and Hrabove (along the Urkainian-Russian border).

However, according to the USA Today, “the remains of about two hundred victims have been taken from the MH17 crash site and sent by refrigerated rail cars to the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, where they are expected to be transported by a cargo plane on Wednesday to The Netherlands. Nearly two-thirds of the victims were Dutch citizens.”

“Dutch officials noted that rebels had said this morning that the train was carrying 282 bodies, but that a hard count showed only 200 on board,” the BBC reports. “They had no immediate explanation for the discrepancy in the previously reported total number of MH17 victims’ remains transported to Kharkiv this morning.”

Small crash site teams continue to search for more remains from among the 298 victims, but outside watchdog experts believe that “it could take months to scour the crash site’s 6-mile radius,” USA Today reports.

“The personal belongings — luggage, clothes, toys, books — found at the crash site so far have been collected under four tents. One pile was taken to the train station in nearby Torez, but was left on the platform, when the train carrying the bodies departed abruptly on Monday for Kharkiv,” says USA Today.

A train carrying many of the victims of flight MH17 has arrived in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, where the bodies were handed over to Dutch officials.

The refrigerated wagons made the 186-mile (300 kilometers) journey from Torez overnight, after armed separatists who had been guarding the carriages allowed them to leave.

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Pro-Russia rebels guard a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash on July 21, 2014 in Torez, Ukraine. Photo Credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.

The train was met in Kharkiv by police forensic experts as well as representatives of countries whose citizens were aboard the ill-fated Boeing 777-200ER airliner.

The train’s arrival comes after rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine handed over the black boxes from the downed passenger plane to Malaysian experts.

There have been alleged reports of mass looting of MH17 passenger belongings scattered across the 15 kilometer crash site region. The trauma area is being claimed by not only the Russian influences, but also by multiple pro-Russian separatists groups are jockeying for control among each other and for the Ukrainian/Russian border area near the crash site.

This is a real concern for providing international crash site watchdog teams and aviation safety investigators the most efficient engagement of the crash site and its poor surrounding transportation infrastructure. The region is extremely difficult to travel into, because of the separatists jockeying for control of the only main access road along the Ukrainian/Russian boarder that takes one near the crash site.

Each village controlled by a separatist group conflicts with transportation access of another separatist group. Even international reporters and media are having extremely difficult negotiations within the crash region. Fortunately now, most of the remains of the 298 passengers have been recovered and respectfully secured.

However, at this moment, the MH17 crash site is still somewhat in chaos.

On the afternoon of July 18, thirty international observers from the OSCE arrived at the MH17 crash site only to leave after 75 minutes, when separatists denied full and unlimited access to the crash site. On July 19, the OSCE observers made further attempts to reach and inspect the crash site once again.

Additionally, investigators from the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands (Holland), and Malaysia arrived at the crash site. In the afternoon of July 19, the OSCE reported that the movements of their investigative watchdog team of 24 persons there to observe and report, have been limited again by separatists carrying arms. The team so far has had some difficulties in interviewing any witnesses.

Last week before most of the MH17 passenger remains were transported to The Netherlands, the OSCE team had previously observed passenger remains being removed from the crash site, but they were unable to talk to those carrying the passenger remains away to an undisclosed location.

Mashable reported, the international community has increasingly settled on the U.S. government’s assertion that pro-Russian rebels are responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

And while senior U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, officials said that Russia “created the conditions” for the downing by arming the separatists, says Mashable.

Putin, as a result, is a pariah, as the European Union imposes additional sanctions against his inner circle.

But Moscow’s not so convinced of the separatists’ malfeasance.

The Russian Ministry of Defense presented its initial findings on the downing of MH17 on Monday. And Russian leaders really want answers to a few of their questions, as Mashable lays them out in detail here.

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Photo Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images. Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin votes for a U.N. Security Council draft resolution demanding full access for investigators at the Malaysia Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine.

United Nations Security Council Resolution Allows Investigators to Restore Order to MH17 Crash Site. Meanwhile, late evening on July 21, The United Nations Security Council requested a complete international investigation of Flight MH17, adopting a resolution that requires unrestricted access for investigators.

The measure was approved unanimously, gaining Russia’s support only after a key edit.

“Russia agreed to the resolution after changes to the text which said the ‘downing’ of the plane, rather than the ‘shooting down’ of the aircraft,” NPR’s Jackie Northam reports.

The U.N. resolution includes a call for cooperation, both in the investigation and with efforts to punish those responsible for bringing down the airliner as it flew over eastern Ukraine.

The Security Council of the United Nations has adopted an unanimous resolution condemning the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and the loss of 298 lives “in the strongest terms”. The United Nations Security Council’s 15 members demand “a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines”.

