ΧΘΕΣ ΕΛΑΒΑ ΤΟ ΒΙΒΛΙΟ ΠΟΥ ΜΟΛΙΣ ΚΥΚΛΟΦΟΡΗΣΕ/
This startling bit of information comes from audit reports conducted by the airline in April and June 2013, nearly a full year before the loss of MH370. The auditors from the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs department found that flight following and flight watching could “not be acheived…at intervals stated” in the flight dispatch manual. By law, the airplanes should not have been dispatched.
Executives of the airline were informed of the audit’s findings in August 2013. Following the disappearance of the airplane, Hishammuddin Hussein, the then-acting Minister of Transport was also informed.
To be clear, the airline’s inability to know where its airplanes were at intervals more frequent than every half hour, would not have prevented whatever went wrong on MH370. (My book also includes a likely scenario for what happened on the flight deck.) What the audit does show is a disregard for staying on top of its long-haul planes.
Airlines pay for the satellite time used to transmit information from airliners. More frequent transmission equals more expense. Whether this was a factor in the decision by Malaysia Airlines I can’t say. No one from the airline or the Department of Civil Aviation in Malaysia would respond to my questions.