UPDATE 1-Rolls-Royce concurs with Malaysia on missing jet's engine data

Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:15am EDT

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) - Rolls-Royce said on Friday it concurred with the Malaysian government on engine data, after Malaysia denied reports that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet may have flown on for hours after it vanished from radar screens.

The Wall Street Journal said U.S. aviation investigators and national security officials believed the plane flew for a total of five hours, based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing 777's Rolls-Royce engines as part of a standard monitoring programme. ()

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Thursday that the reports were not true. He said the last transmission from the aircraft was at 01:07 a.m. on March 8, indicating that everything was normal. The plane took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. (1641 GMT on March 7).

"Rolls-Royce concurs with the statement made on Thursday, 13 March, by Malaysia's Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein regarding engine health monitoring data received from the aircraft," said a spokeswoman for the company.

"Rolls-Royce continues to provide its full support to the authorities and Malaysia Airlines."

The investigation into the disappearance of the jetliner is focusing more on a suspicion the flight was deliberately diverted, as evidence suggests it was last headed out over the Andaman Islands, sources familiar with the Malaysian probe said.

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Comments (11)
Maxwells wrote:
The WSJ report said ‘Boeing’ has satellite tracking and monitoring systems on its Aircraft, not Rolls-Royce. It would be up to Boeing to share that data with Rolls-Royce and others.

It seems they are making every attempt to discredit the WSJ report since it revealed Boeing has been tracking and monitoring it’s Aircraft back in the US even without the owners knowledge, something the US does not like other countries to know.

Mar 14, 2014 11:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
majkmushrm wrote:
@Maxwells. I don’t think it’s that simple. Modern jetliners have multiple reporting systems that keep a feed of data going back to the airline’s data centers. In this case, satellite data is unlikely because we are told that an inspection bulletin to check for cracks at the aircraft’s satellite antenna were not complied with by Malaysia airlines because the aircraft didn’t have a satellite antenna.

Mar 14, 2014 1:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pk47 wrote:
At this point the only thing certain about the missing MH370 flight is that neither MAS, nor the Malaysian government are telling us the truth. Now it seems that Rolls-Royce is also hiding something. Taken together, all this elaborate effort to conceal the truth may be pointing to a larger danger hidden behind this mystery. It is possible that the B777 was hijacked soon after departure, because the last words from the cockpit were not spoken by a professional crew member. In aviation it is not acceptable to just say “roger” or “OK”, but instead, you must repeat the last instructions. Did anyone analyze the voice last heard from the cockpit?

Mar 14, 2014 2:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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