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Title: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 08, 2014, 12:08:27 PM
Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 Goes Missing 2 Hours After Take-off, 227 Aboard Including 3 Americans (VIDEO) (Update: Oil Slicks Spotted)

Posted March 8, 2014 by Scared Monkeys

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2014/03/08/malaysia-airlines-777-flight-mh370-goes-missing-2-hours-after-take-off-227-aboard-including-3-americans/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 08, 2014, 12:14:20 PM
(http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1720305!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/image.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 08, 2014, 12:23:04 PM
One more possibility could be human error.  JMHO

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26498628
Missing Malaysia airliner: Hunt for clues begins
March 8, 2014

Although it has not been stated explicitly yet, there seems little doubt that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has crashed and probably with great loss of life.

Rescue will inevitably turn into recovery - of wreckage and bodies - and the search for clues will begin.

What happened aboard the Boeing B777-200 twinjet has already become the subject of much speculation, but it is important to recognise that answers will only emerge after a detailed investigation.

A team from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will already be on its way to provide technical assistance to the Department of Civil Aviation of Malaysia (DCA), which will probably lead the investigation.

So what might they look for?

Weather can almost certainly be ruled out as a cause. Conditions have been described in different ways, but the consensus is that the aircraft was airborne in near-perfect flying conditions.

This leaves just two main possibilities - catastrophic mechanical failure or an act of terrorism.
More...


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 08, 2014, 12:46:08 PM
Oil slick spotted in sea in search for missing Malaysian plane
4:30PM GMT 08 Mar 2014


The fate of flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing remains unclear more than 12 hours after air traffic controllers lost touch with the plane.

However, Vietnamese authorities said they had spotted a 14-mile long oil slick 120 miles off the coast of Cape Ca Mau - the most southerly point of Vietnam's mainland.

A Vietnamese government statement said the slicks were spotted late on Saturday off the southern tip of Vietnam and were each between six and nine miles long. There was no confirmation that the slicks were related to the missing plane, but the statement said they were consistent with the kinds that would be produced by the two fuel tanks of a crashed jetliner.

Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, the chief executive of Malaysia Airlines, said there was no indication that the pilots had sent a distress signal, suggesting that whatever happened to the plane occurred quickly and possibly catastrophically.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10684770/Oil-slick-spotted-in-sea-in-search-for-missing-Malaysian-plane.html


(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02846/malaysia-flight-oi_2846523c.jpg)

An aerial view of an oil spill seen from a Vietnamese Air Force aircraft searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane


(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02846/MH370-_flightradar_2846418c.jpg)


The last reported position of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 08, 2014, 03:08:29 PM
UPDATED
Malaysia Airlines: No 'evidence of any wreckage' 24 hours later
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 10:04 AM ET
Last Updated: Mar 08, 2014 3:04 PM ET


Malaysia Airlines has issued a statement Saturday saying an international search and rescue operation has "failed to find evidence of any wreckage" in trying to locate flight MH370, 24 hours after it went missing off Vietnam's coast carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew.

"The sea mission will continue overnight while the air mission will recommence at daylight. We are dispatching all information as and when we receive it," said the release.

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There were no reports of bad weather and no sign why the Boeing 777-200ER would have vanished from radar screens about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. There were no signs of sabotage nor claims of a terrorist attack.

However, in Europe, news reports and officials said at least two people on board may have been carrying stolen passports.

The Italian foreign ministry said in Rome that an Italian was listed on the flight's manifest although no national from the country was on board. They confirmed the man had reported his passport stolen in Thailand last August.

In Vienna, the Austrian foreign ministry said an Austrian listed among the passengers was safe and had reported his passport stolen two years ago while he was travelling in Thailand.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-no-evidence-of-any-wreckage-24-hours-later-1.2565126


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 08, 2014, 03:30:04 PM
The stolen passports may or may not have anything to do with the plane crash, I guess we'll have to wait and see.  It would appear there needs to be better coordination and sharing of data bases.  How did these two manage to get on a plane with stolen passports?  One was reported stolen two years ago, the other a last year.   ::MonkeyNoNo::

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/08/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane-missing/
Traces of oil may be clue in search for missing plane
March 8, 2014

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Bits and pieces of information have begun to form, but it remains unclear how they fit into the bigger picture, if at all.
For instance, after the airline released a manifest, Austria denied that one of its citizens was onboard the flight as the list stated. The Austrian citizen was safe and sound, and his passport had been stolen two years ago, Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss told CNN.
Similarly, Italy's foreign ministry confirmed that no Italians were onboard MH370, even though an Italian was listed on the manifest.
Police in Italy said the man's passport was stolen last year.
A U.S. intelligence official said authorities are aware of reporting about lost or stolen passports used by passengers on the missing flight.

"No nexus to terrorism yet," the official said, "although that's by no means definitive. We're still tracking."
Malaysian authorities reiterated during a news conference that they are not ruling anything out regarding the missing aircraft.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 09, 2014, 10:09:49 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/03/09/malaysia-airlines-loses-contact-with-plane-carrying-23-people/
Interpol says no country checked its database before Malaysia flight
March 9, 2014

Interpol says no country checked its database for information about stolen passports that were used to board the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared with 239 people on board Saturday less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.

In a sharply worded criticism of shortcomings of national passport controls, the Lyon, France-based international police body said information about the thefts of an Austrian passport in 2012 and an Italian passport last year was entered into its database after they were stolen in Thailand.

Interpol said in a statement it was investigating all other passports used to board Flight MH 370 and was working to determine the "true identities" of the passengers who used the stolen passports.

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There is still no sign of the aircraft,” Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Department of Civil Aviation, said during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Rahman said that the search area has been increased to 50 nautical miles, from 20, and includes 34 aircraft and 40 ships. Aircraft are conducting 12-hour searches, until sundown, while ships continue the search through the night.

When pressed on reports of fake passports used by at least two passengers on board the flight and the possibility of a terrorist attack, Rahman re-stated that the priority is to find the aircraft and that any probe investigating a terror link is independent of the search mission.

Earlier, Malaysia’s air force chief told reporters that military radar indicated that the plane may have turned from its flight route before losing contact.

Air force chief Rodzali Daud didn't say which direction the plane might have taken when it apparently went off route.

"We are trying to make sense of this," he told a media conference. "The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back and in some parts, this was corroborated by civilian radar."


 Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said pilots were supposed to inform the airline and traffic control authorities if the plane does start to return. "From what we have, there was no such distress signal or distress call per se, so we are equally puzzled," he said.

Earlier Sunday, Malaysia's defense and transport minister said that the identities of four of the plane's passengers are being investigated as "suspect." Hishammuddin Hussein, who holds both ministerial positions, said that "the four names are with me," but added that the investigation was focusing on "the entire passenger manifest." Hussein also said that investigators from the FBI had joined the probe.
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Just 9 percent of fatal accidents happen when a plane is at cruising altitude, according to a statistical summary of commercial jet accidents done by Boeing. The plane was last inspected 10 days ago and found to be "in proper condition," Ignatius Ong, CEO of Malaysia Airlines subsidiary Firefly airlines, said at a news conference.

U.S. officials said late Saturday that a team of safety experts had been dispatched to Southeast Asia to assist in the investigation. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board told Fox News that the team, which includes investigators from the agency and technical experts from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, had been sent to the region despite the fact that the plane had not been located due to the lengthy travel time from the U.S. and the team's desire to be in a position to assist local authorities right away.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 09, 2014, 10:15:01 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10686058/Why-are-we-still-in-the-dark-about-Malaysia-Airlines-disappearance.html
Why are we still in the dark about Malaysia Airlines disappearance?
Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared in the early hours of Saturday was a modern plane, from a reputable airline, flying in good weather. What could have gone wrong?
March 9, 2014

(http://i.imgur.com/HUmJCGU.jpg)
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah is described by friends as an 'aviation tech geek' who loved his job

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has left agonised relatives waiting for over 48 hours without answers – and the rest of the world has been asking how the plane could have dropped off the radar, seemingly without trace.
It was flying in clear weather. The Boeing 777-200 plane was only 11 years old, and considered one of the safest in the skies. It was also at "cruise" level, having already completed the statistically-higher-risk take off.
Furthermore, the pilot, 53-year-old Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was highly experienced and described by friends as an "aviation tech geek" who loved his job so much he even spent his days off tinkering with a flight simulator he had set up at home.
"He was an aviation tech geek. You could ask him anything and he would help you. That is the kind of guy he is," said a Malaysia Airlines co-pilot who had flown with Capt Zaharie in the past.
"We used to tease him. We would ask him, why are you bringing your work home," said another pilot who knew Capt Zaharie for 20 years. "He knew everything about the Boeing 777. Something significant would have had to happen for Zaharie and the plane to go missing. It would have to be total electrical failure."
Other questions have been raised as to why there has been no wreckage seen yet; why there was no distress call; and about the four stolen passports used to board the flights
"At this early stage, we're focusing on the facts that we don't know," said Todd Curtis, a former safety engineer with Boeing who worked on its 777 jumbo jets and is now director of the Airsafe.com Foundation.
The significance of the four faked passports – one from Italy, one from Austria, and two believed to be Chinese – is not yet known.
The Home Office says that 298,055 British passports were reported lost or stolen in the year 2011/12 – the most recent data available.
"The issue of the passports is not at all conclusive," said David Learmount, operations and safety editor for Flight International. "Thousands of faked passports are in circulation – usually to get into another country, or hide yourself. Bringing down jet planes is not normally a reason for this."
And he added that the immediate aftermath of the disappearance was not unusual.
"All we can say for certain is that this is not unheard of," he told The Telegraph. "We just have to accept that, for the moment, we do not know what has happened."
He explained that there were a series of similarities in the circumstances of the Air France flight, which crashed into the Atlantic in June 2009.
Both the Air France and the Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared off the radar in the early hours of the morning – a time when all humans are least able to react to challenging situations. Both accidents happened in the cruise section of the flight. Both airlines are highly regarded, and flying modern, well-maintained planes.
And both sets of pilots failed to send distress calls.
"With the Air France case, their plane sent signals to Paris – so they already knew that some of the flight instruments were not working," he said. "Malaysia Airlines might have similar information but not be releasing it.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 09, 2014, 10:26:05 AM
I've read there are now there were four stolen passports used on the Maylaysia Flight, but this article is mentioning the initial two. 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
* U.S. official says 'strange object' is not debris from missing flight
*Tickets used with Austrian and Italian passports were bought from China Southern Airlines
*Radar data suggest the missing plane may have turned back, officials say
*But the pilot appears to have given no signal to authorities of changing course

U.S. official says 'strange object' is not debris from missing flight
Tickets used with Austrian and Italian passports were bought from China Southern Airlines
Radar data suggest the missing plane may have turned back, officials say
But the pilot appears to have given no signal to authorities of changing course

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/09/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/
Official: 'Strange object' not debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
March 9, 2014

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Stolen passports
Two people who traveled on the missing passenger jet, using the stolen passports of an Italian and an Austrian citizen, appear to have bought their tickets together.
The tickets were bought from China Southern Airlines in Thailand's baht currency at identical prices, according to China's official e-ticket verification system Travelsky. The ticket numbers are contiguous, which indicates the tickets were issued together.
Here's where the mystery deepens: Italy and Austria have said that none of their citizens were on board the plane. And officials say the Italian and Austrian whose names were on the passenger manifest both had their passports stolen in Southeast Asia in recent years.
The two tickets booked with China Southern Airlines both start in Kuala Lumpur, flying to Beijing, and then onward to Amsterdam. The Italian passport's ticket continues to Copenhagen, the Austrian's to Frankfurt.
Authorities say they are investigating the identities of some of those on board who appear to have issues with their passports.

Passenger manifest questioned
A fuller picture of what happened may not become available until searchers find the plane and its flight data recorder.
"We have not been able to locate anything, see anything," Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the director general of civil aviation in Malaysia, told reporters Sunday.
Confusion over who exactly was on the plane has drawn particular attention, notably the case of the Italian and Austrian passports.
The passport mystery raised concerns about the possibility of terrorism, but officials cautioned that it was still too early to arrive at any conclusions.
A U.S. intelligence official said that no link to terrorism had been discovered so far, but that authorities were still investigating.
Another possible explanation for the use of the stolen passports is illegal immigration.
There are previous cases of illegal immigrants using fake passports trying to get into Western countries. And Southeast Asia is known to be a booming market for stolen passports.

Interpol database
Malaysian authorities have been in contact with counterterrorism organizations about possible passport issues, Hussein said earlier.
He didn't specify how many potential passport issues there were, saying authorities are looking at the whole passenger manifest.
The U.S. government has been briefed on the stolen passports and reviewed the names of the passengers in question but found nothing at this point to indicate foul play, said a U.S. law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Of the two passports in question, the Italian one had been reported stolen and was in Interpol's database, CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes said, citing sources at Interpol.
Additionally, no inquiry was made by Malaysia Airlines to determine if any passengers on the flight were traveling on stolen passports, he said. Many airlines do not check the database, he said.
Rahman, the Malaysian aviation official, declined to say whether the airline or Malaysian authorities had checked the database.

Disappearing during cruise
There is a precedent for a modern jetliner to fall from the sky while "in the cruise" and lie hidden for months, according to CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest.
On June 1, 2009, Air France Flight 447 was en route from Rio De Janeiro to Paris when communications ended suddenly from the Airbus A330, another state-of-the-art aircraft.
It took four searches over the course of nearly two years to locate the bulk of flight 447's wreckage and the majority of the 228 bodies in a mountain range deep under the ocean. It took even longer to find the cause of the disaster.
In May 2011, the aircraft's voice recorder and flight data recorder were recovered from the ocean floor after an extensive search using miniature submersible vehicles.
It was not until July 2012 that investigators published their report, which blamed the crash on a series of errors by the pilots and a failure to react effectively to technical problems.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 09, 2014, 10:30:54 AM
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26502268
Missing Malaysia plane: Search resumes off Vietnam
March 8, 2014

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In a statement, the airline urged "all Malaysians and people around the world to pray for flight MH370".

The plane vanished at 17:30 GMT Friday (01:30 local time Saturday).

It reportedly went off the radar south of Vietnam.

According to Malaysian Airlines, it last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu.
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(http://i.imgur.com/KaqSVD3.gif)

Texas firm Freescale Semiconductor says 20 of its Malaysian and Chinese employees were on the flight, according to a statement on its website.
 ::snipping3::

Manifest for Flight MH370

153 Chinese including one child
38 Malaysians
7 Indonesians
6 Australians
5 Indians
4 French
3 Americans including one child
2 each from New Zealand, Ukraine and Canada
One each from Russia, Taiwan, Italy, Netherlands and Austria ( although both Italy and Austria deny any of their nationals were onboard)
Source: Malaysia Airlines

Boeing 777 fact sheet

Twin-engine jet launched in June 1995
One of the world's most popular long-distance planes
Seats between 300 and 380 passengers
Has flown around five million flights
Often used for non-stop flights of 16 hours or more
In September 2001 a crew member died in a re-fuelling fire on a 777 at Denver International Airport
In 2013 three Chinese women died when the 777 Asiana Flight 214 crashed in San Francisco


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 09, 2014, 10:35:04 AM
http://www.firstpost.com/world/live-search-on-for-missing-plane-hijacking-a-possibility-says-malaysian-govt-1424627.html
Live: Search on for missing plane, hijacking a possibility
March 9, 2014
By Arun George


The DG, Malaysian civil aviation  today at press conference said the government is currently investing any breach of security, while videos of the two passengers who had used stolen passports are being investigated too.  Two people who traveled on the missing passenger jet, used the stolen passports of an Italian and an Austrian citizen and appear to have bought their tickets together in Thailand. The DG also said that Australia and Thailand will join the investigation as the main focus is to find the missing Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 plane. Authorities emphasized that finding the aircraft will help establish what exactly happened. On possible MH370 hijack, the civil aviation chief said, "We are not ruling (out) any possibility". They also confirmed that the search radius has been increased from 20 nautical miles to 50 nautical miles. Countries assisting in the search include: Vietnam, China, Singapore, United States, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Australia. Air search to take place between 7am and 7pm, while naval search will go on round the clock. Malaysia also searching in the Straits of Malacca due to reports that MH370 turned back.
He also said that 34 aircraft  and 40 ships are now involved in the multi-national search and rescue effort for the missing flight while the authorities have still not received  analysis report verifying whether the  oil from spill is from MH370. The Vietnamese navy had earlier reported two oil slicks near Vietnam’s Tho Chu island while the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has also spotted oil slicks 20 nautical miles (37 km) away from the passenger jet’s last known position. Earlier in the day,  Malaysian military officials said the  flight may have changed course and turned back toward Kuala Lumpur.
More...


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 09, 2014, 10:41:06 AM
Looks like they're still looking at the two initial stolen passports and noting the number of four stolen passports was error. 

http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Air-force-chief-Malaysia-jet-may-have-turned-back-5301204.php
Jet may have turned; suspicious passengers checked
March 9, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — International intelligence agencies joined the investigation Sunday into two passengers who boarded the missing Boeing 777 jetliner with stolen passports, as Malaysian authorities said radar images showed the plane may have turned back before vanishing.
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The missing plane apparently fell from the sky at cruising altitude in fine weather, and the pilots were either unable or had no time to send a distress signal — unusual circumstances under which a modern jetliner operated by a professional airline would crash.

Malaysia's air force chief, Rodzali Daud, said radar indicated that the plane may have turned back, but did not give further details on which direction it went or how far it veered off course.

"We are trying to make sense of this," Daud said at a news conference. "The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back, and in some parts this was corroborated by civilian radar."

Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said pilots are supposed to inform the airline and traffic control authorities if the plane does a U-turn. "From what we have, there was no such distress signal or distress call per se, so we are equally puzzled," he said.

Authorities were checking on the identities of two passengers who boarded the plane with stolen passports. On Saturday, the foreign ministries in Italy and Austria said the names of two citizens listed on the flight's manifest matched the names on two passports reported stolen in Thailand.

"I can confirm that we have the visuals of these two people on CCTV," Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference late Sunday, adding that the footage was being examined. "We have intelligence agencies, both local and international, on board."

Hishammuddin declined to give further details, saying it may jeopardize the investigation.

"Our focus now is to find the aircraft," he said, adding that finding the plane would make it easier for authorities to investigate any possible foul play.

Interpol confirmed that at least two stolen passports used by passengers on the plane were registered in its databases. It said no one had checked the databases, but added that most airlines and countries do not usually check for stolen passports.

Hishammuddin said only two passengers had used stolen passports, and that earlier reports that the identities of two others were under investigation were not true.

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said Sunday that the U.S. was looking into the stolen passports, but that investigators had reached no conclusions. He said it was premature to speculate whether the passengers using the stolen passports had a role in the incident.

In addition to the plane's sudden disappearance, which experts say is consistent with a possible onboard explosion, the stolen passports have strengthened concerns about terrorism as a possible cause. Al-Qaida militants have used similar tactics to try and disguise their identities.

Still, other possible causes would seem just as likely at this stage, including a catastrophic failure of the plane's engines, extreme turbulence, or pilot error or even suicide. Establishing what happened with any certainty will need data from flight recorders and a detailed examination of any debris, something that will take months if not years.

European authorities on Saturday confirmed the names and nationalities of the two stolen passports: One was an Italian-issued document bearing the name Luigi Maraldi, the other Austrian under the name Christian Kozel. Police in Thailand said Maraldi's passport was stolen on the island of Phuket last July.

A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline on Sunday confirmed that "Maraldi" and "Kozel" were both booked to leave Beijing on a KLM flight to Amsterdam on March 8. Maraldi was then to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, on KLM on March 8, and Kozel to Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.

She said since the pair booked the tickets through China Southern Airlines, she had no information on where they bought them.

Having onward reservations to Europe from Beijing would have meant the pair, as holders of EU passports, would not have needed visas for China.

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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 09, 2014, 10:46:15 AM
Disintegrated in midair or on the bottom of the ocean?   ::MonkeyNoNo:: "The source" of this isn't named,  so I would take it with a grain of salt till we know more.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/09/us-exclusive-probe-plane-idUSBREA280FF20140309
Exclusive: Probe into missing Malaysia plane looks at possible mid-air disintegration - source
March 9, 2014

(Reuters) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner with 239 people on board are narrowing the focus of their inquiries on the possibility that it disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday.

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished after climbing to a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing in the early hours of Saturday, but search teams have still not been able to make any confirmed discovery of wreckage in seas beneath the plane's flight path almost 48 hours after it took off.

"The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet," said the source, who is involved in the investigations in Malaysia.

If the plane had plunged intact from such a height, breaking up only on impact with the water, search teams would have expected to find a fairly concentrated pattern of debris, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the investigation.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 09, 2014, 01:25:48 PM
http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/24925435/vietnam-says-it-may-have-found-missing-jets-door
Vietnam says it may have found missing jet's door
March 9, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane's doors, as international intelligence agencies joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the aircraft with stolen passports.

More than a day and half after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, no confirmed debris from the plane had been found, and the final minutes before it disappeared remained a mystery. The plane, which was carrying 239 people, lost contact with ground controllers somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning for Beijing.

The state-run Thanh Nien newspaper cited Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of Vietnam's army, as saying searchers in a low-flying plane had spotted an object suspected of being a door from the missing jet. It was found in waters about 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of Tho Chu island, in the same area where oil slicks were spotted Saturday.

"From this object, hopefully (we) will find the missing plane," Tuan said. Thanh Nien said two ships from the maritime police were heading to the site.
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Finding traces of an aircraft that disappears over sea can take days or longer, even with a sustained search effort. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, wreckage can be scattered over many square kilometers (miles). If the plane enters the water before breaking up, there can be relatively little debris.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 09, 2014, 01:51:10 PM
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-09/suspected-airplane-window-fragment-found-by-vietnam-searchers.html
Plane-Debris Hunt Turns Up Suspected Aircraft Window Part
March 9, 2014

Vietnamese searchers looking for a missing Malaysian Boeing Co. (BA) 777-200 said they found a suspected window fragment from an aircraft as efforts to learn the plane’s fate extended to scrutiny of closed-circuit television images of two passengers using stolen passports.

Dinh Viet Thang, head of Vietnam’s search-and-rescue steering committee, didn’t give further details on the discovery of the debris when contacted late yesterday by phone.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Blonde on March 09, 2014, 04:16:38 PM
(http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1720305!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/image.jpg)
When did you learn how to post pictures?


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 09, 2014, 05:56:35 PM
(http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1720305!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/image.jpg)
When did you learn how to post pictures?


 ::MonkeyHaHa::

Klaas and DIL baby stepped me through the procedure more than once.  It eventually  clicked.

How ya doing Blonde?

Janet


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 09, 2014, 05:58:40 PM
Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 Goes Missing 2 Hours After Take-off, 227 Aboard Including 3 Americans (VIDEO) (Update: Oil Slicks Spotted)

Posted March 8, 2014 by Scared Monkeys

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2014/03/08/malaysia-airlines-777-flight-mh370-goes-missing-2-hours-after-take-off-227-aboard-including-3-americans/



Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Still Missing: New Leads Explored in Plane Disappearance … Possibility Plane Turned Around and Went Down in the Andaman Sea, near Thailand’s Border

Posted March 9, 2014 by Scared Monkeys


http://scaredmonkeys.com/2014/03/09/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-still-missing-new-leads-explored-in-plane-disappearance-possibility-plane-turned-around-and-went-down-in-the-andaman-sea-near-thailands-border/#comments



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 09, 2014, 06:12:18 PM
UPDATED
Malaysia Airlines missing jet: object in water might be plane's door
Posted: Mar 09, 2014 12:24 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 09, 2014 3:49 PM ET


Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane's doors, as international intelligence agencies joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the aircraft with stolen passports.

More than a day and half after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, no confirmed debris from the plane had been found, and the final minutes before it disappeared remained a mystery.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-missing-jet-object-in-water-might-be-plane-s-door-1.2565649


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 09, 2014, 06:14:26 PM
Thanks for the updates Muffy.

Off to a family gathering at the home of my brother and sister-in-law.  I will check in later tonight.

Janet


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 09, 2014, 09:29:38 PM
Thanks for the updates Muffy.

Off to a family gathering at the home of my brother and sister-in-law.  I will check in later tonight.

Janet


You're welcome Janet.   Thank you for starting the thread and posting updates and photos too! Have a good time at your family gathering.  I personally believe it's going to take a long time to get answers about this plane crash.   ::MonkeyNoNo::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 09, 2014, 11:58:22 PM
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 mystery: Jet's door may have been found, officials say
Published March 09, 2014


Vietnamese aircraft spotted what they suspected was one of the doors belonging to the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on Sunday, as troubling questions emerged about how two passengers managed to board the Boeing 777 using stolen passports.

The discovery comes as officials consider the possibility that the plane disintegrated mid-flight, a senior source told Reuters.

The state-run Thanh Nien newspaper cited Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of Vietnam's army, as saying searchers in a low-flying plane had spotted an object suspected of being a door from the missing jet. It was found in waters about 56 miles south of Tho Chu island, in the same area where oil slicks were spotted Saturday.[/b]

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/03/09/malaysia-airlines-loses-contact-with-plane-carrying-23-people/



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 10, 2014, 09:41:56 AM
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/tarrant/Sons-describe-dad-aboard-missing-flight-He-embodied-love-249228181.html
Sons describe dad aboard missing flight: 'He embodied love'
Posted March 9, 2014, Updated March 10, 2014

(http://i.imgur.com/zuHgnPH.jpg)
The Wood family seeks some kind of closure as still very little is known about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. They are not concerned with accident theories or terrorist plots, but rather, properly remembering their loved one, Philip Wood (pictured, center). Philip has two sons, Chris and Nic (http://The Wood family seeks some kind of closure as still very little is known about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. They are not concerned with accident theories or terrorist plots, but rather, properly remembering their loved one, Philip Wood (pictured, center). Philip has two sons, Chris and Nic)



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 10, 2014, 09:49:42 AM
This article is a bit older, and I believe it predates the possibility of finding what may be debris from the plane.  I'm so sorry for the families of the flight.   ::MonkeyNoNo::  I think at this point there is no happy ending.  Perhaps at the time of the interview, Tom Wood may have thought the plane had been taken somewhere or it had a water landing or something, I don't know.  I'm not able to put myself in his place and I think it would be difficult to accept a loved one is gone in these circumstances. 

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/tarrant/Brother-of-North-Texas-man-on-missing-flight-maintains-faith-249213761.html
Brother of North Texas man on missing flight maintains faith
March 9, 2014

KELLER -- Tom Wood is a self-professed believer in miracles.

But keeping the faith in the fate of his 50 year old brother, Philip Wood - among the missing on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 - is his greatest test.

“We're pretty calm and pretty strong, and y'know, we're hanging in there," Wood said.

After two days, authorities still can't answer whether Philip Wood is alive.

Did the flight crash? Was it a terrorist attack? Or, as Tom has heard through Internet conspiracies, hijacked?

“That would be a whole lot better than what we've been thinking, so I am crossing my fingers, hoping that maybe there's a happy ending to this," Tom Wood said.
 ::snipping3::
Tom said the family wants closure, whether the news is good or bad.

He isn't sure if he'll fly to East Asia, where the search for his brother and 238 other passengers continues. His family might.

“You know, the last thing you wanna do is get on a plane right now, after something like that," Wood said. “That's something I don't want to do, don't know about everybody else."


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 10, 2014, 12:27:54 PM
I was listening to the news on my car radio this morning and a Maylasian official denied debris from the flight was found, as was reported by the Vietnam.  I believe they thought it might be a door or possibly a window.  We're getting conflicting information along with rumors and etc.  ::MonkeyNoNo::


http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Investigators-chase-every-angle-in-missing-jet-5302622.php?cmpid=hpbn
Investigators chase 'every angle' in missing jet
March 10, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Rescue helicopters and ships searching for a Malaysia Airlines jet rushed Monday to investigate a yellow object that looked like a life raft. It turned out to be moss-covered trash floating in the ocean, once again dashing hopes after more than two days of fruitless search for the plane that disappeared en route to Beijing with 239 people on board.

With no confirmation that the Boeing 777 had crashed, hundreds of distraught relatives waited anxiously for any news. Thai police and Interpol questioned the proprietors of a travel agency in the resort town of Pattaya that sold one-way tickets to two men now known to have been traveling on flight MH370 using stolen passports.

There has been no indication that the two men had anything to do with the tragedy, but the use of stolen passports fueled speculation of foul play, terrorism or a hijacking gone wrong. Malaysia has shared their details with Chinese and American intelligence agencies.

Malaysia's police chief was quoted by local media as saying that one of the men had been identified.

Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman declined to confirm this, but said they were of "non-Asian" appearance, adding that authorities were looking at the possibility the men were connected to a stolen passport syndicate.

Asked by a reporter what they looked like "roughly," he said: "Do you know of a footballer by the name of (Mario) Balotelli? He is an Italian. Do you know how he looks like?"

A reporter then asked, "Is he black?" and the aviation chief replied, "Yes."

The search operation has involved 34 aircraft and 40 ships from several countries covering a 50-nautical mile radius from the point the plane vanished from radar screens between Malaysia and Vietnam, he said.

Experts say possible causes of the apparent crash include an explosion, catastrophic engine failure, terrorist attack, extreme turbulence, pilot error or even suicide.
 ::snipping3::
The two stolen passports, one belonging to Austrian Christian Kozel and the other to Luigi Maraldi of Italy, were entered into Interpol's database after they were stolen in Thailand in 2012 and last year, the police body said.

Electronic booking records show that one-way tickets with those names were issued Thursday from a travel agency in the beach resort of Pattaya in eastern Thailand.

Thai police Col. Supachai Phuykaeokam said those reservations were placed with the agency by a second travel agency in Pattaya, which told police it had received the bookings from a China Southern Airlines office in Bangkok.

The owners of the second Pattaya travel agency refused to talk to reporters. Thai police and Interpol officers went in to question the owners.

A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline confirmed Sunday that passengers named Maraldi and Kozel had been booked on one-way tickets on the same KLM flight, flying from Beijing to Amsterdam on Saturday. Maraldi was to fly on to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Kozel to Frankfurt, Germany.

As holders of EU passports with onward flights to Europe, the passengers would not have needed visas for China.

Interpol said it and national investigators were working to determine the identities of those who used the stolen passports to board the flight.

Interpol has long sounded the alarm that growing international travel has underpinned a new market for identity theft: Bogus passports are mostly used by illegal immigrants, but also pretty much anyone looking to travel unnoticed such as drug runners or terrorists. More than 1 billion times last year, travelers boarded planes without their passports being checked against Interpol's database of 40 million stolen or lost travel documents, the police agency said.

Azharuddin also said the baggage of five passengers who had checked in to the flight but did not board the plane were removed before it departed, he said. Airport security was strict according to international standards, surveillance has been done and the airport has been audited, he said.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 10, 2014, 12:30:52 PM
http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Air-force-chief-Malaysia-jet-may-have-turned-back-5301204.php
Vietnam says cannot find object from missing jet
Posted March 9, 2014, Updated March 10, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnamese searchers on ships worked throughout the night but could not find a rectangle object spotted Sunday afternoon that was thought to be one of the doors of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that went missing more than two days ago.

Doan Huu Gia, the chief of Vietnam's search and rescue coordination center, said Monday that four planes and seven ships from Vietnam were searching for the object but nothing had been found.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 10, 2014, 02:14:22 PM
It appears that there are no clues that would shed some light on this missing airliner and its 239 passengers.  UNBELIEVEABLE!!!  It must be a h--- on Earth for loved ones who are pleading for answers.

Janet

++++

Investigators chase 'every angle' in missing Boeing jet
Published: Mar 10, 2014 at 6:51 AM PDT
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM PDT


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On Sunday afternoon, a Vietnamese plane spotted a rectangular object that was thought to be one of the missing plane's doors, but ships working through the night could not locate it. Then on Monday, a Singaporean search plane spotted a yellow object some 140 kilometers (87 miles) southwest of Tho Chu island, but it turned out to be some sea trash.

Malaysian maritime officials found some oil slicks in the South China Sea and sent a sample to a lab to see if it came from the plane. Tests showed that the oil was not from an aircraft.

As relatives of the 239 people on the flight grappled with fading hope, attention focused on how two passengers managed to board the aircraft using stolen passports.  Interpol confirmed it knew about the stolen passports but said no authorities checked its vast databases on stolen documents before the jet departed.

Warning that "only a handful of countries" routinely make such checks, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble chided authorities for "waiting for a tragedy to put prudent security measures in place at borders and boarding gates."

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http://www.komonews.com/news/national/Investigators-chase-every-angle-in-missing-Boeing-777-249276001.html


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 10, 2014, 02:28:47 PM
Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 Goes Missing 2 Hours After Take-off, 227 Aboard Including 3 Americans (VIDEO) (Update: Oil Slicks Spotted)

Posted March 8, 2014 by Scared Monkeys

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2014/03/08/malaysia-airlines-777-flight-mh370-goes-missing-2-hours-after-take-off-227-aboard-including-3-americans/



Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Still Missing: New Leads Explored in Plane Disappearance … Possibility Plane Turned Around and Went Down in the Andaman Sea, near Thailand’s Border

Posted March 9, 2014 by Scared Monkeys


http://scaredmonkeys.com/2014/03/09/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-still-missing-new-leads-explored-in-plane-disappearance-possibility-plane-turned-around-and-went-down-in-the-andaman-sea-near-thailands-border/#comments




Officials Identify Plane Passenger Who Used Stolen Passport … ‘Identity of One of the Two Suspects has Been Confirmed, He is not a Malaysian

Posted March 10, 2014 by Scared Monkeys

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2014/03/10/officials-identify-plane-passenger-who-used-stolen-passport-identity-of-one-of-the-two-suspects-has-been-confirmed-he-is-not-a-malaysian/#comments


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Blonde on March 10, 2014, 04:45:32 PM
Doing OK Tamikosmom I check in a few times a week  ::MonkeyCool::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Blonde on March 10, 2014, 04:47:33 PM
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: China plays down terrorism theories
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370's disappearance has lit up Chinese social media with speculation that Uighur separatists are to blame. Chinese and Malaysian authorities have found no evidence to support the idea that terrorists are behind Malaysia Airlines flight MH370's disappearance. ::snipping3::


http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2014/0310/Malaysia-Airlines-flight-MH370-China-plays-down-terrorism-theories


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 10, 2014, 07:17:48 PM
http://www.statesman.com/news/business/at-austin-headquarters-freescale-officials-watch-w/nd9R2/
At Austin headquarters, Freescale officials watch, wait for word on missing employees
March 10, 2014

At Freescale Semiconductor Ltd.’s Austin headquarters, employees were keeping a close eye on news outlets Monday, waiting for any word on their 20 colleagues aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.
The Freescale employees, among 239 people on flight MH370, were mostly engineers and other experts working to make the company’s chip facilities in Tianjin, China, and Kuala Lumpur more efficient, said Mitch Haws, vice president, global communications and investor relations.
“These were people with a lot of experience and technical background and they were very important people,” Haws said. “It’s definitely a loss for the company.”
Out of respect for their privacy, Freescale isn’t releasing any additional details about the employees, company spokeswoman Jacey Zuniga said Monday.
“Just like the rest of the world, we are watching the news and awaiting new developments,” Zuniga said.
Over the weekend, local teams organized transportation and accommodation for the employees’ families, and facilitated grief counseling and other assistance, Zuniga said.
None of Freescale’s most senior executives were on board the Boeing Co. 777-200ER airliner that vanished from radar screens about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on Saturday.
 ::snipping3::
While the employees on the flight account for less than 1 percent of Freescale’s global workforce of close to 17,000, they were working toward the same goals and their loss will reverberate throughout Freescale, Haws said. The company, which employs 5,000 people in Austin, is a leading supplier of semiconductor chips for the automotive and digital network industries.
The employees aboard the Malaysia Airlines had been working to streamline facilities in Tianjin and Kuala Lumpur that Freescale uses for testing and packaging microchips used in automobiles, consumer products, telecommunications infrastructure and industrial equipment.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 11, 2014, 09:28:42 AM
I must need more coffee...When I first read the article headline I thought it meant this would be the last day Maylasian Airline passengers would be flying with stolen passports.  In other words, I thought it said they were going to begin checking passports against the Interpol lists for lost and stolen passports like the U.S. does.   Silly me.  They've had that option for a long time, they just don't.  Whether it's to obtain entry into another country (and leave current one) for asylum, for work, for possible illegal activity including terrorism, this very simple checking of passports needs to be implemented just for starters.  If the two young men that flew with stolen passports were not a part of a terror plot, it still highlights a glaring hole in security.   ::MonkeyNoNo::  I've read articles indicating it can be difficult to ascertain if the person presenting the passport is truly the person it belongs to. That is another problem that can eventually be overcome, but for me, just starting with scanning passports that are lost and stolen cuts down the numbers.  I've come into the U.S. from overseas and had to press my thumb on an electronic device to verify my identity.  Of course, there's probably some way that can be circumvented, and I think retina scans and such may be the future.  JMHO Now, back to more coffee...


http://abcnews.go.com/US/day-malaysia-airline-passengers-stolen-passports/story?id=22852454
The Last Day of Malaysia Airline Passengers With Stolen Passports
March 11, 2014

A man claiming to be the friend of two Iranians who used fake passports to board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight told ABC News that the men stayed at his home the night before the flight vanished.

Mohammad Mallaeibeasir told ABC News that he is an 18-year-old student living in Malaysia who went to high school with one of the men who is believed to have used a fake passport to board the missing flight. He said the other man was a friend of the friend's, and the pair stayed at Mallaeibeasir's the night before the flight took off.

Mallaeibeasir identified the men as Pouria Nour Mohammadi and Reza Devalar, both around age 18 or 19 and both from Iran. He said he went to high school with Pouria, but had not seen him for a couple of years.

They stayed with Mallaeibeasir and his roommate Friday night, and then Mallaeibeasir drove them to the airport, where they used stolen Italian and Austrian passports to board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on Saturday morning, he said.
 ::snipping3::
Mallaeibeasir said he did not know the men were using fake passports until the news stories broke and Pouria's mother called him and told him about it. Mallaeibeasir says he then called Malaysia Airlines and told them all of the information he knew.

Today Malaysian Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar identified one of the two men with stolen passports as Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19, and said he was likely trying to enter Germany to seek asylum. His mother contacted authorities after he didn't arrive in Frankfurt.

Interpol later identified the other man as Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza, 29.

Law enforcement sources told ABC news today that the men's tickets were purchased by an Iranian man known as "Mr. Ali."

Mallaeibeasir said that when Pouria and Reza were staying at his house, he heard them briefly talking to an "Ali" on the phone.

"The last night when they were in my home they were talking on the phone for a long time. They were talking in Persian, in their room, and I heard them say 'OK Ali' like that in Persian. I didn't understand because it was like, five seconds. I went into the room to take water from my fridge and I came out and they said, 'Be quiet, we're talking.'"

Besides the hushed phone conversations, Mallaeibeasir said that the pair just hung out with him and his housemate and watched movies. Then Mallaeibeasir drove them to the airport.

"They stayed here only the last night before the flight. They were supposed to stay in Malaysia for three days but I think they stayed for one week," Mallaebeasir said. "They were with me because I had a car and I told them I will take you to the airport. They came to my house."

Mallaeibeasir and Pouria went to high school together in Tehran two years ago, before Mallaebeasir moved to Malaysia to study business information technology. He said he did not know Reza until the two arrived at his home for a quick night's stay.

Mallaeibeasir said he did not ask Pouria or Reza why they were in Malaysia. Pouria said he was heading to Germany or Copenhagen after Malaysia in order to visit his mother because they were having family problems, Mallaeibeasir said.

The two men traveled lightly, Mallaebeasier said. Pouria had a mountain climbing-type backpack and a laptop, while Reza carried a suitcase and a laptop, he said.

After he dropped them at the airport, Mallaebeasier called the men on their cell phones. Pouria answered but hung up quickly, and Mallaebeasier ended up talking to Reza for about three minutes, he said.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 11, 2014, 09:53:54 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/10/travel/malaysia-airlines-stolen-passports/
Who travels with a stolen passport?
March 11, 2014

(CNN) -- How difficult is it to board a plane with a stolen passport?
Not as hard as you might think.
In any major international airport, it's not uncommon to have your passport checked four times or more between check-in and boarding the aircraft. But if passenger documents aren't checked against Interpol's database of stolen and lost travel documents, travelers using those documents can slip through layers of security.
Reports that two passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were traveling on stolen Austrian and Italian passports have highlighted security concerns that have troubled Interpol for years, the international law enforcement agency said Sunday. The flight, carrying more than 200 passengers, disappeared from radar Saturday and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
Interpol identified the men using the stolen passports as Pouri Nourmohammadi, 18, and Delavar Seyed Mohammad Reza, 29, both Iranians. Malaysian police believe Nourmohammadi was trying to emigrate to Germany using the stolen Austrian passport. The men entered Malaysia on February 28 using valid Iranian passports, Interpol said.
"Interpol is asking why only a handful of countries worldwide are taking care to make sure that persons possessing stolen passports are not boarding international flights," Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said in a statement.
What happened to Flight 370?
Before the departure of Flight 370, no country had checked the stolen passports against Interpol's list since they were added to the lost-documents database in 2012 and 2013, Interpol said.
Countries, but not airlines, have access to Interpol's data, and many governments don't routinely check passports against the database.
In 2013, passengers were able to board planes more than 1 billion times without having their travel documents checked against Interpol's data, the agency said. Airlines carried more than 3.1 billion passengers globally in 2013, according to estimates from the International Air Transport Association.

Are stolen passports related to plane's disappearance?
Interpol head Noble said Tuesday that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 does not appear to be related to terrorism.
"The more information we get, the more we're inclined to conclude that it was not a terrorist incident," Noble said at a news conference in Lyon, France.
There's no evidence to suggest either of the men traveling on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was connected to any terrorist organizations, according to Malaysian investigators.
On any given day, many people travel using stolen or fake passports for reasons that have nothing to do with terrorism, aviation security expert Richard Bloom told CNN.
They might be trying to immigrate illegally to another country, or they might be smuggling stolen goods, people, drugs or weapons or trying to import otherwise legal goods without paying taxes, said Bloom, director of terrorism, intelligence and security studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
 ::snipping3::
Noble said Sunday that the fact that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in Interpol's databases is a big concern.
"This is a situation we had hoped never to see," he said. "For years Interpol has asked why should countries wait for a tragedy to put prudent security measures in place at borders and boarding gates?"
Few countries look up stolen passports
Interpol does not charge countries for access to its databases, but some of the 190 Interpol member countries may not have the technical capacity or resources to access the network, according to Tom Fuentes, a former FBI assistant director.
"It's just up to the will of the country to set it up and do it," Fuentes said.
Interpol's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database was created in 2002, following the September 11, 2001, attacks, to help countries secure their borders. Since then, it has expanded from a few thousand passports and searches to more than 40 million entries and more than 800 million searches per year.
About 60,000 of those 800 million searches yield hits against stolen or lost documents, according to Interpol.
The United States searches the database more than 250 million times annually, the United Kingdom more than 120 million times annually and the United Arab Emirates more than 50 million times annually, Interpol said. (Some 300,000 passports are lost or stolen each year in the United States, according to the U.S. State Department, which collects reports of stolen passports and sends them to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Interpol.)
According to the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection vets all travelers booked on flights to, from and heading through the United States through the Advanced Passenger Information System.
It conducts a thorough review of all relevant domestic and international criminal databases, including Interpol's, for any issues of concern. This review includes reports of stolen documents.
"If Malaysia Airlines and all airlines worldwide were able to check the passport details of prospective passengers against Interpol's database, then we would not have to speculate whether stolen passports were used by terrorists to board MH 370," Interpol's Noble said.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 11, 2014, 03:15:14 PM
https://twitter.com/MMoon_WREG3 (https://twitter.com/MMoon_WREG3)
March 11, 2014 Tweets

melissa moon ‏@MMoon_WREG3  3m
Missing Malaysia Airlines plane sparks conspiracy theories. Plane landed at mysterious location? http://nydn.us/1fS4FOt

 melissa moon ‏@MMoon_WREG3  11m
Getting stranger & stranger. Families: Cellphones of passengers from missing Malaysian plane still ring http://usat.ly/1iwgaJb


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 11, 2014, 03:18:33 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/11/malaysia-airlines-370-passengers-cell-phones/6285325/
Families: Cellphones of missing passengers still ring
March 11, 2014

 ::snipping3::
A few family members said dialing the numbers resulted in ringing tones on the other end, even though the calls weren't picked up. Bian Liangwei, sister of one of the passengers, told the International Business Times that she reached her older brother's phone Monday afternoon. "If I could get through, the police could locate the position, and there is a chance he could still be alive," she said.

But industry experts say ringing phones don't necessarily mean that the calls are going through.

"The ringing is not actually ringing at the other phone yet," industry analyst Jeff Kagan said. "It's just telling you that the network is in the process of finding and connecting to it."

Locally placed calls may connect almost instantaneously, he said, but long-distance or international calls may "ring" several times before the phone is found or the system can't find it and disconnects the call.
 ::snipping3::
The ringing keeps callers from hanging up when they hear no sound, said Amy Storey, spokeswoman for CTIA, the Washington, D.C.-based trade group for wireless carriers. "The ringing sound has nothing to do with the actual 'ringing' of the called party's device," she said.

The ringing is "part of the process of wireless" communication, Kagan said. "In this particular case it's painful because it gives people false hope."

During a meeting with passengers' families, Malaysia Airlines' Hugh Dunleavy said the company had similar results — it tried calling mobile phones of crewmembers, which also rang.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 11, 2014, 03:20:26 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/11/malaysia-airlines-investigation/6282557/
Reports: Missing jet flew hundreds of miles off course
March 11, 2014



KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Military radar data shows the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared last week flew hundreds of miles off course after civilian systems last recorded the plane's location, an official told Malaysian media.

The Malaysian military radar indicates Flight 370 flew at least as far as the Malacca Strait west of Malaysia, air force chief Gen. Rodzali Daud told local media.

"After that, the signal from the plane was lost," he told the newspaper. The primary focus of the search previously had been off the eastern coast of Malaysia and Vietnam based on where air controllers lost track of the Boeing 777.

Malaysian authorities have said the plane's electronic signaling transponder apparently stopped working at about the time civilian flight controllers lost contact with it, near the coast of Vietnam. Daud said Malaysian Air Force radar data shows the track of the plane then turning sharply and eventually flying over the island of Pulau Perak -- hundreds of miles off course.
 ::snipping3::

See diagram in article at link.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 11, 2014, 03:28:21 PM
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-03-11/interpol-shows-image-of-2-iranians-on-missing-jet
2 airlines to check passports on Interpol database
March 11, 2014

LYON, France (AP) — Interpol is allowing two airlines to check passenger passports against its vast database of lost and stolen travel documents — in a test project aimed to let private sector companies help authorities crack down on criminals who travel with fake documents, the police organization's leader said Tuesday.

It's not known whether stolen passports had to do with Saturday's disappearance of a Boeing 777 bound from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people on board. But Interpol on Tuesday released an image of two Iranians who used valid Iranian passports to get to Malaysia, then boarded the flight with stolen European passports.

Up to now, only national authorities such as border police have been allowed to verify whether passengers' passports turn up in the database of some 40 million stolen or lost passports in the computer systems of the Lyon, France-based international police agency — not airlines or other private sector companies.

STORY: Biometric Privacy Trade-off Exposed in Missing Jet's Passports
"I have announced today that Qatar Airways and Air Arabia are two airlines that have committed themselves to making sure that all passengers boarding their planes will have their passport data screened against Interpol's database," Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble told reporters at its headquarters.

In essence, the two airlines will be able to query the database but not gain direct access to it, in a program called I-Checkit for private sector companies — which could one day include financial institutions or hotels too, officials said.

While the database has been available to authorities for more than a decade, only a handful of countries actively use it — primarily the United States, Britain and the United Arab Emirates. Noble said that more than 1 billion times last year, travelers boarded planes without their passports being checked against the database.

Air Arabia and Qatar were chosen to test the idea because they approached Interpol and expressed an interest, said Michael O'Connell, director of Interpol's operational police support directorate.

The Interpol chief said stolen passports have been a known problem since at least the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center: "We know that the terrorist mastermind in that bombing was carrying a stolen Iraqi passport to cross borders."

It takes less than a second for countries to query the database via Interpol software and an Internet connection, once a passport is scanned. Interpol says some of its 190 member countries have cited a lack of police resources, privacy concerns, or political hostilities for their failure to check passports against the global data.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Blonde on March 12, 2014, 05:02:40 PM
REPORT: Chinese satellite images may show missing plane
NewsRadio 850KOA-4 minutes ago
Crews may have discovered the wreckage of a missing Malaysian airliner. CNN reports satellite images out of China might show the crash site ...
Read more: http://www.850koa.com/articles/national-news-104668/report-chinese-satellite-images-may-show-12149744#ixzz2vmkYZnC9


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 13, 2014, 07:57:22 PM
 :smt102  We still don't know.  I'm so sorry for the family, friends and co-workers of the passengers & crew on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.


http://abcnews.go.com/International/malaysia-airliner-pinging-indication-crashed-indian-ocean/story?id=22894802
Malaysia Airliner Communications Shut Down Separately: US Officials Say
March 13, 2014

Two U.S. officials tell ABC News the U.S. believes that the shutdown of two communication systems happened separately on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. One source said this indicates the plane did not come out of the sky because of a catastrophic failure.

The data reporting system, they believe, was shut down at 1:07 a.m. The transponder -- which transmits location and altitude -- shut down at 1:21 a.m.

This indicates it may well have been a deliberate act, ABC News aviation consultant John Nance said.

U.S. investigators told ABC News that the two modes of communication were "systematically shut down."

That means the U.S. team "is convinced that there was manual intervention," a source said, which means it was likely not an accident or catastrophic malfunction that took the plane out of the sky.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 13, 2014, 09:22:40 PM
http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/03/14/malaysia-airlines-idINDEEA2900B20140314
Search for Malaysian plane may extend to Indian Ocean - U.S.
March 14, 2014

(Reuters) - A new search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may be opened in the Indian Ocean, the White House said, significantly broadening the potential location of the plane, which disappeared nearly a week ago with 239 people on board.

Expanding the search area to the Indian Ocean would be consistent with the theory that the Boeing 777 may have detoured to the west about an hour after take-off from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.

"It's my understanding that based on some new information that's not necessarily conclusive - but new information - an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters in Washington.

Carney did not specify the nature of the new information and Malaysian officials were not immediately available to comment.
 ::snipping3::
Satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from the aircraft after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.

But the "pings" indicated its maintenance troubleshooting systems were switched on and ready to communicate with satellites, showing the aircraft was at least capable of communicating after losing touch with air traffic controllers.

The system transmits such pings about once an hour, according to the sources, who said five or six were heard. However, the pings alone are not proof that the plane was in the air or on the ground, the sources said.

Malaysian authorities have said the last civilian contact occurred as the Boeing (BA.N) 777-200ER flew north into the Gulf of Thailand. They said military radar sightings indicated it may have turned sharply to the west and crossed the Malay Peninsula toward the Andaman Sea.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 13, 2014, 09:25:21 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/world/malaysia-airlines-missing-plane-satellites-picked-up-pings-from-jet-sources-says-20140314-hviig.html
Malaysia Airlines missing plane: Satellites picked up 'pings' from jet, sources says
March 14, 2014

Washington: Communications satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the stray jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.

The "pings" indicated that the aircraft's maintenance troubleshooting systems were switched on and ready to communicate with satellites as needed. But no data links were opened because the companies involved had not subscribed to that level of service from the satellite operator, the sources said.

The system transmits such pings about once an hour, the sources said, but it remains unclear how many signals the plane sent after air traffic control lost track of it.
More...


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 13, 2014, 10:50:16 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/volunteers-all-over-the-world-look-for-missing-malaysian-jet/
Digital volunteers all over the world look for missing Malaysian jet
March 13, 2014


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: seahorse on March 14, 2014, 05:48:09 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/volunteers-all-over-the-world-look-for-missing-malaysian-jet/
Digital volunteers all over the world look for missing Malaysian jet
March 13, 2014

Hi Monkey's

Muffy and wonderful witty monkeys :)

Do you have any theories?
I guess it is premature, to guess or even speculate, just super-curious about theories.

If there was a poll I would be the one to pick Aliens  ::MonkeyEek::

Thank-you  ::MonkeyHeart::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 14, 2014, 09:02:42 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/volunteers-all-over-the-world-look-for-missing-malaysian-jet/
Digital volunteers all over the world look for missing Malaysian jet
March 13, 2014

Hi Monkey's

Muffy and wonderful witty monkeys :)

Do you have any theories?
I guess it is premature, to guess or even speculate, just super-curious about theories.

If there was a poll I would be the one to pick Aliens  ::MonkeyEek::

Thank-you  ::MonkeyHeart::

Seahorse, I will give you an answer since you asked me directly in this post by name. If you want to believe aliens abducted the airplane with 239 souls aboard (including children), that is your right.  As for my self, I cannot make light of it.  My heart aches for the family, friends and co-workers of the missing.  I have veryclose family members and friends flying commercial, international flights, and the not knowing if something happened to them would break my heart. Look at the photos of the people  waiting for the arrival of Flight 370 that never arrived.  Perhaps you don't take flights like this or know someone personally that does, it may be difficult for you to have some empathy and understanding for others that have probably lost a loved one.  I hope the families, friends and coworkers get the answers they need.  As far as what may have happened, I don't know.  As I sit here, I wonder if I'm on the wrong forum.   ::MonkeyNoNo::



Seahorse, would you ask any of these people if they believe "aliens" are responsible for missing plane with their loved ones aboard?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26498628
(http://i.imgur.com/agQ1ymO.jpg)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10684770/Oil-slick-spotted-in-sea-in-search-for-missing-Malaysian-plane.html
(http://i.imgur.com/8OjOOUf.jpg)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-fearing-the-worst-search-shifts-to-disaster-recovery-1.2565126
(http://i.imgur.com/CM1Xr4L.jpg)

http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Air-force-chief-Malaysia-jet-may-have-turned-back-5301204.php
(http://i.imgur.com/S13d35q.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: seahorse on March 15, 2014, 05:45:06 AM


Piracy theory gains more credence in mystery of missing Flight MH 370

Mar 14th 2014 10:01PM


http://www.aol.com/article/2014/03/14/missing-plane-piracy-theory-gains-more-credence/20850351/?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl1|sec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D454115


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 15, 2014, 10:10:12 AM
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pm-mh370-deliberately-piloted-off-course
MALAYSIA
PM: MH370 deliberately piloted off-course
(VIDEO)
March 15, 2014

SEPANG, March 15 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak confirmed today that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared off the coast of Kota Baru last Saturday had been deliberately diverted off-course towards the west of Peninsular Malaysia.

The prime minister would not, however, confirm reports claiming that the plane had been hijacked.

“Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear that we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate from its original flight path,” he told an an emergency press conference today at the Sama-Sama Hotel near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

While Najib did not confirm that MH370 was hijacked, he indicated that probe will now shift its attention to the people who were flying aboard the Beijing-bound plane.

“In view of this latest development the Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board,” he said earlier in his statement.
 ::snipping3::


(http://i.imgur.com/H9bg074.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 15, 2014, 10:16:54 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/15/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/
Malaysia Airlines probe focusing on passengers, crew
March 15, 2014

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

* NEW: Police search pilot's home

* "Evidence is consistent with someone acting deliberately from inside the plane," Malaysia PM says

* Search widens to two corridors, including the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan border area

* Investigators are no longer combing the South China Sea


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 15, 2014, 10:34:22 AM
http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-missing-mh370-font-pm-s-statement-on-missing-airliner-1.514405
MISSING MH370: PM's statement on missing airliner
March 15, 2014

Below is the full text of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's full statement of the missing MAS MH370 flight.


Seven days ago Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared. We realise this is an excruciating time for the families of those on board. No words can describe the pain they must be going through. Our thoughts and our prayers are with them.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: theboyzmom on March 15, 2014, 09:57:04 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/volunteers-all-over-the-world-look-for-missing-malaysian-jet/
Digital volunteers all over the world look for missing Malaysian jet
March 13, 2014

Hi Monkey's

Muffy and wonderful witty monkeys :)

Do you have any theories?
I guess it is premature, to guess or even speculate, just super-curious about theories.

If there was a poll I would be the one to pick Aliens  ::MonkeyEek::

Thank-you  ::MonkeyHeart::

Seahorse - I will give you the theory that makes the most sense to me - but it is JMO.

Talking to aviation experts and to former military and current pilots one theory makes sense - pilot suicide. The guy that was flying as captain was older and the airline (which is government owned) has been in financial trouble for a long time. IF he was afraid of losing his job and having a hard time getting a new one at his age, he would be worried about providing for his family. He was (or is) an avid aviation person both on and off the job. So if he wanted to die and still have his family get life insurance and no shame, he would set up an on the job "accident".  It would be pretty easy for him to do by lowering the pressure in the cabin and cockpit which would cause the other people to either pass out or pass away. Then he could fly off course until the plane runs out of fuel. There would then be no way to prove if it was hijacked, mechanical failure that killed all aboard (like the Payne plane did) or what happened. His family would be spared shame and get the money. It is one of the only theories that seems to fit all the information we have at this time. I may be (and hope I am) wrong.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 15, 2014, 10:11:34 PM
That's a very interesting theory, TBM.  ^^^^ 


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 16, 2014, 10:11:18 AM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-pilot-suicide-a-taboo-topic-in-past-crash-probes/
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Pilot suicide a taboo topic in past crash probes
March 16, 2014

CANBERRA, Australia - As police investigate the two pilots of a Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 passenger jet that disappeared more than a week ago, a possibility they must consider is that one of them committed suicide by deliberately crashing the plane.

Mike Glynn, a committee member of the Australian and International Pilots Association, said he considers pilot suicide to be the most likely explanation for the disappearance, as was suspected in a SilkAir crash during a flight from Singapore to Jakarta in 1997 and an EgyptAir flight from Los Angeles to Cairo in 1999.

"A pilot rather than a hijacker is more likely to be able to switch off the communications equipment,'' Glynn said. "The last thing that I, as a pilot, want is suspicion to fall on the crew, but it's happened twice before.''

Glynn said a pilot may have sought to fly the plane into the Indian Ocean to reduce the chances of recovering data recorders, and to conceal the cause of the disaster.

While such incidents have happened before, the topic remains almost taboo, with investigators and officials reluctant to conclude that a pilot purposely crashed a plane in order to commit suicide even when the evidence appears compelling.

A dozen years ago, U.S. investigators filed a final report into the 1999 crash of EgyptAir Flight 990, which plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, killing all 217 aboard. They concluded that when co-pilot Gameel El-Batouty found himself alone on the flight deck, he switched off the auto-pilot, pointed the plane downward, and calmly repeated the phrase "I rely on God" over and over, 11 times in total.

Yet while the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the co-pilot's actions caused the crash, they didn't use the word "suicide" in the main findings of their 160-page report, instead saying the reason for his actions "was not determined." Egyptian officials, meanwhile, rejected the notion of suicide altogether, insisting instead there was some mechanical reason for the crash.
There was also disagreement over the cause of the crash of SilkAir Flight 185, which plunged into a river in 1997 during a flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Singapore, killing all 104 passengers and crew. A U.S. investigation found that the Boeing 737 had been deliberately crashed, but an Indonesian investigation was inconclusive.

Mozambique officials have been investigating a crash that killed 33 people in November. They say preliminary investigations indicate that the pilot of the Mozambican Airline plane bound for Angola intentionally brought it down, and they're continuing to look into his possible motives.
 ::snipping3::
"Aircraft-assisted suicides are tragic, intentional events that are hard to predict and difficult to prevent," the FAA's report found, adding that such suicides "are most likely under-reported and under-recognized."

In at least one case, a major international airline allowed a pilot who had expressed suicidal thoughts to continue flying. He flew nearly three more years, without incident, before he resigned in 1982 with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression.

Malaysia's government said police on Saturday searched the homes of both the pilot and the co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. It said police were examining an elaborate flight simulator taken from the home of 59-year-old pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah.

Police also are investigating engineers who may have had contact with the plane before it took off.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 16, 2014, 12:10:46 PM
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/16/flight-mh370-last-message-communications-disabled-malaysia
Flight MH370: last message to Malaysia sent 'after communications disabled'
Revelation suggests person who delivered 'All right, good night' message from missing plane knew system had been shut down

March 16, 2014

The person in control of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 issued their last communication to air traffic control after the first set of aircraft communications was disabled, Malaysian authorities have confirmed, adding further weight to suspicion that the plane was hijacked.

The latest revelation suggests that the person who delivered the "All right, good night" message to Kuala Lumpur air traffic controllers just before the Boeing-777 disappeared from their radar at 1.22am and diverted from its scheduled flightpath to Beijing was also aware that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (Acars) had been manually shut down.

Investigations still do not appear to know who was at the helm and what their intentions were when the aircraft disappeared from civilian radar more than a week ago.

Experts on aircraft maintenance have explained that the plane's communications system can only be disabled manually – a process that requires switching a number of cockpit controls in sequence until a computer screen necessitates a keyboard input.

Authorities have not yet disclosed whether the person who issued the last message to controllers was Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, or co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, or even an unknown third person. It is also unclear if such messages are recorded by air traffic control and are available for expert analysis to determine who the voice belongs to.

Malaysia Airlines could not be reached for comment and Malaysia's transport ministry declined to comment.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 17, 2014, 05:37:34 PM
http://www.wfaa.com/news/Missing-Malaysia-Passengers-Brother--250637491.html
Brother of missing Malaysia passenger: 'We need answers'
March 17, 2014


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 18, 2014, 08:54:53 AM
http://www.kvue.com/news/Passengers-crew-on-board-missing-Malaysia-plane--250770561.html
Passengers, crew on board missing Malaysia plane
March 18, 2014

There were 12 crew and 227 passengers on the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared about 40 minutes into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. They were from far-flung parts of the world: 14 nationalities that included New Zealanders, Iranians, Americans and Indonesians. Two thirds of the passengers were from China. These are the stories of some of those on board.
More...
(List of some of the crew and passengers and a bit about their life story)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2014, 03:36:22 PM
My guess from the beginning was that the plane was headed to Somalia.  jmoo

Some articles that caught my attention today--

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/9840870/Pilots-flight-simulator-focused-on-Indian-Ocean
Pilot's flight simulator focused on Indian Ocean
Last updated 18:43 18/03/2014

A flight simulator taken from the home of a missing Malaysia Airlines pilot held software for five practice runaways scattered around the Indian Ocean, a Malaysian news outlet says.

Berita Harian reported a source as telling it that one airport was for a United States military base, while all five runways were of the same length.

"Among the software we checked so far is the Male International Airport in Maldives, three airports in India and Sri Lanka, and one belonging to the US military base in Diego Garcia. All have a runway length of 1000 metres," the source told the Malay daily.

A Boeing 777-200 needs a runway of 1600m to land, according to Boeing's website.
 ::snipping3::

And this article--

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/news/54067
Maldives police probe reported sighting of 'low flying jet'
Mar 18, 2014 - 09:44

Maldives police on Tuesday announced an investigation into reports that residents of the remote Maldives island of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll have seen a "low flying jumbo jet" on the morning of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

But the police did not reveal any details.   

Whilst the disappearance of the Boeing 777 jet, carrying 239 passengers has left the whole world in bewilderment, several residents of Kuda Huvadhoo told Haveeru on Tuesday that they saw a "low flying jumbo jet" at around 6:15am on March 8.

They said that it was a white aircraft, with red stripes across it – which is what the Malaysia Airlines flights typically look like.

Eyewitnesses from the Kuda Huvadhoo concurred that the aeroplane was travelling North to South-East, towards the Southern tip of the Maldives – Addu. They also noted the incredibly loud noise that the flight made when it flew over the island.

A local aviation expert told Haveeru that it is "likely" for MH370 to have flown over the Maldives. The possibility of any aircraft flying over the island at the reported time is extremely low, the expert added.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2014, 03:40:35 PM
Came across this Forum today and found it informative and interesting--discussion of MH Flight370.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/other-asian-australian-south-pacific-airlines/1558464-mh-370-kul-pek-missing-search-operations-ongoing-please-see-wiki-171.html


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: seahorse on March 18, 2014, 05:17:59 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10704769/Malaysian-Airlines-MH370-live.html



 ::MonkeyEek::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: theboyzmom on March 18, 2014, 08:49:01 PM
Here is an interesting theory I came across today:

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2014/03/mh370-electrical-fire/

A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2014, 09:53:33 PM
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/03/18/malaysian_airline_thailands_military_finally_turns_attention_to_radar_blips.html

Malaysian airline: Thailand’s military finally turns attention to radar blips
Published on Tue Mar 18 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA—Investigators trying to solve the mystery of a missing Malaysian jetliner received some belated help Tuesday from Thailand, whose military said it took 10 days to report radar blips that might have been the plane “because we did not pay attention to it.”
 ::snipping3::

Air force spokesman Air Vice Marshal Montol Suchookorn said the Thai military doesn't know whether the plane it detected was Flight 370.

Thailand's failure to quickly share possible information about the plane may not substantially change what Malaysian officials now know, but it raises questions about the degree to which some countries are sharing their defence data.

Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:40 a.m. Malaysian time March 8 and its transponder, which allows air traffic controllers to identify and track the airplane, ceased communicating at 1:20 a.m.

Montol said that at 1:28 a.m., Thai military radar “was able to detect a signal, which was not a normal signal, of a plane flying in the direction opposite from the MH370 plane,” back toward Kuala Lumpur. The plane later turned right, toward Butterworth, a Malaysian city along the Malacca strait. The radar signal was infrequent and did not include any data such as the flight number.

When asked why it took so long to release the information, Montol said, “Because we did not pay any attention to it. The Royal Thai Air Force only looks after any threats against our country.” He said the plane never entered Thai airspace and that Malaysia's initial request for information in the early days of the search was not specific.

“When they asked again and there was new information and assumptions from (Malaysian) Prime Minister Najib Razak, we took a look at our information again,” Montol said. “It didn't take long for us to figure out, although it did take some experts to find out about it.”
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2014, 11:06:05 PM
http://www.hlntv.com/article/2014/03/18/malayisa-airlines-timeline-flight-370

94-minute mystery: Timeline of Malaysia Flight 370
updated2:20 PM EDT, Tue March 18, 2014

 ::snipping3::
All times local on Saturday March 8, 2014 (March 7, 11:41 a.m. ET -- switch to Eastern Daylight Savings Time had not happened):

12:41 a.m.: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 departs Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing.

1:07 a.m.: The onboard Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, sends out what turns out to be its last communication.

(Source: CEO of Malaysia Airlines, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, in Monday’s news conference, clarifying that ACARS did not necessarily shut down at that time.)

1:19 a.m.: Someone inside the cockpit, believed to be the co-pilot, makes the plane's last verbal communication with air traffic controllers, saying, "All right, good night." Those were the last words from Flight 370.

(Source: Yahya at Monday’s news conference, confirming that it was the co-pilot who spoke; he also reconfirmed the time.)

1:21 a.m.: The transponder -- which communicates the altitude, coordinates and aircraft call sign -- stops responding.

(Source: Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director of the Malaysian Dept. of Civil Aviation, at news conference on March 12.)

1:22 a.m.: Thai military radar was tracking the signal of Flight 370 when it disappeared at 1:22 a.m. Malaysian time (12:22 a.m. Thai time), a Royal Thai Air Force spokesman tells CNN.

1:28 a.m.: Flight 370 was transmitting the normal flight path and commercial data, but then the Thai radar station in the southern Surathani province saw an unknown aircraft appear flying in the opposite direction at this time, a Royal Thai Air Force spokesman tells CNN. That aircraft might have been Flight 370.

Approx. 1:30 a.m.: Air traffic controllers lose contact with the plane​.

(Source: Malaysia Airlines CEO Yahya on March 13.)

1:37 a.m.: An expected ACARS transmission does not happen.

(Source: CEO Yahya, Monday news conference.)

2:15 a.m.: Malaysian military radar last detects what’s believed to be the plane, over the small island of Pulau Perak in the Strait of Malacca, hundreds of miles off course.

(Source: Malaysia’s Air Force Chief Rodzali Daud in briefing on March 12.)

6:30 a.m. (local and Beijing time): Expected Time of Arrival of Flight 370 in Beijing.

7:24 a.m.: Malaysia Airlines announces via Facebook that the aircraft lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 am (that discrepancy in time is never explained, but later updates talk about the 1:30 a.m. loss-of-contact).

(Source: Malaysia Airlines Facebook page.)

8:11 a.m: More than seven hours after takeoff, a satellite makes the last electronic connection, known as a "handshake," with the plane.

(Source: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, news briefing on March 15.)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2014, 10:42:02 AM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304026304579448770319722970?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304026304579448770319722970.html

Data Was Deleted From Flight Simulator of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Pilot
Updated March 19, 2014 7:01 a.m. ET

Malaysian investigators have found that some data from a flight simulator taken from the home of the missing  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU +2.13%     Flight 370's pilot was deleted.

"Some data has been deleted from the simulator. Forensic efforts are on to retrieve the data," Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia's acting transport minister told reporters on Wednesday.

The flight simulator was taken from pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah's home over the weekend as part of police investigation. All crew and ground staff who were involved with Flight 370 are currently being investigated, Mr. Hishammuddin said. He added that all crew and personnel are currently being treated as innocent. (Follow the latest developments in the search for Flight 370.)

The data log of the games on the simulator was cleared on Feb. 3 and experts are looking at what logs were deleted, Malaysian Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said at the same news conference. He declined to comment if the experts thought the erasing of the data was unusual.
 ::snipping3::
Investigators haven't found anything "of significance" about any of the passengers so far, the police official said.

He also said that reports of an aircraft matching the Boeing 777-200 being sighted in Maldives were investigated and found not to be true.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: seahorse on March 19, 2014, 06:20:35 PM
http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/03/19/expert-believes-missing-malaysian-airlines-flight-being-held-for-ransom/

 ::MonkeyConfused:: ::MonkeyConfused:: ::MonkeyConfused:: ::MonkeyConfused::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2014, 11:21:09 PM
Now on CNN

Unconfirmed...Australia...spotted by satellite

Objects related to flight 370 possibly found



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 19, 2014, 11:25:25 PM
Anderson Cooper (CNN) just announced that Australian PM Tony Abbott will be holding a news conference momentarily.

Janet

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Malaysia Airlines MH370: Tony Abbott says possible debris found in Indian Ocean
Updated 5 minutes ago


Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced objects possibly related to the search for a missing Malaysian Airlines plane have been found in the southern Indian Ocean.

Mr Abbott says new satellite images show two possible objects in the ocean and an Australian Orion aircraft is en route to the area.

"New and credible information has come to light in relation to the search ... in the south Indian Ocean," Mr Abbott told Parliament during Question Time.

"The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has received information based on satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search."

<snipped>

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-20/abbott-says-possible-objects-found-mh370/5334314


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2014, 11:35:01 PM
Video at the link

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/missing-malaysian-airlines-flight-mh370-pm-tony-abbott-says-satellite-images-could-be-wreckage-of-crashed-plane-20140320-354ij.html

Missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370: PM Tony Abbott says satellite images could be wreckage of crashed plane
DateMarch 20, 2014 - 2:11PM

The Australian-led search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight has had an apparent breakthrough, with satellite images showing two objects in waters off Perth.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament on Thursday afternoon that an Australian P-3 Orion aircraft had been diverted to check out the objects and would be followed by other planes.

The first Orion was due to arrive on the scene about 2pm, he said.

Mr Abbott stressed it was not yet clear whether they were parts of the plane.
 ::snipping3::
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is co-ordinating the search, has called a news conference for 3.30pm.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 19, 2014, 11:37:45 PM
No press conference yet.

Janet
8:50 PM PT

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Objects may be from missing Malaysia Airlines jet: Tony Abbott
MARCH 20, 2014 2:06PM


TWO objects possibly related to the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been spotted in the southern Indian Ocean, Tony Abbott says.

“The task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult ... and it may be they do not relate to the aircraft,” the Prime Minister told parliament.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 vanished on March 8 after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur carrying 239 passengers and crew, including six Australians.

Australian aircraft have been scouring the Indian Ocean for signs of wreckage.

The plane’s disappearance has turned into one of aviation’s greatest mysteries.

Mr Abbott said he has called Malaysian leader Najib Razak to relay the “new and credible information” about potential aircraft wreckage in the southern Indian Ocean.

He told parliament: “The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received the information based on satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search. Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified.

“A Royal Australian Air Force Orion has been diverted in an attempt to locate the objects. This Orion is expected to arrive in the area about this time.

“Three more aircraft will follow this Orion. They are tasked for more intensive follow up search.”

Sources familiar with the find described the wreckage sightings as ‘’very credible’’.

The source did not go into specifics, but said the initial sightings had detected debris consistent with ‘’what you’d normally find in such circumstances’’.

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/objects-may-be-from-missing-malaysia-airlines-jet-tony-abbott/story-e6frg95x-1226860205396


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 19, 2014, 11:56:38 PM
(http://images.smh.com.au/2014/03/18/5272347/MOR-MH370-search-map-620x349.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 12:01:02 AM
I think I heard that a U.S. ship is half an hour away from the site...waiting for confirmation.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/missing-malaysian-airlines-flight-mh370-pm-tony-abbott-says-satellite-images-could-be-wreckage-of-crashed-plane-20140320-354ij.html

Missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370: PM Tony Abbott says satellite images could be wreckage of crashed plane
  DateMarch 20, 2014 - 2:11PM

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“A Royal Australian Air Force Orion has been diverted in an attempt to locate the objects. This Orion is expected to arrive in the area about this time.

“Three more aircraft will follow this Orion. They are tasked for more intensive follow up search.”

Sources familiar with the find described the wreckage sightings as “very credible’’.

The source did not go into specifics, but said the initial sightings had detected debris consistent with “what you’d normally find in such circumstances’’.

AMSA is due to hold a press conference at 3.30pm AEDT.

In Sydney earlier today, AMSA said the search of the southern Indian Ocean was continuing.

A Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion, a US Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion were in the air today while five merchant ships passing through the search area were assisting after responding to a call from AMSA.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 20, 2014, 12:15:33 AM
Kudos to the the United States and Australia!!!

Somehow I believe that Australian Prime Minister will be announcing confirmation that the wreckage from the MH370 has been located.  There will still be many unanswered questions encompassing this tragedy but loved ones will be afforded a measure of closure.

Janet

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YESTERDAY

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: search for MH370 begins 3000km south-west of Perth
March 18, 2014


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Mr Young, general manager of the authority's emergency response division, said it would likely take ''at least a few weeks to search the area thoroughly''.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government owed it to ''the people on this ill-fated flight and their families to do what we can to solve this tragic mystery''.

Mr Young said the area has been mapped out by the US National Transportation Safety Board based on the electronic ''pings'' sent by the plane on hourly intervals. ''The area where the aircraft might have entered the water was then corrected for the water movement … to provide a possible search area,'' Mr Young said.

It was also based on assumptions about the speed at which the plane was travelling and when it was likely to have run out of fuel. Currents could have moved wreckage and other material significantly.

Mr Young said the first Australian Orion took off from Pearce base at 2pm eastern daylight time and would reach the search area about 5.40pm. It would be able to search for only about two hours before having to return home.

Three more Australian Orions were set to join the search on Wednesday, as would an Orion provided by the Royal New Zealand Air Force and a US Navy P-8 Poseidon, a more advanced surveillance plane.

<snipped>

Neil James, executive director of the Australia Defence Association, said the search would also be racing against the clock.

''If they don't find the debris field soon, the chances are that a lot of the stuff will have sunk.''

