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Old March 10th, 2014, 06:50 AM   #2601
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Behind jet’s passenger list is rich human tapestry
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BANGKOK — Numbered 1 to 227, the passenger manifest for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is an outwardly unremarkable document.

But behind the columns of capitalized names, nationalities and ages are 227 unique stories, part of a rich human tapestry that assembles every time a flight departs. There were middle-aged Australians with wanderlust, an acclaimed Chinese calligrapher, a young Indonesian man heading to begin a new career, and two people traveling on stolen passports.

More than a day and a half has passed since the Boeing 777 disappeared from radar screens in the first hour of a six-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. From France to Australia and China, families and friends are enduring an agonizing wait for news about Flight MH370.

The flight had a crew of 12, all from Malaysia, a melting pot nation of ethnic Malays, Chinese and Indians. Passengers on the popular business and tourist route were mostly from China and Malaysia, along with smatterings of people from other corners of the world: Americans, Australians, Indians, French, Indonesians, Ukrainians and other nationalities.

Some traveled alone, some in groups. They were young sweethearts and wrinkled older couples. Some had business in mind, others thought of art. Seventy-four years separates the youngest, 2-year-old Moheng Wang, and the oldest, 76-year-old Rusheng Liu.

“I can only pray for a miracle,” said Daniel Liau, the organizer of a calligraphic and painting exhibition in Malaysia attended by acclaimed Chinese calligrapher Meng Gaosheng, who boarded the flight with 18 other artists plus six family members and four staff.

“I feel very sad. Even though I knew them for a short time, they have become my friends,” Liau said.

Also traveling as a group were eight Chinese and 12 Malaysian employees of Austin, Texas, semiconductor company Freescale, which said it was assembling “around-the-clock support” for their families.

Each day more than 80,000 flights take off and land around the world without incident. For seasoned Australian travelers Robert Lawton, 58, and his wife, Catherine, 54, the seemingly routine takeoff of flight MH370 was the beginning of another adventure.

“They mentioned in passing they were going on another big trip and they were really excited,” Caroline Daintith, a neighbor, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television of the couple described as doting grandparents.

Sharing their adventure was another 50-something Australian couple, Rodney and Mary Burrows. Neighbor Don Stokes said the trip was intended as the beginning of the “next step in their life.”

Among the family groups on board were teenage sweethearts Hadrien Wattrelos, 17, and Zhao Yan, 18, students at a French school in Beijing who were returning from the Malaysian leg of a two-week holiday along with Hadrien’s mother and younger sister.

In December, Zhao changed her Facebook profile photo to one of her and Hadrien. He had commented: “Je t’aime,” followed by a heart, and she had “liked” his comment.

Some boarded the plane with more serious purposes in mind.

Colleagues of Chandrika Sharma said the 50-year-old director of the Chennai chapter of an organization that works with fishermen was on her way from the southern Indian city to Mongolia for a Food and Agriculture Organization conference.

“There must still be hope,” said a colleague, Venogupal, who like many in India goes by one name.

He seemed, however, to be bracing for the worst. “She was friendly and very loveable, very industrious and astute. We will miss her.”

For 24-year-old Firman Chandra Siregar from Medan, Indonesia, the flight was a new chapter. In Beijing, he was to start a three-year contract with Schlumberger, an oilfield services company. (my ex company)



Dozens of relatives and neighbors gathered at his family’s home, some tearful, praying or watching news of the search and rescue operation. Like Sharma’s colleagues, they were forced to let hope ebb away.

A team from the Indonesian police’s Disaster Victim Identification unit collected DNA samples and medical records from Firman’s family and photographed pictures of Firman that hung on the walls of the family home.

The motivation of some on board is murky. Two passengers were traveling with stolen EU passports — fueling speculation that the plane’s disappearance was not an accident.

Yet the documents are just two of at least 39 million lost and stolen passports around the world. Last year, there were more than 29.3 million flights worldwide. By chance, many of those flights would have a passenger traveling on a stolen passport. They may be criminals, people seeking a better life, or something else.

Also by chance: Liu Hongwei was not on Flight MH370.

The Beijing-based head of an investment company and friend of the calligrapher Meng said that he was invited to the exhibition and cultural exchange in Malaysia as a sponsor, but that business commitments kept him from going.

“That could have been me on that plane,” he said. “We’re all very worried.”

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McGuirk reported from Canberra, Australia. Researcher Fu Ting in Shanghai, Associated Press video journalist Isolda Morillo in Beijing and AP writers Gillian Wong in Beijing, Katy Daigle in New Delhi, Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contributed to this report.



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By the way, a senior management staff of a Malaysian property developer was also onboard, along with relatives of a former Malaysian corporate personality.

A Malaysian lady based in Pennsylvania, USA who works with Eastman Chemical Company was also onboard.

