Oil rig report can be trusted, an additional food co-op pack remains, and a tumble in to a shoulder roll surprises all around.

I feel bad after saying yesterday that the claim from the New Zealander on the oil rig was discredited, so I’m going to try to remedy that.

There is question over some fishermen that spotted the plane as it was going West, but their sighting makes sense when it occurs after the loss of the transponder. That’s after when the plane lost its transponder, and the pilot set autopilot to try and make it to a nearby safe landing area.

On a timeline of events, 01:19 AM is when the pilot signed off from Malaysian air traffic control, and two minutes later is when the transponder is lost. Nearly an hour later it’s spotted on military radar going West past Phuket island, so the fishermen reports are on solid ground.

From the interactive map representing what is known, the last transponder position is at 6° 55′ 15″ N, 103° 34′ 43″ E. The oil rig worker report looks to be solid and reliable too, where he’s even giving info that the plane didn’t seem to move in his line of sight, indicating he says that it’s either heading towards or away from him. A factor he may not have considered too is that the plane was quite a long distance away so that movement isn’t easy to see.

The oil rig position from his report is at 08 22’ 30.20” N, 108 42′ 22.26” E and after converting to decimal degrees, you can add 8.375056, 108.706183 to the map from before, the distance can be calculated to be just over 580 kilometres, and on the map the transponder loss position is at a bearing of 158 degrees, and a bit further along the path with where the 165 degrees from his report begins to occur.

Based on the report from oil rig worker, he seems to be highly sensible, reporting it first to various aviation locations having no prior knowledge about the aircraft, so for me the benefit of doubt can fall towards accepting his report with no hesitations.

Extra food pack

At the community centre we had additional unaccounted for money in the food pack order, so instead of risking someone going without, we ordered an extra one for this potentially unknown person. We’ve found though that nobody has picked it up, so it will end up going to anyone who wishes to buy it come the end of the week.

We’ve reached a conclusion that one of the volunteers who placed an order for themself ended up leaving too much money in there when making their own change. It’s not good to have such situations though, and as a result we’re taking steps to prevent such problems as we go forward.


It looks like I’m getting clumsier in my old age. When heading out to the back to get something from the bike, I tripped up on an old piece of iron that’s used to prop open the back gate.

To save myself a well-executed shoulder roll was performed, and I bounced up to the amazement of those who were watching, to carry on in as if nothing extraordinary had occurred. It seems that the martial arts lessons from ages ago weren’t in vain after all, and that some beneficial parts of the Aikedo training have remained even after all these years.