The Search for MAS Flight MH370 continues…

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MAS Flight MH370 bound for Beijing: A Deepening Mystery

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*SATURDAY, 22 MARCH 2014

CYCLONE GILLIAN THREATENS IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!!!

Even as China announces the spotting or debris that may be from MH370, Cyclone Gillian threatens!

Cyclone Gillian will not merely disrupt the search but may cast all debris from MH370 to the four corners of the world!

Star

Saturday March 22, 2014 MYT 7:48:09 PM

Missing MH370: Cyclone Gillian casts a dark shadow over search and rescue operations

A NASA satellite image of Cyclone Gillian passing over Indonesia's Java Island on March 21, at 6.55 UTC (2.55pm Malaysian time). - NRL/Nasa

A NASA satellite image of Cyclone Gillian passing over Indonesia’s Java Island on March 21, at 6.55 UTC (2.55pm Malaysian time). – NRL/Nasa

SEPANG: Cyclone Gillian, which has set off a cyclone warning in the Southern Corridor area has yet to hamper search and rescue operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the cyclone was currently in the area around Christmas Island, and had yet to affect the Southern Corridor search area.

“It is not in the search and rescue area yet, but may approach it,” he said, adding it could hamper efforts there.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said it was currently a category one cyclone, and “was not affecting the search area yet, but could grow”.

“Some vessels may have to go through the cyclone to get to the search and rescue area,” he said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/22/Missing-MH370-SAR-continue-Cyclone-Gillian/

*FRIDAY 21 MARCH 2014

WILL THERE BE CLOSURE SOON?

Video: Poser over flammable batteries in MH370’s cargo

According to the US-based Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a total of 141 air incidents involving batteries carried as cargo or baggage were recorded between March 20, 1991 until Feb 17 this year.

Malaysiakini

7:48PM Mar 21, 2014

Poser over flammable batteries in MH370’s cargo

The spotlight has once again fallen on the cargo of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 after authorities today confirmed the aircraft was carrying lithium-ion batteries which can be highly flammable.

The confirmation by MAS chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya today comes just four days after he denied the aircraft was carrying any hazardous goods and instead highlighted the “three to four tonnes of mangosteen” on the plane.

“We carried some lithium-ion small batteries, they are not big batteries and they are basically approved under the ICAO (The International Civil Aviation Organisation) under dangerous goods.

“It (lithium-ion battery) is not dangerous goods per se but in terms (of) they are (being) declared as dangerous goods under ICAO,” he told a daily briefing on the search of MH370 at Sama-Sama Hotel, KL International Airport.

Jauhari insisted the lithium-ion battery cargo was checked “several times” to ensure it was packed in accordance with ICAO guidelines

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/257836

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Search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 resumes in southern Indian Ocean at first light

  • News Limited Network
  • March 21, 2014 9:48AM

AS THE sun rises over the southern Indian Ocean the search resumes for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 with possible objects discovered in the water deemed the “best lead” yet.

Four aircraft were tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to focus on a 23,000 square kilometre area about 2500 kilometres southwest of Perth.

The search planes set set off from Perth at 4am local time (7am AEDT) and it is expected they will take four hours to reach the search area.

FAST FACTS

The Floating 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 floating or just underneath the water surface. The objects could be unrelated to the plane, possibly debris from ships, though the larger object is longer than a container.
These are the first objects identified as possible plane debris since the search was focused on the southern Indian Ocean.
Australia is seeking higher resolution images of the objects, perhaps distinct enough to identify any markings.

The Conditions
The location is about 2500 kilometers (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth, Australia. The water is several thousand meters deep. The weather is often stormy and the seas rough. The remoteness of the search area means planes must fly long hours just to get there, so the time spent searching is limited.
Four search planes flew over the area yesterday, but weather hampered visibility. Another plane is dropping buoys so the currents can be monitored.

What’s Next?
A Norwegian merchant ship has used radar to search the area overnight, and its crew will use binoculars and their own eyesight to scan the waters today. Australia’s HMAS Success and a second merchant ship are en route but may take days to reach the area. The planes will return to search later this morning. India will contribute two planes to today’s search.

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/world/search-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-resumes-in-southern-indian-ocean-at-first-light/story-fnj3ty5y-1226860748694?from=public_rss

A Big IF!

If only the search had moved south earlier…

ABC News

Satellite Company Says It Predicted Missing Plane’s Location 10 Days Ago

Inmarsat, the maker of satellites, told ABC News that they had an “initial idea” on March 9 and by March 10 were “fairly certain” that the search parties should look in the south Indian Ocean for the vanished plane.

Inmarsat shared their data with a partner company the following day, on March 11, and with Malaysian investigators on March 12.