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/missing--malaysia-airlines-plane-search-for-mh370-begins-3000km-southwest-of-perth-20140318-34zyn.html


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 20, 2014, 12:26:09 AM
CNN - 9:40 PM PT

- John Young - General Manager of the Authority's Emergency Response Division

- Objects POSSIBLY related to wreckage from Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370

- NO CONFIRMATION

 ::MonkeyNoNo::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 12:29:25 AM
live streaming

http://www.mediaite.com/online/live-stream-australia-holds-presser-on-possible-flight-370-objects-found/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Red on March 20, 2014, 12:33:26 AM
Australian PM Tony Abbott Says Satellite Images May Show 2 Objects of Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Flight 370 (VIDEO)

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2014/03/19/australian-pm-tony-abbott-says-satellite-images-may-show-missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-flight-370/

I would agree that this news is most likely the most credible that we have heard so far. I really find it hard to believe that the PM would have gotten involved if it was not very credible that this was wreckage of the missing Malaysia airline.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 12:39:40 AM
Agree, Red, it's the most credible information regarding the location of the plane.  Sad if it is.  ::MonkeyTears::



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 12:46:19 AM
http://www.news.com.au/world/possible-wreckage-spotted-in-search-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-raaf-plane-on-its-way-to-identify-objects/story-fndir2ev-1226859680610

Possible wreckage spotted in search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, RAAF plane on its way to identify objects 
This story was published: 6 minutes ago March 20, 2014 3:49PM

TWO large objects identified by satellite in the Indian Ocean off Perth may be related to missing Flight MH370 and are “possible indications of debris”. 
 
Australian Maritime Safety Authority general manager John Young said the objects were “relatively indistinct on imagery” and about 24-metres long.

“Those who are experts indicate they are credible sightings,” he said.

“The indication to me is of objects that are of reasonable size and awash with water, bobbing up and down on the surface.”

A US Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft is in the relevant search area, which is about 2,500km southwest of Perth, and a RAAF Orion aircraft is expected to arrive later this afternoon. Additional aircraft are also expected to follow for a more intensive search.

“I would advise that AMSA is doing it’s level best to find anyone that may have survived,” Mr Young said.
 ::snipping3::



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 01:33:54 AM
If Australia has been given the authority of the "southern vector’’ by the Malaysian authorities, maybe there will be better updates, reports, and coverage of the area.  The families have been waiting too long for credible news.  jmo

http://www.news.com.au/world/possible-wreckage-spotted-in-search-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-raaf-plane-on-its-way-to-identify-objects/story-fndir2ev-1226859680610

Possible wreckage spotted in search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, RAAF plane on its way to identify objects 
This story was published: 8 minutes ago March 20, 2014 4:24PM

 ::snipping3::
Mr Young cautioned that the objects would be difficult to locate and may not even be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, which vanished en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 with 239 people on board.

“It’s probably the best lead we have right now but we have to get there, find them, see them, assess them, to know whether it’s really meaningful or not,’’ he said.

Reacting to the news, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the potential breakthrough gave reason for hope of a resolution to the crisis, but stressed the need to verify the claim.

“We have been very consistent. We want to verify, we want to corroborate,’’ Mr Hussein said

Mr Young said further images were expected after commercial satellites were redirected to take high resolution images of the areas of interest. “These will be provided in due course,” he said.

He cautioned against any hasty expectations of an outcome of the search because of unfavourable weather conditions.

“We may get a sighting, we may not. We may get it tomorrow, we may not,’’ he said. “But we will continue to do this until we locate those objects or we are convinced that we cannot find them.’’

He added: “I would advise that AMSA is doing it’s level best to find anyone that may have survived.”
 ::snipping3::
Mr Abbott said he had spoken to his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak and informed him of the developments.

But the PM insisted the task of locating the objects will be very difficult and they might not turn out to be related to the missing plane.

“We must keep in mind the task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370,” he said.

Malaysian authorities have asked Australia to take responsibility for the “southern vector’’ of the operation to locate the Boeing 777.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 01:39:04 AM
http://www.news.com.au/world/possible-wreckage-spotted-in-search-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-raaf-plane-on-its-way-to-identify-objects/story-fndir2ev-1226859680610

(http://media.news.com.au/nnd//8dcc57117e272048b933bb3c4f313529/desktop/assets/01.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 01:51:42 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/International/search-crews-objects-plane-search/story?id=22979627

Radar Hits of 'Significant Size' Registered in Indian Ocean: Flight Crew
March 20, 2014

A flight crew scouring the southern Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane tells ABC News that they're getting radar hits of "significant size," indicating something lurking below the water's surface.

ABC News' David Wright, on board the US Navy P-8 Poseidon, said the crew tells him the radar indicates "there is something down there."

It is still too early to tell if the radar hits are related to the missing plane, which was carrying 239 people when it disappeared on March 8.

The P-8 is among four aircraft and one merchant ship heading to a region off the coast of Australia after two objects that may be related to the plane were spotted by satellite, officials said Thursday.

Officials described the sighting as the best lead at this stage in the investigation. The updates have been deemed "credible enough to divert resources to this area," said John Young with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Emergency Response Division. The largest of the objects spotted on satellite is about 78 feet long, he said.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 02:33:17 AM
Continuous live updates

http://www.smh.com.au/national/missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-debris-found-in-search-for-mh370-says-australian-prime-minister-tony-abbott-20140320-354xz.html

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Debris found in search for MH370, says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
DateMarch 20, 2014 - 2:54PM

(http://images.smh.com.au/2014/03/20/5278907/MOR-newest-search-wide-20140320161227741384-620x349.jpg)
A map showing the chronology of search areas in the hunt for MH370. Photo: Andrew Meares

(http://images.smh.com.au/2014/03/20/5278759/art-johnyoung1-620x349.jpg)
Briefing the press: John Young. Photo: Andrew Mea


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 02:40:03 AM
Continuous live updates at the link

http://www.smh.com.au/national/missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-debris-found-in-search-for-mh370-says-australian-prime-minister-tony-abbott-20140320-354xz.html

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Debris found in search for MH370, says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
DateMarch 20, 2014 - 2:54PM

5:44pm Nicky Phillips: If the debris spotted off the coast of Perth is part of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 it is floating in the roughest part of the world, said an Australian oceanographer.

Chari Pattiaratchi, from the University of Western Australia, said the debris had been located close to the 'Roaring Forties', where the wind created giant swells and waves.

''You may have debris at the surface but the bulk of the aircraft would be at the bottom of the ocean,'' he said. ''It's very deep down there, about five kilometres,'' said Professor Pattiaratchi.

''Trying to get something out from five kilometres in the roughest part of the world is going to be extreme,'' he said.

The currents in the area move from west to east.

''So if it has been in the water for about 10 days it would have drifted about 300 to 400 kilometres to the east toward Perth," said Professor Pattiaratchi.

The debris would likely have been travelling about one nautical mile per hour, or one knot. ''If it keeps going it'll go to the south of Perth or south of Australia,'' he said.

The roaring forties are located forty degrees south, where there was almost no land to slow down the winds. These create strong, high waves and swell, he said.

The currents extend right through the water column because the area is so deep.

5:37pm Marissa Calligeros: The family of missing Queensland couple Bob and Cathy Lawton huddled around a television on Thursday afternoon fearing authorities would confirm the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had been found.

News that satellite images had detected possible debris from the plane, all but dashed their hopes their loved ones would be found alive.

Mr Lawton’s brother David Lawton declined to comment when contacted by Fairfax Media, saying only that he was at home with his extended family, having just watched a televised press conference about the discovery of two objects bobbing in waters off the Australian coast.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 12:10:12 PM
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26659951

20 March 2014 Last updated at 10:22 ET
Australia plane searchers investigate debris

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(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/73694000/jpg/_73694267_digo_00718_01_14.jpg)
Australian authorities said one of the objects was 24m in size

(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/73702000/jpg/_73702773_73702772.jpg)
The St Petersburg, a Norwegian merchant ship, was the first vessel to reach the area

Two Australian Orion aircraft searching the area on Thursday were joined later by aircraft from the US and New Zealand.

Amsa said the aircraft had covered an area of 23,000km² (14,000 square miles) but confirmed that they had found no debris. It said the search would resume on Friday.

The captain of the first Australian air force AP-3C Orion plane to return from the search area described the weather conditions as "extremely bad" with rough seas and high winds.

David Wright, an ABC News reporter who was on the P-8 Poseidon, said all the sophisticated plane had spotted was "a freighter and two pods of dolphins".

A Norwegian merchant ship, the St Petersburg, has also arrived in the area after responding to a shipping broadcast issued by Australia's rescue co-ordination centre.

It will be joined by an Australian naval vessel, HMAS Success, which is on its way to help with the search and Britain has also deployed HMS Echo, a coastal survey ship, to aid the operation.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 12:31:34 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/national/missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-debris-found-in-search-for-mh370-says-australian-prime-minister-tony-abbott-20140320-354xz.html

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Debris found in search for MH370, says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
DateMarch 20, 2014 - 2:54PM

12:42am: Just to recap the major developments from the search for the Boeing 777 operated by Malaysia Airlines as Flight MH370.
•Satellite images taken four days ago were analysed and confirmed, on Thursday, to show two pieces of debris that could be wreckage of the plane. One piece is approximately 24-metres long and the other 5-metres long.
•Two surveillance planes were sent to the region, which is roughly 2500km southwest of Perth, to locate the objects.
•The RAAF P-3 Orion and US Airforce P-8 Poseidon return to Perth without sighting the debris.
•Late on Thursday, Norwegian car carrier Höegh St Petersburg reaches area in southern Indian Ocean where possible debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane was spotted.
•Australian officials end search for possible objects from missing plane at midnight on Thursday.
•The search will resume at 5.30am Perth time
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 11:36:54 PM
http://www.news.com.au/world/search-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-resumes-in-southern-indian-ocean/story-fndir2ev-1226860748694

Search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 resumes in southern Indian Ocean 
This story was published: 30 minutes ago March 21, 2014 2:15PM

THE search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has been stepped up, with China sending three warships to join Australian, American, Norwegian and New Zealand efforts. 
 
Three Chinese warships are en route to the area where a satellite image showed two large objects floating about 2,300 kilometres southwest of Perth.

A fourth Chinese vessel, an icebreaker currently docked at Perth, may also join the search.

The satellite images — deemed the “best lead” in the mystery which has gripped the world for the past 14 days — have given fresh impetus to the search efforts.

“We will find it — I’m sure about that piece of it,” said Mike Yardley, an air commodore with New Zealand’s air force, which participated in yesterday’s search.

“The only reason we wouldn’t find it was that it has sunk,’’ he said of the large unidentified object spotted by the satellite.

“I’ve been on these missions before when it’s taken a few days to come across it.”

Four aircraft have been tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to focus on the 23,000 square kilometre search area, which is about 2500 kilometres southwest of Perth.

The first search plane set off from Perth at 6.15am local time (9.15am AEDT). It was expected to take four hours to reach the search area.

A civil Gulfstream jet and a second RAAF P3 Orion was due to leave at approximately 11am (AEDT), and a third RAAF P3 Orion at 1pm (AEDT).

The United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft is due to head to the search area at approximately 4pm (AEDT).

Their efforts have been bolstered by the arrival last night of the Norwegian car carrier, Hoegh St. Petersburg.

Another merchant ship is en route, as is HMAS Success, a Royal Australian Navy ship, which should reach the search area on Saturday.
 ::snipping3::
 


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2014, 11:56:15 PM
Updates every 90 seconds

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10710250/Malaysian-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysian Airlines MH370: live
2:15AM GMT 21 Mar 2014

Latest 
03.45 China is sending three warships to join the search for possible pieces of the missing plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

The ships are en route to the area where a satellite image showed two large objects floating about 1,500 miles west of Australia, the National Maritime Search and Rescue Center has said.

They have given no indication as to when they might arrive at the remote site, but earlier Chinese news reports said the ships – the Kunlunshan, the Haikou and the Qiandaohu – had previously been searching near the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

A fourth Chinese vessel, the icebreaker Snow Dragon, is in the western Australian port of Perth following a trip to Antarctica and might join the search.

02.15 Searching for the debris identified in satellite pictures has resumed, faced with difficult conditions and the fact it has likely moved since the images were recorded on March 16.

The immediate task will obviously be to find the debris in the first instanceTh, with the hope that then leads them to data and cockpit voice recorders.
(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02858/australia-search-m_2858929c.jpg)

Scientists have developed computer models to effectively play waves and winds backwards, allowing rescue workers to retrace the movements of debris to the site of a crash.
 ::snipping3::



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 21, 2014, 12:19:03 AM
http://www.news.com.au/world/search-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-resumes-in-southern-indian-ocean/story-fndir2ev-1226860748694

Malaysian Airlines MH370: live
This story was published: 20 minutes ago March 21, 2014 3:07PM

9 minutes ago

CHINA SENDS SHIPS TO SEARCH AREA

China is sending three warships to join the search for possible pieces of a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean, the government says.

The ships are on their way to the area where a satellite image showed two large objects floating about 2300 kilometres west of Australia, the National Maritime Search and Rescue Centre said on Friday.

It gave no indication when they might arrive at the remote site, but earlier Chinese news reports said the ships - the Kunlunshan, the Haikou and the Qiandaohu - were searching near the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The centre said a fourth Chinese vessel, the icebreaker Snow Dragon, is in the western Australian port of Perth following a trip to Antarctica and might join the search.

"Since the plane lost contact, our hearts have been with the lives of the people from different countries on board the plane, including 154 Chinese and six Australians," Xi was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

China thanked Australia for its help in the search in the southern Indian Ocean this week, the report said, where possible debris has been spotted by satellites.

Xi said full efforts should be made as long as there was a glimmer of hope, despite the difficulties searching the remote area.

Sarah Millar


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 21, 2014, 12:20:47 PM
http://time.com/33133/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-australia-missing-plane/

Latest Search for Missing Jet Comes Up Empty
6:42 AM ET

Australian and American authorities combing an area of the southern Indian Ocean that had offered promise of finding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 found nothing for a second straight day. The search will resume on Saturday

A second day of searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in a new area of the Indian Ocean has yielded nothing, an Australian official said Friday, dashing hopes of a quick find after the country spotted possible debris in satellite imagery and called it the “best lead” yet in the massive international hunt for a jet missing almost two weeks.

“The last report I have is that nothing of particular significance has been identified in the search today but the work will continue,” acting prime minister Warren Truss told reporters, the Associated Press reports.

His comments came a day after Australia touted “credible” evidence of what could be debris from the plane that vanished March 8 with 239 people aboard, pointing to two objects about 1,500 miles southwest of Australia, in the southern Indian Ocean. That prompted American and Australian search planes to comb the area, but after nothing was found Thursday or Friday, the search was expected to continue Saturday, with Chinese and Japanese aircraft set to arrive in the area.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 21, 2014, 12:51:44 PM
http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/world/malasyia-airlines-flight-370-nothing-spotted-in-second-day-of-indian-ocean-search

Malasyia Airlines Flight 370: Nothing spotted in second day of Indian Ocean search
By:  PERTH, Australia
Posted: 10:07 AM, Mar 21, 2014

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On Friday, five planes, including three P-3 Orions, made the trip. While search conditions had improved from Thursday, with much better visibility, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said there were no sightings of plane debris.

Searchers relied mostly on trained spotters aboard the planes scanning the ocean rather than radar because the use of radar found nothing during the first day of the search on Thursday, Australian officials said.

Going forward, the search will focus more on visual sightings because civilian aircraft are being brought in to participate. The military planes will continue to use both radar and spotters.

"Noting that we got no radar detections yesterday, we have replanned the search to be visual. So aircraft flying relatively low, very highly skilled and trained observers looking out of the aircraft windows and looking to see objects," said John Young, manager of the maritime safety authority's emergency response division.

Two Chinese aircraft are expected to arrive in Perth on Saturday to join the search, and two Japanese aircraft will be arriving Sunday, Truss said. A small flotilla of ships coming to Australia from China was still several days away.

"We are doing all that we can, devoting all the resources we can and we will not give up until all of the options have been exhausted," said Truss, who is acting prime minister while Tony Abbott is in Papua New Guinea.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 21, 2014, 04:00:07 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10714907/Revealed-the-final-54-minutes-of-communication-from-MH370.html

Revealed: the final 54 minutes of communication from MH370
By Jonathan Pearlman, Kuala Lumpur
5:00PM GMT 21 Mar 2014

The Telegraph has obtained the full communication record of MH370, including the crucial moments in the lead-up to the disappearance of the Boeing 777 and its 239 passengers. It reveals the messages relayed between the cockpit and air traffic controllers during the period when the plane is believed by investigators to have already been sabotaged.

As the search continues for possible wreckage of the aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean, the transcript marks a further piece of evidence in the baffling mystery of flight MH370. It shows that – according to numerous experts – the two-way banter between Fariq Abdul Hamid, the co-pilot, and air traffic controllers was “perfectly routine”.

Only two features stand out as potentially odd.

The first was a message delivered by the cockpit at 1.07am, saying that the plane was flying at a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. This message was unnecessary as it repeated a call that had already been delivered six minutes earlier.

Steve Landells, a former British Airways pilot who flew Boeing 777s, told The Telegraph that this second message was not required but he did not regard it as suspicious.

“It could be as simple as the pilot forgetting or not being sure that he had told air traffic controllers he had reached the altitude,” he said. “He might be reconfirming he was at 350 [35,000 feet]. It is not unusual. I wouldn’t read anything into it.”

The other odd feature, which is one of the reasons for suspicions that the plane’s disappearance was deliberate, was that its loss of communications and sharp turn westward occurred during the handover from air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur to those in Ho Chi Minh City.

Two minutes after the final message, the transponder was disabled.

“If I was going to steal the aeroplane, that would be the point I would do it,” Stephen Buzdygan, a former British Airways pilot who flew Boeing 777s, told The Telegraph.

“There might be a bit of dead space between the air traffic controllers … It was the only time during the flight they would maybe not have been able to be seen from the ground.”

But the run of messages between MH370 and the ground involved routine calls between the cockpit and air traffic controllers and gives no hint of the drama that was to follow. It is believed Hamid, as co-pilot, was the sole communicator.
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The Telegraph has repeatedly asked Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority and the office of Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak to confirm the communications record; only the prime minister's office responded, saying it would not release this data.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 21, 2014, 04:04:41 PM
http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/se-asia/story/missing-mh370-carried-lithium-ion-batteries-cargo-not-seen-dangerous-201

Missing MH370 carried lithium ion batteries as cargo but not seen as 'dangerous'
Published on Mar 21, 2014  6:35 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian authorities on Friday confirmed that the missing Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 was carrying some lithium ion batteries in its cargo hold but did not regard them as endangering safety because standard rules were observed in packing the batteries for transportation.

Lithium ion batteries - commonly used in laptops and mobile phones - are prone to overheating and have been known to burst into flames. But this is a relatively rare occurrence although it has prompted some instances of recall of such batteries.

In reply to a question during a press conference here on Friday, Malaysian officials said the cargo on board the missing plane was being investigated but authorities did not regard the lithium ion batteries as dangerous and standard rules were observed in packing the batteries for transportation.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 21, 2014, 04:09:53 PM
Live updates at the link

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10710250/Malaysian-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysian Airlines MH370: live
4:30PM GMT 21 Mar 2014

17.22 A woman leaves messages of support and hope for passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 in central Kuala Lumpur:

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02859/POTW-MH370_2859560c.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 22, 2014, 02:32:29 AM
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/missing-mh370-families-forced-hotel-ferrari-f1-team-n58821

First published March 21st 2014, 1:42 pm
12 hours ago
Missing MH370: Families Forced From Hotel By Ferrari F1 Team

LONDON - Grieving relatives of passengers on missing Flight 370 were forced to move out of their hotel Friday because it was booked by the Ferrari Formula One racing team competing in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone told NBC News the booking at the Cyberview Hotel in Kuala Lumpur would have been made long before the Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared two weeks ago.

More than a dozen Chinese family members, who traveled to the Malaysian capital to get updates on the search for the Boeing 777, were transferred to another hotel in the city by the airline on Friday.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 22, 2014, 02:36:48 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20140321-710315.html

March 21, 2014, 4:02 p.m. ET       
Malaysia Requests U.S. Consider Providing Undersea Surveillance Equipment In Search For Flight 370, Pentagon

Malaysia requested more U.S. assistance on Friday as the search for Flight 370 entered its third week.

In a phone call Friday morning with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein requested the U.S. consider providing some undersea surveillance equipment, according to a statement from Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

"Secretary Hagel assured Minister Hishammuddin that he would assess the availability and utility of military undersea technology for such a task and provide him an update in the very near future," Adm. Kirby said in the statement.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 22, 2014, 11:30:24 AM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-official-china-satellite-spots-object/

CBS/AP/March 22, 2014, 11:27 AM
Last Updated Mar 22, 2014 11:27 AM EDT
Malaysia: Satellite finds large object in plane search

(http://cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2014/03/22/260a8e7d-8baa-4f81-92b1-4644ac17909b/thumbnail/620x350/48262d4ca2dee15c63e1863a52b61484/china-satellite-image-305470.jpg)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A satellite image released by China on Saturday offered the latest sign that wreckage from a Malaysia Airlines plane lost for more than two weeks could be in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean where planes and ships have been searching for three days.

The image, showing an object 72 feet by 43 feet, was taken around noon Tuesday. The image location was about 75 miles south of where an an Australian satellite viewed two objects two days earlier. The larger object was about as long as the one the Chinese satellite detected.

"The news that I just received is that the Chinese ambassador received a satellite image of a floating object in the southern corridor and they will be sending ships to verify," Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters Saturday.

CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports from Perth, Australia, where the country's search flights are headquartered, that the Chinese government also said a smaller object roughly 40 feet in length was also seen.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 22, 2014, 02:24:35 PM
http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/new-clues-in-mh370-search-5871347

New clues in MH370 search
Published: 6:37AM Sunday March 23, 2014 Source: AP/ ONE News

While possible clues about the fate of a Malaysia Airlines jet missing for more than two weeks keep coming from satellite images, it was as frustrating as ever Saturday to turn that into actual sightings.

China released a satellite image showing an object floating in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean near where planes and ships have been crisscrossing since similar images from an Australian satellite emerged earlier in the week. China's image, showing an object that appeared to be 22 metres by 13 metres, was taken around noon Tuesday.
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Australian officials said the location was within the 36,000-square-kilometre area they searched on Saturday, but the object was not found. Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokeswoman Andrea Hayward-Maher said she did not know whether the precise coordinates of the location had been searched, but added that coordinators will use the information to refine the search area.

The authority, which is overseeing the search in the region, said a civil aircraft reported seeing a number of small objects in the search area, including a wooden pallet, but the Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion diverted to the location found only clumps of seaweed. The agency said in a statement that searchers would keep trying to determine whether the objects are related to the lost plane.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 22, 2014, 08:29:21 PM
Updates--Saturday, March 22, 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10710250/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-March-22-as-it-happened.html
Malaysia Airlines MH370: March 22 as it happened
8:32AM GMT 22 Mar 2014

19.25 Here is the full AMSA statement on the results of today's search and plans for tomorrow:

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority search operation for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has concluded for today. 

During Saturday’s search activities a civil aircraft tasked by AMSA reported sighting a number of small objects with the naked eye, including a wooden pallet, within a radius of five kilometres. 

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion aircraft with specialist electro-optic observation equipment was diverted to the location, arriving after the first aircraft left but only reported sighting clumps of seaweed. 

The RNZAF Orion dropped a datum marker buoy to track the movement of the material. A merchant ship in the area has been tasked to relocate and seek to identify the material. 

The search area experienced good weather conditions on Saturday with visibility of around 10 kilometres and moderate seas. 

The Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, two chartered civil aircraft and two merchant ships supported Saturday’s search effort in a 36,000 square kilometre search area in the Australian Search and Rescue Region. 

Since AMSA assumed coordination of the search on Monday 17 March, 15 sorties have been flown and more than 150 hours of air time has been committed by the air crews to the task. 

Four military aircraft assisted in today’s search, as well as two ultra-long range jets. Ten State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from Western Australia were tasked as air observers today, along with two AMSA mission coordinators on the civilian aircraft. AMSA runs a training program across the country to train SES volunteers in air observation for land and sea searches. 

The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Success has arrived in the search area. Two merchant ships are also in the search area. 

The search will resume tomorrow and further attempts will be made to establish whether the objects sighted are related to MH370. 

This evening China provided a satellite image to Australia possibly showing a 22.5 metre floating object in the southern Indian Ocean. AMSA has plotted the position and it falls within Saturday’s search area. The object was not sighted on Saturday. 

AMSA will take this information into account in tomorrow’s search plans.

18.08 AMSA has released this map showing the locations of both the initial search area and of the latest sighting:

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02860/map_2860345c.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 22, 2014, 08:46:03 PM
Updates--Saturday, March 22, 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10710250/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-March-22-as-it-happened.html
Malaysia Airlines MH370: March 22 as it happened
8:32AM GMT 22 Mar 2014

Latest

19.49 We're wrapping up our live coverage of today's developments in the search for MH370. We leave you with our latest report Malaysia Airlines MH370: Investigators focus probe on 'deliberate act' by pilots.

19.30 Dr John Blaxland, a senior fellow from Australian National University, has told Chinese state news agency Xinhua that if the measures of the latest object are correct, it could be a wing: 

Dr. Blaxland, from ANU's Strategic and Defense Studies Center, said if the measurements of 22 meters long and 13 meters wide are correct, they are more consistent with a wing of a Boeing 777 airliner.

Asked about whether the newly spotted object would be the one spotted in an earlier satellite image, Blaxland said they don't seem to be the same object. 

"It's similar shaped, but if the measurements (are correct), then this is slightly wider," he said. ... 

The object is said to be 120 km west to the object spotted by American satellite on March 16 which has formed the basis for the current search operation coordinated by Australia. 

Blaxland said if that is the case, then the two objects are " highly unlikely" to be the same object or the two wings of the same plane because the ocean current is from west to east. 

But in a later email reply to Xinhua, Blaxland said this picture suggests the new imagery is not to the west but in the south of the area currently being patrolled. 

"That changes things as it is quite possible that the currents would move, in a swirling pattern, to move the object further south in to the area. If that is the case, then this very well may be the first new evidence of the same object identified on March 16. If that is the case. Tomorrow's surveillance flights will most likely be redirected onto this area," he said.
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Link to their "latest report Malaysia Airlines MH370: Investigators focus probe on 'deliberate act' by pilots."  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10716630/MH370-Investigators-focus-probe-on-deliberate-act-by-pilots.html




Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 22, 2014, 11:31:34 PM
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/patience-of-relatives-of-missing-malaysian-flight-passengers-running-out/1/350752.html

Patience of relatives of missing Malaysian flight passengers running out
Reuters  Kuala Lumpur, March 23, 2014 | UPDATED 08:39 IST

At a sprawling hotel complex in Beijing, the relatives rise each morning and eat breakfast - at least those who can muster the appetite - before attending a briefing on the missing plane. Then follows another long day of watching the news and waiting, before an evening briefing that inevitably offers little more information.

Amid the many theories and scant and often dubious, contradictory and disavowed findings, the relatives' patience has at times worn thin.

Following a brief meeting Saturday with Malaysia Airlines and Malaysian government officials, impatience turned to anger as relatives erupted in shouts of "We want to know what the reality is," and "Give us back our loved ones."

"The family members are extremely indignant," read a statement issued by relatives following the meeting. "We believe we have been strung along, kept in the dark and lied to by the Malaysian government."

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein called on "all parties to be understanding during this extraordinary and difficult time," and said officials would "do everything in our power" to keep the relatives informed.

"I'm psychologically prepared for the worst and I know the chances of them coming back alive are extremely small," said Nan Jinyan, sister-in-law of missing passenger Yan Ling, a 29-year-old engineer who had worked for the last four years at a company that designs equipment for heart patients.

Like many of the relatives, Nan said that her helpless feelings were worsened by being almost entirely dependent on the media for news, and that she was deeply unhappy with what she called the vague and often contradictory information coming from Malaysia Airlines.

"If they can't offer something firm, they ought to just shut up," said Nan, who is representing the family as well as Yan's 23-year-old girlfriend.

Nan said Yan traveled frequently and had not talked about the Malaysia trip with his family, who come from the eastern province of Jiangsu.

"The last time he talked to us was about half a month before this happened. He travels quite frequently on business trips anyway, so we don't chat about his business trips on the phone," Nan said.

Volunteer psychologist Paul Yin, who has worked with some of the relatives, said not knowing the fate of their loved ones was preventing them from confronting their grief.

"When there is uncertainty for several days, people go from hope to despair, and back again, making it impossible to bring final healing," Yin said.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 05:59:10 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

12 HRs ago  Update
France Sends Satellite Images in Search for Flight 370 to Malaysia

By Jake Maxwell Watts and Gaurav Raghuvanshi

Malaysia received satellite images from French authorities of possible objects that could be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and has passed them to Australian search teams.
 The images were received Sunday morning and were of possible objects in the southern corridor, Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport said in an emailed statement.
 The so-called southern corridor is one of two possible locations investigators believe the Boeing 777-200 jet could have passed through after it disappeared more than two weeks ago.
 As of Sunday afternoon, Australian search teams had not made any fresh sightings of floating objects in the Southern Indian Ocean that could have come from the plane, according to the statement.
 Some search flights from Malaysia’s Subang airport to the area were canceled on Sunday due to a tropical cyclone, the statement said but didn’t give details.
 A P8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft and a C130 transport from India left Subang to join the search effort, it said.
 Two Japanese P3 Orions left for Perth from Subang airport. In addition, two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 transport aircraft arrived in Perth to join the search from Monday morning, according to the statement.
 Meanwhile, a high-level delegation from Malaysia briefed families of Chinese passengers on Flight 370 for more than six hours in Beijing. More than 150 of 227 passengers on the missing plane are Chinese.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 06:04:01 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

8 HRs ago  Update
Australian Government Press Release:


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has released the following statement:

Media Enquiries: 1300 624 633

23rd March, 2014: 2330 (AEDT)

Search operation for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Update 12

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) search operation for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has concluded for today.

There were no sightings of significance.

The search area experienced early sea fog particularly in the western areas, however conditions improved during the day.

A total of eight aircraft and HMAS Success supported today’s search effort in a cumulative 59,000 square kilometre search area across two search areas within the Australian Search and Rescue Region south-west of Perth.

The western boundary of the current search area is located 2500km from Perth.

Four civil ultra-long range jets chartered by AMSA and four military aircraft from Australian and the US
 were involved in today’s search together with the HMAS Success.

Twenty State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from Western Australia were tasked as air observers today on board the civil aircraft. Each civil aircraft had five SES air observers on board, as well as an AeroRescue Aviation Mission Coordinator. Aerorescue is AMSA’s contracted provider of dedicated
 search and rescue services from locations across Australia.

The search will resume tomorrow. Chinese military Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft and Japanese P-3C aircraft will join the search on Monday.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 06:07:20 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

6 HRs ago  Update
French Satellite Images Place Possible Debris West of Previous Sightings

By Jake Maxwell Watts and Chun Han Wong

Satellite images provided by French authorities of possible debris from a missing Malaysian jet placed the objects in the southern Indian Ocean roughly 600 kilometers west of those previously reported by Australia, the chief of Malaysia’s civil-aviation authority said Sunday.

Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, however, told The Wall Street Journal that he wasn’t immediately aware of the size of the objects seen in satellite images provided by French authorities to Malaysia on Sunday morning.

Officials have not released any information about the French images, which is the third set of satellite photographs of possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that vanished early on March 8 while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard.

Malaysia’s transport ministry said in a statement Sunday that it had passed details of the French sighting to Australian authorities who are searching the southern Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Boeing 777 jet. It didn’t provide any further details on this reported sighting.

Both Malaysian and Australian officials have called recent satellite images “credible,” a cautious vote of confidence in a search that has to date turned up no conclusive evidence of the aircraft’s fate.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 06:12:53 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

1 HR ago  Update
Breaking: ‘Nothing of Note’ Yet Found


• Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says “nothing of note” yet found in MH370 search

• Australia’s Warren Truss says 10 aircraft to search today, including Chinese for first time

• Australia’s Truss says weather expected to deteriorate

• Truss says search area of 68,000 sq kms to be searched Monday

• Australia’s Truss says southern search is international effort, but “Australia obviously has control of the search”.

• Truss says “first critical point” in whether to continue search will be a month operational capacity of aircraft black box


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 06:16:21 PM
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11224831

Flight MH370: Pilot's last phone call
3:47 PM Sunday Mar 23, 2014

The captain of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 received a two-minute call shortly before take-off from a mystery woman using a mobile phone number obtained under a false identity.

It was one of the last calls made to or from the mobile of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah in the hours before his Boeing 777 left Kuala Lumpur 16 days ago.

Investigators are treating it as potentially significant because anyone buying a pay-as-you-go SIM card in Malaysia has to fill out a form giving their identity card or passport number.

Introduced as an anti-terrorism measure following 9/11, this ensures that every number is registered to a traceable person.

But in this case police traced the number to a shop selling SIM cards in Kuala Lumpur.

They found that it had been bought 'very recently' by someone who gave a woman's name - but was using a false identity.

The discovery raises fears of a possible link between Captain Zaharie, 53, and terror groups whose members routinely use untraceable SIM cards. Everyone else who spoke to the pilot on his phone in the hours before the flight took off has already been interviewed.

In a separate development, The Mail on Sunday has learned that investigators are now poised to question Captain Shah's estranged wife in detail.

They have waited two weeks out of respect, but will now begin formally interviewing Faizah Khan following pressure from FBI agents assisting the inquiry.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 06:42:17 PM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303949704579456872074009460?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303949704579456872074009460.html

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: U.S., U.K. Deeply Involved in Sparking Indian Ocean Search
Intelligence Agencies Supplied Satellite Images, Analysis That Launched Effort
March 23, 2014 1:07 p.m. ET

(http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/BN-CB026_malpro_G_20140322145848.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 08:10:27 PM
The Telegraph --

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10716042/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-March-21-as-it-happened.html
Malaysia Airlines MH370: March 21 as it happened

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10710250/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-March-22-as-it-happened.html
Malaysia Airlines MH370: March 22 as it happened

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10717049/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html
Malaysia Airlines MH370: March 23 as it happened


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 08:30:14 PM
Automatically update every 90 seconds--March 24, 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live
By Bonnie Malkin, Harriet Alexander
12:00AM GMT 24 Mar 2014


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 08:34:46 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

1 HR ago  Update
Chinese Military Aircraft to Join Indian Ocean Hunt


By Rob Taylor

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said 10 planes–including, for the first time, Chinese military aircraft–would resume Monday the Indian Ocean hunt for clues to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The two Chinese military Ilyushin IL-76 planes would search an area where a large object was identified by a Chinese satellite Saturday.

“It is a very difficult task. Today we expect the weather to deteriorate,” Mr. Truss said. “The search area is very large today, around 68,000 square kilometers. That’s a lot of water to look for a tiny object.” The area is equal to about 26,000 square miles.

Mr. Truss said satellite images provided by French authorities of possible debris were outside the zone identified as the most likely area to search for the missing jet.

“Having said that, we’ve got to check out all the options. We still don’t know for certain that the aircraft is even in this area,” he said. “We are, I guess, clutching at whatever little piece of information comes along to try and find a place where we might be able to try and concentrate the efforts.”

The French satellite images placed the objects in the southern Indian Ocean roughly 370 miles west of the area where the search is now focused, according to Malaysia’s civil-aviation authority.

Asked whether there was a timeline on when the multinational search could be abandoned, Mr. Truss said the one-month operating life of the Boeing 777-200’s so-called black box flight data recording unit would be a natural point for reassessment.

The plane, carrying 239 people, went missing on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing.

Civil and military aircraft from Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., China and Japan are assisting in Monday’s search.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 09:40:08 PM
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/malaysias-unwillingness-to-release-the-full-cargo-manifest-from-missing-flight-mh370-will-hamper-the-search-effort/story-fnizu68q-1226863022091

Malaysia’s unwillingness to release the full cargo manifest from missing Flight MH370 will hamper the search effort 
This story was published:  1 hour ago March 24, 2014 11:27AM

MALAYSIA’S continuing refusal to share the cargo manifest for Flight MH370 with an Australian-led search and rescue operation will hamper the effort to find the missing aircraft, an aviation expert says. 
 
It is part of mounting concerns about the way in which Malaysian authorities have handled the search for the missing aircraft as it enters its third week.

Strategic Aviation Solutions chairman Neil Hansford said it also suggests Malaysian authorities are not being fully transparent about what the Boeing 777-200ER, which disappeared on March 8 an hour into a journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, was carrying.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2014, 11:19:34 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/03/23/could-the-search-for-the-missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-have-gone-much-faster/?tid=pm_pop

Could the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have gone much faster?
By Simon Denyer and Jia Lynn Yang   
March 23 at 1:29 pm

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Compared to the first week, the progress since March 18 has been blazing (if investigators are indeed on the right track). You can see below how quickly searchers have begun narrowing down their target area, each day following where they think ocean currents are moving debris.

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2014/03/Australia-latest-map.jpg)



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 12:05:11 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live

Latest

04.10 Tom Phillips, our correspondent in Shanghai, has a bit more detail on the sighting:

That sighting seems to have been made by a Chinese IL-76 aircraft which took off from Perth earlier today. It is flying in an area around

2,500 km west of Perth, says Xinhua, which has a reporter on board. The plane is flying at a height of just over 1,000 ft.

China has sent two of these IL-76 planes to the search zone.

04.05 Breaking news from Chinese news agency Xinhua:

FLASH: CHINESE AIRBORNE MH370 SEARCHERS FIND SUSPICIOUS OBJECTS IN S. INDIAN OCEAN


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 12:17:07 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live

Latest

04.23 Xinhua says the "white and square" objects were spotted by searchers aboard a Chinese Ilyushin-76 plane.

"The crew has reported the coordinates - 95.1113 degrees east and 42.5453 south - to the Australian command centre as well as Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, which is en route to the sea area."


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 12:44:40 AM
http://www.firstpost.com/world/malaysia-live-chinese-plane-spots-possible-debris-in-search-area-1424627.html

Malaysia Live: Chinese plane spots possible debris in search area
by Arun George 15 mins ago

9.50 am: China says Chinese plane spots object in area where satellite images indicated possible debris

An Associated Press news alert has said that a Chinese plane has spotted an object in the area where satellite images indicated possible debris from MH370. The search area was expanded after images from a French satellite, which showed possible debris nearly 850 kilometers (530 miles) north of the previous search zone.

China's state news agency says a Chinese plane crew has spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner.

Xinhua News agency says the crew aboard the IL-76 plane spotted the object in the southern Indian Ocean search area on Monday.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 01:11:12 AM
http://www.startribune.com/world/251749391.html

Chinese plane spots object in Indian Ocean as US moves black box locator in search of jet
 Article by: ROB GRIFFITH , Associated Press
 Updated: March 24, 2014 - 12:00 AM
 
PERTH, Australia — A Chinese plane crew spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner, China's media said Monday, while the United States prepared to move a specialized device that can locate black boxes into the region.

The crew aboard an IL-76 plane sighted the object in the southern Indian Ocean search area on Monday and reported the coordinates to the Australian command center, which is coordinating the multinational search, as well as the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon, which is en route to the area, Xinhua News Agency reported.

No further details were immediately given. Satellite images from Australia and China had earlier identified possible debris in the area that may be linked to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8 with 239 people aboard.

The U.S. Pacific command said it was sending a black box locator in case a debris field is located. The Towed Pinger Locator, which is pulled behind a vessel at slow speeds, has highly sensitive listening capability so that if the wreck site is located, it can hear the black box pinger down to a depth of about 20,000 feet (6,100 meters), Cmdr. Chris Budde, a U.S. Seventh Fleet operations officer, said in a statement.

"This movement is simply a prudent effort to preposition equipment and trained personnel closer to the search area so that if debris is found we will be able to respond as quickly as possible since the battery life of the black box's pinger is limited," Budde said.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 01:39:23 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live
By Bonnie Malkin, Harriet Alexander
4:10AM GMT 24 Mar 2014

Latest
05.22 China has diverted its icebreaker ship, the Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, toward the location where the debris was spotted.

05.10 Australian search authorities have said they have been advised about objects spotted by Chinese aircraft hunting for any sign of a missing Malaysian airliner and will be trying to locate them in the remote southern Indian Ocean.

Official Chinese news agency Xinhua earlier reported the crew of a IL-76 aircraft spotted two "relatively big" floating objects and several smaller white ones dispersed over several kilometres.

"AMSA advised about reported objects sighted by Chinese aircraft. Reported objects in today's search area. Attempts will be made to relocate," the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said on its Twitter feed.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tibrogargan on March 24, 2014, 07:00:18 AM
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/new-objects-spotted-in-search-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-says-tony-abbott/story-fnizu68q-1226863596129

New objects spotted in search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, says Tony Abbott

 41 minutes ago March 24, 2014 9:29PM

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says two “objects” have been located by a RAAF P3 Orion in the search for Flight MH370.

Mr Abbott told Parliament the first object was grey or green and circular and the second was orange and rectangular.

HMAS Success is in the vicinity, about 2500km south-west of Perth, and hopes to be there within hours to recover the objects.

Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport Hishammuddin Hussein told a media conference tonight that the new objects had not yet been identified or linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

“Two orange objects, approximately one metre in length, and one white-coloured drum were sighted by search aircraft, but remain unidentified and have not been conclusively linked to MH370,” he said.

“HMAS Success detected two radar targets within the search area but could not locate the targets on further investigation of the area.

“Earlier today a Chinese search plane reportedly sighted objects within the Australian search area. These objects are not in the vicinity of those that were identified by Australian authorities last week.

“A few minutes ago the (Malaysian) Prime Minister received a call from the Prime Minister of Australia who informed him that an Australian search aircraft had located two objects in the Australian search area – one circular and one rectangular.

 ::snipping3::



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 24, 2014, 09:36:16 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/24/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/
Malaysian Prime Minister to speak on search for Flight 370
March 24, 2014

(CNN) -- Malaysia's Prime Minister will make a live statement on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at 10 p.m. (10 a.m. ET), he said Monday on Twitter.
Prime Minister Najib Razak did not give any details of the statement.
Also, two relatives of passengers aboard the missing airliner tell CNN they have been asked to attend a meeting at a Beijing hotel where Malaysian authorities have been briefing families.
The developments happened the same day as Australian officials announced they had spotted two objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could be related to the flight, which has been missing since March 8 with 239 people aboard.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 10:07:16 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live
10:17AM GMT 24 Mar 2014

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najab Razak

Latest

14.09 Here is the full statement from Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on investigators' conclusion that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean and that no one on board survived:

PM NAJIB RAZAK’S PRESS STATEMENT ON MH370

This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path.

Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 10:29:56 AM
 ::MonkeyAngel::   ::MonkeyTears::

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live
10:17AM GMT 24 Mar 2014

Latest
14.27 Our correspondent Jonathan Pearlman reports from Kuala Lumpur on the confirmation that MH370 has been lost in the southern Indian Ocean:

The search for MH370 is over - and hopes for survivors crushed - after the plane was confirmed to have crashed in the south Indian Ocean.

Following a seventeen-day global hunt to locate the vanished aircraft, Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, confirmed the worst fears of the families of the 239 passengers.

Mr Najib confirmed that the plane ended its baffling eight-hour flight in the deep, remote waters of the Indian Ocean, about 1500 miles from Perth.

The cause of the crash remains a mystery.

A 26-nation search has focussed on a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean after satellites from the United States, China and France all detected floating objects believed to be debris from the plane. In recent days, numerous objects have been spotted floating in the water.

Malaysian authorities were preparing to brief families of the passengers - most of whom were Chinese – in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.

14.22 The operation to retrieve the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines MH370, using the various physical and satellite sightings over the past week. Here's a graphic showing the locations of the detected objects:

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14.20 Beijing authorities are providing medical assistance to relatives at the Lido Hotel, where some have collapsed at the news that the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean:

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Relatives react to the news that there are no survivors from MH370

14.18 Watch the press conference with Najib Razak, the Malaysian prime minister, as he announces that MH370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean:  ::snipping3::

( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrOZwcwoqZ0 )


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 24, 2014, 12:31:15 PM
So many unanswered questions.

 ::MonkeyNoNo::

+++++

Malaysia PM says satellite data indicates missing jetliner went down in Indian Ocean
Published March 24, 2014


A new analysis of satellite data in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 indicates that the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday.

Razak said during a news conference that he was briefed by the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch about data calculations conducted by British satellite company Inmarsat.

“Based on their new analysis … MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth,” Razak said. “This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, that flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

<snipped>

"Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived," the airline said in a text message to the families, according to The Telegraph.

In a statement posted on Malaysia Airlines' website, the company said it offers its "sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy."

Razak said authorities will be holding another press conference Tuesday with further details about the satellite data analysis.

<snipped>

Malaysian authorities have not ruled out any possible explanation for what happened to the jet, but have said the evidence so far suggests it was deliberately turned back across Malaysia to the Strait of Malacca, with its communications systems disabled. They are unsure what happened next.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/03/24/malaysia-pm-says-data-indicates-missing-jetliner-went-down-in-indian-ocean/

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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 24, 2014, 03:00:47 PM
So very, very sad.   ::MonkeyTears:: 


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 07:23:28 PM
So very, very sad.   ::MonkeyTears:: 

It's heartbreaking news.  ::MonkeyTears::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 07:30:10 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

13 MINS AGO Update
Australia Suspends Search for Weather
By Rob Taylor

CANBERRA, Australia–Australian authorities suspended the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 due to poor weather on Tuesday, damping hopes that objects spotted earlier by air crews would support the conclusion that the plane was lost in the southern Indian Ocean.

The 24-hour suspension followed the assessment by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, or AMSA, that continuing to search in gale winds and 4-meter sea swells was too dangerous.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 10:22:41 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live
By Hannah Strange, Arron Merat, and Bonnie Malkin
1:30AM GMT 25 Mar 2014

Latest
02.08 Tony Abbott, the Australian prime minister, has made some comments about the news that the plane has been declared lost with all onboard. Speaking in Canberra, he said it has been a "desperately difficult time" for thousands of people, particularly in China and Malaysia. He said Australia would welcome the families of any of the victims that want to come to Australia as the search for the wreckage continues.

01.40 Here is the striking and sombre front page of the New Straits Times from today.

01.00 Tom Phillips, our correspondent in China reports:

 CCTV is reporting live from the Lido hotel in Beijing this morning. That is where many furious and distraught Chinese relatives of Flight 370's missing passengers recieved the news last night that authorities believed nobody could possibly have survived. 

The CCTV reporter says families there are now already gathering to watch a live feed of this morning's scheduled press conference in Kuala Lumpur by Malaysia's Prime Minister. 

Some people are demanding the Malaysian ambassador comes to their hotel while others are already vowing to take "action" and receiving legal advice, CCTV says. 

00.20 Warren Truss, Australia's deputy PM, has said that the Malaysian government will take over the investigation in the southern Indian Ocean for lost flight MH370, according to a report by Australian Associated Press. Mr Truss said confirmation by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak that the plane had crashed killing all on board moved the investigation into a new phase, with Malaysia taking control under the Chicago Convention on international civil aviation.

 “The announcement by the Prime Minster that Malaysia believes that the aircraft is lost and that there will be no survivors does move the search to a new phase,” he said. 

“It moves it to a stage where we are now investigating an accident, a loss of an aircraft and some new decisions will have to be taken now about the direction of future operations. 

“Malaysia needs to take control under the Chicago convention of those investigations. 

Mr Truss said the HMAS Success had been in the area of ocean where sightings potentially related to MH370 had been made but officers had not recovered a single piece that might be associated with the aircraft. 

He said the Malaysian government's announcement was based purely on the satellite imagery and calculations available “so it’s really a long, long way away before much can be done by way of physical examination”. 

"It’s still important for us to try and find as much of the aircraft as possible. 

“The ideal would obviously be to locate as much of the wreckage as possible. 

“That will require sophisticated equipment, some of which we do not have in Australia. 

“It is also a priority to recover the flight box recorder on the aircraft. 

“Again, we don’t believe we will have the technology to be able to work at those depths and to be able to recover the equipment, so we’ll need assistance from countries like the US to actually be able to undertake that kind of an operation.”


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 10:29:18 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
47 MINs ago Update
Australian Prime Minister Says Search to Resume As Soon As Possible

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday that a search of the southern Indian Ocean for possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 would resume “as soon as possible” after poor weather grounded aircrews earlier Tuesday.

Australia’s Defense Minister David Johnston said flying conditions had been declared unsafe, with a cold front bringing strong winds and ocean swells moving through the region over the next 12 hours. The Australian military vessel, HMAS Success, is traveling south to avoid the rough conditions.

“Our condolences to the people of all of the countries who have lost friends , relatives, loved ones in the MH370 tragedy,” Mr. Abbott told reporters, promising to make welcome the families of people on the plane if they chose to go to Australia to await the recovery of any debris from the plane.

“This has been a desperately difficult time for thousands and thousands of people right across the globe, particularly in China, but also in Malaysia,” the prime minister said. “I understand that the loved ones of those on that plane may well wish to come to Australia in coming days and weeks. They will find a welcoming country that is more than willing to embrace them in this difficult time.”

Australia’s Defence Minister David Johnston said it wasn’t yet clear where any wreckage from Flight 370 would be processed by investigators. He expected that the recovery vessels would first return to Fremantle port to refuel, before Australian authorities made a decision on how to proceed in cooperation with Malaysia and international air safety authorities.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 24, 2014, 10:38:27 PM
 ::MonkeyAngel::

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/family-of-texas-man-aboard-flight-370-comes-to-grips-with-loss/
Family of Texas man aboard Flight 370 comes to grips with loss
March 24, 2014

KELLER, Texas - The family of a North Texas man who was aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is coming to grips with Malaysia's announcement that the missing plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean with no hope of survivors.

Philip Wood was one of three Americans on board the flight, which disappeared March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. The other two U.S. citizens have been identified as Nicole Meng, 4, and 2-year-old Yan Zhang.
Wood, an IBM executive, had been living in Beijing and was planning to relocate to the Malaysian capital with his girlfriend, Sarah Bajc. He had two sons, one a recent graduate of Texas A&M University and the other a sophomore there.
Bajc said in an email that she was disturbed that no confirmed wreckage has been found, but that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's announcement was allowing her to begin to grieve after an agonizing, 17-day wait.

"I need closure to be certain but cannot keep on with public efforts against all odds. I STILL feel his presence, so perhaps it was his soul all along," she wrote. "It looks like the first phase of our mission has ended. Now Philip's family and I will need some time for private grief."
In Texas, Wood's younger brother told CBS station KTVT that the family is accepting the sad news and relying on their Christian faith to help them through their grief.
 ::snipping3::

He said the family will not travel overseas and is instead planning a local memorial service for Philip Wood.
After Flight 370 disappeared, the family set up a Facebook page titled "Finding Philip Wood," which has been flooded with messages of support.
In a post Monday, the family said: "Our collective hearts are hurting now. Please lift all the loved ones of MH370 with your good thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your continued support and for being our inspiration."

Wood's family told CBS Dallas that if there is anything good to came out of this tragedy, it's the kindness of people -- even strangers -- during such a tough time.

The family says they hope the plane's black box is recovered so that they can learn more about what happened during the flight's final minutes.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 10:52:44 PM
Uh, oh... update and tweet

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live
1:30AM GMT 25 Mar 2014

Latest
02.44 Malcolm Moore, our correspondent in Beijing, reports that a big group of relatives has just streamed out of the hotel, carrying placards and wearing t-shirts saying "Save MH370" and they are heading for the Malaysian embassy by bus

MalcolmMoore malcolmmoore
The relatives are on their way to Malaysian embassy, with about 50-60 police waiting MH370 http://t.co/1CsNOK8vkT
About eight minutes ago via iOS


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 11:26:03 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live
By Hannah Strange, Arron Merat, and Bonnie Malkin
1:30AM GMT 25 Mar 2014

Latest
03.30 Here is more from Malcolm on the protest by families of the passengers:

MalcolmMoore malcolmmoore
3-4 public buses, with police on board, are ferrying relatives to the Malaysia Embassy MH370
About 49 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 11:52:03 PM
March 25, 2014 Tweets (Beijing)

https://twitter.com/janisctv

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 4m 
Protest by families of #MH370 passengers with placards demanding truth, justice, information. pic.twitter.com/mZ7bAE2jEt

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bji1hzBCIAEWakk.jpg)


Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 5m 
Police yelling now. #MH370 protest coming.

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 6m 
Police pushing us & others down closed street. This appears organized/sanctioned. #MH370 families getting near Malaysia embassy on foot.

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 17m 
PLA guards out too at Malaysia embassy in Beijing waiting for #MH370 families to protest lack of info about flight. pic.twitter.com/W1AlGGjByI

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjiyW1gCIAAtyI5.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2014, 11:54:59 PM
March 25, 2014 Tweets (Beijing)

https://twitter.com/janisctv

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 1m 
#MH370 families now beyond barricade and lines of guards. Media not allowed. Protestors carrying placards & chanting. Rare sight in China.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 25, 2014, 12:01:27 AM
March 25, 2014 Tweets (Beijing)

https://twitter.com/janisctv

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 3m 
#MH370 families chanting for Malaysian diplomats to come out and face them. More police heading to area cordoned off for protest.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 25, 2014, 12:18:28 AM
March 25, 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live

Latest
04.20 Defence minister David Johnston is speaking in Perth thanking crews and teams involved in the search.

"This is an amazing example of international cooperation especially between militaries," he says.

But he has reiterated that there has been no physical confirmation that the items spotted in the sea relate to the missing plane.

"Until we recover and positively identify a piece of debris, everything is speculation."



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 25, 2014, 12:31:23 AM
March 25, 2014 Tweets (Beijing)

https://twitter.com/janisctv

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 1m 
Some #MH370 relatives now in media throng. Police pulling some cameramen away. Now a stretcher with woman being wheeled past.

Retweeted by Janis Mackey Frayer
China Xinhua News ‏@XHNews  · 3m 
China demands Malaysia to provide satellite data about MH370   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8vvJ1JF_FI&feature=youtube_gdata …

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 2m 
“@STForeignDesk: Increasing number of apparent leads but definitive evidence of debris is still missing: Malaysia Airlines #MH370”
 View conversation     

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 5m 
As #MH370 families protest in Beijing, Malaysia Airlines says the recovery process of plane's wreckage "may be even more complex”.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 25, 2014, 12:38:10 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live

Latest
04.35 Malaysian authorities are now giving a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, defending the way in which they broke news that the flight was now considered to be lost to the families of passengers. The Malaysia Airlines group chief executive said text messages were used "as a last resort".

He goes on to detail how 900 relatives are being supported by the airline, including financial assistance.

"We don't know why, we don't know how this terrbile tragedy happened, but the Malaysia Airlines family are all praying for the passengers and crew of MH370."

04.26 Air Marshal Mark Binskin, vice chief of the defence force, says he hopes the weather will improve in the coming days.

"This is a highly complex search, it will develop in the coming days."


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 25, 2014, 12:43:04 AM
March 25, 2014 Tweets (Beijing)

https://twitter.com/janisctv

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 1m 
Protestors near Malaysia embassy in Beijing wearing t-shirts that say, "Pray for MH370". #MH370

Retweeted by Janis Mackey Frayer
China Xinhua News ‏@XHNews  · 5m 
Malaysia Airlines says ready to offer additional payment for relatives as MH370 search continues

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 5m 
Australia will only grant visas to families of #MH370 passengers when the evidence is recovered: Malaysia Airlines

Janis Mackey Frayer ‏@janisctv  · 8m 
A lot of media but far more police. Everyone pushed back as some #MH370 relatives wade into throng near Malaysia embassy in Beijing.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 25, 2014, 01:36:28 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/world/asia/malaysia-flight-370.html?_r=0

Malaysia Releases Details of Last Contact With Missing Plane
MARCH 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Malaysian authorities released new details on Tuesday of the last satellite communications by Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, even as furious family members and friends of the plane’s passengers broke through police lines in Beijing and marched to the Malaysian Embassy.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 25, 2014, 01:43:57 PM
http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2014/03/25/how-investigators-used-the-doppler-effect-to-trace-flight-370/

Mar 25, 2014  Southeast Asia
How Investigators Used the Doppler Effect to Trace Flight 370

Teachers point to the difference in how a locomotive engine sounds when it’s coming closer and when it’s moving away to explain “Doppler Effect.”

Now, that principle expounded by Austrian physicist Christian Doppler – that frequency rises when the source is moving closer and falls when it’s moving away – has been used for the first time to determine where Malaysia Airlines3786.KU -2.13% Flight 370 went.

All modern aircraft are able to communicate with ground stations via satellite. If the ground station doesn’t hear from an aircraft for an hour, it transmits a “log on/log off” message, sometimes referred to as a “ping,” using the plane’s unique identifier.  If the aircraft receives the identifier, it returns a short message indicating that it is still logged on.  This process is described as a “handshake” and takes place automatically.

As the position of the satellite is known, the time that it takes the signal to be sent and received via the satellite to the ground station can be used to establish the distance of the aircraft from the satellite.

Such information was used to generate two arcs of possible positions from which investigators established that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane flew along either a northern corridor from Thailand and into Central Asia, or on a southern corridor that stretches from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.

From the ground station log, it was found that after a key communication equipment onboard Flight 370 stopped sending messages less than an hour after it departed Kuala Lumpur, six complete satellite handshakes took place, Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s acting transport minister said Tuesday.

In the last few days, satellite firm Inmarsat used the Doppler effect to analyze the difference between the frequency that the ground station expected to receive and what was actually measured. The technique is called “burst frequency offset” that changes depending on the location of the aircraft on an arc of possible positions, its direction of travel, and its speed.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 25, 2014, 05:25:17 PM
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11226334

Flight MH370: Pilot in wrong state of mind to fly - friend
By Lincoln Tan
Updated 8:35 AM Wednesday Mar 26, 2014

The captain of Flight 370 was in no state of mind to fly the day it disappeared and could have taken the Boeing 777 for a "last joyride" before crashing into the Indian Ocean, a fellow pilot says.

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah's world was crumbling, said the long-time associate. He had been facing serious family problems, including separation from his wife and relationship problems with another woman he was seeing.

The man, who spoke to the Herald on condition of anonymity, said Captain Zaharie was "terribly upset" when his wife told him she was leaving and believed he may have decided to take the Malaysia Airlines plane to a part of the world he had never flown in.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 25, 2014, 05:46:23 PM
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14 MINS AGO Update
Breaking

*Australia Maritime Safety Authority Says Search for Missing Plane to Resume Wednesday
*Australia Maritime Safety Authority Says Weather Conditions Have Improved in Search Area
*Australia Navy Vessel En Route to Area Where Objects of Interest Spotted Monday
*12 Aircraft to Join Malaysia Airlines Search Wednesday – Maritime Authority


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 25, 2014, 08:56:21 PM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304679404579461900800102412?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304679404579461900800102412.html

Malaysia Flight 370 Sent Final 'Partial Ping' That Could Aid Investigation
Updated March 25, 2014 7:42 p.m. ET

Investigators revealed that eight minutes after the last complete transmission from  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU -2.13%     Flight 370, there was a "partial ping" from the missing aircraft that could help investigators unravel what happened to the missing jet before it stopped flying.

The final partial transmission from the missing  Boeing Co.  BA +0.49%     777-200ER, which disappeared from civilian radar on March 8, "originates with the aircraft for reasons not understood," said Chris McLaughlin, senior vice president of  Inmarsat  ISAT.LN +0.07%     PLC, which operates the satellite.
 
The company is investigating the partial ping—or digital handshake between the jet and the satellite—as "a failed login" to its satellite network or as "potential attempt by the system [aboard the aircraft] to reset itself," Mr. McLaughlin said.

The partial ping could have several possible explanations, he added, but that human interaction with the satellite communications system had been ruled out.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 26, 2014, 05:13:37 PM
http://www.statesman.com/news/business/freescale-mum-on-new-malaysia-airlines-reports/nfKdz/
Freescale mum on new Malaysia Airlines reports
March 24, 2014

Officials at Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. had no public response Monday to new reports that it appears the missing Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 20 Freescale employees likely crashed into the Indian Ocean, killing all aboard.
Freescale previously confirmed that the 20 employees — 12 from Malaysia and eight from China — were among 239 people on flight MH370.
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Earlier this month, Mitch Haws, Freescale’s vice president, global communications and investor relations, said the employees came from a range of disciplines and were part of a broad push by CEO Gregg Lowe to make Freescale more efficient and cost-effective.
While the employees on the flight account for less than 1 percent of Freescale’s global workforce of close to 17,000, they were working toward the same goals, and their loss will reverberate throughout Freescale, Haws said.
“These were people with a lot of experience and technical background and they were very important people, ” Haws said. “It’s definitely a loss for the company.”
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 26, 2014, 08:02:39 PM
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2 HRs ago  Update
Australia Maritime Safety Authority: 11 Aircraft to Search for Missing Jetliner Thursday
By David Winning

SYDNEY—A search party comprising 11 aircraft and five ships readied to hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Thursday, as bad weather closed in on an area of the southern Indian Ocean where a possible debris field was spotted by a satellite.

The satellite images, provided by a division of Airbus Group, were taken Sunday and appear to show 122 objects in an area of 400 square kilometers (160 square miles) in a part of the ocean where a multinational operation is under way to find evidence of the jet more than two weeks after it vanished from radar.

The Australia Maritime Safety Authority, which is coordinating the search, said positions in the satellite images were within the area scoured on Wednesday, around 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) southwest of the western Australian city of Perth.

In a statement, AMSA said military aircraft from the U.S., Japan and Australia would join five civil aircraft to take part in the hunt for the missing Boeing 777-200 plane on Thursday.

“Weather in the search area is expected to deteriorate later today,” AMSA said.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 27, 2014, 01:19:04 PM
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1 HR ago  Update
Royal Australian Air Force Struggles to Find Objects From Malaysia Flight 370
By Daniel Stacey

SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN — The Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion, led by Captain Michael MacSween, burst through the cloud bank into the Malaysia Airlines search area on Thursday to be confronted by a wild, squalling, leaden expanse of sea covered by frothy waves disappearing into milky fog.

In the crowded cockpit, an elite anti-submarine squadron with decades of experience spotting objects in the sea showed how even seasoned professionals are struggling to find debris in the hunt for Malaysia Flight 370–defying hope generated by new satellite imagery.

Images taken from a Thai satellite and revealed on Thursday showed 300 objects in floating in the ocean near the MH370 search area, according to the country’s space technology agency. On Wednesday other images provided by a division of Airbus Group appeared to show 122 objects in one of the search areas.
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Hope faded after almost two hours as the radar blips stopped and the sea continued to boil. Minutes later, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority called the search off for the day due to bad weather.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 27, 2014, 01:21:31 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/world/asia/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-370.html

F.B.I. Finds Few Clues on Malaysia Air Pilot’s Flight Simulator
MARCH 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — The flight simulator and hard drives that the pilots of Flight 370 had at their homes appear to be a dead end, yielding few clues that shed any light on whether they deliberately diverted the missing jet, according to two people briefed on the investigation.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 27, 2014, 11:23:58 PM
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/27/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

Flight 370 search area shifts after 'credible lead' 
March 28, 2014 -- Updated 0229 GMT (1029 HKT)

(CNN) -- Search teams shifted to a different part of the Indian Ocean Friday in their hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane after "a new credible lead," authorities said.

An analysis of radar data led investigators to move the search to an area 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the northeast, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said, calling the new information "the most credible lead to where debris may be located."

"It indicated that the aircraft was traveling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft traveled south into the Indian Ocean," the authority said in a statement.

The renewed search for Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean comes a day after Japan and Thailand both said they'd sent new satellite images to Malaysia showing separate debris fields that could be related to the plane, which vanished March 8 with 239 people aboard.

Analysts said the search area shift could be a sign that investigators are closing in on the missing plane's whereabouts.

"With this development, perhaps they're able to hone in on the more accurate altitude," said Mary Schiavo, a CNN aviation analyst and former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

That, experts said, could bring investigators closer to determining what happened aboard the plane, what caused it to veer off course and where it ended up.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 27, 2014, 11:40:55 PM
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

16 MINs ago  Update
*Australian Maritime Safety Authority Says Four Planes Already in New Search Area

Australian Maritime Safety Authority Says Four Planes Already in New Search Area
Australian Authority Says U.S. Black Box Detector Has Arrived in Perth
Australian Authority Says Vessel to Tow Black Box Locator to Arrive in Perth in Coming Days
Australian Authority Says New Data Is Best Estimate of Area Where Flight 370 Crashed Into Ocean
Australian Authority Says Assumption Is Malaysian Plane Was Traveling at Constant Speed
Australian Authority Cautions Against Using Term ‘Debris Field; in Regard to Any Satellite Images
Australian Authority Says Search Area Has Moved Out of ‘Roaring 40s’ Turbulent Sea Area
Australian Authority Says Searchers Likely to Encounter Better Weather in New Search Area
Australian Authority Says It Is Normal In Search Operations to Adjust Search Area


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 28, 2014, 12:38:57 AM
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/search-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-shifts-to-new-area-west-of-perth/story-fnizu68q-1226867105992

Search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 shifts to new area west of Perth 
This story was published: 21 minutes ago March 28, 2014 3:29PM

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Latest development ... The new search zone for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Source: Supplied


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 28, 2014, 01:32:09 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/27/missing-malaysia-plane/6946817/

New radar analysis prompts shift in search zone
1:03 a.m. EDT March 28, 2014

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A map is displayed at the Australian Maritime Services Authority showing the new search area in the Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Canberra, Australia, Friday.(Photo: Alan Porritt, epa)



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 29, 2014, 08:05:49 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10718181/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-March-29-as-it-happened.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: March 29 as it happened


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 29, 2014, 08:18:37 PM
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

1 HR ago Twitter
Jon Ostrower@jonostrower

The P-3 that is hunting for #MH370, like the P-8, started as an airliner. L-188 flew the same month as 707 in 1957. http://t.co/zhtglhhvWB

3 HRs ago  Update
*Australian Maritime Safety Authority: Ten Aircraft to Join Flight 370 Search Sunday

*Australian Maritime Safety Authority: Ships in Search Area May Reach 10 on Sunday

*Australian Maritime Safety Authority: Light Showers, Low Clouds Likely in Search Area

*Australian Maritime Safety Authority: Search to Continue Despite Poorer Weather

4 HRs ago Twitter
Jon Ostrower@jonostrower

You know you've entered a strange place with #MH370 coverage when each day is played out like an alternate ending to Clue.

6 HRs ago Twitter
Jon Ostrower@jonostrower

From the front page of Saturday's WSJ: Mistrust Between U.S., Malaysia Strains Probe http://t.co/ar3qPxhYEg #MH370

11 HRs ago  World
Ships Head to New Search Area for Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

Will Hunt for Objects Seen by Aircraft That May be Flight 370 Debris

More ships are on their way to join a Chinese vessel hunting for objects spotted by aircraft that may be debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Open

11 HRs ago Twitter
Jason Ng@ByJasonNg

UPDATE: Australia says ships retrieved some objects, but none confirmed as #MH370 debris

11 HRs ago  Update
*Australian Maritime Safety Authority: Aircraft Continue to Report Sighting Objects in Search Area

*Australian Maritime Safety Authority: Ships Retrieve Some Objects, None Confirmed as Missing-Plane Debris

*Australian Maritime Safety Authority: Search Set to Resume Again Sunday Morning

14 HRs ago  Update
*Australia Maritime Authority: Three Ships Have Now Arrived in MH370 Search Zone

14 HRs ago  Update
*Australia Maritime Authority: Six More Ships to Join MH370 Search Operation Sunday

14 HRs ago  Update
Malaysia Home Minister: No Evidence So Far Implicating Crew Member or Passenger

CHERAS, Malaysia—Investigators have found no evidence that a member of the crew or a passenger was responsible for the disappearance of Flight 370 three weeks ago, Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Saturday.

Still, investigators have not ruled out any possible cause and continue to investigate whether the disappearance was the result of hijacking, sabotage or terrorism or whether someone on the plane faced psychological or personal problems, he said.

“We cannot zero in on any faults by passengers or crew members, so we are focusing into getting more value-added information in order to strengthen our investigative findings,” he said during an event at the Malaysian Police Academy in Cheras, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur.

Police have conducted more than 100 interviews, he said, adding that he would not reveal any details of the findings until the probe is completed.

The home minister also said that the FBI had informed the Malaysian government that it “did not find anything suspicious” on the flight simulator or home computer of Capt. Zaharie Ahmed Shah, the pilot of the missing plane.

After investigators discovered that some files had been deleted from the devices, the FBI took the simulator and computer system to the U.S. for a more thorough analysis.

—Richard C. Paddock and Celine Fernandez


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 29, 2014, 08:45:12 PM
March 30, 2014 --Tweets -- Australian time

https://twitter.com/AMSA_News

AMSA News ‏@AMSA_News  · 19m 
#MH370 search operations are now underway, more info here. http://bit.ly/1lv4U4O  Today's charts now available here. http://bit.ly/1gMlZTZ

AMSA News ‏@AMSA_News  · 4h 
Apologies, previous statement on #MH370 should read "1,850 kilometres WEST of Perth." not east.

AMSA News ‏@AMSA_News  · 4h 
Search operations for #MH370 are expected to resume at 0900(AEDT). Weather forecast to be worse today. More info here http://bit.ly/1ldp7cw


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 30, 2014, 01:13:13 PM
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

2 HRs ago  Twitter
Newley Purnell@newley

Malaysia is examining airport security & people on #MH370, @jmwatts_ & @ByJasonNg report: http://t.co/OyUi0E6bTX http://t.co/tvkneuXr1u

3 HRs ago  Update
Search for Missing Airplane Continues

By David Winning and Robb M. Stewart

SYDNEY—Aircraft and ships hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 faced old problems in a new area of the southern Indian Ocean—from poor weather to floating garbage. What they didn’t get was a breakthrough in a mystery entering its fourth week.

Multiple sightings of objects floating in the ocean by Chinese, Australian and New Zealand aircraft raised hopes that authorities had made the right call on Friday to shift the search around 700 miles northeast of a previous zone because of new calculations of radar data. But items fished out of the water turned out to be unrelated to the Boeing 777-200 plane, which disappeared on March 8.

Australian authorities are continuing to add aircraft and ships to the search operation, counting a Malaysian Air Force C-130 Hercules plane for the first time among nine aircraft that scoured the sea around 1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles) west of the Western Australian capital of Perth on Sunday. An Australian vessel equipped with devices that can find black-box flight recorders beneath thousands of meters of water is readying to leave Perth on Monday, although it will be some days before it reaches the search zone.

Malaysian investigators believe Flight 370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean when it ran out of fuel on March 8, thousands of kilometers from the nearest airport. All of the 239 passengers and crew are assumed dead.

Authorities are under pressure to make a breakthrough after several false leads, and amid rising anger among families of passengers on board Flight 370. Dozens of Chinese family members, fed up with the amount of information they are getting from officials in Beijing about the fate of the missing plane, flew to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday in the hope of getting satisfactory answers from Malaysian authorities.

Separately, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott put a former chief of the defense force in charge of a new body that would act as a bridgehead for families of passengers seeking to travel to Australia if plane debris is found. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre aims to offer visa services, counseling and other help to families.

The size of the new search area in the southern Indian Ocean is around 319,000 square kilometers (123,167 square miles), roughly four times as large as the area searched on Thursday, just before Malaysian officials used radar data to conclude they had been looking for the plane in the wrong place.

Erik van Sebille, an oceanographer at the University of New South Wales, said the new search area is a “garbage patch” that contains much more flotsam than in the swath of the southern Indian Ocean previously searched. “The chances of a piece of spotted debris being from the plane is quite low,” he said.

Underscoring the challenges for searchers, a New Zealand P-3K2 Orion aircraft sighted 70 pieces of debris during a single sortie on Saturday. However, Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short, of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, said most weren’t of interest to the search.

The search has become a race to detect signals from Flight 370’s black-box flight recorders before the batteries in their underwater locator beacon run out. Authorities calculate that they have seven days, or thereabouts, to find the black boxes. That could mark a turning point in the search effort, they say, which would become immensely more difficult.

An Australian vessel carrying specialist equipment provided by the U.S. Navy that can find black boxes deep below the surface of the ocean is set to leave Perth on Monday. Water depths in the search zone range from 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) to 4,000 meters.</p><p>Bill Fry, a safety adviser and Boeing 737 captain at Express Freighters Australia, said that if search teams can find the black boxes, then it is very likely that they will find most of the missing plane nearby. Heavy components such as the undercarriage and engines aren’t likely to drift far, whereas more-buoyant components may be carried further away from the impact site due to ocean currents, he said.

The ADV Ocean Shield, owned by the Australian Navy, has been fitted with a black-box locator, a device that is able to detect pings from the flight recorder. The vessel has also been loaded with a remote-controlled vehicle called Bluefin-21 that can scour the ocean depths for the missing plane.

Both devices have a limited search ability. The Towed Pinger Locator-25, or TPL-25, supplied by the U.S. Navy, is able to detect sounds only within a one-mile radius. The locator has to be towed at three nautical miles an hour, or knots, to work effectively, meaning it is restricted to searching about 150 square miles of ocean a day.

Bluefin-21 uses sonar technology to search across a preprogrammed area of water, but is only capable of mapping about 40 square miles of ocean floor a day with a high degree of accuracy.

“The search area remains vast and this equipment can only be effectively employed when there is a high probability that the final location of Flight 370 is better known,” said Commodore Peter Leavy, Australian commander of Joint Taskforce 658, which is coordinating the military response to find the missing plane.

That means investigators may have to draw early conclusions on what fate befell Flight 370 from objects plucked from the water by the multinational flotilla of ships, if they can be definitively identified as plane debris.

According to Mr. Fry, finding the plane’s engines would show whether Flight 370 was under power at the point of impact with the water. Compression marks on the fuselage would indicate the plane’s angle of entry into the water and the speed at which it was traveling, which would help investigators determine if the aircraft was flown into the water or had crashed. The wings would be examined for evidence of the forces experienced on impact, known as “G loading.”

“It may get to a point where enough debris is recovered to enable clear assessments to be drawn,” he said. “Without a doubt, the most useful items to recover are the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder.”

–Josh Chin and Lilian Lin in China and Rebecca Howard in Wellington, New Zealand contributed to this article.





Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2014, 12:12:10 AM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304157204579472212721310876

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Searchers Scour New Stretch of Ocean
March 30, 2014 10:28 p.m. ET

SYDNEY—Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose country is leading the search for  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU 0.00%     Flight 370, said Monday the multinational operation would continue indefinitely as it enters a fourth week without a breakthrough.
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"We'll keep searching for some time to come. The intensity of our search and the magnitude of our operations is increasing, not decreasing," Mr. Abbott said on Monday, adding that the search was "well short" of the point at which it could be called off if nothing of substance was found. "If this mystery is solvable, we'll solve it. But I don't want to underestimate just how difficult it is."
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2014, 01:08:04 AM
The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

http://www.smh.com.au/national/mh370-search-captain-mark-matthews-paints-pessimistic-assessment-of-black-box-search-20140330-35rrs.html

MH370 search: Captain Mark Matthews' paints pessimistic assessment of black box search
Date  March 30, 2014 - 7:59PM

(http://images.smh.com.au/2014/03/26/5296038/ping-Locator-729px-620x349.jpg)
Graphic: Jamie Brown
Highlighting the enormity of the task, Captain Matthews revealed that the ''towed pinger locator'' can detect emissions from the black box only if it is within about 1.6 kilometres of its beacon. And it must be towed at a snail-like 5km/h to be effective.


