Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Flight MH370 Ended In The Southern Indian Ocean

MH370 Lost in Indian Ocean: Malaysian papers turn black in tribute

Malaysian newspapers ran striking black front pages today in tribute to the victims of Flight MH370, which crashed in the southern Indian Ocean with 239 people aboard.

The New Straits Times’ darkened front page showed an aircraft above the words “Goodnight, MH370” — a reference to the last message from the cockpit,

“All right, good night”, before the Malaysia Airlines jet lost contact on March 8.

Missing Plane Went Down in Indian Ocean

After 17 days of desperation and doubt over the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the country's officials said an analysis of satellite data points to a "heartbreaking" conclusion: Flight 370 met its end in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, and none of those aboard survived.

The somber announcement late Monday by Prime Minister Najib Razak left unresolved many more troubling questions about what went wrong aboard the Boeing 777 to take it so far off-course.

It also unleashed a maelstrom of sorrow and anger among the families of the jet's 239 passengers and crew.

Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - Media Statement 25

As you will be aware, last night the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najjib Razak, announced new evidence regarding the disappearance of MH370 on 8th March.

Based on this evidence, the Prime Minister’s message was that we must accept the painful reality that the aircraft is now lost and that none of the passengers or crew on board survived.

This is a sad and tragic day for all of us at Malaysia Airlines. While not entirely unexpected after an intensive multi-national search across a 2.24 million square mile area, this news is clearly devastating for the families of those on board. They have waited for over two weeks for even the smallest hope of positive news about their loved ones.

This has been an unprecedented event requiring an unprecedented response. The investigation still underway may yet prove to be even longer and more complex than it has been since March 8th. But we will continue to support the families – as we have done throughout. And to support the authorities as the search for definitive answers continues

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MH370 Lost in Indian Ocean: PM Najib Razak’s full statement

This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company thatprovided 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.

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Malaysia Airlines 370 (MH370) crashed in Indian Ocean, no survivors

It was the unwelcome, anguishing news that families of the missing had dreaded, and when they heard it from Malaysia's prime minister Monday night there were shrieks and intense heartbreak: The missing Malaysian Airlines flight whose fate was a mystery that consumed the world had crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean.

The news, based on fresh evidence gleaned from an unprecedented analysis of satellite data, meant it was all but impossible that any of the 239 passengers and crew on board the jetliner could have survived.
That realization may help bring some closure to families 17 days after their nightmare began when the Boeing 777 inexplicably disappeared from Asian skies during what was supposed to be a routine overnight flight from Malaysia's capital to Beijing on March 8. But the latest clue is also only a small step toward solving one of the greatest puzzles in aviation history.

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'Malaysian flight ended in southern Indian Ocean, no survivors'

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that went missing shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur March 8 with 239 people on board ended in the southern Indian Ocean and there is no hope of any survivors, Malaysian authorities announced Monday.

Addressing a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, Prime Minister Najib Razak said that British investigators from its Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have confirmed that the Malaysia Airlines "flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean".

"They (AAIB representatives) 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," Razak said.

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Latest information on search for Malaysian plane

Ten planes were sent out Monday to search waters of the southern Indian Ocean any trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A summary of the latest information in the investigation

CHINESE PLANE SPOTS OBJECT - 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, Xinhua News agency said. A Chinese ship was headed toward the area to investigate.

BLACK BOX LOCATOR - The U.S. Pacific command said it was sending a Towed Pinger Locator to the region. The equipment, which is pulled behind a vessel at slow speeds, has highly sensitive listening capability that can detect pings from a plane's so-called black box down to a depth of 20,000 feet (6,100 meters).

FRENCH SATELLITE DATA - France said satellite radar data identified some debris that could be from the lost plane about 900 kilometers (550 miles) north of the spot where objects in the images released by the Chinese were located.