It was not until three days later, on March 15, that Malaysian authorities acknowledged that satellite data suggested the plane was not in the Strait of Malacca or the South China Sea and began redirecting search efforts to the Indian Ocean.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/satellite-company-pinpointed-location-missing-malaysia-jet-10/story?id=22992927

*ON THIS DAY, THURSDAY, 20 MARCH 2014

IS THIS IT? HAVE WE LOCATED MAS FLIGHT MH370?

THERE IS SOMETHING BIG DOWN THERE BUT IT MAY NOT BE WHAT WE’RE ALL LOOKING FOR…

Free Malaysia Today

Search crew: Something big down there

March 20, 2014

A P8 Poseidon, which is checking on objects suspected to be debris of MH370 some 2,500km southwest of Perth, reports radar hits of significant size.

PETALING JAYA: A flight crew scouring the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 say that they were getting radar hits of “significant size”, indicating something was  below the water’s surface.

ABC News’ David Wright who is on board the US Navy P-8 Poseidon, said the crew told him the radar indicated “there is something down there”.

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

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

However, Commander William Marks, spokesman for the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, later said the radar return was typical, and not connected to the missing plane.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/03/20/search-crew-something-big-down-there/

*Latest Update: March 20, 2014 05:29 pm

SO FAR, NOTHING TO ADD TO THE SATELLITE PICTURES…

Malaysian Insider

US aircraft fail to locate objects spotted by satellites

March 20, 2014
Latest Update: March 20, 2014 05:29 pm

After scouring the waters off the coast of Perth, Australia, for the objects spotted by satellites that had raised hopes that they belonged to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the US Navy said its aircraft had not been able to find anything yet to confirm the images.

Its P-8A Poseidon aircraft had completed its flight over the target area and found nothing. Other aircraft are also heading in, a tweet from NBC News said.

Officials told ABC News that the satellite sighting was the best lead at this stage in the investigation.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/us-aircraft-fail-to-locate-objects-spotted-by-satellites

Dimensions of the Boeing 777-200ER

  • Wing span: 60.9 metres
  • Overall length: 63.7 metres
  • Tail height: 18.5 metres
  • Fuselage diameter: 6.19 metre

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MH370: Two large objects spotted in the Indian Ocean

ABC News

Malaysia Airlines MH370: RAAF planes en route to possible debris in Indian Ocean

Updated 9 minutes ago

Australian search planes have been diverted to find two objects in the southern Indian Ocean “possibly related” to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says it has received an expert assessment of commercial satellite imagery of objects it suspects may indicate a “debris field” from the flight.

AMSA spokesman John Young said the images indicate that one of the objects measures around 24 metres in length.

Mr Young emphasised the objects may be difficult to locate and they may not be related to the search.

“The objects are relatively indistinct on the imagery. I don’t profess to be an expert in assessing the imagery, but those who are expert indicate they are credible sightings,” he said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-20/raaf-en-route-to-possible-debris-from-mh370-in-indian-ocean/5334314

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#‎MH370: Search planes are expected to reach the debris spot later this evening. Live updates:

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Malaysiakini

9:16AM Mar 20, 2014

Satellite images ‘credible’, one object 24m in size

12.50pm: According to the Herald Sun of Mebourne, the satellite images were captured in the vicinity of the search area as defined by the search in past two days.

“The imagery was assessed by experts this morning who deemed it to be ‘credible’.

One of the objects is up to 24 metres in length, Australian Maritime Safety Authority general manager John Young said today.

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

Young said the objects were much larger than a basketball.

“The largest image I’ve seen is assessed as being about 24m,” he said.

“And a number of other images in the general area.”

The objects seen on satellite radar are “possible indications of debris” about 2,500km south-west of Perth, south of the search area.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/257620

: Official: “This is a lead. Probably the best lead we have right now.”

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: Map: Australia Maritime Safety Authority search area for Malaysia Airlines flight

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CNN Breaking News

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Australia says possible objects in Indian Ocean

By Jethro Mullen and Mitra Mobasherat, CNN
March 20, 2014 — Updated 0521 GMT (1321 HKT)
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) — Australian authorities have spotted two objects in the southern Indian Ocean that are possibly related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The objects are indistinct but of “reasonable size” — the largest about 24 meters long (79 feet), said John Young, general manager of emergency response for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. They were “probably awash with water and bobbing up and down,” he said.

“If that piece of the plane is that big maybe it’s the tail section” David Gallo, who co-led the search for Air France Flight 447 which crashed in 2009.

The announcement raises hopes of finding parts of the plane after a huge search that is now in its 13th day. Previous reports of debris found in the sea have not turned out to be related to the passenger jet, which vanished over Southeast Asia earlier this month.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/20/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/possible-wreckage-spotted-in-search-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-raaf-plane-on-its-way-to-identify-objects/story-e6freon6-1226859723416

Watch the video: MH370: China families dragged away by police

Kay Burley Caught Up In Press Scrum At Malaysia News Conference

Press Chase Officials Removing Plane Relatives

*THE 12TH DAY is over….

