Before this loss of power occurred the crew had been able to make regular contact with air traffic controllers and the airplane was able to automatically transmit its position.
After it, no word was ever heard again from the pilots. Its two automatic reporting systems, the transponder continually sending the airplane’s position and a separate system reporting the condition of its critical systems at half-hourly intervals, both stopped working.
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Julian Bray Aviation expert writes: I flagged up the possibility of a fire in the cargo hold when news early on in the investigation emerged from the air cargo sheds that MH370 was unusually shipping a huge cargo of Lithium batteries.
When shipped 'en-masse,' like fermenting haystacks, they heat up and are prone to spontaneous combustion. Such cargo loads require specialist handling, lots of free circulation air space between consignments, and a controlled 'cooled' temperature.
You may recall the early flights of the new Boeing Dreamliner suffered a series of setbacks only resolved when the on board lithium batteries were rehoused in a retrofitted secure blast container or pod with access doors venting directly outside, and in the event of any 'explosive' emergency the battery would blast outwards and the aircraft fuselage remain intact and the aircraft still airworthy.
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