(http://images.smh.com.au/2014/03/30/5308602/art-820032412-620x349.jpg)
Loaded with a ''pinger'' locator and an underwater drone: Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield. Photo: Amanda Hoh


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2014, 02:32:28 AM
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20140330_ap_a4ac3960c425492e931fb8e22d64c512.html?c=r

Seabed of jet hunt zone mostly flat with 1 trench
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:28 PM

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This undated graphic provided by Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) Dr. Robin Beaman, James Cook University, shows the North-westerly view of the search area for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 at Broken Ridge, south-eastern Indian Ocean, which shows the Diamantina Escarpment dropping from about 800 meters to over 5000 meters in depth. Two miles under the sea where satellites and planes are looking for debris from the missing Malaysian jet, the ocean floor is cold, dark, covered in a squishy muck of dead plankton and - in a potential break for the search - mostly flat. The troubling exception is a steep, rocky drop ending in a deep trench. The sea floor in this swath of the Indian Ocean is dominated by a substantial underwater plateau known as Broken Ridge, where the geography would probably not hinder efforts to find the main body of the jet that disappeared with 239 people on board three weeks ago, according to seabed experts who have studied the area. (AP Photo/Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) Dr Robin Beaman, James Cook University)



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2014, 03:11:03 AM
March 31, 2014 Tweets--from Australia, Australian Maritime Safety Authority

https://twitter.com/AMSA_News

AMSA News ‏@AMSA_News  · 1h 
Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield will conduct sea trials in Cockburn Sound this afternoon to test search equipment loaded yesterday.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2014, 03:16:39 AM
The Telegraph, UK

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10733757/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live
31 Mar 2014

Latest 
07.22 Today's search area for missing MH370:

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02867/malaysia-search-ar_2867484c.jpg)



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2014, 12:19:13 PM
The Telegraph, UK

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10733757/Malaysia-Airlines-MH370-live.html

Malaysia Airlines MH370: live
31 Mar 2014

Latest 
16.50 Jonathan Pearlman reports:

Malaysia Airlines has reviewed security procedures following the disappearance of MH370 and will now insist that an extra crew member steps inside the cockpit if one of a plane's two pilots takes a lavatory break.

As the multinational search for the Boeing 777 in the Indian Ocean failed to produce evidence of debris, the airline confirmed it had introduced stricter measures for pilots in the week after its plane went missing on March 8.

The rules, which follow measures to tighten security at Malaysian airports, reportedly require crew members to enter the cockpit whenever a pilot is alone and to stand guard at the cockpit door when it is opened during service of food.

A spokeswoman told The Telegraph the airline had "increased security and enhanced monitoring procedures on-board all our aircraft" but said the details could not be released.

15.38 Jonathan Pearlman reports from KL:

Malaysian authorities would not confirm today the wording of the final send-off from the cockpit of MH370 but insisted it was not “sinister”. 

The government initially indicated that the co-pilot’s send-off was “all right, good night”, but the wording in a transcript given to Chinese families was “good night Malaysian 370”. 

Asked about the discrepancy, Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s acting transport minister, said the crash investigators had requested that the transcript not be released. “If it can be revealed, it will be revealed,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to show anything sinister.” 

I spoke to an official source who said the send-off was “a red herring”. The source said there was nothing strange about the send-off but investigators still believe the disabling of the communications and plane’s strange route were done deliberately.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2014, 12:25:02 PM
March 31, 2014 Tweets--from Australia, Australian Maritime Safety Authority

https://twitter.com/AMSA_News

AMSA News ‏@AMSA_News  · 3h 
ADV Ocean Shield has departed for #MH370 search area - transit expected to take several days.

AMSA News ‏@AMSA_News  · 5h 
#MH370 search operations have concluded for today. All aircraft returning, nothing significant to report. Search will resume tomorrow.

AMSA News ‏@AMSA_News  · 8h 
Malaysian Guided Missile Frigate, KD Lekiu has arrived at HMAS Stirling to receive briefings on #MH370 search operations west of Perth.




Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2014, 12:32:08 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

4 HRs ago  Update
Malaysia to Seek Further Aid for Plane Search at Gathering in Hawaii

By Jason Ng and Jake Maxwell Watts

Malaysia’s defense minister plans to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other allies in Hawaii this week and seek more assets to use in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

A multinational team is currently scouring a remote section of the Indian Ocean for the plane that disappeared March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Authorities have only a few days before the battery that powers the jet’s voice and data recorders’ beacon runs out, which will make finding them underwater far more complicated.

“I shall be discussing with the United States, and our other friends and allies, how best we can acquire the assets needed for possible deep-sea search and recovery,” Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Monday at a news briefing.

Defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will meet at U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii beginning Tuesday. Mr. Hishammuddin said he will raise the subject of Flight 370 during the three-day meeting.

“I will also use this opportunity to discuss the possibility of deploying more specific military assets, in the event that we need to embark on a more complex phase of the operation,” Mr. Hishammuddin said.

Search efforts have so far yielded little. Mr. Hishammuddin said all debris retrieved from the ocean by an Australian-led operation turned out to be unrelated to Flight 370. Ten aircraft and 11 ships were deployed in the search area Monday. The ADV Ocean Shield, fitted with a towed pinger locator to detect the recorders as well as an underwater vehicle, is scheduled to arrive on the scene Thursday.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak plans to visit Perth, Australia, on Wednesday to thank the country for carrying out the search operations


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 31, 2014, 01:55:14 PM
 :2thinky:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/officials-release-new-last-words-missing-malaysia-flight-n67871
Officials Release New Last Words for Missing Malaysia Flight
March 31, 2014


Officials have revised the account of the last words that came from the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — the latest about-face in the ever-shifting investigation into the jet's disappearance.

The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation said Monday that the last communication with the air traffic controller was "Good night, Malaysian three seven zero."

Weeks earlier, officials reported the last words were: "Alright, good night."


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Authorities also said they are still conducting a forensic investigation to determine who was talking — even though the airline's chief executive said two weeks ago that it appeared the co-pilot was the speaker.


Since the flight vanished March 8 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpu with 239 people on board, the investigation into what happened has been beset by false leads and conflicting information.

“This investigation is an example of what not to do,” James Hall, a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board told NBC News last week. “Everything they do, they change.”


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on March 31, 2014, 02:04:09 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/31/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/?sr=google_news&google_editors_picks=true
MH370: Hopes dashed as orange objects turn out to be fishing equipment
March 31, 2014

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New details on handoff
On Monday, Malaysia's Transport Ministry said the final voice transmission from the cockpit of Flight 370 was "Good night Malaysian three seven zero."
That's a departure from earlier language in which Malaysian authorities said the final transmission was "All right, goodnight."
The new language is routine and is not a sign of anything untoward occurring aboard the flight, said CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo.
But she said it does raise questions about how Malaysian officials have handled the investigation.
"Well, it speaks to credibility issues, unfortunately," she said.

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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2014, 05:14:33 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cook-judge-throws-out-malaysia-plane-suit-filed-by-chicago-firm-20140331,0,6665514.story

Cook judge throws out Malaysia plane suit filed by Chicago firm
11:22 a.m. CDT, March 31, 2014

A Cook County judge has thrown out the first court action filed in connection with the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet, calling the filing improper and threatening to impose sanctions against a Chicago-based law firm that has been accused of questionable tactics in the wake of aviation disasters.

Without solid evidence of a crash or wreckage of the jet, Ribbeck Law Chartered said in a petition filed last week that the Beijing-bound Flight 370 had experienced a catastrophic mechanical failure before plunging into the southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 passengers and crew on board.

The petition named Malaysia Airlines and Chicago-based Boeing as defendants and sought to preserve evidence in the case and to identify anyone involved in the plane's manufacture and upkeep.

But in dismissing the action, Judge Kathy Flanagan, who oversees all airline-related suits filed in Cook County Circuit Court, said in a four-page ruling filed late Friday that the law allows such filings only when the identity of potential defendants is unknown.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 01:41:49 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

50 MINs ago Update
Breaking

*Australia Air Chief Marshal: Search Begins From Very Uncertain Starting Point

*Australia Air Chief Marshal: Must Pursue All Leads

*Australia Air Chief Marshal: Search Area Is Based on Best Available Information

*Australia Air Chief Marshal: Not Certain What Speed, Altitude Flight 370 Was Flying At

51 MINs ago Twitter
Patrick McDowell@pmcdowellsea

Australia says no real precision on where #MH370 entered water; search could drag on long time. See WSJ stream: http://t.co/t5lTZQDEzc

54 MINs ago Update
Breaking

*Australian Air Chief Marshal: Can’t Be Precise on Where Aircraft Entered the Water

55 MINs ago Twitter
Jason Ng@ByJasonNg

IATA says #MH370 crisis highlights need to improve aircraft in-flight tracking http://t.co/plcf3WysFS

56 MINs ago Update
Breaking

*Australian Air Chief Marshal Says Refining Search Area Is an Inexact Science

58 MINs ago Update
Breaking

*Australian Air Chief Marshal Says Flight 370 Search Could Drag On for a Long Time

*Australian Air Chief Marshal: If Searchers Can’t Find Wreckage on Surface, Will Need to Review Next Move

1 HR ago Twitter
Patrick McDowell@pmcdowellsea
Poor coordination has lost days and the #MH370 black box is running out of juice: http://t.co/B2iVokgXHP


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 01:46:15 AM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304157204579474343742646418?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304157204579474343742646418.html

IATA Asks Governments to Use Passenger Data for Security Screenings
April 1, 2014 12:08 a.m. ET

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—The global airline-industry group on Tuesday said that the continuing search for  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU 0.00%     Flight 370 highlights the need to improve aircraft tracking in-flight, and asked governments to use advance passenger data provided by airlines more effectively.

"It is important to remember that airlines aren't border guards or policemen. The checking of passports is the well-established responsibility of governments," said Tony Tyler, director general of the Montreal-based International Air Transport Association, at a conference in the Malaysian capital.

By international convention, airlines provide passenger information to the governments of the arrival and departure destinations before the aircraft leaves. Governments need to revisit their data-review processes, including checking names against Interpol's stolen- and lost-passports database, Mr. Tyler said.

Authorities said that two Iranian nationals aboard Flight 370 had used stolen passports, though subsequent investigation didn't reveal any links with terrorist organizations.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 01:49:43 AM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304886904579471272412709930?mod=WSJAsia_hpp_LEFTTopStories&mg=reno64-wsj

Poor Coordination Led to Flawed Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Updated March 31, 2014 8:59 p.m. ET

Lapses in coordination among countries and companies trying to find  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU 0.00%     Flight 370 led to three days of searches in an area hundreds of miles from where investigators now believe the plane is likely to have gone down, people familiar with the matter said.

The search area shifted abruptly on Friday after authorities more fully merged two investigative strands by international teams of experts that had largely been working separately to estimate where in the southern Indian Ocean naval forces should be looking for wreckage.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 01:54:40 AM
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/flight-mh370-search-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-could-take-weeks-says-angus-houston/story-fnizu68q-1226870418218

Flight MH370: search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane could take weeks, says Angus Houston
This story was published: 42 minutes ago April 01, 2014 4:21PM

FORMER Defence chief Angus Houston says the search operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines plane could take weeks and is the most challenging he has ever seen. 
 
The retired Air Chief, who is co-ordinating the search for the plane, told a media conference in Perth this afternoon the search area was the size of Ireland.

“I have to say in my experience, and I have a lot of experience in search and rescue over the years, this search and recovery operation is probably the most challenging one I have ever seen,” he said.

The retired Air Chief Marshal warned the effort to find debris from MH370 could drag on for a long time.

“We have the best experts in the world helping the Australian Maritime Agency to find where the best area to search is,” he said.

“At this stage it’s very important to pursue the leads, the evidence that has been presented to us. I think they give us a starting point.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said the team was working from “a very uncertain starting point”.

“I just wanted to reinforce that because it will take time. It’s not something that will necessarily be resolved in the next two weeks, for example.

“We will continue pursuing the search with much vigour.”

Air Chief Marshal Houston said the operation was “very complex, very demanding”.

“We don’t have hard information like we might normally have,” he said.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 02:05:23 AM
http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/31/3377118/australian-pm-vows-search-for.html

Australia to deploy flying air traffic controller
Published Monday, March 31, 2014, at 1:31 a.m.
Updated Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 12:18 a.m.

PERTH, Australia — Australia is deploying a modified Boeing 737 to act as a flying air traffic controller over the Indian Ocean to prevent a mid-air collision among the large number of aircraft searching for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing over three weeks ago.

According to an Australian government briefing note read out to The Associated Press by an official, the air force is sending an E-7A Wedgetail equipped with advanced radar to start monitoring the search zone Tuesday.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on April 01, 2014, 08:48:04 AM
Thank you for keeping this thread updated, grace-land. 


My heart goes out to the passengers, the crew and their families, friends and co-workers. 

I hope those searching can continue to stay safe in their endeavors. 



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 08:46:52 PM
Thank you for keeping this thread updated, grace-land. 


My heart goes out to the passengers, the crew and their families, friends and co-workers. 

I hope those searching can continue to stay safe in their endeavors. 



You're welcome, MuffyBee!

Adding my prayers to your warm sentiments above.   ::MonkeyAngel::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 08:50:47 PM
Full transcript at the link

http://abcnews.go.com/International/real-final-words-flight-370-cockpit-revealed/story?id=23138345

The Real Final Words From Flight 370 Cockpit Revealed
April 1, 2014

Authorities today clarified the final recorded words spoken by the pilots of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, as the search for the missing plane stretches into a fourth week.

Malaysia’s transport ministry released a transcript today of voice transmission from the plane’s cockpit, with the final words, “Good night Malaysian three-seven-zero.” The government had previously said the final words were “All right, good night.”

Full Transcript: Flight 370 Communications

There’s no explanation for the discrepancy, and authorities are still trying to determine whether the voice belongs to the pilot or co-pilot. Aviation experts say this signoff is routine and provides no new clues in the mystery of flight 370.
In a statement released with the communications transcript, Malaysia acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein stressed that the transcript doesn't indicate anything abnormal, and investigators still believe the flight's movements are "consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane."
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 08:59:48 PM


http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Malaysia-Airlines-Flight-370-High-Tech-Search-Tools-253424751.html

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: High-Tech Search Tools
Updated: Tue 2:21 PM, Apr 01, 2014

(http://media.graytvinc.com/images/500*350/Malaysia+370+Map+02.jpg)
Map showing planned search area on April 1, 2014 for Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 09:32:34 PM
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/sub-joins-mh370-hunt-ahead-of-malaysian-pm-visit-to-perth/article/379218

Sub joins MH370 hunt ahead of Malaysian PM visit to Perth
1 hour ago in World

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Despite extensive scouring of remote Indian Ocean waters by planes and ships southwest of Perth where Malaysia believes the plane went down, nothing has been found so far that would indicate a crash site.

"No significant developments to report," the Australian Maritime Safety Authority tweeted after 10 planes returned from flying sorties on Tuesday evening in a now familiar update on drawing a blank.

But in a boost to the search effort, Britain's Royal Navy said submarine HMS Tireless has arrived in the area and "with her advanced underwater search capability will be able to contribute to the attempts to locate the missing plane".

While planes, ships and helicopters have all been deployed, it is the first submarine to be drafted in.

Britain's HMS Echo is also due in the search zone shortly to assist Australia's Ocean Shield naval vessel, which is fitted with a US-supplied "black box" detector and is expected to arrive on Friday.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 10:19:45 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

9 MINs ago  Update
Breaking

*Malaysia Police Chief: Flight 370 Investigation Classified as Criminal ‎Investigation

*Malaysia Police Chief Says Will Interview More People for Flight 370 Probe

*Malaysia Police Chief: Recorded More than 170 Statements for Probe

*Malaysia Police Chief: May Affect Prosecution Later if Investigation Findings ‎Revealed Now

*Malaysia Police Chief: ‘We May Not Even Know Real Cause’ ‎after Investigation

*Malaysia Police Chief: Investigation into Pilot’s Flight Simulator Still Inconclusive

*Malaysia Police Chief: Awaiting Experts’ Reports on Flight 370 Pilot Simulator

‎*Malaysia Police Chief Says Investigation of Flight 370 Ongoing


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2014, 10:52:52 PM
Steaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

7 MINs ago Twitter
Jon Ostrower@jonostrower

DEVELOPING: Malaysia Police Chief: Flight 370 Investigation Classified as Criminal Investigation http://t.co/ln5iKxDRFb #MH370

18 MINs ago Update
U.K. Submarine Joins Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

By David Winning

SYDNEY—A U.K. submarine has joined the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean, boosting the Australian-led operation’s ability to scour the seabed for the plane’s black box flight recorders whose batteries are running low.

The U.K. Ministry of Defence said it had deployed the submarine, HMS Tireless, to assist with the multinational search for Flight 370, even though a lengthy hunt for floating plane debris in an area of sea the size of Arizona has yet to find anything.

“With her advanced underwater search capability, HMS Tireless will be able to contribute to the attempts to locate the missing plane,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The U.K. has also dispatched another military vessel–HMS Echo–to the search zone, which was moved closer to Australia on Wednesday. The search area—some 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) northwest of the Western Australian capital of Perth—overlaps part of the area scoured by military aircraft and ships previously.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2014, 10:08:41 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

1 HR ago Twitter
Jason Ng@ByJasonNg

Malaysia frets over China’s pressure to find missing Flight #MH370 http://t.co/AaiFsUdh6b

2 HRs ago Update
Press Statement by Malaysia Ministry of Transport, April 2

Support for relatives of those on board MH370

The Malaysian Government appreciates the importance of providing the relatives of those on board MH370 with accurate, up-to-date and verified information. Malaysia has also strived to ensure that Governments whose nationals were on board MH370 are fully briefed.

China had more nationals on board MH370 than any other country. Malaysia recognises its duty to provide the Government of China with verified information, which it can then use to brief the Chinese relatives of those on board MH370. Since MH370 went missing, Malaysia has been in constant communication with the Chinese authorities, at numerous levels of government, to ensure an accurate and timely flow of information. Since 8 March, Malaysia has provided the following members of the Chinese Government with full and thorough briefings:

H.E. Zhang Yesui, the Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Envoy of the Government of China.

H.E. Huang Huikang, the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia.

Officials from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Officials from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Department (AAID).

Members of the Chinese air force who have particular expertise in radar.

Malaysia also sent a delegation to Beijing led by Deputy Foreign Minister Dato’ Hamzah Zainudin, who met with his Chinese counterparts Vice Foreign Ministers Zhang Yesui and Liu Jian Chow.

Today’s briefing for the Chinese relatives

A special briefing session was held today for the Chinese relatives of those on board MH370. The briefing took place from 10:00 to 13:00 at the Hotel Bangi in Putrajaya.

The briefing session was moderated by Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China.

Datuk Azharuddin, Director-General of the Department of Civil Aviation, gave the opening statement, which reads as follows:

I understand you have many questions about what happened to your loved ones and to flight MH370. We are here today to give you as much information as possible, to help you understand why and how the international investigation team have reached its conclusions about MH370’s movements.

The investigation into MH370 has been unprecedented. With so few clues to go on, investigators from around the world have been forced to use new methods to try and understand what happened.

The information we have been working from is the best we have. We have followed the evidence as it has led us from the South China Sea to the Straits of Malacca; from the Andaman Sea to the Northern and Southern corridors; and finally to the Indian Ocean.

Throughout the process, I want to assure you that we have done everything in our power to locate MH370. We have spared no effort and expense. We have worked hard, and co-operated with everyone who could help – including the people who are here today.

We will now begin the technical briefing.

The technical briefing was provided by the Department of Civil Aviation and Chinese technical experts.

Also present at the briefing, to help answer questions from the relatives, were:

H.E. Huang Huikang, the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia;

the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Rodzali Bin Daud;

the Deputy Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Malaysia Police, Dato’ Huzir bin Mohamed;

Deputy Secretary General III of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Ibrahim Abdullah.

The briefing session was telecast live to relatives of those on board MH370, who are currently in Beijing.

Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s trip to the US-ASEAN Defence Forum

The Defence Minister and Acting Transport Minister, Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, is currently attending the US-ASEAN Defence Forum in Hawaii.

This morning, the Minister had a telephone call with the British Secretary of State for Defence, Phillip Hammond. During the call, Defence Secretary Hammond confirmed that Britain will send HMS Tireless, a Trafalgar-class nuclear submarine with sonar capabilities, to help in the multinational search operation for MH370.

Prime Minister’s trip to Perth

Prime Minister Najib Razak is due to land at Perth International Airport at approximately 23:00 local time on Wednesday 2 April.

The Prime Minister is due to visit Pearce Air Force base on Thursday morning to meet with personnel involved in the multinational search operation for MH370. The Prime Minister will also be briefed on the latest developments regarding the search.

The Prime Minister is due to hold a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot later on Thursday morning.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2014, 08:34:22 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-criminal-probe-clears-some-on-plane/

April 2, 2014, 9:25 AM
Who was cleared in Malaysia plane criminal probe?

Malaysia's police chief said Wednesday that the criminal investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now focused on the pilots and the cabin crew, CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports from outside Perth, Australia.

The police chief also said that all 227 passengers have been cleared of any involvement, but he admitted that what happened onboard the plane may never be known.

Suspicion has fallen on pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, and investigators have now begun interviewing the families of the flight crew.

Jacquie Gonzales' husband, Patrick Gomez, was the chief steward on Flight 370.

She told CBS News that Malaysian police went to her home Tuesday and asked about Patrick's bank accounts, insurance and even his hobbies.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2014, 08:38:24 PM
http://www.freep.com/usatoday/article/7192627

Malaysia jet probe turns to food, cargo
5:38 PM, April 2, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia investigators said Wednesday they may never find out why a Malaysia Airlines jetliner vanished without a trace more than three weeks ago as search planes and ships scoured the Indian Ocean for wreckage.

"Investigations may go on and on and on. We have to clear every little thing," Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said.

"At the end of the investigations, we may not even know the real cause. We may not even know the reason for this incident," he said.

Khalid also said investigators are checking on the provider of the food delivered to the plane before takeoff to eliminate the possibility that it had been poisoned, and are looking into the cargo loaded onto the jet.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2014, 08:45:00 PM
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/04/02/Search-area-for-Malaysia-Airlines-Flight-370-crash-site-continues-to-be-refined/9141396456426/

Search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash site continues to be refined
 April 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM

(http://cdn.ph.upi.com/sv/em/i/UPI-9141396456426/2014/1/13964565276620/Search-area-for-Malaysia-Airlines-Flight-370-crash-site-continues-to-be-refined.jpg)
The April 2, 2014 search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

April 2 (UPI) -- On Wednesday, 10 aircraft and nine ships searched a 237,000 square kilometer area west northwest of Perth for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Wednesday's search concluded with "no sightings reported of any objects related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370."

The Australian Joint Agency Coordination Center reported that the search area continues to be refined.

"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia."
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2014, 08:54:58 PM
http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

1 HR ago  U.S.
*Eight Planes, Nine Ships to Join Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search on Thursday

*Eight Planes, Nine Ships to Join Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search on Thursday, Australia Search Authority Says *Authority: Weather Condition Is Fair in Search Area on Thursday *Maritime Safety Authority Sets Search Area of About 86,100 Square Miles, More Than 1,000 Miles Northwest of Perth *Australian Authorities Continue to Refine Search Area Based on Technical [...]

*Eight Planes, Nine Ships to Join Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search on Thursday, Australia Search Authority Says

*Authority: Weather Condition Is Fair in Search Area on Thursday

*Maritime Safety Authority Sets Search Area of About 86,100 Square Miles, More Than 1,000 Miles Northwest of Perth

*Australian Authorities Continue to Refine Search Area Based on Technical Analysis of Satellites, Aircraft Performance

https://twitter.com/AMSA_News

AMSA News ‏@AMSA_News  · 1h 
Today's search area charts are now available on the #MH370 media kit page. http://bit.ly/1qYcbe8


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2014, 09:44:54 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/

Joint Agency Coordination Centre

Media

Media enquiries can be made via email to JACCmedia@infrastructure.gov.au, telephone 0478 308 049.

Please be aware the Joint Agency will not be providing media engagement for individual agencies.

Media releases
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
3 April, 2014—am

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http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr004.aspx

Media Release
 3 April 2014—am


Up to eight planes and nine ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has determined a search area of about 223,000 square kilometres, 1680 kilometres west north-west of Perth.

Eight military planes will assist in the search. One of these planes will be tasked to drop self locating datum marker buoys within the search area. The first aircraft departed for the search area at 6am WST.

Nine ships have been tasked to search.

The weather forecast for today's search is fair, with visibility approximately 10 kilometres, however the southern area may experience some isolated showers.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 03, 2014, 12:29:32 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

35 MINs ago  Update
Breaking

*Malaysian Prime Minister Says Refined Area of Search Has Provided New Hope

40 MINs ago  Update
Breaking

*Australia’s Prime Minister Says We Know More Each Day About Search

41 MINs ago  Update
Breaking

*Australia Prime Minister Says Flight 370 Search Is the Most Difficult Ever Undertaken

*Australia Prime Minister Says Constantly Revising Search Area


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 03, 2014, 12:32:17 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

15 MINs ago  Update
Press Statement: Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak

PM NAJIB RAZAK’S PRESS CONFERENCE REMARKS IN PERTH ON MH370

I would like to start by thanking the men and women who are giving their all to find MH370.

Over the past three weeks, hundreds of people have journeyed thousands of kilometres to help. They have searched through stormy seas and freezing fog. They have sailed through storms to find the plane. We owe them each a debt of gratitude.

This has been a remarkable effort, bringing together nations from around the world. When MH370 went missing, dozens of countries answered the call for help. Their commitment will not be forgotten.

In a time of great tragedy – for the countries with citizens on board, and the families whose loved ones are missing – this co-operation has given us all heart. Differences have been set aside, as 26 nations have united behind a common cause. The disappearance of MH370 is without precedent; so too is the search.

This morning I met with sailors and aircrew at Pearce Air Force Base. I also spoke to the commanders of the seven nations who are here to search for MH370. They told me of the difficulties of a search like this; of distance, and weather, and of maintaining morale over a long period.

As we speak, 10 aircraft and 9 ships are searching the Indian Ocean for any sign of the missing plane. The search area is vast, and the conditions are not easy. But the new refined search area has given us new hope. And I believe the courage of the crews is more than equal to the task. Once again, I thank them all for what they are doing.

I would also like to thank Prime Minister Abbott for hosting us here in Perth; for agreeing to lead the search operations in the southern Indian Ocean; and for accepting our invitation for Australia to participate as an Accredited Representative in the investigation. We will continue to work closely with the Australian government to draw up a comprehensive agreement on the search.

At this difficult time, Australia has proven an invaluable friend. The Australian authorities, like so many others, have offered their assistance without hesitation or delay. I would like to sincerely thank Australia for all they have done, and are doing, to find the plane.

We are also grateful to all those who have brought their expertise to bear on what Prime Minister Abbott rightly called ‘one of the great mysteries of our time’.

The disappearance of MH370 has tested our collective resolve. Faced with so little evidence, and such a Herculean task, investigators from Malaysia, the US, the UK, China, Australia and France have worked without pause to reveal the aircraft’s movements. Their collective efforts have led us here.

We are here today, but our thoughts are thousands of kilometres away. In the cities and countries around the world, where families of those on board wait desperately for news. And in the vastness of the Indian Ocean, where MH370 awaits.

I know that until we find the plane, many families cannot start to grieve. I cannot imagine what they must be going through. But I can promise them that we will not give up.

Thank you.





Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 03, 2014, 12:06:21 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

4 HRs ago Twitter
Jon Ostrower@jonostrower

RT @R_Wall: #MH370 lacked the ejectable flight data recorders that wreckage-searching P-3s feature http://t.co/s640DVMoxa

4 HRs ago Update
Breaking

Twitter

*Australian Authorities: No Objects Found Thursday in Hunt for Missing Plane

*Australian Authorities: 10 Aircraft, 9 Ships Involved in Thursday’s Search



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 03, 2014, 12:20:22 PM
Streaming coverage

4 HRs ago World

Time, Batteries Running Out on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ‘Black Box’
Malaysian, Australian Leaders Seek to Inject New Momentum Into Search

Malaysian and Australian leaders sought to inject new momentum into the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as chances dim for finding the flight recorders before their locator beacons run out of power.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at Pearce air base in Perth Thursday
 European Pressphoto Agency


As the chances dim for finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s “black box” flight recorders before the batteries in their locator beacons run out, Malaysian and Australian leaders sought to inject new momentum into a search of the southern Indian Ocean that has yet to find plane wreckage.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met aircrews involved in the multinational search for Flight 370 at Pearce air base, near Perth, on Thursday. The visit is Mr. Najib’s first to Australia since the focus of the search swung abruptly to the southern Indian Ocean on March 20, based on satellite images of possible plane debris. So far, nothing related to the missing plane has been found.
 ::snipping3::



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 03, 2014, 02:31:37 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr005.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search efforts honoured by the Malaysian Prime Minister
Media Release
 3 April 2014—pm

The hundreds of men and women involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were today recognised for their efforts by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

They spoke to personnel at RAAF Base Pearce, the hub of the aerial search, where they honoured the efforts of the eight nations involved.

“It was a very heart-warming experience to be introduced to the leaders of the various countries—from China, from the United States, from New Zealand, from Japan, from the Republic of Korea, from New Zealand and of course from both Australia and Malaysia,” Prime Minister Najib said.

“I know it is a daunting task to go out there in very inclement weather, in very challenging circumstances. Malaysia is indeed grateful for your courage and for your commitment.”

Prime Minister Najib also announced that Australia had accepted its invitation to participate as an accredited representative in the investigation and would continue to work closely together to draw up a comprehensive agreement on the search.

The search area is being continually adjusted and today it moved north.

At the end of the day, ten aircraft and 9 ships were involved in search activities.

Three aircraft searched in the southern search area of 248,000 square kilometres, 1700km west north west of Perth.

The Royal Navy hydrographic ship HMS Echo also operated in the northern area searching for sonic transmissions from the flight data recorder. One alert was experienced but discounted. False alerts may be experienced from biological sources such as whales or interference from shipping noise.

There have been no sightings of any objects reported today (as at 1930 AEDT).

Weather in the search area was fair, with visibility approximately 10 kilometres.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 03, 2014, 02:56:23 PM
http://www.thewire.com/global/2014/04/searchers-looking-for-malaysian-air-flight-370-are-running-out-of-ideas/360080/

4 Hrs Ago / Malaysian Air Flight 370 Crash
Searchers Looking for Malaysian Air Flight 370 Are Running Out of Ideas

 ::snipping3::
Meanwhile, Australia has again altered its search route after days of fruitlessly scanning the ocean for possible plane debris:

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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 03, 2014, 04:40:01 PM
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/03/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

Flight 370: Ships approach search area amid hope of new leads 
April 3, 2014 -- Updated 1940 GMT (0340 HKT)

Perth, Australia (CNN) -- Two ships central to the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are due to arrive in the search area in the coming hours amid hope that a new clue to the plane's whereabouts may be imminent.

A British Royal Navy survey ship, HMS Echo, will be conducting a specific search on Friday, a spokesperson for the Australian Defence Force told CNN.

The Ocean Shield, an Australian naval vessel equipped with special U.S. technology designed to detect the pings from the flight recorders, is also due to arrive in the search area overnight Thursday.

The spokesperson, who is not authorized to speak to the media, told CNN there would be a "big" operations news conference on Friday by retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the head of the Australia's new Joint Agency Coordination Centre, who has been tasked with overseeing the search effort.

It's not yet clear what the news conference will cover, but any progress will likely be welcomed by the despairing relatives of the 239 people aboard the plane, which vanished nearly four weeks ago.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 03, 2014, 08:25:12 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr006.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and Recovery Continues for Malaysian Flight MH370
Media Release
 4 April 2014—am


Up to 10 military planes, four civil jets and nine ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has determined a search area of about 217,000 square kilometres, 1700 kilometres north west of Perth.

Today's search area will focus on three areas within the same vicinity.

The first aircraft will depart for the search area at 6am Western Standard Time (WST).

A total of 26 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria will work as air observers on three of the civil aircraft. The other civil aircraft will operate as a communications relay.

The weather forecast for today's search is fair, with visibility approximately 10 kilometres and a cloud base between 1000 and 2000 feet.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 04, 2014, 12:04:39 AM
http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

9 MINs ago Update
Underwater Search Begins, Despite Aerial Blank

SYDNEY—Australia began an underwater search of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 using military hardware from U.S. and U.K. Navies, despite repeated air sorties that have so far failed to find any wreckage from the missing plane.

Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating the multinational search off the coast of Australia, said the Australian defense vessel Ocean Shield and HMS Echo would cover a 240 kilometer area of ocean where authorities think the plane is most likely to have gone down. Ocean Shield is equipped with a U.S. device designed to detect signals from the aircraft’s black box flight recorders deep below the ocean surface. HMS Echo is a U.K. military survey vessel able to profile ocean depths.

The former Australian defense chief said investigators were reaching the end of their analysis of radar data and satellite communications from the plane.

“I think we have probably got to the end of the process of analysis. My expectation is we’re into a situation where the data we’ve got is the data we’ve got, and we’ll proceed on the basis of that,” he said.

— Rachel Parnett

20 MINs ago Twitter
Newley Purnell@newley

RT @digitalhen: By the end of the weekend all hope of finding #MH370 might be lost. http://t.co/Ueithowk1w http://t.co/xUXoyafVfw

28 MINs ago Twitter
WSJ Asia@WSJAsia

RT @digitalhen: By the end of the weekend all hope of finding #MH370 might be lost. http://t.co/W04c7pwv4m http://t.co/8nhsPLAxHo

54 MINs ago Update
Breaking: Latest on the Search

Australian Air Chief Marshal Houston Says Australian Navy Has Commenced Underwater Search for Flight 370

Houston Says Search Area Will Be Adjusted on a Semi-Regular Basis

Houston Says Underwater Search Targets Area Where Wreckage Most Probable

Houston Says Have Reached End of Data Analysis

Houston Says Using Black Box Locator, U.K. Survey Vessel for Underwater Search


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 04, 2014, 12:16:05 AM
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/subsurface-search-black-box-under-way-n71526

First published April 3rd 2014, 10:57 pm
Subsurface Search for Black Box Under Way

Almost two dozen planes and ships trawled 135,000 square miles of ocean Friday trying to find the black box of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The Australian navy ship Ocean Shield was towing a U.S.-supplied "pinger locator" that can scan beneath the surface for whatever faint signals the jet's battery-powered data recorder might still be sending almost a month after it disappeared with 239 people on board.

Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Center said one possible alert was picked up, but it was soon "discounted."

"False alerts may be experienced from biological sources such as whales or interference from shipping noise," it said.

Eight other ships, 10 military planes and four civil jets were taking part in Friday's search, which covers essentially the same area that was searched Thursday, Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told reporters Friday. It's about 1,050 miles north of the western Australian port of Perth.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 04, 2014, 12:29:01 AM
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/03/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

Flight 370: Search resumes with high-tech help, hopes for breakthrough
By Jethro Mullen, Elizabeth Joseph and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
April 4, 2014 -- Updated 0349 GMT (1149 HKT)

 ::snipping3::
The Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo and the Australian naval supply ship Ocean Shield have begun an underwater search for wreckage as time is running out for the batteries powering the beacons on the plane's flight recorders.

The two ships are using advanced equipment to search a single 240-kilometer track, said retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the head of the joint coordination center.

The Ocean Shield is equipped with the TPL-25, a giant underwater microphone that will listen for the pings from the flight data recorders and the Bluefin-21, an underwater robot that can scour the ocean bed, looking for signs of wreckage.

But until searchers can find a confirmed piece of debris from the plane, which would give them a clearer idea of where the main wreckage might be located, there is no certainty the sophisticated listening technology is being directed in the right area.

"Really the best we can do right now is put these assets in the best location -- the best guess we have -- and kind of let them go," U.S. Navy Cmdr. William Marks told CNN. "Until we get conclusive evidence of debris, it is just a guess."


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 04, 2014, 12:35:51 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr007.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Pinger locator equipment commences operation
Media Release
 4 April 2014


The Royal Australian Navy and Royal Navy have today commenced a sub-surface search for emissions from the black-box pinger from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Using the Towed Pinger Locator (TPL) from the United States Navy on Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield and a similar capability on HMS Echo, the two ships will search a single 240 kilometre track, converging on each other.

This will be the first time that a sub-surface search will have been conducted in the search, in an attempt to detect the signal from the black-box of MH370.

The Commander of Joint Task Force 658, Commodore Peter Leavy, said the two ships and their towed-pinger equipment would be operating at significantly reduced speed to search at depths of three thousand metres or more.

“There has not been any change in the search,” Commodore Leavy said.

“No hard evidence has been found to date so we have made the decision to search a sub-surface area on which the analysis has predicted MH370 is likely to have flown.

“While the preference for search operations is to use physical evidence and then drift modelling to determine a smaller sub-surface search area, the search track is considered to be the best estimate possible for an area likely to contain the crashed aircraft.

“The equipment on Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield and HMS Echo can only operate effectively at reduced speed, around three knots.

“The search using sub-surface equipment needs to be methodical and carefully executed in order to effectively detect the faint signal of the pinger.”

Functionality tests were carried out on the TPL, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and transducer pole to prove its effectiveness during transit to the search area. All the acoustic sensors, GPS positioning, tracking and frequency systems and positioning of the equipment completed a functionality test.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 04, 2014, 12:38:45 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr008.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search update
Media Release
 4 April 2014—pm


Today there have been some sightings of objects reported by ships in the search area but none were associated with MH370 (as at 1900 AEDT).

The Royal Australian Navy, using the Towed Pinger Locator from the United States Navy on Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield, and the Royal Navy, with a similar capability on HMS Echo, today began the underwater search for emissions from the black-box pinger from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

A total of 14 aircraft and 11 ships were involved in today's search activities.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority determined a search area of about 217,000 square kilometres, 1700 kilometres North West of Perth.

Weather in the search area was good, with visibility greater than 10 kilometres.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 04, 2014, 02:48:24 PM
 ::MonkeyTears::

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465174/go-home-mental-health-experts-urge-families-missing-chinese-passngers

'Go home', mental health experts urge families of missing Chinese passngers on flight MH370
PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 April, 2014, 11:49pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 April, 2014, 1:32am
Teddy Ng in Kuala Lumpur

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Relatives of Chinese passengers pray in Beijing yesterday. Photo: AP

Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight should return home to start the recovery process, mental health experts say.

Such a prolonged period disconnected from friends and family was having an adverse effect on their well-being and keeping them locked in the early stages of the grieving process, the experts said.

Families of many of the 239 people on board the flight were taken to hotels in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur when news broke on March 8 that it had vanished.

As the days passed and leads dried up, many - particularly some of the Chinese - became frustrated and vented their anger towards officials and journalists.

Public sympathy has started to wane, leading the Chinese government to distance itself from their comments and accusations.

Paul Yin, a psychologist volunteering at the Lido Hotel in Beijing, said grouping families together had helped in co-ordinating the operation but it was time for them to go home, where he hoped the authorities would ensure they were properly cared for.

Sean Lee, a counsellor who has provided help for some 10 Malaysian families in Kuala Lumpur, said their response had been more muted.

When Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the flight had "ended" over the Indian Ocean, he said, the Malaysian reaction had "not been as strong as expected".

That was a sign they had overcome the disbelief characteristic of the initial stages of trauma, he added, and pointed to the Malaysians' strong religious beliefs as a possible reason.

"Religion helps people to face a situation where they feel powerless to change anything. They will leave everything to God," he said.

"[For the Chinese], demanding the truth is something they believe they can do for their family members."
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 04, 2014, 08:45:57 PM
Search on Saturday, April 5, 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr009.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
5 April 2014—am


Up to 10 military planes, three civil jets and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Today ADV Ocean Shield and HMS Echo continue underwater search operations.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has determined a search area of about 217,000 square kilometres, 1700 kilometres north west of Perth.

Today's search area will focus on three areas within the same vicinity.

The weather forecast for today's search is fair, with possible showers in the search area.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 04, 2014, 09:28:57 PM
So sad

http://www.dailyastorian.com/news/nation_world/china-s-tomb-day-with-no-body-how-to-mourn/article_51a94506-811c-5256-983d-eb7d6775f9b8.html

China's tomb day: With no body, how to mourn?
Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014 1:26 am |  Updated: 5:05 am, Fri Apr 4, 2014.   

ZIWEI VILLAGE, China (AP) — The Li family wonders how to spend Saturday's annual Tomb-Sweeping Day. The three Li brothers usually visit their mother's grave in their rugged village in northeast China, but absent this year is the youngest brother — a passenger aboard the missing Malaysian airliner.
 
Should they add 34-year-old Li Zhixin to those they should mourn? If so, how would they do that without a grave? And what if he is still alive?
 
Their state of limbo reflects one of the emotional struggles for the families of Chinese passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The culture places a strong emphasis on recovering the body of a dead person before closure can properly begin.
  ::snipping3::
On Tomb-Sweeping Day, families typically visit the ancestral burial plot to clean the graves and present offerings of fruit and burn paper money. Some set off firecrackers for good luck and to drive off evil spirits. Such traditions are strong in rural areas, though they are falling by the wayside as people migrate to the cities.

The Chinese believe the body to be the carrier of one's soul, said Han Gaonian, a folklorist at Lanzhou-based Northwest Normal University. "If you have the body, then the soul has a place to be," he said.

Those presumed dead and whose bodies cannot be returned usually get a grave with their clothes buried, Han said.

But there is no ritual of mourning for those whose fates are unknown.

"People still hope they may return alive," Han said, referring to the passengers on Flight 370. "And in some rural areas, families may hold some ritual of calling back the soul of the missing, alive or dead."
 ::snipping3::
The father and eldest son, Li Jingxin, traveled to Beijing the day after the plane went missing. But they were frustrated by the lack of information provided by airline officials, and the father returned home a few days later.

"Pigs cherish their piglets, dogs cherish their puppies, and we humans cherish our children," he said. "There has not been a day that I do not miss my child."


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 01:48:55 AM
Video at the link

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/05/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

MH370: Scanners scour ocean depths for pings; no hard clues on flight simulator
By Pam Brown and Ben Brumfield, CNN
April 5, 2014 -- Updated 0503 GMT (1303 HKT)

(CNN) -- Four weeks to the day since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, the trawling for clues goes on.

The search for physical evidence continues Saturday -- both on the surface of the southern Indian Ocean and deep below it.

The search for digital clues on the hard drives of a flight simulator in the home of one of the pilots turned up nothing conclusive. There was no "we got it" information, a U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN late Friday.

There were some "curious" things, given the situation, the official said. The captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, had programmed several alternate routes into the simulator, but it appeared he had done so to come up with safe plans of action in case of emergencies aboard the plane, the official said.

The searches appear to be what an experienced and professional pilot would do, the official said.
 ::snipping3::
Up to 10 military planes and three civilian aircraft -- in addition to 11 ships -- will be looking Saturday for any sign of Flight 370, according to the Australian government.

The search area will be just under 84,000 square miles (217,000 square kilometers), which is slightly less than the area searched Friday, and will focus some 1,050 miles northwest of Perth. This is about 50 miles further from the western Australian city than was the case a day earlier.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 01:54:42 AM
Search area for Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the link

https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/asset.amsa.gov.au/MH370+Day+19/Charts/2014_04_05_cumulative_search_handout.pdf

INCIDENT 2014/1475
SEARCH FOR MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370
AREA SEARCHED

Legend
Saturday 05 April 2014 (planned)
Tuesday 18 March - Friday 04 April 2014


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 01:43:11 PM
Australia Time

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr010.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Media Reporting on Chinese Ship Detection of Electronic Pulse Signals
Last Updated: 6 April, 2014


The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said reports that the Chinese ship, Haixun 01, had detected electronic pulse signals in the Indian Ocean related to MH370 could not be verified at this point in time.

“I have been advised that a series of sounds have been detected by a Chinese ship in the search area. The characteristics reported are consistent with the aircraft black box. A number of white objects were also sighted on the surface about 90 kilometres from the detection area. However, there is no confirmation at this stage that the signals and the objects are related to the missing aircraft,“ Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret'd) said.

“Advice tonight from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is that they cannot verify any connection to the missing aircraft.

“The RCC in Australia has spoken to the RCC in China and asked for any further information that may be relevant.

“The deployment of RAAF assets to the area where the Chinese ship detected the sounds is being considered.

“I will provide further updates if, and when, more information becomes available.”


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 02:02:56 PM
I think that something was mentioned on the radio that they heard it again and managed to record it.  Waiting for confirmation.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26902127

5 April 2014 Last updated at 11:50 ET
Malaysia missing plane search China ship 'picks up signal'

A Chinese ship searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean has picked up a pulse signal, Chinese media say.

They say the signal has a frequency of 37.5kHz - the same as those emitted by the flight recorders.

However there is no evidence so far that it is linked to MH370.

Dozens of ships and planes have joined the search, with the operation moving into its most intensive phase before batteries on the data recorders fade.

On Saturday the Haixun 01 - one of two Chinese ships in the area - picked up the signal at about 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

"It is yet to be established whether it is related to the missing jet," it cautioned.

China's Liberation Daily reported that three people on board had heard the signals, which were not recorded as they came suddenly.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 02:08:03 PM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303532704579482802317898332?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303532704579482802317898332.html

Chinese Ship Hears Unidentified Ping in Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Updated April 5, 2014 12:19 p.m. ET

PERTH, Australia—A Chinese vessel searching for signs of missing  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU 0.00%     Flight 370 detected an unidentified pulse signal on Saturday in the southern Indian Ocean, according to China's state-controlled news agency.

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston said he was optimistic about the report. But he and other Australian and Chinese officials cautioned that there was no proof the signal is related to the jetliner, which authorities believe crashed into the ocean on March 8 with 239 people on board.

Earlier reports of potential signs of the plane, such as debris spotted floating in the ocean, have turned out to be false.

A Chinese vessel equipped with a so-called black-box detector on Saturday picked up a pulse signal in the designated search area of the southern Indian Ocean, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Xinhua said China's Haixun 01 patrol ship "discovered a pulse signal" with a frequency of 37.5 kilohertz at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 02:15:25 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/05/malaysia-flight-search-navy/7342255/

Australia: Signal 'consistent' with aircraft black box
Laura Petrecca, USA TODAY 2:05 p.m. EDT April 5, 2014

A potential new clue to the whereabouts of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 emerged Saturday, with a Chinese patrol ship detecting a pulse signal coming from the search area, according to reports from China's official news agency, Xinhua.

A "black box detector" deployed by Chinese ship Haixun 01 "detected a pulse signal" in southern Indian Ocean waters, Xinhua said late Saturday local time. The signal was picked up around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude.

Also on Saturday, Xinhua reported a Chinese air force plane spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area, which is northwest of the Australian city of Perth.

The Australian government agency coordinating the search said that those reports, as well as any connection between the pings and the missing plane, could not be immediately verified.

"I have been advised that a series of sounds have been detected by a Chinese ship in the search area. The characteristics reported are consistent with the aircraft black box," said Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, in an e-mailed statement. "A number of white objects were also sighted on the surface about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from the detection area. However, there is no confirmation at this stage that the signals and the objects are related to the missing aircraft."
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 07:39:51 PM
Australia Time--Sunday, April 6, 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr011.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
6 April 2014—am


Up to 10 military planes, 2 civil planes and 13 ships will assist in Sunday's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has three separate search areas planned for today about 2,000 kilometres north west of Perth, which total approximately 216,000 square kilometres.

Weather in the search area is expected to be good with a cloud base of 2,500 feet and visibility greater than 10 kilometres.

Reports overnight that the Chinese ship, Haixun 01, has detected electronic pulse signals in the Indian Ocean related to MH370 cannot be verified at this point in time.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on April 05, 2014, 09:22:13 PM
http://news.malaysia.msn.com/tmi/pinger-maker-sceptical-that-pulse-signal-in-indian-ocean-from-mh370-says-cnn
Pinger maker sceptical that pulse signal in Indian Ocean from MH370, says CNN
April 5, 2014

Anish Patel, president of Dukane Seacom, which manufactured the batteries in the two black boxes on the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, told the international broadcaster that his level of scepticism was high, after hearing reports that a Chinese patrol ship has detected a single pulse signal in the Indian Ocean.
“My degree of scepticism is high&hellip; have to get some corroboration. I’d like to see some additional assets put on site quickly&hellip; maybe some sonar buoys in water in that location,” Patel said.

“(I’d) also would like to understand why not two signals. There should be a second beacon from either the flight data recorder or the voice recorder&hellip; so if the recorders are adjacent or near each other or in reasonable proximity&hellip; one (1.6km) or two miles (3.2km), they should have detected possibly two signals.”

AFP reports today the Australian authorities leading the multinational search for the jet had also advised a high degree of caution over the Chinese announcement, stressing that no link to MH370 had been confirmed.

"I have been advised that a series of sounds have been detected by a Chinese ship in the search area," Angus Houston, the chief coordinator of Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre, said in a statement.

"However, there is no confirmation at this stage that the signals and the objects are related to the missing aircraft," the retired air chief marshal said.

"The characteristics reported are consistent with the aircraft black box," he said, adding that a number of white objects were sited about 90km away.

Patel told CNN: “Let’s get some additional assets in the water in the area so we can corroborate before we get everyone’s hopes up, before we disappoint these families one more time. We need to corroborate.”

A detector deployed by the Haixun 01 patrol ship picked up the signal around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude.

Patel said the signal number was right. “But it is the right number&hellip; hearing 37.5kHz&hellip; fantastic.”

Xinhua also reported that a Chinese air force plane had spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 09:34:55 PM
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/reports-chinese-ship-finds-pulse-signal-in-southern-indian-ocean-consistent-with-frequency-of-flight-mh370s-black-box/story-fnizu68q-1226875724698

Reports: Chinese ship finds ‘pulse signal’ in southern Indian Ocean, consistent with frequency of flight MH370’s black box
This story was published:  1 hour ago April 06, 2014 10:57AM

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MH370? ... A Chinese vessel has picked up a pulse signal at 25 degrees South, 101 degrees East. Source: Supplied

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According to the Royal Australian Navy’s mission commander on the Ocean Shield, James Lybrand, it would be expected that if a boat passed over the black box, the sound would quickly fade as the ship moved away.

It would then be required to turn back over the search area and “localise” the frequency emissions, which could take hours.

Commander Lybrand said yesterday there was “negligible” chance any pings at 37.5kHz was from biological sources, such as whales, and would almost certainly be from one of the two black boxes.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 10:08:14 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
50 MINs ago Update

Chinese Patrol Ship Detected Pulse in Indian Ocean Friday, Saturday
By James T. Areddy

A Chinese patrol ship in the southern Indian Ocean searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 two days in a row detected pulses consistent with a commercial airliner’s black box, according to the official China Central Television.

The report late Saturday from the Chinese state broadcaster said there is no confirmation that the pulses are from the missing plane and said other factors could explain the signals detected by the Chinese ship.

Speaking late Saturday from aboard the Haixun 01, which has a black-box detector to search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a CCTV reporter said that in addition to a pulse detected by experts aboard the ship that afternoon, signals on the same frequency also were detected a day earlier by the vessel.

In a brief Saturday evening, China’s official Xinhua news agency also reported the pulse detected Saturday. It said the Haixun’s black-box detector picked up the signal in a corridor of the southern Indian Ocean that is being scoured for signs of the plane that went missing March 8.

Both CCTV and Xinhua have reporters aboard the Haixun. Xinhua, which limited its report to three sentences and had downplayed the report on its main news page by Sunday morning, didn’t mention the Friday finding.

Officials quoted by state-run media in China, as well as in Australia and Malaysia, said they couldn’t confirm the origin of such a pulse.

The pulse on Saturday afternoon lasted around 1.5 minutes and on Friday continued for about 15 minutes, the CCTV report said. The television report said the pulse on Friday was at  a time when the area had ship traffic.

The pulses were emitted at the same frequency, 37.5 kilohertz, that is consistent with signals from a jetliner’s black box, according to the media reports, though they also said other factors could explain a pulse at that frequency.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 10:17:16 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-to-soon-become-even-more-difficult/

April 5, 2014, 9:13 PM
Report: Ship detects "pulse" signal in search for jet
Last Updated Apr 5, 2014 9:13 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia -- A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a "pulse signal" Saturday in Indian Ocean waters with the same frequency emitted by the plane's data recorders.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said a black box detector deployed by the ship, Haixun 01, picked up a signal at 37.5 kilohertz (cycles per second). However, Xinhua said it had not yet been determined whether the signal was related to the missing plane, citing the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center.

Malaysia's civil aviation chief, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, confirmed that the frequency emitted by Flight 370's black boxes was 37.5 kilohertz.

Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Center - the Australian government agency coordinating the search - said Saturday the Haixun's report of electronic pulse signals could not be verified at this time. U.S. officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA were not able to confirm the report, either.

Houston also said the report of a number of white objects on the water's surface about 90 kilometers from the signal detection area could not be confirmed to be related to the missing plane.

The deployment of Royal Australian Air Force assets to the area where the Chinese ship detected the sounds is being considered, Houston said.
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CBS News

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CBS



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on April 05, 2014, 10:34:32 PM
Part of me feels like maybe the searchers are on track and this is the missing plane from Flight 370.  Maybe there will be answers to the questions so many have waited for. Yet another part of me is afraid to get my hopes up.  I can't imagine how it's been for those connected to the missing plane and those aboard.   ::MonkeyNoNo:: 


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 10:42:25 PM
Agree, MuffyBee.  And the officials who are coordinating this challenging search should be announcing new developments--not reporters nor news media.  jmo


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 10:51:15 PM
Australia Maritime Safety Authority

At the link:  images and charts of search areas (planned, by date)

http://amsa.gov.au/media/incidents/mh370-search.asp

MH370 Search - Media kit


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2014, 10:58:49 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

23 MINs ago Update

Breaking

*Malaysia Govt Source: Technical Committee of Flight 370 Investigation Discussing China Report on Signal from Plane Black Box

*Malaysia Govt Source: Likely to Let Australia Verify Information Before Commentin



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2014, 12:10:14 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

27 MINs ago Update

Breaking: Australia’s JACC press conference on Chinese pulse signal detection

*Australia’s JACC: China Authorities Say Second Pulse Signal Detected

*Australia’s JACC: Second Pulse Signal Within 2 Kilometers of First

*Australia’s JACC: Australian Aircraft, Ships Headed for Pulse Detection Area

*Australia’s JACC: ADF Vessel Ocean Shield, HMS Echo Heading for Pulse Detection Location

*Australia’s JACC: Spoke to Chinese Authorities on Sunday Morning

*Australia’s JACC: First Detection by Chinese Vessel Was 36 Hours Ago

*Australia’s JACC: Corrected Satellite Data Makes Southern Part of Search Zone a Priority

*Australia’s JACC: ADF Ocean Shield Has Detected a Signal in Another Location

*Australia’s JACC: Ocean Shield Made Detection Within 90 Minutes Ago

*Australia’s JACC: Ocean Shield Will Investigate Its Detection

*Australia’s JACC: Ocean Shield About 300 Nautical Miles Away From Chinese Vessel


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2014, 12:54:55 AM
Press conference information--Former Defence Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Houston--Perth, Australia

http://www.news.com.au/world/second-signal-heard-during-search-for-black-box-from-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370/story-fndir2ev-1226875948524

Second signal heard during search for black box from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 
This story was published: one hour ago April 06, 2014 2:20PM

A SECOND signal that could be from the black box of missing flight MH370 has been detected 2km from the initial detection area. 
 
Chinese ship the Haixun 01 detected the signal late yesterday hours after it picked up an initial pulse signal.

Former Defence Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Houston — who is heading the Joint Agency Coordination Centre — described the signal as “an important and encouraging lead” but urged caution until anything could be confirmed.

He said Australian vessel the Ocean Shield is also investigating an “acoustic noise” about 300 nautical miles from the signals picked up by the Chinese vessel.

But authorities remain unable to confirm that the signals picked up are from the black box flight recorder of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which has been missing for a month.

HMS Echo and Australian vessel the Ocean Shield have been diverted to the area to assist in the search.

HMS Echo is expected to reach the area relatively quickly, but Ocean Shield is examining another “acoustic event” and will travel to the area once that had been fully investigated.

It will take over a day for it to reach the area.

The water where the Chinese vessel is operating is about 4500m deep.

“Any recovery operation is going to be very challenging and extremely demanding,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

However, he said it first had to be established that anything was down there and that search authorities were a long way from being able to do that.

He said the fact there had been two detections in that location “provides some promise that requires a full investigation of the location.”

The first signal was detected on Friday night while the second signal was picked up yesterday afternoon.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said that in the vast southern Indian Ocean, the two detections were very close together and had to be “investigated fully”.

He said the signals were picked up in the southern zone which search authorities felt was the most likely area to find the aircraft.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said a “correction” of satellite data picked up from MH370 in its final moments had firmed the search area in the southern area.

He said this put the “area of highest probability” in the southern part of the existing search area, close to where the Chinese vessel is operating.

About midday AEST today Ocean Shield picked up a “detection” which it was now investigating, authorities said.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said search authorities were “running out of time” to pick up signals from the black box recorder, with the 30-day battery life due to expire tomorrow.

He said the signal detected by the Ocean Shield was about 300 nautical miles from the signals picked up by the Chinese vessel.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2014, 01:17:02 AM
http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-malaysia-airlines-search-ping-20140405,0,5012897.story#axzz2y51kqUsV

Second ship picks up 'ping' in Malaysia Airlines jet search
April 5, 2014, 10:04 p.m.

BEIJING -- Searchers looking for the data recorders from missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 said Sunday that they were investigating underwater “acoustic events” in two distinct areas of the Indian Ocean – one picked up by an Australian vessel and two others recorded by a Chinese patrol ship.

The Australian military vessel Ocean Shield, towing a sophisticated pinger locator lent by the U.S. Navy, reported Sunday morning that it had picked up a signal, said Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating search efforts from Perth, Australia.

That report comes on the heels of a Saturday night report from the Chinese ship Haixun 01 that it had detected pulse signals both Friday and Saturday at 37.5 mHz, the same frequency used by an airplane flight data recorder.

PHOTOS: Search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet

Houston called the Haixun 01 findings  “the most promising lead” and said airplanes as well as the British ship Echo were in route to the area where Haixun 01 was operating to investigate further.  Commodore Peter Leavy, the task force commander in Perth, said it would take at least 14 hours for the Echo to arrive at that location.

Ocean Shield was farther away, about 300 nautical miles, and would not deploy to the vicinity of Haixun 01 until it had finished investigating the noise it had picked up, Houston said. Leavy said that  if Ocean Shield was sent to area the Haixun 01 is in, it would take more than a day to reach the site.

At a news conference from Perth, Houston said investigators had made a “correction” to their calculations – based on satellite data – as to where the Boeing 777 had most likely entered the Indian Ocean after disappearing March 8 with 239 people aboard.

As a result of the correction, searchers were going to focus Sunday on the southern portion of the designated search area, rather than the northern portion. The Haixun 01 is operating in the southern part of the zone, he said. Water in the vicinity is extremely deep – nearly 3 miles, he said.

“Any recovery operation is going to be quite challenging … if there is anything down there,” Houston said, and investigators are “a long way from making that conclusion.”

Houston cautioned that all of the pulses detected so far were brief and unverified.  These are “fleeting, fleeting acoustic events,” he said, rather than a continuous transmission.

“We need HMS Echo and Ocean Shield to come to [Haixun 01’s] location,” he said. “But the fact that we’ve had two detections, two acoustic events in that location provides some promise that requires a full investigation.”

The Chinese findings were publicized Saturday night through Chinese state-run media and appeared to catch Houston’s team off-guard. Asked Sunday about whether there were coordination efforts with the Chinese fleet participating in the search, Houston sought to play down any conflicts.

“On a search like this, with journalists traveling on ships and airplanes, information will come out that has to be responded to,” Houston said.  “I accept the reality of that.”
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on April 06, 2014, 10:04:42 AM
Agree, MuffyBee.  And the officials who are coordinating this challenging search should be announcing new developments--not reporters nor news media.  jmo


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Agreed.  Except some of the "officials" themselves have made announcements that were later changed.   ::MonkeyNoNo:: For example:  The last words that came from the cockpit was revised and initially it was announced the words were those of the copilot, and the latter is also being looked into. It depends on which "officials" do the announcing, if you know what I mean...   The reporters and media have made the situation so much worse, imo. 




http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/officials-release-new-last-words-missing-malaysia-flight-n67871
Officials Release New Last Words for Missing Malaysia Flight

Officials have revised the account of the last words that came from the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — the latest about-face in the ever-shifting investigation into the jet's disappearance.

The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation said Monday that the last communication with the air traffic controller was "Good night, Malaysian three seven zero."

Weeks earlier, officials reported the last words were: "Alright, good night."

The cause of the discrepancy was unclear.

Authorities also said they are still conducting a forensic investigation to determine who was talking — even though the airline's chief executive said two weeks ago that it appeared the co-pilot was the speaker.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on April 06, 2014, 10:57:42 AM
This looks like what we've been hoping for, grace-land;  an official verification and not from media nor reporters and sad to say but necessary, not from Malaysia officials, whom I no longer trust.  JMHO 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26912064
Malaysia flight MH370: Search ships to verify signals
April 6, 2014


Ships carrying sophisticated deep-sea sound equipment are heading to an area where a Chinese vessel searching for the missing Malaysian plane has twice detected a pulse signal.

An Australian naval vessel is first investigating a possible third signal elsewhere in the massive search zone.

None have been confirmed as coming from the flight recorders of MH370.

Meanwhile families of the missing passengers have attended a prayer service in Kuala Lumpur.
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Australian co-ordinators said on Sunday that new analysis of satellite data meant efforts would now focus on the southern part of the search zone, near where China's vessel is located.

'Some promise'
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said China's Haixan 01 had redetected a signal for about 90 seconds on Saturday, within hours of it being heard earlier.

He said the latest discovery was about 2km (1.2 miles) away from the original pulse, and that China had also reported spotting white objects on the surface of the water about 90km away.

"The fact that we have two detections - two acoustic events - in that location provides some promise," he said.

However he said these signals were "fleeting encounters" that could not be verified until the arrival of British naval ship HMS Echo and Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield.

Both vessels have technology able to detect underwater signals emitted by "black box" data recorders.

HMS Echo is sailing to the latest area and is expected to arrive within hours. The depth of the water in this zone is said to be about 4.5km (2.8 miles).
Ocean Shield - described by officials as the best equipped vessel taking part in the search - will head there once it has investigated a third acoustic detection about 300 nautical miles away (560km).

It is not expected to reach the southern area for over a day.

As crews began day 30 of the search on Sunday, Air Chief Marshal Houston told reporters investigators were "running out of time" in the search for the flight's "black box".

The battery-powered signal from recorder can begin to fade after 30 days.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2014, 01:58:32 PM
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26908884

6 April 2014 Last updated at 07:23 ET
MH370: Plane search signal 'important lead'

Australian co-ordinators in the search for the missing Malaysian plane say a Chinese ship has detected a pulse signal for a second time, within hours of it being heard earlier on Saturday.

Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston called the discovery in the southern Indian Ocean an "important and encouraging lead".

He warned that the data were still unverified.

British naval ship HMS Echo is sailing to the area to investigate further.

It is expected to arrive in the early hours of Monday.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2014, 02:03:10 PM
MuffyBee, it looks like we're getting closer to verification.

Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

48 MINs ago Twitter
Josée Rose@jcr616

British ship HMS Echo arrives in area where pings heard during #MH370 search - @BBCNews http://t.co/Nr5NwMqBGP



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2014, 08:28:44 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr012.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
7 April 2014—am


Up to nine military planes, three civil planes and 14 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The search area is expected to be approximately 234,000 square kilometres.

Good weather is expected throughout the day with showers in the afternoon although this is not expected to affect the search.

ADV Ocean Shield is continuing investigations in its own area.

HMS Echo is en route to assist the Chinese vessel Haixun 01, which detected pulse signals in the Indian Ocean.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2014, 08:55:06 PM
Australia Maritime Safety Authority

At the link:  images and charts of search areas (planned; by date--including latest chart for search on Monday, April 7, 2014)

http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/incidents/mh370-search.asp

MH370 Search - Media kit


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2014, 11:02:48 PM
I think the press conference is at 12 midnight eastern time.

Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

59 MINs ago  Update

Australia Search Authority to Hold Press Conference at 0400 GMT


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2014, 01:09:36 AM
Information from the news conference...

http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Possible-signals-from-lost-jet-s-black-boxes-heard-5380132.php

Possible signals from lost jet's black boxes heard
April 6, 2014 | Updated: April 6, 2014 11:56pm

PERTH, Australia (AP) — U.S. Navy equipment has picked up signals consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes, an Australian search official said Monday, describing the discovery as "a most promising lead" in the nearly month-long hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the search in the southern Indian Ocean, called it "very encouraging" but said it may take days to confirm whether signals picked up by the ship Ocean Shield are indeed from the flight recorders on Flight 370.

The Australian navy ship Ocean Shield, using a U.S. Navy towed pinger locator, detected the sounds on two occasions over a period totaling more than two and a half hours.

"Clearly this is a most promising lead, and probably in the search so far, it's the probably the best information that we have had," Houston said at a news conference.

"This would be consistent with transmissions from both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder," he said.

He said the position of the noise needs to be further refined, and then an underwater autonomous vehicle can be sent in to investigate.

"It could take some days before the information is available to establish whether these detections can be confirmed as being from MH370. In very deep oceanic water, nothing happens fast."
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Houston said the Ocean Shield detected two separate signal detections in the northern part of the defined search area, with the first detected for approximately two hours and 20 minutes, and the second for 13 minutes on the ship's return trip over the same area.

He said the depth in the area is approximately 4,500 meters (14,800 feet), and he cautioned that it was too early to say the transmissions were coming from the black boxes on the missing passenger jet.

"I would want more confirmation before we say this is it," he said. "Without wreckage, we can't say it's definitely here. We've got to go down and have a look and hopefully we'll find it somewhere in the area that we narrowed to."


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2014, 01:23:06 AM
Video at the link

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/mh37o-angus-houston-confirms-signal-detected-by-ocean-shield-are-consistent-with-black-box/story-fni0fiyv-1226876424791

MH37O: Angus Houston confirms signal detected by Ocean Shield are consistent with black box 
April 07, 2014 3:06PM

IN A major development in the search for MH370, Angus Houston has confirmed the Ocean Shield has detected signals consistent with aircraft black boxes, describing the lead as the most promising yet. 
 
Air Chief Marshal Houston called the development significant, saying “this is the most promising lead, probably in the search so far, it’s probably the best information we’ve had”.

The search coordinator told reporters more signals have been detected by a towed pinger locator deployed by the Australian vessel Ocean Shield.

“Today, I can report some very encouraging information which has unfolded over the last 24 hours,” he told reporters in Perth.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said the signals are “consistent with those emitted by aircraft black boxes.”

“Two separate signal detections have occurred within the northern part of the defined search area.” The first was held for more than two hours, the second for about 13 minutes.

“On this occasion, two distinct pinger returns were audible.”

He said both would be consistent with transmissions from the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder.

Air Chief Marshal Houston described the find as “the most promising lead” yet.

“We haven’t found the aircraft yet,” he stressed, arguing further confirmation is needed.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said the position of the signals would need to be fixed before an autonomous underwater vehicle ‘Blue Fin 21’ could be deployed to locate wreckage.

“The area in which the signals have been received has a depth of approximately 4,500 metres,” he warned, adding it is also the “limit of capability of the autonomous underwater vehicle.”

He further argued it could take time to establish with certainty if the detections are from MH370.

“You’re right, the life of the batteries must be getting somewhere close to the end of life,” he admitted, when asked about the black box.

“We’re already one day past the advertised shelf life. We hope that it keeps going for a little bit longer,” he said.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2014, 10:24:21 AM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304640104579487052848857172?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304640104579487052848857172.html

Pings Add New Hope to Search Efforts for Missing Flight 370
April 7, 2014 7:38 a.m. ET

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The towed pinger locator (TPL-25) is towed behind the Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean in this picture released by the Australian navy on April 5. Reuters

PERTH, Australia—Around 9 a.m. on April 4, the MV Ocean Shield dropped its underwater black box detector where experts thought  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU +2.44%     Flight 370 had gone into the sea—a thin strip of ocean off the remote northwestern coast of Australia.

Less than 48 hours later, against the odds, the ship had picked up a continual stream of high-frequency pings. Each pulse arrived a second apart, like a human heartbeat.
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(http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/AI-CH799_AUSSHI_NS_20140407090307.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2014, 02:04:02 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

5 HRs ago  Update
Malaysia Not Declaring Airplane Lost Yet


By Jason Ng, Gaurav Raghuvanshi and Richard C. Paddock

As ships search for the flight recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Monday that his country isn’t ready to declare the plane lost.

Mr. Hishammuddin, who is also acting minister of transport, told a news conference that Malaysia will consult with all investigating agencies and foreign governments on when to declare the Boeing 777-200 lost with no survivors so relatives can start accessing the bank accounts of the missing passengers and crew and begin to submit insurance claims.

Malaysian officials have insisted that they don’t view the plane as lost, though on March 24, Prime Minister Najib Razak said the flight “ended” in the Indian Ocean. A multinational team is now searching there for the plane and its data recorders. Mr. Najib stopped short of saying the aircraft crashed, though he noted there were no nearby places to land.

“It’s a very fine line that we are walking,” Mr. Hishammuddin said. “It really depends very much on how we move forward on deciding the timeline and how families cope with it.”

Malaysia Airlines was criticized by relatives of Chinese passengers when it told families just before Mr. Najib’s March statement that they had to “assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived.”

Mr. Hishammuddin said discussions with the families of the passengers and crew aboard the Beijing-bound flight have resulted in “many requests, some [of them] conflicting.”

Some families don’t wish to discuss insurance claims and some have pressed for more details before making their next move, Mr. Hishammuddin said. “I have always said to the families, miracles do happen.”

The Australian navy over the weekend picked up extended signals from deep underwater that may have come from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s two “black box” flight recorders. Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is leading the multinational search, said the lead appeared to be the best so far.

“The new development over the last hours has been the most promising lead that we have,” Mr. Hishammuddin said, adding that Malaysia is “cautiously hopeful there will be a positive development in the next few days if not hours.”

Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told The Wall Street Journal that the company is in discussion with authorities and others on the final status of Flight 370.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on April 07, 2014, 03:34:02 PM
 ::MonkeyShocked::

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/04/07/malaysia-airlines-searchers-say-more-pings-consistent-with-black-boxes-heard/
Malaysian authorities hope for survivors after new lead on missing jet's black box
April 7, 2014

The Malaysian defense minister said Monday that searchers have not ruled out the possibility of survivors among the 239 people missing after a Malaysia Airlines jet mysteriously vanished after taking off from Kuala Lumpur 30 days ago.

There is new hope of finding the plane after Angus Houston, a retired Australian Air Force Chief Marshal coordinating the search mission, said a ship had detected separate pulse signals that were "consistent with transmissions from both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder," or so-called black boxes.

A multinational operation to find the Boeing 777 after its baffling disappearance continues in the southern Indian Ocean, but after weeks of false leads and millions of dollars in equipment and personnel, the families of those on board the plane may have a reason to believe their loved ones could be alive. 

"I have always said to the families: 'miracles do happen,'" Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters at a briefing in Kuala Lampur Monday. "We continue to hope and pray for survivors," he added, according to a report in the UK newspaper, The Telegraph.

The new pulse signals suggest search teams are now “very close” to pinpointing the black box’s location. But Hishammuddin cautioned that there are still “many steps to be taken” to check if the signals are linked to Flight MH370.

Malaysian officials said Monday they were "cautiously hopeful" for decisive developments in the search for the plane, hours after the Australian search coordinator Houston reported the new lead on the black boxes in an area of the Indian Ocean nearly 3 miles deep, hundreds of miles off the western coast of Australia.

Houston told reporters in Perth, Australia, Monday that the latest detection of signals was "very encouraging" and "the best information we have.

"We've got a visual indication on a screen and we've also got an audible signal," Houston said, "and the audible signal sounds to me just like an emergency locator beacon."

However, he also stressed that the new findings did not constitute discovery of the plane, which disappeared early on the morning of March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

"We have not found the plane," said Houston, who added that it may take days to confirm whether signals picked up by the Australian ship Ocean Shield are indeed from the flight recorders. Houston said the position of the noise needs to be further refined and an underwater autonomous vehicle can be sent in to investigate.

"In very deep oceanic water," Houston said, "nothing happens fast."

Hishammuddin said searchers are “hoping for a positive development in the next few days, if not hours.”

There is little time left to find the devices, which have beacons that emit "pings" so they can be more easily found. However, the beacons' batteries last only about a month. Tuesday marks exactly one month since the plane disappeared.

"Right now our main focus is on this new lead. This is something that is very positive. I really do hope that we find something concrete out of this," Hishammuddin said.

Chen Zesheng, 63, whose cousin was on the plane, said his family was treating the latest developments with caution.

"We are sort of getting used to this kind of new finding now," he told The Telegraph.

"They have to find the wreckage of the plane otherwise they say this and they say that but none of it has actually been confirmed."
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on April 07, 2014, 07:27:46 PM
 :2thinky: :2thinky: :2thinky: :2thinky:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/04/07/conflicting-reports-of-potential-mh370-pings-shows-chinas-confused-status-in-investigation/
Conflicting reports of potential Flight 370 pings shows China’s confused status in investigation
April 7, 2014

As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 enters its second month, an all-too-rare glimmer of good news has been found: On Sunday, an Australian navy vessel reported signals “consistent” with those emitted by an airplane’s black box in the South Indian Ocean.
These aren't the only signals, or "pings," that have been heard. At first glance, the news out of Australia appears to back up reports from China, where state media reported over the weekend that a Chinese vessel had also found audio pulses.
But there's a problem. The two sets of signals are 300 nautical miles apart. Experts say it is unlikely they could be coming from the same origin. What's more, Australian investigators told reporters that they did not hear about China's possible signal until it was published by Xinhua News Agency on Friday. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that same day that Australia had to ask China for more information after Xinhua's report came out.
The situation appears to expose one of the practical problems of conducting a search as vast and complicated as the one for Flight 370: China's intense interest but confused status in the investigation.
More...


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2014, 09:19:48 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr013.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
8 April 2014—am


Up to eleven military planes, three civil planes and 14 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

AMSA has directed the search of one large search area today of approximately 77,580 square kilometres, 2268 kilometres north west of Perth.

The first flight is expected to depart at 6:00am WST.

Good weather is expected for searching throughout the day.

The underwater search continues today, with ADV Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and HMS Echo at the southern end.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2014, 09:28:18 PM
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/07/world/malaysia-alrlines-plane-questions/

More pings raise more questions about missing plane 
April 7, 2014 -- Updated 2221 GMT (0621 HKT)

 ::snipping3::
On Monday, U.S. Navy Commander William Marks told CNN from the search operation that the inability of the Ocean Shield's pinger locator to find the signals again more than a day since the last reception caused initial optimism to become "more and more cautious."

What next?

The Ocean Shield and its towed pinger locator continue to search the area where it detected the signals to try to hear them again. If they do, searchers would send out a Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle with a more accurate sonar and possibly a camera for mapping and studying the the ocean floor, Leavy said.

"At the moment that's not deployed," he told reporters. "The focus is on trying to reacquire the acoustic signal that they had" by the end of Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the website MarineTraffic.com indicated Monday that three ships were searching a spot further to the south where the Haixun 01, a Chinese patrol boat, reportedly detected pulse signals on Saturday.

Another Chinese vessel and the HMS Echo of Britain's Royal Navy joined the Haixun 01 in the area, according to the website, which has been reliable in reporting the movements of search vessels.