LATEST FROM CBC NEWS:

Click on link for video news:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-pilot-s-simulator-probed-by-fbi-1.2578164

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No evidence for ANY theory…

Malaysian investigators — with the help of the FBI — are trying to restore files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane to see if they shed any light on the disappearance, officials said Wednesday.

Files containing records of simulations carried out on the program were deleted Feb. 3 from the device found in the home of the Malaysia Airlines pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu said.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference that Zaharie is considered innocent until proven guilty of any wrongdoing, and that members of his family are cooperating in the investigation.

*THE 12TH DAY!

BN-UMNO IS FURIOUS!!!

Withe Zunar’s cartoon.

CCC

The buck stops here – at the TOP!

Zunar tells The Post’s Comic Riffs that he holds his government accountable for its response at the highest levels.

“Prime Minister Najib [Razak] only opens his mouth on the seventh day,” he says, “when he sees an opportunity to blame opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim merely by the fact that the pilot, Zaharie [Ahmad Shah], is [an] Anwar supporter.”

Zunar put his opinion to paper in this no-holds-barred artwork, which we spotlight for readers — to weigh and engage, to laud or lambaste — as the Cartoon of the Day:

THE CHINESE ARE FURIOUS!

A day ago, there was a Bernama report that families of passengers of Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) flight MH370 from China who are being accommodated at the Hotel Cyberview Resort & Spa, here, are satisfied with the services provided by the airline.

Today, they are not! In fact, they are very angry!

Members of the media jostle to interview the Chinese nationals who slipped into the media centre undetected. SUNPIX by NORMAN HIU
Members of the media jostle to interview the Chinese nationals who slipped into the media centre undetected. SUNPIX by NORMAN HIU
One of the Chinese nationals screams as police forcibly remove her from the media centre. SUNPIX by NORMAN HIU
One of the Chinese nationals screams as police forcibly remove her from the media centre. SUNPIX by NORMAN HIU
A family member of the Chinese nationals onboard MH370 gets emotional as she speaks to the media at the Sama-Sama Hotel in Sepang, March 19, 2014. SUNPIX by NORMAN HIU

A family member of the Chinese nationals onboard MH370 gets emotional as she speaks to the media at the Sama-Sama Hotel in Sepang, March 19, 2014. SUNPIX by NORMAN HIU

昨天下午(19日)在吉隆坡國際機場Sama Sama酒店召開交長例常馬航記者會前1小時,一批中國家屬突然拉著橫幅衝進現場,要求大馬政府交代真相,場面混亂,有人之后被抬出現場。

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A distraught family member of a Chinese passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries as she is being brought into a room outside the media conference area at the Sama-Sama Hotel, near the KLIA, in Sepang. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 19, 2013.A distraught family member of a Chinese passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries as she is being brought into a room outside the media conference area at the Sama-Sama Hotel, near the KLIA, in Sepang. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 19, 2013.
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http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/commotion-at-press-venue-as-angry-relatives-of-passengers-on-mh370-demand-a

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Malay Mail: Chinese continue to call MAS, “Liar!”

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/chinese-relatives-continue-to-call-mas-liars-as-search-for-mh370-fa

Malaysiakini

4:59PM Mar 19, 2014

Angry Chinese nationals barge into briefing room

There was chaos at the auditorium used by the authorities for the daily press briefings on Flight Mh370 after a group of Chinese nationals barged in to speak to reporters.
The group, numbering at about a dozen people, said they were relatives of those on board the plane and want to express their anguish and anger after being brought to Malaysia, but are left with little information the search progress for the missing plane.
A group of police personnel appeared later to shoo them away before they could be interviewed.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/257575

NST

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is slated to hold a Press conference at the auditorium at 5.30pm.

The chaotic situation at the Sama-Sama Hotel’s auditorium. Pix by Yazit RazaliRead more: MISSING MH370: Commotion at Sama-Sama Hotel auditorium as woman barges in – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-missing-mh370-font-commotion-at-sama-sama-hotel-auditorium-as-woman-barges-in-1.521426#ixzz2wOmHPXcG

Star

Missing MH370: Sudden appearance of passengers’ family members cause commotion in media centre

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/19/Missing-MH370-family-members-commotion/

A family member of a missing relative on Malaysia Airlines MH370 from China breaks down as she speaks to the media gathered at Sama-Sama Hotel in Sepang. - EPA

A family member of a missing relative on Malaysia Airlines MH370 from China breaks down as she speaks to the media gathered at Sama-Sama Hotel in Sepang. – EPA

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BREAKING: 20 on board missing Malaysia Airlines worked for an ELECTRONIC WARFARE and MILITARY RADAR firm

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*THE 10TH DAY ends but…

*NO NEWS MAKES CHINESE TERRIBLY ANGRY!