Chinese MH370 search plane finds 'suspicious objects': Xinhua

A Chinese military plane set off Monday morning from the western Australian city of Perth to seek "suspicious debris" captured by satellite imagery in the remote waters

Chinese aircrew have spotted "suspicious objects" in the southern Indian Ocean in the search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday

The "white and square" objects were spotted by searchers aboard a Chinese Ilyushin-76 plane, it said.

"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,

Chinese plane spots object in Indian Ocean

Two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s aircraft sit on the tarmac at RAAF Pearce base joined the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Perth, Australia, Sunday, March 23, 2014

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 Airlines jet, China's media says.

The news came as the United States prepared to move a specialised 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 today and reported the coordinates to the Australian command centre, 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.

US Navy deploys 'black box' locator after Malaysia plane leads

A US Navy's P-3C Orion aircraft

The US Navy said Monday it was sending a black box locator to an area of the southern Indian Ocean being scoured for the missing Malaysian jet, following a cluster of weekend debris sightings.

The navy called the move a "precautionary measure" in case those sightings confirm the location of the aircraft which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board.

"If a debris field is confirmed, The Navy's Towed Pinger Locator 25 will add a significant advantage in locating the missing Malaysian aircraft's black box," Commander William Marks, a spokesman for the US Seventh Fleet, said in an e-mailed statement.

Australian ship homes in on possible debris from Malaysian plane

An Australian navy ship was close to finding possible debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner on Monday as a mounting number of sightings of floating objects raised hopes wreckage of the plane may soon be found.

The HMAS Success should reach two objects spotted by Australian military aircraft by Tuesday morning at the latest, Malaysia's government said, offering the first chance of picking up suspected debris from the plane.

So far, ships in the international search effort have been unable to locate several "suspicious" objects spotted by satellites in grainy images or by fast-flying aircraft over a vast search area in the remote southern Indian Ocean.

Australia trying to find objects spotted by China in missing airliner hunt
The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is taking place over one of the harshest and most isolated points on the planet, in a patch of southern Indian Ocean from where Antarctica beckons

Australian search authorities said on Monday 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.

Australian military spots several objects floating near main search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Here's a picture of the objects seen from a Chinese plane earlier today

Suspected objects in the southern Indian Ocean viewed from a Chinese IL-76 plane during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

Crews on the plane spotted the object in the southern Indian Ocean and ships headed to the location to see if they could find any debris

HMAS Success is nearby, but the search has been called off as darkness falls.

Australia still analysing French images, not yet shifted MH370 search area

Crew members on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion scan for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean on March 22, 2014

Australian authorities said on Monday they are still examining French radar images showing potential floating debris and have not yet shifted the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in the southern Indian Ocean further north to look for the objects.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said its search area continued to be defined by a US satellite image of two floating objects to frame a search area some 2,500 km south-west of Perth.

The AMSA is leading the international search along a southern arc for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board.

French satellite image also shows possible plane debris, Malaysia says

Two Chinese Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft which are expected to join the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 are pictured at the RAAF base Pearce in Bullsbrook, near Perth, March 23, 2014

New French satellite images show possible debris from a missing Malaysian airliner deep in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia said on Sunday, adding to growing signs that the plane may have gone down in remote seas off Australia.

The latest lead comes as the international search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 entered its third week, with still no confirmed trace of the Boeing 777 that vanished with 239 people on board.

"This morning, Malaysia received new satellite images from the French authorities showing potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor," the Malaysian Transport Ministry said in a statement. "Malaysia immediately relayed these images to the Australian rescue co-ordination centre."

French satellites spot possible missing Malaysian plane debris

Australian search party ends Sunday empty-handed

Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokeswoman Andrea Hayward-Maher said that eight airplanes flew over the southern Indian Ocean searching for the missing plane today

It added two planes to its Saturday's search party making it the most number of aircrafts involved in the search led by Australia so far.

Two more planes that have arrived in Australia from China will join the search on Monday. Two Japanese planes in Australia are also preparing to participate, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein said.