In USA Today's headlines, one of the American national onboard hailed from Texas and employed with IBM in Malaysia.

Muktesh Mukherjee, 42, a Canadian, and his wife Xiaomo Bai, 37, were also onboard. He was the vice president of China operations for Xcoal Energy & Resources.
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BREAKING: Malaysia Airlines says west coast of country (and the straits of Meleka) now the focus of search for missing plane.

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It must be very comfortable when sitting on the seat jets that use the tapestry as a wrapper seat
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Old March 12th, 2014, 08:56 AM   #2604
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Japan, India joining the search team - Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, China, the US, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand

12 countries search team! Thanks a lot to all countries!!!
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Old March 15th, 2014, 01:48 PM   #2606
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- Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on a Boeing 777-200ER with registration no. 9M-MRO departed KLIA at 12.41AM local Malaysian time and scheduled to arrive at Beijing at 6.20AM local time.

- The Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was disabled just before the aircraft reached the East coast of Peninsular Malaysia at 1.07AM.

- Shortly afterwards, near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control in South China Sea, the aircraft’s transponder was "deliberately" switched off at 1.21AM.

- Subang Air Traffic Control said that its civilian radar and communications completely lost contact with the plane by 2.40AM.

- Royal Malaysian Air Force primary military radar showed that an unknown aircraft flew across it at 2.15AM about 200 miles northwest of Penang.

- Based on its data, the aircraft flew at about 45,000 feet and then dropping to 23,000 feet before climbing again - this may also mean flying at changing directions.

- This flightpath means the aircraft has turned back from its intended path, and flew westwards heading towards Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal and eventually Indian Ocean. This also means that the aircraft did not crash when it disappeared from radar.

- According to new data provided by British satellite company Immarsat, the aircraft detected by the Malaysian military was indeed flight MH370.

- Further, the satellite had received Pings (beam data) from the aircraft's Rolls-Royce engines until 8.11AM local Malaysian time on Saturday.

- This means that the aircraft was still flying 7 hours before it disappeared from the radar of Subang Air Traffic Control.

- All forensic work and deliberation between the FAA, NTSB, AAIB and the Malaysian authorities, working separately on these data, concur.

- However, due to the type of satellite data, authorities were not able to confirm the precise location of the plane when it last made contact with the satellite.

- Based on this new data, the aviation authorities of Malaysia and their international counterparts believed that the plane’s last communication with the satellite was in one of two possible corridors: a northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, or a southern corridor stretching approximately from Indonesia to the southern Indian ocean. It could also be in places in Middle East and Iran.

- If the jetliner did fly into the Indian Ocean, a vast expanse with depths of more than 7,000 metres (23,000 feet), the task faced by searchers would become dramatically more difficult. Winds and currents could shift any surface debris tens of nautical miles within hours.

- As the two new corridors involve many countries of the world, Malaysia now calls upon these countries for a briefing on the new developments and eventually requesting their participation in this investigation.

- Many days ago, Malaysia Airlines vice president of operations, Fuad Sharuji told CNN that the aircraft should have run out of fuel by 8.30AM Saturday morning (between 8.30AM to 9.00AM) as it had 7.5 hours of fuel on board from the time it vanished.

- Normally, when aircraft crash into the ocean, their black boxes emit homing signal transmissions so they can be located. But no signals were ever detected from MH370 black boxes.

- At least 14 countries, 43 ships and 58 aircraft are involved in the search for this aircraft.

- There were two Iranians travelling on Italian and Austrian passports stolen from Thailand over the past two years. Another Iranian known as "Mr Ali" bought their tickets from a travel agent in Pattaya just a day before this flight, under MH370's code-share partner of China Southern Airlines.

- Malaysia Airlines is one of the world's safest air carriers after Qantas and Singapore Airlines. It has only had two accidents in the past. One was from pilot error on a Fokker 50 plane that crashed in Tawau in 1995 with 34 killed and another one was a hijacking incident on a Boeing 737-200 that crashed in Tanjung Kupang, Johor in 1977 with 100 dead.
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If the plane was hijacked one has to ask how did they even get into the cockpit, unless the pilots were involved?
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That little o, * or tm indicates the alliance. But in this case it's mistakenly placed on the AK = AirAsia and not on MH = Malaysian Airlines when they joined OneWorld.
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If the plane was hijacked one has to ask how did they even get into the cockpit, unless the pilots were involved?
I feel like the plane didnt crash .... it was most likely hijacked and taken / landed in some random island / country.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 04:42 AM   #2613
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Thailand finds radar blips that could be MH370, India says Indian Ocean has black holes
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A woman with a T-shirt bearing a message 'Unite For MH370' during a vigil for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. MH370 has now gone missing for 12 days. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, March 19, 2014.


