Skip to comments.Bizarre: missing Malaysia Airlines passengers' phones ring, but no one answers
Posted on 03/10/2014 7:53:39 AM PDT by jimbo123
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has thickened somewhat as family members of passengers have reported mobile phones ringing, but nobody answering.
International Business Times reports that 19 families have signed a joint statement saying that passengers' cell phones connected after the flight had been reported missing. In each case, the phone would ring, but the call would be hung up.
The sister of one of the Chinese passengers among the 239 people on board the missing flight rang his phone live on TV twice at 11:40 on Sunday morning and heard it ringing. She called again later that afternoon and heard it ring once more.
The Mirror reports that she expressed her hope that if the call went through, police could locate the position.
A man from Beijing also called his missing brother, and reported to the airline that the phone connected three times and rang before appearing to hang up.
Relatives who signed the joint statement have asked Malaysia Airlines to reveal any information they may have been hiding.
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Ok, color me stupid, but if cell phones go in the water, they don’t ring do they?
Now it’s the “Twilight Zone.” Or is it “Lost”?
The phone isn’t ringing. The system is.
Active cell phones can be easily tracked. It would be irresponsible to not have already done this.
now why the hell wouldn’t this have been checked out as one of the very first things?
The phone companies should be able to tell if they get a ping from the phone or if the towers are just sending out the signal blindly.
I would think if the phone was in water, it wouldn’t ring at all.
Also, I’m wondering about the black boxes; Doesn’t the FDR have a transponder on it? Have they tried picking up the ping?
Notice they are saying they are giving out all the information they can at this time...which means...they have more info but can’t give it out yet.
Yep. If the call originated from a phone, a record is generated showing, among other things, what tower was used.
Not unless they're designed for underwater use.
When you call somebody's phone you don't actually hear that person's phone ring. What you hear is a ring back tone generated by the carrier to simulate the phone ringing.
Depending on the carrier they could be generating the ring back tone while they're trying to connect the call?
When you call someone you don’t hear their telephone ring, you hear a ringback tone supplied by the telephone network.
That just tells you that the network is sending out a signal to ring the other telephone.
One man leaving his phone behind on dry land so that it rings is one thing...
but several phones ringing is quite another...
If the plane had come out of America, we would be screaming and demanding that we be told where the heck those phones are..and lawyers would be getting involved.
I guess they are a little more laid back in Asia.
I don’t believe that cell phones work like land lines where in order for the phone to ring, there has to be an actual connection from source to destination made.
You don’t call another cell phone, you call a controller which calls the cell phone. It’s quite possible this controller would provide feedback to the user in the form of ringing sounds before the cell phone is actually reached and it’s also likely that some of the cell phones on the plane were still registered on the system so the system would think it likely that the cell phone could be reached.
I would guess that the phone was in a bag in the baggage department and the baggage is floating someplace.
We need to find out if he called his bro right after he boarded or visa versa.
I suppose I should read the entire article first.