No reports they’ve been traced though
According to multiple Press reports, as many as 19 families have managed to call the mobile phones of their relatives/friends missing on a Malaysia Airlines flight. What’s more, it has even been suggested that Malaysian Airlines itself has got through to some of the crew’s handsets from flight MH370. If this is true, then the authorities would know, for example, what country the aircraft is in or near to. Plus from triangulation, they should also be able to guess roughly where the aircraft is located. The fact that authorities are continuing to search the seas indicates that there’s something seriously wrong with the theory that these phones are ringing onboard the plane.
For example, GoMo News can believe that one or two of the passengers might have boarded the flight and forgotten to turn their mobile phones off. But not as many as 19 of them.
Plus we really find it difficult to believe that members of the crew were so lax as to leave their mobile phones switched on.
Imagine what the passengers would say if their handsets suddenly rang?
The fact that these phones are supposedly ringing would also indicate that the plane is on dry land because the handsets wouldn’t be working if the plane had sunk.
That would apply even if the passengers owned a waterproof smartphone such as a Sony Xperia Z or the Cat B15/B100 because they aren’t waterproof to any serious depth.
Yet, the UK’s Daily Mirror here has cited the Chinese media as saying the 19 families have signed a joint statement confirming they made calls which connected to the missing passengers’ phones but without an answer.
If those phones were switched off or out of network range, then those families would be right in thinking that they couldn’t possibly be ringing.
However, a clue would be in the actual ringing tone itself. These handsets would almost certainly be ‘roaming’ onto an overseas network – so the tone should sound different.
GoMo News‘ explanation for these handsets ringing is simply that they are secondary handsets which have been left at home or in a hotel room.
It is extremely common for Asian people to own more than one handset – as a way of differentiating between telephone numbers used for work/business and a phone used for private calls.
These friends and relatives are very probably phoning the wrong handset.
We certainly don’t hope there will be a repeat of what happened in the sad case of the UK’s Milly Dowler.
Relatives had been calling here mobile and leaving messages – so the handset’s voice mailbox filled up.
However, after a few days the network automatically killed off old messages that had been listened to.
That meant it was possible to leave voicemails again. Sadly, relatives interpreted this as a sign that Milly had listened to here voicemail. Which was incorrect.
Hopefully, those with friends or family on Flight MH370 won’t make the same false assumption.