The international search for flight MH370 entered its 12th day with Thailand now saying its military took 10 days to report radar blips that could have been the lost Malaysia Airlines jet "because we did not pay attention to it".

India also reported that the Boeing 777-200ER (9M-MRO) carrying 239 people could have escaped detection by flying into a part of the Indian Ocean that gets irregular radar checks.


Both reports do not bring any fresh clues to finding the lost flight dubbed as an “unprecedented aviation mystery" after it vanished into thin air early March 8 while en route to Beijing.

Thai military officials said yesterday their own radar showed an unidentified plane, possibly flight MH370, flying towards the Strait of Malacca minutes after the Malaysian jet's transponder signal was lost.

Air force spokesman Air Vice-Marshal Montol Suchookorn said the Thai military did not know whether the plane it detected was flight MH370, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported in its website.

Thailand's failure to share possible information about the plane may not substantially change what Malaysian officials now know, but it raised questions about the degree to which some countries were sharing their defence data, the news portal said.

A coalition of 26 countries, including Thailand, is looking for flight MH370 with search crews scouring two giant arcs of territory amounting to the size of Australia – half of it in the remote seas of the southern Indian Ocean. The search teams had earlier searched the Gulf of Thailand with no success.

The search for the plane is among the largest in aviation history.

The United States navy said P-3 and P-8 surveillance aircraft were methodically sweeping over swathes of ocean, known as "mowing the grass", while using radar to detect any debris in the water and high-resolution cameras to snap images.

Australian and Indonesian planes and ships are searching waters to the south of Indonesia's Sumatra Island all the way down to the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean.

Several Malaysian navy ships have also started their search in that area as more assets are deployed to find the missing plane.

Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on March 8 and its transponder, which allows air traffic controllers to identify and track the airplane, ceased communicating at 1.21am, Malaysian authorities said.

Montol said that at 1.28am, Thai military radar "was able to detect a signal, which was not a normal signal, of a plane flying in the direction opposite from the MH370 plane," back towards Kuala Lumpur.

The plane later turned right, toward Butterworth, along the Malacca strait. The radar signal was infrequent and did not include any data such as the flight number.

Asked why it took so long to release the information, Montol said: "Because we did not pay any attention to it. The Royal Thai Air Force only looks after any threats against our country."

The Canadian portal reported him as saying the plane never entered Thai airspace and that Malaysia's initial request for information in the early days of the search was not specific.

"When they asked again and there was new information and assumptions from Prime Minister (Datuk Seri) Najib Razak, we took a look at our information again," he said.

"It didn't take long for us to figure out, although it did take some experts to find out about it," the portal quoted him as saying.

Indian officials told CNN that if flight MH370 did fly through the southern part of the Indian Ocean, then there was a good chance that Indian radar systems did not even pick it up.

An Indian military official revealed that the radar systems covering the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were not as closely watched by the Indian military as others.

That left open the possibility that the systems did not notice the jet as it crossed through the area, the global television channel said.

"If flight 370 flew along that proposed southern corridor, then there’s a good chance that it did so through this ‘black hole’ in the Indian Ocean.

"The possibility that Indian radar systems missed flight 370 is frightening, because if they had picked up any sign of the jet, the plane’s flight path, timetable, and search area could be so much more focused," CNN said.

Besides a black hole in radar monitoring, the plane may have also dropped its altitude to a meagre 5,000 feet (1,500m) in order to avoid any further detection, Malaysia's New Straits Times reported on Monday.

But aviation experts said that low altitude would not be enough to escape radar detection as the systems work on line of sight and low-flying passenger jets would be noticed by people on the ground.

Cmdr William Marks, a spokesman for the US 7th fleet, said finding the plane was like trying to locate a few people somewhere between New York and California.

The new search area encompasses 2.24 million square nautical miles, from the Caspian Sea in the north to the edge of the Indian Ocean in the south. – March 19, 2014.

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If the plane was hijacked one has to ask how did they even get into the cockpit, unless the pilots were involved?
the pilots were known for letting people in the cockpit for taking pictures and stuff.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 06:26 AM   #2615
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Watching news these days are filled with media frenzy and interesting stories about this missing #MH370. My thoughts are still with the families of the passengers and crews.

Understandably, Malaysia showed lack of preparedness and immaturity in handling such event as we never had this experience.

As for China, their media is going all out to swipe at Malaysia and all others that are involved in the search especially the US. It's like a "reliever" or "painkiller" from their point of view. However, China has so far provided some theories, some images of debris and an apparent seismic activity undersea, both of which are untrue.



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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama (pic) said the search for the missing Malaysian airliner was a "top priority" for the United States and offered every possible resource - including the FBI.

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"We have put every resource that we have available at the disposal of the search process," he said. "There has been close cooperation with the Malaysian government."


