On the strength of your replies, I was going to contact the 'The Weekend Australian', regarding their article on MH370.
This is because, from what you are saying, MH370 could no longer have been in the air over the Maldives, or anywhere, at 06:15 local (09:15 MYT). If that is true, then the article should have unambiguously stated that.
On the other hand, it could mean that either of these is possible ...
the paper may be in possession of different fuel figures; or ....
it may have other, additional information not otherwise publicly available.
Or else it is simply a sloppy article.
(I can guess what many A.netters will say; but let's give them the benefit of the doubt because they are no dills either.)
When I began to draft an e-mail, I thought that I better double-check.
On page 1 of the Factual Information Report I noticed this statement, and I quote:
"The Captain ordered 49,100 kilograms (kg) of fuel for the flight that gave an endurance of 07 hours and 31 minutes including reserves. The planned flight duration was 05 hours and 34 minutes."
End of quote.
In Table 1.9 A of the Factual Information it also lists fuel-remaining figures for the first stages of the flight, very neatly.
Here is my question ...
Are the listed Total Remaining Fuel Weight (TOTFW) kg figures calculated from the 49,100 kg of fuel the Captain ordered?
Are those figures based on read-outs from the aircraft's tank content measuring equipment, dare I say it, from the fuel gauges.
No doubt, when the 49,100 kg of fuel were taken on board, there was still some fuel in the tanks, however much that may have been. If the TOTFW is then calculated, automatically I presume, form the known 49,100 kg, then, the previous remaining fuel is not considered. Table 1.9 A seems to suggest that this is the case.
That would mean, the total fuel endurance would be higher, by however much fuel there was on board prior to taking on the new 49,100 kg.
If they were substantial quantities, say 1,000, 2,000 or as much as 5,000 kg, they would equally substantial prolong the fuel endurance. That in turn would mean that there is a possibility, after all, for MH370 to have over-flown that Maldives island.
The 'The Weekend Australian' would then have been justified to create the impression or hint at it that the islanders did in fact see MH370. So, ultimately, before I write to them, I need to be sure ....