The Security Council demanded further that “armed groups in control of the crash site and the surrounding area refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site, including by refraining from destroying, moving or disturbing wreckage, equipment, debris, personal belongings, or remains, and immediately provide safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the site…” and all military activities be ceased in the immediate area surrounding the crash site. The UN stated: “The Council also demanded that those responsible for this incident to be held to account and that all States cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability.”

As part of the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) experts have arrived in the Ukraine over the weekend “to begin assisting their Ukrainian counterparts with the official accident investigation into the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.”

ICAO’s council president said on Monday, “ICAO’s accident investigation experts are in the Ukraine to respond to a call for assistance from the State’s National Bureau of Incidents and Accidents Investigation of Civil Aircraft. Their work relates to Annex 13 investigations, the objective of which is to determine the causes of an accident and to make recommendations that will help prevent future accidents. This is a painstaking process and the collaboration of all concerned with the international team of investigators, notably where access to all evidence and data is concerned, will be greatly appreciated.”

This is absolutely an international call-for-action for the commercial passenger airline’s trade group, International Air Transportation Association (IATA), and the United Nation’s commercial passenger airline’s policy group, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to counsel, to advise, and to warn sovereign states to establish clearer commercial passenger risk management policies and guidelines, like those of British Airways, for restricted flight paths over known war zones by commercial passenger aircraft.

Sadly, Eurocontrol had the Ukrainian war zone open to commercial air travel at the time MH17 was tragically thrown out of the sky. Malaysian official said ICAO had approved the route the doomed MH17 airliner took. However, this appears to be a misreading of what exactly the ICAO does. ICAO issues advisories only, based on civil airline business decisions taken by delegates, rather than mandating to its members what to do in commercial passenger airline travel.

On July, 22, 2014, according to Russian media reports, distributed by global media as well, the separatists have declared a cease fire in the region. There is no confirmation of this information on known separatist websites however.

3. What, if any changes, are being recommended as a result of the MH17 aviation disaster, as well as the MH370 aviation tragedy?

On July 23, at 9:30 am GMT (local Malaysian time), Liow Tiong Lai, newly-appointed Malaysian Minister of Transport, issued a brief statement regarding the MH17 Boeing 777-200ER, Registration Number 9M-MRD airliner’s black-boxes.

Following the agreement Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak brokered with rebel leaders, Malaysia has taken custody of flight MH17’s black-boxes. As the Prime Minister said, they will be passed to the international investigation team for analysis.

The international investigation team, led by the Netherlands, has decided to pass the black-boxes to the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch for forensic analysis. It is normal procedure for black boxes to be sent for analysis to the nearest laboratory authorised by the International Civil Aviation Association.

The black boxes will therefore be flown to Farnborough, U.K., accompanied by Malaysian experts and other members of the international investigation team.”

On Sunday, June 15, at 1:00 pm GMT (local Malaysian time), Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Group Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airlines, issued this brief statement marking MH370’s 100 days gone missing, including the Boeing 777-200ER, Registration Number 9M-MRO airliner’s black-boxes containing answers.

It has been the longest 100 days since the disappearance of our MH370.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of the 239 persons on board the flight. The families has been on our minds throughout these past 100 days, and will continue to do for a long while to come. We feel the families’ pain; we miss our colleagues and friends on board MH370. We feel the families’ anguish, and like them, Malaysia Airlines continues to hope and seek answers that will bring us closer to finding out what happened to MH370.

We thank the Governments and agencies of Malaysia, Australia and China, and the many nations that have come forward to search for MH370. Despite the best efforts and resources over the last 100 days, this most extensive search in history has still not found answers.

Malaysia Airlines continues to support the search operations, continues to support the next-of-kin and continues to keep in touch.

It has been the longest and most painful 100 days in Malaysia Airlines’ history.”

It’s Time to Put the ‘Black-Box in The Cloud.’ An immediate concern once again is how can we secure the flight data recorders (known as the ‘black-boxes’) not only in remote oceanic regions, as we have seen with the MH370 disappearance. But also now, as somewhere inside a war zone. As we see with the MH17 safety disaster and chaotic unsecured crash site, the black-boxes were being held hostage and misplaced for nearly five days, somewhere inside a war zone.

During those six days so far, we just did not know whether the precious flight recorder data inside the black-boxes was being tampered with or being compromised to destroy the chain of evidence of what was happening on board moments before a Russian Buk slammed into the Boeing 777-200ER cabin operating as flight MH17.

Remarkably during some six days, the black-boxes may have been allegedly up for grabs among rebels and separatists in an unsecured crash site inside a known war zone.

The Telegraph (U.K.) reported on Tuesday, July 22, the black boxes were initially withheld from international air accident officials by the Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine who have been widely accused of bringing down the plane.