Officials had said they would send additional resources to help the Haixun 01 try to find the source of pulse signals it detected on the same 37.5 kHz frequency used by airplane recorders.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2014, 09:54:53 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/07/malaysia-plane-search/7406823/

Searchers to launch sub in hunt for black boxes
9:51 p.m. EDT April 7, 2014

Search crews pursuing underwater electronic pings that could be from the missing Malaysian jetliner's black boxes plan to launch an underwater vessel into the Indian Ocean, officials said.

Warren Truss, Australia's acting prime minister, said the crew on board the Australian ship Ocean Shield will launch the underwater vehicle, the Bluefin 21 autonomous sub, Tuesday. The sub can create a sonar map of the area to chart any debris on the sea floor.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2014, 10:08:55 PM
From CNN

News conference from Australia in 40 minutes


11:00 PM ET


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2014, 11:40:55 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
30 MINs ago Update
Australian Air Chief Marshal Says No Further Contacts With Any Black Box Signal


Australia’s Defense Minister Says Search Still a ‘Herculean’ Task
Australia’s Defense Minister Says Several Days of Intense Action Ahead
Australia Minister Says Intense Action Taking Place While Black Box Locators Still Believed Active
Australian Air Chief Marshal Says No Further Contacts With Any Black Box Signal
Australian Air Chief Marshal Houston Says Won’t Deploy Submersible Without Another Signal
Air Chief Marshal Says Advice From Experts Is Signal Frequency Was Credible
Air Chief Marshal Says Current Search Area Still Too Large for a Submersible
Australia’s Defense Minister Says Surface Search For Debris Still Valuable
Australia’s Defense Minister Says Signals Are the ‘Most Positive Lead We’ve Had’
Australia’s Defense Minister Says Inmarsat Calculations Have Never Been Done Before


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 08, 2014, 12:29:22 PM
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/04/08/with-growing-optimism-search-for-flight-370-continues/

11:23 am HKT
Apr 8, 2014
China Real Time
With Growing Optimism, Search for Flight 370 Continues

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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 08, 2014, 12:38:18 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

3 HRs ago  World
Decisions Loom for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Searchers

Next Phase of Search Would Require Deployment of Submersible Drone

With almost three days passing since possible "black box" signals have been picked up, searchers for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 face a decision over moving the search to a new phase with the deployment of an unmanned submersible to crawl the ocean floor.

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In this photo taken on April 1 provided by the U.S. Navy, the Bluefin 21, Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle is hoisted back on board the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield after successful buoyancy testing in the Indian Ocean.
 Associated Press


The ADV Ocean Shield continued to search for signals of Flight 370′s black boxes on Tuesday but failed to find any new leads. It is now almost three days since the ship’s crew last picked up a ping early Sunday.

The likelihood grows with each passing hour that the batteries on the flight’s locator beacons have drained. The towed pinger locator, essentially an underwater microphone, will become useless at that point, and will require the search to enter a new phase with the deployment of the unmanned Bluefin-21 submersible to crawl the ocean floor.

The Ocean Shield cannot use its submersible drone and its black box detecting equipment at the same time, according to the head of the search, Chief Air Marshal Angus Houston. So choosing to deploy the Bluefin-21 would mark a definitive switch in the search: effectively signaling an end to hopes that further location pings from the black boxes can be picked up.

Switching to the submersible won’t be done lightly—if the site the Ocean Shield has found is the wrong one, deploying the slow-moving underwater drone too early could sacrifice chances to find the black boxes with the towed pinger locator at a different site during the last remaining hours that their batteries remain active.

At the moment, other ships and submersibles have been ordered to stay away from the Ocean Shield while it conducts its searches. Even the slightest noise from another craft can confuse the black box detector it’s towing behind it, creating a false signal.

But once the pinger locator’s 6,000-meter cable is finally reeled in, a swarm of support vessels and submersible search devices are likely to enter the area.

If the search site can be narrowed through the triangulation of the collected underwater pings, then the Ocean Shield’s 17-foot yellow drone may be all that is needed to finally discover the wreckage of Flight 370.

The Bluefin-21 can be programmed to conduct a specific search mission of around 20 hours, using side-scan sonar to scroll back and forth looking for unique features on the ocean floor. Once hauled back on board, its data is downloaded and analyzed.

If operators on board the Ocean Shield discover an anomaly on the seabed, then the Bluefin-21 will have its sonar scanning equipment stripped off and replaced with a high-grade underwater camera. The submersible can only accommodate one of the two systems at a time.

After another 20 hour mission, 3-4 hours of download time, and further analysis of camera imagery, the fate of the plane may be known when four experts from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau aboard the boat, and 11 onsite crew from Phoenix International Holdings Inc., the company under contract to the U.S. Navy to provide the Bluefin-21 and towed pinger locator, scrutinize camera images to identify wreckage from the missing plane.

But evidence from Bluefin-21 showing a crash site could also take far longer to obtain that two 20 hour missions, depending on the size of the search area and many other factors.

A U.S. Navy memo from Tuesday said that picking up more signals from the locator beacons could help improve the estimated position of the black boxes from within two miles to within “a couple of hundred yards,” limiting the number of sorties the Bluefin-21 may need to be sent out on.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 08, 2014, 06:55:04 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr014.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
9 April 2014—am


Up to 11 military aircraft, four civil aircraft and 14 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today AMSA has planned a search area of about 75,423 square kilometres.

The centre of the search area is approximately 2261 kilometres north west of Perth.

A weak front is moving in from the south east, expected to bring scattered showers.

The underwater search continues today, with ADV Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and HMS Echo at the southern end.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 08, 2014, 11:06:45 PM
Press conference from Australia--NOW on CNN!



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 08, 2014, 11:38:43 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

20 MINs ago Twitter 
Jason Ng@ByJasonNg

Australia says four signals found, but won't deploy submersible just yet #MH370 LIVE UPDATE: http://t.co/Xf1g1K46EB

23 MINs ago Twitter
Jason Ng@ByJasonNg

#MH370 BREAKING:Australia Air Chief Marshal Says Ocean Shield Has Reacquired Possible Black Box Signals Twice

25 MINs ago Twitter
WSJ Asia@WSJAsia

Breaking: Australia says four signals found, not at point of deploying submersible in Flight 370 search. #MH370 http://t.co/jdwE2sTJHv

31 MINs ago Update
Breaking

*Australia Air Chief Marshal Says Analysis of Initial Pings Found Signals Consistent With Flight Data Recorder

35 MINs ago Update
Breaking

*Australia Air Chief Marshal Says Not Yet at Point of Deploying Submersible

36 MINs ago Update
Breaking

*Australia Air Chief Marshal Says Ocean Shield Has Reacquired Possible Black Box Signals Twice

*Australia Air Chief Marshal Says Have Now Detected Four Signals in Same Area

37 MINs ago Twitter
WSJ Asia@WSJAsia

Australian officials are giving a press conference on #MH370. Follow our streaming coverage: http://t.co/1CJVpwfuvU


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 08, 2014, 11:53:10 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/International/underwater-signals-located-flight-370-search-area/story?id=23249737

New Underwater Signals Detected in Flight 370 Search Area
April 8, 2014

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Maps released by Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre show the location of signals detected by a pinger locator towed by the Ocean Shield.

Australia officials say new signals have been detected in the southern Indian Ocean, consistent with the pings of a plane's black box. Officials believe that the pings could be connected to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing March 8 with 239 people on board.

Sound-locating equipment on board the Ocean Shield reacquired the signal on two occasions, Angus Houston, the retired Australian air chief marshal who is heading the search operation far off Australia's west coast, said.

Search crews detected several "pings"

The signal was held Tuesday afternoon for 5 minutes, and later Tuesday for about 7 minutes, Houston said.
Those signals allow search crews to narrow the search area into a more manageable size.

Wreckage still needs to be found in order for authorities to know for sure that this is the plane's final resting place, Young said, but the reacquired signals mark a new turning point in the difficult search.

"I believe we are searching in the right area," he said.

Authorities still have not deployed a submarine in the area.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 08, 2014, 11:58:05 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/08/malaysia-plane-search/7451461/

Searchers for missing plane again hear underwater pings
11:46 p.m. EDT April 8, 2014

Australian searchers have relocated an underwater electronic signal that could be from the missing Malaysian jetliner in the Indian Ocean, the search coordinator says, allowing them to narrow the focus of their effort to find wreckage.

Angus Houston, who is leading the joint search, said in Perth on Wednesday that equipment aboard the Australian ship Ocean Shield twice reacquired signals first detected last week that could be coming from the black box data and voice recorders on board the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

He said the ship has now heard the signal a total of four times, most recently a seven-minute transmission Tuesday night.

The new data has allowed searchers to further reduce the size of the search area, Houston said.

"I believe we are searching in the right area'' for the wreckage, he said.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 09, 2014, 12:08:32 AM
Video at the link

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/08/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: 2 new signals in search area buoys hope
April 9, 2014 -- Updated 0356 GMT (1156 HKT)

 ::snipping3::
On Tuesday, the ship once again reacquired the signals. That's four signals in the same broad area: two on Saturday; two on Tuesday.

"I believe we are searching in the right area but we need to visually identify wreckage before we can confirm with certainty that this is the final resting place of MH370," Houston said.

The second piece of good news? Authorities analyzed the signals picked up Saturday and determined they were not of natural origin and was likely sourced from specific electronic equipment.

"They believe the signals to be consistent with the specification and description of a flight data recorder," Houston said.

Signals getting weaker

Wednesday is Day 33 in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing March 8. It was carrying 239 people.

Authorities haven't given up trying. Instead, they are pinning their hopes on the so-pings.

But time is not on their side.

The batteries powering the flight recorders' locator beacons are certified to be working for 30 days. Stored in a plane's tail, they are designed to begin sending off distinct, high-pitched signals as soon as they come in contact with water.

"The signals are getting weaker. Which means we're either moving away from the search area or the pinger batteries are dying," Houston said.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 09, 2014, 12:18:53 AM
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-09/plane-hunt-fails-to-replicate-signal-as-search-narrows.html

Australian Ship Reacquires Pinger Signals in Jet Search
 Apr 8, 2014 10:33 PM CT

 ::snipping3::
The Ocean Shield, pulling the U.S. Navy towed pinger locator, acquired two more signals, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is heading the search operations, said today. The vessel, which previously picked up two signals, is now searching a much more concentrated area. No debris has been found, said Houston, who heads the Joint Agency Coordination Centre.

“We are searching in the right area,” Houston told reporters, adding further search and visual confirmation are needed to determine the final resting place of MH370.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 09, 2014, 12:29:50 AM
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/malaysia_flight_370_ship_detec.html

Malaysia Flight 370: Ship detects again signal that could be pings from black box
on April 08, 2014 at 11:16 PM, updated April 08, 2014 at 11:21 PM

 ::snipping3::
"Hopefully in a matter of days, we will be able to find something on the bottom that might confirm that this is the last resting place of MH370," Houston said at a news conference in Perth, the starting point for the search in the southern Indian Ocean.

Finding the sound again is crucial to narrowing the search area so a small submarine can be deployed to chart a potential debris field on the seafloor. If the autonomous sub was used now with the sparse data collected so far, covering all the potential places from which the pings might have come would take many days.

"The better Ocean Shield can define the area, the easier it will be for the autonomous underwater vehicle to subsequently search for aircraft wreckage," Houston said.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 09, 2014, 05:03:03 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr014.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
9 April 2014—am


Up to 11 military aircraft, four civil aircraft and 14 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today AMSA has planned a search area of about 75,423 square kilometres.

The centre of the search area is approximately 2261 kilometres north west of Perth.

A weak front is moving in from the south east, expected to bring scattered showers.

The underwater search continues today, with ADV Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and HMS Echo at the southern end.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_014-1.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 09, 2014, 10:02:25 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr015.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
10 April 2014—am


Up to 10 military aircraft, four civil aircraft and 13 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Aircraft and ships reported spotting a large number of objects during yesterday's search, but only a small number were able to be recovered.

None of the recovered items were believed to be associated with MH370.

Today AMSA has planned a search area of about 57,923 square kilometres.

The centre of the search area lies approximately 2280 kilometres north west of Perth.

Moderate south easterly winds with isolated showers are forecast. Visibility will be fair (5000 metres) during the showers.

The underwater search continues today, with ADV Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and HMS Echo at the southern end.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Australia.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2014, 12:44:12 AM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303873604579492463296288606

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search Zone Narrows
April 10, 2014 12:10 a.m. ET

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SYDNEY—The search zone for  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU +2.38%     Flight 370 continued to narrow Thursday, as authorities focused on picking up fading signals that may be from the missing jet's "black boxes" before their batteries run out of power.

The Australian authority leading the multinational hunt said as many as 14 planes and 13 ships would patrol an area of about 57,923 square kilometers (22,364 square miles) of the southern Indian Ocean northwest of Perth—the narrowest zone yet in a close to five-week-old search for the jet, which disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8.
 ::snipping3::
On Wednesday, Australia sent a P-3 Orion military aircraft to drop 84 sonar buoys in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean, broadly in the same spot where the Australian defense vessel Ocean Shield detected the stream of signals. Each sonar buoy is equipped with a set of underwater microphones that unspool on wires to a depth of 1,000 feet.

The buoys send data through a radio system back to the aircraft for analysis—a technique typically used to track enemy submarines attempting to evade surface radar. Dropped in a pattern across the search area, the buoys could help to triangulate the source or sources of four signals picked up by the Australian navy since April 5.

Ocean Shield has been sweeping a 7-mile strip of water since Friday. It is towing a U.S. Navy device nearly 2 miles beneath the ocean surface, listening for sounds from the black boxes. Other vessels, including the Chinese ship Haixun 01, are also doing an underwater search of an area farther south, though they haven't detected any new signals since late last week.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2014, 10:09:59 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr016.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Update on search for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
10 April 2014—pm


The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), has confirmed that whilst conducting an acoustic search this afternoon a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft has detected a possible signal in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield.

“The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a man-made source,” Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret'd) said.

“I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.”


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2014, 10:16:26 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

3 HRs ago Update
Breaking News

*Australian Search Authority Says Latest Signal Detected by Sonobuoy

*Australian Search Authority Says HMS Echo Has Specialist Equipment to Help With Search

*Australia Search Authority Says HMS Echo Won’t Interfere With Ocean Shield Detection Work

*Australia Search Authority Says HMS Echo On Route to Assist Ocean Shield

*Australian Search Authority Says HMS Echo to Arrive in Vicinity Later Thursday


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2014, 10:26:57 AM
Video at the link

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-possible-black-box-ping-from-indian-ocean/

April 10, 2014, 7:09 AM
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 searchers hear another possible black box ping from Indian Ocean

PERTH, Australia -- An Australian aircraft hunting for the missing Malaysian jet picked up a new possible underwater signal on Thursday in the same area search crews detected sounds earlier in the week that were consistent with an aircraft's black boxes.

The Australian navy P-3 Orion, which has been dropping sound-locating buoys into the water near where the original sounds were heard, picked up a "possible signal" that may be from a man-made source, said Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search off Australia's west coast.

"The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight," Houston said in a statement.

If confirmed, this would be the fifth underwater signal picked up in the hunt for Flight 370, which vanished over a month ago on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 10, 2014, 12:16:11 PM
A CONNECTION?

Image shows incredible ocean depths where MH370 search continues
Posted on: 7:58 am, April 10, 2014


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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from military radar for about 120 nautical miles after it crossed back over the Malaysian peninsula, sources say. Based on available data, this means the plane must have dipped in altitude to between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, a senior Malaysian government official and a source involved in the investigation tell CNN.

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http://myfox8.com/2014/04/10/image-shows-insane-ocean-depths-where-mh370-search-continues/


Fishermen Plane Sighting a Tip or False Lead in MH370 Hunt?
Malaysia March 18, 2014


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Azid Ibrahim, Rahim Mamat and six other men left Kota Bharu in northern Malaysia for tuna fishing that night and were 10 miles out at sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, an area that would have been in the plane's initial flight path. Suddenly a plane came thundering overhead, louder and lower than Ibrahim had ever seen. The plane was heading west, Ibrahim said. Mamat agrees with what they saw.

The fishing boat returned to Kota Bharu in the morning and when they heard about the plane's disappearance they reported what they saw to the local police.

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/fishermen-plane-sighting-tip-false-lead-mh370-hunt/story?id=22954793


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 10, 2014, 03:25:21 PM
A SIGHTING?

Remote Islanders In The Indian Ocean Claim They Saw The Missing Malaysia Plane
MAR. 18, 2014


Residents of a remote atoll in the Indian Ocean claim to have seen a "low flying jumbo jet" on the morning after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished, according to a report in the Maldives paper Haveeru Daily.

Maldives, a collection of coral atolls and islets, has a population of some 400,000 islanders. Haveeru Daily is the country's longest serving daily newspaper.

Several Maldives residents on the island of Kuda Huvadhoo told Haveeru that they saw a large white aircraft, with red stripes across it (like Malaysia Airlines planes) around 6:15 a.m. local time (9:15 a.m. Malaysia time) on March 8.

From Haveeru:

Eyewitnesses from the Kuda Huvadhoo concurred that the aeroplane was travelling North to South-East, towards the Southern tip of the Maldives – Addu. They also noted the incredibly loud noise that the flight made when it flew over the island.

"I've never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We've seen seaplanes, but I'm sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly," said an eyewitness.


The Island Councilor of Kuda Huvadhoo told Haveeru that several of the islanders had spoken about the incident. A local aviation expert told Haveeru that the possibility of any aircraft flying over the island at the reported time is extremely low.

If true, the sighting would upend the leading theories about where Boeing 777 went after making a hard turn west into the Strait of Malaka at about 1:30 a.m. Malaysia time.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/maldvies-islanders-claim-to-see-malaysia-370-2014-3


(http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5328505beab8eac92c4b5f35-999-469/screen%20shot%202014-03-18%20at%209.55.11%20am.png)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2014, 11:04:30 PM
Sighting by witnesses?  None of them have been substantiated.  I haven't come across later articles to contradict this conclusion.

http://www.kcentv.com/story/25022590/developing-did-they-see-flight-370
DEVELOPING: Did They See Flight 370?
Posted: Mar 19, 2014 7:51 PM CDT
Updated: Mar 19, 2014 7:51 PM CDT

(CNN) -- How could a commercial airliner disappear without a sign, you ask?

In fact, several people on the ground or at sea claimed they saw Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before it went missing after its post-midnight takeoff from Kuala Lumpur on March 8.

The purported eyewitnesses include fishermen, an oil rig worker and islanders in an atoll. Some even alleged they saw it crash.

While none of their claims have been substantiated, their assertions add to the ongoing mystery of the missing Boeing 777 and the 239 people aboard.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2014, 11:14:45 PM
Hmmm...Malaysian official and source involved with the investigation

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/10/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

Malaysia Airlines plane search: New possible signal detected
April 11, 2014 -- Updated 0139 GMT (0939 HKT)

 ::snipping3::
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from military radar for about 120 nautical miles after it crossed back over the Malay Peninsula, sources say. Based on available data, this means the plane must have dipped in altitude to between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, a senior Malaysian government official and a source involved in the investigation tell CNN.
 ::snipping3::
The sources also told CNN that Malaysian air force search aircraft were scrambled about 8 a.m. March 8 to the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca, soon after Malaysia Airlines reported that its plane was missing. The aircraft took off before authorities corroborated data indicating that the plane turned back westward, a senior Malaysian government official told CNN.

But the air force did not inform the Department of Civil Aviation or search and rescue operations until three days later, March 11, a source involved in the investigation told CNN.

Later Thursday, communications officials from Malaysia's Transportation Ministry denied that jets had scrambled shortly after the plane went missing, calling that claim a "false allegation."
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2014, 11:24:45 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

23 MINs ago Update
Breaking


*Australia’s Prime Minister Says Search Area Has Narrowed Significantly – ABC News

25 MINs ago Update
Breaking


Australia’s Prime Minister Says Confident Ping Signals Are From Malaysia Airlines Plane — Sky News

46 MINs ago Update
Malaysia Police Chief: Investigation Related to Flight 370 Still Ongoing

Malaysia Police Chief: Investigation Related to Flight 370 Still Ongoing
Malaysia Police Chief: Recorded 205 Statements for Flight 370 Probe
Malaysia Police Chief: Will Interview More People for Flight 370 Probe


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2014, 11:30:12 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

3 MINs ago Update
Australia Search Authority: Acoustic Signal Detected Thursday Likely Unrelated to Flight 370


Australia Search Authority: Acoustic Signal Detected Thursday Likely Unrelated to Flight 370
Australia Search Authority Says Navy Vessel Still Using Black-Box Locator
Australia Search Authority: Underwater Search with Submersible May be Days Away
Australia Search Authority: No Major Breakthrough in Flight 370 Search


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 11, 2014, 12:04:29 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr017.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Update on search for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
11 April 2014—am


Up to 12 military aircraft, three civil aircraft and 13 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned two search areas in close proximity totalling about 46,713 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2312 kilometres north west of Perth.

The weather forecast for today is 10–15 knot southerly winds with isolated showers, seas swells of 1 to 1.5 metres and visibility of five kilometres in showers.

Yesterday there were no sightings reported by search aircraft or objects recovered by ships.
(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_017-1.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 11, 2014, 12:07:31 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr018.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Update on search for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
11 April 2014—pm


The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said an initial assessment of the possible signal detected by a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft yesterday afternoon has been determined as not related to an aircraft underwater locator beacon.

“The Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre has analysed the acoustic data and confirmed that the signal reported in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield is unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes,” Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said.

“Further analysis continues to be undertaken by Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre.

“Today Ocean Shield is continuing more focussed sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals that may be related to the aircraft's black boxes. It is vital to glean as much information as possible while the batteries on the underwater locator beacons may still be active.

“The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield, with three more missions planned for today.

“A decision as to when to deploy the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle will be made on advice from experts on board the Ocean Shield and could be some days away.

“On the information I have available to me, there has been no major breakthrough in the search for MH370. I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.”


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: cw618 on April 11, 2014, 11:09:22 AM
a good vid on how the pinger works


April 8th, 2014
09:49 PM ET
How black box pingers work
http://outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/08/how-black-box-pingers-work/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 11, 2014, 08:52:12 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr019.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
12 April 2014—am


Up to nine military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 14 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 41,393 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2331 kilometres north west of Perth.

Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to the aircraft's black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield. The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield. This work continues in an effort to narrow the underwater search area for when the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is deployed. There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.

The weather forecast for today is 10 knot south easterly winds with isolated showers, sea swells up to one metre and visibility of five kilometres in showers.

Aircraft and ships reported spotting a number of objects during yesterday's search, but only a small number were able to be recovered. None of the recovered items were confirmed to be associated with MH370.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 11, 2014, 09:23:40 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/11/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/11/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/)

U.S. Navy commander in hunt for airline 'optimistic' as search area narrows
updated 9:13 PM EDT, Fri April 11, 2014

(CNN) -- The U.S. Navy commander leading the American effort to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said he's "optimistic" about how the search is proceeding.

"We are detecting very continuous pings coming through in a manner consistent with exactly what you'd expect from a black box," Cmdr. William Marks told CNN's Erin Burnett on Friday. "We've ruled out that it was anything natural, or anything from commercial shipping, or anything like that."
 ::snipping3::
Families skeptical

Families of the 239 people who were aboard when the plane disappeared from radar screens early March 8 met Friday with Malaysia Airlines and government officials. They came away unpersuaded that progress was being made.

"Today, all they said was that they were confident," family representative Steve Wang said. "But that really doesn't mean that they have confirmed it. They didn't use the word 'confirm.' So it could be that it's a real lead, but it could also not be. I think that, at the moment, everyone needs to wait for final, confirmed information."
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 11, 2014, 09:37:45 PM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303603904579494640112249008?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303603904579494640112249008.html (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303603904579494640112249008?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303603904579494640112249008.html)

Australia's Abbott 'Very Confident' Over Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search
Updated April 11, 2014 7:35 a.m. ET

(http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/WO-AR984_MALSEA_G_20140410190911.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 12, 2014, 11:36:47 AM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-australia-leader-sees-long-hunt-for-jet/

April 12, 2014, 9:24 AM
Plane search "likely to continue for a long time to come"

PERTH, Australia -- With no new underwater signals detected, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday that the massive search for the missing Malaysian jet would likely continue "for a long time," with electronic transmissions from the plane's black boxes fading fast.
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Abbott continued to express his belief Saturday, but added that the job of finding the plane, which disappeared March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, remained arduous. Recovering the plane's flight data and cockpit voice recorders is essential for investigators to try to piece together what happened to Flight 370.

"No one should underestimate the difficulties of the task still ahead of us," he said on the last day of his China trip.

We have "very considerably narrowed down the search area, but trying to locate anything 2.8 miles beneath the surface of the ocean about 620 miles from land is a massive, massive task, and it is likely to continue for a long time to come," Abbott said.
 ::snipping3::
"Given that the signal from the black box is rapidly fading, what we are now doing is trying to get as many detections as we can," Abbott said. "So that we can narrow the search area down to as small an area as possible."

The underwater search zone is currently a 500-square-mile patch of the seabed, about the size of Los Angeles.

The searchers want to pinpoint the exact location of the source of the sounds - or as close as they can get - and then send down a robotic submersible to look for wreckage. But the sub will not be deployed until officials are confident that no other electronic signals are present.

The Bluefin 21 submersible takes six times longer to cover the same area as the ping locator. That's about six weeks to two months to canvass the current underwater zone. The signals are also coming from 15,000 feet below the surface, which is the deepest the Bluefin can dive. The search coordination center has said it was considering options in case a deeper-diving sub is needed.

The surface area to be searched for floating debris has been narrowed to 15,982 square miles of ocean extending from about 1,400 miles northwest of Perth. Up to 10 planes and 14 ships were searching Saturday.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 12, 2014, 03:03:38 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/co-pilot-missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-made-mid-flight-call-report-article-1.1754309

Co-pilot of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have made desperate phone call seconds before plane went off radar: report

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 11:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 2:29 PM
 
The co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight may have made a "desperate" cell-phone call before the plane fell off the radar, according to a published report.

The New Straits Times, a newspaper with close ties to the Malaysian government, did not divulge the details of the call. But it was an intriguing development in the more than month-long mystery behind the disappearance of flight MH370.

The report claims that Fariq Abdul Hamid may have turned his cell phone on as the doomed Boeing 777 flew low over the Malaysian city of Penang.

His phone reportedly connected with a telecommunications tower in the city before the connection was cut off—so if he made a call, it never went through.

"The telco's [telecommunications company's] tower established the call that he was trying to make. On why the call was cut off, it was likely because the aircraft was fast moving away from the tower and had not come under the coverage of the next one," an unidentified source told NST.

"If Fariq could make one call before the plane disappeared, it would have been to [his mother],” said 18-year-old cousin Nursyafiqah Kamarudin.

Relatives say the young pilot was very close to his mom
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Officials in Malaysia are still conducting investigations into the backgrounds of the 12 crew members who were on board.

Hamid reportedly had used his cell the evening before his flight departed from Kuala Lumpur, when he allegedly sent a text message through the WhatsApp Messenger. Then his phone was then “detached.”

"This is usually the result of the phone being switched off. At one point, however, when the airplane was airborne, between waypoint Igari and the spot near Penang (just before it went missing from radar), the line was 'reattached,’” sources told NST.

The New Straits Times quoted acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein as saying that the report needed to be verified.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 12, 2014, 07:41:46 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr020.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
13 April 2014—am


Up to 11 military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 14 ships will assist in today’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 57,506 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2200 kilometres north west of Perth.
 
Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to the aircraft's black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield. The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield.

This work continues in an effort to narrow the underwater search area for when the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is deployed.

There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.

The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with isolated showers, sea swells up to one metre and visibility of five kilometres in showers.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 12, 2014, 07:53:58 PM
Areas of planned search on April 12, 2014

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/malaysia_flight_370_with_black.html
Malaysia Flight 370: With black box signal gone, Australian PM warns of long search ahead
on April 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM, updated April 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

 ::snipping3::
We have "very considerably narrowed down the search area, but trying to locate anything 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) beneath the surface of the ocean about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from land is a massive, massive task, and it is likely to continue for a long time to come," Abbott said.
 ::snipping3::
(http://imgick.syracuse.com/home/adv-media/width620/img/breaking_news_national_desk/photo/jet-search-australiajpg-82fdc133629754f2.jpg)




Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 12, 2014, 08:55:15 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

40 MINs ago Asia
No Black Box Detection in Two Days

A second day has passed without the massive international air and sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean detecting signals from what are thought to be the aircraft's black box recorders.
 ::snipping3::
“There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours,” the Joint Agency Coordination Centre said in a statement, repeating its message from Saturday.

The authority has been working to refine the size of the underwater search area to allow the use of an autonomous underwater vehicle, which will more closely scour the sea floor to get visual images of any possible wreckage. The visual search area was extended Sunday to 57,506 square kilometers (22,203 square miles) without explanation.

A spokesperson for the authority wasn’t immediately available for comment. The search zone had been narrowed in previous days to as small as 41,393 square kilometers Saturday.
 ::snipping3::



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 13, 2014, 04:19:47 PM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303887804579498862345781176?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303887804579498862345781176.html

Malaysia Weighs Custody of Flight 370 Black Boxes
Minister Unaware If Co-Pilot Tried to Make a Cell Phone Call
Updated April 13, 2014 2:42 p.m. ET

(http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/BN-CI804_malmap_G_20140412222626.jpg)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Authorities are consulting with international legal experts to consider which country should get custody of the black boxes from Flight 370 if they are located and retrieved from the Indian Ocean, Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Sunday.

Precedent in past airline crashes would give the country overseeing the search—in this case, Malaysia—authority to determine how the black boxes are recovered and analyzed. Kuala Lumpur has so far delegated large parts of the search and investigation to countries and agencies with better technical resources, and it is expected to designate foreign experts to download data from the devices.
 ::snipping3::
Mr. Hishammuddin, who also is acting transport minister, told reporters that Attorney General Abdul Ghani Patail was in London discussing "who actually has custody over the black box" with the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization and other legal experts.

Mr. Hishammuddin suggested that further discussion on the topic was premature. "I would like to address that when we actually do find the black box," he said.
 ::snipping3::
The pilot and co-pilot have been a chief focus of the investigation, in part because they are the only people on board known to have had the skill to fly a  Boeing  BA -1.27%     777, according to people close to the investigation.

Mr. Hishammuddin said he had no knowledge of such a call and didn't want to speculate on the report out of respect for the families of the pilot and co-pilot.

"That would be in the realm of the police and the other international agencies, and when the time comes that will be revealed," Mr. Hishammuddin said. "I do not want to disrupt the investigations that are being done now, not only by the Malaysian police but the FBI and MI6 and the Chinese intelligence and other international intelligence agencies."

Contradicting Malaysia's top police official, Mr. Hishammuddin said that investigators haven't ruled out the possible involvement of passengers in the plane's disappearance.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 13, 2014, 05:59:52 PM
Investigators Now Say that MH370 Co-Pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid Tried to Make a Mobile Phone Call After the Plane Turned West and Flew Over Malaysia But Was Abruptly Cut Off

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(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/04/12/article-2603075-1D0DC20D00000578-204_634x507.jpg)

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Posted April 13, 2014 by Scared Monkeys

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2014/04/13/investigators-now-say-that-mh370-co-pilot-fariq-abdul-hamid-tried-to-make-a-mobile-phone-call-after-the-plane-turned-west-and-flew-over-malaysia-but-was-abruptly-cut-off/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 13, 2014, 07:28:43 PM
Planned search--Monday, April 14, 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr021.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
14 April 2014—am


Up to 11 military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 15 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 47,644 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,200 kilometres north west of Perth.

Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to aircraft black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield. The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield.

There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.

The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with possible showers, sea swells up to 1.5 metres and visibility of three to five kilometres.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 13, 2014, 09:24:17 PM
FBI analyse Malaysian Airlines pilot's home flight simulator as it's revealed he deleted data one month prior to taking control of missing MH370 plane
PUBLISHED: 10:19 GMT, 19 March 2014


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Today it was also revealed that a remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with a runway long enough to land a Boeing 777 was programmed into the home flight simulator of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Police are now urgently investigating whether Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had practised landing at Diego Garcia, an island south of the Maldives occupied by the US navy.

Police seized the simulator from his home outside Kuala Lumpur over the weekend and reassembled it at police headquarters, hoping for information on the flight's fate.
 
The investigation into the Diego Garcia, an overseas territory of the UK, which is rented to the US and is now a huge American naval base follows fresh eyewitness accounts of a 'low flying jumbo jet' being spotted in the Maldives.

People on the island of Kuda Huvadhoo reported seeing a plane on the morning of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, according to a Haveeru, a news website in the Maldives.

Islanders said a white aircraft with red stripes across it - which would match the missing plane - was seen travelling North to South-East towards Addu, the southern tip of the Maldives.

An eyewitness told the website: 'I've never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We've seen seaplanes, but I'm sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly.

'It's not just me either, several other residents have reported seeing the exact same thing. Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too.'

Captain Shah, a father-of-three, was passionate about his simulator, which he built using off-the-shelf parts.

<snipped>

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2584123/Revealed-Malaysian-Airlines-pilot-high-security-US-base-Diego-Garcia-programmed-homemade-flight-simulator-deleted-data-just-taking-control-missing-plane.html


(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/03/19/article-2584123-1C69068000000578-162_634x358.jpg)

Diego Garcia, a remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with a runway long enough to land a Boeing 777 was programmed into the home flight simulator of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, it has been revealed.


(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/03/19/article-2584123-1C690A8400000578-960_634x477.jpg)

Police are now urgently investigating whether Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had practised landing at Diego Garcia, an island south of the Maldives occupied by the US navy.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 13, 2014, 11:25:36 PM
When I consider the sightings of a low flying plane by residents of Kuda Huvadhoo and fishermen of Kota Bharu ... the sightings on the morning of March 8th of a low flying plane that fits the description of MH370 and ... when I consider there is no evidence of a crash in that ocean in the path taken by the plane ... I am cling to hope that the plane landed on an isolated landing strip on the remote island of Diego Garcia.

Janet

++++

United States denies claims missing Flight MH370 landed at its military base on Diego Garcia
Apr 12, 2014 01:25


A spokesman for the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, insisted: "MH370 did not land in Diego Garcia."

The United States has flatly denied claims that missing Flight MH370 had landed at its military base on the remote island of Diego Garcia.

There have been rumours that the jetliner could have headed for the small coral atoll in the Indian Ocean after it veered off course while travelling between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Beijing, China on March 8.

However, a spokesman for the US embassy in the Malaysian capital said there was no truth in this speculation.

He told Malaysia's Star newspaper by email: "There was no indication that MH370 flew anywhere near the Maldives or Diego Garcia.

"MH370 did not land in Diego Garcia.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/mh370-diego-garcia-united-states-3402879


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 13, 2014, 11:37:51 PM
CNN reports:  News conference from Australia--midnight ET

In about 10 minutes



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2014, 12:27:34 AM
Press conference information--

Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

19 MINs ago Twitter
Troy McCullough@TroyWSJ

"We haven't had a signal in six days. It's time to go underwater." #MH370 http://t.co/N7E0XLgvAD

21 MINs ago Twitter
Troy McCullough@TroyWSJ

Breaking: #MH370 search spots oil slick in search zone. http://t.co/N7E0XLgvAD

26 MINs ago Twitter
Newley Purnell@newley

RT @TroyWSJ: Breaking: #MH370 search to cease scans for black box signals and send submersible to sea floor.

26 MINs ago Update
Breaking


*Australian Air Chief Marshal Says Ocean Shield Will Cease Black Box Search Later Today

*Australian Air Chief Marshal Says Underwater Vehicle Bluefin 21 to Be Deployed as Soon as Possible

*Australian Air Chief Marshal Says No Confirmed Signal Detections Since Last Tuesday

*Australian Air Chief Marshal Says Despite Lack of Further Detections, Four Previous Signals a Promising Lead

*Australian Air Chief Marshal Says Analysis of Signals Has Reduced Search Area


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2014, 12:49:47 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

MH 370: With no further pings detected, underwater vehicle to be deployed in search
updated 12:39 AM EDT, Mon April 14, 2014

(CNN) -- With no underwater pulses detected in almost a week, Australian authorities said Monday they will stop listening for pings coming from the floor of the Indian Ocean -- and will now deploy an underwater vehicle.

"We haven't had a single detection in six days. It's time to go underwater," Australian chief search coordinator Angus Houston said.

The Bluefin-21, a probe equipped with side-scan sonar, will be deployed as soon as Monday evening Perth time. Side-scan sonar is an acoustic technology that creates pictures from the reflections of sound rather than light.

Though the discovery of four pings believed to be from the jet's so-called black boxes -- its flight data recorder and its cockpit voice recorder -- have helped investigators narrow the search area, they would still face a formidable task.

Houston cautioned against hopes that the underwater vehicle will find wreckage.

"It may not," he said. "This will be a slow and painstaking process."

Each deployment will last 24 hours.

It will take two hours for the Bluefin-21 to get down to the bottom of the ocean, it will scour the ocean bed for 16 hours, and take another two hours to resurface. It will take take another four hours to download and analyze the data collected, Houston said.

The first mission will cover an area 5 kilometers by 8 kilometers ((3.1 miles by 4.9 miles).

The bottom of the search area is not sharply mountainous -- it's more flat and almost rolling, Houston said. But he said the area likely has a lot of silt on the bottom, which can "complicate" the search.

Meanwhile, the Australian ship Ocean Shield detected an oil slick Sunday evening, but it is unclear where the oil came from. Two liters have been collected for examination, Houston said. But it will take a few days.

"I stress the source of the oil has yet to be determined but the oil slick is approximately 5,500 meters downwind...from the vicinity of the detections of the TPL on Ocean Shield," Houston said, referring to the pings detected by the towed pinger locater.

The developments come after a weekend of notable developments in the search for MH370, which disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board. Monday marks Day 38 of the search.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2014, 11:37:28 AM
A transcript of the Q and A session is also included.

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/interviews/2014/april/tr009.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Transcript of Press Conference, 14 April 2014


Angus Houston: I'll start by introducing those behind me. Commodore Peter Leavy, who's the Task Force Commander of all the Australian Defence assets that are out there involved in the search for MH370. On my right we have Mr Scott Constable from AMSA, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and over here, Bob Armstrong from ATSB, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

I would like to update you on the latest developments regarding the search for missing flight MH370. As you are aware, there have been no confirmed signal detections since last Tuesday night Perth time. Today is day 38 of the search. The guaranteed shelf-life of the batteries on the aircraft black boxes is 30 days. Despite the lack of further detections, the four signals previously acquired taken together constitute the most promising lead we have in the search for MH370. We need to pursue this lead as far as possible.

Analysis of the four signals has allowed the provisional definition of a reduced and manageable search area on the ocean floor. The experts have, therefore, determined that the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield will cease searching with the Towed Pinger Locator later today and deploy the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, as soon as possible. The Bluefin-21 is equipped with side scan sonar. Once deployed, it will begin searching the sea floor in the vicinity of the detected signals.

Each mission conducted by the Bluefin-21 will take a minimum of 24 hours to complete. It will take the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle two hours to get down to the bottom of the ocean. It will then be on task for 16 hours. It will then take two hours to return to the surface and four hours to download and analyse the data collected. The first mission will see Bluefin-21 cover an area of approximately five kilometres by eight kilometres, an area of 40 square kilometres.

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in sight scan sonar mode transmits an active pulse which produces a high resolution, three dimensional map of the sea floor. The deployment of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle has the potential to take us a further step towards visual identification since it offers a possible opportunity to detect debris from the aircraft on the ocean floor.

As I have said before, aircraft wreckage needs to be visually identified before we can say with certainty that this is the final resting place of MH370. I would caution you against raising hopes that the deployment of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle will result in the detection of the aircraft wreckage. It may not. However, this is the best lead we have and it must be pursued vigorously. Again, I emphasise that this will be a slow and painstaking process.

In another development, I can report Ocean Shield detected an oil slick yesterday evening in her current search area. A sample of about two litres has been collected and it will be a number of days before it can be landed ashore and conclusively tested. I stress the source of the oil is yet to be determined but the oil slick is approximately 5,500 metres down-wind and down-sea from the vicinity of the detections picked up by the Towed Pinger Locator on Ocean Shield.

A few words about today's search. Up to 11 military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 15 ships will assist in today's search. HMS Echo is working in the area supporting Ocean Shield, providing oceanographic support and analysis. The planned visual search area is about 47,644 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 2,200 kilometres north-west of Perth. The air and surface search for floating material will be completed in the next two to three days in the area where the aircraft most likely entered the water.

The chances of any floating material being recovered have greatly diminished and it will be appropriate to consult with Australia's partners to decide the way ahead later this week. The weather forecast for today is south-easterly winds with possible showers, sea swells of up to 1.5 metres and visibility of three to five kilometres.

I'm now happy to take your questions.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 14, 2014, 12:39:41 PM
I have been accused of suspecting a conspiracy when there is none but ... considering there is no hard evidence I remain sceptical that MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean.  The major network are very quiet about the island of Diego Garcia with a runway where an aircraft the size of MH370 could have landed.  Why?  The major networks are very quiet quiet about the Kuda Huvadhoo witnesses who reported a low flying aircraft that flew overhead on the morning of March 8, 2014.  Why?

Janet

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APRIL 11, 2014

MH370 search: MH370 did not land in Diego Garcia, says US rep
Friday April 11, 2014 MYT 10:17:27 AM


KUALA LUMPUR: The US embassy here says there is no truth in speculation that missing Flight MH370 could have landed in its military base at Diego Garcia, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

An embassy spokesman also said there was no indication that the plane flew anywhere near the Maldives.

“There was no indication that MH370 flew anywhere near the Maldives or Diego Garcia. MH370 did not land in Diego Garcia.

“Under the coordinating efforts of Malaysia and Australia, the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet is working alongside 26 other nations to locate the aircraft based on areas identified by Malaysian and international experts,” he said in an e-mail reply to The Star yesterday.

MH370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew members on board the flight bound for Beijing.

There has been talk that the plane had landed in Diego Garcia, which is about 3,500km from Malaysia and which the United States uses as a military base.

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http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/11/MH370-did-not-land-in-Diego-Garcia-says-US-rep/


MARCH 19, 2014

FBI analyse Malaysian Airlines pilot's home flight simulator as it's revealed he deleted data one month prior to taking control of missing MH370 plane
PUBLISHED: 10:19 GMT, 19 March 2014


Today it was also revealed that a remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with a runway long enough to land a Boeing 777 was programmed into the home flight simulator of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Police are now urgently investigating whether Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had practised landing at Diego Garcia, an island south of the Maldives occupied by the US navy.

Police seized the simulator from his home outside Kuala Lumpur over the weekend and reassembled it at police headquarters, hoping for information on the flight's fate.
 
The investigation into the Diego Garcia, an overseas territory of the UK, which is rented to the US and is now a huge American naval base follows fresh eyewitness accounts of a 'low flying jumbo jet' being spotted in the Maldives.

People on the island of Kuda Huvadhoo reported seeing a plane on the morning of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, according to a Haveeru, a news website in the Maldives.

Islanders said a white aircraft with red stripes across it - which would match the missing plane - was seen travelling North to South-East towards Addu, the southern tip of the Maldives.

An eyewitness told the website: 'I've never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We've seen seaplanes, but I'm sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly.

'It's not just me either, several other residents have reported seeing the exact same thing. Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too.'

<snipped>

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2584123/Revealed-Malaysian-Airlines-pilot-high-security-US-base-Diego-Garcia-programmed-homemade-flight-simulator-deleted-data-just-taking-control-missing-plane.html


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 14, 2014, 01:01:58 PM
FOOD FOR THOUGHT

MH370 Held in Diego Garcia? Conspiracy Theory and GPS Data Suggests Missing Malaysian Airplane Could be Found in Remote Island in the Indian Ocean?
April 9, 2014 10:41 AM EST


http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/547244/20140409/mh370-diego-garcia-found-conspiracy-theory-gps.htm#.U0wV-_ldUnc


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 14, 2014, 02:32:40 PM
According to a call from my 16 year old grandson ... the Diego Garcia theory was discussed by a panel on NBC (?) about an hour ago.  Apparently ... some on the panel find it highly suspicion that Diego Garcia has not been an obvious focus of speculation by the "powers that be" in the search for MH370 following the British revealing that sharp right turn back over Malaysia to the Indian Ocean?

If Diego Garcia had been preciously investigated and ruled out ... why was it not announced to the world way back then rather than waiting until it was obvious the theories that abound were not going to go away?  Could it be the search outside of Perth and the pings be all a distraction from a behind the scenes investigation?

If the Diego Garcia theory turns out to be just that ... a theory ... my temporary connection with 16 year old grandson made it all worth while.  This young man is growing so fast.  Friends and activities tend to take priority.

Janet

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Diego Garcia and MH370 conspiracy of a 'lost' island in middle of it all
Published Sunday, April 06, 2014


While the Malaysian authorities and the Australians, in charge of the search, have vowed to remain committed to finding the answers, however long that may take, an interesting report has emerged on news website asiaone.com

It involved a small atoll in the Indian Ocean that is a military island, controlled and operated by the US and the UK.

According to the report, the conspiracy theory now gaining traction on the internet comes from freelance journalist Jim Stone and concerns the atoll of Diego Garcia.

According to Stone’s theory, an American passenger on board MH370, named as Philip Wood, sent out an image and voice activated text, along with GPS coordinates that trace to a location a few kilometres away from Diego Garcia.

The text claimed that Wood was being held hostage by unknown military personnel.

This report has now sparked speculation that MH370 had landed on this US military base.

Even more interestingly, Diego Garcia is reported to also act as an emergency landing site for commercial aircraft that are cleared to fly the long, landless distance over the Indian Ocean.

Diego Garcia is a tiny atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

The AsiaOne report quotes the official British government site, gov.uk, as stating that the British Indian Ocean Territory is administered from London and there is no British diplomatic or consular representation on Diego Garcia and that it is not a tourist destination.

Access is restricted and a permit is required in advance of travel.

http://www.emirates247.com/news/diego-garcia-and-mh370-conspiracy-of-a-lost-island-in-middle-of-it-all-2014-04-06-1.544414


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 14, 2014, 05:35:42 PM
In Jake Trapper's opinion ... the Diego Garcia Island theory need to be debunked.  Why?  According to the families of those aboard ... a search is being demanded.  Why has a search/investigation not already been conducted?  Why was the WH spokesperson prepared with a only short response regarding Diego Garcia Island when questioned during a press conference?  The silence from the "powers that be" as well as the press regarding the possibility that MH370 landed on this Island appears to be motivating more suspicion.

Janet

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CNN:  Jake Trapper

Debunking the Flight 370 Diego Garcia Island theory
April 8th, 2014


(CNN) – Ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, there have been countless outrageous conspiracy theories about what may have happened to the plane, ranging from alien abductions, to Bermuda Triangles over the Indian Ocean.

Many have been so absurd, we didn't find it necessary to debunk them.

But there's one theory that seems to be picking up steam as of late, a theory that needs a debunking. It involves Diego Garcia – a tiny, remote island that many have probably never even heard of.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports. ....

Video:
http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/08/debunking-the-flight-370-diego-garcia-island-theory/


THE LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER
Mystery of Flight 370
Aired April 8, 2014 - 21:00  ET


TAPPER: We would not even be talking about Diego Garcia, this small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean if it were not for the conspiracy theories about it. Once flooding not only the usual murky depths of the Internet but spilling out in the mainstream locations such as the White House briefing room

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Some news report saying that the missing flight could have landed in the U.S. military base, Diego Garcia in central of Indian Ocean, do you rule in that or rule out that?

JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I'll rule that one out.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1404/08/cg.03.html


Response

CNN: #MH370 Families Asked Authorities To Search Diego Garcia
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:07


(Before It's News)

Jake Tapper, doing a segment on The Lead, stated that after the Philip Woods picture went on the internet, the families of the flight 370 passengers asked for authorities to search Diego Garcia.

Now, this is news to me, as I haven’t heard CNN report before that the families have demanded an investigation into Diego Garcia. Hmmm, you’re right Jake. MH370 Diego Garcia theory just keeps gaining strength.

http://beforeitsnews.com/scandals/2014/04/cnn-mh370-families-asked-authorities-to-search-diego-garcia-2433878.html



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2014, 08:46:36 PM
According to these articles, the theory that the plane landed there is not true.

Your grandson is 16 already?  How fast they grow up!  Nice that you had some quality time with him.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/606936-diego-garcia-alleged-philip-wood-photo-from-missing-flight-mh370-has-faked-gps-data/
Diego Garcia: Purported Philip Wood Photo From Missing Flight MH 370 Includes Faked GPS Data
By Zachary Stieber, Epoch Times | April 7, 2014
Last Updated: April 8, 2014 4:08 am

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/617116-diego-garcia-philip-wood-case-us-says-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh-370-not-there/
Diego Garcia, Philip Wood Conspiracy Theory: US Says Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Didn’t Land On Base
By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times | April 12, 2014
Last Updated: April 14, 2014 12:37 pm



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2014, 08:57:50 PM
At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search area for 15 April 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr022.aspx

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
15 April 2014—am


Up to nine military aircraft, two civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 62,063 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,170 kilometres north west of Perth.

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle deployed last night from ADV Ocean Shield.

After completing around six hours of its mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its operating depth limit of 4,500 metres and its built in safety feature returned it to the surface.

The six hours of data gathered by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is currently being extracted and analysed.

Bluefin-21 is planned to redeploy later today when weather conditions permit.

The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, sea swells up to two metres and visibility of five kilometres.

The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), will provide further updates if, and when, more information becomes available.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2014, 09:04:51 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr022.aspx

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_022-1.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2014, 10:19:22 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/flight-370-search-area-is-too-deep-for-robotic-submarine/

April 14, 2014, 9:28 PM
Flight 370: Search area is too deep for robotic submarine

PERTH, Australia - The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for a robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday.

Search crews sent the Bluefin 21 deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 after failing for six days to detect any signals believed to be from its black boxes.

But after only six hours of its planned 16-hour mission on the sea bed, the autonomous underwater vehicle exceeded its maximum depth limit of 15,000 feet and its built-in safety feature returned it to the surface, the search coordination center said in a statement on Tuesday.

What if anything it might have discovered during the six-hour search was still being analyzed, the center said.

The Bluefin 21 will resume the search Tuesday when weather conditions permit, it said.

Search authorities knew that the primary wreckage from Flight MH370 was likely lying at the limit of the Bluefin's dive capabilities. Deeper diving submersibles have been evaluated, but none is yet available in the search area.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2014, 10:23:28 PM
Video at the link

http://live.wsj.com/video/flight-370-how-the-bluefin-21-sonar-sub-works/24A519FC-56A7-4FD9-8953-D61E21166B44.html#!24A519FC-56A7-4FD9-8953-D61E21166B44

Flight 370: How the BlueFin-21 Sonar Sub Works
4/14/2014 6:38:20 PM


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2014, 10:31:47 PM
^^^^  Ooops...hope this link works for the video post above (a little slow; but it should work):

http://live.wsj.com/video/flight-370-how-the-bluefin-21-sonar-sub-works/24A519FC-56A7-4FD9-8953-D61E21166B44.html#!24A519FC-56A7-4FD9-8953-D61E21166B44 (http://live.wsj.com/video/flight-370-how-the-bluefin-21-sonar-sub-works/24A519FC-56A7-4FD9-8953-D61E21166B44.html#!24A519FC-56A7-4FD9-8953-D61E21166B44)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2014, 01:00:01 AM
http://www.firstpost.com/world/mini-sub-tries-again-after-first-search-for-mh370-aborted-1480361.html (http://www.firstpost.com/world/mini-sub-tries-again-after-first-search-for-mh370-aborted-1480361.html)

Mini-sub tries again after first search for MH370 aborted
Apr 15, 2014

(http://s3.firstpost.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Malaysia-search-Bluefin-AP.jpg)
The Blue-fin 21 will try again: AP

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US Navy Captain Mark Matthews explained the vehicle had exceeded its programmed operational limit and automatically resurfaced.

"There's certain abort criteria that the vehicle has as it's executing its mission," he told CNN from Perth.

"If there's certain conditions that occur, it stops and it comes to the surface.

"In this case the vehicle's programmed to fly 30 metres over the floor of the ocean to get a good mapping of what's beneath."

Charts put the depth at 4,200-4,400 metres, he said.

"It went to 4,500 metres and once it hit that max depth, it said this is deeper that I'm programmed to be, so it aborted the mission."

Matthews, a search and recovery expert, said the crew would now refine the task to cope with the depth encountered.

"It happened in the very far corner of the area it's searching. So they are just shifting the search box a little bit away from that deep water."

The US-made Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 would embark on a second mission during the day, weather permitting, Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said.

JACC chief Angus Houston had announced Monday the end of weeks of listening for signals from the plane's black boxes and the launch of submarine operations.

The vehicle would survey the silty ocean floor for 16 hours at a time to gather a maximum amount of data, he said.

"Bluefin-21 is planned to redeploy later today when weather conditions permit," JACC added.

The forecast for the search zone 2,170 kilometres northwest of Perth is southeasterly winds with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, sea swells up to two metres (nearly seven feet) and visibility of five kilometres (three miles).
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 15, 2014, 12:50:26 PM
Baseless!!  Since when are witness accounts considered "baseless"?  Why does Harvey Sernovitz ... the spokesperson for the Embassy ... fail to address the Kuda Huvadhoo witnesses who claim that they now only heard and also observed a "low flying plane" on the morning of March 8th ... a "low flying plane" headed towards the island of Diego Garcia?

Why would MH370 make a deliberate turn off the established flight path with the purpose of ditching it hours later in the Indian Ocean?  It does not make sense.

Janet

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April 15, 2014 - A Baseless Conspiracy theory

MH370 Tragedy: US denies MH370 'cover-up'
15 April 2014


KUALA LUMPUR: WASHINGTON has strongly refuted all allegations of a cover-up in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

As discussions, including on social media, on United States purported role behind the Boeing jetliner going missing continue to swirl, Washington, through its embassy here, said that they were all "baseless conspiracy theories".

The US Embassy here, in an email to the New Straits Times, said claims that MH370 was hidden somewhere in its island military base, Diego Garcia, were also wild allegations.

"This is a baseless conspiracy theory that has already been debunked around the world, and the White House Press Secretary specifically addressed this on March 18," said the embassy's press attaché Harvey Sernovitz.

<snipped>

Washington also addressed allegations that logs at Diego Garcia from March 8 to 10, had been wiped clean.

"These reports are completely false. MH370 did not land in Diego Garcia. This is a baseless conspiracy theory."

Sernovitz said his government also denied that they had withheld information from Kuala Lumpur that could help with investigations.

<snipped>

http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/font-color-red-mh370-tragedy-font-us-denies-mh370-cover-up-1.567390?cache=03


March 18, 2014 - Low Flying Jet Sighting

Maldives island residents report sighting of 'low flying jet'
Mar 18, 2014


Residents of the remote Maldives island of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll have reported seeing a "low flying jumbo jet" on the morning of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Whilst the disappearance of the Boeing 777 jet, carrying 239 passengers has left the whole world in bewilderment, several residents of Kuda Huvadhoo told Haveeru on Tuesday that they saw a "low flying jumbo jet" at around 6:15am on March 8.

They said that it was a white aircraft, with red stripes across it – which is what the Malaysia Airlines flights typically look like.

Eyewitnesses from the Kuda Huvadhoo concurred that the aeroplane was travelling North to South-East, towards the Southern tip of the Maldives – Addu. They also noted the incredibly loud noise that the flight made when it flew over the island.

"I've never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We've seen seaplanes, but I'm sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly," said an eyewitness.

"It's not just me either, several other residents have reported seeing the exact same thing. Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too."

Mohamed Zaheem, the Island Councilor of Kuda Huvadhoo, said that the residents of the island had spoken about the incident.

<snipped>

The Malaysia airlines jet disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. Investigators say it was deliberately diverted off course.

Twenty-six countries are now helping to hunt for the plane after satellite and military radar data projected two huge corridors through which it might have flown.

Satellite data suggests that the last "ping" was recieved from the flight somwhere close to the Maldives and the US naval base on Diego Garcia.

But the Maldives is not amongst the countries that Malaysian authorities had sought help from in its search for the missing jet. Malaysia has listed the countries that it had appealed for assistance: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and France.

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/news/54062


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 15, 2014, 02:05:43 PM
(http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2014/04/07/1226876/629714-e5dfff94-bdf3-11e3-ab5c-db8d2f3f624e.jpg)


Did missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 fly to little lost island of Diego Garcia?
APRIL 07, 2014 9:51AM


SITTING like a misshapen wishbone in the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, Diego Garcia is one of the world’s most remote locations.

Administered by the United Kingdom but home to a US Naval Base, the island has had no indigenous inhabitants since they were forcibly relocated to other islands in the Chagos Archipelago, as well as Mauritius and the Seychelles, in 1971.

The island is so little-known that it has been rumoured that the US authorities have used it as a base for a secret prison. Even its name is suggestive of a Bond villain.

The island, which is 3600km from Africa’s east coast and 4700km northwest of Australia, is home to 1700 military personnel and 1500 civilian contractors.

It has a runway large enough to accommodate commercial aircraft — and was even deemed suitable for a landing by the US Space Shuttles in the event of an emergency.

Because of its remoteness and its runway, Diego Garcia has been suggested as a possible location for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

This theory was given some credence when it was discovered that the island’s landing strip was programmed into the home flight simulator of MH370’s pilot, Captain Zaharie Shah.

An FBI investigation found “nothing sinister” about the flight simulator files, but attention has returned to MH370’s pilot after it was reported that the plane had deliberately avoided radar detection in the early hours of March 8 by skirting around Indonesian airspace.

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http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/did-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-fly-to-little-lost-island-of-diego-garcia/story-fnizu68q-1226876630536


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2014, 05:34:52 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-nothing-found-on-submarines-first-search/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-nothing-found-on-submarines-first-search/)

April 15, 2014, 7:50 AM
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Search sub tries again after striking out first day
Last Updated Apr 15, 2014 2:38 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia - A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission Tuesday after cutting short its first trip, officials said.

The submarine hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean, officials said Tuesday.
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Investigators analyzed the data it collected and said they found "nothing of interest".

The Bluefin 21 was not damaged and the U.S. Navy plans to deploy it again. Crews were shifting the Bluefin's search area away from the deepest water and were hoping to send it back on another mission later Tuesday.

Meanwhile, up to eleven planes and eleven ships have been scouring the surface looking for debris. Though authorities have said they believe that the chance of finding floating debris on the surface has "greatly diminished".

Search authorities had known the primary search area for Flight 370 was near the limit of the Bluefin's dive capabilities. Deeper-diving submersibles have been evaluated, but none is yet available to help.
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The weekslong surface search is expected to end in the next two days. Officials haven't found a single piece of debris confirmed to be from the plane, and Houston said the chances that any would be found have "greatly diminished."


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2014, 06:35:26 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/15/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/15/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/)

Underwater search resumes for missing Malaysia Airlines plane
updated 5:24 PM EDT, Tue April 15, 2014

CNN) -- The underwater probe being used to look for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was back in the water after its first attempt ended prematurely, said the company that owns the vehicle, Phoenix International.

The Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle was about four hours into its second dive mission at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday (2 a.m. Wednesday in Perth, Australia), a source close to the operation told CNN's Brian Todd.
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The second mission is expected to end Wednesday around 10 a.m. ET (10 p.m. in Perth), the source said. The vehicle was deployed in nearly the same area and is operating at about the same depth as the earlier mission, the source said.

The earlier aborted mission doesn't mean anything is wrong with the probe, which is designed to swim about 30 meters (100 feet) above the ocean floor and use sound waves to draw a three-dimensional map of what lies below.

The vehicle's tracking the floor, so when the floor dives, so does the vehicle. And the vehicle goes, 'Uh oh, I'm not supposed to be here' and punches up," said David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

And while it's disappointing the vehicle returned to the surface early, it's not unusual, said David Kelly, CEO of Bluefin Robotics, the company that makes the probe.

"We've operated these vehicles around the globe. It's not unusual to get into areas where the charts aren't accurate or you lack information," Kelly told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

A British survey ship is working to determine the areas where the Bluefin can safely work without hitting its maximum dive depth, according to Phoenix.

U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Mathews of the Bluefin search team said the initial launch Monday night took place "in the very far corner of the area it's searching, so they are just shifting the search box a little bit away from that deep water and proceeding with the search."

About 8 square miles were searched, said Jim Gibson, a spokesman for Phoenix International. It could take up to two months to scan the entire search area.

The deputy director for salvage and diving for the U.S. Navy told CNN that the Bluefin may actually be able to go deeper than it was first programmed to do, engineers have determined.

"We've gone through and looked at all of the components in Bluefin, and we're comfortable that we can exceed that 4,500-meter limit at this point," Mike Dean told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper. "We're looking at, can we push Bluefin beyond 4,500, potentially down to as deep as 5,000? There is some software, that software has been tested now. And we believe that, with some confidence, we could push Bluefin to that depth."

He said two-thirds of the search area was less than 4,500 meters deep.

Dean said the Bluefin was chosen for this part of the search because it was the lightest, most nimble package and easiest to get on scene. It's possible that a second vehicle that can operate deeper than the Bluefin will be needed.

One possibility is a vehicle called Orion that is towed behind a ship. It remains under the water and sends back real-time data. It would be a more complex operation to put an Orion in the water but one is available in Maryland if the Australian-led search team requests it.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2014, 09:26:49 PM
At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search area for 16 April 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr023.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr023.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
16 April 2014—am


Up to 11 military aircraft, three civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 55,151 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,087 kilometres north west of Perth.

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle was again deployed last night from ADV Ocean Shield.

The data from Bluefin-21's first mission has been downloaded and analysed. No objects of interest were found.

The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with isolated rain showers, sea swells up to two metres and visibility of five kilometres.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2014, 09:32:03 PM
Chart:  Planned search areas for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr023.aspx

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_023-1.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2014, 11:12:22 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr024.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr024.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Update on search for flight MH370
Media Release
16 April 2014—pm


The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue. While on deck, its data was downloaded.

Bluefin-21 was then redeployed and it is currently continuing its underwater search.

Initial analysis of the data downloaded this morning indicates no significant detections.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2014, 11:22:36 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

2 HRs ago Twitter
Jason Ng@ByJasonNg

“If the current search turns up nothing... we will simply move to a different phase.” --Australia PM Abbott on #MH370

3 HRs ago Update
Malaysia Deploys Another Ship to Help in Search

By Jason Ng

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia–Malaysia said Wednesday it has dispatched another ship to aid in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean.

Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that Bunga Mas 6, an auxiliary ship of the Royal Malaysian Navy, was en route to the base of a multinational search party in Perth, Australia, hunting for the missing jet.

“It shows that the effort for search and rescue, especially on the part of Malaysia, is not slowing down,” Mr. Hishammuddin told reporters on the sidelines of a defense exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

4 HRs ago World
Abbott Says Best Flight 370 Search Leads Will Soon Be Exhausted


The best leads in an underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be exhausted in about a week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

5 HRs ago Update
Breaking


*Best Leads in Underwater Search for Flight 370 Will Be Exhausted in a Week – Australia PM Abbott

*If No Flight Wreckage Is Found, ‘We Regroup, We Reconsider’ – Australia PM Abbott

*Air and Sea Search for Floating Debris Is Nearing  Its End – Australia Defense Chief


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2014, 11:41:42 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/16/bluefin-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/7770049/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/16/bluefin-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/7770049/)

As sub searches for plane, Chinese relatives fume
11:39 a.m. EDT April 16, 2014

BEIJING — A robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370 for a third time while the head of an Australian water wreckage recovery firm says he believes searchers have honed in on the location of the plane.

Meanwhile, the families of Chinese passengers who were on the plane that disappeared March 8 lashed out at Malaysia authorities for not telling them what is going on.

"You are all bloody liars and you are lying to us again now," one relative shouted at a teleconference in Beijing with high-level Malaysian government and airline officials in Kuala Lumpur. "You have absolutely no shame."

Off Australia's western coast, the U.S. Navy Bluefin 21 sub surfaced early for the second time in as many missions, this time after experiencing technical difficulties. It was sent back into the water after its data were downloaded but there's been no sign of the plane, according to the search coordinator.

David Mearns, who heads British-based Bluewater Recoveries but is not involved in the search effort, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he believes the sounds picked up days ago by sonar devices are from the data recorders of the missing plane.

He said that would mean the wreckage of the plane is in the general area of the Indian Ocean that searchers are in, and it is just a matter now of locating the wreckage by sight.

"Obviously for the sake of the families and for everybody else they will want photographic proof and that will be coming shortly," Mearns said.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2014, 01:18:57 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/)

MH370 passengers' families release unanswered questions
updated 1:01 PM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014

(CNN) -- Families of some of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers released a list of questions Wednesday that they said authorities have so far not answered.

Many of the 26 questions focus on technical issues involving emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs, and "black boxes." With an apparent in-depth understanding of how these work, the families ask about the specific technology on the missing plane.

ELTs are designed to activate after a crash and send a signal to a frequency monitored by air traffic controllers. "Black boxes," or voice and data recorders, could shed light on what went on in the plane's cockpit and other crucial flight information.

The families' final seven questions involve "protocol," including this: What did Malaysia Airlines do when the flight went missing?

The families also ask whether search and rescue teams have final results from searched areas, and whether the Malaysian government could specify the rights of family members "to know the facts of cases or the details of an incident."

The questions were posted on the social media site Weibo by a committee in Beijing representing some of the passengers' families. Some of the "questions" are requests that evidence be shared with them, including the flight's logbook and air traffic control audio.

Malaysia Airlines, for its part, has said it shares all the information it has with appropriate authorities.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2014, 06:14:06 PM
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140416/NEWS05/140419803/flight-370-lawsuits-against-boeing-might-not-get-heard-in-u-s (http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140416/NEWS05/140419803/flight-370-lawsuits-against-boeing-might-not-get-heard-in-u-s)

Flight 370 lawsuits against Boeing might not get heard in U.S.
April 16, 2014

(AP) — Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

Some lawyers have argued that the families could still sue in America if they alleged the plane's U.S. manufacturer, the Boeing Co., was somehow responsible for the disaster.

But such lawsuits are likely to be rejected if they're filed in the United States because federal courts there have dismissed many similar foreign air crash cases, especially if most of the plaintiffs are not American.

Major disasters draw lawyers looking to sign up clients for big lawsuits, and the missing Malaysian plane, which was carrying mostly Chinese passengers, has been no exception. Lawyers from various firms have descended on a Beijing hotel where relatives of the passengers have been staying, and have even traveled around China to visit them in their homes.

The Chinese relatives have said their main focus remains on the search for the plane, so lawyers have had little luck so far in signing up clients here, despite dangling the potential of major damage awards.

"This is not the right point in time to discuss legal matters because nothing has been found yet and everybody has no idea what exactly happened to the plane," said Steve Wang, a representative of some of the Chinese relatives.

Relatives can expect to get at least about $175,000 from Malaysia Airlines for each lost passenger under terms of the Montreal Convention, an international treaty governing air travel compensation. The relatives can also sue the carrier in Malaysia or their home countries for further damages.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 16, 2014, 08:40:35 PM
According to these articles, the theory that the plane landed there is not true.

Your grandson is 16 already?  How fast they grow up!  Nice that you had some quality time with him.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/606936-diego-garcia-alleged-philip-wood-photo-from-missing-flight-mh370-has-faked-gps-data/
Diego Garcia: Purported Philip Wood Photo From Missing Flight MH 370 Includes Faked GPS Data
By Zachary Stieber, Epoch Times | April 7, 2014
Last Updated: April 8, 2014 4:08 am

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/617116-diego-garcia-philip-wood-case-us-says-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh-370-not-there/
Diego Garcia, Philip Wood Conspiracy Theory: US Says Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Didn’t Land On Base
By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times | April 12, 2014
Last Updated: April 14, 2014 12:37 pm



Hi Grace

The Philip Wood conspiracy?  I believe that this was a hoax to call attention to the possibility that MH370 landed on Diego Garcia.

Nevertheless ... my pilot SIL and colleagues cannot comprehend why Diego Garcia was not the focus of investigators when it was first learned that MH370 was tracked taking a turn back to Malyasia and headed west toward the Indian Ocean.  Think about it.  If the intent was to crash ... not land the plane ... the deed could have been done in the South China Sea somewhere between Malaysia and Beijing rather than the Southern Indian Ocean.

Also ... when info regarding the landing strip on Diego Garcia that was revealed in the pilot's flight simulator is considered and ... the observation of those on the Maldives island of Kuda Huvadhoo who witnessed a low flying plane on the morning of March 8th ... a low flying plane headed towards Diego Garcia is considered ... my 16 year old grandson and I have become believers along with his father that there may been a Diego Garcia conspiracy.

Maybe another "Edward Snowden" will emerge who will blow wide open a cover up regarding a westerly route taken by MH370 on the morning of March 8th?  On the other hand ... maybe the current search will reveal that the route of MH370 took a turn South after flying west across Malaysia towards the Indian Ocean.  In other words ... I can speculate all I want but in the end "what will be; will be".

My grandson?  Yes ... time does fly.  His future?  A Karate instructor?  Christian hip hop performer?  An international pilot?  The possibilities seem endless when you are 16 years old.  My prayer is that whatever his life choices ... they will be honouring to God and his parents.

Janet
 

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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2014, 09:39:07 PM
At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search area for 17 April 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr025.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr025.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
17 April 2014—am


Up to ten military aircraft, two civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 40,349 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,170 kilometres north west of Perth.

Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed a full mission in the search area and is currently planning for its next mission. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 90 square kilometres to date and the data from its latest mission is being analysed.

The oil sample collected by Ocean Shield has now arrived in Perth and will be subject to detailed testing and analysis. We will provide details of the results when they become available.

The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2014, 09:44:07 PM
Chart:  Planned search areas for Thursday, April 17, 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr025.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr025.aspx)

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_025-3.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2014, 10:08:47 PM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626304579505121873871170?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304626304579505121873871170.html (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626304579505121873871170?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304626304579505121873871170.html)

Abbott Says Best Flight 370 Search Leads Will Soon Be Exhausted
Updated April 16, 2014 7:16 a.m. ET

SYDNEY—The best leads in an underwater search for  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU +6.98%     Flight 370 will be exhausted in about a week, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, as searchers battled to overcome technical issues that have hampered early efforts to scan the Indian Ocean's seabed.

Mr. Abbott said authorities would need to rethink their approach if a remote-controlled vehicle fails to locate wreckage from Flight 370 in a narrow area of ocean where searchers earlier this month picked up the strongest electronic signal out of a series of pings consistent with aircraft black box flight recorders. (Follow the latest updates on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.)

"We believe that search will be completed within a week or so," Mr. Abbott told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. "If we don't find wreckage, we stop, we regroup, we reconsider."
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That air and sea search for floating debris is nearing its end, Australia's Defense Minister David Johnston said in an interview, and any final decision will be made on advice from senior military and search officials. A total of 14 aircraft and 11 ships scanned the ocean surface Wednesday.

"It is obviously becoming less and less optimistic," Mr. Johnston said of the aerial search. Any potential debris field is likely to have "dissipated to the four winds," or sunk, he said.
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Authorities have several options available if the current underwater search by Bluefin-21 turns up nothing. They could order a second sweep of the seabed in a tight area where the first signals believed to have come from Flight 370's black boxes were detected. The search could also be expanded to a wider area around a series of transmissions heard on four occasions covering 500 square miles. U.S. Navy commanders have said a search on that scale could take six to eight weeks to complete.

Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said a later phase could involve a search along a wide arc of sea extrapolated from a partial digital "handshake" between Flight 370 and an  Inmarsat  ISAT.LN +0.68%     PLC satellite. That strip of sea is more than 370 miles long and 30 miles wide, according to search maps.
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With authorities uncertain about the depths of the ocean, other organizations are ready to provide submersibles that can go deeper than Bluefin-21. According to David G. Gallo, director of special projects at the U.S.-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, two Remus 6000 underwater vehicles together costing US$20,000 a day to operate could be flown to Perth if required. Those submersibles were used in 2011 to locate the black boxes of Air France 447, which crashed in the Atlantic Ocean two years earlier.

Mr. Dolan, Australia's top air-accident investigator, said a prolonged undersea search and salvage mission using privately owned equipment could cost up to 250 million Australian dollars (US$234 million). Mr. Johnston also said the underwater search may ultimately end up being run mainly by private companies, although he declined to estimate what that could cost.

"Ultimately it may well be that there is a civilian contractor to come and pick up the pieces if we have no success," said Mr. Johnston.

Payment of search and salvage contractors would likely need to be negotiated between Malaysia, who operated the aircraft, the U.S., where the plane was built, and China, where the majority of passengers came from, Mr. Johnston said.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2014, 10:54:57 PM
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303887804579504142188688308 (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303887804579504142188688308)

New Data, Analysis and Luck Help Narrow Flight 370 Search Zone
Updated April 16, 2014 9:35 p.m. ET

A combination of cutting-edge science, dogged analysis and simple luck prompted searchers to focus the hunt for  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU +6.98%     Flight 370 underwater, just days before the plane's black box recorders were expected to fall silent.

Authorities got a first look at the sea floor Tuesday in an area that they believe is the jet's likely location, without detecting any wreckage. Hopes rest on a remote-controlled submersible from the U.S. Navy, which is seeking the first visual confirmation of wreckage that could lead investigators to the all-important recorders.

It's a turn of events that seemed unimaginable less than two weeks ago, after an extensive air and sea hunt for surface debris had turned up little more than garbage. The frequent and seemingly fruitless shifts in the aerial search frustrated investigators and eroded the confidence of the public and families of the victims. The current effort may yet turn out to be another false lead.

But over the past 11 days, an international team of experts has persistently recalibrated data and capitalized on new streams of information to zero in on a tight corridor in the southern Indian Ocean, according to senior Australian government officials, investigators from several countries and others briefed on the probe.

The decision to narrow the search on April 4 amounted to a carefully calculated gamble. Investigators incorporated arcane new calculations reflecting changes in the operating temperatures of an  Inmarsat  ISAT.LN +0.68%     PLC satellite as well as the communications equipment aboard the  Boeing  BA +1.42%     777 when the two systems exchanged so-called digital handshakes. Those links occurred regularly for some six hours after the plane deviated from its original flight path to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, and then headed south.

The new analysis provided investigators with a "sweet spot" to begin the underwater search, initially using a black-box detector in an area of sea some 500 kilometers to the north of where military aircraft and ships had previously been looking, said Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

The international working group established by Malaysia to investigate the crash, which included U.S., British, and French technical experts, assembled the new analysis, which the ATSB vetted before incorporating into the Australian-lead search.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 17, 2014, 10:17:50 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr026.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr026.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Update on search for flight MH370
Media Release
17 April 2014—pm


At the recent media conference conducted by the Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said that the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick on Sunday evening in her current search area.

Preliminary analysis of the sample collected by ADV Ocean Shield has confirmed that it is not aircraft engine oil or hydraulic fluid.

Additionally, Phoenix International, with the assistance of Bluefin, have assessed that there is a small but acceptable level of risk in operating the vehicle in depths in excess of 4,500 metres. This expansion of the operating parameters allows the Bluefin-21 to search the sea floor within the predicted limits of the current search area.

Some media reports today state that it would take Bluefin-21 anywhere from six weeks to two months to scan the entire underwater search area. This is incorrect.

Since the US Navy provided comment some days ago, the underwater search has been significantly narrowed through detailed acoustic analysis conducted on the four signal detections made by the Towed Pinger Locator on ADV Ocean Shield.

