Archive for March, 2014

Day 17: No reprogramming of route, Malaysia now says

A technician walks on the wing of a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C Orion aircraft after its arrival to help with search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, at Royal Australian Air Force Pearce Base in Perth, Australia, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)

A technician walks on the wing of a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C Orion aircraft after its arrival to help with search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, at Royal Australian Air Force Pearce Base in Perth, Australia, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)

CNN also reports:

Over the weekend, Malaysian authorities said the last transmission from the missing aircraft’s reporting system showed it heading to Beijing — a revelation that appears to undercut the theory that someone reprogrammed the plane’s flight path before the co-pilot signed off with air-traffic controllers for the last time.

That reduces, but doesn’t rule out, suspicions about foul play in the cockpit.

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Day 17: Another Malaysia Airlines jet makes emergency landing

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force farewell their P-3C Orion as it taxis from the Royal Australian Air Force Pearce Base to commence a search for possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Perth, Australia, Monday, March 24, 2014. Satellite images released by Australia and China had earlier identified possible debris in an area that may be linked to the disappearance of the flight on March 8 with 239 people aboard. (AP Photo/Paul Kane, Pool)

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force farewell their P-3C Orion as it taxis from the Royal Australian Air Force Pearce Base to commence a search for possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Perth, Australia, Monday, March 24, 2014. Satellite images released by Australia and China had earlier identified possible debris in an area that may be linked to the disappearance of the flight on March 8 with 239 people aboard. (AP Photo/Paul Kane, Pool)

By the Associated Press

HONG KONG —A Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul has made an emergency landing in Hong Kong after a generator failed.

Hong Kong’s airport says firefighters were put on standby for the arrival of the Airbus A330-300, which landed without incident just before 3 a.m. on Monday.

Malaysia Airlines says in a statement that flight MH066 was diverted to the southern Chinese city after the main generator supplying normal electrical power failed. However, the jet’s auxiliary power …

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Day 17: Australian ship to arrive in 3-4 days

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, left, listens to Lt. Cmdr. Mark Taylor, the RAN liason officer at the rescue coordination center of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Canberra, Sunday, March 23 2014. Planes and ships scrambled Sunday to find a pallet and other debris in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has been missing for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Graham Tidy, Pool)

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, left, listens to Lt. Cmdr. Mark Taylor, the RAN liason officer at the rescue coordination center of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Canberra, Sunday, March 23 2014. Planes and ships scrambled Sunday to find a pallet and other debris in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has been missing for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Graham Tidy, Pool)

By the Associated Press

An Australian defense official said an Australian navy support vessel, the Ocean Shield, was also moving into the search zone and would arrive in three or four days. The ship is equipped with acoustic detection equipment that can search for the missing plane’s black box.

There was no sign the moves was linked to any breakthrough in the mystery of the plane, but rather as a preparation.

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Day 17: Threat of bad weather

A relative of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines, MH370, wears a t-shirt with the words "Pray for MH370" in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Planes and a ship scrambled Sunday to find a pallet and other debris in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has been missing for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A relative of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines, MH370, wears a t-shirt with the words "Pray for MH370" in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Planes and a ship scrambled Sunday to find a pallet and other debris in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has been missing for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

By the Associated Press

Bad weather was threatening the search efforts in the area, about 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology reported increased winds, low cloud and a reduction in visibility. On Tuesday, a cold front was expected to move through the search area from the west, bringing showers, more low cloud and less visibility. Tropical Cyclone Gillian, which is further to the north, will not impact the area.

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Day 15: Chinese satellite found object in ocean

his image provided by China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense shows a floating object seen at sea next to the descriptor which was added by the source. The image was captured around noon, on March 18, 2014,

his image provided by China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense shows a floating object seen at sea next to the descriptor which was added by the source. The image was captured around noon, on March 18, 2014,

By ROB GRIFFITH
The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia said Saturday that a Chinese satellite had spotted a large object along a broad stretch of ocean where officials hope to find a Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing for more than two weeks.

Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters Saturday that he had been informed that a Chinese satellite had spotted an object 22.5 meters (74 feet) by 13 meters (43 feet).

“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,” he said.

State broadcaster CCTV tweeted an image of the object and said it was captured around noon …

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Day 14: High tech — and low tech — used in the search

In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, crew members of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-3 Orion search and rescue aircraft work after the search mission, at Pearce Airbase near Perth, Australia, March 21, 2014. Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after a 10-hour mission looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Xu Yanyan)

In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, crew members of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-3 Orion search and rescue aircraft work after the search mission, at Pearce Airbase near Perth, Australia, March 21, 2014. Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after a 10-hour mission looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Xu Yanyan)

By NICK PERRY

The Associated Press

From satellites to binoculars, the hardware being used in the search for the missing plane far off western Australia ranges from the sophisticated to the simple. Some of the equipment being used to look for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370:

ORION PLANES

The plane most utilized so far has been the Lockheed P-3 Orion, a four-engine turboprop favored by the Australian and New Zealand defense forces. Because the search area in the southern …

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Day 14: How much can passenger relatives collect?

 One of the relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 wipes her tears as she watches a TV news program about the missing flight after a briefing meeting with Malaysian officials in a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China, Friday, March 21, 2014. Planes are flying out of Australia again to search for two objects detected by satellite that may be debris from the missing Malaysian airliner. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

One of the relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 wipes her tears as she watches a TV news program about the missing flight after a briefing meeting with Malaysian officials in a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China, Friday, March 21, 2014. Planes are flying out of Australia again to search for two objects detected by satellite that may be debris from the missing Malaysian airliner. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

CNNMoney notes Flight 370 passenger families can collect millions:

Under an international treaty known as the Montreal Convention, the airline must pay relatives of each deceased passenger an initial sum of around $150,000 to $175,000.

Relatives of victims can also sue for further damages – unless the airline can prove that it took all necessary measures to prevent a crash or any other incident that prevented passengers from arriving safely.

Read the entire report.

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Day 14: New York Post reports on pilot’s pre-flight phone call

In this photo provided by the Australia Defence Department March 20, 2014, Royal Australian Air Force Loadmasters Sgt. Adam Roberts, left, and Flight Sgt. John Mancey, launch a Self Locating Data Marker Buoy from a C-130J Hercules aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean as part of the Australian Defence Force's assistance to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (AP Photo/Australian Defence Department, Justin Brown)

In this photo provided by the Australia Defence Department March 20, 2014, Royal Australian Air Force Loadmasters Sgt. Adam Roberts, left, and Flight Sgt. John Mancey, launch a Self Locating Data Marker Buoy from a C-130J Hercules aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean as part of the Australian Defence Force's assistance to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (AP Photo/Australian Defence Department, Justin Brown)

The New York Post reports:

The pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a mystery call just minutes before takeoff in Kuala Lumpur.

A report in The Sun said investigators are trying to work out who Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah spoke to in the cockpit before taking off for Beijing.

It is hoped the person on the other end of the call will provide a key clue to understanding the mystery of the missing flight.

Read the entire report on the Post site.

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Day 14: CNN confirms lithium batteries on board

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force's loadmaster Takayuki Ogawa, right, and trained spotter Hiroshi Nakahara scan the ocean aboard a C130 aircraft while it flies over the southern search area in the southeastern Indian Ocean, 200 to 300 kilometers (124 to 186 miles) south of Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, March 21, 2014. Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force's loadmaster Takayuki Ogawa, right, and trained spotter Hiroshi Nakahara scan the ocean aboard a C130 aircraft while it flies over the southern search area in the southeastern Indian Ocean, 200 to 300 kilometers (124 to 186 miles) south of Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, March 21, 2014. Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

According to  a meaty Q&A on cnn.com, the CEO of Malaysia Airlines confirmed that the plane was carrying lithium-ion batteries. The significance, CNN reports:

Lithium-ion batteries are the type commonly used in laptops and cell phones, and have been known to explode, although it is a rare occurrence.

