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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Family of Chinese passenger says mobile phone working
The Sunday Times ^ | March 9, 2014

Posted on 03/09/2014 9:17:16 AM PDT by Raebie

A Chinese family successfully rang the mobile phone of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 which is still missing after it lost contact with the ground on Saturday.

A video clip of a man dialing the number of his elder brother was shown on Beijing Television's news bulletin. The call got connected, but no one picked up.

The man, who did not give his name, spoke to reporters at a Malaysia Airlines briefing in Beijing. He claimed that he made a total of three calls, but no one answered.

Desperate family members have asked Malaysia Airlines to use satellite technology to pick up the mobile phone signals of passengers before their phones run out of batteries.


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KEYWORDS: iran; malaysia; mh370; waronterror
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Anyone know if this should happen if the plane blew up?
1 posted on 03/09/2014 9:17:16 AM PDT by Raebie
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To: Raebie

I doubt it would happen if it crashed into the sea. Blowing up is different because small objects survive explosions, but then going down into the ocean...
This is strange to say the least, that it would ring, unless the explosion propelled it far enough to land on dry land.


2 posted on 03/09/2014 9:19:46 AM PDT by Viennacon
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...use satellite technology to pick up the mobile phone signals of passengers before their phones run out of batteries

GPS tracking as an option?

3 posted on 03/09/2014 9:21:01 AM PDT by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority! 11.06.12 - Day of Infamy!)
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To: Raebie

my phone dies, someone calling can leave a message. my phone is still dead! lol


4 posted on 03/09/2014 9:21:34 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Take out the trash)
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To: Raebie

Would think that any and all types of phone call completions are possible, depending on the subscriber setup. For example, if the number is a work line that forwards to other numbers.


5 posted on 03/09/2014 9:21:55 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Raebie

Sure...if the decedent lost his phone in Kuala Lumpur.

Which seems the most likely explanation to me.


6 posted on 03/09/2014 9:21:58 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Viennacon

If that phone was in water it would be dead. Strange.


7 posted on 03/09/2014 9:22:00 AM PDT by FAA
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To: Raebie

Possibly a “waterproof” case and it’s floating?


8 posted on 03/09/2014 9:22:36 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: stocksthatgoup

So does mine, but it doesn’t ring. It goes straight to voicemail.


9 posted on 03/09/2014 9:23:03 AM PDT by Raebie
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To: Raebie

Maybe his brother forgot the mobile phone at home or somewhere else.

I wish there were another explanation, but my first thought is that maybe the phone was not on the plane. :-(


10 posted on 03/09/2014 9:24:15 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Raebie

this proves nothing except the guy can’t be reached

the phones get answered and you can leave a message that is relayed to the user when they are ready for it


11 posted on 03/09/2014 9:25:08 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Brandonmark

GPS tracking as an option?

Sounds like a job for the NSA!

12 posted on 03/09/2014 9:25:19 AM PDT by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority! 11.06.12 - Day of Infamy!)
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To: FAA

13 posted on 03/09/2014 9:25:29 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Raebie

I made a comment that the plane was hijacked, flown at wave top level, has landed under the radar and the passengers are being held for ransom.
But some superior mined posters thought my idea was idiotic.


14 posted on 03/09/2014 9:26:03 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: Raebie

On second thought, everyone else here is right. Come to think of it, my cell phone broke, and people tell me they still are able to text message it.


15 posted on 03/09/2014 9:27:04 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Raebie

The phone is not ringing. The caller just thinks it is from the sound generated by the service provider’s equipment. Besides, there is no service way out where it crashed.


16 posted on 03/09/2014 9:28:59 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Spartan302

“the passengers are being held for ransom.”.

This only works if you make it known you have the plane and the Pax.......Keeping it a secret don’t get you any $$$$


17 posted on 03/09/2014 9:30:18 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Spartan302
That was Occam....


18 posted on 03/09/2014 9:30:23 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Spartan302

Well, where would they land it? You don’t operate a 777 from a dirt strip hacked out of the brush on some deserted island and the airplane hasn’t turned up anywhere else.

As for texting or calling a phone that is dead/turned off, sure you can send a message to it. The network simply holds onto it until the phone is operating again and then it forwards it. Same with a call but you won’t hear it ringing as it’ll simply go to the network account and store it.


19 posted on 03/09/2014 9:30:35 AM PDT by FAA
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To: Spartan302

I’ll second that


20 posted on 03/09/2014 9:32:49 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: FAA

Understand that, but the guy says it rang but no one picked up.


21 posted on 03/09/2014 9:33:36 AM PDT by Raebie
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To: Spartan302
But some superior mined posters thought my idea was idiotic.

Ya got FRMail

22 posted on 03/09/2014 9:33:41 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: FAA

Ah! No, I have an explanation. AIR POCKETS! Unless the plane totally disintegrated, there could be air pockets, in an overhead, etc. Either that or I’d agree with others that it got lost or stolen in Malaysia.


23 posted on 03/09/2014 9:35:08 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Raebie

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/MAS370/history/20140307/1635Z/WMKK/ZBAA

Plane doesn’t even track out of Malaysian airspace.