This analysis has allowed the definition of a reduced and more focused underwater search area. This represents the best lead we have in relation to missing flight MH370 and where the current underwater search efforts are being pursued to their completion so we can either confirm or discount the area as the final resting place of MH370.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 17, 2014, 10:43:52 AM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-robotic-sub-1st-full-mission-oil-slick-unrelated/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-robotic-sub-1st-full-mission-oil-slick-unrelated/)

April 17, 2014, 10:17 AM
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 search: Robotic sub clocks 1st full mission as oil slick deemed unrelated

PERTH, Australia -- Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.

The unmanned sub's first two missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, but the Bluefin 21 finally managed to complete a full 16-hour scan of the silt-covered seabed far off Australia's west coast, the search coordination center said. While data collected during the mission, which ended overnight, were still being analyzed, nothing of note had yet been discovered, the center said. The sub has now covered 35 square miles of seafloor.

Separately, the center said the oil analysis done in the western city of Perth came up empty when the samples tested negative for aircraft oil or hydraulic fluid. The oil was collected earlier this week from a slick about 3.4 miles from the area where equipment picked up underwater sounds consistent with an aircraft black box.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 17, 2014, 04:03:36 PM
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-17/no-sign-of-mh370-as-submarine-completes-fourth-dive.html (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-17/no-sign-of-mh370-as-submarine-completes-fourth-dive.html)

No Sign of MH370 as Submarine Completes Fourth Dive
Apr 17, 2014 2:00 PM CT

An unmanned submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian Air plane completed its fourth dive yesterday without finding any signs of the aircraft, according to the company operating the device.

The Bluefin-21 has covered about 120 square kilometers (46 square miles) of ocean floor in depths down to 4,700 meters (15,400 feet), Jim Gibson, general manager of Phoenix International Holdings Inc., the company performing the search under contract to the U.S. Navy, said an an e-mail.

“There has been no debris or aircraft wreckage discovered on any of the four dives to date,” Gibson said.

While the first two efforts were interrupted by anomalies, Gibson called the dives “very successful.” He didn’t have information on where or when the next dive is planned, he said.

As many as 12 aircraft and 11 ships planned to continue combing the Indian Ocean for signs of debris, Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre said yesterday.

Scouring the water’s surface northwest of Australia will continue over the Easter weekend, and the underwater search has been “significantly narrowed,” with the use of acoustic analysis, creating a “more focused” area, the JACC said. At 42 days, the hunt for Flight 370, which disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board, is the longest search for a missing passenger jet in modern aviation history.

The Pentagon estimates that as of last week, it’s spent about $7.3 million on the search.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 17, 2014, 08:37:59 PM
MH370 search is fast running out of time, says Australian prime minister
Thursday 17 April 2014 04.58 BST


<snipped>

Tony Abbott says the most promising leads in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean will be exhausted in a week.

On Monday it was announced the search would be conducted by a remote controlled submersible called Bluefin-21 that would scour the ocean floor with sonar to attempt to locate signs of the plane.

But in an interview with the Wall Street Journal the prime minister said: "We believe that search will be completed within a week or so.

"If we don't find wreckage, we stop, we regroup, we reconsider."

<snipped>

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/mh-370-search-running-out-of-time-says-tony-abbott


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 17, 2014, 10:42:50 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

1 HR ago Update
Australian Search Authority Says Data Analysis From Bluefin 21′s Fourth Mission Showed Nothing of Interest


Australian Search Authority Says Data Analysis From Bluefin 21′s Fourth Mission Showed Nothing of Interest
The Submersible Has Searched Around 110 Square Kilometers, Has Commenced Fifth Mission
A Search Zone Planned for Friday Has an Area of 51,870 Square Kilometers
Up to 11 Aircraft, 12 Ships Taking Part in Friday’s Search
Isolated Showers and South Easterly Winds Forecast for Search Zone


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 17, 2014, 10:49:00 PM
At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search areas for 18 April 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr027.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr027.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
18 April 2014—am


Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 51,870 square kilometres, across three areas.

Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed another mission in the underwater search area and has commenced mission five. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 110 square kilometres to date. Data analysis from the fourth mission did not provide any contacts of interest.

The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 18, 2014, 12:16:41 AM
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/malaysia-australia-sign-mou-recovery-process-mh370-report-20140418 (http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/malaysia-australia-sign-mou-recovery-process-mh370-report-20140418)

Malaysia, Australia to sign MoU on recovery process of MH370: Report
Published on Apr 18, 2014 11:29 AM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia and Australia are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will cover every aspect of the recovery process of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a Malaysian newspaper reported on Friday.

The extensive agreement is currently being finalised by Kuala Lumpur and being drafted to safeguard both nations from any legal pitfalls that may surface during that phase.

The agreement will also address specific areas, including which parties will handle the wreckage or any parts of the plane, including the black box, once it is found, New Straits Times reported.

Another critical area concerns the handling of human remains.

Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told the New Straits Times that the MoU only involved the two nations and it was in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation's ruling which underscored the jurisdiction of Malaysia and Australia in this case. Details of the MoU will not be made public.

The New Straits Times has learnt that Canberra is studying the MoU. Kuala Lumpur is hopeful that the MoU will be concluded soon and endorsed by the Cabinet at its next meeting.

It will come into effect as soon as any part of the Boeing 777-200ER is found.
 ::snipping3::
 


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 18, 2014, 07:55:07 PM
My pilot son-in-law SPECULATES that MAYBE the reported sudden accent to 39,000' and the reported maintaining of that almost maximum altitude for 20 minute could have had the ability to render all passengers/crew unconscious due to lack of oxygen.

Could it be that the pilot had his own supply of oxygen in his locked cockpit?  Could it be that during this period of time the pilot made that reported turn and ... then proceeded to make that reported 5,000' to 4,000' descent as he flew the aircraft over Malaysia towards the Indian Ocean?

Contrary to official denials ... could it be that upon reaching the Indian Ocean the pilot continued WEST ... not SOUTH ... towards the Maldives where residents reported a "low flying" airplane ... toward the runway at Diego Garcia that was programmed into his flight simulator?

Janet

++++


More details emerge, but still no sight of Malaysia Airlines jet
updated 3:24 PM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014


(CNN) -- New information has come to light about the path taken by Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before it disappeared from radar screens on March 8.

The plane deviated from its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing by turning leftward over water while it was still inside Vietnamese airspace, a senior Malaysian aviation source told CNN's Nic Robertson.

The aircraft then climbed to 39,000 feet, just short of the Boeing 777-200ER's 41,000 feet safe operating limit, and maintained that altitude for about 20 minutes over the Malaysian Peninsula before beginning to descend, the source said.

Investigators have determined that the missing jet was equipped with four emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs, which are designed to transmit a plane's location to an emergency satellite when triggered by a crash or by contact with water, the source added. ....

Relatives of the 239 passengers and crew have raised questions about the ELTs with Malaysian authorities, suggesting there were at least three aboard the plane, including two portable units and one fixed device.

Malaysia Airlines would not comment

Malaysia Airlines has declined to answer CNN's questions about the ELTs and other matters.

The airline said it could not comment on "any questions that relate to information held by other authorities and/or fall under the jurisdiction of the ongoing investigation. ..."

'No debris or aircraft wreckage'

The first four dives discovered "no debris or aircraft wreckage," said Phoenix International Holdings, which owns and operates the equipment under a contract with the U.S. Navy. ....

The continuing search efforts came as relatives of the people who were aboard the jetliner when it disappeared from radar nearly six weeks ago pressed for answers.

They have drawn up 26 questions that they want addressed by Malaysian officials, who are to meet with them next week in Beijing. Most of the 239 passengers and crew who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were Chinese.

Among their questions: What's in the flight's log book? Can they review the jet's maintenance records? Can they listen to recordings of the Boeing 777 pilot's conversations with air traffic controllers just before contact was lost?

Malaysia's acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, has defended his government's handling of the operation and accused members of the news media of focusing on the Chinese families.

"The most difficult part of any investigation of this nature is having to deal with the families," he said. ....

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/18/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/?hpt=hp_t2



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 18, 2014, 08:14:41 PM
WITNESSES - A LOW FLYING JET

MH370: Maldives Islanders claim to have spotted 'low-flying jet’
18 Mar 2014


The global hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has shifted to a tiny island in the Maldives, where residents spotted a “low flying jumbo jet” hours after the aircraft disappeared.

Several witnesses in Dhaalu Atoll saw a plane heading south that bore the red stripe and white background of Malaysia Airlines planes.

The sightings, reported by a local news outlet, would have occurred more than seven hours after the plane, carrying 12 crew and 227 mainly Chinese passengers, lost contact with air traffic control and took its sudden westward turn during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the early hours of Saturday March 8.

“I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We’ve seen seaplanes, but I’m sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly,” said an witness.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10706853/MH370-Maldives-Islanders-claim-to-have-spotted-low-flying-jet.html


Missing MH370: Maldives residents report 'low-flying jumbo jet' sighting on March 8
March 18, 2014


PETALING JAYA: Residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll in the Maldives reportedly saw a "low-flying jumbo jet" flying over houses early in the morning of March 8, the same day Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing.

In a report by Maldivian daily Haveeru, residents described the aircraft which flew over Kuda Huvadhoo at around 6.15am as being white, with red stripes across it.

This colour scheme is very similar to the livery used by Malaysia Airlines on its aircraft - including the Boeing 777 used for MH370.

Eyewitnesses who saw the aircraft agreed that it was travelling in a north to south east heading towards Addu, the southern tip of the Maldives, and all commented on the very loud noise the aircraft made when flying over the island.

One noted that the doors on the aircraft could be seen clearly, a fact that was also agreed upon by other eyewitnesses.

"Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too," said the eyewitness, and it was reported that Island Councillor, Mohamed Zaheem had said that other residents of Kuda Huvadhoo had spoken up about the incident.

<snipped>

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/18/Missing-MH370-maldive-low-flying-jumbo/



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 18, 2014, 08:32:23 PM
THE FLIGHT SIMULATOR?

FBI analyse Malaysian Airlines pilot's home flight simulator as it's revealed he deleted data one month prior to taking control of missing MH370 plane
19 March 2014


<snipped>

Today it was also revealed that a remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with a runway long enough to land a Boeing 777 was programmed into the home flight simulator of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. ....

The investigation into the Diego Garcia, an overseas territory of the UK, which is rented to the US and is now a huge American naval base follows fresh eyewitness accounts of a 'low flying jumbo jet' being spotted in the Maldives.

People on the island of Kuda Huvadhoo reported seeing a plane on the morning of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, according to a Haveeru, a news website in the Maldives.

<snipped>

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2584123/Revealed-Malaysian-Airlines-pilot-high-security-US-base-Diego-Garcia-programmed-homemade-flight-simulator-deleted-data-just-taking-control-missing-plane.html


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 18, 2014, 10:51:00 PM
At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search areas for 19 April 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr028.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr028.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
19 April 2014—am


Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 50,200 square kilometres, across three areas.

Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission six in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 133 square kilometres to date. Data from the sixth mission is currently under analysis. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

Bluefin-21 AUV's seventh mission has commenced. The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 19, 2014, 02:03:11 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20140419-700078.html (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20140419-700078.html)

April 19, 2014, 1:51 a.m. ET
Seabed Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to Be Finished in Five to Seven Days

PERTH, Australia--The initial underwater search of a remote stretch of southern Indian Ocean seabed in what is thought to be the most likely spot for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is expected to be completed in five to seven days, Australian authorities said Saturday.

The focused underwater search area is defined as circle of 10 kilometer radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on April 8, the Australian authority leading the recovery operation told The Wall Street Journal in an email.

The U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 autonomous vehicle, which moves at a walking pace, has so far completed six separate underwater missions and has found nothing of interest, although data from the sixth mission has yet to be analyzed. A seventh mission is under way
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 19, 2014, 03:23:28 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/19/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/19/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/)

Official: Search intensifies, current area should be completed in a week 
updated 12:38 PM EDT, Sat April 19, 2014

(CNN) -- The underwater drone scanning for traces of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should complete its task in the zone under scrutiny within a week, as the search for the plane intensifies, a government official said Saturday -- day 43 of the effort.

"Today and tomorrow, it's imperative that we focus because the experts have narrowed down the search area," said Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysian acting transport minister. Then, citing a comment made this week by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, he said, "Whatever the outcome of the next few days, we need to regroup and reconsider the operations."
 ::snipping3::
The developments come a day after a senior Malaysian aviation source told CNN's Nic Robertson that investigators have concluded that the jetliner deviated March 8 from its flight plan during its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing while it was still inside Vietnamese airspace.

It turned left, then climbed to 39,000 feet -- below its peak safe limit of 43,100 feet -- and maintained that altitude for about 20 minutes over the Malaysian Peninsula before beginning to descend, the source said.

Why would such a move have been made? That question and many others -- including the current whereabouts of the plane -- have been asked by investigators and relatives of the 239 people who were aboard the plane when it went off course and off radar screens.

Investigators have also determined that the missing jet was equipped with four emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs. When triggered by a crash, they are designed to transmit their location to a satellite.

The ELTs were located at the plane's front door, its rear door, in the fuselage and in the cockpit, said the source, who was puzzled over why they appear either not to have activated or, if they did activate, why they were not picked up by the satellite.

But the ELT is not designed to operate under water, according to Steven Brecken, a spokesman for Honeywell, which makes the Rescue 406 AFN ELT used on the Boeing 777-200ER. "The ELT serves as the emergency beacon when an aircraft crashes on land, where the recorders are more easily found," he wrote on the company website.
 ::snipping3::



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 19, 2014, 03:27:43 PM
http://www.ksat.com/news/source-malaysia-airlines-jet-nearly-hit-peak-altitude/25561682 (http://www.ksat.com/news/source-malaysia-airlines-jet-nearly-hit-peak-altitude/25561682)

Official: Search to be completed in a week
Emergency locators not activated or recorded
Published On: Apr 18 2014 11:17:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2014 07:28:10 AM CDT

(http://www.ksat.com/image/view/-/25562010/medRes/2/-/maxh/360/maxw/640/-/he1kwl/-/Malaysia-altitude-map-jpg.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 19, 2014, 11:03:57 PM
At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search areas for 20 April 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr029.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr029.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
20 April 2014—am


Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 48,507 square kilometres, across two areas.

Early this morning, Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission seven in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 50 per cent of the focused underwater search area to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April

No contacts of interest have been found to date.

Bluefin-21 AUV's eighth mission has commenced.

The weather forecast for today is scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms in some areas, and east south-easterly winds.

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_029-2-tn.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 20, 2014, 10:57:50 PM
At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search areas for 21 April 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr030.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr030.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
21 April 2014—am


Up to 10 military aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,491 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1741 kilometres north west of Perth.

This morning, Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission eight in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area to date. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

Bluefin-21 AUV's ninth mission will commence later this morning.

The weather forecast for today has conditions deteriorating, particularly in the north of the search area, as Tropical Cyclone Jack continues its track southwards. Wide spread showers are developing with isolated thunderstorms to the north and east south-easterly winds.

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_030-2-tn.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 21, 2014, 09:35:43 PM
At the link:  Images of 4 charts showing search areas for 22 April 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr031.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr031.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
22 April 2014—am


Up to 10 military aircraft and 10 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,491 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission nine in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area to date. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

The weather forecast for today is for scattered showers to continue with south easterly winds, sea swells up to three metres and visibility of four kilometres.

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_031-4-tn.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 21, 2014, 09:41:36 PM
Map:  Planned search areas for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr031.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr031.aspx)

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_031-4.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 21, 2014, 09:59:24 PM
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/dismayed-families-of-missing-mh370-passengers-have-vowed-to-get-noisier/story-fnizu68q-1226891721176 (http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/dismayed-families-of-missing-mh370-passengers-have-vowed-to-get-noisier/story-fnizu68q-1226891721176)

Dismayed families of missing MH370 passengers have vowed to ‘get noisier’ 
This story was published:  2 hours ago  April 22, 2014 9:33AM

FAMILY members of passengers lost on missing Malaysia Airlines 370 have criticised the Malaysian government for an investigation they say has been mismanaged. 
 
Appearing on US morning television, Sarah Bajc, the girlfriend of Flight 370 American passenger Philip Wood, told Today host Matt Lauer passengers’ loved ones all just “wanted to go back to square one”.

“We just don’t believe they’re using proper evaluative techniques to check the data,” she said. “It’s day 45 and we’re basically on the same position we were on on the first day.”

We don’t know anything for sure,” she said. “We want to go back and start over again, but with new people looking at the information.”

Ms Bajc sent an email to the media, on behalf of “the united families of MH370”, detailing their complaints and concerns.

Among their grievances is the suggestion by the government it issues death certificates or pay compensation before the plane is found.
 ::snipping3::
The Acting Minister of Transport in Malaysia has posted a comment to Twitter that he hopes to discuss with Angus Houston the status of the remaining third of the search area being combed by the Bluefin-21 unmanned submersible.
 ::snipping3::
Australia’s ambassador to the United States, Kim Beazley, said on Sunday that if the missing plane is not found in the Indian Ocean by midweek then searchers will stop, regroup and reconsider. His comments were made to CNN’s State of the Union political program.

He said the search was taking place in the “logical area”, but adjustments could be made including bringing in private contractors and more underwater search vehicles.
 ::snipping3::
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s deputy minister for foreign affairs Hamzah Zainuddin has met with relatives of passengers to discuss financial aid.

“We touched on the topic of financial assistance in the meeting this morning, and (the relatives) have decided that they will propose a plan for financial assistance, which will be emailed to us as soon as possible,” he said in a statement.

Mr Hamzah said he assigned an emissary to meet with Chinese government officials, whose citizens comprised two-thirds of the 239 people aboard the missing plane, to discuss ways and means to assist the next of kin of passengers from China.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 21, 2014, 11:57:23 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr032.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr032.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Suspension of air search today due to weather conditions
Media Release
22 April 2014


Planned air search activities have been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area as a result of Tropical Cyclone Jack.

It has been determined that the current weather conditions are resulting in heavy seas and poor visibility, and would make any air search activities ineffective and potentially hazardous.

The 10 ships involved in today's search will continue with their planned activities.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 22, 2014, 02:02:38 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

34 MINs ago Update
Australian Authorities Say Four Aircraft Participating in Air Search for MH370 Tuesday


Australian Authorities Say the Planes Had Departed Before Operations Suspended This Morning
Australian Authorities Say Individual Captains Will Assess Situation, Use Discretion Once in Search Area
Operations Had Earlier Been Suspended Due to Bad Weather Conditions

1 HR ago Update
Breaking


*Australia Says U.S. Navy Submersible Found Nothing of Interest in Just-Completed Mission

*Unmanned Submersible Has Been Relaunched in Search for Missing Plane


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 22, 2014, 05:22:56 PM
A THEORY

I now hope that the scepticism of the relatives of MH370 passengers will be taken seriously ... relatives who are of the belief that the search in the Southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia has been a detraction from actual happenings that may have taken place on the morning of March 8, 2014 in another area of the same ocean.

Could it be that the pilot of MH370 was on a mission to destroy after  rendering his passengers unconscious after ascending to a maximum altitude for over 20 minutes?

Could it be that the pilot continued West towards the Maldives Islands after reaching the Indian Ocean?

Despite an official denial ... could it be that a report will be deemed valid ... a report which quotes residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in the Maldives who observed a low flying plane headed South towards the Island of Diego Garcia ... a top secret military base where Islamic terrorists have been detained for interrogation?

Janet

++++++


APRIL 22, 2014

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Concerns grow among search officials that missing jet ‘may have landed somewhere else’
Tuesday 22 April 2014


<snipped>

Quoting an unnamed official with the investigation team, the newspaper also appears to suggest the possibility that the plane “ landed” somewhere else entirely.

“We may have to regroup soon to look into this possibility if no positive results come back in the next few days ... but at the same time, the search mission in the Indian Ocean must go on,” the source was quoted as saying.

“The thought of it landing somewhere else is not impossible, as we have not found a single debris that could be linked to MH370.

<snipped>

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-concerns-grow-among-search-officials-that-missing-jet-may-have-landed-somewhere-else-9275374.html


MARCH 25, 2014

Experts, relatives ask: Where's the proof that MH370 fell into ocean?
updated 8:23 AM EDT, Tue March 25, 2014


<snipped>

'Nothing is final'

An executive from Inmarsat, the British company that carried out the satellite analysis, said the route into the southern Indian Ocean was the "best fit" with the pings received from the plane.

"The most likely route is the south, and the most likely ending in roughly the area where they're looking now," Chris McLaughlin, a senior vice president at the company, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"But, of course, nothing is final," he said. "We're not earth observation satellites, we're data satellites. So it will require a lot of different skills, a lot of different people, not least the naked eye, to finally confirm what happened to 370."

McLaughlin said the mathematics-based process used by Inmarsat and Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch was "groundbreaking." The new calculations underwent a peer review process with space agency experts and contributions by Boeing, he said.

Arthur Rosenberg, an aviation attorney, said he was troubled by the different language used by the satellite company and Malaysian officials.

"On the one hand, you have the executive from Inmarsat saying 'most likely' and somehow that got booted up to 'beyond reasonable doubt.' I don't agree with that," Rosenberg said.

"I am not convinced that they are certain where this airplane is," he said. "I think they have fine-tuned it to a general area, but to say beyond a reasonable doubt this plane went down where they are saying is a stretch."

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane-reaction/index.html?hpt=bosread


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 22, 2014, 05:26:26 PM
MH370 search is fast running out of time, says Australian prime minister
Thursday 17 April 2014 04.58 BST


<snipped>

Tony Abbott says the most promising leads in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean will be exhausted in a week.

On Monday it was announced the search would be conducted by a remote controlled submersible called Bluefin-21 that would scour the ocean floor with sonar to attempt to locate signs of the plane.

But in an interview with the Wall Street Journal the prime minister said: "We believe that search will be completed within a week or so.

"If we don't find wreckage, we stop, we regroup, we reconsider."

<snipped>

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/mh-370-search-running-out-of-time-says-tony-abbott



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 22, 2014, 05:32:04 PM

More details emerge, but still no sight of Malaysia Airlines jet
updated 3:24 PM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014


(CNN) -- New information has come to light about the path taken by Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before it disappeared from radar screens on March 8.

The plane deviated from its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing by turning leftward over water while it was still inside Vietnamese airspace, a senior Malaysian aviation source told CNN's Nic Robertson.

The aircraft then climbed to 39,000 feet, just short of the Boeing 777-200ER's 41,000 feet safe operating limit, and maintained that altitude for about 20 minutes over the Malaysian Peninsula before beginning to descend, the source said.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/18/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/?hpt=hp_t2




Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 22, 2014, 05:38:12 PM

THE WITNESSES?

MH370: Maldives Islanders claim to have spotted 'low-flying jet’
18 Mar 2014


The global hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has shifted to a tiny island in the Maldives, where residents spotted a “low flying jumbo jet” hours after the aircraft disappeared.

Several witnesses in Dhaalu Atoll saw a plane heading south that bore the red stripe and white background of Malaysia Airlines planes.

The sightings, reported by a local news outlet, would have occurred more than seven hours after the plane, carrying 12 crew and 227 mainly Chinese passengers, lost contact with air traffic control and took its sudden westward turn during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the early hours of Saturday March 8.

“I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We’ve seen seaplanes, but I’m sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly,” said an witness.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10706853/MH370-Maldives-Islanders-claim-to-have-spotted-low-flying-jet.html


Missing MH370: Maldives residents report 'low-flying jumbo jet' sighting on March 8
March 18, 2014


PETALING JAYA: Residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll in the Maldives reportedly saw a "low-flying jumbo jet" flying over houses early in the morning of March 8, the same day Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing.

In a report by Maldivian daily Haveeru, residents described the aircraft which flew over Kuda Huvadhoo at around 6.15am as being white, with red stripes across it.

This colour scheme is very similar to the livery used by Malaysia Airlines on its aircraft - including the Boeing 777 used for MH370.

Eyewitnesses who saw the aircraft agreed that it was travelling in a north to south east heading towards Addu, the southern tip of the Maldives, and all commented on the very loud noise the aircraft made when flying over the island.

One noted that the doors on the aircraft could be seen clearly, a fact that was also agreed upon by other eyewitnesses.

"Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too," said the eyewitness, and it was reported that Island Councillor, Mohamed Zaheem had said that other residents of Kuda Huvadhoo had spoken up about the incident.

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http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/18/Missing-MH370-maldive-low-flying-jumbo/



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 22, 2014, 05:48:33 PM

THE FLIGHT SIMULATOR?

FBI analyse Malaysian Airlines pilot's home flight simulator as it's revealed he deleted data one month prior to taking control of missing MH370 plane
19 March 2014


<snipped>

Today it was also revealed that a remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with a runway long enough to land a Boeing 777 was programmed into the home flight simulator of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

<snipped>

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2584123/Revealed-Malaysian-Airlines-pilot-high-security-US-base-Diego-Garcia-programmed-homemade-flight-simulator-deleted-data-just-taking-control-missing-plane.html



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 22, 2014, 05:52:07 PM

(http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2014/04/07/1226876/629714-e5dfff94-bdf3-11e3-ab5c-db8d2f3f624e.jpg)



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 22, 2014, 06:37:12 PM
THE OFFICIAL DIEGO GARCIA DENIAL

US denies MH370 landed at Diego Garcia military base in Indian Ocean, says report
APRIL 12, 2014


The United States today has refuted rumours that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could have landed at its military base on the remote island of Diego Garcia, the Daily Mirror reported.

The English daily quoted a spokesman for the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur as saying that there was no truth to this speculation.

"There is no indication that flight MH370 flew anywhere near the Maldives or Diego Garcia," Daily Mirror quoted the spokesman who told The Star in an email.

"Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 did not land in Diego Garcia," he said.

<snipped>

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/us-denies-mh370-landed-at-diego-garcia-military-base-in-indian-ocean-says-r


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 22, 2014, 08:37:04 PM
At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search areas for 23 April 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr033.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr033.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
23 April 2014—am


Up to 10 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 37,948 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 855 kilometres north west of Perth.

Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission ten in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 80 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

The weather forecast for today is for isolated showers increasing to heavy rain, widespread low cloud, with south easterly winds, sea swells up to 2.5 metres and visibility of one kilometere. Prevailing weather conditions may affect today's air search.

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_033-3-tn.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 22, 2014, 08:54:52 PM
A THEORY

Could it be that the pilot of MH370 was on A MISSION TO DESTROY after rendering the passengers/crew unconscious following an ascension to a maximum altitude for over 20 minutes?

Could it be that the pilot continued West towards the Maldives Islands after reaching the Indian Ocean?

Despite an official denial ... could it be that a report will ultimately be deemed valid ... a report which quotes residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in the Maldives who observed a low flying plane headed South towards the Island of Diego Garcia ... a top secret military base where Islamic terrorists have been detained for interrogation?

Janet


Could it be that Diego Garcia "powers that be" recognized that a terrorist  attack targeting the top secret US base was imminent and ... in a defensive response MH370 was taken down?

Could it be that a cover up began six weeks ago when it was realized that a commercial airliner with 239 passengers and crew had been shot down?

Could Homeland Security imply that the plan was that world attention would not become focused on that remote US military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean? 

Janet

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America Shot Down Missing Malaysia Plane MH370 and Kept it Secret? Conspiracy Theory Goes Viral
April 22, 2014 5:24 PM IST


<snipped>

John Chuckman, a former oil company executive turned author has suggested America could have shot down MH370, and is now possibly trying to cover it up. ....

It is still unknown why flight MH370 suddenly turned off its communications, changed its course dramatically and flew low. Yet, it is extremely unlikely that America's military intelligence eyes would have really missed the plane. This is especially because the new path of the plane appeared to be possibly TARGETING Diego Garcia as the destination - the place which is kept top secret.

<snipped>

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/549065/20140422/america-shot-down-missing-malaysia-plane-mh370.htm




Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 23, 2014, 12:01:14 AM

Experts, relatives ask: Where's the proof that MH370 fell into ocean?
updated 8:23 AM EDT, Tue March 25, 2014


<snipped>

'Nothing is final'

An executive from Inmarsat, the British company that carried out the satellite analysis, said the route into the southern Indian Ocean was the "best fit" with the pings received from the plane.

"The most likely route is the south, and the most likely ending in roughly the area where they're looking now," Chris McLaughlin, a senior vice president at the company, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"But, of course, nothing is final," he said. "We're not earth observation satellites, we're data satellites. So it will require a lot of different skills, a lot of different people, not least the naked eye, to finally confirm what happened to 370."

McLaughlin said the mathematics-based process used by Inmarsat and Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch was "groundbreaking." The new calculations underwent a peer review process with space agency experts and contributions by Boeing, he said.

Arthur Rosenberg, an aviation attorney, said he was troubled by the different language used by the satellite company and Malaysian officials.

"On the one hand, you have the executive from Inmarsat saying 'most likely' and somehow that got booted up to 'beyond reasonable doubt.' I don't agree with that," Rosenberg said.

"I am not convinced that they are certain where this airplane is," he said. "I think they have fine-tuned it to a general area, but to say beyond a reasonable doubt this plane went down where they are saying is a stretch."

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane-reaction/index.html?hpt=bosread


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

When it is considered that an executive from Inmarsat is unable to confirm with certainty the direction taken by MH370 once it reached the Indian Ocean (above) and ... when it is considered that the Australian Air Force P-3 Orion cannot confirm with certainty that the detected four pings originated from the missing Malaysian airliner ... why has the search for MH370 not been more far reaching?

Janet

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MH370: Sub searches for plane, again, as families fume
10:45 p.m. EDT April 16, 2014


<snipped>

Australian search officials had said they picked up "possible signals" from a man-made source more than a week ago and those signals have now stopped. The Australian air force P-3 Orion, which has been dropping sonar buoys into the water near where the sounds were picked up four times, have not verified the pings as coming from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

<snipped>

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/16/bluefin-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/7770049/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 23, 2014, 12:44:29 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr034.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr034.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Suspension of air search today due to weather conditions
Media Release
23 April 2014


Planned air search activities have been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area.

Three aircraft had already departed for today's search area prior to the suspension taking effect. They have been recalled.

Current weather conditions are resulting in heavy seas and poor visibility and are making air search activities ineffective and potentially hazardous.

The 12 ships involved in today's search will continue with their planned activities.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Samantha on April 23, 2014, 07:19:02 AM

MH370 search: 'Object of interest' found on Western Australian coast
updated 7:12 AM EDT, Wed April 23, 2014


(CNN) -- Australian officials say an "object of interest" in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been found, but Malaysia authorities said it was too early to tell if it is a real lead.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan described the object as appearing to be sheet metal with rivets, and said it was recovered on the coast of Western Australia.

"It's sufficiently interesting for us to take a look at the photographs," he said. "We take all leads seriously."

At a news conference Wednesday, Malaysia's acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said his country has not received any photos from Australia, and that so far, all of the objects found in the search have not been related to the missing plane.

Even the Australians expressed caution.

"The more we look at it, the less excited we get," Dolan said.

The object was picked up near Augusta, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Perth, a source with the Australian Defence Force told CNN.

The source also described the object as having rivets on one side with what appears to be a fiberglass coating.
When asked about the shape and scale of the object, the source described it as "kind of rectangular," but torn and misshapen.

(snipped)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/23/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_t1


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 23, 2014, 11:40:19 AM
Thank Samantha.

The waiting game begins.

For the sake of the families of MH370 passengers I hope this find if related provides them with at the very least a measure of closure.  Each day since this plane went missing the not knowing must be a h--- on earth.

I cannot comprehend why the pilot flew for over six hours attempting to avoid detection only to crash the plane into the Southern Indian Ocean.  In my opinion it makes no sense when he could have done the deed with little preparation in the South China Sea somewhere on the path between Malaysia and Beijing?  It makes sense to me that the pilot was on a mission.  He had a purpose when he turned that plane around and headed for the Indian Ocean.  I could be wrong.

I do believe that the truth ... whatever it is ... will be revealed.

Janet


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 23, 2014, 11:44:58 AM
Answers are yet to be forthcoming in regards to this find that washed up on a beach in the Maldives.  Why?

The comments at this site are interesting.

Janet

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Debris from missing flight MH370 washed up on a beach in the Maldives?
March 31, 2014


While the whole world is eagerly watching the news for suspected debris from the missing Malaysian airline flight MH370, Maldives newspaper Haveeru which earlier reported a possible sighting of the plane flying low over an island of Maldives have again reported that an object suspected to be a fire suppression bottle of an aircraft has washed up on the beach of one of the islands in the Maldives.

The residents of Baarah, in Haa Alifu Atoll Maldives, saw an object washed up on the island’s beach on Monday. ...

This discovery of this possible debris, from missing Malaysian airline flight MH370 comes a week after several residents from Kuda Huvadho, another island in the Maldives, reported sightings of a very low flying jet over their island on the day the flight went missing. However both the Maldives National Defence force and Malaysian authorities have denied the sightings and Maldives National Defence force have not revealed any details of this washed up “fire suppression bottle”.

<snipped>

http://www.maldives.com/news-media/debris-missing-flight-mh370-washed-beach-maldives/762


(http://www.maldivesfinest.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/bomb-in-maldives.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 23, 2014, 08:39:35 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

11 HRs ago  Update
Malaysia Undecided Whether to Make Preliminary Flight 370 Report Public

By Jason Ng

Malaysia has yet to decide whether to publicly disclose an initial report submitted to international aviation authorities on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the country’s director-general of civil aviation said on Wednesday.

The Southeast Asian country has filed the preliminary report as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told a news conference. He didn’t specify when it was filed or offer any details of the contents.

“We have issued the preliminary report and we have sent it to ICAO,’’ Mr. Azharuddin said. “We have not make any decision yet whether to release it to the media or public.”

Such reports are usually disclosed, in the public interest, although that isn’t required. Asked whether Malaysia would eventually disclose details of the investigation into the disappearance, Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at the news conference that “with the public interest globally, I think there’s no way that we can avoid making it public.”

Reports to the ICAO, a U.N. body based in Montreal, are required from the country conducting an investigation within 30 days of an accident and would include the sequence of events and other technical aspects.

The Boeing 777-200 disappeared March 8 with 239 people aboard during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and the search is focused on a portion of the Indian Ocean based on analysis of satellite data and possible pings from the flight recorders. No confirmed wreckage has been found.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 23, 2014, 08:47:21 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

9 HRs ago  Update
Wednesday’s Press Statement of Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Regarding Flight 370
23 April 2014


MH370 PRESS BRIEFING BY HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

Introductory Statement
It has been 47 days since MH370 went missing. As stated by the Joint Agency Coordinating Centre in Perth earlier today, up to 10 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
 ::snipping3::
International Investigation Team

I will now update you on the International Investigation Team.

Cabinet has deliberated and approved the appointment of an International Investigation Team to investigate the MH370 incident. The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has been tasked to draft the Terms of Reference for the investigation team.

As I’ve announced previously, the sub committee, led by Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Minister of Transport has been assigned the task to coordinate the formation of the International Investigation Team.

On that note, Malaysia as the Contracting State and a Council Member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will observe and comply with the standards and recommended practices of ICAO set mainly to look into the safety of international civil aviation.

The main purpose of the International Investigation Team is to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the incident so similar incidents could be avoided in the future. I would also like to note that the investigation will not include criminal aspects which are under the purview of the Royal Malaysian Police.

This investigation will be carried out in accordance with the Civil Aviation Regulation 1966 and the standards set under Annex 13 – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, the Chicago Convention, which requires each party to investigate air accidents independently with full powers in their respective countries. The Aviation Accident Investigation Bereau (BSKU – Biro Siasatan Kemalangan Udara) which was established since December 2011 under the Ministry of Transport will act as the Secretariat for this investigation team.

The investigation team will include three groups:
1.an airworthiness group, to look into issues such as maintenance
records, structures and systems;

1.an operational group,to examine flight recorders, operations and
meteorology;

1.a medical and human factors group, to investigate issues such as
psychology, pathology and survival factors.

We are also discussing to appoint experts from other ASEAN countries in accordance with the ASEAN MoU on Cooperation Relating to Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation that was signed in 2008.

We are in the process of identifying the members and the accreditated representatives and will be recruiting the members for the team in accordance with international standards. We will announce the name of the members next week.

Indeed, it is imperative for the government to form an independent team of investigators which is not only competent and transparent but also highly credible. As I’ve consistently said since the beginning, we have nothing to hide.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 23, 2014, 08:51:03 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr035.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr035.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Unidentified material washed ashore
Media Release
23 April 2014 pm


Western Australia Police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining the photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370.

The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.

No further information is available at this time.

Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 23, 2014, 08:58:54 PM
At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search areas for 24 April 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr036.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr036.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
24 April 2014—am


Up to 11 military aircraft and 11 ships are planned to assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,567 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

Prior to the commencement of today's air search operations, an assessment of current weather conditions will be made as ex-Tropical Cyclone Jack moves south.

The weather forecast for today is for heavy rain and low cloud, with south easterly winds up to 35 knots, sea swells of three to four metres and visibility of one kilometre.

Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission 12 in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 90 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that after examining detailed photographs of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta, it is satisfied it is not a lead in relation to the search for missing flight MH370.

Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available.

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_036-2-tn.jpg)



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on April 23, 2014, 10:18:41 PM
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/beach-debris-not-from-mh370-atsb/story-fn3dxiwe-1226894538056
MH370 search resumes as debris ruled out
April 24, 2014

LESS than a tenth of the underwater search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight remains to be scoured, while the possibility of a fresh lead has been ruled out.

It emerged late on Wednesday that debris had washed up on a beach 10 kilometres east of Augusta, about 320km south of Perth and near Australia's most southwestern tip.

A member of the public stumbled across the items, which were handed to Busselton police, who sent photos to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) for examination.

ATSB chief commissioner Martin Dolan immediately played down the find, saying the objects were "sufficiently interesting" enough to require scrutiny, but adding: "The more we look at it, the less excited we get."

Mr Dolan told CNN the debris appeared to be sheet metal with rivets.

And by Thursday morning, the ATSB had concluded there was nothing to indicate the items were wreckage from the lost Boeing 777.

"We want to pursue every possible lead that will help us find MH370, but sadly this is one that isn't going to help that search," Mr Dolan told ABC Radio in Perth.

The Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre (JACC), led by former defence chief Angus Houston, later confirmed the ATSB was satisfied the debris was not a fresh lead.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 24, 2014, 01:49:29 PM
Malaysia to release MH370 report, Prime Minister tells CNN
By Josh Levs and Holly Yan, CNN
updated 1:40 PM EDT, Thu April 24, 2014


(CNN) -- Facing anger from families of Flight 370 passengers, Malaysia's Prime Minister said Thursday his government will release its preliminary report on the plane's disappearance.

In a TV exclusive, Najib Razak told CNN the report will be available to the public next week.

"I have directed an internal investigation team of experts to look at the report, and there is a likelihood that next week we could release the report," Najib said. Later in the interview with CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest, he gave a more definitive statement, saying the report will be released next week.

Najib also discussed why he is not yet officially declaring the flight -- and the 239 people on board -- lost.

The report has already been sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the U.N. body for global aviation, but not made available to the public. ....

A committee representing some of the Chinese families have posted 26 questions on the Chinese social media site Weibo.

Usually, such reports to the ICAO are public, Quest says.

"In most cases, the report is published because it's not a controversial document," he said. "It's a statement of facts -- what happened. And if there are any controversial or difficult facts, they can be redacted."

Malaysia has insisted it has nothing to hide and is working to find answers.
Families plan to demand answers from Boeing. ....

Why so private?

Malaysia has not been known as a model of transparency. The same political party has ruled the country for the past 50 years, and the media is not completely free.

For its part, the Malaysian Cabinet has agreed to have an international team investigate the disappearance of Flight 370, the country's acting transportation minister said.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/24/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 24, 2014, 04:29:12 PM

Why is there official deafening silence in regards to any Diego Garcia satellite and communication records that were gathered in the course of the MH370 investigation ... Diego Garcia satellite and communication records regarding suspected happenings encompassing the morning of March 8, 2014?

Think about it.  Diego Garcia is a US military base in that middle of the Indian Ocean that has reportedly served as a base for launching/refuelling planes that were headed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  It has also been reported that Diego Garcia has served as a detention centre for the purpose of interrogating suspected Islamic terrorists prior to being transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

Could it be that the Malasian pilot of MH370 asphyxiated all passengers/ crew on board when he assented to and stayed at a maximum altitude for over twenty minutes?  Could it be that the pilot was privy to an oxygen supply?

Could it be that the Maylasian pilot had planned and practised ahead with the use of his flight simulator how he would reach Diego Garcia undetected with the intent of crashing MH370 into a strategic target on the Island with the intent of hindering the objectives of the top secret US military base?

Could it be that the pilot failed to consider the possibility of being observed by Maldive residents while flying at a very low altitude over their Islands on the route towards Diego Garcia?

Could it be that in the name of national security the searches for MH370 in the South China Seas and the South Indian Ocean have been an attempt to distract world attention from a top secret US Miliary base?

It is my sincere hope that the families of MH370 receive the answers and proof they so desperately seek regarding the search areas.  Despite my suspicions to the contrary ... I would lay my theory to rest IF it was learned that behind the scenes Diego Garcia has been a focus of the search for MH370 ... a focus that was ruled out through satellite and communication early on through records.

Janet

+++++

MH370 families storm out of glitchy teleconference with Malaysian officials
By Steve Almasy and Rene Marsh, CNN
updated 8:22 PM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014


<snipped>

The families have 26 questions they want answered now. Some of the "questions" are requests that evidence be shared with them, including the flight's logbook and recording of air traffic control on March 8, the night the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard.

Many of the 26 questions focus on technical issues involving emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs, and "black boxes." With an apparent in-depth understanding of how these work, the families ask about the specific technology on the missing plane.

The families also ask whether search and rescue teams have final results from searched areas ....

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/





Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 24, 2014, 04:32:14 PM

(http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2014/04/07/1226876/629714-e5dfff94-bdf3-11e3-ab5c-db8d2f3f624e.jpg)



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 24, 2014, 05:22:11 PM
Anger as MH370 families meet airline staff
5:34am April 25, 2014


A meeting between relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 and Malaysia Airlines staff has descended into chaos, with police stepping in to separate both sides amid angry scenes in a Beijing hotel.

Up until three weeks ago, Malaysian government and military officials held regular briefings with the relatives to update them on the search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8.

Anger mounted this week as relatives demanded the resumption of meetings with high-level government staff.

Tensions boiled over at Thursday's briefing, with some relatives saying they were on a "hunger strike" in protest after airline officials told them they were unable to get the Malaysian embassy to send a representative to answer their questions. ....

The relatives last month staged an angry protest at the Malaysian embassy in Beijing.

Nothing has been seen of the plane or its 239 passengers and crew since it vanished off radar screens during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.

<snipped>

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2014/04/25/05/37/anger-as-mh370-families-meet-airline-staff



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 24, 2014, 05:43:17 PM
Passengers' relatives demand again: Release data
April 24, 2014


CNN) -- As word came Thursday that the Malaysian government had filed a preliminary report about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Sarah Bajc implored that the nation's officials share it with passengers' loved ones.

Bajc, the partner of American passenger Philip Wood, said the report is just one of many pieces of information families have been demanding that authorities release for weeks.

Officials have not explained why relatives haven't received the report as they've requested, Bajc said on CNN's "New Day."  ....

On Wednesday, Steve Wang, whose mother was on the plane, demanded that Malaysian authorities release data for which family members have asked.

He and other relatives have said they do not accept the announcement by Malaysian authorities that the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean. Wang said "the relatives are doubtful that they are searching the right place."

<snipped>

http://www.12newsnow.com/story/25331698/passengers-relatives-demand-again-release-data


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 24, 2014, 08:05:53 PM
Malaysia Prime Minister's Flip Flop??

APRIL 24, 2014

CNN NEWSROOM
Malaysia Prime Minister Speaks Out
Aired April 24, 2014 - 14:00   ET


(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

NAJIB RAZAK, MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER: On the balance of the evidence, it would be hard to imagine otherwise, Richard.

QUEST: But the significance is, that until Malaysia says the plane has been lost, the compensation packages, the next stage of the proceedings under the Montreal Convention can't take -- go ahead. So I ask you again, prime minister, are you prepared to say that the plane and its passengers are lost?

RAZAK: At some point in time I would be, but -

QUEST: Right now?

RAZAK: Right now I think I need to take into account the feelings of the next of kin. And some of them have said publically that they're not willing to accept it until they find hard evidence.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1404/24/cnr.05.html

VIDEO:

PART 1: http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/04/24/mh370-malaysia-pm-najib-razak-quest-intv.cnn.html

PART 2: http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/04/24/mh370-malaysia-prime-minister-najib-razak-quest-part-2.cnn.html


MARCH 24, 2014

Malaysia prime minister: Flight 'ended in the southern Indian Ocean'
March 24, 2014, 7:20 a.m


BEIJING -- A grim-faced Malaysian prime minister had an emergency late-night news conference Monday, saying that the long-missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean” with no hope of survivors.

Najib Razak said his conclusion was based on new data from the British satellite company Inmarsat, identifying the last known location of the flight as southwest of Perth, Australia.

"This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you, that according to this new data, flight MH 370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,’’ he said delivering his brief statement at the news conference in Kuala Lumpur.

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http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-malaysia-plane-prime-miniter-20140324,0,3702204.story#axzz2zqswtSm4


Malaysia Flight 370: Prime Minister tells relatives “all lives are lost”
Posted on: 9:21 am, March 24, 2014


(CNN) — Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down over the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, citing a new analysis of satellite data by a British satellite company and accident investigators.

The announcement appeared to rule out the possibility that anyone could have survived whatever happened to the aircraft, which vanished more than two weeks ago with 239 people aboard.

As Razak spoke, airline representatives met with family members in Beijing.

 “They have told us all lives are lost,” one relative of a missing passenger told CNN.

<snipped>

http://fox2now.com/2014/03/24/malaysia-flight-370-prime-minister-tells-relatives-all-lives-are-lost/



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 24, 2014, 08:16:28 PM
As my father used to say "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark".  Why "Denmark"?  I don't have a clue.

Janet

++++

CNN's Richard Quest speaks exclusively to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
April 24th, 2014

ON THE TURN BACK AND TRACKING THE PLANE ACROSS MALAYSIA


PM RAZAK: The military radar, the primary radar has some capability. It tracked an aircraft which did a turn back, but they were not exactly sure whether it was MH370. What they were sure of was that the aircraft was not deemed to be hostile.

QUEST: Where they tracking it on the night, at the time it was flying? Or is that an expo facto, when they went back and looked at it?

PM RAZAK: There were, I believe there was a man who was monitoring the radar screen but the interpretation was done after the event.

QUEST: So, no planes were sent up on the night to investigate?

PM RAZAK: No because, simply, it was deemed not to be hostile.

QUEST: Don’t you find that troubling that a civil aircraft can turn back, fly across the country and nobody thinks to go up and have a look? Because one of two things – I understand the threat level – either the plane is in trouble and needs help or it’s nefarious and you really want to know what someone going up there to do. So, as the prime minister, don’t you find that troubling?

PM RAZAK: You see I’m coming back to my earlier statement – they were not sure whether it was MH370.

QUEST: Even more reason to go have a look.

PM RAZAK: They were not sure. But it behaved like a commercial airline following a normal flight path.

http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/24/cnns-richard-quest-speaks-exclusively-to-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak/




Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 24, 2014, 11:29:12 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

2 HRs ago  Update
Up to Eight Aircraft, 10 Ships to Search Sea Surface for Flight 370 Debris

Isolated Showers, 2-3 Meter Sea Swells Forecast in Flight 370 Search Area
Searchers For Plane Expect 1 Km Visibility in Thunderstorms, 3 Km in Rain
Australia Says Initial Underwater Search for Flight 370 Around 95% Complete
Australia Says Bluefin-21 Submersible Has Found Nothing of Interest
Australian Authority Says Submersible on 13th Underwater Search for Flight 370
Australian Authority: Submersible Has Made No Contacts of Interest to Date
Australia Marine Agency Plans Visual Search of 49,240 Square Kilometers


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 24, 2014, 11:31:45 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

33 MINs ago  Update

Australian Authority: Submersible Will Move to Areas Adjacent to Current Search Zone

Australian Authority Says Submersible to Continue the Hunt for Flight 370
Australia Says Consulting With International Partners On Best Way to Continue Flight 370 Search
Australia: Submersible Has Searched About 95% of Focused Circle of 10 Km Radius


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 25, 2014, 09:31:56 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

55 MINs ago   Update
April 25 Media Statement on MH370 Incident


Subang, 25 April 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that its staff were held at the Lido Hotel ballroom in Beijing by the family members of MH370 as the families expressed dissatisfaction in obtaining details of the missing aircraft on 24 April 2014 at 3pm.

The 200 over family members requested for the presence of a Malaysian official as only Malaysian Airline staff were present at the briefing session.

The 10 airline staff, then, were told to wait at the ballroom whilst a group of 60 family members left for the Malaysian Embassy in an attempt to get a government official to attend the briefing.

The group finally released the staff at 1:44am, 25 April 2014.

In another incident, Malaysia Airlines Security supervisor, Kalaichelven Shunmugam was attacked by a Chinese family member whilst on duty at Lido Hotel in Beijing on 22 April 2014. The airline staff tried to stop an aggressive family member who demanded access to the secretariat, when the latter kicked the staff in his left knee.

Those at the scene managed to defuse the situation and later brought Kalaichelven to the secretariat for first aid assistance.

The staff sustained only light injury.

Malaysia Airlines had filed a police report following the incident.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 25, 2014, 06:45:33 PM
MH370 Tracked by Military Radar? Malaysian PM Now Says Unidentified Aircraft was Detected When Plane Vanished
April 25, 2014 4:56 PM IST


Dispelling weeks of speculations that the missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH370 would have used the technique of 'terrain masking' by flying low to remain undetected, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has now stated that an unidentified aircraft was in fact detected by the military radar on the day the flight mysteriously vanished.

The comment comes as a sharp U-turn from the Malaysia government, after earlier claiming that its civilian radar had not detected any aircraft, and that MH370 had mysteriously disappeared in the wee hours of 8 March, carrying 239 people onboard, on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

"The military radar, the primary radar, has some capability," Razak told CNN in an interview.

"It tracked an aircraft which did a turn back but they were not sure, exactly sure, whether it was MH370... What they were sure of was that the aircraft was not deemed to be hostile."

The surprise announcement, which seems to be completely inconsistent with the earlier claims by the Malaysian government, is only likely to raise more staunch questions on whether Malaysia is hiding something from the public. Family members of the missing jet stormed the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing on Friday, demanding answers.

<snipped>

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/549557/20140425/military-radar-tracked-mh370-plane-malaysian-pm.htm
 


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 25, 2014, 10:26:47 PM
Planned search on April 25, 2014

At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search areas for 25 April 2014


http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr033.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr033.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
25 April 2014—am

Up to 8 military aircraft and 10 ships are planned to assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,240 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

The weather forecast for today is for isolated showers, with south easterly winds up to 25 knots, sea swells of two to three metres and visibility of one kilometre in thunderstorms and three kilometres in rain.

Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission 13 in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed approximately 95 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available.

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_037-2-tn.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 25, 2014, 10:36:14 PM
Planned search on April 26, 2014

At the link:  Images of 3 charts showing search areas for 26 April 2014


http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr038.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr038.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
26 April 2014—am


Up to 8 military aircraft and 11 ships are planned to assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 57,311 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

The weather forecast for today is for isolated showers, with south easterly winds up to 20 knots, sea swells of two to 2.5 metres and visibility of one kilometre in thunderstorms and three kilometres in rain.

Early into mission 13 yesterday Bluefin-21 was recovered due to a software issue that required resetting. The AUV has technically sophisticated equipment and a reset is not uncommon. Overnight Phoenix technicians resolved the issue and mission 14 is now underway.

Bluefin-21 has completed approximately 95 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April. If no contacts of interest are made, Bluefin-21 will continue to examine the areas adjacent to the 10km radius.

Any further information will be made public if, and when, it becomes available.

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_038-2-tn.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 27, 2014, 01:23:22 AM
Planned search on April 27, 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr039.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr039.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
27 April 2014—am


Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the planned air and surface search has been suspended for today.

Bluefin-21 has completed mission 14 and is expected to commence mission 15 this morning.

No contacts of interest have been found to date.

Bluefin-21 is expected to complete the focused underwater search area and continue examining the areas adjacent to it during mission 15.

Any further information will be made public if, and when, it becomes available.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 27, 2014, 08:55:16 PM
Planned search on April 28, 2014

At the link:  Images of 4 charts showing search areas for 28 April 2014


http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr040.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr040.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
28 April 2014—am


Up to 9 military aircraft and 12 ships are planned to assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 54,921 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1667 kilometres north west of Perth.

Bluefin-21 has completed mission 15 and has commenced mission 16 this morning.

No contacts of interest have been found to date.

Bluefin-21 will continue to examine the areas adjacent to the focused underwater search area during mission 16.

The weather forecast for today indicates the cold front will move out of the search area and be replaced by a southerly trade flow, sea swells of four to five metres.

Any further information will be made public if, and when, it becomes available.

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_040-4-tn.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 27, 2014, 11:59:36 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

2 MINs ago  Update
Breaking


*Australia PM Abbott: Highly Unlikely We’ll Find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Debris on Ocean Surface

*Australia PM Abbott: Moving Search Focus to Ocean Floor Over a Much Larger Area

5 MINs ago  Update
Breaking


*Australia PM Abbott: Missing Flight 370 Search Entering New Phase

*Australia PM Abbott: No Wreckage Found So Far


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 28, 2014, 12:05:19 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

now  Update
Breaking


*Australia PM Abbott: Deals With Contractors Estimated to Cost 60 Million Australian Dollars

 2 MINs ago  Update
Australia PM Abbott: Missing Flight 370 Search Entering New Phase


*Australia PM Abbott: Missing Flight 370 Search Entering New Phase

*Australia PM Abbott: No Wreckage So Far Found

2 MINs ago  Update
Breaking


*Australia PM Abbott: Underwater Search Will Rely on Different Technology

*Australia PM Abbott: Some Commercial Companies Will Help With Search’s New Phase

*Australia PM Abbott: Contractual Arrangements With Companies Could Take Some Weeks

*Australia PM Abbott: Will Conduct As Thorough an Undersea Search as Humanly Possible


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 28, 2014, 12:17:19 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

now  Update
Breaking


*Australia’s JACC: Underwater Search to Last at Least Eight Months

3 MINs ago  Update
Breaking


*Australia PM Abbott: Will Strive to Locate, Search Thoroughly, ‘New ‘Probable Impact Zone’

*Australia PM Abbott: Australia to Maintain Leadership in Search Operation


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 28, 2014, 12:33:36 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/International/australia-pm-announce-flight-370-aerial-search-suspension/story?id=23493567 (http://abcnews.go.com/International/australia-pm-announce-flight-370-aerial-search-suspension/story?id=23493567)

Flight 370 Aerial Search Suspended; Search Efforts Focusing Underwater
April 28, 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the aerial search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is being suspended, with search efforts focusing underwater.

In a Monday press conference, Abbott said side-scan sonar equipment is needed. A Bluefin-21 underwater autonomous vehicle has been scanning the ocean in areas where signals – consistent with the pings from a plane's black boxes – were detected.

Search crews detected several "pings"

While the Bluefin-21 hasn't detected anything connected to the jetliner, authorities say it will continue to be deployed.

"We're still baffled and disappointed that we haven't been able to find wreckage based on those detections," Abbott said. "It's the best information that we've got. It may turn out to be a false lead, but nevertheless, it's the best lead we've got.

Retired Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating the southern Indian Ocean search, also spoke at the press conference, saying "We haven't found anything anywhere that has any connection to Flight 370." Numerous reports of objects, satellite images and oil slicks in the southern Indian Ocean have turned up fruitless.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 28, 2014, 12:38:34 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/27/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/27/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/)

MH370: New phase to include private contractors, may cost $60 million
updated 12:42 AM EDT, Mon April 28, 2014

(CNN) -- The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane will be entering a new phase that will use private contractors and may cost about $60 million, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday.

"I regret to say that thus far none of our efforts in the air, on the surface or under sea, have found any wreckage," he said.

The new phase will focus on searching the ocean floor over a much larger area -- 60,000 square kilometers, a process that will take about six to eight months.

"We do not want this crippling cloud of uncertainty to hang over this family and the wider traveling public," he said.

It is "highly unlikely" that any debris will be found on the ocean surface, Abbott said. By this time, most of the debris will have become waterlogged and will have submerged, he said. As such, authorities will be suspending aerial searches.

Words of praise

Malaysia's government has been widely criticized over its handling of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and disclosures of its investigations. But on Sunday, U.S. President Barack Obama had words of praise during a visit to the southeast Asian country.

He said the Malaysian government has been "forthcoming" with the United States about the information it has.

"The Malaysian government is working tirelessly to recover the aircraft and investigate exactly what happened," Obama told reporters. He reiterated that the United States would continue to aid in the search and offered condolences to loved ones of those lost.
 ::snipping3::



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 01:10:13 PM
April 28, 2014, 9:53 a.m. EDT
Australia gives up hope of finding MH 370 for now


<snipped>

The failure of the initial underwater search to find any trace of the plane has left Australian officials with no fresh leads. The batteries on the plane's "black-box" beacons are long dead. A lengthy and costly air-and-ship search of the ocean's surface has dredged up only random flotsam, such as discarded fishing nets.

Underlining that the search relies heavily on educated guesswork, Australia has asked Malaysian investigators to take a new look at radar and satellite data. ...

In Malaysia, the absence of any tangible evidence of where the plane went down, such as debris, has meant some relatives have held out hope the plane didn't crash in the ocean. "Maybe it is time for the government to rethink where the search should be," said Selamat Omar, whose son Mohammed Khairul Amri Selamat was a passenger. "Look for the plane on land."

<snipped>

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/australia-gives-up-hope-of-finding-mh-370-wreckage-2014-04-28?link=MW_latest_news


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 01:12:11 PM
April 28, 2014, 9:53 a.m. EDT
Australia gives up hope of finding MH 370 for now


<snipped>

The failure of the initial underwater search to find any trace of the plane has left Australian officials with no fresh leads. The batteries on the plane's "black-box" beacons are long dead. A lengthy and costly air-and-ship search of the ocean's surface has dredged up only random flotsam, such as discarded fishing nets.

Underlining that the search relies heavily on educated guesswork, Australia has asked Malaysian investigators to take a new look at radar and satellite data. ...

In Malaysia, the absence of any tangible evidence of where the plane went down, such as debris, has meant some relatives have held out hope the plane didn't crash in the ocean. "Maybe it is time for the government to rethink where the search should be," said Selamat Omar, whose son Mohammed Khairul Amri Selamat was a passenger. "Look for the plane on land."

<snipped>

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/australia-gives-up-hope-of-finding-mh-370-wreckage-2014-04-28?link=MW_latest_news



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 01:21:14 PM
AN UPDATED THEORY

The MH370 Cover Up?


A suicide mission without a spiritual purpose? I don't think so. Why would the Malaysian pilot fly for over seven hours attempting to avoid detection only to crash MH370 into the Southern Indian Ocean? Think about it. The pilot could have accomplished the deed with no preparation.  He could have ditched the plane into the South China Sea somewhere on the flight path between Malaysia and Beijing?

Could it be that the Malaysian pilot was on a mission in the name of Allah?  Could it be that his actions had a spiritual purpose when he turned that plane around and headed west across the Malaysian Peninsula towards the Indian Ocean and ... then continued west to the Maltives Islands and ... then turned south toward Diego Garcia.

Could it be that the Malaysian pilot crashed MH370 into a strategic target on Diego Garcia or ... was MH370 shot down over the island by the US Military when it was realized an attack was imminent?

Could it be that that Britain/US and Malaysia have respective underlying political reasons to distract the world's attention away from Diego Garcia as the location where MH370 came out of the skies on the morning of March 8, 2014?

Think about it. Diego Garcia ... a US military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean leased from Britain ... has reportedly served as a base for launching/refuelling planes that were heading to Middle East conflicts. It has also been reported that Diego Garcia served as a detention centre for the purpose of interrogating suspected Islamic terrorists prior to being transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

Think about it. Malaysian defence failed to intercept an unidentified/unscheduled aircraft flying west over the Malaysian Peninsula during the early hours of March 8, 2014.

Could it be that respective searches for MH370 in the South China Sea and the South Indian Ocean have been an attempt by Britain/US to divert world attention from a top secret US Military base in the Indian Ocean?  Also ... could those searches have been an attempt by Malaysia to distract from a government sanctioned a mini 9/11 attempt?

Could it be that the Malaysian pilot had planned and practised on his flight simulator how he would reach Diego Garcia undetected with the intent of crashing MH370 into a strategic target on the Island thus hindering the anti-Islam objectives of the top secret US military base?

Could it be that in the early morning hours of March 8, 2014 the Malaysian pilot asphyxiated all passengers/crew on board when he ascended to and stayed at a maximum altitude for over twenty minutes prior to making his westerly turn from the South China Sea? Could it be that the pilot was privy to an oxygen supply inside his locked cockpit?

Could it be that the pilot failed to consider the possibility that residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll in the Maldives would observed a low-flying jumbo jet flying over the Island  around 6:30 Am on the morning of March 8, 2014?

CONSIDERING THE LACK OF ANY OCEAN EVIDENCE ... could it be that MH370 either crashed into a targeted strategical location on Diego Garcia or was the plane defensively  shot down when it entered the air space over a top secret US Military base?



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 01:23:11 PM

(http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2014/04/07/1226876/629714-e5dfff94-bdf3-11e3-ab5c-db8d2f3f624e.jpg)



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 02:07:40 PM
MH370 Tragedy: Transcript of Press Conference by Australian PM Tony Abbott
8 April 2014


Tony Abbott: It's good to be here with Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston who has been coordinating our search activities in Perth.

<snipped>

Question: On the photos?
 
Tony Abbott: Angus might like to deal with that.
 
Angus Houston: We have not found—as the Prime Minister said, we haven't found anything anywhere that has any connection to MH370, and that includes the satellite imagery.

<snipped>

http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-mh370-tragedy-font-transcript-of-press-conference-by-australian-pm-tony-abbott-1.581567


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 02:09:37 PM
SELF-EDIT

8 April 2014  s/b  28 April 2014


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 28, 2014, 03:00:29 PM
To read the entire article, copy & paste the title using google and find and click on it to read it.  It's an interesting/informative article imo.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303939404579529502465636382?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303939404579529502465636382.html (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303939404579529502465636382?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303939404579529502465636382.html)

Expanded Search Area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Not Just Larger but Deeper
April 28, 2014 9:36 a.m. ET

(http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/AI-CI192_MALSEA_G_20140427230029.jpg)

 ::snipping3::
On Monday, Mr. Abbott had a more sobering message. An initial underwater search of 400 square kilometers (154 square miles) around where the Australian naval ship Ocean Shield detected the electronic signals hadn't found any trace of the plane—the latest disappointment in a 52-day search littered with false leads.

As a result, the operation was refocusing on an area equivalent to the size of the U.S. state of West Virginia, spanning some 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles). Searchers who had hoped to find plane wreckage within days were now told it would take roughly eight months to scan the new area, possibly longer.

The new search area is not only vastly larger but also in most places believed to be far deeper than the area just explored, with ancient abyssal plains and remote plateaus about which scientists know relatively little.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 03:27:10 PM
Missing flight MH370 'found': Exploration company claims it may have located crashed passenger jet
Apr 28, 2014 16:04


A marine exploration company based in Australia claims it may have located the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 - 3,000 miles away from where authorities have been looking.

The aircraft, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later, while over the South China Sea. It was due to have arrived in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day.

A multinational search was mounted for the plane and analysis by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch concluded that Flight MH370's last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia - an outcome later backed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

However, According to Australian news Channel 7 News,  the Adelaide-based company GeoResonance says its own private research has identified elements on the ocean floor in the Bay of Bengal consistent with material from a plane.

GeoResonance’s search covered 2million sq km of the possible crash zone, using images obtained from satellites and aircraft.

Scientists focused their efforts north of MH370’s last known location, using more than 20 technologies to analyse the data including a nuclear reactor.

According to company spokesperson David Pope, “The technology that we use was originally designed to find nuclear warheads, submarines. Our team in the Ukraine decided we should try and help.”

GeoResonance experts compared their findings with images taken on March 5, three days before MH370 was reported missing – and they did not find what they had detected at that spot.

“The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370.

"We’re not trying to say that it definitely is MH370 - however, it is a lead we feel should be followed up,” said Pope.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/missing-flight-mh370-found-exploration-3470569



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 03:42:31 PM
Exploration company believes it may have found MH370
April 28, 2014, 6:31 pm


FIRST ON 7: An Adelaide-based exploration company believes it may have located the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, 5000km away from where authorities have been looking.

The company, GeoResonance, says its research has identified elements on the ocean floor consistent with material from a plane.

Six weeks have now passed since the plane disappeared and extensive searches in the Indian Ocean have failed to locate any wreckage.

Today, Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted the chance of finding debris on the surface is slim to none.

<snipped>

He said efforts will not focus on the ocean floor, but GeoResonance believes authorities have been looking in the wrong place.

It started its own search for the missing aircraft on March 10.

“The technology that we use was originally designed to find nuclear warheads, submarines… our team in the Ukraine decided we should try and help,” David Pope from GeoResonance said.

The company surveyed over 2,000,000 square kilometres of the possible crash zone, using images obtained from satellites and aircraft.

Scientists focused their efforts north of the flight’s last known location, using over 20 technologies to analyse the data including a nuclear reactor.

They could not believe what they found in the Bay of Bengal.

“Our team was very excited when we found what we believe to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner,” Mr Pope said.

Pavel Kursa from GeoResonance told 7News: “We identified chemical elements and materials that make up a Boeing 777… these are aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials.”

An initial report was sent to authorities while the black box still had two weeks of battery power.

The team then verified its findings by analysing images from the same area on March 5, three days before the plane disappeared.

“The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370,” Mr Pope said.

The full report was delivered on April 15.

“We’re not trying to say that it definitely is MH370, however it is a lead we feel should be followed up,” Mr Pope told 7News.

7News tried to contact the office of search co-coordinator Angus Houston today but there was no response.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/a/23036893/exploration-company-believes-it-may-have-found-mh370/




Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 03:57:31 PM
 ::donkey3::

The major on-line networks have yet to report this breaking news ... breaking news that has yet to be confirmed.  I have CNN on in the background.  Nothing.

Janet

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MH370: Australian exploration company believes it may have found plane
Published: Monday April 28, 2014 MYT 9:34:00 PM
Updated: Monday April 28, 2014 MYT 10:11:22 PM


PETALING JAYA: An Australian exploration company has claimed that it has found the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, six weeks after it left Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing on March 8

Adelaide-based GeoResonance said on Monday that stated that it had begun its own search for the missing Boeing 777 March 10 and that it has detected possible wreckage in the Bay of Bengal, 5000km away from the current search location in the southern Indian Ocean off Perth.

GeoResonance’s search covered 2,000,000 square kilometres of the possible crash zone, using images obtained from satellites and aircraft, with company scientists focusing their efforts north of MH370’s last known location, using over 20 technologies to analyse the data including a nuclear reactor.

According to company spokesperson David Pope, “The technology that we use was originally designed to find nuclear warheads, submarines. Our team in the Ukraine decided we should try and help.”

Pope added GeoResonance had compared their findings with images taken on March 5, three days before MH370 was reported missing – and they did not find what they had detected at that spot.

“The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370. We’re not trying to say that it definitely is MH370, however it is a lead we feel should be followed up,” said Pope.

Meanwhile, another GeoResonance spokesperson, Pavel Kursa added that several elements found in commercial airliners was detected at the Bay of Bengal spot.

“We identified chemical elements and materials that make up a Boeing 777 … these are aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials,” said Kursa in a statement reported by Australian news channel 7News.

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http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/28/MH370-Australian-exploration-company/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 03:59:59 PM
BACKGROUND IN A NUTSHELL

MH370: Australian exploration company believes it may have found plane
Published: Monday April 28, 2014 MYT 9:34:00 PM
Updated: Monday April 28, 2014 MYT 10:11:22 PM


<snipped>

MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left the KL International Airport at 12.41am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later, while over the South China Sea. It was to have arrived in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day.

A multinational search was mounted for the aircraft, first in the South China Sea and then, after it was learned that the plane had veered off course, along two corridors – the northern corridor stretching from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand and the southern corridor, from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.

Following an unprecedented type of analysis of satellite data, United Kingdom satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch concluded that Flight MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak then announced on March 24 – 17 days after the disappearance of the aircraft – that Flight MH370 had “ended in the southern Indian ocean”

<snipped>

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/28/MH370-Australian-exploration-company/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 04:35:23 PM


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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 07:14:59 PM
On March 15th it was reported that MH370 could have gone down in the Bay of Bengal OR the Southern Indian Ocean.  Could it be that the conclusion of "United Kingdom satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch" that MH370 crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean was faulty while an April 15th report submitted by a little known Australian exploration company figured it out?

Today's "breaking news" has yet to be reported on the major networks.  Why?  The debris that washed onto an Australian beach received more media attention.

Janet

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MH370 may be in Bengal Bay or Indian Ocean, classified intel suggests
MARCH 15, 2014


KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 ― Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could have gone down in the Bay of Bengal or the Indian Ocean, a classified analysis of electronic and satellite data by the United States and Malaysian governments indicated.

A report by news service CNN said both governments' analyses used radar data and satellite signals to calculate that the plane diverted to the west, across peninsular Malaysia, and then either flew in a northwest direction toward the Bay of Bengal or southwest into the Indian Ocean.

<snipped>

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/mh370-may-be-in-bengal-bay-or-indian-ocean-classified-intel-suggests


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 08:50:29 PM
Gulf of Thailand?  The Bay of Bengal?

Pilot claims to have found image of missing MH370
April 29, 2014, 7:50 am


A US pilot believes he has found an image of the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Six weeks have now passed since the plane disappeared and extensive searches in the Indian Ocean have failed to locate any wreckage.

New York pilot Michael Hoebel, 60, believes he found an image of what appears to be the wreck of the missing passenger jet in the Gulf of Thailand, which is where the Boeing 777 made its last communication with air traffic authorities on the morning of March 8.
“I was taken aback because I couldn’t believe I would find this,” Hoebel told a local TV news channel after spotting debris he believes perfectly matches the dimensions of the missing plane.

He said he spent hours trawling through thousands of images on TomNod, a crowd-sourcing website that has been sharing online satllite imagery in the hope of finding clues.

When he was asked whether it could have been an image of a shark, Hoebel responded:

"That's a 210ft shark."

"The lighter skin where the wing attaches to the fuselage - you see that lighter skin."

The development comes as an Adelaide-based exploration company announced that it may have located the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, 5000km away from where authorities have been looking.

The company surveyed over 2,000,000 square kilometres of the possible crash zone, using images obtained from satellites and aircraft.

Scientists focused their efforts north of the flight’s last known location, using over 20 technologies to analyse the data including a nuclear reactor.

They could not believe what they found in the Bay of Bengal.

“Our team was very excited when we found what we believe to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner,” Mr Pope said.

Pavel Kursa from GeoResonance told 7News: “We identified chemical elements and materials that make up a Boeing 777… these are aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials.”

An initial report was sent to authorities while the black box still had two weeks of battery power.

The team then verified its findings by analysing images from the same area on March 5, three days before the plane disappeared.

“The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370,” Mr Pope said.

The full report was delivered on April 15.

<snipped>

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/23053697/pilot-claims-to-have-found-image-of-missing-mh370/


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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 09:13:39 PM
GULF OF THAILAND - MARCH 13, 2014

Oil rig worker says he saw Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 burst into flames
MARCH 13, 2014 4:30PM


IN what could be the last chilling sighting of missing Flight MH370, an oil rig worker believes he spotted the Malaysia Airlines jetliner burst into flames on Saturday morning.

New Zealander Mike McKay, who is working on a rig operating in the Gulf of Thailand, was so certain he saw the ill-fated flight on fire that he emailed his employers, urging them to pass the information onto authorities.

“Gentlemen. I believe I saw the Malaysian Airlines flight come down. The timing is right,” he wrote.

“I tried to contact Malaysian and Vietnamese officials days ago. But I do not know if the message has been received.

“I am on the oil ring Songa-Mercur off the coast of Vung Tau.

“The surface location of the observation is Lat 08 22’ 30.20” N Lat 108 42.22.26” E.

“I observed (the plane?) burning at high altitude at a compass bearing of 265* to 275*”

Mr McKay is working on the oil rig Songa Mercur off Vung Tau, on the south east coast of Vietnam. This would put the plane in the same general area where a Chinese satellite has spotted a suspected crash site.

In his email to his employers on March 12 he claims he saw flames in the sky which quickly extinguished.

“From when I first saw the burning (plane) until the flames went out (still at high altitude) was 10-15 seconds. There was no lateral movement, so it was either coming toward our location, stationary, or going away from our location,” he wrote.

“The general position of the observation was perpendicular/south west of the normal flight paths.”

“It is very difficult to judge the distance but I would say 50 to 70 kms along the compass bearing 260-277,” he wrote.

“The sea surface current at our location is 2-2.3 knots in the direction of 225-230.

“The wind direction has been E-ENE averaging 15-20 knots.

Mr McKay said the possible plane appeared to be in one piece.

“It is very difficult to judge the distance but I would say 50 to 70 kms along the compass bearing 260-277,” he wrote.

“The sea surface current at our location is 2-2.3 knots in the direction of 225-230.

“The wind direction has been E-ENE averaging 15-20 knots.

“(We see the con trails every day) and at a lower altitude than the normal flight paths or on the compass bearing 265 to 275 intersecting the normal flight paths at normal altitude but further away.”

Michael Jerome McKay signed off with “Good Luck”.

<snipped>

http://www.news.com.au/world/oil-rig-worker-says-he-saw-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-burst-into-flames/story-fndir2ev-1226853302184


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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 09:27:14 PM
Japan to Pull Out of Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014 12:32


Japan is to pull out of the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, the country's defense minister said Monday.

“With regards to the mission, later today, there will be an order to end the operation,” Itsunori Onodera said as he visited with Japanese air crews in the western Australian city of Perth, where the search is being coordinated from.

“It is unfortunate that the plane has not been found but we feel that it was significant that we were able to actively support the international search and rescue operation,” he added.

The visit came just hours after Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted wreckage from missing MH370 may never been found. Officials also announced a new phase of the search would focus on a larger area of the Indian Ocean's floor.

<snipped>

http://kagstv.com/News/KAGSNews/ID/3644/Japan-to-Pull-Out-of-Search-for-Missing-Malaysia-Airlines-Jet


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 28, 2014, 09:52:51 PM
Flying low? Burning object? Ground witnesses claim they saw Flight 370
updated 8:49 AM EDT, Thu March 20, 2014

<snipped>

Sighting claim: Kota Bharu, Malaysia


In the middle of the night, two fishermen near the Malaysia-Thailand border saw a plane flying low over the South China Sea -- at the same time that air traffic controllers lost contact with Flight 370 over the same body of water, at 1:30 a.m. or almost 50 minutes after takeoff.

Fisherman Azid Ibrahim and a friend had taken people fishing that night off the coast of Kota Bharu.

"I was fishing when I saw the plane -- it looked strange. Flying low. I told my friend that's not normal. Normally, it flies at 35,000 feet. But that night it touched the clouds. I thought the pilot must be crazy," Ibrahim said.

"It was really low. I saw the lights they looked like the size of a coconut," he said.
Their fishing grounds lay under a flight path, but the predawn plane was unusual to see because of its low altitude, they said.

The fishermen filed a police report about their sighting, but Malaysian officials haven't commented.

Sighting claim: Oil rig off Vietnam

A New Zealand man working on an oil rig off Vietnam claimed he saw a burning object in the sky Saturday morning, hours after the plane had taken off.