A fire attributed to lithium-ion batteries caused the fatal 2010 crash of a UPS cargo plane in Dubai. Lithium-ion …

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Day 14: Purported transcript of last minutes of Flight 370

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Capt. Junichi Tanoue scans the ocean aboard a C130 aircraft while it flies over the southern search area in the southeastern Indian Ocean, 200 to 300 kilometers (124 to 186 miles) south of Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, March 21, 2014. Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Capt. Junichi Tanoue scans the ocean aboard a C130 aircraft while it flies over the southern search area in the southeastern Indian Ocean, 200 to 300 kilometers (124 to 186 miles) south of Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, March 21, 2014. Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

The Telegraph of Britain reports what it says is a final transcript of the last communications between Flight 370 and air traffic personnel. Under the headline, “Revealed: the final 54 minutes of communication from MH370,”  the publication announces:

EXCLUSIVE: The cockpit communication aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight can be revealed, from its taxi on the runway to its final message at 1.07am of ‘all right, good night’. The transcript starts at 00.25 …

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Day 14: Latest information

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, left, and Lt. j.g. Nicholas Horton, pilot a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon during a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Wednesday March 19, 2014. Military planes from Australia, the U.S. and New Zealand have been searching for the plane in a region over the southern Indian Ocean that was narrowed down from 600,000 square kilometers (232,000 square miles) to 305,000 square kilometers (117,000 square miles). (AP Photo/US Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor)

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, left, and Lt. j.g. Nicholas Horton, pilot a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon during a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Wednesday March 19, 2014. Military planes from Australia, the U.S. and New Zealand have been searching for the plane in a region over the southern Indian Ocean that was narrowed down from 600,000 square kilometers (232,000 square miles) to 305,000 square kilometers (117,000 square miles). (AP Photo/US Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor)

The Associated Press

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is concentrating on two objects located by satellite and identified by analysts as possible debris. A summary of the latest information from Australian maritime authorities and others involved in the investigation:

THE OBJECTS

One is 24 meters (almost 80 feet) in length and the other is 5 meters (15 feet). Both have an …

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Day 14: No debris spotted yet

mapThe Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Search planes flying deep into the southern Indian Ocean have found nothing so far that could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Australia’s acting prime minister said Friday.

The planes are part of an international effort to solve the nearly 2-week-old mystery of what happened to Flight 370 with 239 people aboard. They are looking for two large floating objects detected by a satellite off the southwest coast of Australia, about halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic.

“The last report I have is that nothing of particular significance has been identified in the search today but the work will continue,” said Warren Truss, who is acting prime minister while Tony Abbott is in Papua New Guinea.

Truss said the search was difficult due to testing weather conditions and because the satellite imagery was five days old. “So something that was floating on the sea that long ago may no longer be floating — …

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Day 13: Air search expands in remote south Indian Ocean

By KRISTEN GELINEAU

The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia —Search planes flew out of Australia on Friday to scour rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth for objects that may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

In what one official called the “best lead” of the nearly 2-week-old aviation mystery, a satellite detected two large objects floating off the southwest coast of Australia about halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic.

The area in the southern Indian Ocean is so remote is takes aircraft longer to fly there — four hours — than it allows for the search.

The discovery raised new hope of finding the vanished jet and sent another emotional jolt to the families of the 239 people aboard.

A search Thursday with four planes in cloud and rain found nothing, and Australian authorities said early Friday efforts were resuming with the first of five aircraft — a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion — leaving at dawn for the …

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Day 13: Interactive map of key search points

Click on this interactive map to show you key points in the search for Flight 370.