But after a truce was called to include the crash zone in Ukraine, rebels allowed investigators access to the site and also allowed a train carrying bodies to move on to a Ukrainian government base, says The Telegraph (U.K.).

The Dutch government has asked for the United Kingdom’s assistance in examining the “black box” flight recorders retrieved from the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over eastern Ukraine last week.

David Cameron announced on Twitter that British investigators based at Farnborough in Hampshire will be tasked with retrieving vital data from the two recorders.

The Prime Minister tweeted: “We’ve agreed to a Dutch request for air accident investigators at Farnborough to retrieve data from MH17 black boxes for international analysis.

A spokesperson for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said: “We can confirm that the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch based in Farnborough has been asked to carry out the data analysis of the MH17 black-boxes.

During nearly five months, we have completely lost the black-boxes aboard MH370, now believed to be somewhere in the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean.

At the risk of repeating myself, once again, it is time to secure the ‘Black-Box in The Cloud‘. I mean we are in the digital age of civil aviation and commercial air travel. Human lives are now at stake, given that we have already lost 537 lives in the last five months! It is time to move quickly before more lives are lost.

We may find out soon what went on inside the cockpit and cabin moments before the MH17 Boeing 777-200ER crash, once the Dutch and U.K. safety experts complete their investigations. We still have to find another Boeing 777-200ER airliner that formerly operated as flight MH370 somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.

The flight data recordings help safety investigators and aviation regulators to begin to put specific knowledge of time and place inside an airliner cockpit together in the aftermath of any aviation safety mishaps or aviation disasters. Access to black-box flight recorder data and information must not be subject to diplomatic truces or under threat of rebels or separatists forces in armed conflict. Instead, it is more about allowing aviation safety mishap investigations to freely proceed unimpeded, so that experts can begin the hard work at getting to the bottom of what exactly happen to cause such MH17 aviation disasters and MH370 aviation tragedies.

Financial Times recently suggests that continued calls for ‘black-box in the cloud’ flight data-streaming reform for passenger airliners over remote oceanic regions of the world persists after extensive search efforts have failed to find the missing MH370 Boeing 777-200ER airliner.

MH370 disappeared without a trace nearly five months ago with 239 people on board. Meanwhile, family members are still holding onto hope for their loved ones’ return.

Though the debris field of MH370 may be wide, the southern Indian Ocean is wider.

Henceforward, we now expect the search for the Boeing 777-200 airliner will be most difficult and could extend for years. Perhaps probable, even though highly unlikely, after hitting the ocean and laying in its resting place, the airliner is mostly intact with its ‘black-boxes’ in place and ready for recovery.

Air France 447 Causal Report Calls for Airliner Black-Box Reforms

Two years ago this month, the AF447 causal report findings for ‘Black-Box’ cloud streaming is indeed real-time flight-data technological reform on board passenger airliners going forward in a digital-age of global aviation safety and security.

Widely-available now is the 219-page final report by France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile (BEA), published in July 2012, “On the accident on 1st June 2009 to the Airbus A330-203, registered F-GZCP, operated by Air France flight AF 447 en route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, France.”

The extensive report also proposed changes to the way ‘black-boxes’, or flight data recorders, work on aircraft that operate over water. Calls for extending from 30 to 90 days the life of the battery that powers the transponder used to locate ‘black-boxes’ after an airliner crash, has been adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and should surface as commonplace across international aviation by 2018.

Rémi Jouty, head of the BEA, told the Financial Times earlier this year that all the recommendations were made to avoid a repeat of “the difficulties we had in locating AF477 in [the mid-Atlantic] Ocean.” While the tracking technology exists, Jouty pointed to “a need for governments at the international level to reach an agreement.”

Although ICAO had discussed the proposals, he said “one aspect” of its failure to require tracking was lobbying by airlines concerned about cost – a view corroborated by a senior airline executive, Financial Times reports today.

“MH370 is very different from AF447,” says Tony Tyler, director-general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). “While we knew pretty accurately where AF447 went down, the issue with MH370 is that it disappeared from tracking capabilities, which included radar surveillance.”

An interim report into the disappearance of MH370 by the Malaysian authorities repeated the BEA’s recommendation that commercial passenger aircraft should be tracked at all stages of flight, especially over remote oceans of the world.

Tyler says the IATA trade body will “have some draft recommendations to share with ICAO and our members in September. And our board will decide on it in December.”

IATA cannot mandate to the global airline industry that they develop ‘black-box’ reforms and install tracking equipment on board commercial passenger airliners. That would require ICAO action – and the United Nation’s record on quick execution of policy implementation of any reforms or changes in global aviation safety and security can be rather dubious, due to the many countries involved with varying degrees of international aviation standards.

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