Skip to comments.Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Family of Chinese passenger says mobile phone working
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.
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.
GPS tracking as an option?
my phone dies, someone calling can leave a message. my phone is still dead! lol
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.
Sure...if the decedent lost his phone in Kuala Lumpur.
Which seems the most likely explanation to me.
If that phone was in water it would be dead. Strange.
Possibly a “waterproof” case and it’s floating?
So does mine, but it doesn’t ring. It goes straight to voicemail.
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. :-(
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
GPS tracking as an option?
Sounds like a job for the NSA!
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.
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.
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.
“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 $$$$
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.
I’ll second that
Understand that, but the guy says it rang but no one picked up.
Ya got FRMail
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.
Plane doesn’t even track out of Malaysian airspace.
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.
Hey, its possible.
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.
You beat me to it.
If the cell system can't locate the dialed phone, the call will go straight to voicemail.
It sounds like that's not happening.
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.
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.
Wouldn’t they have found floating luggage by now?
Maybe he dialed the wrong number.
Who packs their cellphone in their luggage?
Why not? They did in Air Force One with Harrison Ford.
Of course it will ring and if no answer forward to voicemail.
The person forgot their phone, and left it at home.
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.
The call will be answered by Mr. Sharkey or Mr. Fisk.
Double post, the internet stuttered.
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.
My first thought, too.
The hostages are being held at the secret SPECTRE airbase in the jungle.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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