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KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Malaysia’s radar system has the ability to track an aircraft flying westwards from the peninsula right up to the Indian Ocean, former finance minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, fuelling a now popular view that the country had allegedly responded too late to the MH370 crisis or has been withholding information.

Anwar, now the leader of Malaysia’s federal opposition, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview this morning that he had been the finance minister when Malaysia procured the Radar Marconi system.
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NAGOYA: AirAsia X Bhd (AirAsia X) commenced its inaugural direct flight into Nagoya from Kuala Lumpur on Monday, making it the group’s third destination in Japan after Tokyo and Osaka.

Flight D7 542 arrived in Chubu Centrair International Airport at 14:20pm carrying 341 passengers, a 90 per cent passenger load. The airline will commence four weekly flights into Nagoya, Japan.

The AirAsia X flight, D7 542 which was operated by the Airbus A330-300 aircraft landed with a welcoming water canon salute arranged by Chubu Centrair International Airport at the tarmac. AirAsia X chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, director Datuk Fam Lee Ee, chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani and a few of AirAsia X’s senior management officials were among the passengers on board the inaugural flight.

They were warmly greeted at a press conference by the Malaysian Ambassador to Japan Datuk Shaharuddin Mohd Som, Centrair International Airport senior executive vice president and chief operations officer Shigeki Ito, Chubu Economic Federation chairman Toshio Mita, Japan government officials, Tourism Malaysia representatives, members of the media and relevant business partners.

“With AirAsia X’s renowned low fares, guests from Japan may now travel from our ports in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya when exploring their travel and holiday plans to the South East Asia region and beyond via the Kuala Lumpur hub.

“This is very much in line with the government’s tourism agenda, and the airline’s commitment to boost the Malaysian tourism industry as well as increase tourism traffic across our group network. Similarly, with the addition of Nagoya, guests will have more travel options to explore Japan, and we believe Nagoya being a scenic and historical destination will be a popular tourist destination,” Osman-Rani said.

Guests at the press conference received a surprise visitor when Caterham F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi entered the function room and unveiled the inaugural launch fare together with Osman-Rani.

In commemoration of its first flight into Nagoya, AirAsia X will be offering launch fares from as low as RM299 (11,000 yen) on economy and RM999 (29,900 yen) on premium to Nagoya from Kuala Lumpur.

Fly Thru launch fares are also available from selected destinations in Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, India and Vietnam to Nagoya. Bookings are available online from March 18 to 30 for immediate travel between March 19 and September 30, 2014.

Nagoya is strategically located just 50 minutes from Osaka city and 1 hour 40 minutes from Tokyo via train. Nagoya, the largest city in the Chubu region, more famous as the birth place of Toyota was also the birth place of the 3 samurai who unified Japan in the 16th century. Home to the famous Atsuta Shrine, known as the second-most venerable shrine in Japan, and the restored Nagoya castle which was then burnt down during World War II.

Also famous for its abundance of cherry blossom trees during spring time, Japanese macaques, otherwise known as Snow Monkeys bathing in the hot springs are also a big tourist attraction in this region.
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Malaysia's biggest tragedy in terms of death toll and international coverage for as long as 19 days now.

However, political scientists say Malaysia will be facing disastrous political and diplomatic tragedy. The mystery remained unresolved as not a single debris is found and proven yet.


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Malaysia maybe in the limbo state and being sandwiched between the 2 major superpowers. China eagerly expands its influence into South East Asia and the US try to deter the ballooned expansion. As you can see China was the leading nation in SAR at the first week, while US led the 2nd half of SAR in India Ocean.

China decided to forget the Kunming incident by focusing all the media attentions to this tragedy, and to prove to the Chinese Nationals that the government is caring their welfare, but "selectively and purposely" forget the investigation in other terrorists activities in their country; while USA is just surprisingly very quite. Malaysia is just poor bastard and just like a rat being preyed by 2 big cats, definately the government failed in crisis management.

Maybe we need another Snowden or Wikileaks to help FBI in this investigation?
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Old March 26th, 2014, 01:19 PM   #2619
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Malaysia's biggest tragedy in terms of death toll and international coverage for as long as 19 days now.

However, political scientists say Malaysia will be facing disastrous political and diplomatic tragedy. The mystery remained unresolved as not a single debris is found and proven yet.
so...it is a conspiracy to bring down current ruling party.
the opposition, especially their cybertrooper taking advantage to provoke the issue .

we can see who suffered and who gets the benefit.
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The way western media use this incident for ratings is sickening ranging from attacking the pilots character, blaming muslims and blatant attack on the Malaysians on general, can you imagine CNN making 24 hour coverage and making speculations ranging from black holes to bermuda triangle theories which is really impossible and would cause pain to the passengers next of kin who watches.

i have observed rather wild speculation from Fox news, CNBC,CNN and even DW TV.

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