"With blemishes like these, this report destroys much of its credibility."McEwen also pounces on the feeble excuses the chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Martin Dolan, made for the decision to rush away from what looked like the best leads we have had so far when it came to the fate of MH370. However, like the Independent Group, McEwen seems to misunderstand both Dolan and the ATSB in its constant criticism of Dolan for not answering the bureau's questions in full or in satisfactory detail. Dolan wouldn’t (on the basis of his various embarrassing press conferences) even understand the questions. His integrity was called into doubt in no uncertain manner by the all-party Australian Senate inquiry into the ATSB’s disgraceful crash investigation of the Pel-Air ditching near Norfolk Island in 2009. The last time the Prime Minister of Australia or Transport Minister Warren Truss referred to Dolan by name was back when a television reporter asked the chief commissioner to explain the difference between a great circle route and a straight line, resulting in one of the most cringe-worthy and embarrassing performances ever given by an aviation administrator on live national television. The ATSB has itself been found seriously wanting by a peer review of its procedures in producing that report by the Transport Safety Board of Canada, and the responsible minister, when he can bring himself to focus on this humiliation, continues to amaze the aviation sector by his inability to resolve the compromised position the ATSB, and the regulator CASA, have been put in by the Pel-Air matters. If the Independent Group were street smart, as well as scientifically smart, it would be pursuing the parties advising the ATSB on the management of the search -- that is, grilling the chefs, not the waiters. McEwen asks some very pertinent questions about the early April "we have pings" embarrassment for Australia, in particular its supposedly expert naval underwater acoustics laboratory, which led to Prime Minister Tony Abbott humiliating the country by very publicly declaring to the people and government of China that Australia was on the verge of locating MH370 in a place where, with dispassionate analysis of the then-known facts, it couldn’t possibly have been. McEwen’s analysis develops the need to examine the investigators, the real ones reporting directly to Kuala Lumpur, in a persuasive manner, yet there is a second, very disappointing blemish in relation to the claimed call to a co-pilot’s cell phone after the 777 diverted from its filed flight path. McEwen even relies on a CNN report in relation to this, which is more than appalling given that CNN couldn’t even find Canberra on a map of Australia and briefly managed to locate Perth in Tasmania. The phone calls, referred to in a media conference in Australia, were to a company satphone, not a cell phone, so his analysis as to how a cell phone call couldn’t have been connected via a ground tower to a 777 flying above a certain altitude is beside the point. McEwen seems to have put undue reliance on unconfirmed media "myths" about MH370, which is unnecessary given the self-incriminating flaws in the information directly released by the authorities themselves. With blemishes like these, this report destroys much of its credibility. If it were rewritten, dealing only with the mathematical problems and the credibility or otherwise of the satellite images and the unanswered satphone issues, it might be a much more convincing document. It might even lead to pressure to search more realistic locations on or near the seventh arc than might presently be the case.
Are the MH370 investigators deliberately undermining the search?
A new article by a Canadian mathematician raises some compelling points about the real agenda of the MH370 investigation.