YAHOO! NEWS MALAYSIA

“You’re always going back and forth. I think your government knows in their heart why we want you to answer us. Because you’re always tricking us, telling us lies,” added one man.

Angry Chinese families threaten hunger strike over missing plane

BEIJING (Reuters) – Furious Chinese families threatened on Tuesday to go on hunger strike until the Malaysian government tells them the truth about the fate of their relatives aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight which went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Ten days after the airliner vanished an hour into its flight, hundreds of family members are still waiting for information in a Beijing hotel.

Around two thirds of the 239 passengers on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are Chinese.

Families vented their pain and anger on Chinese representatives sent by the airline to meet them on Tuesday and demanded to see the Malaysian ambassador.

“What we want is the truth. Don’t let them become victims of politics. No matter what political party you are, no matter how much power you have, if there isn’t life, what’s the point? Where is compassion?” asked one middle-aged woman angrily.

China has repeatedly called on the Malaysian side to do a better job at looking after the relatives of the Chinese passengers, and to provide them with updated information.

“China has all along demanded that the Malaysian side and Malaysia Airlines earnestly respond to the reasonable requests of the Chinese families,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing.

Anger has also spread online, with some Chinese calling on the government to impose sanctions on Malaysia for its poor handling of the incident.

“Malaysia knew that the plane changed direction, yet concealed it, knew that it was not in South China Sea, yet let everyone look there for several days, and they are still hiding all kinds of information,” one user wrote on microblogging site Sina Weibo. “This rogue state really should be sanctioned.”

(Additional reporting by Li Hui; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)

http://my.news.yahoo.com/angry-chinese-families-threaten-hunger-strike-over-missing-094542354–finance.html

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(北京18日綜合電)馬航航班失聯已經第11天,感到絕望的中國家屬今日恫言,將通過絕食行動,要求大馬官員向他們說出真相。

http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/508698

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International Business Times

New Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ‘Cyber Hijack’ Theory Emerges After ‘Vulnerabilities’ Found In Inflight System

on March 16 2014 8:14 PM

As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues, investigators have come across some startling evidence that the plane could have been hijacked using a mobile phone or even a USB stick. The theory comes from a British anti-terrorism expert who says cyber terrorists could have used a series of “codes” to hack the plane’s in-flight entertainment system and infiltrate the security software.

According to Sally Leivesley, a former scientific adviser to the UK’s Home Office, the Boeing 777’s speed, direction and altitude could have been changed using radio signals sent from a small device.

“It might well be the world’s first cyber hijack,” Leivesley told the U.K.’s Sunday Express. “This is a very early version of what I would call a smart plane, a fly-by-wire aircraft controlled by electronic signals.”

Leivesley said that the evidence increasingly indicates that someone took over the plane’s controls “in a deceptive manner” and overwhelmed the plane’s system either remotely or from a seat on the plane.

Read more:

http://www.ibtimes.com/new-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-cyber-hijack-theory-emerges-after-vulnerabilities-found-inflight#.UydveVSAkvI.twitter

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Today’s looks at the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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Mapping MH370: Satellite reveals plane still flying hours after disappearance

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*THE 9TH DAY: DOOM AND GLOOM DEEPENS…

No news is BAD news!

New York Times

As U.S. Looks for Terror Links in Plane Case, Malaysia Rejects Extensive Help

WASHINGTON — With malicious intent strongly suspected in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, American intelligence and law enforcement agencies renewed their search over the weekend for any evidence that the plane’s diversion was part of a terrorist plot. But they have found nothing so far, senior officials said, and their efforts have been limited by the Malaysian authorities’ refusal to accept large-scale American assistance.

There are just two F.B.I. agents in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, where local investigators are hunting for clues that the two pilots or any of the other 237 people on board had links to militant groups or other motives to hijack the flight.

In the days after the plane went missing on March 8, American investigators scoured their huge intelligence databases for information about those on board but came up dry.

With no obvious motive apparent, American investigators are considering a range of possibilities, though they caution that all remain merely speculative. Among them are involvement by Al Qaeda’s Southeast Asian affiliate, which once discussed recruiting commercial pilots in Malaysia to crash a plane; an act by members of China’s Uighur minority, who have recently become more militant and could conceivably have targeted a plane headed to Beijing; a lone-wolf attack by someone without ties to established terrorist groups; or even a suicidal move by a troubled individual.

American officials said the announcement of the criminal investigation did not change their view of the situation, as the Malaysians offered little evidence that had not already been learned in the past week.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/world/asia/as-us-looks-for-terror-links-in-plane-case-malaysia-rejects-extensive-help.html?action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article

As the 9th day dawns, the Malaysian authorities seem to have run out of leads or wits.

