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« Reply #640 on: March 08, 2015, 05:38:07 PM »

http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/03/08/relatives-mark-one-year-of-flight-370/

Relatives mark one year of Flight 370
Mar. 08, 2015 at 09:00pm


Family members of Chinese passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 protest, with one showing a poster saying“Bring the MH370 passengers home,” as they leave after a prayersession at the Yonghegong Lama temple in Beijing on March 8.   A year on, there remains no evidence to indicate what caused Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to vanish or where it ended up despite the most expensive search operation in history. AFP

BEIJING—Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing flight MH370 gathered under a heavy police presence Sunday to mark one year since the plane disappeared.

About two thirds of those on board the Malaysia Airlines flight were Chinese, but relatives say they have faced harassment from authorities in their own country as they seek answers on the world’s biggest aviation mystery.

China’s ruling Communist Party commonly clamps down in organized gatherings or collective expressions of anger as it seeks to enforce stability.

Chinese relatives had planned to commemorate the disappearance of the Boeing 777 at a number of sites in Beijing, including the Malaysian embassy, the airport and the Lama Temple, a popular Tibetan Buddhist place of worship and tourist site.
 
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« Reply #641 on: March 08, 2015, 05:42:25 PM »

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/28289355/vigil-marks-one-year-since-malaysia-airlines-flight-370-disappeared

Vigil marks one year since Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared
Posted: Mar 07, 2015 5:26 PM CST
Updated: Mar 07, 2015 5:26 PM CST

NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -
On the 1 year anniversary since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, Malaysia's Transport Minister says they will continue to search for the missing airliner. Meanwhile, hundreds of friends and family members gathered for a vigil on the eve of the flight's mysterious disappearance.
 
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« Reply #642 on: March 08, 2015, 05:47:13 PM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-report-released-on-disappearance-anniversary/

CBS/AP/March 8, 2015, 7:43 AM
Flight 370 report released one year after vanishing

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The first comprehensive report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 revealed Sunday that the battery of the locator beacon for the plane's data recorder had expired more than a year before the jet vanished on March 8, 2014.

The report came as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the hunt for the plane would not end even if the scouring of the current search area off Australia's west coast comes up empty.

Apart from the anomaly of the expired battery, the detailed report devoted pages after pages describing the complete normality of the flight, which disappeared while heading from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, setting off aviation's biggest mystery.
 
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« Reply #643 on: March 11, 2015, 10:25:21 PM »

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2015/March/wt073_2015.aspx

Disappearance of MH 370—a year on

Media Release
WT073/2015
07 March 2015
 
Tomorrow marks one year since the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.

“For the families and friends of the 239 passengers and crew on board the past year has been one of anguish, deep sorrow and a daily struggle to come terms with their loss. The disaster has left an unfillable hole in many lives,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said.

“At this time, more than ever, our thoughts are with the loved ones of those on board the aircraft and, in particular, those who have called Australia home.

“Having spent time with the Australian families over the past few days, I share their sense of helplessness at not knowing what happened to the aircraft. Not knowing is compounding their loss.

“It is for this reason that the governments of Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China remain committed to the search for the missing aircraft. The families deserve answers and we are doing all we can to get them.
 
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« Reply #644 on: March 11, 2015, 10:34:47 PM »

It was found in July, and the item is undergoing lab tests now...now?  Why so long?  Oh, well, waiting patiently for some other good news.    

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-moist-towelette-australia-beach/

March 10, 2015, 12:07 PM
Debris on Australia beach could be from Flight 370

An unopened moist towelette bearing the Malaysia Airlines logo found on a beach in Western Australia could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but officials say even if it is, it's unlikely to help them find the plane that disappeared more than year ago.

The discovery, first reported by Australia's News Nine, was made in July by a couple walking along the beach roughly 150 miles north of Perth. The small item is currently undergoing laboratory tests in Canberra to verify whether or not it did indeed come from the ill-fated Boeing 777.

A small towelette washed-up on a WA beach is being examined in relation to #MH370. More in @TheTodayShow #9News pic.twitter.com/Q60RfRl9vg
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) March 9, 2015

An official with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau confirmed the towelette's discovery, but said the tests were unlikely to prove definitively any connection to Flight 370.

"It is unlikely that such a common item with no unique identifier could be conclusively linked with MH370," the spokesman told News Nine.
 
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« Reply #645 on: March 11, 2015, 10:44:48 PM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150311.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
11 March 2015


 
Key developments this week

GO Phoenix departed the search area on Friday, 6 March for Fremantle to conduct a scheduled resupply visit.

