Having perused its 584 pages, my immediate impression is the poor presentation of information. A large proportion of the report contains nothing more than copies of regulations which should have been appendices and not haphazardly scattered throughout the body of the report.
Pertinent information is obscured by the format and presentation, specifically the radar and ATC transcripts.
Before analysing the report, it’s important to return to earlier information presented by the Malaysian Govt. and what we were led to believe to provide a comparison with what has been officially released 12 months later.
I couldn’t make that mistake if I tried. A radar monitor used to play back a recording is similar to a normal PC. It has a mouse and a menu and you just extend from Butterworth and it gives the exact position. There is no magnetic variation so the operator didn’t even have to add or subtract anything to get the right bearing. The picture is what I would expect to see from a civil SSR not a military PSR and it’s that which alerted my suspicions initially. When the 2nd pic became available I was able to plot the two bearings and measure the distance between which gave me a speed of 350 KTS. If it slowed to 350KTS in that distance, the speed over the rest of the distance becomes impossibly high. So we now know the labels were rubbish.
If it wasn’t fake why haven’t they at least included an Eva plot for that section of track?
Let’s examine the text to determine exactly what they’re telling us. All the information with precise speeds, headings and height information are within the 60NM Kota Bharu radius. Everything outside that circle is sourced from “military” at KLATCC. That’s it, no specific radar heads, just KLATCC
Return to what we’ve been historically told about radar. It turned at IGARI, it descended to low level to avoid radar, it was corroborated by Thai military. All of that is complete and utter bullshit.
From the report no other country saw anything on radar after IGARI and the Malaysian plot doesn't start until 1730.
The only specific radar they’ll admit to is a recording from Kota Bharu Terminal Approach PSR, in other words nothing outside the blue circle.
(Edit 2/4. Allowing for plotting errors because LAT/LON not given, between 1730 and 1744, I make a speed of 483.47 kts, which could be any big twin. Substantially slower than the speeds quoted in the report.)
Ask this simple question; if they were prepared to show an actual screenshot of the track, why has the final report not given us exhaustive detail including other screenshots ?
(Edit 11/4 Sometimes I could kick myself for not spotting the obvious. If known traffic was eliminated from the unidentified radar trace, a list must have been compiled.Why was a list of known traffic not included in the report? A simple list would have been sufficient without full FPL details but no, it's not there. I didn't even see a statement saying they'd eliminated known traffic)
If you believe they deliberately faked the Lido screenshot then I can assure you that the images of plots in the last report can also be faked. ATC simulators have the ability to run a fictional aircraft which is indistinguishable from a real aircraft to an experienced air traffic controller. They can run historic flights using any date or time they choose.
12 months of fruitless searching in the SIO is no surprise to me. 22 years of ATC experience tells me that MH370 was NOT seen on radar after it disappeared at IGARI.
Not by Malaysia, not by anybody. (Edit 19/4 I'm going to qualify that statement by saying they might have "something" but the report is so devoid of specifics that it's impossible to know what.)
NO CO-PILOT CELLPHONE CALLS.