Mike McKay of New Zealand was stationed on the Sona-Mercur oil rig on seas about 186 miles southeast of Vung Tau, a coastal Vietnamese town outside Ho Chi Minh City, according to CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand.

McKay wrote of his sighting in an e-mail, the news outlet said.

"Gentlemen. I believe I saw the Malaysian Airlines flight come down. The timing is right. I tried to contact Malaysian and Vietnamese officials several days ago. But I do not know if the message has been received," he wrote last week. "I observed the plane burning at high altitude at a compass bearing of 265 to 275 degrees from our surface location.

"While I observed (the plane) it appeared to be in one piece. From when I first saw the burning (plane?) until the flames went out (at high altitude) was 10-15 seconds. There was no lateral movement so it was either coming toward our position stationary (falling) or going away from our location. The general position of the observation was perpendicular/south-west of the normal flight path and at a lower altitude than the normal flight paths," he wrote.

In fact, Vietnamese authorities dispatched aircraft last week to search for the plane, in response to McKay's report, the affiliate reported.

When the Vietnamese navy sent a plane to conduct a search, it found nothing, ABC News reported. Vietnamese naval officer Le Minh Thanh told that network that the plane investigated the area cited by McKay, but the search came up empty.

Sighting claim: Maldives atoll

On a remote island in the Maldives, residents claimed they saw a "low flying jumbo jet" the same morning that the Malaysia plane disappeared, according to the website of the Maldivian news outlet Haveeru.

Residents on the isle of Kuda Huvadhoo in the Dhaalu Atoll gave a description that matched the commercial airliners: white with red stripes, according to the news outlet.

"I've never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We've seen seaplanes, but I'm sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly," an unidentified eyewitness said, according to Haveeru. "It's not just me either, several other residents have reported seeing the exact same thing. Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too."

These claims, published in a story Tuesday, were dismissed by Malaysian officials.

The Maldives coast guard told CNN it had no reports of such sightings and had not even been requested to conduct a search.

The acting Malaysian transport minister also declared the reports false.

"I can confirm that the Malaysian Chief of the Defense Force has contacted his counterpart in the Maldives, who has confirmed that these reports are not true," Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a press conference.

The Maldives Ministry of Defense and National Security also confirmed that their radar systems and surveillance mechanisms show no indication of the missing plane.

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/19/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane-ground-witnesses/


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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 29, 2014, 11:02:13 AM
The Bay of Bengal Flip Flop?


MARCH 14, 2014

CNN Exclusive: Analysis shows two possible Indian Ocean paths for airliner
March 14, 2014


<snipped>

The revelation comes as CNN has learned that a classified analysis of electronic and satellite data suggests the flight likely crashed either in the Bay of Bengal or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/


APRIL 29, 2014

Searchers dispute company's claim that it may have found aircraft wreckage
April 29, 2014


<snipped>

Near Perth, Australia (CNN) -- A private company declared that it has found what it believes is wreckage of a plane in the ocean, but leaders of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are dismissing the claim.

The reasons for the skepticism are obvious -- the site where GeoResonance says it found the wreckage, in the Bay of Bengal, is several thousand miles away from the current search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/29/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_c2


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 29, 2014, 11:38:34 AM
Food for Thought

MARCH 21, 2014

Housewife: I spotted plane in Indian Ocean
Mar 21, 2014


A housewife from Johor has claimed she may have spotted the missing MAS Boeing 777-200ER aircraft partly submerged in the waters off Andaman islands on March 8, when she was on a flight back from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Raja Dalelah Raja Latife, 53, saw a "silvery object" that upon closer examination "looked like the tail and wing of an aircraft" in the water, The Star today quotes her as saying.

Raja Dalelah noted that in-flight monitors indicated that she was then flying over the Indian Ocean, and that the plane and had just passed the South Indian city of Chennai.

The mother of 10 left Jeddah at 12.30am, Malaysian time, on March 8 and said she spotted the object at 2.30pm.

But, she added, she only realised that she may have spotted the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 after landing at the KL International Airport at 4pm and was told about the missing plane.

"It looked like an aeroplane," The Star quotes  Raja Dalelah as saying. "Throughout the journey, I was staring out of the window of the aircraft as I couldn't sleep during the flight."

First report at Sentul police station

Encouraged by her son-in-law, who is a policeman, Raja Dalelah lodged a report at the Sentul district police headquarters the same day.

She then made a second report on March 14, hoping that the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) would take her seriously, she said.

However, the English daily also quoted an anonymous pilot who laughed off Raja Dalelah’s claim. The pilot questioned how she could have spotted the object in the sea from 35,000 feet high in the air.

<snipped>

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/257769


APRIL 29, 2014

MH370: Could the woman returning from Umrah be right about spotting wreckage?
April 29, 2014


KUALA LUMPUR: Are the claims by the Malaysian woman who had just returned from performing Umrah on March 8 that she saw a large silvery plane wreckage in the waters of the Andaman Sea related to the latest claims by an Australian exploration company that it has discovered the wreckage of MH370?

Astro AWANI reported on March 21, that 53-year-old Raja Dalelah Raja Latife claimed that she saw the wreckage of a plane which was partly submerged and partly arise in the Andaman waters.

Raja Dalelah who was in Saudi Airlines' aircraft departing from Jeddah SV2058 at 3:30 am Saudi time (8.30am Malaysian time) passed over Chennai in India before entering the airspace of the Andaman Sea.

<snipped>

http://english.astroawani.com/news/show/mh370-could-the-woman-returning-from-umrah-be-right-about-spotting-wreckage-34918


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 29, 2014, 12:14:05 PM

WE WERE IGNORED

Searchers dispute company's claim that it may have found aircraft wreckage
April 29, 2014


<snipped>

The company's director, David Pope, said he did not want to go public with the information at first, but his information was disregarded.

"We're a large group of scientists, and we were being ignored, and we thought we had a moral obligation to get our findings to the authorities," he told CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday.

GeoResonance's technology was created to search for nuclear, biological and chemical weaponry under the ocean or beneath the earth in bunkers, Pope said.

The company began its search four days after the plane went missing and sent officials initial findings on March 31, Pope said. It followed up with a full report on April 15.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/29/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_c2


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 01:25:43 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

7 HRs ago   Update
Statement From Malaysia Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein


“The fact that MH370 has still not been found underscores the complexity and difficulty of this search operation. We are tremendously grateful for the effort the Australian authorities have made, leading the search for MH370 off the coast of Perth.

Malaysia will discuss with our international counterparts, including Australia, how the new search operation, as announced by Prime Minister Abbott on Monday, will proceed. This discussion will include issues such as the deployment of assets with deep sea search capabilities, the cost of the operation and how best authorities can ensure the next of kin of those onboard MH370 are properly informed of the latest developments.

In line with Malaysia’s consistent stand of verifying and corroborating any new lead since day one of the search operations, we are aware of a report citing the detection of potential aircraft wreckage in the Bay of Bengal. China and Australia are also aware of this report. Malaysia is working with its international partners to assess the credibility of this information.”

Updates on the International Investigation Team

“We have also appointed the Investigator in Charge for the International Investigation Team – Dato Kok Soo Chon. He is the former Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation and also a former permanent representative to the ICAO Council in Montreal. The International Investigation Team, which has already commenced its work, has accredited representatives from the US National Transport Safety Board (NTSB), the UK Air Accident Investigation Bereau (AAIB), China’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Department (AAID) of The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA), the Austrialia Transport Safety Bereau (ATSB) and representatives of ASEAN from Singapore and Indonesia. Included in the team are also Boeing, who is under the US Accredited Representative and Rolls Royce and Inmarsat, who are under the UK Accredited Representative.

The main purpose of the International Investigation Team is to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the incident so similar incidents could be avoided in the future. I would like to stress that this investigation is not aimed at apportioning blame or liability with regards to the incident. It is imperative for the government to form this independent team of investigators which is not only competent and transparent but also highly credible.

This investigation will be carried out in accordance with Annex 13 – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) as implemented by the Civil Aviation Regulations 1996, which requires each party to investigate air accidents independently with full powers in their respective countries.”


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 29, 2014, 01:43:45 PM
A Wolfe Blitzer CNN panel is discussing the latest regarding David Pope's Bay of Bengal research reports of March 31st and April 15th as well as Raja Latife's alleged Bay of Bengal sighting on the morning of March 8, 2014.  It appears that the reports and sighting are being afforded some credibility.

Janet

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Searchers dispute company's claim that it may have found aircraft wreckage
April 29, 2014


<snipped>

The company's director, David Pope, said he did not want to go public with the information at first, but his information was disregarded. ....

The company began its search four days after the plane went missing and sent officials initial findings on March 31, Pope said. It followed up with a full report on April 15.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/29/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_c2


‘I saw missing plane days ago, but no one listened’
March 21, 2014


An eagle-eyed passenger on a flight across the Indian Ocean may have seen the missing Malaysian airplane sinking into the sea the day it vanished — but nobody would listen to her, she claims.

Raja Dalelah Raja Latife, 53, was flying from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia near the Andaman Islands on March 8, when she spotted what she believes was flight MH370 below, according to Malaysia’s The Star Online.

<snipped>

http://nypost.com/2014/03/21/woman-claims-to-have-seen-missing-jet-days-before-reports/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 01:56:59 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/29/world/asia/missing-plane-recordings/?hpt=hp_t1 (http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/29/world/asia/missing-plane-recordings/?hpt=hp_t1)

MH370: Plane audio recording played in public for first time to Chinese families
By Ivan Watson, CNN
updated 7:46 AM EDT, Tue April 29, 2014

Beijing (CNN) -- It sounds like standard radio chatter between an airplane and ground control, mostly repeating the identifying number of the flight.

But the recording that Malaysian officials played for the first time in public in a Beijing conference room on Tuesday is purportedly the last known words of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before it disappeared on March 8.

"Malaysia three-seven-zero contact Ho Chi Minh 120.9, good night," says a voice identified by Malaysian officials as that of a radar controller in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.

"Good night Malaysian three-seven-zero," answers a male voice believed to be a crew member on the plane.

Malaysian officials released the audio recording more than 50 days after the plane disappeared, in a long-awaited briefing before scores of relatives of the flight's Chinese passengers.

The session on Tuesday also included the release of a chronology of the aircraft's last known contacts with radar stations as well as a satellite orbiting over the Indian Ocean.

At 2:03 a.m. local time on March 8, the operational dispatch center of Malaysia Airlines sent a message to the cockpit instructing the pilot to contact ground control in Vietnam, said Sayid Ruzaimi Syed Aris, an official with Malaysia's aviation authority.

Sayid said flight MH370 did not respond to the message.

Fuel calculations

Nearly 20 minutes later, at 2:22, the Royal Malaysian Air Force picked up the flight for the last time on its radar system, Sayid said.

By that point, Sayid said, the plane was believed to have swerved far off course over the Malaysian coastal area of Penang, in the direction of the Malacca Strait.

According to Malaysian officials in Beijing on Tuesday, there was no direct communication between Malaysia Airlines and MH370 for a five-hour period, until the airline tried unsuccessfully to call the cockpit.

"At 7:13," Sayid said, Malaysia Airlines tried to "make a voice call to the aircraft, but no pickup."

If all had gone according to plan, MH370 would have landed at the international airport in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. on March 8.

Malaysian officials told Chinese families on Tuesday that, by their calculations, the aircraft would have run out of fuel seven hours and 31 minutes into the flight.

"Based on the fuel calculation ... the aircraft fuel starvation will occur at time 08:12," said Subas Chandran, a Malaysia Airlines representative.

The Malaysian delegation also published slides showing the last known "handshakes" between the aircraft and an Inmarsat satellite over the Indian Ocean.

The sixth and final handshake took place at 8:11 a.m. Malaysian time. According to these Inmarsat data points, in relation to the Inmarsat satellite, Flight 370 was far south of where it should have been if it had been on its planned route to Beijing.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 02:01:48 PM
Audio at the link

http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/audio-flight-370-released-26439.shtml (http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/audio-flight-370-released-26439.shtml)

Audio From Flight 370 Released
Updated: Tuesday, April 29 2014, 07:30 AM CDT

Cedar Rapids, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) – For the first time, we are hearing sounds from missing flight 370.
Audio from the cock pit was released early Tuesday morning.
The recording caught some of the last words of crew members before the flight disappeared.
"Malaysia three seven zero contact ho chi min 120.9, good night," says a voice Malaysian officials say is the radar controller on the ground.
"Good night Malaysian three seven zero," answers a voice believed to be a crew member on board.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 02:08:57 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-georesonance-wreckage-of-a-commercial-airliner-found/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-georesonance-wreckage-of-a-commercial-airliner-found/)

News/April 29, 2014, 8:28 AM
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: GeoResonance survey company says "wreckage of a commercial airliner" found
Last Updated Apr 29, 2014 10:17 AM EDT

(http://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/2014/04/29/11803de4-96c9-40a6-bd19-5968b1919562/e4cd0f4cd5b05e60c5804115628e701f/georesonance-flight370-map-original.jpg)

The Malaysian government confirmed Tuesday that officials investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were looking into an Australian company's claim to have located aircraft wreckage on the sea floor in the northern Bay of Bengal -- thousands of miles from the search area scanned meticulously for weeks to the south.

Australian land and sea survey company GeoResonance said in a statement sent Tuesday to CBS News that it had discovered materials "believe to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner" about 100 miles south of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal using proprietary technology which scans vast areas for specific metals or minerals.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 29, 2014, 03:34:30 PM
When the March 8th sighting of Raja Latife is considered ... when the March 31st and April 15th submitted research reports of GeoResonance are considered and ... when a classified analysis of electronic and satellite data revealed by CNN on March 14th is considered ... why was the search for MH370 not extended to the Bay of Bengal long ago?

Janet

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: GeoResonance survey company says "wreckage of a commercial airliner" found
Apr 29, 2014


<snipped>

The Malaysian government confirmed Tuesday that officials investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were looking into an Australian company's claim to have located aircraft wreckage on the sea floor in the northern Bay of Bengal -- thousands of miles from the search area scanned meticulously for weeks to the south.

Australian land and sea survey company GeoResonance said in a statement sent Tuesday to CBS News that it had discovered materials "believe to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner" about 100 miles south of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal using proprietary technology which scans vast areas for specific metals or minerals.

<snipped>

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-georesonance-wreckage-of-a-commercial-airliner-found/

H/T - Grace


CNN Exclusive: Analysis shows two possible Indian Ocean paths for airliner
March 14, 2014


<snipped>

The revelation comes as CNN has learned that a classified analysis of electronic and satellite data suggests the flight likely crashed either in the Bay of Bengal or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 29, 2014, 03:41:22 PM
Neither the South or North Indian Ocean locations makes sense to me.  If the Malaysian pilot's intention was to crash the airliner into the ocean ... killing himself, passengers and crew ... why not just do the deed in the South China Sea somewhere on the flight path to Beijing rather than flying across the Malaysian peninsula attempting to avoid detection.

Nevertheless ... I will lay my Diego Garcia theory to rest ... my Diego Garcia theory that implies the pilot was on a targeted mission ... "IF" concrete evidence is forthcoming to the contrary. I will then concede that the reports of Maltive witnesses who allegedly observed a low flying jet headed towards Diego Garcia was a hoax meant to obstruct the search.  Until then ....


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: theboyzmom on April 29, 2014, 04:02:57 PM
I have said from the beginning that the clue to why the plane went off course may be linked to the people on it. We have not heard a lot about the real deal on the 20 senior staff from one company that specializes in techo war items were on ONE plane. Many companies have prohibitions on so many top people on one plane.

http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/24972/56/

Rothschild inherits Patent after 4 co-owners disappear on MH 370 Flight

 ::snipping3::
Why were so many Freescale employees traveling together? What were their jobs. Were they on a mission and if so what was this mission? Can these employees be the cause of the disappearance of this plane? Could the plane have been then hijacked and these people kidnapped? Did these employees hold valuable information, did they have any valuable cargo with them? Did they know company and technological secrets? With all the might of technology why cant this plane be located? Where is this plane where are these people?”

The 20 Freescale employees, among 239 people on flight MH370, were mostly engineers and other experts working to make the company’s chip facilities in Tianjin, China, and Kuala Lumpur more efficient, said Mitch Haws, vice president, global communications and investor relations.

“These were people with a lot of experience and technical background and they were very important people,” Haws said. “It’s definitely a loss for the company.”

  ::snipping3::

It also owns Freescale RF which is involved in creating solutions for Aerospace and Defence listed below.

1. Battlefield communication

2. Avionics

3. HF Radar – Band L- and S-

4. Missile Guidance

5. Electronic Warfare

6. Identification, friend or foe (IFF)

Freescale’s shareholders include the Carlyle Group of private equity investors whose past advisers have included ex-US president George Bush Sr and former British Prime Minister John Major.

Carlyle’s previous heavyweight clients include the Saudi Binladin Group, the construction firm owned by the family of Osama bin Laden.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 29, 2014, 04:08:35 PM
The following words of David Pope and ... the CNN article of March 14th cause me to think that maybe ... just maybe ... the families of the passenger/crew of MH370 may be about to be afforded with a measure of closure regarding their loved ones.

+++++

May have found missing MH370 in Bay of Bengal, claims Aus exploration company
April 29, 2014


<snipped>

Pope said GeoResonance compared their findings with images taken on March 5, three days before MH370 went missing, and did not find what they had detected at the spot.

“The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370. We’re not trying to say it definitely is MH370. However, it is a lead we feel should be followed up,” said Pope.

<snipped>

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/may-have-found-missing-mh370-in-bay-of-bengal-claims-aus-exploration-company/


CNN Exclusive: Analysis shows two possible Indian Ocean paths for airliner
March 14, 2014


<snipped>

The revelation comes as CNN has learned that a classified analysis of electronic and satellite data suggests the flight likely crashed either in the Bay of Bengal or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 29, 2014, 04:11:12 PM
I have said from the beginning that the clue to why the plane went off course may be linked to the people on it. We have not heard a lot about the real deal on the 20 senior staff from one company that specializes in techo war items were on ONE plane. Many companies have prohibitions on so many top people on one plane.

http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/24972/56/

Rothschild inherits Patent after 4 co-owners disappear on MH 370 Flight

 ::snipping3::
Why were so many Freescale employees traveling together? What were their jobs. Were they on a mission and if so what was this mission? Can these employees be the cause of the disappearance of this plane? Could the plane have been then hijacked and these people kidnapped? Did these employees hold valuable information, did they have any valuable cargo with them? Did they know company and technological secrets? With all the might of technology why cant this plane be located? Where is this plane where are these people?”

The 20 Freescale employees, among 239 people on flight MH370, were mostly engineers and other experts working to make the company’s chip facilities in Tianjin, China, and Kuala Lumpur more efficient, said Mitch Haws, vice president, global communications and investor relations.

“These were people with a lot of experience and technical background and they were very important people,” Haws said. “It’s definitely a loss for the company.”

  ::snipping3::

It also owns Freescale RF which is involved in creating solutions for Aerospace and Defence listed below.

1. Battlefield communication

2. Avionics

3. HF Radar – Band L- and S-

4. Missile Guidance

5. Electronic Warfare

6. Identification, friend or foe (IFF)

Freescale’s shareholders include the Carlyle Group of private equity investors whose past advisers have included ex-US president George Bush Sr and former British Prime Minister John Major.

Carlyle’s previous heavyweight clients include the Saudi Binladin Group, the construction firm owned by the family of Osama bin Laden.
 ::snipping3::

 ::rhino::

The disappearance of this jumbo jet is beyond mysterious.  It is wide open to speculations.

Janet


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2014, 12:01:15 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr041.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr041.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Search for MH370 to enter new phase
Media Release
30 April 2014—am


The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is commencing a new phase and will transition over the coming weeks to an intensified undersea search.

In the meantime Bluefin-21, which has completed its search of the 314 square kilometre area around the detections made by the Towed Pinger Locator, will continue to search adjacent areas.

Mission 17 will commence when weather conditions improve allowing Bluefin-21 to be safely launched from Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield.

Ocean Shield will remain on station supporting Bluefin-21 search activity.

Over the coming days the vessels that remain on standby for the search will transition to and from the search area.

A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion also remains on standby in Perth.

Other vessels and aircraft that have been engaged in the surface and aerial search will now transition to their respective national tasking in the coming days.

Any further information will be made public if, and when, it becomes available.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 30, 2014, 01:02:07 PM
Malaysia probes claim that Australian firm ‘found MH370 in Bay of Bengal’
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014


Malaysia said last night it was investigating a claim by an Australian firm that it had potentially discovered the wreckage of flight MH370 - some 5,000 kilometres from where search teams have been focusing their efforts.

Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia was working to "assess the credibility of this information", after the company said it had identified in the ocean chemical elements used in the construction of aircraft.

GeoResonance told Australia's 7News that it had used hi-tech equipment to scan more than two million square kilometres of ocean before identifying an area in the Bay of Bengal containing "aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials".

The company's David Pope said the team had been "very excited when we found what we believe to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner".

He said the team then verified its findings by analysing images of the area taken three days prior to the crash.

"The wreckage wasn't there prior to the disappearance of MH370," Pope told 7News.

The GeoResonance website states the firm can "detect the nuclei of targeted substances" at depths of up to 5,000 metres.

<snipped>

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1500128/malaysia-probes-report-australian-firm-has-found-mh370


(https://www.scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/236w/public/2014/04/29/bay_bengal.jpg?itok=LjjuRvkw)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 30, 2014, 01:11:15 PM
Navy scouring Bay of Bengal again for MH370 after GeoResonance claim
2014-04-30


Two ships – BNS Bangabandhu and BNS Anusandhan – began scouring the sea from Tuesday night, Navy Director (Intelligence) Commodore Rashid Ali told bdnews24.com on Wednesday.

Geophysical survey company GeoResonance on Monday said it had spotted pieces of wreckage in the Bay of Bengal and that it should be investigated as potential debris from the Malaysian plane.

But the present search coordinators have dismissed the claim.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), which is managing the multinational search, said it continued to believe that the plane had come down in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia.

Bangladesh Navy resumed search operation after the media ran reports on the GeoResonance claim.

The Navy’s two frigates and two maritime aircrafts had earlier scoured the Bay of Bengal, joining the multinational search, six days after the plane went missing.

But after a 12-day-long search, they returned empty handed.

<snipped>

http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/04/30/navy-scouring-bay-of-bengal-again-for-mh370-after-georesonance-claim



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 30, 2014, 01:13:15 PM
The following words of David Pope and ... the CNN article of March 14th cause me to think that maybe ... just maybe ... the families of the passenger/crew of MH370 may be about to be afforded with a measure of closure regarding their loved ones.  Maybe not.

+++++

May have found missing MH370 in Bay of Bengal, claims Aus exploration company
April 29, 2014


<snipped>

Pope said GeoResonance compared their findings with images taken on March 5, three days before MH370 went missing, and did not find what they had detected at the spot.

“The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370. We’re not trying to say it definitely is MH370. However, it is a lead we feel should be followed up,” said Pope.

<snipped>

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/may-have-found-missing-mh370-in-bay-of-bengal-claims-aus-exploration-company/


CNN Exclusive: Analysis shows two possible Indian Ocean paths for airliner
March 14, 2014


<snipped>

The revelation comes as CNN has learned that a classified analysis of electronic and satellite data suggests the flight likely crashed either in the Bay of Bengal or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 30, 2014, 03:04:51 PM
When it is considered that an executive from Inmarsat is unable to confirm with certainty the direction taken by MH370 once it reached the Indian Ocean and ... when it is considered that the Australian Air Force P-3 Orion cannot confirm with certainty that the detected four pings originated from the missing Malaysian airliner ... why is there a reluctance to send a ship to the Bay of Bengal to search the area indentified by GeoResonance?

+++++

Experts, relatives ask: Where's the proof that MH370 fell into ocean?
updated 8:23 AM EDT, Tue March 25, 2014


AN EXECUTIVE FROM INMARSAT, the British company that carried out the satellite analysis, said the route into the southern Indian Ocean was the "best fit" with the pings received from the plane.

"The most likely route is the south, and the most likely ending in roughly the area where they're looking now," Chris McLaughlin, a senior vice president at the company, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"But, of course, nothing is final," he said. "We're not earth observation satellites, we're data satellites. So it will require a lot of different skills, a lot of different people, not least the naked eye, to finally confirm what happened to 370."

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane-reaction/index.html?hpt=bosread


MH370: Sub searches for plane, again, as families fume
April 16, 2014


Australian search officials had said they picked up "possible signals" from a man-made source more than a week ago and those signals have now stopped. THE AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE P-3 ORION, which has been dropping sonar buoys into the water near where the sounds were picked up four times, have not verified the pings as coming from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/16/bluefin-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/7770049/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2014, 04:07:26 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-investigation-report-to-be-released-7-weeks-after-jet-disappeared/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-investigation-report-to-be-released-7-weeks-after-jet-disappeared/)

April 30, 2014, 12:29 PM
Malaysia to release investigation report 7 weeks after jet disappeared

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia says it will release a preliminary report of its investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Thursday, more than seven weeks after the plane vanished with 239 people on board.

Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the report will be similar to the one the government sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 30, 2014, 06:12:42 PM
Malaysia probes claim that Australian firm ‘found MH370 in Bay of Bengal’
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014


Malaysia said last night it was investigating a claim by an Australian firm that it had potentially discovered the wreckage of flight MH370 - some 5,000 kilometres from where search teams have been focusing their efforts.

Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia was working to "assess the credibility of this information", after the company said it had identified in the ocean chemical elements used in the construction of aircraft.

GeoResonance told Australia's 7News that it had used hi-tech equipment to scan more than two million square kilometres of ocean before identifying an area in the Bay of Bengal containing "aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials".

The company's David Pope said the team had been "very excited when we found what we believe to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner".

He said the team then verified its findings by analysing images of the area taken three days prior to the crash.

"The wreckage wasn't there prior to the disappearance of MH370," Pope told 7News.

The GeoResonance website states the firm can "detect the nuclei of targeted substances" at depths of up to 5,000 metres.

<snipped>

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1500128/malaysia-probes-report-australian-firm-has-found-mh370


(https://www.scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/236w/public/2014/04/29/bay_bengal.jpg?itok=LjjuRvkw)



A CONNECTION?

The comment section of these Bangladesh articles question whether these unidentified bodies that are washing up on shore are from the missing Malaysian airliner.

Janet

+++++++

Unidentified corpses in Meghna
16 Mar 2014 23:03 BdST

http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/03/16/unidentified-corpses-in-meghna

2 corpses found in Noakhali
17 Mar 201
4
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/03/17/2-corpses-found-in-noakhali

2 corpses recovered from Meghna
17 Mar 2014 18:03 BdST

http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/03/17/2-corpses-recovered-from-meghna



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 30, 2014, 06:45:18 PM


CNN Exclusive: Analysis shows two possible Indian Ocean paths for airliner
March 14, 2014


<snipped>

The revelation comes as CNN has learned that a classified analysis of electronic and satellite data suggests the flight likely crashed either in the Bay of Bengal or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/



Three days following CNN reporting that the Bay of Bengal was determined through  electronic and satellite data analysis to be a possible site where MH370 crashed THE STAR reported that over 20 unidentified bodies had wash up onto Bengal Bay shores.  Was this reported on any of the major networks of the free world (American/ British/ Canadian/ Australia)?  I don't think so.

What is going on!  Is there a reason that the "powers that be" do not want this plane found.  What was in its cargo?

Janet

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Missing MH370: Bodies found near Bay of Bengal not from MAS flight, says Bangladesh official
Monday March 17, 2014


PETALING JAYA: A news portal report suggesting that bodies found near the Bay of Bengal last weekend were from missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 is mere speculation, a Bangladesh High Commission official here said.

The mission’s defence attaché, Air Cdre M. Abul Bashar, said his country’s navy was aware of the discovery of the bodies.

However, the bodies were of Bangladesh nationals and not from flight MH370, he said when contacted Monday.

News portal tazakhobor.com reported Sunday that fishermen and locals had found at least 20 unidentified bodies floating along the Meghna River at the mouth of the Bay of Bengal.

Pictures of the bodies taken by locals were uploaded to the site. According to the portal, it was presumed that these individuals had died several days earlier and identification was made difficult due to the bodies’ state of decomposition.

The portal also suggested that the bodies came from flight MH370.

However, the river is notorious for ferry accidents that claim a few hundred lives every year.

Bangladeshi authorities are currently working with Malaysia to locate the missing airliner, after appeals by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

<snipped>

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/17/Missing-flight-MH370-bodies-Bay-of-Bengal-Bangladesh/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 30, 2014, 07:18:22 PM
Think about it.  On March 24th when Prime Minister Najib Razak and airline representatives met with relatives .... it was known that bodies had washed up on the shores of the Bay of Bengal ... the Bay of Bengal where it was deemed through electronic and satellite data analysis to be another area that the lost airliner may have gone down.

+++++

MARCH 24, 2014

Malaysia prime minister: Flight 'ended in the southern Indian Ocean'
March 24, 2014


BEIJING -- A grim-faced Malaysian prime minister had an emergency late-night news conference Monday, saying that the long-missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean” with no hope of survivors.

Najib Razak said his conclusion was based on new data from the British satellite company Inmarsat, identifying the last known location of the flight as southwest of Perth, Australia.

"This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you, that according to this new data, flight MH 370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,’’ he said delivering his brief statement at the news conference in Kuala Lumpur.

http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-malaysia-plane-prime-miniter-20140324,0,3702204.story#axzz2zqswtSm4


Malaysia Flight 370: Prime Minister tells relatives “all lives are lost”
March 24, 2014


(CNN) — Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down over the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, citing a new analysis of satellite data by a British satellite company and accident investigators.

The announcement appeared to rule out the possibility that anyone could have survived whatever happened to the aircraft, which vanished more than two weeks ago with 239 people aboard.

As Razak spoke, airline representatives met with family members in Beijing.

 “They have told us all lives are lost,” one relative of a missing passenger told CNN.

http://fox2now.com/2014/03/24/malaysia-flight-370-prime-minister-tells-relatives-all-lives-are-lost/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2014, 09:01:54 PM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/costs-soar-as-mh370-search-drags-on-with-us-poised-to-pass-the-buck/article18336705/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/costs-soar-as-mh370-search-drags-on-with-us-poised-to-pass-the-buck/article18336705/)

U.S. begins to back away from soaring MH370 search costs 
MATT SIEGEL
SYDNEY — Reuters
Published Wednesday, Apr. 30 2014, 9:58 AM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Apr. 30 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

 ::snipping3::
But despite U.S. President Barack Obama publicly promising to commit more assets, the United States appears keen to begin passing on the costs of providing sophisticated sonar equipment that will form the backbone of the expanded hunt.

That means Australia, China and Malaysia – the countries most closely involved in the operation – look set to bear the financial and logistical burden of a potentially lengthy and expensive search.

“We’re already at tens of millions. Is it worth hundreds of millions?” a senior U.S. defense official told Reuters last week. “I don’t know. That’s for them to decide.”

He made it clear that Washington was intent on spending less from now on, making it the first major donor country to scale back its financial commitment to the search.
 ::snipping3::
 


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2014, 09:04:44 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

11 HRs ago   Update
U.K.’s Royal Navy Withdraws From Search for Missing MH370


By Nicholas Winning

LONDON–Britain said on Wednesday that its Royal Navy has withdrawn from the search for missing Malaysia Airlines  flight MH370 but remained ready to provide further assistance as needed.

The British defense ministry said last Friday that its submarine HMS Tireless had withdrawn from the search and Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo was returning to port to replenish supplies, where it would await further orders. Both vessels have now been stood down, it said on Wednesday.

The vessels were searching for the signal from the black box of the Boeing 777, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board triggering an international search effort in the southern Indian Ocean that has yet to yield any results. Australian authorities have decided there is no prospect of further acoustic detection of the black box.

“The search for the black-box signal has been an extremely challenging operation and, while we all hoped for a faster and more conclusive result, I am very proud of the contribution British forces have been able to make,” Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said. “The operation is now moving into a new phase, requiring different capabilities.”


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 30, 2014, 10:23:33 PM
The entire article is an interesting read.  IMO

Janet

+++++

Is GeoResonance on to something?
Tue April 29, 2014


CNN) -- The Australian company GeoResonance claims it has found the wreckage of a plane in the Bay of Bengal. The company is not saying that what they found is missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but it is urging official searchers to take a look. So far, Malaysian officials say they are investigating the credibility of the claim, while Australian searchers and a satellite company say they are confident that the plane is in a different area.

<snipped>

Where is this site?

Pope declined to give the precise coordinates for GeoResonance's find, but said it was about 120 miles (190 kilometers) south of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal. The search officials do have the exact location, he said.

The current official search area is in the southern Indian Ocean, and is being coordinated by the Australians. The site where GeoResonance says it found the wreckage is several thousand miles away in an area that was ruled out weeks ago.

Pope said his company began searching that area at a time when search efforts were in the Bay of Bengal. The search moved on, but his team sent their findings to officials repeatedly, he said.

Did officials ignore the company's findings?

According to GeoResonance, yes, its e-mails and phone calls to the official searchers went unanswered. That is one of the factors that pushed the company to release its findings publicly.

Pope says he did not want to share the findings publicly at first, but it was possibly the only way to get heard.

"We're a large group of scientists, and we were being ignored, and we thought we had a moral obligation to get our findings to the authorities," he said.

The strategy appears to have worked, according to Pope.

On the same day he released the findings, Malaysian officials reached out and listened to a 1½-hour technical presentation by his team. Malaysian acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia "is working with its international partners to assess the credibility of this information."

Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre, which is leading the multinational search, dismissed the claim. The officials are "satisfied" with data that show the plane likely is in the southern Indian Ocean, and not in the Bay of Bengal.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/29/world/asia/malaysia-plane-georesonance/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on April 30, 2014, 11:11:04 PM
Navy scouring Bay of Bengal again for MH370 after GeoResonance claim
30 Apr 2014


Two ships – BNS Bangabandhu and BNS Anusandhan – began scouring the sea from Tuesday night, Navy Director (Intelligence) Commodore Rashid Ali told bdnews24.com on Wednesday.

Geophysical survey company GeoResonance on Monday said it had spotted pieces of wreckage in the Bay of Bengal and that it should be investigated as potential debris from the Malaysian plane.

<snipped>

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), which is managing the multinational search, said it continued to believe that the plane had come down in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia.

Bangladesh Navy resumed search operation after the media ran reports on the GeoResonance claim.

The Navy’s two frigates and two maritime aircrafts had earlier scoured the Bay of Bengal, joining the multinational search, six days after the plane went missing.

But after a 12-day-long search, they returned empty handed.

Flight MH370, a Boeing 777, went off the radar while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Mar 8 with 239 people on board.

<snipped>

GeoResonance official David Pope had said that the technology they used was originally designed to find nuclear warheads, submarines.

The company has surveyed over 2,000,000 square kilometres of the possible crash zone, using images obtained from satellites and aircrafts.

Scientists focused their efforts north of the flight’s last known location, using over 20 technologies to analyse the data including a nuclear reactor, Pope said.

He added they were “very excited” at finding what they believed to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner.

Another official of the survey company, Pavel Kursa, said they had identified chemical elements and materials including aluminium, titanium, copper and steel alloys that make up a Boeing 777.

The team sent an initial report to the authorities while the black box still had two weeks of battery power left.

They said they verified the findings by analysing images from the same area on Mar 5, three days before the Malaysian plane’s disappearance.

“The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370,” David Pope said.

http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/04/30/navy-scouring-bay-of-bengal-again-for-mh370-after-georesonance-claim





Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 01, 2014, 10:09:59 AM
Malaysia Releases Preliminary MH 370 Report, Shows Delayed Reaction
May 1, 2014


On the fateful night that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, officials apparently didn’t notice for 17 minutes that it had gone off radar — and didn’t activate an official rescue operation for four hours.

hose are two of the details outlined in a preliminary report by Malaysia’s Transportation Ministry released to the public Thursday. The report had been sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the U.N. body for global aviation.

What’s remarkable about the report is what’s missing from it.

When did the plane disappear?

At 1:21 a.m. on March 8, the plane — carrying 239 people to Beijing — disappeared from radar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

By then, the plane’s crew should have contacted air traffic control in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, but apparently it didn’t.

And it wasn’t until 17 minutes later that Ho Chi Minh asked Malaysian air traffic control where the plane was.

“We are left to assume (that) for those 17 minutes, Kuala Lumpur either didn’t notice or didn’t act,” CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest said.

Why was there a four-hour gap in response?

Then came a four-hour gap — from the time when officials noticed the plane was missing to when the official rescue operation was launched.

The report gives an account of the conversation air traffic controllers in Vietnam and Malaysia had at that time. Ho Chi Minh City let Kuala Lumpur know at 1:38 a.m. that it was not able to establish verbal contact with Flight 370.

<snipped>

http://ktla.com/2014/05/01/malaysia-to-release-first-report-on-mh-370-company-defends-wreckage-claim/#axzz30TQXIpI1



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 01, 2014, 10:24:00 AM
MH370 Preliminary Report

By Hishammuddin Hussein · Updated 2 hours ago

The attached preliminary report was drafted with the involvement of the NTSB, AAIB, ATSB, AAID and CAAC, as well as Malaysian officials.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152221402889355.1073741995.72613804354&type=1&l=96dcd9ced0


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 01, 2014, 10:42:58 AM
Malaysia releases report on MH370 investigation, while airline tells families to head home
Published May 01, 2014


Malaysian authorities on Thursday released a report on the investigation into the disappearance of Flight 370, which revealed that air traffic controllers did not realize that the plane was missing until 17 minutes after it vanished from civilian radar.

The release of the report came as Malaysia Airlines told relatives of passengers who were aboard MH370 to move back home and wait for news on the search for the missing plane.

Since the Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8, the airline has been putting the relatives up in hotels, where they've been briefed on the search. But the airline said in a statement Thursday that it would close its family assistance centers around the world by May 7, and that the families should receive search updates from "the comfort of their own homes."

The airline said that it would establish family support centers in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, and that it would keep in close touch with the relatives through means including phone calls and meetings.

Malaysia Airlines also said it would soon make advanced compensation payments to the relatives.

<snipped>

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/05/01/malaysia-airlines-says-mh370-families-should-leave-hotels-head-home/?intcmp=HPBucket



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 01, 2014, 10:56:54 AM
Malaysia Releases Preliminary MH 370 Report, Shows Delayed Reaction
May 1, 2014


On the fateful night that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, officials apparently didn’t notice for 17 minutes that it had gone off radar — and didn’t activate an official rescue operation for four hours.

Those are two of the details outlined in a preliminary report by Malaysia’s Transportation Ministry released to the public Thursday. The report had been sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the U.N. body for global aviation.

What’s remarkable about the report is what’s missing from it.

When did the plane disappear?

At 1:21 a.m. on March 8, the plane — carrying 239 people to Beijing — disappeared from radar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

By then, the plane’s crew should have contacted air traffic control in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, but apparently it didn’t.

And it wasn’t until 17 minutes later that Ho Chi Minh asked Malaysian air traffic control where the plane was.

“We are left to assume (that) for those 17 minutes, Kuala Lumpur either didn’t notice or didn’t act,” CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest said.

Why was there a four-hour gap in response?

Then came a four-hour gap — from the time when officials noticed the plane was missing to when the official rescue operation was launched.

The report gives an account of the conversation air traffic controllers in Vietnam and Malaysia had at that time. Ho Chi Minh City let Kuala Lumpur know at 1:38 a.m. that it was not able to establish verbal contact with Flight 370.

<snipped>

http://ktla.com/2014/05/01/malaysia-to-release-first-report-on-mh-370-company-defends-wreckage-claim/#axzz30TQXIpI1



(Continued)


Malaysia Releases Preliminary MH 370 Report, Shows Delayed Reaction
May 1, 2014


Kuala Lumpur also contacted Singapore, Hong Kong and Cambodia.

Those four hours may have been crucial.

On Tuesday, a Malaysia Airlines official said the plane probably ran out of fuel about 7½ hours into the flight. That means it might have been flying during that four-hour gap, and possibly for another 2½ hours after the search started.

Where was the military?

The Malaysian Prime Minister has said the military tracked the plane as it headed back across Malaysia.

According to the report, a playback of a recording from military primary radar revealed that an aircraft that may have been MH370 had made a westerly turn, crossing Peninsular Malaysia. The search area was then extended to the Strait of Malacca.

But it’s unclear when that happened. The report makes no mention of the military’s role the night of the disappearance.

Where are the details?

Preliminary reports are by their nature brief and to the point. It is up to the country to choose whether to release additional details, such as a cargo manifest, seating plan and air traffic control transcripts.

“This report and any other documents released should be an audit of what happened and factually who did what,” Quest said.

Compared to the preliminary reports of other recent major flight investigations, the one released by Malaysia is scant.

The equivalent preliminary report on Air France 447 was 128 pages long. That report by, produced by France’s aviation safety agency just one month after the plane went missing in 2009, offered specific details on communication between various air traffic control centers.

Flight 447 was found more than a year later in the Atlantic Ocean; all 228 people on board had died.

And a preliminary report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau into the Qantas engine explosion in 2010 ran more than 40 pages, including diagrams and charts.

“I can certainly understand that the authorities had more pressing matters in finding the plane than writing a long report, when there will be plenty of other chances to do so,” Quest said, “but this report is the barest possible they could get away with.”

Debate over transparency

The report released Thursday was the same one Malaysia submitted to the International Civil Aviation Organization but had not been made public. Malaysian officials came under heavy criticism last week for submitting the report to the U.N. body but not making it available to relatives of passengers.

While authorities are not required to make a preliminary report public, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak acquiesced.

Reporters could not ask questions raised by the report since the document was released by e-mail and not at a news conference.

<snipped>

http://ktla.com/2014/05/01/malaysia-to-release-first-report-on-mh-370-company-defends-wreckage-claim/#axzz30TQXIpI1


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 01, 2014, 12:30:09 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

5 HRs ago   World
Investigators to Re-Examine Clues in Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370


SYDNEY—International aviation experts and investigators are planning to meet privately in Canberra next week in an attempt to further refine estimates on where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 likely crashed, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

The experts, including a panel of air-crash investigators put together by the Malaysian government and officials from Boeing Co. and Inmarsat PLC., will collectively examine closely-guarded military radar data as a well as other key pieces of information from the investigation to see if any new conclusions can be drawn, the person said. Their findings will be presented in a report that will be handed over to civilian contractors, whom officials hope will take over the search for the missing flight in the coming weeks, the person said.

Governments and officials involved in the search have so far remained coy about the use of sensitive military intelligence to look for Flight 370. But as private companies prepare to enter the operation for the first time, more signs are emerging that military radar from multiple countries has played a key role in the search for weeks.

The person close to the matter said that Malaysia brokered an agreement between U.S. air-crash investigators and neighboring Asian countries in late March to allow for military radar to be discreetly shared with investigators.

The unique sharing arrangement involved Malaysia convincing regional neighbors to hand over military radar data to the U.S.’s National Transportation Safety Board that could then be analyzed by Boeing, the U.S.-based manufacturer of the missing 777-200 passenger aircraft, the person said. Boeing used the primary radar data to determine that the plane had traveled faster during the early part of its flight near Malaysia, which combined with aircraft performance models showed Flight 370 burned through fuel quicker and likely crashed into the sea earlier.

The sharing agreement happened shortly after the international panel of air-crash investigators was brought together by the Malaysian government on March 24.

Malaysian and U.S. officials have not publicly acknowledged the agreement.

Military radar data has been critical to determining Flight 370′s movements because the plane’s transponder and ACARS flight tracking system were incapacitated shortly after it took off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing with 239 people on board on March 8.

Boeing’s calculations using the military radar were combined with Inmarsat satellite data to help determine the current search area where Australian navy vessel Ocean Shield detected transmissions consistent with black boxes in early April.

Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, China and India all have early warning radar systems in the region, including primary radar bases on land that track targets without asking for permission, and specialist aircraft that can ascend to higher altitudes to see further beyond the horizon using radar detection equipment.

China’s Ganbala radar station on a snow covered mountain in Tibet, at almost 3 miles high, can also see further than many other low altitude bases.

Early in the search Malaysia made requests to 15 nations for radar data, including China, Thailand and Indonesia. Thailand eventually admitted it may have detected Flight 370 on its radar systems, but other nations like Indonesia publicly denied they had picked up any sightings.

The planned meeting in Canberra next week follows a statement by Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday that experts needed to “reconsider exactly what they think is the most likely probable impact zone based on the data that we’ve got,” after more than 50 days of fruitless searching for the plane.

Australia has recommended a number of civilian contractors to the Malaysian government for consideration as candidates to take over the search from regional militaries, as air force and navy assets from eight countries exit the Indian Ocean search, Australia’s Defense Minister David Johnston told The Wall Street Journal.

Those private companies are likely to want to throw out the playbook and reanalyze the “leads and evidence” acquired so far to devise their own search strategies, Mr. Johnston said. But some information, particularly military radar data, would likely be considered too sensitive to hand over to private companies “if it discloses a classified disposition as to the performance of those radar,” he said


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 01, 2014, 12:37:41 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

4 HRs ago  Update
Statement by Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport


1.      Release of information regarding MH370
Last week, the Prime Minister appointed an internal team of experts to review all the information the Government of Malaysia possesses regarding MH370, with a view to releasing as much as possible to the general public.

The Prime Minister set, as a guiding principle, the rule that as long as the release of a particular piece of information does not hamper the investigation or the search operation, in the interests of openness and transparency, the information should be made public.

 The internal team has concluded its review. As a result, the following information regarding MH370 is being released:

 The audio recordings of conversations between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control (see notes to editors).

The preliminary report into MH370, dated 9 April.

An additional document, which gives further information regarding the actions taken between the hours of 01:38 and 06:14 on Saturday 8 March.

A map showing MH370’s flight path (also see notes to editors).

The cargo manifest for MH370.

The seating plan for MH370.

2.      The military’s tracking of MH370
As stated previously, Malaysian military radar did track an aircraft making a turn-back, in a westerly direction, across peninsular Malaysia on the morning of 8 March. The aircraft was categorised as friendly by the radar operator and therefore no further action was taken at the time.

The radar data was reviewed in a playback at approximately 08:30 on 8 March. This information was sent to the Air Force operations room at approximately 09:00. Following further discussion up the chain of command, the military informed the Acting Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at approximately 10:30 of the possible turn-back of the aircraft. The Minister then informed the Prime Minister, who immediately ordered that search and rescue operations be initiated in the Straits of Malacca, along with the South China Sea operations which started earlier in the day.

During this time, KD Mahamiru, the Mine Counter Measure Vessel and KD Laksamana Muhamad Amin, the Corvette Vessel of the Royal Malaysian Navy were already in the Straits of Malacca on patrol duties. They were immediately retasked to conduct the search and rescue operation. A military aircraft was then sent to join the two ships in the Straits of Malacca at 10:54 to search for MH370.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 01, 2014, 12:37:54 PM
As my father used to say "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark".  Why "Denmark"?  I don't have a clue.

Janet

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CNN's Richard Quest speaks exclusively to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
April 24th, 2014

ON THE TURN BACK AND TRACKING THE PLANE ACROSS MALAYSIA


PM RAZAK: The military radar, the primary radar has some capability. It tracked an aircraft which did a turn back, but they were not exactly sure whether it was MH370. What they were sure of was that the aircraft was not deemed to be hostile.

QUEST: Where they tracking it on the night, at the time it was flying? Or is that an expo facto, when they went back and looked at it?

PM RAZAK: There were, I believe there was a man who was monitoring the radar screen but the interpretation was done after the event.

QUEST: So, no planes were sent up on the night to investigate?

PM RAZAK: No because, simply, it was deemed not to be hostile.

QUEST: Don’t you find that troubling that a civil aircraft can turn back, fly across the country and nobody thinks to go up and have a look? Because one of two things – I understand the threat level – either the plane is in trouble and needs help or it’s nefarious and you really want to know what someone going up there to do. So, as the prime minister, don’t you find that troubling?

PM RAZAK: You see I’m coming back to my earlier statement – they were not sure whether it was MH370.

QUEST: Even more reason to go have a look.

PM RAZAK: They were not sure. But it behaved like a commercial airline following a normal flight path.

http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/24/cnns-richard-quest-speaks-exclusively-to-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak/




There was a massive search for MH370 in the South China Sea. How many days? During this period ... Malaysia was aware that the missing plane with 239 passengers were not there or ... in the name of defence ... should have known. This is huge. IMO

Janet

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Malaysia Releases Preliminary MH 370 Report, Shows Delayed Reaction
May 1, 2014

Where was the military?


The Malaysian Prime Minister has said the military tracked the plane as it headed back across Malaysia.

According to the report, a playback of a recording from military primary radar revealed that an aircraft that may have been MH370 had made a westerly turn, crossing Peninsular Malaysia.

<snipped>

http://ktla.com/2014/05/01/malaysia-to-release-first-report-on-mh-370-company-defends-wreckage-claim/#axzz30TQXIpI1


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 01, 2014, 12:50:43 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

1 HR ago  Twitter
Jason Ng@ByJasonNg

New documents reveal confusion as Flight #MH370 vanished http://t.co/DJpITl45uC

1 HR ago  World
Malaysia Report Shows Confusion as Plane Vanished


Materials Offer No New Information on Flight's Whereabouts

Air-traffic controllers spent precious time in the early hours of March 8 after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 veered off its flight path in befuddled exchanges with counterparts in nearby countries, newly released documents show.
Open

4 HRs ago  Update
Malaysia Releases Preliminary ICAO Report, Other Information On Missing Malaysia Flight 370


Summary of Air Controller Conversation Shows Scramble to Find Malaysia Airlines Plane


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 01, 2014, 12:59:18 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

4 HRs ago  Update
Statement by Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport


<Respectfully snipped by Tamikosmom>


2.      The military’s tracking of MH370

As stated previously, Malaysian military radar did track an aircraft making a turn-back, in a westerly direction, across peninsular Malaysia on the morning of 8 March. The aircraft was categorised as friendly by the radar operator and therefore no further action was taken at the time.

The radar data was reviewed in a playback at approximately 08:30 on 8 March. This information was sent to the Air Force operations room at approximately 09:00. Following further discussion up the chain of command, the military informed the Acting Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at approximately 10:30 of the possible turn-back of the aircraft. The Minister then informed the Prime Minister, who immediately ordered that search and rescue operations be initiated in the Straits of Malacca, along with the South China Sea operations which started earlier in the day.

During this time, KD Mahamiru, the Mine Counter Measure Vessel and KD Laksamana Muhamad Amin, the Corvette Vessel of the Royal Malaysian Navy were already in the Straits of Malacca on patrol duties. They were immediately retasked to conduct the search and rescue operation. A military aircraft was then sent to join the two ships in the Straits of Malacca at 10:54 to search for MH370.


Thanks Grace!

It appears that Malaysia knew from the get go that MH370 did not go down on the flight path from Malaysia to China.  Is it any wonder that the relatives of passengers/crew are so mistrusting of the Malaysian Prime Minister.  I empathize with them when I attempt to imagine one of my family members on that flight.

I have many questions as to why this info was withheld for so long while the Malaysian government and media only reported on the massive search in the South China Sea that was taking place.  The CNN panel is doing a great job of answering many of those questions ... especially Richard Quest.

Janet



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 01, 2014, 02:33:39 PM
GULF OF THAILAND - MARCH 13, 2014

Oil rig worker says he saw Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 burst into flames
MARCH 13, 2014 4:30PM


IN what could be the last chilling sighting of missing Flight MH370, an oil rig worker believes he spotted the Malaysia Airlines jetliner burst into flames on Saturday morning.

New Zealander Mike McKay, who is working on a rig operating in the Gulf of Thailand, was so certain he saw the ill-fated flight on fire that he emailed his employers, urging them to pass the information onto authorities.

“Gentlemen. I believe I saw the Malaysian Airlines flight come down. The timing is right,” he wrote.

“I tried to contact Malaysian and Vietnamese officials days ago. But I do not know if the message has been received.

“I am on the oil ring Songa-Mercur off the coast of Vung Tau.

“The surface location of the observation is Lat 08 22’ 30.20” N Lat 108 42.22.26” E.

“I observed (the plane?) burning at high altitude at a compass bearing of 265* to 275*”

Mr McKay is working on the oil rig Songa Mercur off Vung Tau, on the south east coast of Vietnam. This would put the plane in the same general area where a Chinese satellite has spotted a suspected crash site.

In his email to his employers on March 12 he claims he saw flames in the sky which quickly extinguished.

“From when I first saw the burning (plane) until the flames went out (still at high altitude) was 10-15 seconds. There was no lateral movement, so it was either coming toward our location, stationary, or going away from our location,” he wrote.

“The general position of the observation was perpendicular/south west of the normal flight paths.”

“It is very difficult to judge the distance but I would say 50 to 70 kms along the compass bearing 260-277,” he wrote.

“The sea surface current at our location is 2-2.3 knots in the direction of 225-230.

“The wind direction has been E-ENE averaging 15-20 knots.

Mr McKay said the possible plane appeared to be in one piece.

“It is very difficult to judge the distance but I would say 50 to 70 kms along the compass bearing 260-277,” he wrote.

“The sea surface current at our location is 2-2.3 knots in the direction of 225-230.

“The wind direction has been E-ENE averaging 15-20 knots.

“(We see the con trails every day) and at a lower altitude than the normal flight paths or on the compass bearing 265 to 275 intersecting the normal flight paths at normal altitude but further away.”

Michael Jerome McKay signed off with “Good Luck”.

<snipped>

http://www.news.com.au/world/oil-rig-worker-says-he-saw-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-burst-into-flames/story-fndir2ev-1226853302184




South China Sea?  Bay of Bengal?  South Indian Ocean?

 ::MonkeyShocked::


MH370 'Found in South China Sea' by British Sleuth Tim Akers Using Homemade Tech
May 1, 2014 15:51 GMT


A British marine archaeologist claims he has located wreckage from missing flight MH370 by using advanced home-made technology.

Timothy Akers, 56, apparently located a portion of the doomed Malaysia Airlines plane's tailfin while scouring an area off the coast of Vietnam.

For his amateur sleuthing, Akers takes images harvested from Nasa's Landsat 7 satellite and uses homemade software to expose them to different parts of the light spectrum.

This creates a deep field of vision which enables him to peer up to 10,000 feet below the waves.

So far no physical wreckage has been found of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, which took off from Kuala Lumpar on 8 March.

Speaking about what his enhanced images show, Akers, who lives in North Yorkshire, said: "There's no question it could be anything else, because aircraft parts are very distinctive.

"Having seen the oil rig worker's report of the crash and Nasa's satellite images of the area,  it would seem strange the Malaysian authorities have dismissed the area out of hand.

"Logically they should have checked it out by aircraft at low altitude and by a surface warship, but it looks like they chose not to. That in itself is very odd.

"Fortunately the water there is shallow as it's on the continental shelve and there will be debris all over the sea floor."

The area identified by Akers tallies with an account given by Vietmanese oil-rig workers, who said they saw a burning plane plummeting from the sky.

But the authorities in Malaysia leading the search for MH370 have seemingly discounted the possibility because the location Akers has identified is 1,000 miles from the present search zone.

Akers reckons that MH370 crashed into the South China Sea and not the Southern Ocean, as is generally thought.

The amateur investigator has some pedigree in martine detection which means his claim should not be dismissed out of hand. In 2008, the wreck of a ship named HMAS Sydney was located in the same area as that identified by Akers two years previously.

<snipped>

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mh370-found-south-china-sea-by-british-sleuth-tim-akers-using-homemade-tech-1446925


(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/05/01/article-2617647-1D7EEBAA00000578-31_634x725.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 01, 2014, 03:00:07 PM
Video at the link

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/01/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/01/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/)

Screams, tears as airline urges Flight 370 relatives to return home
updated 1:22 PM EDT, Thu May 1, 2014

Beijing (CNN) -- Relatives of vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers wailed and yelled in a Beijing hotel Thursday as the airline announced it was closing the assistance centers where they'd been gathered for weeks -- effectively telling the families to go home.

The closures also will mean no more mass daily briefings for the relatives -- news that sparked a new wave of anguish and despair for the hundreds who heard it at Beijing's Lido Hotel.

"What can we do?" a relative yelled, as others kneeled in front of police who had assembled in the hotel briefing room to keep order.

"Who will find our family members?" another shouted.
 
The airline said the center at the Lido Hotel, where the company has hosted families since March, would close Friday. Centers elsewhere will close by May 7, it said.

"Instead of staying in hotels, the families of MH370 are advised to receive information updates on the progress of the search and investigation and other support by Malaysia Airlines within the comfort of their own homes, with the support and care of their families and friends," the airline said in a news release.

The briefing at the Lido Hotel came on the day that the Malaysian government released its preliminary report on the plane's March 8 disappearance.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 01, 2014, 03:17:51 PM
Malaysia releases report on MH370 investigation, while airline tells families to head home
Published May 01, 2014


Malaysian authorities on Thursday released a report on the investigation into the disappearance of Flight 370, which revealed that air traffic controllers did not realize that the plane was missing until 17 minutes after it vanished from civilian radar.

The release of the report came as Malaysia Airlines told relatives of passengers who were aboard MH370 to move back home and wait for news on the search for the missing plane.

Since the Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8, the airline has been putting the relatives up in hotels, where they've been briefed on the search. But the airline said in a statement Thursday that it would close its family assistance centers around the world by May 7, and that the families should receive search updates from "the comfort of their own homes."

The airline said that it would establish family support centers in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, and that it would keep in close touch with the relatives through means including phone calls and meetings.

Malaysia Airlines also said it would soon make advanced compensation payments to the relatives.

<snipped>

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/05/01/malaysia-airlines-says-mh370-families-should-leave-hotels-head-home/?intcmp=HPBucket




If MH370 is located in the Gulf of Thailand or the Bay of Bengal ... Inmarsat will have a lot of explaining to the families ... to the world regarding the timeline.

Inquiring minds will want to know if Inmarsat "experts" in satellite analysis were part of a cover up meant to assure that this plane was never recovered while at the same time convincing the families ... convincing the world that MH370 and it's passengers/crew were at the bottom of the South Indian Ocean?

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Malaysia prime minister: Flight 'ended in the southern Indian Ocean'
March 24, 2014, 7:20 a.m


BEIJING -- A grim-faced Malaysian prime minister had an emergency late-night news conference Monday, saying that the long-missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean” with no hope of survivors.

Najib Razak said his conclusion was based on new data from the British satellite company Inmarsat, identifying the last known location of the flight as southwest of Perth, Australia.

"This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you, that according to this new data, flight MH 370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,’’ he said delivering his brief statement at the news conference in Kuala Lumpur.

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http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-malaysia-plane-prime-miniter-20140324,0,3702204.story#axzz2zqswtSm4


Malaysia Flight 370: Prime Minister tells relatives “all lives are lost”
Posted on: 9:21 am, March 24, 2014


(CNN) — Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down over the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, citing a new analysis of satellite data by a British satellite company and accident investigators.

The announcement appeared to rule out the possibility that anyone could have survived whatever happened to the aircraft, which vanished more than two weeks ago with 239 people aboard.

As Razak spoke, airline representatives met with family members in Beijing.  “They have told us all lives are lost,” one relative of a missing passenger told CNN.

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http://fox2now.com/2014/03/24/malaysia-flight-370-prime-minister-tells-relatives-all-lives-are-lost/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 01, 2014, 03:46:10 PM
The following is a April 9, 2014 preliminary report that was released today.  Apparently it leaves many unanswered questions for the families of MH370 passengers/crew.


MH 370 PRELIMINARY REPORT
April 9, 2014


http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/MH370PreliminaryReport.pdf




Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 01, 2014, 04:03:49 PM
1 May 2014 Last updated at 11:19 ET
Missing Malaysia plane: What we know


Mystery continues to surround the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March.

Malaysian authorities, assisted by international aviation and satellite experts, are now battling to piece together the plane's final hours in the hope that they can find its wreckage and explain what happened to its 239 passengers and crew. Some preliminary details were released on 1 May in a short report.

What time did the plane disappear?

00:41, 8 March: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Saturday, 8 March (16:41 GMT, 7 March), and was due to arrive in Beijing at 06:30 (22:30 GMT).

Malaysia Airlines says the plane lost contact less than an hour after takeoff. No distress signal or message was sent.

01:07: The plane sent its last ACARS transmission - a service that allows computers aboard the plane to "talk" to computers on the ground. Some time afterwards, it was silenced and the expected 01:37 transmission was not sent.

01:19: The last communication between the plane and Malaysian air traffic control took place about 12 minutes later. At first, the airline said initial investigations revealed the co-pilot had said "All right, good night".

However, Malaysian authorities later confirmed the last words heard from the plane, spoken either by the pilot or co-pilot, were in fact "Good night Malaysian three seven zero".

A few minutes later, the plane's transponder, which communicates with ground radar, was shut down as the aircraft crossed from Malaysian air traffic control into Vietnamese airspace over the South China Sea.

01:21: The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said the plane failed to check in as scheduled with air traffic control in Ho Chi Minh City.

02:15: Malaysian military radar plotted Flight MH370 at a point south of Phuket island in the Strait of Malacca, west of its last known location. Thai military radar logs also confirmed that the plane turned west and then north over the Andaman sea.

In maps accompanying its 1 May report, the Malaysian government revised the time to be 02:22 and put the position further west.

08:11: (00:11 GMT, 8 March) Seven hours after contact with air traffic control was lost, a satellite above the Indian Ocean picked up data from the plane in the form of an automatic "handshake" between the aircraft and a ground station.

This information, disclosed a week after the plane's disappearance, suggested the jet was in one of two flight corridors, one stretching north between Thailand and Kazakhstan, the other south between Indonesia and the southern Indian Ocean.

08:19: There is some evidence of a further "partial handshake" at this time between the plane and a ground station but experts are still working on analysing this data, the Malaysian transport minister said on 25 March.

09:15: (01:15 GMT) This would have been the next scheduled automatic contact between the ground station and the plane but there was no response from the aircraft.

What happened next?

The plane's planned route would have taken it north-eastwards, over Cambodia and Vietnam, and the initial search focused on the South China Sea, south of Vietnam's Ca Mau peninsula.

But evidence from a military radar, revealed later, suggested the plane had suddenly changed from its northerly course to head west. So the search, involving dozens of ships and planes, then switched to the sea west of Malaysia.

Further evidence revealed on Saturday 15 March by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak suggested the jet was deliberately diverted by someone on board about an hour after takeoff.

After MH370's last communication with a satellite was disclosed, a week after the plane's disappearance, the search was expanded dramatically to nearly three million square miles, from Kazakhstan in the north to vast areas of the remote southern Indian Ocean.

Then, on 20 March, Australian search teams revealed they were investigating two objects spotted on satellite images in the southern Indian Ocean and sent long-range surveillance planes to the area, followed by further sightings. An Australian ship arrived in the area and further vessels are on their way.

At 1400 GMT on 24 March the Malaysian prime minister announced that following further analysis of satellite data it was beyond doubt that the plane had gone down in this part of the ocean.

This was based on Inmarsat and UK air accident investigators' analysis of the data relayed between the plane and ground station by satellite.


More potential debris was spotted by satellites but on 28 March the main search area was moved 1,100km (684 miles) to the north-east and closer to Australia, following further analysis of the speed of the plane and its maximum range.

Malaysian officials said that the debris could still be consistent with the new search area as ocean currents may have moved floating objects. However, no debris has yet been verified as being from the plane.

On 5-8 April, Australian and Chinese vessels using underwater listening equipment detected ultrasonic signals from the plane's black box flight recorders, in what appears to be the most promised lead so far.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26503141


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 02, 2014, 10:18:29 AM
02 May 2014| last updated at 03:54PM
MH370 Tragedy: No plane wreckage in Bay of Bengal


KUALA LUMPUR: Nothing has so far, been found in the Bay of Bengal, with regard to a report by an Australian exploration company that it might have located the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 aircraft.

Joint Action Coordination Centre (JACC) Chief Coordinator Angus Houston said currently, three Bangladeshi navy ships were scouring the area, with one of the ships equipped with echo sound capability to assist in ensuring a thorough search in that particular area.

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http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-mh370-tragedy-font-no-plane-wreckage-in-bay-of-bengal-1.585259


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 02, 2014, 10:33:52 AM
02 May 2014| last updated at 03:54PM
MH370 Tragedy: No plane wreckage in Bay of Bengal


KUALA LUMPUR: Nothing has so far, been found in the Bay of Bengal, with regard to a report by an Australian exploration company that it might have located the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 aircraft.

Joint Action Coordination Centre (JACC) Chief Coordinator Angus Houston said currently, three Bangladeshi navy ships were scouring the area, with one of the ships equipped with echo sound capability to assist in ensuring a thorough search in that particular area.

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http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-mh370-tragedy-font-no-plane-wreckage-in-bay-of-bengal-1.585259


Maybe the Bluefin-21 could assist in the current search effort in the Bay of Bengal.

Janet

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Underwater search for MH370 completes mission 18
May 2, 2014


The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 Friday completed mission 18 in search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said.

The ship Ocean Shield is now en route to Fleet Base West to replenish supplies and personnel and will then return to the vicinity of its current search area for search operation with the Bluefin-21, according to the JACC.

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http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/underwater-search-for-mh370-completes-mission-18-114050201130_1.html


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 02, 2014, 10:49:32 AM
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Bay of Bengal Lead 'Still Considered' by Malaysian Authorities
May 2, 2014


Malaysian authorities said they were still considering probing a theory that the missing Malaysian airliner MH370 may be in the Bay of Bengal.

Acting transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that Malaysia had not decided whether to hire private deep sea vessels to search waters of Bay of Bengal as that would distract resources from the main search operation in the southern Indian Ocean.

"That lead can only be confirmed by physically getting appropriate vessels to search that area. But I just want to stress that by doing that, we are distracting ourselves from the main search," he said.

"In the event that the search result is negative, who is responsible for the loss of time? Having more vessels out there (Bay of Bengal) would affect the search in the affected area," he added.

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http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-bay-bengal-lead-still-considered-by-malaysian-authorities-1446999


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 02, 2014, 11:39:59 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

8 hrs ago  Update
Search Officials Confident They Will Eventually Find Jet


By Jason Ng

Malaysia, Australia and China will meet in Canberra to discuss the next steps in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, as officials expressed confidence in finding the missing jet.

Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defense minister and acting transport chief, said Friday he will head to Canberra Sunday for a discussion on “the deployment of assets, engagement with families, and the experts and technical advice.”

An Australian-led multinational search in the southern Indian Ocean hasn’t found the missing jet. A U.S. Navy submersible is currently scouring the seabed off Australia’s west coast where investigators believe the Beijing-bound plane crashed.

Australia Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is heading the search, said the upcoming meeting would seek to formalize “the way ahead to ensure that the search continues with urgency,” as the operation could take eight to 12 months.

“We’re totally committed as three nations to find MH370 and I’m confident that with an effective search, we will eventually find the aircraft,” he said in a press conference with Mr. Hishammuddin.

8 HRs ago  Update
Breaking


*Search for Missing Plane Might Be Delayed Up to Six Weeks by Negotiations With Civilian Contractors, Source Says

*Decision Hasn’t Been Made on Whether Single Company or Range of Companies Under Subcontractor Would Be Needed, Source Says

*Number of Contractors Across Different Sectors Have Been Considered, Australia Defense Minister Says

*U.S.-Based Williamson & Associates, Oceaneering International Among Companies Considered


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 02, 2014, 11:43:33 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

5 HRs ago   Update
JACC Says Ocean Shield Heads to Fleet Base West

A statement from the Joint Agency Coordination Center:


Mission 18 of sub-surface search operations is now complete. No debris was found.

Ocean Shield is now en-route to Fleet Base West to replenish supplies and personnel. Once the port visit is complete, the ship will return to the vicinity of its current search area and recommence the search with Phoenix’s Bluefin-21.

Earlier this week, HMAS Toowoomba and MV Seahorse Standard returned to port while HMAS Success is continuing to steam towards Sydney and HMAS Perth is redeploying to operations in northern Australia. Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu has also been resupplying in port. The Malaysian supply vessel Bunga Mas is remaining in the search area with a number of Chinese vessels.

The last of the air search fleet, the two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, are due to depart Perth International Airport tomorrow. One RAAF AP-3C Orion remains on standby to assist with search operations.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 02, 2014, 11:49:45 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

4 HRs ago   Update
Statement From Malaysia’s Hishammuddin Hussein


It has now been 56 days since MH370 went missing. The fact that MH370 is still not found after more than seven weeks of searching on land, air and sea, indeed highlights the complexity of this entire mission. Nevertheless, we are resolute in our commitment to find MH370 and will continue to intensify the search efforts. On that note, as promised by the Prime Minister last week, we have released the Preliminary Report that was sent to ICAO along with additional information. This is consistent with our stand that in the interests of openness and transparency–‐ all information which does not jeopardize the investigation or the search operation; should be made public. It must be stressed that the report made public yesterday, is a preliminary report. Nevertheless, as I have repeatedly stressed since the beginning, we have nothing to hide.

Meeting with Angus Houston and Jean Paul Troadec

Earlier today I met with Retired Air Marshall Angus Houston–‐ who has been leading the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) in Perth, coordinating the search of MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean and Mr Jean Paul Troadec, the Head of the French Investigation Team for Air France Flight 447 and the former Head of the Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau. The presence of these two individuals in Kuala Lumpur is to discuss the new phase we are entering in the search operation. The meeting was a testament to Malaysia’s inclusiveness in coordinating the next phase of this “unprecedented” search effort and it reaffirms our relentless commitment as well as that of the international community in searching for MH370.

Sub Committee Progress

The three sub committees led by the three deputy ministers have been meeting and  efforts have been intensified to  prepare ourselves for the  next phase. Let me now  update you on  their progress.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 02, 2014, 11:52:22 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

3 HRs ago   Update
Malaysia to Probe Airline, Officials’ Response to Disappearance

By Jason Ng

Malaysia said it will investigate the immediate reactions by the airline and authorities that followed the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as part of an official probe into the incident.

Documents released on Thursday by the Malaysian government revealed a series of missteps and confusion among air-traffic controllers in nearby countries before an alarm was raised about four hours later. That delayed search-and-rescue efforts, which didn’t begin until over nine hours after the Boeing 777 vanished from civilian radar.

“I would leave it to the panel of experts to decide whether four, six or seven hours is reasonable,” Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defense minister and acting transport minister, said at a news conference.

The documents also show that even as the plane carrying 239 passengers and crew members veered off course on March 8, the carrier’s operation center continued to advise air-traffic controllers that the plane was in “normal condition,” remained in contact with ground facilities and was flying somewhere in Cambodian airspace–an area that was never on its flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya explained Friday that the company used a flight-following program that relied on data from a “secondary source” to track the aircraft in the hours following Flight 370′s disappearance. That same program also did a “projection” showing the plane likely to be in Cambodian airspace, he said.

The plane is now believed to be in the southern Indian Ocean, where an Australian-led search team is scouring the seabed off Australia’s west coast with a submersible.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 02, 2014, 11:56:20 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

2 HRs ago  Update
Malaysia Airlines Statement


Media Statement 30 Released at 9.30 p.m. local time May 2

Malaysia Airlines wishes to make further clarification on the following matters:

1)      Malaysians On Board

Malaysia Airlines confirms that 38 passengers of the 239 persons on board MH370 on 8 March 2014 were Malaysians. The names of the 38 Malaysians on board had been earlier shared in the Passenger Manifest which has been made public previously. Please see attached document for names of all Malaysian passengers onboard MH370.

2)      Exchange of Signals and Aircraft in Cambodia

On the exchange of signals between ground and the aircraft soon after Ho Chi Minh Air Traffic Control advised that radio contact had not been established with MH370, as carried in the recently released MH370 Preliminary Report, Malaysia Airlines clarifies that what was referred to as signals was actually the aircraft displayed on the ‘Flight Following System’ screen. This was based on the aircraft projection at that point of time and not the actual aircraft position.

When KL-ATCC (Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre) Watch Supervisor queried Malaysia Airlines OPS (Operations) on the status of MH370, Malaysia Airlines OPS informed KL-ATCC Supervisor that MH370 was still sighted over Cambodian airspace in the Flight-Following System, which is based on a flight-projection.

The word “Cambodia” was displayed by the Flight-Following System on the screen when zoomed-in, leading Malaysia Airlines to deduce that the aircraft was flying in Cambodian airspace. The Flight-Following System did not display the name “Vietnam”, even though the aircraft was over Vietnam airspace.

The responsibility of aircraft tracking monitoring resides with Air Traffic Control Centres. For airlines, it is normal to engage flight following systems to assist its pilots to manage in weather conditions or route diversions. Such airline flight following systems are non-primary and non-positive controlling.

Flight following systems also do not trigger airlines of any abnormality. Such situations have to be pilot initiated. Unless otherwise, airlines’ operations control centres would continue to see the aircraft as flying on its normal route, based on projected or predicted positions and locations.

To make the flight-following systems work successfully and effectively, it is important to have visual depiction of the aircraft’s position, coupled with confirmation by air-to-ground communications, such as through ACARS or Satcomm or VHF or HF.

In the case of tracking MH370, Malaysia Airlines’ flight-following system indicated that the aircraft was flying, however, there was no communication from or with the pilot. Malaysia Airlines OPS attempted to communicate with MH370 after we were flag by KL-ATCC, but was never able to make contact.

3)      On the Cargo Carried

About 2 tons, equivalent to 2,453kg, of cargo was declared as consolidated under one (1) Master Airway Bill (AWB). This Master AWB actually comprised 5 house AWB. Out of these 5 AWB, two (2) house AWB contained lithium ion batteries amounting to a total tonnage volume of 221kg. The balance 3 house AWB, amounting to 2,232kg, were declared as radio accessories and chargers.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 02, 2014, 10:29:47 PM
Rest in Peace

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/05/02/MH370-Australia-funerals-Burrows/ (http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/05/02/MH370-Australia-funerals-Burrows/)

Published: Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 5:40:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 8:17:53 PM
MH370: Funerals planned for Australian passengers

(http://www.thestar.com.my/~/media/Images/TSOL/Photos-Gallery/Nation/2014/05/02/Rodney%20and%20Mary%20Burrows.ashx?w=620&h=413&crop=1&)
A file picture of Rod and Mary Burrows

SYDNEY: The first funeral service for passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be held in Australia this weekend, nearly eight weeks after the plane disappeared in the southern Indian Ocean.

Despite the most intensive air, sea and underwater search in commercial aviation history, no trace of Flight 370 has been found since it vanished from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing on March 8.

Family and friends of Rod and Mary Burrows, two of six Australians on board the flight, will be holding a formal memorial in Brisbane on Sunday, according to a statement on behalf of the family released by police on Friday.

"Family and friends send their appreciation for the well wishes from the media and public but ask for privacy and request their solitude be respected during this difficult time," it said.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 03, 2014, 11:42:55 AM
Missing MH370 latest: 4-hour delay, 17-minute ATC call-gap deepens mystery
Published Saturday, May 03, 2014


Did a four-hour delay between the plane's disappearance and the authorities' response a key factor in the ‘losing’ of the Malaysia Airline plane MH370?

An independent panel formed by the Malaysian government will now decide if that is indeed the case.

However, in a report published by the asiaone website, Transport Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein defended the response time, even invoking the seven-hour gap during the Air France incident.

"Each case is different. In this case, we took four hours to respond to the disappearance.

"I was informed that in the Air France case, it was six to seven hours before any response.

"We leave it to the independent panel to judge the four-hour gap," he said at a press conference on Friday .

The report also states that at the same press conference, the Civil Aviation Department said the independent panel could decide on the 17-minute gap between the plane's last connection with air traffic control and the call from Ho Chi Minh saying there was no contact established with the plane.