Now, they are investigating a flight engineer who was among the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane.

A flight engineer is responsible for overseeing systems on a plane during flights to confirm they are working correctly and to make repairs if necessary.

As an engineer specialising in executive jets, Khairul would not necessarily have all the knowledge needed to divert and fly a large jetliner.

WHY INVESTIGATE HIM? Some would call it ‘grasping at straws”.

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: My son has done no wrong, says father of flight engineer

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Malaysian Insider

Police probe flight engineer on missing plane

March 17, 2014
Latest Update: March 17, 2014 01:55 pm

Malaysian police are investigating a flight engineer who was among the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane, as they focus on the pilots and anyone else on board who had technical flying knowledge, a senior police official said.

The aviation engineer is Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, 29, a Malaysian who has said on social media he had worked for a private jet charter company.

“Yes, we are looking into Mohd Khairul as well as the other passengers and crew. The focus is on anyone else who might have had aviation skills on that plane,” a senior police official with knowledge of the investigations told Reuters.

Malaysian investigators are trawling through the backgrounds of the pilots, crew and ground staff who worked on the missing Boeing 777-200ER for clues as to why someone on board flew it hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of miles off course.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/police-probe-flight-engineer-on-missing-plane

*THE 8TH DAY BRINGS NO GOOD NEWS.

Police search the pilot’s home!
PLEASE DON’T ASSUME THAT HE IS GUILTY! That is uncalled for.

Police left after searching MAS captain’s posh home in gated community

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Malaysiakini

4:42PM Mar 15, 2014

Police search home of missing plane’s pilot

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Police began searching the home of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight today, after Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed the plane was suspected to have been deliberately diverted, a senior police official told Reuters.

Police officers arrived at the home of the captain, 53-year-old Zaharie Ahmad Shah in Shah Alam, on Saturday afternoon, shortly after Najib ended his news conference.

Zaharie has apparently set up the Boeing 777 simulator at his home.

Pictures posted by Zaharie on his Facebook page show a simulator with three computer monitors, a tangle of wires and several

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/257174

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah Flight Simulator #MH370

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PM Najib press conference on MAS flight MH370. No confirmation or denial of the hijacking theory: Investigating ALL..

These are the main items in Najib’s speech

1 New information shows the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was disabled just before the aircraft reached the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Shortly afterwards, near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control, the aircraft’s transponder was switched off.

3 The last confirmed communication between the plane and the satellite was at 8:11am Malaysian time on Saturday, March 8.

3 MH370 turned back. It then flew in a westerly direction back over Peninsular Malaysia before turning northwest.

4 Possible routes taken by the MH370:
(a) a northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, or
(b) a southern corridor stretching approximately from Indonesia to the southern Indian ocean.

6 The relevant foreign embassies pf countries in these two corridors have been invited to a briefing on the new information today by the Malaysian Foreign Ministry and the technical experts.

5 All operations in the South China Sea will end. The search for MH370 has entered a new phase.

6 “Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear: we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate from its original flight path.”

Missing MH370: Najib’s full statement

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/257165

THEY ARE ALL WAITING FOR THE PM! These Big Shots will keep everyone waiting for sure…
You can try the following links:
1 http://abcnews.go.com/live
2 http://www.livestation.com/reuters?source=redirect

*THE 8TH DAY

BREAKING NEWS!

MALAYSIA SAYS IT’S A HIJACK! Really? Wait for the confirmation/denial.

*Here comes the DENIAL! BUT WHAT WILL THE PM NAJIB SAY? (KUALA LUMPUR: the Prime Minister is expected to confirm the hijacking of MH370 at a press conference here this afternoon. http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/03/15/pm-to-confirm-hijacking-of-mh370/)

The Telegraph

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: investigator denies claim plane was hijacked

4:22AM GMT 15 Mar 2014

Unnamed Malaysian government official claimed investigators had concluded that one of the pilots or someone else with flying experience hijacked the plane

The head of the investigation into the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has denied any conclusive evidence of hijacking and said it was just one of a number of lines they’re looking at.

His comments came after a Malaysian government official said investigators had concluded that one of the pilots or someone else with flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10699933/Missing-Malaysia-Airlines-flight-MH370-investigator-denies-claim-plane-was-hijacked.html

*Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to brief the media later today

Perth Now News

INVESTIGATORS have concluded that one or more people with significant flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, switched off communication devices and steered it off-course, a Malaysian government official involved in the investigation said this afternoon.

The official, who is involved in the investigation, told the Associated Press no motive has been established and no demands have been made known, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media.

The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory. “It is conclusive,’’ he added.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/world/malaysia-confirms-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-was-hijacked/story-fnhrvhol-1226855315871

Malaysiakini

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has been hijacked, according to a news report.

