Tuesday, April 14, 2015
JJ Chopper Crash: Silence Before Plunge
MYSTERY widens. Another air crash involving a Malaysian registered craft is displaying unexplainable circumstances.
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It concerns the deadly crash of Eurocopter AS3655N2 Dauphin, registration no 9M-1GB, on April 4 in Semenyih, Selangor that killed six persons including (Tan Sri) Jamaluddin Jarjis.
This followed the March 8, 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airline’s flight MH370 with 239 people on board and the shooting down of MH17 over eastern Ukraine just over four months later, on July 17, killing all 283 passengers and crew.
In a front-page report today, the New Straits Times quoted investigators of the helicopter crash as saying, among other things, that:
1. All on board went quiet for several minutes before the death plunge.
2. Aidana Baizieva was an “active participant” of the flight’s operations.
3. No Mayday call: Explosion could have destroyed communication system.
Why did the voice recorder, which earlier on showed that the passengers were “very chatty”, suddenly went silent for a while before the craft went down?
In the exclusive report, the NST said not even the pilot, American Clifford William Fournier, and the mysterious young Krygyzstan women, Baizieva, who was in the co-pilot’s seat, uttered anything.
The NST said only the sound of their breathing was picked up by the cockpit voice recorder (CVR).
It quoted a source assaying that those on board spoke on various subjects “irrelevant to the investigation” ... then there was a lull of several minutes up to the crash.
What were they talking about?
The NST quoted the source as saying: “But let there not be any speculation on this as their going quiet could be due to many reasons, including fatigue.”
It said the investigators had strong grounds to believe that there was an explosion onboard before the craft went down.
What sort of explosion - engine-related, explosives, gunfire, lightning....?
Things are getting ever stranger and more disturbing in our beloved Malaysia.
- A KADIR JASIN
- I was born in 1947 in Kedah. I came from a rice farming family. I have been a journalist since 1969. I am the Editor-in-Chief of magazine publishing company, Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd. I was Group Editor NST Sdn Bhd and Group Editor-in-Chief of NSTP Bhd between 1988 and 2000. I write fortnightly column “Other Thots” in the Malaysian Business magazine, Kunta Kinte Original in Berita Harian and A Kadir Jasin Bercerita in Dewan Masyarakat. Books: Biar Putih Tulang (1998), Other Thots – Opinions & Observations 1992-2001 (2001), The Wings of an Eagle (2003), Mencari Dugalia Huso (2006), Damned That Thots (2006), Blogger (2006), PRU 2008-Rakyat Sahut Cabaran (2008), Komedi & Tragedi-Latest in Contemporary Malaysian Politics (2009) and Membangun Bangsa dengan Pena (2009).