Because who cares about safety or risk management?

On March 8th 2014, a Malaysian-registered Boeing 777 aircraft with registration 9M-MRO turned off its transponder after 1:21 AM, thus disabling itself from being detected by secondary radar, which is used by air traffic controllers to detect movements of aircraft.

The aircraft made few turns and altitude adjustments and all of the movements can be seen with primary radar, which is not used by air traffic controllers.

If we see 9M-MRO as a potential safety hazard, we would scramble our fighter jets to be near with the aircraft and take necessary steps to force it to land.

Because the aircraft could hit densely-populated areas like KL. Or it might be heading to an unknown place, like Southern Indian ocean.

In a report by Malaysia Ministry of Transport, data from primary radar was made available to them.

However, no information is given on why we did not treat 9M-MRO as potential safety hazard. It is a civilian aircraft. WTC at New York has collapsed in September 2001 after being hit by two civilian aircraft.

Report from MOT shows that our primary radar(s) is working.

Is there anyone monitoring it in case of any civilian aircraft illegally deviated from original route without any apparent safety concern, such as bad weather? We are (relatively) lucky because 9M-MRO did not hit densely-populated areas. However, until today, we still do not know where is the aircraft and what happened to those onboard.

Two military aircaft engines were lost in May 2008. Two years later, we learned the engines are not in Malaysia anymore. It took us two years to know current location of the engines.

Perhaps someone in RMAF can answer the question in bold type for us. Maybe it is classified to reveal radar capability to public, but our action/inaction on March 8th 2014 has indicated how serious we are in dealing with potential risk.

When will we learn?

Coming Soon: Better Meals from Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines 9M-MLQ 2014-07-15 09.28.21
Malaysia Airlines 9M-MLQ 2014-07-15 09.28.21

Malaysia Airlines will revamp its economy class meals to give more value for its customers. Yes, you heard it right. Economy class passengers will enjoy better meals in the future.

Malaysia Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Simmons has said the new menu have improvement in ingredients by having more than double the protein size and bigger portions. Besides, overall presentation of the meal will also be improved.

Passengers for short-haul flights will be able to enjoy better in-flight dining experience as hot meals will be introduced for them. All these improvements have added 20% of the overall meal cost.

“This (hot meal) includes dishes such as Japanese inspired appetiser shrimp salad with spring onion, sesame seed chicken teriyaki served with Japanese rice and also Korean influenced kimchi chicken with Asian greens and deep fried queen fish and Kung Pao sauce for North Asian destinations”, said Malaysia Airlines in a statement.

“More Malaysian dishes will also be served on flights between Kuala Lumpur to Australia including curry and rendang as part of the airline’s move to provide a truly Malaysian experience to reflect the cultural richness of the national airline,” it added.

Source: The Star

Helicopter Carrying VIPs Reported Missing in Sarawak


A news report has just come out saying a helicopter was reported missing in Sarawak. The helicopter belongs to GCA Skyline Aviation Inc. Source: Interaksyon. It is registered in Philippines. The helicopter model is Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil.

Director-General (DG) of Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman has confirmed the disappearance. He said the helicopter lost contact with air traffic control tower just after departure from Betong. “The helicopter left Betong at 4:12 PM and should have arrived in Kuching around 5 PM”, he said.


Crew and Passengers

  1. Capt Rudolf Rex Ragas – pilot
  2. Datuk Noriah Kasnon, Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC)
  3. Asmuni Abdullah – Noriah’s husband
  4. Datuk Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) Chairman
  5. Datuk Dr Sundaran Annamalai, Secretary-general, MPIC
  6. Ahmad Sobri Harun – personal bodyguard to Datuk Noriah


The Aircraft

  1. Model: Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil
  2. Type: Single-engine helicopter
  3. Registration Country: Philippines
  4. Registration Number: RP-C6828
  5. Operator: GCA Skyline Aviation Inc.

Search and Rescue (SAR) Team

Malaysian Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai commented about SAR mission during a statement on Friday night (6 May 2016). Source

“The SAR mission is currently being led by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) with the assistance of the Royal Malaysia Air Force (TUDM), Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Marine Police, Fire and Rescue Department, Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) and Civil Defence Department,” – Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysian Transport Minister



5:00 PM: A helicopter traveling from Betong to Kuching has been reported lost at that time.

9:00 PM: The Star news portal reported, albeit briefly, about the disappearance. “More to come” has been added at the end of news report, indicating there will be more stories.

9:30 PM: We are still looking for more information on the internet and no new information has been reported. The fate of crew and passengers as well as aircraft registration number remained unknown at the moment.


12:40 AM: Sarawak Police has given a press statement at 11:30 PM yesterday. No signs of the helicopter so far. Search and rescue team has been deployed at last known location of the helicopter. Sarawak Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem has asked people to offer their prayer. Weather was reported as bad during the time of disappearance.

10:04 AM: A team of about 100 personnel are searching for the missing helicopter. They will focus on the districts of Sri Aman, Simunjan and Betong. Personnel involved are from Marine Police, Fire and Rescue Department, Police, General Operations Force and Civil Defence Department. Source: The Star

11:45 AM: Kuala Kangsar MP, Datuk Wan Mohammad Khairil is also in the missing helicopter. Friends and relatives begins to gather at his home to learn about the new developments of the disappearance.

11:49 AM: Fire Rescue team has found debris of a helicopter at Sungai Batang Sadong, believed to be remains of the missing helicopter.

Noon: A body belonged to a woman has been found. The body was brought to SMK Sebuyau with a boat later at 1 pm. It was flown to Kuching by TUDM’s Nuri Helicopter at arrived at 3:30 PM. Source

7:47 PM: Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the investigation will be conducted by DCA’s Air Accident & Investigation Bureau (BSKU).




8:34 AM: Second body was found, according to Farhan Sufyan Borhan, Assistant Director of Sarawak Fire Rescue Department. Source

11:45 AM: Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, tweeted about the finding of third body in the crash. The third body was later confirmed as Ahmad Sobri. Source

12:17 PM: Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Search and Rescue (SAR) mission today will cover 875 square kilometers, compared to 2,850 square kilometers yesterday.

3:26 PM: Fourth body has been found.

3:42 PM: Second body has confirmed to be of Dr. Sundaran’s. Source

6:00 PM: The fifth body has been found at 6:00 PM today, about 2 km from Lingga operation centre.


10:15 AM: The sixth victim of the helicopter crash in Sebuyau has finally been recovered, according to a news report by The Borneo Post. Source