Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The big buck organizations involved in the search for MH370, including their corporation-defending spokesmen at CNN, will be talking increasingly about terrorism and crew mischief as causes of the disappearance. At the same time expect an increasing inability to locate the lost 777 and complaints on the high costs of the search operation.

If the (probable) crash was caused by equipment malfunction, Boeing and the manufactures of the faulty equipment will be held liable. In addition, the contribution of design defects in the disaster will become more evident. The plane could not be located because tracking equipment was not installed at the factory. The transponder was lost due to electronics failure or accidental turn-off during the emergency. The flight recorder only records 2 hours of conversation before it over-records previous recordings, making it impossible to verify what happened during the emergency. (My computer chip holds hundreds of hours of recording, why theirs only 2?). The black-box ‘pinger’ has a battery life of only 30 days. So on and so on.

The search to date is said to have cost about $25 million. Sounds like a lot until we find out that Boeing’s CEO in salary and perks gets (I refuse to say ‘earns’, in the non-pejorative sense of the word) $25 million. If the loss of MH370 can be pinned on corporative incompetence, I would argue that each victim’s family is entitled to at least one-year’s returns of Boeing’s top executive. Or am I wrong, and these dead people can go penniless to h. . . .?