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http://www.emirates247.com/news/missing-mh370-latest-4-hour-delay-17-minute-atc-call-gap-deepens-mystery-2014-05-03-1.546548


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 03, 2014, 11:51:42 AM
Missing MH370 latest: 4-hour delay, 17-minute ATC call-gap deepens mystery
Published Saturday, May 03, 2014

The preliminary report


Malaysia released its most comprehensive account yet of what happened to missing Flight MH370, in a preliminary report that detailed the route the plane probably took as it veered off course and revealed the confusion that followed.

It showed four hours elapsed between the first sign that the Malaysia Airlines jet had failed to report in when expected to and the decision to mount a search operation - and that time included lapses of communication and a false lead from the airline itself.

The document, dated April 9, also contributed to a growing safety debate by urging the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN body that oversees aviation, to consider introducing a system for tracking commercial jets.

The call comes ahead of a meeting at the Montreal-based agency later this month to address mounting pressure for improvements to fill communications blind spots over the world's oceans, but until now regulators have said such systems still need to be proven despite lobbying by the satellite industry.

Although the preliminary report issued by the Ministry of Transport leaves many key questions about what happened nearly eight weeks ago unanswered, and is not intended to resolve speculation about the cause, Malaysia may be hoping it sets the record straight on at least some of the contentious issues.

The fate of Flight MH370 remains a mystery despite the biggest search operation in commercial aviation history, and relatives of the passengers on board are desperate for confirmation of what happened to their loved ones.

Boeing, the manufacturer of the 777 aircraft, will also be keen to learn exactly what caused the plane to veer sharply off course and disappear from sight, and in particular whether it was mechanical failure or human intervention.

While not ruling out technical faults, a parallel Malaysian police investigation has so far focused on the pilots amid signs that the aircraft followed a twisting and deliberate course for at least the first hour of its journey off course.

THAILAND AND INDONESIA

The report confirmed that military radar tracked a plane as it turned in a westerly direction across the Malaysian Peninsula on the morning of March 8, and said the radar operator took no further action because the aircraft was deemed ‘friendly’.

In an accompanying statement, Defence and Acting Transport  Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the military data was played back that morning and after he and Prime Minister Najib Razak were informed of the possible turnback, military ships and an aircraft were sent to look for MH370 in the Straits of Malacca.

The report also described what appeared to be frantic attempts to trace the aircraft, with air traffic control in Kuala Lumpur contacting counterparts in Singapore, Hong Kong and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, when something appeared to have gone awry.

Kuala Lumpur was initially informed of a problem when air traffic controllers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, who were meant to take over monitoring MH370 around the time the plane disappeared, said they had not heard from its pilots.

They told their Malaysian counterparts the "radar blip" had disappeared at a navigation point called BITOD about half way between Malaysia and Vietnam. Investigators suspect the aircraft's radar transponder was turned off at about that time.

The airline at first wrongly told controllers the jet was over Cambodia and later that it had passed over Vietnam, but this turned out to be a projection rather than real information.

Released to the public for the first time were recordings of conversations between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control and maps showing MH370's probable flight path.

The pilot recordings, ending with a deadpan "good night" and the call sign, begin with the first contact on the ground and appear business-like, without any obvious signs of stress.

According to the maps, MH370 turned back from the South China Sea, cut across the southernmost tip of Thailand near the border with the Malaysian state of Kelantan and then flew across the Malaysian Peninsula.

It made a turn to the west in the Straits of Malacca near Penang and flew beyond the limits of Malaysian military radar.

ELECTRONIC HANDSHAKES

From this point, investigators have had to rely on an estimated course based on electronic handshakes picked up by a UK satellite, which came to light days after the disappearance.

After leaving Malaysian military radar coverage, investigators believe MH370 turned south and flew over the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra Island before heading for the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean off Australia's western coast, where a massive underwater search is now concentrated.

The course, contradicting reports the plane skirted round Indonesian airspace, raises potentially awkward questions over why Indonesia did not identify the aircraft on its own radar. Sensitivities over the sharing of data have been a recurring theme in the search for the jet, according to people involved.

The report identified three areas in the southern Indian Ocean where they can say with different levels of certainty that the jet crashed, but although searchers identified pings from its black boxes a thorough seabed search has been fruitless.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that the seabed search over a wider area could take 6-8 months, but some experts say it could take even longer, possibly years.

Fuelling the debate over tracking, Malaysia's Transport Ministry pointed to the disappearance of Flight MH370 and Air France Flight AF447 in 2009 as evidence that a system for real-time tracking would help to locate missing aircraft more easily.

Details of the initial findings including the audio tapes were shared before the report's publication with mainly Chinese relatives who have protested about Malaysia Airlines' handling of the case, in particular the use of text messages to inform some relatives when the aircraft was deemed to have crashed.

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http://www.emirates247.com/news/missing-mh370-latest-4-hour-delay-17-minute-atc-call-gap-deepens-mystery-2014-05-03-1.546548


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 03, 2014, 12:03:40 PM
Missing MH370 latest: 4-hour delay, 17-minute ATC call-gap deepens mystery
Published Saturday, May 03, 2014

<snipped

The report confirmed that military radar tracked a plane as it turned in a westerly direction across the Malaysian peninsula on the morning of March 8, and that it took no further action because the plane was deemed "friendly".

However, it did not explain why Flight MH370 had been categorised as friendly even through its transponder was switched off by the time it turned back, one of many mysteries surrounding its fate that remain unanswered.

Still unknown is who or what led to MH370 veering off its original flight path and eventually ending up several thousand kilometres (miles) away in the southern Indian Ocean. ...

There is also the question of whether the search is going on in the right area to begin with.

The atoll of Diego Garcia is forever hovering in the background and will continue to drive internet discussion until there is closure on the case.

<snipped>

These theories will ensure the conspiracy angle stays alive, however, all eyes will be on the report set to come out and if more ‘secret revelations’ are to made by Malaysia.






http://www.emirates247.com/news/missing-mh370-latest-4-hour-delay-17-minute-atc-call-gap-deepens-mystery-2014-05-03-1.546548


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 05, 2014, 12:28:50 AM
GEORESONANCE
Press Release
May 4, 2014


http://georesonance.com/20140504%20Press%20Release.pdf


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 05, 2014, 12:34:27 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

42 MINs ago Twitter
Rob Taylor@WSJRobTaylor

Asked how long it might be before something #mh370 found, longer than 2yrs, Australia's Truss says "we just always hope it's tmrrow"

45 MINs ago Twitter
Rob Taylor@WSJRobTaylor

Malaysian, Chinese and Australian ministers meet in Canberra to discuss next steps in #mh370 search… http://t.co/OXfAzaKxim

50 MINs agoUpdate
Breaking


*Malaysia Acting Transport Minister: No Information That Flight 370 Audio Recordings Have Been Tampered With

1 HR ago Twitter
Jason Ng@ByJasonNg

Follow @WSJRobTaylor covering tripartite #MH370 press conference in Australia

1 HR ago Twitter
Rob Taylor@WSJRobTaylor

China transport minister Yang says #mh370 search will not slacken

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Australia Deputy PM says meetings to re-analyse #mh370 flight data to start Wed in Aust capital Canberra, coord centre also to move to Canb

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*Australia Deputy Prime Minister Says Most Equipment Would Likely Be Provided by Private Sector

*Australia Deputy Prime Minister Wants Single Operator to Lead Search With Private Equipment

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Australia Deputy PM: More Detailed Oceanographic Mapping of #mh370 Search Area Needed,

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*Australia Deputy PM: Meetings to Analyze Data to Help Find Flight 370 to Begin Wednesday

*Australia Deputy PM: Other Meetings to Study What Equipment Could Be Deployed

*Australia Deputy PM: More Detailed Oceanographic Mapping of Search Area Needed

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Press conf about to start in Canberra on #mh370 search after meeting between Aust, China, Malaysia officials


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 05, 2014, 12:44:35 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/04/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/04/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/)

MH370: Officials discuss next phase of search
By Holly Yan, CNN
updated 11:55 PM EDT, Sun May 4, 2014

(CNN) -- More than 300 flights.

Over 3,000 hours in the air.

A staggering 4 million square kilometers of ocean.

The numbers speak to the breadth of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The results speak to the fruitlessness of it.

The plane, carrying 239 people, disappeared on March 8. And despite an expansive international search, officials have nothing to show for it.

On Wednesday, officials from Australia, Malaysia and China will meet in Canberra to consider the next phase of the hunt.

One group will analyze the data and information collected so far. Another will look at the resources needed.

Because the focus of the next phase will be an intense underwater search, a key element of the new phase will be a detailed mapping of the ocean floor.

"We know that the water is very deep. And for the next stage .... we need to have an understanding of the ocean floor," said Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss on Monday.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 08, 2014, 12:29:23 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr043.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr043.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Ocean Shield resupplies and continues the Search
Media Release
5 May 2014—pm


Ocean Shield will today return to Fleet Base West to replenish its supplies and conduct routine maintenance and software modifications to Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle ‘Artemis’ Bluefin-21.

On completion of the short port visit, Ocean Shield will return immediately to the search area where the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will continue.

The just-completed deployment began on 31 March with 56 personnel and specialist search equipment including a Towed Pinger Locator and Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle ‘Artemis’ Bluefin-21.

Although the search to date has not uncovered any evidence of possible aircraft debris during operations, the data collected during the 35 days at sea will assist in narrowing the search area for the final resting place of MH370. 

The Australian Government is proud of the combined efforts of the Royal Australian Navy, United States Navy, civilian contractors from Phoenix International, Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the ship's crew.

Also at the request of the Australian Government, the U.S. Navy will continue supporting the MH370 sub-surface search effort with the Bluefin-21 side scan sonar for approximately 4 more weeks.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on May 09, 2014, 09:51:06 PM
This is truly frightening.  Not only has she suffered from the disappearance of her boyfriend Philip Woods, her apartment has been broken into a couple of times, and gotten scary phone calls and a death threat.  Why?  Who would do this?

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/flight-370-philip-woods-girlfriend-sarah-bajc-got-death-threat-n100446
Flight 370: Philip Wood's Girlfriend Sarah Bajc Got Death Threat
May 9, 2014

The girlfriend of an American passenger aboard missing Flight MH370 told NBC News she has been the victim of two break-ins, a death threat and numerous unsettling phone calls since the jet vanished.

Sarah Bajc received an instant message warning that "I'm going to come and kill you next" about two weeks after the Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared on March 8. Several pornographic images and creepy phone calls were also received from the same China-based number.

Bajc was preparing to move from Beijing to live with passenger Philip Wood, a 50-year-old Texas native and IBM Malaysia employee, in Kuala Lumpur at the time of the tragedy.
 ::snipping3::
According to Bajc, the calls and messages began shortly after her apartment was broken into for the first time, midway into the second week after the flight disappeared.

“Whoever came wasn’t very careful because I’m a real neat freak, so it was immediately apparent to me that some things had been moved,” she said. “My housekeeper was out of town so it couldn’t have been her and I got home before my son got back. The password on my safe had been reset which happens when you try the wrong code three times."
Bajc added: “The second time was a couple weeks later and my neighbor saw two people leaving my apartment. I have no illusions of privacy here [in Beijing].”

She said the calls stopped after an FBI agent assigned to help her and Wood’s family was informed.

Bajc is among 350 family members of passengers aboard the missing jet who have demanded raw data be released for independent analysis amid questions about how the investigation has been conducted.

In an open letter sent to the leaders of Malaysia, China and Australia on Thursday, the relatives questioned how authorities could be certain the Boeing 777 had crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 10, 2014, 08:04:10 PM
Why the Official Explanation of MH370’s Demise Doesn’t Hold Up
ARI N. SCHULMAN
MAY 8 2014, 8:00 AM ET


<snipped>

Until officials provide more information, the claim that Flight 370 went south rests not on the weight of mathematics but on faith in authority. Inmarsat officials and search authorities seem to want it both ways: They release charts, graphics, and statements that give the appearance of being backed by math and science, while refusing to fully explain their methodologies. And over the course of this investigation, those authorities have repeatedly issued confident pronouncements that they’ve later quietly walked back.

The biggest risk to the investigation now is that authorities continue to assume they’ve finally found the area where the plane went down, while failing to explore other possibilities simply because they don’t fit with a mathematical analysis that may not even hold up.

After all, searchers have yet to find any hard evidence—not so much as a shred of debris—to confirm that they’re looking in the right ocean.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/why-the-official-explanation-of-mh370s-demise-doesnt-hold-up/361826/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 10, 2014, 11:14:23 PM
[http://news.msn.com/world/search-for-flight-mh370-heads-to-site-of-first-ping (http://news.msn.com/world/search-for-flight-mh370-heads-to-site-of-first-ping)

Search for Flight MH370 heads to site of first 'ping'
19 hr ago

HMAS STIRLING NAVAL BASE, Australia - An Australian naval vessel carrying an underwater drone involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 left port on Saturday on its second mission to scan part of the Indian Ocean where the longest sonar "ping" was heard over a month ago.

The Ocean Shield is heading to the area where a signal was first located and heard for some two hours on April 5, about 1,600 km (1,000 miles) northwest of Perth to launch the Bluefin-21 submersible.
 ::snipping3::
The search had been centered on a 314-square-km (121-sq-mile) area around the second "ping" located and monitored for about 13 minutes on April 5, and which search authorities identified as their strongest lead.

With the search of that area complete, the focus is shifting to the area where the first, and longer, signal was detected the same day, U.S. Navy Captain Mark Matthews told journalists at a naval base near Perth.

"What you do is you go look at your best indications and you pursue them until they're exhausted," he said. "These things don't happen fast. These searches don't happen on the hours or days cycle. These happen on the weeks and months cycle."

Australia, China and Malaysia earlier this week pledged not to give up searching for the plane, even though air and surface searches for debris have been abandoned.

The Ocean Shield returned to Stirling Naval Base south of Perth earlier this week after more than a month at sea to resupply, change crew and perform software modifications and maintenance on the Bluefin.

The submersible has dived to a maximum depth of 5,005 meters in its daily 20-hour missions to scan the ocean floor using sonar, despite being only designed to dive to 4,500 meters, Matthews said.

With just three weeks left on loan from the U.S. Navy, the pressure is on about how to proceed and who will pay for the next phase of the search. The Ocean Shield, which will take three days to arrive at the search location, is due back in port by the end of the month.
 ::snipping3::



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 11, 2014, 10:50:16 PM
A plea from the families of MH370 — Voice370
MAY 8, 2014


An open letter to:

1. We are the MH370 Victim Families and Crew Association, Voice370. Our purpose is to support each other, with the sole intention of finding MH370 and our loved ones. We represent over 300 family members so far. Our membership grows daily to include family members from all nations.

2. ....

Read more:
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/a-plea-from-the-families-of-mh370-voice370



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 12, 2014, 03:52:05 PM
The collective request from relatives of missing passengers/crew who were aboard missing MH370 ... the collective request in an open letter (see above) regarding the release of raw satellite data ... was denied by Malaysia.

Janet

++++.

Malaysia rules out releasing raw satellite data that Mara to MH370 kin
May 12, 2014


Malaysia on Monday ruled out releasing raw satellite data to the families of the 239 people on board the crashed MH370, as the transport ministry prepared to table a report on the outcome of a tripartite meeting in Australia on the future of the search for the plane.

Commenting on the request from the families of those on board Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 for the government to release raw satellite data, Acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said it was better for the International Panel of Experts to decide which information should be made public.

<snipped>

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/malaysia-rules-out-releasing-raw-satellite-data-to-mh370-kin/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 12, 2014, 04:52:01 PM
NORTHWEST?  SOUTH?

Maybe the lack of any wreckage or conclusive evidence that MH370 went down in the Southern Indian Ocean ... maybe independent analysts should be afforded the opportunity to study Inmarsat raw satellite data.

Janet

++++


MH370 continued flying for 6 hours, could have gone towards Kazakhstan or south of Indian Ocean: Malaysian PM
March 15, 2014 7:06 pm


<snipped>

The missing Malaysian jetliner was deliberately diverted and continued flying for more than six hours after losing contact with the ground, meaning it could have gone as far northwest as Kazakhstan or into the Indian Ocean’s southern reaches, Malaysia’s leader said Saturday.

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s statement confirmed days of mounting speculation that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to Beijing more than a week ago was not accidental.

<snipped>

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/mh370-continue-flying-for-six-hours-more-could-have-gone-towards-kazakhstan-or-south-of-indian-ocean-malaysian-pm/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 12, 2014, 06:06:18 PM
Malaysia plane searchers doubt that some once-promising signals came from missing jet
Published May 12, 2014


Searchers preparing to resume the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 increasingly suspect that some of the electronic signals detected last month didn't come from the jetliner's black-box flight recorders, a senior Australian naval officer said.

The doubts—based on further acoustic analysis of the transmissions by Australian authorities over recent weeks—represent another potential setback in the two-month-old operation. An initial underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean has already failed to find any sign of the missing plane, while a costly air-and-ship search of the ocean's surface turned up only garbage.

Authorities in April clung to hope that electronic transmissions picked up by Australian naval vessel ADV Ocean Shield on four occasions on April 5 and April 8 would provide a breakthrough in the search. But authorities are increasingly considering only the two transmissions on April 5 as relevant to the search, Australian naval Commander James Lybrand, captain of the Ocean Shield search vessel, said in an interview late last week.

Further analysis of the streams of signals detected three days later on April 8 has led authorities to doubt that they were from a man-made device, Cmdr. Lybrand said.

Each of the transmissions on April 8 were intermittent and at a frequency of around 27 kHz—much lower than the 37.5 kHz frequency that beacons are designed to emit, and also lower than the 33.3 kHz frequency of other transmissions on April 5. "As far as frequency goes, between 33 kHz and 27 kHz is a pretty large jump," Cmdr. Lybrand said.

The Joint Agency Coordination Center, the Australian agency leading the search, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Cmdr. Lybrand's remarks.

<snipped>

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/05/12/malaysia-plane-searchers-doubt-some-signals-came-from-missing-jet/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 12, 2014, 08:26:32 PM
The description of the jumbo low flying plane reported by Maldive residents mirrors MH370.  Has there been any feedback regarding what is believed to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft that wash up on a Maldive beach one week after the plane sighting.

Both articles are a must read.  IMO

Janet

+++++

Missing MH370: Maldives residents report 'low-flying jumbo jet' sighting on March 8
March 18, 2014


<snipped>

In a report by Maldivian daily Haveeru, residents described the aircraft which flew over Kuda Huvadhoo at around 6.15am as being white, with red stripes across it.

<snipped>

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/18/Missing-MH370-maldive-low-flying-jumbo/


Unknown object 'likely' aircraft fire suppression bottle, claim experts
Mar 26, 2014


<snipped>

The news of the unidentified object, believed to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft, comes about a week after several residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll claimed to have seen a "low flying jumbo jet" at around 6:15am on March 8 – the day of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

<snipped>

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/news/54178


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 13, 2014, 10:26:46 AM
The implication appears to be if the pings detected in the Southern Indian Ocean are determined not to have originated from the missing plane ... the flight path direction after it reached the Malacca Straits is unknown.

Janet

+++++


Flight 370 search chief: Hunt for plane is the most difficult in history
Mon May 12, 2014


<snipped>

The four underwater signals that search teams detected are still "the most promising lead" investigators have in the search for the Boeing 777, Angus Houston told CNN's Anna Coren on Monday.

But are they all pings from the plane's data recorders?

<snipped>

The pings have played a key role in shaping the search for the plane, which went missing March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people onboard.

Houston told CNN the hunt for the plane is even more difficult than that for Air France Flight 447, which disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean in 2009.

"The big difference between Air France 447 and MH370 is that the last known position, in terms of MH370, is at the top of the Malacca Straits, and then the aircraft continued to fly for an extended period after that," Houston told CNN's Anna Coren on Monday.

"Whereas Air France, they had a very good last known position, which then turned out to be very close to where the aircraft was eventually found."

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/12/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-missing-plane/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 13, 2014, 12:30:28 PM


(http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2014/04/07/1226876/629714-e5dfff94-bdf3-11e3-ab5c-db8d2f3f624e.jpg)



I may not comprehend the satellite data but I can do simple math. The reported Maltive sighting took place approximately seven hours following MH370 last contact with air controllers ... less than one hour after departure. The plane left Kuala Lumpur with enough fuel for approximately ten hours of flying. My calculations imply that the alleged Maltive sighting and ... the possible Diego Garcia connection should be investigated in the process of elimination.

Janet

++++++

MH370: Maldives Islanders claim to have spotted 'low-flying jet’
18 Mar 2014


<snipped>

The global hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has shifted to a tiny island in the Maldives, where residents spotted a “low flying jumbo jet” hours after the aircraft disappeared.

Several witnesses in Dhaalu Atoll saw a plane heading south that bore the red stripe and white background of Malaysia Airlines planes.

The sightings, reported by a local news outlet, would have occurred more MORE THAN SEVEN HOURS AFTER THE PLANE, carrying 12 crew and 227 mainly Chinese passengers, LOST CONTACT WITH AIR CONTROL and took its sudden westward turn during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the early hours of Saturday March 8.

“I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We’ve seen seaplanes, but I’m sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly,” said an witness.

<snipped>

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10706853/MH370-Maldives-Islanders-claim-to-have-spotted-low-flying-jet.html


Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: The unanswered questions
March 10, 2014


<snipped>

Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that MH370 was fuelled for at least eight hours of flight, and the aircraft’s Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route typically lasts only six hours. Furthermore, aircrafts generally carry about two hours’ worth of fuel on top of what is needed.

<snipped>

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1445563/unanswered-questions-behind-disappearance-malaysia-airlines-flight-370


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 13, 2014, 12:42:55 PM
Doubts raised over possible pings
May 12, 2014


Have MH370 searchers been looking in the wrong place for the missing plane? CNN's Rene Marsh reports.

Video:
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/05/12/tsr-dnt-marsh-malaysia-flight-370-wrong-place.cnn.html


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 13, 2014, 05:25:32 PM
THE BAY OF BENGAL?

MH370 continued flying for 6 hours, could have gone towards Kazakhstan or south of Indian Ocean: Malaysian PM
March 15, 2014 7:06 pm


<snipped>

The missing Malaysian jetliner was deliberately diverted and continued flying for more than six hours after losing contact with the ground, meaning it could have gone as far northwest as Kazakhstan or into the Indian Ocean’s southern reache, Malaysia’s leader said Saturday.

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s statement confirmed days of mounting speculation that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to Beijing more than a week ago was not accidental.

<snipped>

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/mh370-continue-flying-for-six-hours-more-could-have-gone-towards-kazakhstan-or-south-of-indian-ocean-malaysian-pm/


CNN Exclusive: Analysis shows two possible Indian Ocean paths for airliner
March 14, 2014


<snipped>

The revelation comes as CNN has learned that a classified analysis of electronic and satellite data suggests the flight likely crashed either in the Bay of Bengal or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 13, 2014, 05:30:57 PM
THE BAY OF BENGAL?

Missing MH370: Bodies found near Bay of Bengal not from MAS flight, says Bangladesh official
Monday March 17, 2014


PETALING JAYA: A news portal report suggesting that bodies found near the Bay of Bengal last weekend were from missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 is mere speculation, a Bangladesh High Commission official here said.

The mission’s defence attaché, Air Cdre M. Abul Bashar, said his country’s navy was aware of the discovery of the bodies.

However, the bodies were of Bangladesh nationals and not from flight MH370, he said when contacted Monday.

News portal tazakhobor.com reported Sunday that fishermen and locals had found at least 20 unidentified bodies floating along the Meghna River at the mouth of the Bay of Bengal.

Pictures of the bodies taken by locals were uploaded to the site. According to the portal, it was presumed that these individuals had died several days earlier and identification was made difficult due to the bodies’ state of decomposition.

The portal also suggested that the bodies came from flight MH370.

However, the river is notorious for ferry accidents that claim a few hundred lives every year.

Bangladeshi authorities are currently working with Malaysia to locate the missing airliner, after appeals by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

<snipped>

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/17/Missing-flight-MH370-bodies-Bay-of-Bengal-Bangladesh/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 13, 2014, 05:42:52 PM
GEORESONANCE
Press Release
May 4, 2014


http://georesonance.com/20140504%20Press%20Release.pdf


THE BAY OF BENGAL?

GeoResonance adamant MH370 is in Bay of Bengal
KUALA LUMPUR, May 10


<snipped>

GeoResonance had consulted its clients before approaching the media with the MH370 wreckage claim and its clients had encouraged the firm to alert the authorities.

GeoResonance’s clients mainly comprise mining companies searching for minerals, oil and gas hidden deep under ocean floors.

<snipped>

Having read that thus far only Bangladesh navy ships had gone to investigate the GeoResonance claims, he said: “As far as Bangladeshi Navy checking our findings, we firmly believe that our findings have not been checked at all.

“The media mentioned ‘three Bangladeshi ships scouring the Bay of Bengal’.  However, what does ‘scouring’ mean?

“We reported the precise location. Given the margin of error, the reported area size was only 500 sq metres! What was required is to send just one ship to the specified coordinates and check the location with a sonar.

“GeoResonance remains quietly confident on our reported finding in the Bay of Bengal.

“We are considering verifying the location ourselves. Two words to all the sceptics: ‘Test us!’”

http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2014/05/10/georesonance-adamant-mh370-bay-bengal/



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 13, 2014, 05:45:47 PM
THE BAY OF BENGAL?

(http://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/2014/04/29/8b2dc7ec-e624-4978-936e-4c4366b4ba60/2b974a9377d487056f1e38adfa550d74/malaysia-airlines-search-findings-map-v03.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 13, 2014, 06:05:05 PM
Malaysia probes claim that Australian firm ‘found MH370 in Bay of Bengal’
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014


Malaysia said last night it was investigating a claim by an Australian firm that it had potentially discovered the wreckage of flight MH370 - some 5,000 kilometres from where search teams have been focusing their efforts.

Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia was working to "assess the credibility of this information", after the company said it had identified in the ocean chemical elements used in the construction of aircraft.

GeoResonance told Australia's 7News that it had used hi-tech equipment to scan more than two million square kilometres of ocean before identifying an area in the Bay of Bengal containing "aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials".

The company's David Pope said the team had been "very excited when we found what we believe to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner".

He said the team then verified its findings by analysing images of the area taken three days prior to the crash.

"The wreckage wasn't there prior to the disappearance of MH370," Pope told 7News.

The GeoResonance website states the firm can "detect the nuclei of targeted substances" at depths of up to 5,000 metres.

<snipped>

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1500128/malaysia-probes-report-australian-firm-has-found-mh370


(https://www.scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/236w/public/2014/04/29/bay_bengal.jpg?itok=LjjuRvkw)

THE BAY OF BENGAL?


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 13, 2014, 06:16:32 PM
THE NEXT PHASE OF THE SEARCH?

There now appears to be a lack of any wreckage or "conclusive" evidence that would indicate MH730 turn in a southerly direction after passing the Malacca Straits on the morning of March 8, 2014.   Could the implication be that that independent analysts should be afforded the opportunity to study Inmarsat's raw satellite data and ... could it be that the official search should be expanded to both the north and south-west of the Malacca Straits ... the last detected position of the airliner by Inmarsat?



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 14, 2014, 11:52:25 AM
DIEGO GARCIA

My theory implies:


1. The Malaysian pilot was on a government sanctioned mini 9/11 targeted mission in the name of Allah. He was embracing a spiritual purpose when he turned that plane around and headed west across the Malaysian Peninsula towards the Indian Ocean and ... then continued west to the Maltives Islands and ... then turned south toward the Diego Garcia military base.

2. The Malaysian pilot crashed MH370 into a strategic target on Diego Garcia or ... the plane was shot down over the island by the US Military when it was realized an attack was imminent. Either way the implication is that the wreckage of MH370 is not in the ocean.

3. Britain/US and Malaysia have respective underlying political reasons to distract the world's attention away from Diego Garcia as the location where MH370 came out of the skies on the morning of March 8, 2014 and ... the I don't have a clue why the Australian PM is comply with the deception.

4. Respective searches for MH370 in the South China Sea and the South Indian Ocean was an attempt by Britain/US to divert world attention from a top secret US Military base in the Indian Ocean and an attempt by Malaysia to distract from a government sanctioned a mini 9/11 attempt.

5. The Malaysian pilot had planned and practised on his flight simulator how he would render passengers/crew unconscious ... how he would reach Diego Garcia undetected ... how he would crash MH370 into a strategic target on the Island thus hindering the anti-Islam objectives of the top secret US military base. Planning would imply an adequate fuel supply to reach the Island.

6. In the early morning hours of March 8, 2014 all passenger and crew on board MH370 were asphyxiated when the Malaysian pilot reportedly ascended to and stayed at a maximum altitude for over twenty minutes as he made his westerly turn from the South China Sea. The pilot was privy to an independent oxygen supply inside his locked cockpit during that period.

7. The pilot failed to consider the possibility that residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll in the Maldives would observed a low-flying jumbo jet flying over the Island on the morning of March 8, 2014 headed in the direction of Diego Garcia?

8. Considering the lack of any ocean evidence ... MH370 either crashed into a targeted strategical location on Diego Garcia or was defensively shot down when it entered the air space over a top secret US Military base?


Think about it.

1. Why would the Malaysian pilot fly for over seven hours attempting to avoid detection only to crash MH370 into the Southern Indian Ocean when he could have accomplished the deed with no preparation by ditching the plane in the South China Sea somewhere on the flight path between Malaysia and Beijing?

2. British Inmersat denied the request of relatives of MH370 passengers/ crew to submit their satellite data to them for independent analysis.

3. Diego Garcia ... a top secret US military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean is leased from Britain and ... has reportedly served as a US base for launching/refuelling planes that were heading to Middle East conflicts.

4. It has also been reported that Diego Garcia served as a detention centre for the purpose of interrogating suspected Islamic terrorists prior to being transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

5. Malaysia took four hours to respond when it was informed by Vietnam air controllers that MH370 failed to enter its airspace on the scheduled path to China. In the meantime Malaysia deceived Vietnam air controllers by implying the location of plane on the flight path to Beijing was known.

6. Malaysian defence failed to intercept an unidentified/ unscheduled aircraft flying west over the Malaysian Peninsula during the early hours of March 8, 2014.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 14, 2014, 04:30:30 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr044.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr044.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
ADV Ocean Shield Arrives Back in Search Area
Media Release
14 May 2014—pm


After a short port visit, the ADV Ocean Shield yesterday returned to the vicinity of the acoustic signals acquired by the Towed Pinger Locator in April to continue the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was deployed from Ocean Shield yesterday afternoon but was recovered about two hours later to investigate communications problems. Work continues to rectify the issue and to date, Bluefin-21 has not redeployed.

The international search effort presently includes assets from Australia, the People's Republic of China, Malaysia and the United States.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) has relocated from Perth to Canberra and is based at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The JACC now includes a Military Coordination and Sub-Surface Planning Cell, which includes a Royal Australian Navy Hydrographer and US Navy Sea Systems Command representative.

Preparations to conduct the bathymetric survey are continuing. A Chinese survey ship is now in the search area and will assist in preparations for future operations.

Vessels from Australia, Malaysia and China and a RAAF aircraft remain on standby should any debris on the surface require investigation.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 15, 2014, 02:25:26 PM
The collective request from relatives of missing passengers/crew who were aboard missing MH370 ... the collective request in an open letter regarding the release of raw satellite data ... was denied by Malaysia.

Janet

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Malaysia rules out releasing raw satellite data that Mara to MH370 kin
May 12, 2014


Malaysia on Monday ruled out releasing raw satellite data to the families of the 239 people on board the crashed MH370, as the transport ministry prepared to table a report on the outcome of a tripartite meeting in Australia on the future of the search for the plane.

Commenting on the request from the families of those on board Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 for the government to release raw satellite data, Acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said it was better for the International Panel of Experts to decide which information should be made public.

<snipped>

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/malaysia-rules-out-releasing-raw-satellite-data-to-mh370-kin/



CHANGING STORY?

Raw data with Inmarsat, not us, says Hishammuddin
May 15, 2014


KUALA LUMPUR: The raw satellite data sought by the family members of passengers and crew onboard flight MH370  can only be released by British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat, said Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today.

Hishammuddin was responding to questions by the media on the demand made by the next-of-kin for the release of all raw data, including satellite information, in their hopes that “the whole world can help look for the plane”.

The families had also suggested that the government can buy over the data so that it can be accessed and analysed by outside experts.

“The raw data is not in the hands of Malaysia, Australia or MAS. What needs to be confirmed or released can only be done by Inmarsat themselves,” Hishammuddin told reporters at a media briefing this evening on the still missing Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

<snipped>

http://english.astroawani.com/news/show/raw-data-with-inmarsat-not-us-says-hishammuddin-35887



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 15, 2014, 07:16:24 PM
Either Inmarsat is be not being forthcoming regarding the satellite data or Malaysia is not being forthcoming.  Why should there be any hold back regarding the sharing of this data?

Janet

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Inmarsat statement on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

14 March 2014: Inmarsat has issued the following statement regarding Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Routine, automated signals were registered on the Inmarsat network from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 during its flight from Kuala Lumpur.

This information was provided to our partner SITA, which in turn has shared it with Malaysia Airlines.

For further information, please contact Malaysia Airlines.

http://www.inmarsat.com/news/inmarsat-statement-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 15, 2014, 07:31:30 PM
Did Inmarsat data point Flight 370 searchers in wrong direction?
May 12th, 2014


Video:
http://outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/12/did-inmarsat-data-point-flight-370-searchers-in-wrong-direction/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 15, 2014, 08:06:56 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr045.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr045.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
ADV Ocean Shield Arrives Back in Search Area
Media Release
15 May 2014—pm


As advised yesterday, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was recovered about two hours into its first mission since returning to the search area so a communications problem could be investigated.

During the recovery, Bluefin-21 was damaged but was able to be repaired expeditiously with spare parts on board the ADV Ocean Shield.

Examination of the communications problem has established that a hardware defect exists in the transponder mounted on the Ocean Shield and that a defect may also exist in the transponder mounted on the Bluefin-21. This inhibits the ability of the two devices to communicate with each other.

As a consequence, spare parts for both defects will be dispatched from the United Kingdom. The parts are expected to arrive in Western Australia on Sunday.

Ocean Shield is currently en route to Dampier, Western Australia, to receive the transponder parts. The journey is anticipated to take a number of days. At this stage, Ocean Shield is expected go alongside so engineers can make a full assessment of the transponder repairs.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre will provide further information regarding the serviceability of Bluefin-21 and the movements of Ocean Shield as it becomes available.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 15, 2014, 08:14:08 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

12 HRs ago   Update
Press Briefing by Hishammuddin Hussein, May 15


INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT
It has been 69 days since MH370 went missing. After more than nine weeks, the search has now entered a Transition Phase prioritising deep-sea search. Since the last time I held a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, along with China and Australia have met and agreed upon the next course of action which will be jointly undertaken. Reiterating what the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Warren Truss said when we met in Canberra last week – we have entered a new difficult phase which brings with it new challenges which we will overcome together.

TRIPARTITE MEETING
With regards to the Tripartite Ministerial Meeting, I have briefed the Malaysian Cabinet yesterday on the outcomes of the meeting and it has been deliberated. I now have the mandate to announce that the details of the Transition Phase have been approved.

As previously mentioned, our three nations have agreed that the search operation has entered a Transition Phase prioritising deep-sea search. In this context, the air and surface search has been suspended. However, an Australian P3 Orion and naval ships from Malaysia, Australia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) remain on standby in Perth for any eventuality. In the meantime sub-surface search using the Bluefin – 21 will ensure the continuation of previous efforts.

During this transition phase, the 3 main priorities are:
 1. To re-analyze all data to verify a more accurate search area. This analysis will be conducted by the group of experts together with INMARSAT.
 2. To conduct a bathymetric survey involving an extensive mapping of the seabed.
 3. To conduct the search operation by identifying and deploying the relevant towed and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) required for the terrain

It is important that the bathymetric survey and deep water search needs to be seamless.

In the meeting, we have also agreed to conduct weekly conferences via video teleconferencing between representatives of the three nations to discuss the latest developments regarding the search operation. This will commence next Monday 19 May.

ASSET DEPLOYMENT
With regards to Asset Deployment, the Tripartite Meeting has agreed that specific assets would be required for the new phase of the search and we are jointly finalising the acquisition process.

Prior to that, a comprehensive bathymetric survey will be undertaken. This is so that experts can better understand the sea bed terrain to ensure the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and Deep Water Towed Side Scan Sonars, which are very expensive and scarce, are safely deployed. The same knowledge of the ocean floor will be required for the operation of the Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV).

The meeting also confirmed that procurement arrangements for the use of commercial contractors will be undertaken by Australia, in consultation with Malaysia. This will reinforce our strong bilateral relationship and will enhance the coordination of activities for the overall search. The procurement process will be done through an open or limited tender process based on Commonwealth standards to facilitate cost-effectiveness and best value for money. Malaysia and China will be consulted and detailed briefings will be provided at each step of the process. The meeting also emphasised the requirement that these contracts be put in place as soon as possible to ensure that search operations are not interrupted.

Besides the commercial assets, Malaysia and China are also assigning specific assets for operations in this new phase. On that note, Malaysia is in the process of acquiring related assets from Petronas, SapuraKencana, Boustead and Deftech. It should be noted that, any services that will or may be provided by government agencies of the 3 nations or other friendly nations will be complementary to the services and contribute to cost savings.

NEXT OF KIN
Our three nations have also agreed to a proposed reception programme for any planned visit for the next of kin to Perth. In the event of confirmation of the final resting place of MH370, or identification of debris related to MH370, it was agreed that any visit will take place between two to four weeks upon confirmation.

Australia has agreed to provide necessary support and information to the next of kin in terms of entry requirements to ensure their travel into and out of Australia are well taken care of. The Western Australian Government will take a lead role in organising services according to their traditions and religions, and facilitate arrangements for basic needs of the next of kin during their stay in Australia.

Malaysia Airlines will be responsible for travel arrangements for the next of kin from Malaysia and all other countries. The airline will also retain broad responsibility for their support during the visit including flights, accommodation, transportation and family support. The Chinese government has also given their assurance that they will continue to actively facilitate and support matters relating to the Chinese next of kin.

We understand the anguish that the families are going through and I can assure you that their interests have always been paramount in all our considerations thus far.

TECHNICAL
With regards to the Technical Committee, the establishment of the International Investigation Team has fared well with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the international aviation community and the next of kins. The announcement of the establishment of the International Investigation Team have assured them that the investigation would be conducted by an independent, competent and credible team in accordance with Annex 13 – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation , the Chicago Convention.

COMMUNICATION, COORDINATION AND MEDIA COMMITTEE
In the Malaysian Cabinet meeting yesterday, the Malaysian Cabinet has agreed on establishing a specialised Communication, Coordination and Media committee which will be headed by Jailani Johari, the Deputy Minister for Communications and Multimedia. The Committee will be focusing on streamlining and strengthening effective communication between the three nations, families of those on board MH370 and other related stakeholders. This is to ensure the release of timely and transparent information which is consistent with our effort to improve communications related to this incident.

SPECIAL MALAYSIAN TEAM IN CANBERRA
As the negotiation process about further details of the operation are expected to continue for the next 1 to 2 months, Malaysia is placing a special team in Canberra which include representatives from all the committees to represent Malaysia during the period. This special team will coordinate any aspects related to the operations between Malaysia and Australia.

This team will comprise of senior officials from the 4 respective ministerial committees.

First Admiral Hanafiah Bin Hassan and Colonel Hassan Bin Loman will represent the Asset Deployment Committee to discuss aspects of the acquisition of assets. Captain Meor Mohamad Nor Badrishah from the Civil Aviation Department will represent the Technical Committee to discuss data analysis and investigative matters and HE Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad, the Malaysian High Commissioner in Canberra will represent the Next of Kin Committee to discuss aspects relating to the Next of Kin management. 2 Officers from the newly established Communications, Coordination and Media Committee will also be placed along with the team for media affairs. To update you, a part of the team are already in Australia.

CONCLUDING REMARKS
I understand that the disappearance of MH370 has caused terrible anguish for the families. As pointed out by the Malaysian Prime Minister, the lack of definitive evidence combined with all the speculations that has been going around has made this all the more difficult to bear. The best we can offer at this point in time is our personal assurance that Malaysia will keep searching for the plane for as long as it takes.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 16, 2014, 12:49:50 AM
The following article is a must read in its entirety.  IMO

Janet

++++

Inmarsat refutes Putrajaya, says raw data handed over to MH370 search team, reports CNN
MAY 16, 2014


The British satellite firm responsible for pinpointing missing MH370’s flight path has refuted The firm said it had submitted all information to investigators leading the search.

"Inmarsat's raw data was provided to the investigation team at an early stage in the search for MH370," Chris McLaughlin, the company's vice-president of external relations, told CNN today.Putrajaya’s remarks yesterday that it had yet to release its raw data.

He was responding to acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s remarks yesterday that the raw data was with Inmarsat and not with those leading the search or even with Malaysia Airlines.

“The raw data is with Inmarsat, not with Malaysia, not with Australia, not with Malaysia Airlines.

“So if there is any request for this raw data to be made available to the public, it must be made to Inmarsat,” he said during a press conference on MH370 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

McLaughlin said that the company had the highest confidence in the analysis of its data, adding that the matter of releasing the information was in the hands of the investigators.

CNN also reported Inmarsat as saying that the Convention on International Civil Aviation prevents the release of findings from an investigation without the consent from the state conducting the investigation.

Commenting on the contradicting statements by Inmarsat and Putrajaya, CNN aviation analyst Miles O’Brien said he did not know who to believe and that one party was not telling the truth.

"I don't know who to believe. But isn't it awful that it's quite evident somebody is lying here? Somebody is lying.

"We're talking about something that involves a missing airliner, now 70 days. Lives lost, families shattered. And there (are) people lying about this. This is absolutely reprehensible. I can't even believe... it would be funny if it wasn't so tragic," he said.

<snipped>

"Unfortunately, you almost get the sense that they're stalling, that there's something in there that they don't want the world to see. And that's the problem," O'Brien said. "That's why there's so little credibility right now about why this search zone has been identified."

<snipped>

Read more:
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/inmarsat-refutes-putrajaya-says-raw-data-handed-over-to-mh370-search-team-r


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 16, 2014, 01:02:04 AM
Inmarsat insists handed over MH370 data to Malaysia
MAY 16, 2014


KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — Inmarsat has refuted Malaysia’s claim that it is still holding on to the raw satellite data used to lead MH370 search teams to the Indian Ocean, insisting that it has surrendered all information over to investigators here.

Hours after acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said yesterday that Malaysia does not have the raw data, the British satellite communications firm issued a statement on CNN claiming otherwise.

“Inmarsat’s raw data was provided to the investigation team at an early stage in the search for MH370,” the statement said, according to a news report by the American cable and satellite TV channel this morning.

According to CNN, Inmarsat “blames” Malaysia for failing to release the information.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/inmarsat-insists-handed-over-mh370-data-to-malaysia


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 16, 2014, 11:38:32 AM
BOTTOM LINE

The implication is that the raw satellite data could be released by Inmarsat for independent analysis if given the green light by Malaysia.  What's the hold up?

Janet

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Who has satellite data that shaped search?
Fri May 16, 2014


<snipped>

Facing a growing chorus of criticism from scientists and family members who want to see more details about why searchers are combing the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Boeing 777, Malaysia's top transportation official Thursday claimed his country doesn't have the raw data from the satellite's communication with the plane as it flew thousands of miles off course.

The data is crucial because it's what led investigators to the area where they're currently searching for the plane. And in recent days, some scientists outside the investigation have suggested they don't trust investigators' analysis of the data, and questioned whether searchers are even looking in the right place.

"The raw data is with (satellite company) Inmarsat, not with Malaysia, not with Australia, not with Malaysia Airlines, so if there is any request for this raw data to be made available to the public, it must be made to Inmarsat," Acting Minister of Transportation Hishammuddin Hussein said.

But Inmarsat, which owns the satellites, insists that the data has already been released to investigators.

"Inmarsat's raw data was provided to the investigation team at an early stage in the search for MH370," Chris McLaughlin, the company's vice president of external relations, told CNN's "Erin Burnett: OutFront." ...

The company says the Convention on International Civil Aviation prevents the release findings from an investigation without the consent from the state conducting the investigation.

<snipped>

Read more:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/15/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 16, 2014, 12:47:55 PM
Malaysian government publishes MH370 details from UK AAIB

Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport has published an article detailing how Inmarsat helped to pinpoint the southern corridor flight path taken by MH370.

It reports that Inmarsat informed them on 13 March that routine automatic communications between the Inmarsat satellite and MH370 could be used to determine several possible flight paths.

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) then presented Inmarsat’s most recent findings on 24 March, indicating the southern corridor.

<snipped>

Read more:
http://www.inmarsat.com/news/malaysian-government-publishes-mh370-details-uk-aaib/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on May 19, 2014, 09:16:45 AM
This is a video clip a friend had sent me earlier this month.  I'm posting the link, fwiw

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/video/watch/22226497/flight-mh370-simulator/
Flight MH370 simulator
Yahoo!7 March 31, 2014, 8:00 am
What may have happened inside the cockpit of MH370.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 19, 2014, 12:42:44 PM
Thank you for posting the video, MuffyBee. 
Chilling.  "..Mercifully, they (the passengers) would have known nothing.."   ::MonkeyAngel::   ::MonkeyTears::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 19, 2014, 01:26:48 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr046.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr046.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Last Updated: 19 May, 2014
Update on MH370 Search

 
ADV Ocean Shield arrived at Geraldton, Western Australia, yesterday to begin preparations to receive spare parts related to the transponder mounted on the Ocean Shield and the transponder mounted on the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21.

The repairs are necessary to correct a hardware issue affecting the ability of the transponders to communicate with each other during a dive. The problem became apparent during Bluefin-21's last mission on Tuesday.

Ocean Shield was originally going to Dampier to await the transponder parts, however, it was determined that the parts could be delivered to the ship more quickly via the port of Geraldton.

The spare parts are expected to arrive in Geraldton later today.

Once the replacement parts are installed, testing will be conducted at Geraldton prior to Ocean Shield transiting back to the search area.

Malaysian, Australian and Chinese authorities met over the weekend in Fremantle to discuss the bathymetric survey.

It was agreed that the Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen will conduct the bathymetric survey of the areas provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Zhu Kezhen is scheduled to sail for the survey area on Wednesday, weather permitting.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 19, 2014, 09:06:28 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/19/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/19/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/)

Malaysia asks Inmarsat to make raw MH370 data public
updated 6:04 PM EDT, Mon May 19, 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) -- The raw satellite data used to shape the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could soon be made public, according to a senior Malaysian official.

Publication of the raw data could allow for independent analysis. Until now, the Malaysian government, which is in charge of the investigation, and Inmarsat, the company whose satellites communicated with the missing plane in its last hours, have declined to release it.

The Malaysian government is asking Inmarsat to release the data "for public consumption," Malaysia's Acting Minister of Transportation Hishammuddin Hussein said Monday.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on May 19, 2014, 10:42:43 PM
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-was-shot-down-in-military-training-exercise-claims-first-book-released-about-lost-jet-9391964.html
Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was ‘shot down in military training exercise’ claims first book released about lost jet
May 18, 2014

The missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was shot down during a joint Thai-US military training exercise and then the subject of an elaborate international cover-up – according to a book released about the lost plane that has caused anger among the relatives of those on board.

Tomorrow, just 71 days after the Boeing 777 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Flight MH370: The Mystery will go on sale in Australia, the Sun-Herald reported.

It has been written by the Anglo-American journalist and author Nigel Cawthorne, who describes his London-based home as a “book-writing factory” and is most famous for his Sex Lives series of “salacious tales” about the rich and famous.

Cawthorne introduces his book by claiming that the families of MH370’s passengers will “almost certainly” never be sure what happened to their loved ones.

But he goes on to support one theory, based on the eye-witness testimony of New Zealand oil rig worker Mike McKay, that the plane was shot down shortly after it stopped communicating with air traffic controllers.

At the time there was a series of war games taking place in the South China Sea involving Thailand, the US and personnel from China, Japan, Indonesia and others, and Cawthorne has linked this to Mr McKay’s claims to have seen a burning plane going down in the Gulf of Thailand.

“The drill was to involve mock warfare on land, in water and in the air, and would include live-fire exercises,'' Cawthorne said.

“Say a participant accidentally shot down Flight MH370. Such things do happen. No one wants another Lockerbie [Pan Am flight 103 by terrorists in 1988 allegedly in retaliation for a US Navy strike on an Iranian commercial jet six months earlier], so those involved would have every reason to keep quiet about it.”

Cawthorne then suggests that “another black box” could have been dropped off the coast of Australia to divert the efforts of search teams. “After all, no wreckage has been found in the south Indian Ocean, which in itself is suspicious,” he wrote.
Irene Burrows, whose son and daughter-in-law were passengers on board MH370 when it disappeared, told the Sun-Herald of her anger at the book’s release.

“Nobody knows what happened so why would anyone want to put out a book at this stage?” she said.

 ::snipping3::


The release of Cawthorne’s book came as Rupesh Paul promoted a film to be made about the missing plane, entitled The Vanishing Act, at the Cannes Film Festival.

Though associate director Sritama Dutta said the film had “no similarities” to MH370 because the “true facts keep changing every day”, a trailer posted to YouTube yesterday and promotional posters suggest it reveals “the untold story” of the Malaysia Airlines flight.

Paul told Variety he plans to release the film worldwide in September. In March, an Australian film called Deep Water was shelved because it contained “uncomfortable similarities” to the disappearance of MH370.

Slide show with 115 images in link.

Movie trailer in link.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 22, 2014, 11:03:20 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr047.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr047.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Update on MH370 Search
Media Release
22 May 2014—pm


ADV Ocean Shield has arrived back in the search area.

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was deployed from the vessel around 2am this morning. It remains underwater on its search mission.

Over the next week, Bluefin-21 will search the remaining areas in the vicinity of the acoustic signals detected in early April by the Towed Pinger Locator deployed from Ocean Shield that are within its depth operating limits.

This continues the process that will ultimately enable the search team to discount or confirm the area of the acoustic signals as the final resting place of MH370.

Ocean Shield is anticipated to depart the search area on 28 May and return to Fleet Base West on 31 May where it will demobilise the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle equipment and disembark the support team.

The Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen departed Fremantle yesterday to begin conducting the bathymetric survey of the areas provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The bathymetric survey—or mapping of the ocean floor—is being done in preparation for a commercially contracted deep ocean search, including towed side-scan sonar operations.

Chinese ship Haixun 01 will today begin transiting to the survey area to support the survey operations, including the weekly transportation of survey data to Fremantle for further processing by Geoscience Australia.

The Australian Defence Force's Military Coordination and Sub-Surface Planning team, in consultation with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, will partner with Chinese units to conduct the survey.

The work continues to review and analyse all the data and information relating to the likely flight path of MH370, together with the information acquired in the course of the search to date. This work will confirm the best areas on which to focus an effective future search.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 22, 2014, 11:16:27 AM
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/angus-houston-reviews-mh370-data/story-e6frg95x-1226927495303# (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/angus-houston-reviews-mh370-data/story-e6frg95x-1226927495303#)

Angus Houston reviews MH370 data 
May 23, 2014 12:00AM

IN the face of claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might not be in the southern Indian Ocean, search co-ordinator Angus Houston has ordered a “robust” review of all of the data about the missing aircraft. 
 
But the former Australian Defence Force chief has told The Australian that careful analysis of the information so far and a wide range of expert advice from top international aviation specialists had convinced him that the airliner crashed into the sea off Western Australia.

The decision to search off WA was based largely on analysis of two fragile sets of data — analysis by scientists from the communications giant, Inmarsat, of six tiny signals and one partial signal picked up by one of their company’s satellites and the “pings” heard deep under water which were consistent with signals from the locator beacons attached to the aircraft’s black boxes.

It has been suggested in the flood of international commentary about the aircraft’s disappearance and the so far fruitless search for it that Inmarsat’s interpretation of its data could be wrong and might not demonstrate that Flight MH370 necessarily came south.

If that proved true the aircraft could equally have flown north of the equator.

But Mr Houston said all of the data was being thoroughly examined and re-examined.

“The data and technique used by Inmarsat has been independently peer reviewed by a number of organisations outside of Inmarsat, in both the UK and USA,” Mr Houston said.

A further review was also being carried out by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

Mr Houston said the search organisation included a satellite communications analysis team as well as avionics experts, component manufacturers and accident investigation agencies.

“The taskforce is satisfied that a group of appropriate experts has employed adequate care and verification to provide as accurate a conclusion as possible.”
 ::snipping3::
“At this point in time, it is too early to discount any of the acoustic detections,” Mr Houston said.

“This process will ultimately enable the search team to discount or confirm the area of the acoustic signals as the final resting place of MH370.”
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 22, 2014, 11:38:39 AM
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/houston-defends-90m-mh370-search-bill/story-e6frg95x-1226926998328 (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/houston-defends-90m-mh370-search-bill/story-e6frg95x-1226926998328)

Houston defends $90m MH370 search bill 
May 22, 2014 1:54PM

ANGUS Houston has rejected a Liberal senator’s criticism of the cost involved in searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he has “no difficulty” with the $90m set aside in the budget to locate the missing aircraft. 
 
Conservative backbench senator Cory Bernardi has warned against Australia bearing the whole cost for locating the aircraft, saying it should be shared by other nations including Malaysia and China, and by the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing.

Retired Air Chief Marshal Houston, who heads the Joint Agency Coordination Centre searching for MH370, predicted some costs would be shared but stressed the southeast Indian Ocean was “our area of search and rescue responsibility”.

“In terms of the cost I would expect that eventually there will be some sharing of the burden associated with those costs. Let’s not worry about that at the moment,” Air Chief Marshal Houston told ABC TV.

“I think these circumstances are quite extraordinary and I think it’s absolutely imperative that we be involved to the maximum extent possible to try and find the aircraft in the first instance, and then assist the Malaysians with determining what happened to the aircraft. I have no difficulty with that.

“The focus must be on continuing the search and doing the oceanographic survey, the bathymetric (seabed) survey, to enable the deepwater search along the defined search area. And that should be our focus at this stage.”
 ::snipping3::



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 26, 2014, 02:06:40 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/26/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/26/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/)

Raw satellite data on MH370 to be released Tuesday, Malaysia says
updated 6:15 AM EDT, Mon May 26, 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) -- Raw satellite data about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be released Tuesday, a Malaysian official said Monday.

Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein made the comments about the data from satellite company Inmarsat as he toured a newly constructed terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 26, 2014, 02:12:47 PM
http://www.airtrafficmanagement.net/2014/05/mh370-investigators-disclose-search-focus-details/ (http://www.airtrafficmanagement.net/2014/05/mh370-investigators-disclose-search-focus-details/)

MH370: Probe discloses search focus details
Posted on May 26, 2014

An Australian investigation team has disclosed some of the crucial details which helped the multi-national search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to select a specific zone on which to focus its efforts.

The information released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau indicates that the flight path of MH370 had three distinct sections; one under secondary radar in which the aircraft transponder was operational and ACARS messages were being transmitted, a primary radar section during which the aircraft was being tracked solely by air defence radar systems and the final stage for which the only information available was the satellite communications log data.

It is not however the raw satellite ping data that the Malaysian authorities promised the relatives of those on board the missing flight last week and which will be released to the wider public at some point this week.

In a joint press statement UK satellite firm Inmarsat and DCA, the civil aviation authority of Malaysia last week said: “In moving forward, it is imperative for us to provide helpful information to the next of kin and general public which will include the data communication logs as well as relevant explanation to enable the reader to understand the data provided,” adding, “It must also be noted that the data communication logs is just one of the many elements of the investigation information.”

The two partners said they were working towards greater transparency in releasing the data communication logs and the technical description of the analysis for public consumption.

ATSB STATEMENT
ACARS and radar data
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 26, 2014, 02:24:45 PM
http://www.airtrafficmanagement.net/2014/05/mh370-search-turns-to-nuclear-technology/ (http://www.airtrafficmanagement.net/2014/05/mh370-search-turns-to-nuclear-technology/)

MH370: Search turns to nuclear technology
Posted on May 26, 2014

Investigators have confirmed they will review feedback from a series of ultra-sensitive deep sea microphones designed to detect nuclear blasts to help find the final resting place of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Shortly after the aircraft was reported missing on March 8, experts at the United Nations’ Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) were asked to review automatic reports from its network of infrasound monitoring stations in the region and make a detailed investigation.

At the time, CTBTO said it had not detected any infrasound measurements that could aid in the search but did point out that the only reported commercial aircraft that had ever been successfully tracked over large distances over oceans with infrasound technology was the Concord as it was travelling at supersonic speed.

Although infrasound can routinely detect commercial flights taking off and landing from local airports, it can do so only at close range. Several incidents involving aircraft have however been detected in the past such as the crash of the FedEx cargo aircraft at Narita International Airport in March 2009 and the crash of two F16 military aircraft at an air show in Belgium in 2003. In those cases, infrasound stations located within a few hundred kilometres detected the events.

“For Flight MH370 to be picked up by the International Monitoring System’s infrasound network at regional or global distances, it could mean that it crashed, exploded or disintegrated. However it would likely not be possible to draw any definitive conclusion based on remote infrasound recordings alone,” it stated.

It points out that in the hours following the aircraft disappearing from radar screens, only one station at Isumi in Japan registered any signals although experts discounted these as probably originating from the Malaysian and Vietnamese area and related to volcanic activity in Kyushu and Tanegashima islands in the seas south-west of the station.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 26, 2014, 02:32:33 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/26/world/asia/mh370-next-phase-of-search/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/26/world/asia/mh370-next-phase-of-search/)

MH370: Transport safety chief says next phase of underwater search months away
updated 8:24 AM EDT, Mon May 26, 2014

(CNN) -- The underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane will effectively be put on hold this week, and may not resume until August at the very earliest, according to Australia's top transport safety official.

The new timeline means that once Bluefin-21, the American underwater drone operated by a team on board the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield, wraps up its work in a couple of days, it will be up to two months, if not longer, until new underwater vehicles are contracted and deployed in the hunt for MH370.

According to Martin Dolan, Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Australian government will post its request for tenders for the next phase of the search in the next week or so.

"The aim would be to have to negotiate and agree to contract with a successful tender within two months of the release of the tender documentation," Dolan said. The ATSB Chief would not comment on what role his Malaysian and Chinese counterparts have played in the process so far.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 26, 2014, 04:35:58 PM
BOTTOM LINE

The implication is that the raw satellite data could be released by Inmarsat for independent analysis if given the green light by Malaysia.  What's the hold up?

Janet

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Who has satellite data that shaped search?
Fri May 16, 2014


<snipped>

Facing a growing chorus of criticism from scientists and family members who want to see more details about why searchers are combing the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Boeing 777, Malaysia's top transportation official Thursday claimed his country doesn't have the raw data from the satellite's communication with the plane as it flew thousands of miles off course.

The data is crucial because it's what led investigators to the area where they're currently searching for the plane. And in recent days, some scientists outside the investigation have suggested they don't trust investigators' analysis of the data, and questioned whether searchers are even looking in the right place.

"The raw data is with (satellite company) Inmarsat, not with Malaysia, not with Australia, not with Malaysia Airlines, so if there is any request for this raw data to be made available to the public, it must be made to Inmarsat," Acting Minister of Transportation Hishammuddin Hussein said.

But Inmarsat, which owns the satellites, insists that the data has already been released to investigators.

"Inmarsat's raw data was provided to the investigation team at an early stage in the search for MH370," Chris McLaughlin, the company's vice president of external relations, told CNN's "Erin Burnett: OutFront." ...

The company says the Convention on International Civil Aviation prevents the release findings from an investigation without the consent from the state conducting the investigation.

<snipped>

Read more:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/15/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/


Raw satellite data on MH370 to be released Tuesday, Malaysia says
Mon May 26, 2014


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) -- Raw satellite data about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be released Tuesday, a Malaysian official said Monday.

Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein made the comments about the data from satellite company Inmarsat as he toured a newly constructed terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Families of the passengers on board the plane, which disappeared in March over Southeast Asia while carrying 239 people, have been demanding that the raw data be made public.

The fate of the plane and those on board has become one of the great aviation mysteries of modern times.

Inmarsat, the company whose satellites communicated with the missing plane in its last hours, had said it didn't have the authority to release the data.

But last week, Inmarsat and Malaysian authorities said they were trying to make the raw data accessible.

"In line with our commitment towards greater transparency, all parties are working for the release of the data communication logs and the technical description of the analysis for public consumption," Inmarsat and the Malaysian aviation officials said in a joint statement.

Publication of the raw satellite data could allow for independent analysis of what happened on March 8, the day the Boeing 777 veered sharply off its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and dropped off radar screens.

Analysts have said the data could help discount some theories about what happened to the jetliner, and potentially fuel new ones.

Malaysia and Australia, the two countries at the forefront of the search, have said that an analysis by international experts of all the available information -- including the satellite data -- leads them to conclude that the plane ended up in the southern Indian Ocean.

But months of searching above and below the surface of the ocean has so far failed to find any physical trace of the missing passenger jet.

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/26/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 27, 2014, 09:54:59 AM
I sincerely hope released satellite data negates my Diego Garcia theory ... my Diego Garcia theory that implies that MH370 never made a southerly turn after reaching the Indian Ocean but continued in a westerly direction toward the Maldives.  It has been 80 days!  The families of passengers/ crew on board the missing plane deserve a measure of closure.  Proof obtained through independent analysis of the satellite data that the plane went down in the South Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia would provide that measure of closure.

Janet

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Flight MH370: Malaysia releases new satellite data
Tuesday 27 May 2014 09.28 BST


Satellite data used to narrow down the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, MH370, has been released after demands from relatives of the passengers.

The data [pdf], which was drawn up by the British company Inmarsat, was released 80 days after the Boeing vanished with 239 people on board.

It consists of a 47-page table of satellite logs from 4pm on 7 March when the plane took off from Kuala Lumpur until its last known contact of this type early the next day. Malaysia's civil aviation authority said the raw data was being released for "public consumption".

The data was used by Inmarsat to calculate that the Beijing-bound plane changed course and was likely to have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean. No trace of the plane has yet been found despite an extensive search in the area led by Australia, first on the surface by air and boat, and then underwater using specialist submarines.

Explanatory notes to the newly released data point out that the ping signals were used to estimate the distance between the satellite and the aircraft, but that they do not pinpoint its exact location.

Family members of the missing passengers have called for the data to be made public for independent analysis. They have criticised the Malaysian authorities for the way information about the search has been released and claimed they were wrong to give up hope by concluding that the plane went missing in the southern Indian Ocean.

Last week in a report to the governments of Malaysia and Australia they said: "There is no mention on why they are so sure the Inmarsat data is highly accurate and reliable."

Inmarsat's interpretation of the data has been verified by the international investigation team, which includes Malaysia's Department for Civil Aviation, the US National Transport Safety Board, Britain's Air Accidents Investigations Branch, and China's Aircraft Accident Investigation Department.

Analysts said it would take time to draw any conclusions from the new technical data.

Shukor Yusof, an aviation analyst with Malaysia-based Endau Analytics, said the satellite data was "highly technical" and required an expert to decode.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/27/mh370-malaysia-airlines-missing-plane-satellite-data-released

http://www.dca.gov.my/mainpage/MH370%20Data%20Communication%20Logs.pdf



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 27, 2014, 02:08:52 PM
To satisfy the doubts of families of passengers and crew on board the missing plane as well as professional sceptics outside of Inmarsat  ...  why did CNN host Richard Quest not question Inmarsat's vice president of satellite operations Mark Dickinson as to why ALL raw satellite and related data was not released to allow independent expert analysis?

Janet

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MH370: Is Inmarsat right?
by Richard Quest
Tue May 27, 2014


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The families have been seeking the release of this raw data for weeks.

The satellite company has extracted the crucial lines from the logs and has published it with an explanation and analysis. They have not published the raw computer pages which is likely to raise questions about why not.

Inmarsat says nothing important has been left out, but that the raw data would not have been understandable on its own. The goal of publication is transparency, not verification.

"What this provides is some transparency on what actual data came back and forwards between the plane and the ground station... How that data has subsequently been used so it allows people to see what technique. I'm hoping a great deal of transparency in terms of the analysis by Inmarsat," says Dickinson.

So, will the publication quell the critics? Probably not. They want every last digit and bit of data so they can re-create the work, something that is impossible without detailed knowledge of the plane's modem, the satellite's own movement and the performance capabilities of the 777 aircraft.

Having covered this story from the moment the plane was lost, I know only too well that the everything hinges on Inmarsat's data.

<snipped>

READ MORE:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/27/world/asia/mh370-is-inmarsat-right-quest-analysis/

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/05/world/mh370-inmarsat-data/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 27, 2014, 03:34:47 PM
Data Suggest Missing Plane Used Up Fuel and Crashed in Indian Ocean
MAY 27, 2014


Tim Farrar, a satellite communications consultant based in Menlo Park, Calif., said that the raw data appeared to support calculations by Inmarsat and by governments involved in the search that the missing plane, a Boeing 777-200, had crashed into the eastern Indian Ocean. These calculations have been that the lost plane turned south after it did a U-turn over the Gulf of Thailand, flew west across Peninsular Malaysia and then disappeared from radar just north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

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Conspiracy theorists have suggested that the plane flew west-southwest, perhaps to Diego Garcia, a British atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean where the United States maintains a large military base. Mr. Farrar said that the raw data disproved that.

“That’s clearly not consistent with these arcs,” he said.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-370.html?_r=0


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 27, 2014, 03:46:01 PM
When the statement from a spokesperson for some of the families is considered ... it appears cautious optimism is where it is at in regards to the released data.

Janet

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Malaysia releases Flight 370 raw satellite data
May 27, 2014


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The plane carried 227 passengers and a crew of 12. Some of the families of the passengers, two-thirds of them Chinese, had demanded that the data be made public so that independent experts can verify it.

In a posting on its Facebook page, a group representing some of the families said: "Finally, after almost three months, the Inmarsat raw data is released to the public. Hope this is the original raw data and can be used to potentially 'think out of the box' to get an alternative positive outcome."

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2014/05/26/mh370-data-to-be-released/9603371/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 27, 2014, 05:03:04 PM
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Satellite data released after long wait
By Jethro Mullen and Saima Mohsin, CNN
Tue May 27, 2014


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) -- Data from communications between satellites and missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was released Tuesday, more than two months after relatives of passengers say they requested that it be made public.

But criticism quickly emerged suggesting that the information provided lacks important elements that would help outside experts put the official version of events to the test.

Malaysian authorities published a 47-page document containing hundreds of lines of communication logs between the jetliner and the British company Inmarsat's satellite system.

The information provided isn't the whole picture but is "intended to provide a readable summary of the data communication logs," the notes at the beginning of the document say.

In the weeks following the plane's March 8 disappearance, a team of international experts used the satellite data and other information, including radar data and engine performance calculations, to conclude that the aircraft ended up in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean.

Some passengers' families, unsatisfied by the official explanation of the plane's fate, say they want an independent analysis of the complex information, a process that could take some time.

Michael Exner, one of the most vocal experts among those calling for the release of the data, said a very preliminary review suggested that there were gaps in the notes explaining the data.

The explanatory notes at the start of the document "answer a few of the questions we have had, but leave many questions unanswered," he told CNN.

CNN Safety Analyst David Soucie said certain key elements, which would allow independent experts to fully test the official conclusion, are missing from the data in the document.

"There's not enough information to say whether they made an error," he said. "I think we're still going to be looking for more."

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce acknowledged Tuesday that the company didn't release the model to which it applied the data to estimate the plane's path -- and said the decision on whether to release the model lies with the Malaysian government, which is leading the search.

"We'd be perfectly happy to put that model out," Pearce told CNN's "New Day."

But Pearce also told CNN that the released data is enough -- along with engine and radar data -- for experienced third parties to plug into their own models and reach their own conclusions.

Sarah Bajc, whose partner, Philip Wood, was on the missing jet, said she was "annoyed" that Inmarsat and Malaysian authorities hadn't released everything they used to reach their conclusions.

"I see no reason for them to have massaged this before giving it to us," she said.

Is Inmarsat right?

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/27/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 27, 2014, 05:07:09 PM
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Satellite data released after long wait
By Jethro Mullen and Saima Mohsin, CNN
Tue May 27, 2014


<snipped>

Analysts have said the release of the satellite data could help discount some theories about what happened to the jetliner, and potentially fuel new ones.

Relatives of people who were on the passenger jet, scientists studying its disappearance and media covering the search have become increasingly critical about the lack of public information about why the search has focused on the southern Indian Ocean.

"I think far too much has been left to experts who have remained behind the curtain," said K.S. Narendran, whose wife, Chandrika Sharma, was on the flight.

<snipped>

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/27/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 28, 2014, 09:18:14 PM
Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 pings 'may have come from searching ship'
May 29, 2014


A series of pings detected in the southern Indian Ocean and originally believed to have come from missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 are now thought to have been emitted from either the searching ship itself or equipment used to detect the pings, a US Navy official says.

Michael Dean, the US Navy's director of ocean engineering, told CNN that authorities now believed the four acoustic pings at the centre of the search off the West Australian coast did not come from the missing passenger jet's black boxes, but from a "man-made source".

"Our best theory at this point is that (the pings were) likely some sound produced by the ship ... or within the electronics of the Towed Pinger Locator," Mr Dean told CNN on Wednesday.

"Always your fear any time you put electronic equipment in the water is that if any water gets in and grounds or shorts something out, that you could start producing sound."

He said other countries involved in the massive search for the jet, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board, had also reached the same conclusion.

When the pings were first detected in early April, retired air chief marshal Angus Houston, the head of the search's Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre (JACC), said experts believed the signals were consistent with those of a flight data recorder.

He said the first two pings - detected on April 5 at 4.45pm and at 9.27pm Perth time - had been analysed by the Australasian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre, based at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, on the NSW south coast.

"The analysis determined that a very stable, distinct and clear signal was detected at 33.331 kilohertz, and that it consistently pulsed at a 1.106-second interval," Mr Houston said at the time.

''They therefore asses that the transmission was not of natural origin, and was likely sourced from specific electronic equipment. They believe the signals to be consistent with the specification and description of a flight data recorder.''

The final two pings were detected on April 8 - at 4.27pm and 10.17pm, Perth time.

But despite an extensive underwater search, no evidence of the plane has been found in the search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

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http://www.smh.com.au/world/malaysia-airlines-jet-mh370-pings-may-have-come-from-searching-ship-20140529-zrrdr.html


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 28, 2014, 09:31:40 PM
Could it be that today's revelation that the pings detected off the coast of Australia may not have come from M370's black box (see above) may have been a motivating factor behind Malaysia Prime Minister's refusal to meet with the Chinese families whose relatives were on board the missing jetliner?

Janet

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Malaysia prime minister won't meet MH370 families during China visit
BY MEGHA RAJAGOPALAN
BEIJING Wed May 28, 2014 3:54pm IST


May 28 (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will not meet with the families of Chinese passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 when he visits Beijing for the first time since the plane disappeared.

Najib will meet President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and head of parliament Zhang Dejiang during a six-day visit ending Sunday to mark 40 years of diplomatic ties, a Malaysian foreign ministry official told Reuters.

But Najib will not meet the families of missing passengers, about two-thirds of whom were Chinese. A spokesman for Najib's China delegation told Reuters on Wednesday he could not immediately comment on why there would be no meeting.

"We've asked [Najib's office] today, we asked yesterday and the day before that. We've been demanding it for a month now with no response," said a family member surnamed Xu. "It's not right, he has an obligation to meet with us."

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http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/05/28/china-malaysia-idINL3N0OE27420140528


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 28, 2014, 09:45:22 PM
FLASHBACK

Flight MH370 'crashed in south Indian Ocean' - Malaysia PM
24 March 2014


Malaysia's prime minister has announced that missing flight MH370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

Najib Razak said this was the conclusion of fresh analysis of satellite data tracking the flight.

<snipped>

The announcement by Prime Minister Najib Razak came at a late-night news conference in Kuala Lumpur.

It was based on new analysis by British satellite firm Inmarsat, which provided satellite data, and the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

The firms "have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth," Mr Najib said.

"This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

Mr Najib appealed to the media to respect the privacy of the families of the passengers and crew, saying the wait for information had been heartbreaking and this latest news harder still.

Malaysia Airlines later said it informed the majority of the families in advance of the prime minister's statement in person and by telephone, and that text messages "were used only as an additional means of communicating with the families".

The text messages read: "Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived... we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26716572


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 29, 2014, 09:43:11 AM
Search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 'can now be discounted'
May 29, 2014


(CNN) -- The 850-square-kilometer swath of the Indian Ocean where officials have focused their hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probably isn't the right place, the joint search agency said Thursday.

The area off the coast of western Australia is not the "final resting place of MH370," the Australia-based Joint Agency Coordination Centre said.

Pings were not from Flight 370... now what?

Officials zeroed in on that zone after acoustic pings originally thought to be from the black boxes of the missing plane were detected in early April.

"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and in its professional judgment, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370," a statement from the JACC said.

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READ MORE:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/29/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on May 29, 2014, 11:06:57 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr048.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr048.aspx)

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
Update on MH370 Search
Media Release
29 May 2014—pm


Yesterday afternoon, Bluefin-21 completed its last mission searching the remaining areas in the vicinity of the acoustic signals detected in early April by the Towed Pinger Locator deployed from ADV Ocean Shield, within its depth operating limits.

The data collected on yesterday's mission has been analysed. As a result, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre can advise that no signs of aircraft debris have been found by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle since it joined the search effort.

Since Bluefin-21 has been involved in the search, it has scoured over 850 square kilometres of the ocean floor looking for signs of the missing aircraft.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and in its professional judgement, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370.

Ocean Shield departed the search area last night and is expected to arrive at Fleet Base West on Saturday.

As advised by the Australian Deputy Prime Minister on 5 May 2014, the search for MH370 continues and now involves three major stages:
◾reviewing all existing information and analysis to define a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometres along the arc in the southern Indian Ocean;
◾conducting a bathymetric survey to map the sea floor in the defined search area; and
◾acquiring the specialist services required for a comprehensive search of the sea floor in that area.

The expert satellite working group continues to review and refine complex analyses of radar and satellite data and aircraft performance data to determine where the aircraft most likely entered the water. The findings of the review will be made public in due course.

The Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen has already begun conducting the bathymetric survey—or mapping of the ocean floor—of the areas provided by the ATSB. Its operations are being supported by the Chinese ship Haixun 01 and Malaysian vessel Bunga Mas 6 which are assisting with transporting the survey data to Fremantle weekly for further processing by Geoscience Australia. A contracted survey vessel will join the Zhu Kezhen in June.

The bathymetric survey is expected to take about three months. Knowing the seafloor terrain is crucial to enabling the subsequent underwater search.

The underwater search will aim to locate the aircraft and any evidence (such as aircraft debris and flight recorders) to assist with the Malaysian investigation of the disappearance of MH370.

It is anticipated that this component of the search will begin in August and take up to 12 months.

The ATSB will shortly release a formal request for tender to source the capability to undertake the underwater search. A single prime contractor will be chosen to bring together and manage the expertise, equipment and vessels to carry out the search.

The request for tender will be done via AusTender, the Australian Government Tender System: www.tenders.gov.au


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on May 29, 2014, 02:46:08 PM
Considering today's affirmation by JACC ... could it be that the US Navy's  dismissal of yesterday's revelation of Michael Dean, US Navy's director of ocean engineering ... yesterday's revelation that pings detected off the coast of Australia were not MH370 related ... could be considered damage control?

Janet

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Missing Malaysian Flight MH370: Australia rules out main search zone
The Associated Press, Published on Thu May 29 2014


CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—Investigators searching for the missing Malaysian jet have concluded an area where acoustic signals were detected is not the final resting place of the plane after an unmanned submersible found no trace of it, the search co-ordinator said Thursday.