According to AP, a Malaysian government official said that hijacking was no longer just a theory: “It is conclusive.”

The official, who is involved in the investigation, said they have determined that one of the pilots or someone else with flying experience hijacked the missing jet.

However, the motive has not been established while it is unclear where the plane was taken.

Speculation is rife that Malaysian government will announce this at a press conference slated for 1pm.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/257152

NVO News

NASA joins hunt for missing MAS flight MH370 by mining data archives

BY | March 15, 2014

The joining of NASA will help Malaysian government and its civil aviation department to immensely benefit from its images of the area on the day the connection was lost with the plane. A Reuters report said that “several governments are using imagery satellites – platforms that take high definition photos – while data from private sector communications satellites is also being examined”.

In the meantime NASA’s joining the hunt for clue into the loss of the plane is a big development for relatives of the passengers of the flight. “Activities under way include mining data archives of satellite data acquired earlier and using space-based assets, such as the Earth-Observing-1(EO-1) satellite and the ISERV camera on the International Space Station, to acquire new images of possible crash sites… The resolution of images from these instruments could be used to identify objects of about 98 feet or larger”, a NASA press statement said following the decision.

http://nvonews.com/2014/03/15/nasa-joins-hunt-for-missing-mas-flight-mh370-by-mining-data-archives/

Malaysian Insider

Classified intelligence analysis of electronic and satellite data has indicated that the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight 370 likely crashed either in the Bay of Bengal or somewhere in the Indian Ocean, an exclusive report by the CNN said.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/classified-data-shows-plane-may-have-crashed-in-bay-of-bengal-or-indian-oce

CNN Exclusive: Analysis shows two possible Indian Ocean paths for airliner

By Barbara Starr and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN
March 15, 2014 — Updated 0201 GMT (1001 HKT)

CLICK ON LINK FOR REPORT AND VIDEO!

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/
CNN Exclusive: Analysis shows two possible Indian Ocean paths for airlinerCNN
‎- 32 minutes ago Washington (CNN) — Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 made drastic changes in altitude and direction after disappearing from civilian radar, U.S. 

SATELLITE PINGS: A NEW ‘SOURCE’ OF INFORMATION?

Malayiakini

9:53AM Mar 15, 2014

Pulses from plane point to Indian Ocean

Analysis of electronic pulses picked up from a missing Malaysian airliner shows it could have run out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean after it flew hundreds of miles off course, a source familiar with official US assessments said on Friday.The source, who is familiar with data the U.S. government is receiving from the investigation into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane, said the other, but less likely possibility, was that it flew on toward India.The data obtained from pulses the plane sent to satellites had been interpreted to provide two different analyses because it was ambiguous, said the source, who declined to be identified because of the ongoing investigation.But it offers the first real clues as to the fate of Flight MH370, which officials increasingly believe was deliberately diverted off its scheduled course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.- Reuters

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/257139

*THE 7TH DAY

IS IT SABOTAGE THAT THE MALAYSIAN AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING?

What emerges is the first clear indication that foul play is the main focus of official suspicions in the Boeing 777’s disappearance.

Star

Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 5:23:26 PM

Missing MH370: Radar data suggests plane flown deliberately towards Andamans

Military radar-tracking evidence suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown across the Malay peninsula towards the Andaman Islands, sources familiar with the investigation told Reuters on Friday. - PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS

Military radar-tracking evidence suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown across the Malay peninsula towards the Andaman Islands, sources familiar with the investigation told Reuters on Friday. – PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS

KUALA LUMPUR: Military radar-tracking evidence suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown across the Malay peninsula towards the Andaman Islands, sources familiar with the investigation told Reuters on Friday.

Two sources said an unidentified aircraft that investigators believe was Flight MH370 was following a route between navigational waypoints – indicating it was being flown by someone with aviation training – when it was last plotted on military radar off the country’s northwest coast.

The last plot on the military radar’s tracking suggested the plane was flying towards India’s Andaman Islands, a chain of isles between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, they said.

Waypoints are geographic locations, worked out by calculating longitude and latitude, that help pilots navigate along established air corridors.

A third source familiar with the investigation said inquiries were focusing increasingly on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight, with 239 people on board, hundreds of miles off its intended course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

“What we can say is we are looking at sabotage, with hijack still on the cards,” said that source, a senior Malaysian police official.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/14/Missing-MH370-Radar-data-suggests-missing-plane-flown-deliberately-towards-Andamans/

Was it sabotage?

Mirror

MH370 live: Missing Malaysian plane could have flown on for another FOUR HOURS after it disappeared from radar

The revelation means Flight MH370 may have travelled a further 2,200 miles from its last known position.