Fugro Discovery continued to conduct search operations.

Fugro Equator continued to conduct search operations.

Fugro Supporter continued to conduct search operations.

More than 30,000 square kilometres (around 50 percent) of the priority zone have now been searched.

On 8 March, the Malaysian Government released an Interim Statement on the Safety Investigation for MH370. The report can be viewed at http://mh370.gov.my/.
 
Collection of data from the underwater search

In the search for MH370, Fugro Discovery, Fugro Equator and GO Phoenix use towfish equipped with side scan sonar, synthetic aperture sonar and multibeam echo sounders. This equipment sends out sound pulses that reflect back through the water from anything they touch. The towfish sends raw data back to the ship where its quality is checked and the data is reviewed for any anomalies. The operators are looking for high-energy responses—instances in which the sound pulses have bounced back from objects that are extremely hard, like the metal of aircraft debris.


A Fugro Discovery crew member processes data received from the Dragon Prince deep tow fish during the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Source: ATSB, photo by ABIS Chris Beerens, RAN.
 
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« Reply #646 on: March 18, 2015, 11:16:07 PM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150318.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
18 March 2015


 
Key developments this week

GO Phoenix departed the port of Fremantle on 13 March after conducting a scheduled resupply visit, and is en route to the search area.

The presence of ex-Tropical Cyclone Haliba in the southern Indian Ocean resulted in severe weather and sea conditions, and the vessels

Fugro Discovery, Fugro Equator, and Fugro Supporter were obliged to suspend search operations.  All three vessels recommenced search operations on 17 March.

Underwater search

Around 50 percent of the priority search area has been searched.

Assuming no significant delays with vessels, equipment or from the weather, the current underwater search area may be largely completed around May 2015.
 
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« Reply #647 on: March 25, 2015, 05:16:53 PM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150325.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
25 March 2015


 
Key developments this week

GO Phoenix arrived back in the search area and recommenced search operations on Thursday 19 March. Sea conditions over the weekend forced the vessel to cease search operations for 2 hours.  The vessel has since continued operations without interruption.

Fugro Discovery, Fugro Equator, and Fugro Supporter continued to conduct search operations.

Underwater search

More than 50 percent of the priority search area has been searched.

Assuming no significant delays with vessels, equipment or from the weather, the current underwater search area may be largely completed around May 2015.
 

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« Reply #648 on: April 01, 2015, 11:52:08 PM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150401.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
01 April 2015


 
Underwater search

More than 50 percent of the priority search area has been searched.

Assuming no significant delays with vessels, equipment or from the weather, the current underwater search area may be largely completed around May 2015.



Ship movements

GO Phoenix continued to conduct search operations in the north of the priority search area.

Fugro Discovery departed the search area on 25 March to travel to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit.

The vessel arrived in port on 30 March 2015.

Fugro Equator departed the search area on 29 March to travel to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit. The vessel is expected to arrive in port around 8 April. This transit is longer than usual as a problem with the starboard engine has required the ship to travel at a slower speed. It is anticipated this problem will be resolved while in port.

Fugro Supporter will depart the search area around 3 April to travel to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit. The vessel is expected to arrive in port around 9 April.
 
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« Reply #649 on: April 08, 2015, 11:30:30 PM »

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-08/malaysian-air-team-still-hopeful-as-search-deadline-looms

Malaysian Air Team Hunts Missing Jet, Believing ‘Today’s the Day’
4:00 PM CDT  April 8, 2015

 
“Most people come to work and think, ‘Maybe today’s the day,’” said Steve Duffield, the local managing director for Leidschendam, Netherlands-based Fugro. “We’re a long way ahead, because now we know where the plane isn’t.”

While investigators try to understand why a Germanwings pilot deliberately crashed his flight on March 24, the current search for Malaysian Airline System Bhd.’s Flight 370 is winding down with no answers about the fate of the 239 people on board.

Australia’s A$39 million ($30 million) contract with Fugro runs through August 2016, but Australia, Malaysia and China haven’t agreed on funding for any further searching after May. Government ministers are slated to meet to discuss the issue later this month, a spokesman for Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said by e-mail.

More than 60 percent of the main search zone has been scanned without finding any sign of the Boeing Co. 777-200. The rest of the zone should be analyzed more quickly, Duffield said, allowing searchers to finish the task before the end of May, when the seas become too rough to navigate.