The U.S. Navy’s Bluefin 21 finished its final underwater mission in the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday after scouring 850 square kilometres, the Joint Agency Coordination Center said.

“The area can now be discounted as the final resting place” of the missing plane, the Australia-based centre said in a statement.

The underwater search for the airliner, which vanished March 8 with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, will be suspended for a couple months while more powerful sonar equipment is brought in to search a much wider area of 56,000 square kilometres, based on analysis of satellite data of the plane’s most likely course, the centre said.

That analysis has led authorities to believe that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 diverted sharply from its flight path and flew south to the Indian Ocean. But not a single piece of the missing Boeing 777 has been found in one of aviation’s most baffling mysteries.

The news comes after the U.S. Navy dismissed an American expert’s reported comments that acoustic “pings” heard in April did not come from the jet’s black boxes.

CNN reported that the Navy’s civilian deputy director of ocean engineering, Michael Dean, said most countries now agreed that the sounds detected by the Navy’s Towed Pinger Locator came from a man-made source unrelated to the jet.

“Mike Dean’s comments today were speculative and premature, as we continue to work with our partners to more thoroughly understand the data acquired by the Towed Pinger Locator,” U.S. Navy spokesman Chris Johnson said in a statement, referring to Australia and Malaysia.

Dean, who is based in Washington, could not be immediately reached for comment.

In an emailed response to questions, the joint co-ordination agency said it was still examining the signals, but acknowledged: “We may never know the origin of the acoustic detections.”

The agency would not yet reveal the next most likely crash site, saying that “will be made public in due course.”

Transport Minister Warren Truss said authorities would continue to analyze the sounds that led to the initial search area.

“We concentrated the search in that area because the pings, the information we received, was the best information available at the time and that’s all you can do in circumstances like this, to follow the very best leads,” Truss told Parliament in announcing the search’s failure.

“We’re still very confident that the resting place of the aircraft is in the southern ocean and along” the course indicated by satellite analysis, he added.

Opposition lawmaker Tony Burke offered his party’s condolences to the victims’ families. “The hopes of many have been dashed,” he told Parliament.

Officials had described the detection of four series of “pings” in the area that the satellite data indicated was the likely crash site as their best lead in the search. The signals appeared to be consistent with those from aircraft black boxes, which contain flight data and cockpit voice recordings. The locator beacons have a battery life of about a month, and the sounds were detected near the end of that expected lifespan for Flight 370’s beacons.

Earlier this week, the Malaysian government released reams of raw satellite data it used to determine that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, a step long demanded by the families of some of the passengers on board. The conclusion is based on complex calculations derived largely from brief hourly transmissions, or “handshakes,” between the plane and a communications satellite operated by the British company Inmarsat.

But while the 45 pages of information may help satisfy a desire for more transparency in a much criticized investigation, experts say it’s unlikely to solve the mystery of Flight 370. Theories range from mechanical failure to hijacking or pilot murder-suicide.

The families of the victims — many of whom have been highly critical of the Malaysian government and, in the absence of any wreckage, have been unwilling to accept that their loved ones are dead — had been asking for the raw satellite data for many weeks so it could be examined by independent experts. Malaysia initially balked at doing so, but then reconsidered.

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http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/05/29/missing_malaysia_flight_mh370_australia_rules_out_main_search_zone.html


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 01, 2014, 12:27:21 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr049.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/may/mr049.aspx)

JACC
Update on MH370 Search
Media Release
31 May 2014—am


The Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen which is conducting the bathymetric survey—or mapping of the ocean floor—is enroute to the port of Fremantle.

Zhu Kezhen suffered a defect to its multibeam echosounder and is coming into port to conduct the necessary repairs.

The journey is expected to take a couple of days. As previously advised, an Australian contracted survey vessel will also be involved in conducting the bathymetric survey and will arrive in the search area in June.

Further information regarding the movements of Zhu Kezhen will be advised if, and when, more information becomes available.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 03, 2014, 01:22:30 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-indian-ocean-recorded-noise-offers-clues-to-missing-plane.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-indian-ocean-recorded-noise-offers-clues-to-missing-plane.html?_r=0)

Recorded Noise Might Offer Clues to Missing Plane
JUNE 2, 2014

HONG KONG — Scientists plan to release detailed information on Wednesday about a mysterious noise, possibly that of an ocean impact, recorded by two undersea receivers in the Indian Ocean about the time that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ceased satellite transmissions and vanished on March 8.

The low-frequency noise, which was outside the normal range of hearing and had to be sped up to be made audible, appears to have traveled halfway across the Indian Ocean to the receivers off the coast of Australia.

“It’s not even really a thump sort of a sound — it’s more of a dull oomph,” said Alec Duncan, a senior marine science research fellow at Curtin University near Perth, who has led the research.

The general vicinity from which the noise emanated is a large area of the central Indian Ocean off the southern tip of India and about 3,000 miles northwest of Australia. But that is not consistent with calculations of an arc of possible locations in the southeastern Indian Ocean where the plane, carrying 239 people, might have run out of fuel. Those calculations were from Inmarsat, the global satellite communications company.

Scientists have struggled to figure out the origin of the noise.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 04, 2014, 01:24:50 AM
http://online.wsj.com/articles/contractor-will-get-300-days-to-complete-malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-1401849756 (http://online.wsj.com/articles/contractor-will-get-300-days-to-complete-malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-1401849756)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Contractor Will Get 300 Days to Complete Search
June 3, 2014 10:45 p.m. ET

The private contractor hired to find  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU 0.00%     Flight 370 will have 300 days to complete an undersea search for the missing jetliner in the southern Indian Ocean.

Tender documents released by the Australian government on Wednesday outline for the first time the requirements of the rebooted search, the largest of its type in history. But they also highlight continued uncertainty about the operation, including the terrain of the seabed and even the area to be scoured using high-tech sonar equipment.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it still hasn't fixed upon an exact search area because it is continuing to analyze satellite communications and calculations on the Boeing 777's likely performance. It didn't elaborate, although experts say there has been no new data for several weeks.

The winning contractor faces a number of aggressive deadlines to search an area of 60,000 square kilometers—roughly equivalent to the size of West Virginia—as authorities make a fresh attempt to locate wreckage of the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 04, 2014, 11:30:05 PM
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/researchers-release-data-about-unusual-underwater-sound-linked-to-mh370/story-e6frg95x-1226943157125 (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/researchers-release-data-about-unusual-underwater-sound-linked-to-mh370/story-e6frg95x-1226943157125)

Researchers release data about unusual underwater sound linked to MH370 
June 04, 2014 3:15PM

An extremely low frequency signal which travelled thousands of kilometres through the Indian Ocean to underwater detection stations off Western Australia’s coast could have been the sound of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 hitting the water. 
 
Scientists warn it is more likely to be the sound of a small earthquake but could nevertheless be used to refine the search area.

The brief signal was detected by a sound recorder sitting on the ocean floor west of Rottnest Island, next to Perth, just after 9.30am WST on March 8.

That was later matched with a signal picked up by a separate underwater listening station operated by the United Nation’s Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, 140km off Cape Leeuwin.

Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology has been analysing the data since early April.

The centre’s senior research fellow Alec Duncan told a press conference today the bearing for the signal was in the same north-westerly direction as the search area identified by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC).

However, the range was about 1000km further away than the search arc plotted by satellite “handshake” data in the southern Indian Ocean.

Dr Duncan said, though, that what had interested his team and search authorities in Canberra was that the bearing for the signal intersected directly through the middle of the MH370 search arc.

“The time of arrival of that signal was reasonably consistent with what we knew about the loss of the aircraft,” he said.

“And there were no other signals within a number of hours that were similar to that. So this is what you’d call our candidate signal that we think might be related to the aircraft.”

He was careful to point out the most likely scenario was that the signal was not from MH370 but was probably from a small earthquake. He said there was a 90 per cent chance it was not from the plane.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 05, 2014, 03:42:47 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-flight-370-will-be-found-close-to-7th-arc-australia-says/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-flight-370-will-be-found-close-to-7th-arc-australia-says/)

June 5, 2014, 9:28 AM
Flight 370 "will be found" near "7th arc"

The Australian agency responsible for the Indian Ocean search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 reiterated its belief Thursday that the missing Boeing 777 would be found in the southern Indian Ocean.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, working in conjunction with a team of international investigators, said further analysis of the satellite data available on the flight's path "confirms that MH370 will be found in close proximity" to a specific corridor identified as the "7th arc".

In a statement released Thursday, the ATSB said at the time Flight 370 reached this specific arc, "the aircraft is considered to have exhausted its fuel and to have been descending."

It was not immediately clear where the 7th arc, shown below on a map provided by the ATSB, lays in relation to the area already searched already by a U.S. Navy robotic submarine. The Bluefin 21 sub concluded its fruitless search of a swath of the Indian Ocean floor that investigators had believed was the most likely crash zone at the end of May.
 ::snipping3::
(http://cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/2014/06/05/12fc14d7-af2f-4020-8b39-cb44ebfa1d7f/978a8779e74cdb7de679834588b3c10b/7th-arc-map3june14large.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 05, 2014, 03:53:07 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/06/05/flight-370-malaysia-7th-arc/10004331/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/06/05/flight-370-malaysia-7th-arc/10004331/)

Search redirected for doomed Flight 370
2:12 p.m. EDT June 5, 2014

The search for the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been moved to another area of the Indian Ocean dubbed "the 7th arc" following new analysis of satellite communications from the doomed jet, Australian officials said Thursday.

The new target area was revealed a week after officials completed a search of the previous target area with no sign of debris.

"The latest information and analysis confirms that MH370 will be found in close proximity to the arc," the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a statement. "At the time MH370 reached this arc, the aircraft is considered to have exhausted its fuel and to have been descending."

The bureau said the plane probably crashed within 60 miles of the sweeping arc — a massive area of the globe that the bureau said it will trim to a "prioritized" 17,500-square-mile search area.
 ::snipping3::
The underwater search will aim to locate the aircraft and any evidence (such as aircraft debris and flight recorders) to assist with the Malaysian investigation of the disappearance of MH370. That search was scheduled to begin in August and take up to 12 months, JACC said.
 ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 05, 2014, 04:49:02 PM
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-05/atsb-narrows-down-mh370-wreckage-to-ocean-arc/5503904 (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-05/atsb-narrows-down-mh370-wreckage-to-ocean-arc/5503904)

Missing flight MH370: Search for Malaysia Airlines plane to focus on '7th arc' in Indian Ocean
Updated 9 hours 26 minutes ago

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will focus on the "7th arc" in the Indian Ocean, based on new data and analysis, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says.

The ATSB says the area off the Western Australian coast is where the plane is believed to have exhausted its fuel supply and been descending.

It is also the area where the last satellite contact occurred with the aircraft.

"As a result, the aircraft is unlikely to be any more than 20 nautical miles (38 kilometres) west or 30 nautical miles (55km) east of the arc," the ATSB said.

The total extent of the arc is from latitude 20 degrees south to 39 degrees south.

The ATSB says the underwater search area is likely to be reduced in coming weeks to 60,000 square kilometres.

MH370 went missing in March with 239 people on board, including six Australians, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Earlier this month it was revealed that acoustic pings thought to be from the plane's black boxes were not related to the aircraft.

The pings prompted a multinational search that covered 4.64 million square kilometres of ocean but there was no sign of wreckage from the missing plane.

It is now thought the pings probably originated from one of the search ships.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 05, 2014, 05:13:20 PM
Search area map along "7th arc" to be searched beginning August, 2014--

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-flight-370-will-be-found-close-to-7th-arc-australia-says/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-flight-370-will-be-found-close-to-7th-arc-australia-says/)
June 5, 2014, 9:28 AM
Flight 370 "will be found" near "7th arc"

(http://cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/2014/06/05/12fc14d7-af2f-4020-8b39-cb44ebfa1d7f/978a8779e74cdb7de679834588b3c10b/7th-arc-map3june14large.jpg)

Searched area map from beginning of search to April 23, 2014--

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr033.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr033.aspx)
Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370
Media Release
23 April 2014—am

(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr_033-1-tn.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on June 05, 2014, 08:50:40 PM
I hope there will be answers.   ::MonkeyAngel::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 06, 2014, 06:29:34 PM
I hope there will be answers.   ::MonkeyAngel::

 ::rhino::

They're trying their best--well, at least Australia.  I need to be patient and remember that it's a very challenging endeavor. At the beginning, someone said the search was like finding a needle in a haystack, but we have to find the correct haystack first.  I think that the 7th arc is the correct "haystack."  Now we wait.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 06, 2014, 06:35:27 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/06/06/missing-plane-search-reward/10050933/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/06/06/missing-plane-search-reward/10050933/)

Flight 370 families start whistle-blower fund
10:20 a.m. EDT June 6, 2014

BEIJING — Relatives of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are launching a crowd-funding campaign to raise a $3 million reward for a whistle-blower to expose key information about the vanished jetliner, the partner of a missing passenger told USA TODAY.

A $2 million fund for private investigators to follow up on promising leads is also being targeted.

Almost three months after the plane disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, some relatives are frustrated by the failure of the official search to find concrete evidence about what happened and in what manner, and they say they are convinced that authorities are concealing the truth.

"We are taking matters into our own hands," said Sarah Bajc, a U.S. citizen whose partner, Philip Wood, 50, an IBM executive from Texas, was on the flight when it disappeared March 8. "There is no credible evidence" the plane is in the southern Indian Ocean, where planes, boats and a mini-sub have searched in vain for weeks, she said.

"I'm convinced that somebody is concealing something," said Bajc, 48, a business studies teacher in Beijing and former executive with Microsoft.

The head of the Australian joint agency overseeing the search rejected the families' claims. "Nothing important is being concealed in any way," said Angus Houston, a former air chief marshal of Australia. "My approach has always been to be as open as I could possibly be," he told USA TODAY.

"Is every piece of analysis out there? I don't think it is," said Houston, who hopes to announce this month the completion of a comprehensive review of all data pertaining to the search. "But the analysis is still ongoing," he added Friday
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 09, 2014, 02:28:53 PM
http://online.wsj.com/articles/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-zone-poised-for-another-shift-1402272687 (http://online.wsj.com/articles/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-zone-poised-for-another-shift-1402272687)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search Zone Poised for Another Shift
June 8, 2014 8:15 p.m. ET

For the third time in less than three months, investigators looking for  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU 0.00%     Flight 370 are poised for a shift in search areas after revising some of their basic assumptions, according to people familiar with the process.

The latest rethinking, these people said, reflects inescapable uncertainties about the speed, flight path and altitude of the  Boeing  BA -0.37%     777, which mysteriously veered off its flight plan on March 8, flew on for hours and is believed to have run out of fuel before going down in the remote southern Indian Ocean carrying 239 people.

But until the aircraft is found, such assumptions are still educated guesses. Changing the assumed speed, trajectory and altitude, though, can result in sharply divergent underwater search areas, possibly taking teams significantly south or southwest from where they focused their efforts in May.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 09, 2014, 02:35:07 PM
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-omitted-as-mh370-families-thank-all-involved-in-search (http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-omitted-as-mh370-families-thank-all-involved-in-search)

Malaysia omitted as MH370 families thank all involved in search
June 9, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — Groups representing the families of the passengers and crew aboard Flight MH370 issued a letter of thanks to the governments and teams involved in the search for the missing plane, but the Malaysian government was conspicuously absent from the list.

Voice 370 and MH370 Family Association, in a joint letter addressed to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) chief coordinator Angus Houston, said they deeply appreciated the efforts by all involved in finding the elusive aircraft.

“This incident has no such precedent through the history of aviation, and we would like to highlight the progress made toward understanding the events unfolding in the morning of March 8 and fate of the plane in the face of innumerable obstacles and complications,” the letter read.

“It is here that we would like to applaud the relentless efforts of the men and women of the search crews directly involved in the search operations for MH370 and those involved in the analysis of the flight path of the plane; this letter is a medium insufficient to convey the depth of the gratitude felt by all affected families toward your endeavours.”

The families thanked Abbott and Houston for “their gracious assumption of responsibility for the coordination of the search” in the southern Indian Ocean where the plane is believed to have ended its flight.

“Their calm and able handling of the situation has assured the families that this responsibility has been passed to capable hands,” said the letter.

The families also made a special mention of the “considerable assistance” extended by the governments of China and the US, describing the commitment and scale of their contributions as “commendable”.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Sister on June 11, 2014, 11:37:04 AM
grace-land, thank you for the updates. 
Just so odd . . . really . . . trying to find the correct haystack.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 12, 2014, 10:52:05 PM
grace-land, thank you for the updates. 
Just so odd . . . really . . . trying to find the correct haystack.


bbm  ::rhino::

And you're welcome, Sister.



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 12, 2014, 10:57:52 PM
http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/555589/20140613/malaysian-airlines-flight-370-families-missing-jet.htm#.U5prM2dOXIX (http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/555589/20140613/malaysian-airlines-flight-370-families-missing-jet.htm#.U5prM2dOXIX)

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: Families of Missing Jet to Get Initial $50,000 Each from Air Carrier’s Insurer
June 13, 2014 9:02 AM EST

Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainudin disclosed on Thursday that the insurer of Malaysian Airlines has started to pay families of the 239 passengers and crew of the ill-fated Flight 370 $50,000 each.

The amount is an initial amount and given three months after the Boeing 777 bound for Beijing disappeared on March 8, which until now remains missing without a trace.

Zainudin said that so far six Malaysian families and one Chinese family have accepted the compensation, while the insurer is holding talks with 40 more Chinese families to ensure they are the rightful claimants.

At $50,000 each passenger and crew, it would cost the insurer an initial $11.95 million, but the families could claim up to $175,000 each, which could be made later since the Malaysian government is not yet fully prepared to declare the aircraft lost.

Under regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the amount of $175,000 would be paid to families of passengers, regardless of the fault, when a jet crashes. That would mean a total compensation of $41.825 million that the insurance consortium led by Germany's Allianz would have to pay.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 14, 2014, 11:27:13 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/june/mr050.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/june/mr050.aspx)

JACC
Update on MH370 Search
Media Release
10 June 2014—pm


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) today signed a contract with deep water survey company, Fugro Survey Pty Ltd (Fugro), to conduct a bathymetric survey of the seafloor in the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370).

The bathymetric survey will provide a map of the underwater search zone, charting the contours, depths and composition of the seafloor in water depths up to 6,000 metres. The survey will provide crucial information to help plan the deep water search for MH370 which is scheduled to commence in August.

Fugro will use the state-of-the-art vessel MV Fugro Equator which is equipped with a deep-water multibeam echo sounder system and carries expert survey personnel to undertake the survey operations.

MV Fugro Equator will join the Chinese PLA-Navy ship Zhu Kezhen, which recently began conducting bathymetric survey operations in the search area.

Zhu Kezhen is currently in Fremantle for repairs to its equipment.

The two vessels are anticipated to take around three months to complete the bathymetric survey of the 60,000 square kilometre search zone.

As the lead agency in the search for MH370, the ATSB commissioned Fugro to undertake the bathymetric survey through a limited tender process. The survey vessel will be directed by the ATSB. The ship will send survey data to the ATSB and Geoscience Australia which will be used to progressively build a map of the search area.

The ATSB has also invited organisations to submit proposals to conduct the underwater search through a request for tender process. The Request for Tender was released on AusTender on 4 June 2014 with the closing date and time for submissions being 5:30pm AEST on 30 June 2014.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on June 15, 2014, 10:43:45 AM
MH370 Update: 100-Day Anniversary Brings Special Grief For Chinese Relatives of Malaysia Airlines Victims
June 14 2014


In traditional Chinese culture, the family of a deceased person mourns for 100 days, wearing somber clothing and performing solemn rituals. Even in contemporary China, a country whose rush into modernity has enabled many of its citizens to travel abroad for the first time, the old traditions remain powerful.

June 16 marks the 100th day since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people onboard. Had it been a "normal" crash, the families of the plane's 153 Chinese nationals would be coming to the end of the customary mourning period now, prepared to resume their lives. But for many, that ritual -- and the comfort it would bring -- are elusive.

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http://www.ibtimes.com/mh370-update-100-day-anniversary-brings-special-grief-chinese-relatives-malaysia-airlines-1601116
 


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 17, 2014, 10:01:53 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-likely-hotspot-found-inmarsat-not-searched/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-likely-hotspot-found-inmarsat-not-searched/)

June 17, 2014, 10:50 AM
Flight 370 "hotspot" yet to be searched

LONDON -- The British satellite company Inmarsat, which has provided investigators the only satellite data available on the final hours of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, has told the BBC that it located a "hotspot" where the jet likely crashed more than 100 days ago, but the area has not yet been searched.

Inmarsat's team of engineers determined through analysis of the final communications between the Boeing 777 and their satellite that the jet likely came down in an area to the southwest of a zone scanned carefully by Australia using a U.S. Navy robotic submarine.

The Australian ship sent to investigate the region never made it to Inmarsat's "hotspot" because other vessels detected auditory "pings" which investigators believed could have come from Flight 370's black boxes. The search focused on the area where the pings were detected for two months, but nothing was found.

"It was by no means an unrealistic location," Inmarsat's Chris Ashton told "Horizon," a BBC news magazine program. "But it was further to the north and east than our area of highest probability."

Experts at Inmarsat mapped out a set of arcs over the southern Indian Ocean based on the last "handshakes" sent from the plane's communication equipment to the satellite.

"We can identify a path that matches exactly with all those frequency measurements and with the timing measurements and lands on the final arc at a particular location, which then gives us a sort of a hotspot area on the final arc where we believe the most likely area is," Ashton told the BBC.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 17, 2014, 10:12:53 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/18/world/asia/search-for-missing-jet-will-move-southwest-officials-say.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/18/world/asia/search-for-missing-jet-will-move-southwest-officials-say.html?_r=0)

Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet to Move Southwest, Officials Say
JUNE 17, 2014

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia plans to resume searching for Malaysia Airlines’ missing Flight 370 to the southwest of the area in the Indian Ocean where the seafloor was scanned in detail last month, Australian officials say.
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Chris McLaughlin, an Inmarsat vice president in London, said Tuesday in a telephone interview that the satellite company did not fault searchers for pursuing those signals, which were detected in April to the northeast of the zone identified by Inmarsat’s calculations.

“The Inmarsat model indicated a more southerly reach for MH370 than the earlier pickup of pings appeared to suggest,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “Four other independent analyses of the data,” conducted by experts at Boeing, the French electronics group Thales and investigators in Australia and Malaysia, “have also indicated a more southerly position, closer to the seventh arc” calculated from the final signal Inmarsat’s satellite received from the plane, he said.

“So we believe the next stage of the search will be concentrated around the outcome of this data,” Mr. McLaughlin said.

On Tuesday, the BBC quoted officials at Inmarsat who said that while Australia had understandably paid considerable attention to the detected sounds, Inmarsat’s modeling of the satellite handshakes had long showed the highest-probability zone for the aircraft’s final location as lying farther to the southwest.

But Inmarsat said in a statement on Tuesday, “Because there are many uncertainties due to the lack of aircraft performance and tracking data, a specific final location in the Southern Ocean cannot be identified.”
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on June 18, 2014, 08:32:55 AM
Thank you for keeping this thread updated with news, graceland.  I hope there will be answers, not only for those that were on the plane, their families, friends and co-workers, but also for the rest of the world to know what happened and to possibly prevent this from occurring again. 

 ::buzzbee3::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 18, 2014, 10:54:48 PM
Thank you for keeping this thread updated with news, graceland.  I hope there will be answers, not only for those that were on the plane, their families, friends and co-workers, but also for the rest of the world to know what happened and to possibly prevent this from occurring again. 

 ::buzzbee3::

bbm   ::rhino::

You're welcome, MuffyBee. 
 


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 18, 2014, 10:59:51 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/june/mr051.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/june/mr051.aspx)

JACC
Update on MH370 Search
Media Release
18 June 2014—pm


The Australian contracted survey vessel Fugro Equator has commenced operations in a defined search area, joining Chinese PLA-Navy ship Zhu Kezhen in undertaking survey activities.

Under the direction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the two vessels are conducting the bathymetric survey—or mapping of the sea floor—which is crucial to carrying out the deep water search for MH370 that is scheduled to commence in August.

At the end of May, Zhu Kezhen suffered a defect to its multibeam echosounder and came into the port of Fremantle to enable the necessary repairs to be conducted.

The defect has been rectified and the ship will resume operations in the search area shortly.

So far, the Zhu Kezhen has surveyed 4,088 square kilometres of the ocean floor.

It is anticipated that it will take at least three months to complete the bathymetric survey of the 60,000 square kilometre search zone.

The ships will regularly send survey data to the ATSB and Geoscience Australia. This data will be used to progressively build a map of the search area.

The search area will be confirmed before the end of June, after completion of extensive collaborative analysis by a range of specialists.

It is already clear from the provisional results of that analysis that the search zone will move, but still be on the seventh arc (where the aircraft last communicated with satellite).


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on June 20, 2014, 03:03:51 PM
Outside group tells governments where to search for Flight 370
Wed June 18, 2014


A group of independent experts -- who prodded authorities to release satellite data on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 -- says it thinks it knows the approximate location of the missing aircraft.

Five separate computer models all place the plane in a tight cluster of spots in the south Indian Ocean — hundreds of miles southwest of the previous search site.

"We recommend that the search for MH370 be focused in this area," the group said in a statement late Tuesday.

"While there remain a number of uncertainties and some disagreements as to the interpretation of aspects of the data, our best estimates of a location of the aircraft (is) near 36.02 South 88.57 East," according to the statement, which was approved by 10 named experts.

The group opted to release its statement late Tuesday in advance of a BBC documentary on the missing plane, and ahead of the Australian government's announcement on the focus of the search, so that there would be no question about the independence of the group's findings, said one member of the group, American Mobile Satellite Corp. co-founder Mike Exner.

"We wanted to get our best estimate out," Exner said.

The group believes that after the Boeing 777 circumnavigated Indonesia, for reasons that are still unknown, the plane traveled south at an average speed of 470 knots, probably at a consistent altitude and constant heading, Exner said. All five computer models developed by the experts place the aircraft in a "pretty tight cluster...plus or minus 50 miles of each other," he said.

"While there remain a number of uncertainties and some disagreements as to the interpretation of aspects of the data, our best estimates of a location of the aircraft (is) near 36.02 South 88.57 East," according to the statement, which was approved by 10 named experts.

The group opted to release its statement late Tuesday in advance of a BBC documentary on the missing plane, and ahead of the Australian government's announcement on the focus of the search, so that there would be no question about the independence of the group's findings, said one member of the group, American Mobile Satellite Corp. co-founder Mike Exner.

"We wanted to get our best estimate out," Exner said.

The group believes that after the Boeing 777 circumnavigated Indonesia, for reasons that are still unknown, the plane traveled south at an average speed of 470 knots, probably at a consistent altitude and constant heading, Exner said. All five computer models developed by the experts place the aircraft in a "pretty tight cluster...plus or minus 50 miles of each other," he said.

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/18/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 20, 2014, 11:44:47 PM
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/world/306575/flight-370-dutch-ship-starts-mapping-ocean-floor (http://www.odt.co.nz/news/world/306575/flight-370-dutch-ship-starts-mapping-ocean-floor)

Flight 370: Dutch ship starts mapping ocean floor
Fri, 20 Jun 2014

Dutch engineers this week started a months-long survey to map unchartered deep-sea terrain at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, the next step in the search for the wreck of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a company official told Reuters.

A survey ship from Dutch engineering company Fugro, carrying 40 crew and technicians, began mapping out an area larger than the Netherlands, some 1000 miles (1,600 km) east of the northwest coast of Australia.

The search for the lost plane is being coordinated by the Australian Transportation Safety Board and is expected to cost $A60 million ($US56 million) over the first year.

"It's a rough area," Rob Luijnenburg, strategy director at Fugro, which usually conducts surveys for oil and telecommunications companies, said in an interview.

"The area has mountains, ridges, valleys, and you can't see a lot down there unless you make it visible with technology," he said. "For the first phase you need a good map. Once you have that you can plan the next phase."

It will take roughly three months for the Fugro Equator survey ship, which is being assisted by a Chinese naval vessel, to map out the typography of the ocean floor.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 22, 2014, 08:39:12 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/22/world/asia/malaysia-mh-370-search/

Australia to announce new search area for missing MH370
updated 10:19 AM EDT, Sun June 22, 2014

(CNN) -- Australian authorities will announce a new search area Wednesday in the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, according to the agency overseeing the effort.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said Sunday it's been re-examining data that could shift the search area hundreds of kilometers south along an arc derived from satellite data.

More than three months after Flight 370 disappeared over Southeast Asia, searchers have found no trace of the Boeing 777 or the 239 people aboard, making it one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.

Police: Report about pilot is wrong

Meanwhile, Malaysian police are denying a report in a London newspaper that MH370 pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah is the primary suspect in the probe into the plane's disappearance.

The investigation is "ongoing" on all angles, with nothing conclusive at this time, Malaysian police spokeswoman Asmawati Ahmad told CNN.

"We did not make any statement to say that Capt. Zaharie was the prime suspect," she said, refuting an article in London's The Sunday Times that says Zaharie is now the sole focus of the investigation.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Nut44x4 on June 23, 2014, 06:16:18 AM
 :2thinky: interesting


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 23, 2014, 11:11:28 PM
:2thinky: interesting

 ::rhino::  What a mystery.  Will it ever be solved?  Time will tell...I guess.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 23, 2014, 11:15:48 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/world/asia/new-search-plan-for-malaysia-airlines-flight-370-is-based-on-farther-controlled-flying.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/world/asia/new-search-plan-for-malaysia-airlines-flight-370-is-based-on-farther-controlled-flying.html?_r=0)

Malaysian Jet Was in Controlled Flight After Contact Was Lost, Officials Suspect
JUNE 23, 2014

CANBERRA, Australia — Investigators have concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which veered off course and disappeared on March 8, was probably not seriously damaged in the air and remained in controlled flight for hours after contact with it was lost, until it ran out of fuel over the southern Indian Ocean.

Their conclusion, reached in the past few weeks, helped prompt the decision to move the focus of the search hundreds of miles to the southwest.

The main evidence for the conclusion lies in a re-examination of Malaysian military radar data and in a more detailed analysis of electronic “handshakes,” or pings, that the aircraft exchanged with an Inmarsat satellite over the Equator, senior officials involved in the investigation said. The altitude readings from the radar now appear to have been inaccurate, officials said.

The radar tracked the aircraft, a Boeing 777-200 with 239 people aboard, as it turned sharply off its scheduled northeastward flight path over the Gulf of Thailand and flew west across Peninsular Malaysia and the Strait of Malacca. The plane then passed beyond radar range near the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Initial reports about the radar readings suggested that along the way, the plane soared as high as 45,000 feet, above its certified maximum altitude of 43,100 feet, and then zoomed down low over the mountains of Malaysia before climbing back to 23,000 feet or higher over the Strait of Malacca.

But a comprehensive international review has found that the Malaysian radar equipment had not been calibrated with enough precision to draw any conclusions about the aircraft’s true altitude. “The primary radar data pertaining to altitude is regarded as unreliable,” said Angus Houston, the retired head of the Australian military who is now coordinating the search.

Mr. Houston said in a telephone interview that it was clearly possible that at some point during the tracked part of the flight, the plane flew at 23,000 feet. But he said he doubted whether anyone could prove that the plane had soared and swooped the way the initial reports suggested.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 24, 2014, 09:21:49 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/06/24/malaysia-flight-370-transportation-minister-leaving-post/11307483/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/06/24/malaysia-flight-370-transportation-minister-leaving-post/11307483/)

'Face' of search for Flight 370 leaving post
12:03 p.m. EDT June 24, 2014

The "face" of Malaysia's efforts to solve the mystery of Flight 370 is giving up his post as transportation minister of the tropical Southeast Asia nation.

The news came along with word that a new search area for the missing jet will be revealed Thursday.

Hishammuddin Hussein, the nation's defense minister, has served as acting transportation minister since before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished March 8. He also oversaw completion of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, which held a grand opening Tuesday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Tuesday thanked Hishammuddin for his service but said the airport's opening could be his final function in the transportation role. Hishammuddin said he would help the new minister with the transition — and was willing to remain involved in the Flight 370 search effort.
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In the early days and weeks of the search, Hishammuddin withstood severe criticism from family members of those on board. Angry, sometimes violent protests were common as Malay officials struggled to determine what happened to the jet — and determine where to look for it.

The questions remain unanswered, but the criticism aimed at Malaysia eased in recent months as Australia and other nations took larger roles in the search effort.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 24, 2014, 09:26:20 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/24/world/asia/malaysia-mh-370-search/ (http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/24/world/asia/malaysia-mh-370-search/)

Australia: Waiting for Malaysians before announcing new MH370 search area
updated 9:58 AM EDT, Tue June 24, 2014

(CNN) -- Australian authorities say they're not certain when a new search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be announced, clarifying earlier statements suggesting it would be made public Wednesday.

Martin Dolan, the commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, or ATSB, said Tuesday that the analysis of the relevant data will be completed this week, but that "before we release, we have to talk with the Malaysians who are responsible for the overall investigation."

The ATSB, the agency leading the underwater search for the plane, had said Sunday that the new search area would be announced Wednesday.

"We are waiting for the Malaysians to get back to us on that," Dolan said Tuesday. "I suspect we will know when within the next 24 hours."
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 24, 2014, 09:32:48 PM
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/flight-mh370-pilot-flew-indian-ocean-simulator-sources-n139321 (http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/flight-mh370-pilot-flew-indian-ocean-simulator-sources-n139321)

First published June 24th 2014, 9:48 am
Flight MH370 Pilot Flew to Indian Ocean in Simulator: Sources
 
The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet used his personal flight simulator to practice journeys to remote parts of the Indian Ocean, U.S. sources told NBC News. Deleted files recovered by investigators show Zaharie Shah, 53, also embarked on virtual trips on many other routes and there did not appear to be any patterns, NBC News correspondent Tom Costello reported on Tuesday's TODAY.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 24, 2014, 09:38:09 PM
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/mh370-latest-wife-of-pilot-zaharie-ahmad-shah-breaks-silence-to-confirm-he-spoke-final-words-from-cockpit-9559657.html (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/mh370-latest-wife-of-pilot-zaharie-ahmad-shah-breaks-silence-to-confirm-he-spoke-final-words-from-cockpit-9559657.html)

MH370 latest: Wife of pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah breaks silence to 'confirm he spoke final words from cockpit'
Tuesday 24 June 2014

The wife of one of the pilots on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has reportedly confirmed her husband spoke the final words from the cockpit - not his co-pilot, as the airline has previously suggested.

Flight MH370 disappeared with 239 passengers and crew on board after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing, on 8 March, with the search to locate the plane now focusing on the sea bed.

Two New Zealand-based journalists claim to have spoken with the wife of captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah.

Geoff Taylor, deputy editor of New Zealand's Waikato Times, said he and Ewan Wilson, his co-author on the book they are writing about the missing jetliner, spoke on the phone with Faizah Khanum, who reportedly said the voice from the cock-pit delivering the final sign-off was that of her husband.

This contradicts the initial claim by Malaysian Airlines chief Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, who said the words "good night Malaysian 370” were spoken by Fariq Abdul Hamid, the co-pilot. Weeks later, the airline revealed they were unsure as to who had delivered the words.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 25, 2014, 11:29:53 PM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

19 HRs ago   Update
Malaysia Names New Transport Minister

By Jason Ng

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday named a new transport minister as the Southeast Asian nation reels from the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Liow Tiong Lai, the leader of the Malaysian Chinese Association — the main ethnic Chinese coalition partner of the National Front — will take over from Hishammuddin Hussein, who was acting transport minister.

Mr. Hishammuddin, who was thrust into the limelight following the Boeing Co. 777 jet’s disappearance on March 8, retains his position as defense minister.

“Today’s Cabinet appointments reflect our long-held desire to govern in an inclusive and representative manner: a government made up of all Malaysians, that governs for all Malaysians,” Mr. Najib said in a televised announcement.

It remains unclear if Mr. Liow will take the lead in the investigation into Flight 370, which went missing with 239 people on board during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Authorities are still searching for the missing jet in the southern Indian Ocean.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 26, 2014, 01:53:36 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

8 MINs ago   Twitter WSJ
Asia@WSJAsia
RT @WSJRobTaylor: Australia's transport minister says search for #mh370 moving south, into unmapped undersea area 3.5kms deep. http://t.co/…

13 MINs ago  Update
Breaking

*Australia: Highly Likely Flight 370 Was on Autopilot Over Indian Ocean

19 MINs ago   Twitter
Rob Taylor@WSJRobTaylor
Australia's transport minister says search for #mh370 moving south, into unmapped undersea area 3.5kms deep. http://t.co/KrRz2a2DWz

20 MINs ago  Update
Breaking

*Australia Deputy Prime Minister: Flight 370 Search Shifts South in Indian Ocean

*Australia: New Area Is Broadly Where Search Efforts Focused Initially


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 26, 2014, 01:57:53 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/ (http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/)

12 MINs ago  Asia
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search Shifts to New Area

The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 entered a new phase as authorities moved the search area to an area of the southern Indian Ocean.
By Daniel Stacey

SYDNEY—The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 entered a new phase on Thursday as authorities moved the search area for the third time in as many months, focusing on an area of the southern Indian Ocean buffeted by fierce winds and storms.

Authorities concede that the decision to move to an area as much as 600 miles south from where ships and planes have been deployed since early April was based on educated guesswork, given the limited data about the final movements of Flight 370 after it went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.

The shift comes as private contractors ready plans to take over what would be the largest undersea search mission in history, with a deadline for bids on Monday. Authorities are offering up to 60 million Australian dollars (US$56 million) for a company or research organization to carry out a search over 20,000 square miles of remote ocean using sonar equipment that may take as long as 300 days to complete.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau aims to spend around four weeks reviewing the bids before selecting a contractor to lead the rebooted search. That contractor will then have only a month to mobilize crew, equipment and ships from around the world to the new search area ahead of a restart in August.

The new search area runs from the South East Indian Ridge in the south—a narrow area of sea that has been mapped by U.S. researchers in the 1990s—through a deep abyssal plain to just west of the Broken Ridge, which is in places as shallow as 3,250 feet.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 26, 2014, 02:03:03 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/june/mr052.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/june/mr052.aspx)

JACC
MH370 Search Area
Media Release by The Hon Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister
26 June 2014


Today Australia, Malaysia and China announced the search area in the southern Indian Ocean, which represents the highest priority for future search efforts for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

An expert satellite working group has reviewed all existing information in order to define a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometers along the arc in the southern Indian Ocean.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the latest search area refinement had involved the efforts and expertise of specialists from around the world.

“Specialists have analysed satellite communications information—information which was never initially intended to have the capability to track an aircraft—and performed extremely complex calculations,” Mr Truss said.

“The new priority area is still focused on the seventh arc, where the aircraft last communicated with satellite. We are now shifting our attention to an area further south along the arc based on these calculations.

“The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will today release a report outlining the basis on which this search area has been defined.”

Deputy Prime Minister Truss said the search for MH370 continues with a bathymetric survey—or mapping of the ocean floor—in the search area, to be followed by a comprehensive search of the sea floor.

“The bathymetric survey has already commenced, with the Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen and the Australian-contracted vessel Fugro Equator conducting operations in the areas provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau,” Mr Truss said.

“It will take around three months to complete the bathymetric survey.

“The underwater search will aim to locate the aircraft and any evidence to assist with the Malaysian investigation of the disappearance of MH370.”

It is expected that the underwater search will begin in August and take up to 12 months to complete.
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(http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/june/mr052_MH370_SearchAreaMap_tn.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 26, 2014, 02:17:17 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/06/26/mh370-search-shifts-south/11392315/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/06/26/mh370-search-shifts-south/11392315/)

Officials: Flight 370 likely on autopilot in crash
2:15 a.m. EDT June 26, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane will shift farther south of the most recent suspected crash site in a remote stretch of Indian Ocean, Australian officials said Thursday.

They also said they were confident that the plane was flying on autopilot when it crashed.
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Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said "certainly for its path across the Indian Ocean, we are confident that the aircraft was operating on autopilot until it ran out of fuel."

Truss said officials have not attempted to fix a moment when the plane was put on autopilot.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 26, 2014, 10:56:24 PM
June 26, 2014
Australia Transport Safety Bureau


http://www.atsb.gov.au/mh370/mh370-definition-of-underwater-search-areas.aspx (http://www.atsb.gov.au/mh370/mh370-definition-of-underwater-search-areas.aspx)

MH370 - Definition of Underwater Search Areas
Summary


On 8 March 2014, flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER registered 9M-MRO, lost contact with Air Traffic Control during a transition of airspace between Malaysia and Vietnam. An analysis of radar data and subsequent satellite communication (SATCOM) system signalling messages placed the aircraft in the Australian search and rescue zone on an arc in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. This arc was considered to be the location where the aircraft’s fuel was exhausted.

A surface search of probable impact areas along this arc, coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, was carried out from 18 March – 28 April 2014. This search effort was undertaken by an international fleet of aircraft and ships with the search areas over this time progressing generally from an initial southwest location along the arc in a north-easterly direction. The location of the search areas was guided by continuing and innovative analysis by a Joint Investigation Team of the flight and satellite-communications data. This analysis was supplemented by other information provided to ATSB during this period. This included possible underwater locator beacon and hydrophone acoustic detections.

No debris associated with 9M-MRO was identified either from the surface search, acoustic search or from the ocean floor search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections. The ocean floor search was completed on 28 May 2014.

Refinements to the analysis of both the flight and satellite data have been continuous since the loss of MH370. The analysis has been undertaken by an international team of specialists from the UK, US and Australia working both independently and collaboratively. Other information regarding the performance and operation of the aircraft has also been taken into consideration in the analysis.

Using current analyses, the team has been able to reach a consensus in identifying a priority underwater search area for the next phase of the search.

The priority area of approximately 60,000 km2 extends along the arc for 650 km in a northeast direction from Broken Ridge. The width of the priority search area is 93 km. This area was the subject of the surface search from Day 21-26.

Work is continuing with refinements in the analysis of the satellite communications data. Small frequency variations can significantly affect the derived flight path. This ongoing work may result in changes to the prioritisation and locale of search activity.

MH370 underwater search area map
(http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/4912090/MH370%20underwater%20search%20area%20map%20-%20Small%2024June14_499x360.jpg)


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 26, 2014, 11:19:21 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-370.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-370.html?_r=0)

Pressure Loss Is Explored In Vanishing Of Jetliner
JUNE 26, 2014

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Evidence of an unresponsive crew as the plane flew south for more than five hours includes the loss of radio communications, a long period with no maneuvering of the aircraft, a steady cruise altitude and eventual fuel exhaustion and descent, the report said. It added that this could have been caused by hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, among the cockpit crew.

“Given these observations, the final stages of the unresponsive crew/hypoxia event type appeared to best fit the available evidence for the final period of MH370’s flight when it was heading in a generally southerly direction,” the document said.

Hypoxia occurs when a plane loses air pressure and the pilots, lacking adequate oxygen, become confused and incapable of performing even basic manual tasks, though they continue to feel confident in their own abilities.

Pilots are trained to put on oxygen masks immediately if an aircraft suffers depressurization; their masks have only an hour’s air supply, however. The plane, with 239 people aboard, made its turn south toward the Indian Ocean about an hour after it stopped responding to air traffic controllers. It is believed to have crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean off the western coast of Australia. Australian officials have been coordinating the search.

Passengers’ masks have only a few minutes of oxygen, based on the theory that the pilot of a troubled plane will quickly descend to an altitude at which there is little need for a supplemental air supply.

The report added that the theory of an unresponsive crew possibly suffering from hypoxia was an operating assumption for the search and was not meant to infringe on Malaysia’s authority as the government responsible for conclusively identifying a cause for the loss of the plane.

There is no consensus among investigators, even within the Australian government, on the hypoxia or unresponsive-crew theory. Angus Houston, the retired head of the Australian military who is overseeing the country’s search, said in a telephone interview this month that he assumed that the flight had been on autopilot even if a conscious pilot had been at the controls. That is because a Boeing 777 is a very difficult plane to fly manually.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on June 28, 2014, 06:56:31 PM
Victims in Malaysian Air crash likely died of suffocation, report says
Published June 27, 2014


The 239 passengers and crew on missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 likely died from suffocation and coasted into the ocean on autopilot, a new report says.

Australian investigators revealed details of the 55-page report Thursday, suggesting that the Boeing 777 probably ran out of oxygen, causing all onboard to suffer from fatal hypoxia, Reuters reported. 

The plane remains missing and there is no new evidence, but Australian Safety Board investigators came to the conclusion by comparing the flight with previous disasters with similar outcomes. 

“Given these observations, the final stages of the unresponsive crew/hypoxia event type appeared to best fit the available evidence for the final period of MH370's flight when it was heading in a generally southerly direction,” the report said.

Investigators believe the plane was deliberately diverted thousands of miles from its scheduled route before finally diving into the Indian Ocean. The little evidence there is to go on suggests the plane crashed further south than previously thought, and was likely coasting on autopilot at the time of the crash.

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"It is highly, highly likely that the aircraft was on autopilot otherwise it could not have followed the orderly path that has been identified through the satellite sightings," Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told reporters in Canberra Thursday.


http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/27/victims-in-malaysian-air-crash-likely-died-suffocation-report-says/?intcmp=latestnews


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on June 28, 2014, 07:28:34 PM
DIEGO GARCIA

My Theory


1. The Malaysian pilot was on a government sanctioned mini 9/11 targeted suicide mission in the name of Allah. He was embracing a spiritual purpose when he turned MH370 around and headed west across the Malaysian Peninsula towards the Indian Ocean and ... then continued west to the Maltives Islands and ... then turned south toward the Diego Garcia military base.

2. The Malaysian pilot crashed MH370 into a strategic target on Diego Garcia or ... the plane with 237 unconscious passengers and crew was shot down over the island by the US Military when it was realized an attack was imminent. Either way the implication is that the wreckage of MH370 is not in the ocean.

3. Britain/US and Malaysia have respective underlying political reasons to distract the world's attention away from Diego Garcia as the location where MH370 came out of the skies on the morning of March 8, 2014.

4. Respective searches for MH370 in the South China Sea and the South Indian Ocean were attempts by Britain/US to divert world attention from a top secret US Military base in the Indian Ocean as well as an attempt by Malaysia to distract from a government sanctioned a mini 9/11 attempt.

5. The Malaysian pilot had planned and practised on his home flight simulator how he would render passengers/crew unconscious ... how he would reach Diego Garcia undetected ... how he would crash MH370 into a strategic target on the Island thus hindering the anti-Islamic objectives of the top secret US military base. Pre-planning would imply an adequate fuel supply to reach the Island.

6. In the early morning hours of March 8, 2014 all passenger and crew on board MH370 were asphyxiated when the Malaysian pilot reportedly ascended to and stayed at a maximum altitude for over twenty minutes as he made his westerly turn from the South China Sea. The pilot was privy to an independent oxygen supply inside his locked cockpit during that period.

7. The pilot failed to consider the possibility that residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll in the Maldives would observed a low-flying jumbo jet flying over the Island on the morning of March 8, 2014 headed in the direction of Diego Garcia?

8. Considering the lack of any ocean evidence ... MH370 either crashed into a targeted strategical location on Diego Garcia or was defensively shot down when it entered the air space over a top secret US Military base?


The Foundation of My Theory

1. Why would the Malaysian pilot fly for over seven hours attempting to avoid detection only to crash MH370 into the Southern Indian Ocean when he could have accomplished the deed with no preparation by ditching the plane in the South China Sea somewhere on the flight path between Malaysia and Beijing?

2. British Inmersat denied the request of relatives of MH370 passengers/ crew to submit their satellite data to them for independent analysis.

3. Diego Garcia ... a top secret US military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean is leased from Britain and ... has reportedly served as a US base for launching/refuelling planes that were heading to Middle East conflicts.

4. It has also been reported that Diego Garcia served as a detention centre for the purpose of interrogating suspected Islamic terrorists prior to being transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

5. Malaysia took four hours to respond when it was informed by Vietnam air controllers that MH370 failed to enter its airspace on the scheduled path to China. In the meantime Malaysia deceived Vietnam air controllers by implying the location of plane on the flight path to Beijing was known.

6. Malaysian defence failed to intercept an unidentified/ unscheduled aircraft flying west over the Malaysian Peninsula during the early hours of March 8, 2014.




 


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on June 28, 2014, 07:34:33 PM

(http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2014/04/07/1226876/629714-e5dfff94-bdf3-11e3-ab5c-db8d2f3f624e.jpg)



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 28, 2014, 09:19:47 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/national/missing-mh370-plane-flying-on-autopilot-before-crashing-as-new-search-zone-announced-20140626-3awfu.html (http://www.smh.com.au/national/missing-mh370-plane-flying-on-autopilot-before-crashing-as-new-search-zone-announced-20140626-3awfu.html)

Missing MH370 plane flying on autopilot before crashing, as new search zone announced
DateJune 27, 2014

(http://images.smh.com.au/2014/06/26/5547575/art-844130621-620x349.jpg)
"The search will still be painstaking": Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

''The search will still be painstaking … We could be fortunate and find it in the first hour or the first day. But it could take another 12 months,'' he said.
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(http://images.smh.com.au/2014/06/26/5547670/mh370Map-300x0.gif)

Based on the map released by the bureau of the presumed flight path, MH370 appears to have changed direction three times between taking off from Kuala Lumpur and setting its final course towards the Indian Ocean where officials believe it came down.

Mr Dolan refused to say whether the new information made foul play more or less likely, insisting that was a matter for the Malaysian authorities. Australian authorities were responsible only for the search, he said.

Mr Truss said that despite the false leads in the past, he was confident they would be looking in the right place. ''We are optimistic … with the capacity and the time that's now been available to carefully scrutinise … satellite and indeed other information at our disposal, that this site is the best available and most likely place where the aircraft is resting.''
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 28, 2014, 09:40:11 PM
Transcript of news conference and Q&A session, June 26, 2014

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/interviews/2014/june/tr014.aspx (http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/interviews/2014/june/tr014.aspx)

JACC
Last Updated: 27 June, 2014
MH370 Search Area Announcement


Warren Truss: Well ladies and gentlemen, welcome. I am joined today by Martin Dolan, who is the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. It has now been over 100 days since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from air traffic control radar after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.

At the request of the Malaysian Government, Australia has been leading the search of this, as the aircraft is thought to be resting in Australia's air search and rescue area. The search remains a highly complex operation and involves vast areas of ocean, and can rely on only limited data and aircraft flight information.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on June 29, 2014, 11:54:27 AM
Poor response to ‘informer’ fund forces MH370 families to revise crowdfunding plan
Published: 29 June 2014


http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/poor-response-to-whistleblower-fund-forces-mh370-families-to-seek-rich-dono


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on June 29, 2014, 11:57:47 AM
MH370: New evidence of cockpit tampering as investigation into missing plane continues
Posted on Jun 29 2014


Air crash investigators probing the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH-370 have discovered possible new evidence of tampering with the plane’s cockpit equipment.

A report released by Australian air crash investigators has revealed that the missing Boeing 373 suffered a mysterious power outage during the early stages of its flight, which experts believe could be part of an attempt to avoid radar detection. The reports says the log-on request-known as a “handshake”-appears likely to have been caused by an interruption of electrical power on board the plane.

David Gleave, an aviation safety expert from Loughborough University, said the interruption to the power supply appeared to be the result of someone in the cockpit attempting to minimise the use of the aircraft’s systems. The action, he said, was consistent with an attempt to turn the plane’s communications and other systems off in an attempt to avoid radar detection. By messing about within the cockpit you could switch off the power temporarily and switch it on again when you need the other systems to fly the aeroplane.”

The aircraft experienced another such log-on request almost six hours later, though this was its seventh and final satellite handshake and is believed to have been caused by the plane running out of fuel and electrical power before apparently crashing, somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean. He said the interruption would not have caused an entire power failure but would have involved a “conscious” attempt to remove power from selected systems on the plane. Any form of power interruption is always backed up by another system.

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http://www.nationalheadlines.co.uk/mh370-new-evidence-of-cockpit-tampering-as-investigation-into-missing-plane-continues/380739/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on June 29, 2014, 12:13:42 PM
Form independent body to probe missing MH370, PKR MP tells Liow
JUNE 29, 2014


KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — Datuk Seri Dr Liow Tiong Lai's maiden task as Transport Minister should be to form an independent body to investigate the mystery surrounding MH370, which has been missing for almost four months now, PKR's Nurul Izzah Anwar said today.

She said the investigation panel should consist of air crash experts from around the world, pointing out that Malaysian officials have yet to come up with any plausible theory or explanation with regards to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

“One of the main responsibilities of the minister is to form an independent investigative body for the MH370 incident,” she said in a statement here.

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Putrajaya and Malaysia Airlines have been heavily criticised domestically and abroad for  handling of the disaster, with critics pointing to the government's slow response and lack of coordination in the search and rescue operations.

The plane's disappearance has been touted as civil aviation's greatest mystery.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/form-independent-body-to-probe-missing-mh370-pkr-mp-tells-liow




Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on June 29, 2014, 03:59:35 PM
 ::MonkeyShocked::

What are the implications?

MH370 report: Malaysia Airlines only attempted to contact missing plane twice over six hours
JUNE 29, 2014


MALAYSIA Airlines only twice attempted to make phone contact with its unresponsive airliner over six hours as it flew to its doom, causing vital clues to its final location to be lost and painting a woeful picture of air safety in the region.

The revelations come out of close examination of an Australian Transport Safety Bureau report into MH370’s disappearance, released on Thursday.

The report also shows that no one in the cockpit used aircraft waypoints to set course south over the Indian Ocean, ruling out suspicion that pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had pre-programmed the Boeing 777 to crash.

But this did not eliminate suspicion that someone used the automatic pilot to send the plane on a southerly heading.

Veteran serving Qantas pilot Richard Woodward, who flies A380s but has test-pilot experience on 777s, said if ground crew or air-traffic control had inundated MH370 with phone contact attempts it would have given a clearer picture of where the plane went down.

FIVE HOURS ‘A LONG TIME NOT TO CALL’

Satellite provider Inmarsat and investigators calculated the early Indian Ocean search areas based on automatic satellite “handshakes”, initiated by an Inmarsat ground station in Perth, but also from phone calls made from the ground to the cockpit satellite phone that went through the same ground station.

“If they’d been calling the plane, the satellite would have tried to log on and the aircraft pinger would have tried to respond,” said Captain Woodward.

“That would have given you a distance from the station and they would have got a more accurate idea where the aircraft went. The very act of the pinging would have narrowed down where to look.”

Instead, after pilots made their final contact at 1.22am, Malaysian time, on March 8, it would be another hour and 17 minutes before ground staff first tried to ring the plane’s satellite phone.

Astoundingly, despite receiving no initial response, no one tried to ring the plane again for another five hours. The next call came at 7.13am Malaysian time, after the flight was supposed to have landed.

“Five hours is a long time (not to call) if you’re trying to search for the airplane,” said Captain Woodward.

“You’d be trying every available means. I’m absolutely surprised there’s only two attempts to call on the satellite phone.

“If you’d lost contact with an airliner you’d be calling them on every frequency. You’d definitely be trying to call them on the satellite phone (as well as VHF and HF and by data link, similar to SMS).”

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Captain Woodward does not rule out intervention from pilots or hijackers, because he believes if there was a fire aboard the pilots would have had time to put on oxygen masks and declare a mayday.

He says the pilots could have been overcome by hijackers but, given difficulties of accessing the cockpit’s secure door, it was more likely the result of aberrant behaviour by the flight crew.

“I’m leaning towards to fact a rogue pilot, probably the captain, planned all this,” he says.

MH370 deviated from its course at 1.25am, three minutes after the last voice contact with pilots. It flew south-west over Malaysia and then took a second deliberate turn south over the Indian

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 Oceanhttp://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/mh370-report-malaysia-airlines-only-attempted-to-contact-missing-plane-twice-over-six-hours/story-fnizu68q-1226971382435


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on June 29, 2014, 11:38:14 PM
http://blog.seattlepi.com/flyinglessons/2014/06/29/early-loss-of-power-clue-to-mh-370s-flight-into-indian-ocean/ (http://blog.seattlepi.com/flyinglessons/2014/06/29/early-loss-of-power-clue-to-mh-370s-flight-into-indian-ocean/)

Early Loss of Power Clue to MH 370′s Flight into Indian Ocean
Posted on June 29, 2014

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Flight path from NTSB in ATSB report

Minutes after Malaysia Flight 370 disappeared from military radar in the early morning hours of March 8, the airplane experienced a total loss of power but recovered, according to information released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The Boeing 777 last seen by a primary radar return at 2:22am (Malaysia time) headed north west along the Malacca Strait, was still flying in that direction when the power loss occurred.  Three minutes later the airplane sent a log-on request to the inmarsat satellite network, meaning its energy supply was back up and running.

Why the jetliner lost power is not known, but the report explains that a log-on request, indicating that the airplane has disconnected from the satellite communication network, is not common. It happens for only a few reasons;

power interruption to the satellite data unit
a loss of critical systems to the satellite data unit
software failure
a loss of the satellite link because of altitude

The team of experts from the UK, US, Boeing, inmarsat and Thales, who have been studying the scant data associated with airplane's disappearance have concluded the most likely cause was an interruption in power to the SDU.

Whatever its cause, by 2:26am, the problem had resolved itself to the extent that the airliner's in flight entertainment system requested to go back online. Passengers may appreciate movies and games, but IFE is not considered essential by any means. Still, I am told it is given a certain priority in the lengthy list of items supplied by the aircraft's electrical system.

This loss of power came at an intriguing time in the so-far incomprehensible story of the Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight gone terribly awry, because it occurs within minutes of the plane's last known position over the water; north of Sumatra west of Thailand at its border with Malaysia. (E96.5 N6.5 on the report's graphic) At that time the plane was heading northwest.

How the plane came to do a rough 200+ degree turn and fly south is not known. Nor for that matter is it known when the plane did the turn. Based on my reading of the inmarsat pings and the computer-assisted probability formulas run by the search team and explained in the report, the window is expansive. It places the last "large" change to the aircraft's track no more specifically than happening before 3:15 am (Malaysia time) and that could mean as long as fifty minutes after the power interruption.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on July 01, 2014, 02:05:40 PM
MH370: Electrical power outage claim not verified, says Hisham
Tuesday July 1, 2014


KUALA LUMPUR: Claims by Australian air crash investigators that a mysterious power outage was involved in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are mere speculations, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He said the Malaysian Government would only rely on reports released by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) when it involves MH370.

"Any issues, we have panel experts to verify it. The report is not from JACC .... JACC is Australia's counterpart to the Malaysian Government linked up with China.

"Anyway, I will treat any latest information the same way as I have done in the past, let it be verified by JACC. All this while, we have not stopped our search for the black box and any new information on the flight," he told reporters after a special Cabinet briefing with regard to Flight MH370 in Parliament, here, on Tuesday.

Also present was Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

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http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/07/01/MH370-Hishammuddin/


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on July 01, 2014, 11:15:48 PM
The Search for Malaysian Airlines MH370. Unanswered Questions. Wreck of Unidentified Aircraft in Bay of Bengal? Crucial Information Withheld
June 30, 2014


http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-search-for-malaysian-airlines-mh370-wreck-of-unidentified-aircraft-in-bay-of-bengal-crucial-information-withheld/5389187


MH370: Wreckage Found in Bay of Bengal Remained Unexplored
July 2, 2014


http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/557684/20140702/mh370-missing-malaysian-airlines.htm#.U7N6DPldUnc





Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on July 02, 2014, 08:27:08 PM
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Why isn't Bay of Bengal Wreckage Being Explored?
July 2, 2014 17:45 BST


A geophysical survey company has slammed the Australian authorities for failing to investigate aircraft wreckage in the Bay of Bengal while the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues.

Australian firm GeoResonance has called the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB), "ignorant" and "slanderous" for not exploring an aircraft wreck it identified via its satellites, 190km south of the Bangladesh coastline.

While GeoResonance has never claimed the discovery is missing MH370, it argues the wreck is a lead that still "must be thoroughly followed through".

GeoResonance says on its website that it offers a unique and proven method of geophysical survey that detects electromagnetic fields from various chemical elements.

In a statement this week, the firm said: "The main reason for ignoring the location is the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau [ATSB] Chairman Martin Dolan making a statement that GeoResonance methodology cannot do what we claim.

"This is without ever having anyone contacting GeoResonance for a technical presentation. This slanderous and ignorant statement by a senior public servant is unfathomable when GeoResonance regularly produces accurate results for commercial clients around the globe."

The firm also criticised British satellite company Inmarsat, for releasing only the data that confirmed its 'seventh arc' theory instead of publishing all of the raw data to explore alternative locations.

"The families and friends of those on board MH370 are dismayed that Inmarsat admitted the raw data released was only enough to prove their original model", the GeoResonance statement said.

"Everyone was expecting all of the raw data to be released which would have allowed alternative models to be created. This could have shown up any errors that may exist in the original model which "assumes" MH370 ended up in the Southern Indian Ocean."

GeoResonance questions why Australian radar – the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) - did not detect the Boeing 777, given the theory that it crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean.

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http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-why-isnt-bay-bengal-wreckage-being-explored-1455087


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on July 04, 2014, 12:13:28 AM
http://online.wsj.com/articles/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-shifts-to-new-area-1403762350 (http://online.wsj.com/articles/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-shifts-to-new-area-1403762350)
Australian Report Postulates Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Lost Oxygen
Updated June 26, 2014 5:06 p.m. ET

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SYDNEY—Australian authorities said they believe that someone onboard  Malaysia Airlines  3786.KU -4.35%     Flight 370 switched on the autopilot system deliberately after the plane turned toward the southern Indian Ocean. They also theorized that all 239 passengers and crew had become unresponsive, possibly after being deprived of oxygen, before the plane ran out of fuel and crashed.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: Tamikosmom on July 05, 2014, 06:29:13 PM

My pilot son-in-law SPECULATES that MAYBE the reported sudden accent to 39,000' and the reported maintaining of that almost maximum altitude for 20 minute could have had the ability to render all passengers/crew unconscious due to lack of oxygen.

My theory implies that that the pilot had his own supply of oxygen in his locked cockpit?  During this 20 minute period of time the pilot made that reported turn and ... then proceeded to make that reported 5,000' to 4,000' descent as he flew the aircraft over Malaysia towards the Indian Ocean?

Contrary to official denials ... could it be that upon reaching the Indian Ocean the pilot continued WEST ... not SOUTH ... towards the Maldives where residents reported a "low flying" airplane ... toward the runway at Diego Garcia that was reportedly programmed into his flight simulator?

If MH370 crashed into a strategic location on Diego Garcia or ... was shot down defensively ... it would provide an explanation why not one piece of wreckage has been recovered from the ocean.

Janet

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More details emerge, but still no sight of Malaysia Airlines jet
updated 3:24 PM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014


(CNN) -- New information has come to light about the path taken by Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before it disappeared from radar screens on March 8.

The plane deviated from its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing by turning leftward over water while it was still inside Vietnamese airspace, a senior Malaysian aviation source told CNN's Nic Robertson.

The aircraft then climbed to 39,000 feet, just short of the Boeing 777-200ER's 41,000 feet safe operating limit, and maintained that altitude for about 20 minutes over the Malaysian Peninsula before beginning to descend, the source said.

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/18/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/?hpt=hp_t2



Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on July 06, 2014, 09:41:24 PM
The latest review of the military radar readings.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/MH370-Malaysian-jet-was-in-controlled-flight-after-contact-was-lost-officials-suspect/articleshow/37115566.cms (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/MH370-Malaysian-jet-was-in-controlled-flight-after-contact-was-lost-officials-suspect/articleshow/37115566.cms)

MH370: Malaysian jet was in controlled flight after contact was lost, officials suspect
NYT News Service | Jun 24, 2014, 11.02AM IST

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The radar tracked the aircraft, a Boeing 777-200 with 239 people aboard, as it turned sharply off its scheduled northeastward flight path over the Gulf of Thailand and flew west across Peninsular Malaysia and the Strait of Malacca. The plane then passed beyond radar range near the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Initial reports about the radar readings suggested that along the way, the plane soared as high as 45,000 feet, above its certified maximum altitude of 43,100 feet, and then zoomed down low over the mountains of Malaysia before climbing back to 23,000 feet or higher over the Strait of Malacca.

But a comprehensive international review has found that the Malaysian radar equipment had not been calibrated with enough precision to draw any conclusions about the aircraft's true altitude. "The primary radar data pertaining to altitude is regarded as unreliable," said Angus Houston, the retired head of the Australian military who is now coordinating the search.

Houston said in a telephone interview that it was clearly possible that at some point during the tracked part of the flight, the plane flew at 23,000 feet. But he said he doubted whether anyone could prove that the plane had soared and swooped the way the initial reports suggested.

Martin Dolan, the chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, agreed with Houston. "There's nothing reliable about height," he said in an interview in his office here in the Australian capital.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on July 06, 2014, 09:46:30 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/07/world/asia/malaysia-sending-more-ships-to-search-for-plane.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/07/world/asia/malaysia-sending-more-ships-to-search-for-plane.html?_r=0)

Malaysia Is Sending More Ships to Search for Jetliner
JULY 6, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Malaysian government said Sunday that it would step up efforts to search the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines’ missing Flight 370, in the latest indication that a broad international effort to find the plane will continue for many months.

The Malaysian defense minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, announced at the opening here of a photo exhibition dedicated to the missing plane that Malaysia would send one of its navy vessels with deep-sea survey equipment as well as two commercial vessels with towed, sonar-equipped submersibles.

Malaysia will also keep another naval vessel in the southern Indian Ocean, the Bunga Mas 6, which has been providing logistical support to other ships involved in the search. “The search will not stop until we find it,” Mr. Hishammuddin said.
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Australia already has a deep-sea survey ship there that it chartered to map the ocean floor in the area, the Fugro Equator, which is designed to withstand the towering waves and powerful storms that sometimes move through the area, 1,000 miles west of Perth. China has also sent a deep-sea survey vessel, the Zhu Kezhen, although Angus Houston, the Australian official overseeing the search, said in a telephone interview last month that the Chinese vessel was less specialized for working in heavy seas.

Australia stopped accepting bids last week for a 60 million Australian dollar, or $56 million, contract for up to three towed submersibles to spend as long as a year scanning the ocean floor with sonar for debris from the plane. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has not yet chosen a winner for the contract.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on July 21, 2014, 08:26:47 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/world/asia/malaysia-and-australia-still-seeking-missing-plane-strained-by-second-disaster.html?_r=1 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/world/asia/malaysia-and-australia-still-seeking-missing-plane-strained-by-second-disaster.html?_r=1)

Malaysia and Australia, Still Seeking Missing Plane, Strained by Second Disaster
JULY 21, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Two of the nations most affected by the loss of Malaysia Airlines’ Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, Malaysia and Australia, are still actively involved in the search for another Malaysian airliner that disappeared over four months ago, juggling two crash investigations that require the involvement of many of the same people.

Martin Dolan, the chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said that he spent the weekend switching back and forth between the two efforts. He sent two investigators to Ukraine to examine debris from Flight 17 — a pilot and an aircraft engineer — in between going through bids from contractors to search the floor of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines’ Flight 370.
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Australia announced on Monday morning that Angus Houston, the former head of the Australian military who has been leading the search for Flight 370 since its disappearance in the southern Indian Ocean on March 8, had been sent instead to Ukraine. He will oversee the recovery, identification and repatriation of the remains of the 27 Australians who were aboard Flight 17 when it crashed — more citizens than any other country had aboard the plane except the Netherlands or Malaysia.

“He will remain in Ukraine as long as necessary to complete the task,” the Australian government said in a statement that did not name a replacement to oversee the ongoing effort to find Flight 370. Mr. Houston will remain the coordinator of Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center, which oversees the Flight 370 search, but his deputy, Judith Zielke, will run the agency while he is in Ukraine.

“Search efforts for MH370 continue unaffected by recent developments,” the coordination center said in an email reply to questions. “Finding Malaysian Flight MH370 is a high priority for the Australian government, as well as Malaysia, China and other countries involved in the search efforts.”

In Malaysia, Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein continues to oversee the Flight 370 investigation, mainly because he was the acting transport minister when the plane vanished with 239 aboard. Another official, Liow Tiong Lai, was named as transport minister four weeks ago and is overseeing his country’s Flight 17 response, flying to Kiev on Saturday night to do so.

Mr. Hishammuddin, who welcomes the spotlight and is a leading contender to succeed his cousin, Najib Razak, as prime minister someday, scheduled a press conference on Monday afternoon to discuss Flight 17 in Mr. Liow’s absence. But that event was abruptly cancelled after the Malaysian government decided that Mr. Liow should remain the government’s main voice on the subject.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2014, 09:41:25 PM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/july/mr053.aspx

JACC
The Search for MH370 Continues
Last Updated: 23 July, 2014


On Monday the Prime Minister appointed Air Chief Marshal Houston AC AFC (Ret'd) as his Special Envoy to lead Australia's efforts on the ground in Ukraine to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March on a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, continues uninterrupted.

We remain fully committed to conducting a thorough undersea search of the likely impact zone in the Indian Ocean.

While Air Chief Marshal Houston leads our MH17 efforts in Ukraine, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) will continue to coordinate the Australian Government's search for MH370.
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The underwater search is likely to commence in early September and take up to 12 months to complete. It will aim to locate the aircraft and any evidence (such as debris and the flight recorders) to assist the Malaysian investigation of the disappearance of MH370.


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on July 24, 2014, 10:26:58 PM
This is very, very sad for the victim's families, friends and co-workers.   ::MonkeyNoNo::  The employees of Malaysia Airlines must also be suffering from the fallout and morale low, especially in light of the shooting down of the Malaysian flight in the Ukraine.  So much time has passed and there are no answers for the missing from Flight MH370 and it may be a long time before there are answers, if ever.  ::MonkeyNoNo::


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on August 01, 2014, 12:14:18 AM
This is very, very sad for the victim's families, friends and co-workers.   ::MonkeyNoNo::  The employees of Malaysia Airlines must also be suffering from the fallout and morale low, especially in light of the shooting down of the Malaysian flight in the Ukraine.  So much time has passed and there are no answers for the missing from Flight MH370 and it may be a long time before there are answers, if ever.  ::MonkeyNoNo::

I hope that Flight 370 is found and loved ones have some closure.  I think that the search will resume in September; however, they will have only 12 months to find the plane.  :sad:


Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on August 01, 2014, 12:17:55 AM
http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/july/mr054.aspx

JACC
MH370 Update—International Effort Continues
Last Updated: 31 July, 2014


Two ships, Zhu Kezhen and Fugro Equator, continue to work in the southern Indian Ocean, surveying the sea floor in preparation for the deep-sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

In June, an expert satellite working group identified a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometres, which represents the highest priority for future search efforts. As with previous search areas, it is located along the seventh arc—a thin but long line that includes all the possible points where the last known communication between the aircraft and a communications satellite could have taken place.

Before the deep-sea search can commence however, it is necessary to map the sea floor in this remote region of the Indian Ocean, which until now has been poorly charted. The aim is to identify significant features on the sea floor, which may present a hazard for the deep water vehicles that will be used for the search.

Since 24 May 2014, the Zhu Kezhen, a Chinese PLA-Navy vessel has been conducting survey operations. The bathymetric data it is collecting will assist in characterising the sea floor topography. As of 30 July 2014, it has sounded over 25,000 square kilometres along the seventh arc.

Fugro Equator, an Australian-contracted specialised survey vessel, has also been conducting bathymetric survey work. As of 30 July 2014, over 43,000 square kilometres have been sounded by Fugro Equator.

Analysis and mapping of this data is continuing.

On 6 July, the Government of Malaysia announced that its hydrographic survey vessel, the KD MUTIARA, would join the Zhu Kezhen and the Fugro Equator in August to continue the bathymetric survey work.

It is expected that the bathymetric survey work will be completed by September. The deep-water search is expected to commence in September following the appointment of a prime contractor through a request for tender process.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on August 01, 2014, 12:29:38 AM
Streaming coverage

http://stream.wsj.com/story/malaysia-airlines-flight-370/SS-2-475558/

9 HRs ago  Page One
Deep-Sea Explorers Angle to Solve Mystery of Missing Malaysian Airliner

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Now, two months after pausing its search, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is ready to reboot the massive probe. It is poised to select among bids from the world’s most-advanced deep-water specialists, including offshore oil-and-gas companies, maritime research institutions and treasure hunters eager to use their technologies and experience to solve the Flight 370 riddle—and potentially raise their own profiles in the process. The ATSB is expected to choose one or more of the bidders over the next several weeks before relaunching the search with $56 million in funding in late August. Those costs will be split, in amounts still to be determined, between the Australian and Malaysian governments.

The good news is that the world’s deep-sea recovery industry is now more sophisticated than ever, thanks to offshore research by oil-and-gas firms that have gone progressively deeper, as well as militaries and insurance firms. Technologies developed to hunt for everything from the Titanic to lost parts of the Space Shuttle Challenger have further expanded frontiers, allowing investigators to work as deep as about 3.7 miles, or slightly more than the deepest-known area of the Flight 370 search zone.

“It used to be that when a ship sank in the deep sea, we would commit the ship and souls for eternity to the deep—gone forever,” said David Gallo, director of special projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Massachusetts-based research outfit that helped find Air France Flight 447, which disappeared in the mid-Atlantic Ocean in 2009, and is bidding to participate in the Flight 370 hunt. “That’s not true anymore.”

But with no hard evidence of where the plane went down, the search will test the recovery industry’s abilities like nothing before. In June, Australian authorities shifted the search zone for a third time—by about 600 miles to the southwest—after reanalyzing satellite transmissions. Even then, they said it was impossible to know whether the fresh search area would prove correct.

At stake is the emotional well-being of relatives and friends of the passengers from the plane, left in suspended animation while authorities search for answers. There is also the issue of maintaining public trust in the aviation industry, which rarely experiences unsolved disasters.

For its part, Australia has such a visible role because the waters are in a region it handles under a global civil aviation agreement. Under the bidding process, companies angling to play a role in the search can work alone or bid as part of a consortium. Each signed nondisclosure agreements about their bids with the Australian government, but The Wall Street Journal was able to confirm through people familiar with the process at least eight outfits that are bidding for a role.

Among them: Fugro NV, a Dutch oil-and-gas consulting firm that has brought its top subsea sonar guru out of retirement to help with the effort. Others include Oceaneering International Inc., a Houston oil-services firm that makes space suits and robotically controlled amusement park rides that also helped find the Titanic in 1985.

Then there are the treasure hunters—companies and individuals that make a living exploring the deep for profit. One is Odyssey Marine Explorations Inc., a Florida firm listed on the Nasdaq that a few years ago recovered around $500 million from a Spanish ship sunk off Portugal in 1804.

Others include Williamson & Associates, a Seattle outfit led partly by Art Wright, a well-known underwater explorer who still rows competitively in his 70s. Another is Blue Water Recoveries, a U.K. firm led by bearded oceanographer David Mearns which holds the Guinness World Record for the deepest wreck ever discovered: a German World War II blockade runner known as Rio Grande found in 1996 nearly 5,800 meters below the surface.

“It is definitely the search of my generation,” said Colleen Keller, a senior analyst at Metron Inc., a Virginia-based scientific consulting firm that also has joined a consortium competing for the Flight 370 contract. Her firm assisted with the Air France search and has also worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: grace-land on August 03, 2014, 11:20:29 PM
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Deep-sea explorers bid to take on the search for #MH370 http://on.wsj.com/1m2izfA  @WSJ

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Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 - Missing - March 7, 2014
Post by: MuffyBee on August 04, 2014, 08:17:05