Military radar-tracking evidence suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown across the Malay peninsula towards the Andaman Islands, sources familiar with the investigation told Reuters.

Two sources said an unidentified aircraft that investigators believe was Flight MH370 was following a route between navigational waypoints – indicating it was being flown by someone with aviation training – when it was last plotted on military radar off the country’s northwest coast.

The last plot on the military radar’s tracking suggested the plane was flying toward India’s Andaman Islands, a chain of isles between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, they said.

Waypoints are geographic locations, worked out by calculating longitude and latitude, that help pilots navigate along established air corridors.

A third source familiar with the investigation said inquiries were focusing increasingly on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight, with 239 people on board, hundreds of miles off its intended course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-live-3239624#ixzz2vvT4WA9M
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DID MH370 BEAM SIGNALS BACK TO ROLLS ROYCE?

1.Over the last two days, unnamed US officials have repeatedly said that engine data from MH370 was beamed back to Rolls Royce after 1.30am on Saturday when the plane carrying 239 passengers and crew went missing on its flight from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing, China.

2. Defence-cum-Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysian authorities have checked with Rolls Royce, and the engine maker of the Boeing 777-200ER jet has categorically denied the reports which had quoted unnamed sources.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/03/14/mh370-rolls-royce-denies-engine-data-report/

3. Rolls Royce: statement

Rolls-Royce concurs with the statement made by Malaysia’s Transport Minister regarding engine monitoring data.

Malaysian Insider

MH370 sent ‘pings’ on its location up to 5 hours after disappearance, says Wall Street Journal

March 14, 2014

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 transmitted its location repeatedly to satellites in the space of five hours after it disappeared, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

It said MH370 sent a series of “pings” about its speed and altitude, the paper quoted people briefed on the matter as saying.

This comes as the search for the missing jet expanded to the Indian Ocean today.

The paper added that “the final ping was sent from over water, at what one of these people called a normal cruising altitude”. No one could explain why the final pings stopped. – March 14, 2014.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mh370-sent-pings-on-its-location-up-to-5-hours-after-disappearance-says-wal

*THE SEARCH EXPANDS TO THE INDIAN OCEAN!

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Star

Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 3:02:17 AM

US zeroes in on Indian Ocean to find missing MH370

PETALING JAYA: A new search area in the Indian Ocean has raised hopes of finding the missing MH370 with the Pentagon confirming that new evidence has emerged.

A Pentagon official told The Star that the US was opening a new area of investigation following indications that the Boeing 777-200ER could have gone down there.

When contacted at 2am on Friday, the official said he had no knowledge of whether missile destroyer USS Kidd was heading there for search operations.

“The White House press secretary has just said that we may open a search in the Indian Ocean,” he said.

He said this when asked to confirm a report by ABC News, which reported that US officials had an “indication” that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane may have crashed in the Indian Ocean and was moving the USS Kidd to the area to begin searching.

The report quoted a senior Pentagon official as saying that it will take another 24 hours to move the ship into position.

Reuters reported that White House spokesman Jay Carney said they had new information on the whereabouts of the plane.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/14/Missing-plane-Indian-Ocean/

Star

Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 6:41:25 AM

Missing MH370: USS Kidd being moved into position in the Indian Ocean

The missile destroyer USS Kidd as featured in this US Navy file picture from 2008

The missile destroyer USS Kidd as featured in this US Navy file picture from 2008

The USS Kidd (DDG-100), currently sailing to the suspected crash site of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane MH370 in the Indian Ocean, is one of 62 guided missile destroyers of the Arleigh Burke class, designed for anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and anti-surface operations.

It was been deployed to join its sister ship, the USS Pinckney (DDG-91) on March 10, after the Pinckney was diverted from a training mission in the South China Sea on March 8 to assist with the search and rescue operations.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/14/USS-Kidd-being-moved-into-position-in-the-Indian-Ocean/

SSS

THIS IS NOW THE 6TH DAY.

The 7th Day is coming with no sign of any lucky break in the ill-fated chaotic search for MH370.

Malaysiakini

6:18PM Mar 13, 2014

Gov’t dismisses ‘MH370 flew for hours’ report

MAS chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya has denied reports that the missing flight MH370 had continued flying for hours, based on alleged engine data.
He said the report claiming that the engine had been running for hours after it was last seen were untrue.
“Based on our records, the last Acars (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) transmission was done at 1.07am local time, and that was the last transmission (of engine data) that we have received from the aircraft. It did not run beyond that,” he told a press conference today.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/257026

*New: Hostage theory

Mercury News

Malaysia Airlines plane Flight MH370 missing: New hostage theory

US investigators are pursuing the possibility that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew are being held against their will at an unknown location.

The Wall Street Journal has this afternoon published sensational claims that counterterrorism officials now believe somebody on board deliberately turned off the plane’s transponders to avoid radar detection.