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Day 13: ‘Best lead’ in plane search conducted in rough sea, remote location

In this undated handout picture made available by hoegh.com via NTB Scanpix on Thursday, March 20, 2014, of autoliner "Hoegh St. Petersburg" which is expected to reach an area south west of Australia where possible debris of missing airliner MH370 has been spotted. The ship is expected to arrive in the area in the course of Thursday March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/hoegh.com/ NTB scanpix)

In this undated handout picture made available by hoegh.com via NTB Scanpix on Thursday, March 20, 2014, of autoliner "Hoegh St. Petersburg" which is expected to reach an area south west of Australia where possible debris of missing airliner MH370 has been spotted. The ship is expected to arrive in the area in the course of Thursday March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/hoegh.com/ NTB scanpix)

The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A freighter used searchlights early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected possible pieces from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

In what officials called the “best lead” of the nearly two-week-old aviation mystery, a satellite detected two objects floating about 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia and halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic.

The development raised new hope of finding the vanished jet and sent another emotional jolt to the …

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Day 13: Latest information on search for missing plane

From left, Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation director general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya attend a press conference at a hotel in Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday, March 20, 2014. Military search planes flew over a remote part of the Indian Ocean on Thursday hunting for debris in “probably the best lead” so far in finding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, officials said. (AP Photo)

From left, Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation director general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya attend a press conference at a hotel in Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday, March 20, 2014. Military search planes flew over a remote part of the Indian Ocean on Thursday hunting for debris in “probably the best lead” so far in finding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, officials said. (AP Photo)

The Associated Press

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is concentrating on two objects located by satellite and identified by analysts as possible debris. A summary of the latest information from Australian maritime authorities and others involved in the investigation:

THE OBJECTS

One is 24 meters (almost 80 feet) in length and the other is 5 meters (15 feet). Both have an indistinct, whitish appearance and are …

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Day 13: Photos of the wait and the search

wait-and-search-galleryView photos of the wait and the search for Malaysia Air Flight 370.

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Day 13: 5 planes, 2 ships search southern seas for jet

This Wednesday, March 19, 2014 photo released by the Australia Defence Department, shows Royal Australian Air Force Flight Engineer, Warrant Officer Ron Day from 10 Squadron, on board an AP-3C Orion over the Southern Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast during a search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday that two objects possibly related to the missing flight have been spotted on satellite imagery in the Indian Ocean and an air force aircraft was diverted to the area to try to locate them. (AP Photo/Australia Defence Department, Hamish Paterson)

This Wednesday, March 19, 2014 photo released by the Australia Defence Department, shows Royal Australian Air Force Flight Engineer, Warrant Officer Ron Day from 10 Squadron, on board an AP-3C Orion over the Southern Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast during a search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday that two objects possibly related to the missing flight have been spotted on satellite imagery in the Indian Ocean and an air force aircraft was diverted to the area to try to locate them. (AP Photo/Australia Defence Department, Hamish Paterson)

The Associated Press

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is focused in remote waters far southwest of Australia. The latest information on satellite images being investigated and how the search is being conducted Thursday:

THE SATELLITE IMAGES:

Australian defense force experts assessed images taken by a commercial satellite of two …

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Day 13: Australia checking 2 objects in search for plane

sattelite images showing possible debrisThe Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Four military search planes were dispatched Thursday to determine whether two large objects bobbing in a remote part of the Indian Ocean are debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

The search for the objects could take time and Australian authorities said one of the planes was unable to locate the debris through clouds and rain, but that other planes would continue the hunt.

One of the objects spotted by satellite imagery was 24 meters (almost 80 feet) in length and the other was 5 meters (15 feet). There could be other objects in the area, a four-hour flight from Australia’s southwestern coast, said John Young, manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s emergency response division.

“This is a lead, it’s probably the best lead we have right now,” Young said. He cautioned that the objects could be seaborne debris along a shipping route where containers can fall off cargo vessels, although the …

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Day 13: Poll: Do you think the mystery is solved?

What do you think the chances are that the debris discovered by the Australians is from Malaysia Flight 370?

  • I think there’s a high possibility that the debris is from the missing jet.
  • I’m skeptical but hopeful that it will solve the mystery.
  • It’s another wild goose chase.

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