Fugro, which mostly surveys the seabed for oil and gas and telecommunications-cable companies, has nearly 200 people dedicated to the search, including two 30-person crews on each of its three search vessels.

Fewer than 20 people sit at desks here in Perth, carrying out more detailed analysis of the roughly 10 objects a week deemed worthy of further study. Hopes still run high among members of the team.

“We’re absolutely in the right spot -- all the analysis has been done,” Kennedy said, examining a spare sonar submersible in a quiet warehouse two minutes’ drive from the operations center. “It’s actually getting more exciting as we get closer.”

Duffield, who expects that the search will indeed continue beyond the current stage, is already fitting out his ships to handle winter weather further to the north, where seas are calmer.
 
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« Reply #650 on: April 08, 2015, 11:36:27 PM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150408.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
08 April 2015


 
Key developments this week

GO Phoenix departed the search area on 8 April for the port of Fremantle to conduct a routine resupply visit.

Fugro Discovery departed the port of Fremantle on 2 April and conducted calibration trials at the test site before commencing transit to return to the search area. The vessel had a winch cable replaced and has been equipped with a new towfish ‘Intrepid.’

Fugro Equator arrived in the port of Fremantle on 8 April to conduct a routine 24-hour resupply visit.

Fugro Supporter departed the search area on 4 April for the port of Fremantle to conduct a routine resupply visit.

Underwater search

More than 60 percent of the priority search area has been searched.

Assuming no significant delays with vessels, equipment or from the weather, the current underwater search area may be largely completed around May 2015.
 
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« Reply #651 on: April 15, 2015, 08:48:38 PM »

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

http://www.atsb.gov.au/mh370-pages/updates/operational-update.aspx

Operational Update

At the request of the Malaysian Government, Australia has accepted responsibility for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is leading the underwater search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.

Joint Agency Coordination Centre
MH370 Operational Search Update
15 April 2015


This operational report has been developed to provide regular updates on the progress of the search effort for MH370. Our work will continue to be thorough and methodical, so sometimes weekly progress may seem slow. Please be assured that work is continuing and is aimed at finding MH370 as quickly as possible.

Key developments this week
•GO Phoenix is expected to depart the port of Fremantle early on 16 April after conducting a routine resupply visit.
•Fugro Discovery arrived in the search area on 10 April. The vessel ceased search operations on 11 April due to problems with the power supply through the cable to the towfish. This issue was rectified and search operations resumed during the night of 12 April.
•Fugro Equator departed the port of Fremantle on 9 April and is expected to arrive in the search area around 16 April.
•Fugro Supporter departed the port of Fremantle on 10 April. If weather permits, the vessel will conduct calibration trials while transiting to the search area. Fugro Supporter is expected to arrive in the search area around 17 April.

Underwater search

More than 60 percent of the priority search area has been searched.

Assuming no significant delays with vessels, equipment or from the weather, the current underwater search area may be largely completed around May 2015.
 
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« Reply #652 on: April 16, 2015, 10:54:38 PM »

http://www.wsj.com/articles/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-area-to-be-expanded-1429170599

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search Area to Be Expanded
Updated April 16, 2015 12:26 p.m. ET

Malaysia, Australia and China agreed Thursday to double the size of the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 if the missing plane isn’t found by the end of May.

Authorities have combed about 60% of the 60,000-square-kilometer (23,000-square-mile) search area in the southern Indian Ocean for the Boeing  777. The plane was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it became an aviation tragedy and mystery by vanishing during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. Most of the passengers were Chinese citizens.

The area covered by the search, which is currently being led by Australia, will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers if the plane isn’t found by the end of next month, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said at a news conference after a meeting of transport ministers of the three countries involved.
 
Authorities declared their continued confidence that the aircraft will eventually be found within the identified search area.

The next phase of the search, if necessary, could take up to a year because of adverse weather, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister Warren Truss said. Mr. Liow estimates it could cost 50 million Australian dollars (US$38.7 million). The current phase, set for completion by the end of May, will cost 120 million Australian dollars, with Australia and Malaysia providing the funding.

China may send physical assets, including ships, to help with the next phase, China’s Transport Minister Yang Chuantang said.

A search of the additional 60,000 square kilometers would mean that “all high-probability search areas would have been covered,” the three nations said in a joint statement.
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« Reply #653 on: April 16, 2015, 10:59:28 PM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/maps/index.aspx

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Expanded search area of 120,000 square kilometres as agreed by Ministers from Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China on 16 April 2015.