The report said data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing 777’s engines indicated the plane remained in the air for a total of five hours – a further four hours after contact was lost.

“Officials were told investigators are actively pursuing the notion that the plane was diverted ‘with the intention of using it later for another purpose’,” the paper said, quoting an unnamed source.

A total flight time of five hours after departing Kuala Lumpur means the Boeing 777 could have continued for an additional distance of about 2,200 nautical miles, reaching points as far as the Indian Ocean, the border of Pakistan or even the Arabian Sea, based on the jet’s cruising speed, the paper said.

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/world/malaysia-airlines-plane-flight-mh370-missing-new-hostage-theory/story-fnj3ty5y-1226853195656?from=public_rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Banerjee is convinced the plane disintegrated mid-air at 30,000 ft following a structural failure, giving the pilots no time to send a distress alert.

Fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will prove us right or wrong: Indian pilots

KOLKATA: Even as the world waits with bated breath to know about the fate of 239 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that went missing five days ago, pilots of Indian carriers are uneasy over technical aspects of the incident that are yet unexplained.

Such is the sense of puzzlement and discomfort that it is the only subject of discussion in the fraternity.

The mystery of flight MH370 is the only subject being discussed in pilots’ gatherings at airline offices and clubs around the country,” said Jet Airways captain Sarvesh Gupta.

Both Jet Airways and Air India use Boeing B777-ER, identical to the Malaysia Airlines mystery plane, in overseas operations. While the plane has an excellent safety record, having been involved in only two accidents since its induction nearly 12 years ago, the latest mystery has rattled pilots who have their own theories but are anxious to find out if they are correct.

Captain Jaideep Banerjee concurred. “I have a theory like all pilots do about what happened on Saturday night. We are waiting for the wreckage to surface because it will either prove us right or wrong. If it is right, it means we are on the job. If not, it is a signal that we need to pull up our socks or look at aspects of the flight system that were unknown to behave in that manner before,” he said.

Banerjee is convinced the plane disintegrated mid-air at 30,000 ft following a structural failure, giving the pilots no time to send a distress alert. “Had the pilot had time, even if he was beyond radio coverage, all he needed to do was just change the transponder code to 7700. That is the standard alert code,” he said.

If a plane disintegrates at that altitude, it will be blown to smithereens and debris will scatter over 80-sq km radius. Even when the Air France flight 447 disappeared in June 2009, it took four days to locate the debris. But what either Banerjee or Gupta cannot make sense is why the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), a device that is on board the aircraft and switches on automatically to transmit signals to dedicated search and rescue satellites on impact with land or contact with water, is not functioning.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Fate-of-Malaysia-Airlines-flight-MH370-will-prove-us-right-or-wrong-Indian-pilots/articleshow/31871665.cms

*A NEW AND DISTURBING THEORY

American investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

Aviation investigators and national security officials believe the plane flew for a total of five hours based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing Co 777’s engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring programme, the paper said.

That raised a host of new questions and possibilities about what happened aboard the wide-body jet carrying 239 people, which vanished from civilian air-traffic control radar over the weekend, about one hour into a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/lost-mh370-flew-on-for-hours-after-vanishing-from-radar-reports-wsj


(華盛頓、北京、吉隆坡13日訊)美國調查機構懷疑,馬航MH370客機與控制塔失去聯繫后,還曾繼續飛行4小時!

不過,這項報導較后被在北京麗都飯店會見乘客家屬的馬航高層否認,並形容這個報導失實。

http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/506912
更多詳細報導,請翻閱今晚/明日《中國報》!

Malaysiakini

1:57PM Mar 13, 2014

New twist: Engine data shows jet flew on for hours

Adding another puzzling twist to the MH370 saga, US investigators now suspect that the plane remained airborne long after radar disappearance based on engine data.

Quoting those familiar with the investigation, the report said the information was obtained from the data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing 777’s engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring programme.

The financial daily also said that counter-terrorism officials are probing the possibility of the pilot or someone else had diverted the aircraft towards an undisclosed location after turning off the jetliner’s transponders to avoid radar detection.

The report comes as authorities remain uncertain about which ocean to search for the jetliner that went missing on Saturday after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.

According to WSJ, the engines’ onboard monitoring system is provided by their manufacturer, Rolls-Royce PLC, and it periodically sends data about engine health, operations and aircraft movements to facilities on the ground.

“As part of its maintenance agreements, Malaysia Airlines transmits its engine data live to Rolls-Royce for analysis.

“The system compiles data from inside the 777’s two Trent 800 engines and transmits snapshots of performance, as well as the altitude and speed of the jet.

“Those snippets are compiled and transmitted in 30-minute increments, said one person familiar with the system.”

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/256977

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