Today's news is above. It's about MH370, with a little about MH17 too.
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Good morning, good morning. Welcome to Vocab Voyage for this morning. It's lovely up
here in Hokkaido, getting warmer by the day. Spring is a coming, but I think it will turn cold
again before spring actually comes.
Today we are going to talk about Malaysian Airlines. March 8th last year, almost one year
ago, crazy. March 8th last year, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 took off from Malaysia, flying to Beijing, and it just disappeared. It disappeared. We all know the story. It's disappeared and has never been found.
The search for it seems to be reaching a dead end. They've been looking and looking and
finding nothing. A group called 'The Independent Group' believe they may have come up
with a solution about the comms. We all remember all the coms, all the communications,
disappeared. So for one hour all the communications disappeared. All the coms were down. Then after about 50 minutes of all coms being down, the satellite communications came on. Now the satellite communications, or sat coms, they are used to send text messages and
cellphone calls. That's pretty much all, and it seems they also help carry out the handshake. It talks to Inmarsat if you remember the story.
Anyway, all coms went down. After 50 minutes the sat coms came back on. This
Independent Group, they believe that somebody or something was responsible for those
sat coms coming back on.
The question remains is that if the sat coms came back on, and someone was responsible, why didn't they bring all the communications back on? This independent group believes that somebody who was in control of the plane, either on or off the plane, didn't want all the comsback on. Just the sat com.
So the story is still very murky indeed, one year later.
A kiwi (a New Zealander), working on an oil rig he was fired. He'd worked in the oil industry
for 30 years. He said, on the day, on the March 8th, in the middle of the night, he hopped up on his oil rig out in the ocean. He went up on the top for a smoke, and he saw what he is
sure was MH370 in a ball of flame crashing into the sea. He emailed the Vietnamese and
Malaysian authorities, and he got fired. I don't know why he got fired, but he got fired.
He still thinks they are searching in the wrong place. He's still adamant that what he saw was MH370.
A very nice story. It's got heaps of very useful images and videos; showing about where
they're searching, why it might be the wrong place, where they should be searching, and
where it disappeared, and where this guy saw it. Have a look. It's quite interesting.
The last story, very quickly, MH17. Tragically shot down by the separatists in Ukraine.
Funded by Vladimir Putin. The Minsk Deal I spoke of yesterday, the ceasefire (which seems to be falling apart very quickly); that offers amnesty to some people in the Donetsk and
Luhansk areas. You've done something wrong during the war, you take the peace; we'll
forget about it. That doesn't apply to the people who shot down MH17. They will still be
punished if they are caught.