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« Reply #654 on: April 22, 2015, 10:18:05 PM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150422.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
22 April 2015


 
Underwater search

At a meeting of Ministers from Australia, Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China held in Kuala Lumpur on 16 April 2015, it was agreed that should the aircraft not be found within the current search area, the search will be extended by an additional 60,000 square kilometres to bring the search area to 120,000 square kilometres, thereby covering the entire highest probability area identified by expert analysis.

The communiqué from the Ministerial meeting is available at: http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/communiques/2015/april/com003.aspx.

In the event the aircraft is found and accessible, Ministers agreed to plans for recovery activities including securing all the evidence necessary for the accident investigation.





It is anticipated that searching the additional area may take up to a year to complete, given the adverse weather conditions in the upcoming winter months. Upon completion of the additional 60,000 square kilometres, all high probability search areas will have been covered.

Weather

Sea states in the search area are anticipated to range from 1 to 4 in the coming week. Localised weather conditions in the south of the search area may impact upon Fugro Supporter’s operations, with progress expected to be slower this week.
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« Reply #655 on: April 29, 2015, 11:30:11 PM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150429.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
29 April 2015


 
Key developments this week

GO Phoenix arrived back in the search area on Thursday, 23 April and recommenced search operations in the northern part of the search area.

Fugro Discovery continues to conduct search operations to the west of the 7th arc with a focus on the south in order to maximise coverage in this area prior to the deterioration of weather conditions as winter approaches.

Fugro Equator continues to conduct operations to the east of the 7th arc with a focus on the south in order to ensure that this area is searched ahead of the expected deterioration in weather conditions.

Fugro Supporter continues to conduct search operations within the search area. Unfavourable weather conditions have hampered the deployment of the AUV with the vessel obliged to go on stand-by and wait for conditions to abate.

Underwater search

As noted in last week's update, at a meeting of Ministers from Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China held in Kuala Lumpur on 16 April 2015, it was agreed that should the aircraft not be found within the current search area, the search will be extended by an additional 60,000 square kilometres to bring the search area to 120,000 square kilometres, thereby covering the entire highest probability area identified by expert analysis.
 
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« Reply #656 on: May 06, 2015, 10:49:32 PM »

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/06/mh370-search-for-missing-flight-to-change-as-winter-conditions-set-in

MH370: search for missing flight to change as winter conditions set in
Wednesday 6 May 2015 05.50 EDT

Preparations are underway to ensure the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues through the southern hemisphere winter.

The weather is already affecting use of the automated underwater search vehicle, and rough seas are making it difficult to launch and recover the drone.

Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said a decision had been made to suspend drone operations during winter but that plans had been modified so the search could continue and an expanded 120,000 square-kilometre area could be scoured.

“Safety of the search crews also remains a priority,” it said.
 
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« Reply #657 on: May 06, 2015, 10:56:04 PM »

http://www.jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150506.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
06 May 2015


 
Key developments this week
GO Phoenix continues to conduct search operations to the east of the 7th arc. Weather conditions on Sunday resulted in a temporary suspension of search operations.
Fugro Discovery has continued to conduct search operations to the west of the 7th arc and will depart the search area around 7 May to return to Fremantle for resupply.
Fugro Equator continues to conduct search operations to the east of the 7th arc with a focus on the south in order to ensure that this area is searched ahead of the expected deterioration in weather conditions.
Fugro Supporter continues to conduct search operations within the search area.  However, unfavourable weather conditions have hampered the deployment of the AUV during this period.

Underwater search

The search plan has been modified to enable continuous search operations during winter and to ensure that the entire 120,000 square kilometre area is searched as effectively as possible. Safety of the search crews also remains a priority. Searching in the expanded area will commence as soon as possible and will focus search efforts in the south, to take advantage of the last of the better weather in that area.

Over 75% of the seafloor in the existing search area has been searched so far.

The onset of winter weather is already affecting AUV operations, with rough sea conditions making it difficult to launch and recover the AUV.  The decision has been made to suspend AUV operations in the search area during the winter months.  As a result, Fugro Supporter will withdraw from the search on completion of her present swing.
 
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« Reply #658 on: May 08, 2015, 03:33:39 PM »

thank you for all the updates grace-land 
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« Reply #659 on: May 09, 2015, 10:11:26 PM »

thank you for all the updates grace-land 

You're welcome, cw618!
I'm still waiting and hoping for the plane or something to be found--hopefully, sooner than later.
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