Pallet, belts sighted in Australia hunt for MH370

Australian officials said Sunday that a wooden cargo pallet along with belts or straps have been spotted in the remote Indian Ocean by one of the aircraft deployed in the hunt for a missing Malaysian jet

Australia officials said Sunday that a wooden cargo pallet along with belts or straps have been spotted in the remote Indian Ocean by one of the aircraft deployed in the hunt for a missing Malaysian jet.

The objects were seen by a civilian aircraft assisting in the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 on Saturday in what the Australian Maritime Safety Authority confirmed was the "first visual sighting in the search so far".

"Part of the description was a wooden pallet and a number of other items which were nondescript around it and some belts of some different colours around it as well, strapping belts of different lengths," AMSA aircraft operations coordinator Mike Barton said.

Debris spotted in Aust search area

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed more objects have been spotted, floating in the southern Indian Ocean, in the Australian-led search for flight MH370.

Mr Abbott has revealed a civilian aircraft saw a number of small objects in their search zone, four hours southwest of Perth. They were floating close together, and one of the objects was a wooden pallet.

But the Australian Maritime Safety Authority says a P3 Orion aircraft diverted to the location - only found clumps of seaweed.

SHOCKER! M'sia finally admits doomed plane was carrying DANGEROUS HIGHLY FLAMMABLE CARGO

Malaysian Airlines today confirmed that flight MH370 had been carrying highly flammable lithium-ion batteries in its cargo hold, re-igniting speculation that a fire may have caused its disappearance

The admission by CEO Ahmad Jauhari comes four days after he denied the aircraft was carrying any dangerous items and nearly two weeks after the plane went missing.

He said the authorities were investigating the cargo, but did not regard the batteries as hazardous - despite the law dictating they are classed as such - because they were packaged according to safety regulations.

The revelation has thrown the spotlight back on the theory that the Boeing 777 may have been overcome by a fire, rendering the crew and passengers unconscious after inhaling toxic fumes.

Strongest lead yet raises a tide of questions
A Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft takes off to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, from RAAF Base Pearce north of Perth March 21, 2014

The discovery of debris suspected to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is the strongest lead yet in the search for the missing aircraft, yet raises many questions that beg to be answered.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (Amsa) John Young made the announcement on Thursday, saying they had satellite imagery of debris in the southern Indian Ocean located some 2,500km south-west of Perth, but cautioned that "the images captured by satellite… may not be related to the aircraft."

A CNN report stated that the area was "a remote, rarely travelled expanse of ocean, far from commercial shipping lanes", and raised pertinent questions on the search for MH370

Two objects spotted possibly related to MH370: Australia

Four long-range surveillance planes have been diverted to look into the find in the southern Indian Ocean, about 2,500 kilometres (1,553 miles) southwest of Perth

Australia said Thursday that two objects including one estimated at 24 metres (79 feet) long had been spotted in the Indian Ocean, in the "best lead we have" in the search for a missing Malaysian passenger jet.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott first broke the news to parliament, saying "new and credible information" based on satellite imagery had come to light, but stressed that the link with flight MH370 had still to be confirmed.

"Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified," Abbott said.

Bad weather hinders search for MH370

A satellite image of an object that could be debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 - Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Australia's federal government is warning it could take days to find the objects thought to be wreckage from a missing Malaysian Airlines plane, as bad weather hampers the 23,000 square kilometre Indian Ocean search.

The Australian-led search of the massive area 2500km southwest of Perth has resumed after Australian and US aircraft failed yesterday to locate the two objects photographed by a satellite earlier in the week.

Four military aircraft - two Royal Australian Air Force Orions, a New Zealand Orion and a US Navy P8 Poseidon - are scouring the area today.


Finding missing Malaysia Airlines plane a 'top priority': Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama says the search for the missing Malaysian jet is a "top priority" for his country and has offered every possible resource, including the FBI

In his first on-camera comments on the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Mr Obama offered thoughts and prayers to the relatives of the missing passengers.

"I want them to be assured that we consider this a top priority," Mr Obama told Dallas television station KDFW in an interview at the White House on Wednesday.

"We have put every resource that we have available at the disposal of the search process," he said.


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