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« Reply #140 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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« Reply #141 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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« Reply #142 on: March 27, 2014, 11:40:55 PM »

Streaming coverage

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

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
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« Reply #143 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


Latest development ... The new search zone for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Source: Supplied
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« Reply #144 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


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)

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« Reply #145 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
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« Reply #146 on: March 29, 2014, 08:18:37 PM »

Streaming coverage

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

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

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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.
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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

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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
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« Reply #147 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
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« Reply #148 on: March 30, 2014, 01:13:13 PM »

Streaming coverage

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

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.



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« Reply #149 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.
 
"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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« Reply #150 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


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.



Loaded with a ''pinger'' locator and an underwater drone: Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield. Photo: Amanda Hoh
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« Reply #151 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


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)

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« Reply #152 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.
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« Reply #153 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:



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« Reply #154 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.
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« Reply #155 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.


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« Reply #156 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
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« Reply #157 on: March 31, 2014, 01:55:14 PM »

 

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."


 


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.”
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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

 
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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« Reply #159 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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