24 posted on 03/09/2014 9:35:19 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE!)
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To: FAA

A 747 super cargo jet landed on a small airport recently.
A skilled and fearless pilot could land one on a beach, on a hacked out section of jungle, as far as ransom, who knows, maybe its just being kept hushed up.

Muslims are involved, anything can happen, if nothing else there is the in flight bomb or the suicide plunge.


25 posted on 03/09/2014 9:35:33 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: Spartan302

Hey, its possible.


26 posted on 03/09/2014 9:35:52 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Raebie

If it is in fact ringing then it is on somewhere. Seeing as how it’s been 48+ hours since this all began I’m surprised the battery’s got any charge left unless it’s plugged into something.


27 posted on 03/09/2014 9:36:17 AM PDT by FAA
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To: Bratch
"LOST"

You beat me to it.

28 posted on 03/09/2014 9:38:36 AM PDT by Washi (Stop Obama's War On Jobs)
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To: Proud2BeRight
The phone is not ringing. The caller just thinks it is from the sound generated by the service provider’s equipment. Besides, there is no service way out where it crashed.

If the cell system can't locate the dialed phone, the call will go straight to voicemail.

It sounds like that's not happening.

29 posted on 03/09/2014 9:40:20 AM PDT by Washi (Stop Obama's War On Jobs)
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To: FAA

Many people have battery saving smart apps and oversized batteries, I can get more than 3 days out of mine if I needed to. Maybe, just maybe its in luggage that is floating.


30 posted on 03/09/2014 9:40:37 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: Spartan302

True, but the article doesn’t say when he made the calls, it only says it was after the the plane lost contact with ground control.


31 posted on 03/09/2014 9:42:28 AM PDT by Raebie
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Family of Chinese passenger says mobile phone working
Wrong number?
32 posted on 03/09/2014 9:42:41 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Spartan302

Wouldn’t they have found floating luggage by now?


33 posted on 03/09/2014 9:42:57 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Spartan302

Maybe he dialed the wrong number.


34 posted on 03/09/2014 9:43:29 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: Spartan302

Who packs their cellphone in their luggage?


35 posted on 03/09/2014 9:43:31 AM PDT by Raebie
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To: Raebie

Why not? They did in Air Force One with Harrison Ford.


36 posted on 03/09/2014 9:45:06 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: Raebie

Of course it will ring and if no answer forward to voicemail.


37 posted on 03/09/2014 9:51:25 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Raebie

The person forgot their phone, and left it at home.


38 posted on 03/09/2014 9:53:15 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: oh8eleven
No, since he's chinese that would be wong number.

CC

39 posted on 03/09/2014 9:55:40 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: oh8eleven
No, since he's chinese that would be wong number.

CC

40 posted on 03/09/2014 9:55:52 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Raebie
It goes straight to voicemail.

I think that's the key. If it's 'ringing' the phone is still operating. Guess our NSA, FBI, and Homeland are too busy checking out the 'vast right wing conspiracy' to bother with this kind of stuff.

41 posted on 03/09/2014 9:56:20 AM PDT by GOPJ (“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: InvisibleChurch

The call will be answered by Mr. Sharkey or Mr. Fisk.


42 posted on 03/09/2014 9:56:33 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Celtic Conservative

Double post, the internet stuttered.

CC


43 posted on 03/09/2014 9:57:54 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Raebie
A Chinese family successfully rang the mobile phone of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 which is still missing after it lost contact with the ground on Saturday.

There might be a technical explanation as to why they heard the phone ringing, even if it had been destroyed. I think what we have here is a case where this family, as well as the family members of all the other passengers, are desperately trying to find some ray of hope to cling to, and the fact that the phone rang fills that need for them.

44 posted on 03/09/2014 10:00:22 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: stocksthatgoup
my phone dies, someone calling can leave a message. my phone is still dead! lol

My first thought, too.

45 posted on 03/09/2014 10:02:01 AM PDT by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: Spartan302

The hostages are being held at the secret SPECTRE airbase in the jungle.


46 posted on 03/09/2014 10:03:42 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: FAA
If that phone was in water it would be dead.

Water + Electricity = Ice.

Except in the case of a cell phone in water. That equals a dead cell phone. Or more accurately, a shorted out battery.

47 posted on 03/09/2014 10:06:33 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: Raebie

The ringing you hear when you call someone’s phone isn’t their phone ringing. It’s just a system generated ring indicating that the system is attempting to ring the remote phone.


48 posted on 03/09/2014 10:08:20 AM PDT by tahoeblue
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To: FAA

Also a commercial aircraft puts out IFF signals. Identification Friend or Foe. I don’t know if foreign airliners have that. It’s used to eliminate confusion for military aircraft and identify the aircraft to air traffic controllers. If high jackers don’t know about this it may still be picked up by satellite. Can the black box be picked up by GPS or sonar?


49 posted on 03/09/2014 10:08:58 AM PDT by spudville
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

It seems like the disappearance isn’t even in the news much anymore, that’s odd. You’d think it would be almost 24/7 coverage but it’s not.


50 posted on 03/09/2014 10:11:03 AM PDT by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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