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Old March 9th, 2014, 01:54 PM   #821
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Day 2: MH370 search operation intensifies with new leads
Astro Awani | Updated: March 09, 2014


KUALA LUMPUR: Day two of search operations for the missing MH370 on Sunday has been intensified with the involvement of more parties, a wider search area and several new leads uncovered.

The operation was led by the Malaysian armed forces accompanied by American, Vietnamese, Singaporean, Indonesian and Philippine troops, involving both the air and navy bases.

New leads have also emerged indicating that the missing aircraft made an 'air turn back' (the return of an aircraft to air port origin as a result of suspected malfunction).

Royal Malaysian Air Force chief Tan Sri Rozali Dau said the army’s radar records showed signs that the aircraft tried to make an air turn back and that it was supported by the civil radar.

“We have seen the radar record, there is a possibility of the flight making an air turn back. We are still checking with other international agencies, there is the possibility that the aircraft returned to KLIA,” he said at a press conference, referring to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

This new information added to the mystery surrounding the aircraft as the MH370 did not send out any emergency signals and did not report the attempt for an air turn back, if it had actually done so.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the missing aircraft had also focused if there were elements of terrorism with the confirmation that two of the passengers on board had used false passports.

"The two passengers, captured by the KLIA’s closed circuit cameras, are currently being investigated," said Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

“We have CCTV recordings from the check-in up to departure,” he said.

An Italian, Luigi Maraldi, whose name was in the MH370 passenger manifest, did not board the plane.

According to the Italian Foreign Ministry, Maraldi’s passport was stolen last August in Thailand.

An Austria passenger, Christian Kozel, whose name was also on the passenger list, had reported his passport missing while on holiday in Thailand two years ago.

Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said earlier reports stated that four people on the ill-fated plane had used false passports but investigations later revealed there were only two - the Italian and Austrian.

The passengers involved had reportedly bought their tickets from China Southern Airlines, a code share flight with Malaysia Airlines for the Kuala Lumpur- Beijing route.

The Chinese carrier also announced that it had sold tickets to seven MH370 passengers including a Chinese national, a Dutch national, one Malaysian and two Ukrainians.

Meanwhile, Azharuddin said the luggage belonging to five passengers were removed from the aircraft before take-off as they did not board the plane.

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) had also confirmed spotting oil spills at about 20 nautical miles south from where the MH370 flight was last detected before it vanished off the radar.

APMM director-general Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish said his team had spotted the oil spill at about 11am, Sunday morning.

“A ship has been sent to the area to obtain samples of the oil spill and to confirm if it indeed came from a plane,” he said.

In a related incident, China’s civil aviation director said debris had also been detected, believed to be from the MH370 flight, but it is still being investigated.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airline said it understood the people’s concern on wanting to know the latest updates regarding the missing MH370 flight but added the families of passengers were now its main priority.


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Old March 9th, 2014, 02:08 PM   #822
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New possible sighting of debris at sea as China sends warships to join search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight
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Photographs purporting to show debris in the sea in the area where the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 lost contact have been posted on Chinese social media.

The pictures, supposedly taken by a Chinese passenger on board another MA flight from Beijing which landed safely in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday morning, shows what appears to be fragmented debris floating on waters about 90 minutes out to sea from the Malaysian capital.


Screenshot of Weibo post with photos of suspected debris at sea in waters between Malaysia and Viet Nam. Photo: SCMP Pictures
The poster, whose profile information says he is a banker working for China Minsheng Bank in Beijing, wrote that he took the snaps from his window at a height of 11,000 metres, at about 6.45am on Sunday.


Photos showing possible debris floating on the sea uploaded to Chinese social media by a user. Photo: SCMP Pictures
While it is not immediately clear what the suspected debris consisted of, the area where the passenger said he spotted it appears to be roughly consistent with where the missing plane lost contact with aviation authorities and where ships from Malaysia and Vietnam were already searching since Saturday afternoon.

Li Jiaxiang, administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said at a press briefing on Sunday morning that some debris had been spotted, but it was unclear whether it came from the plane.

Vietnamese authorities said they had seen nothing close to two large oil slicks they saw Saturday and said might be from the missing plane.

None of the reported possible sightings so far have been confirmed to be from the Boeing 777-200 in the seas between Malaysia and Vietnam where the plane vanished from screens early Saturday morning.


Chinese navy's missile frigate Mianyang, centre. Photo: Xinhua
Malaysia’s civil aviation chief Azaharuddin Abdul Rahman said his country had expanded its area of operation to the west coast of peninsular Malaysia, on the other side of the country from where the plane disappeared. “This is standard procedure. If we can’t find it here, we go to other places,” he said.

Also on Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency said that two warships of the Chinese navy, "Jinggangshan" and "Mianyang", are on their way to sea area where missing Malaysia Airline flight MH 370 may have crashed.

The Chinese navy vessel "Jinggangshan", an 20,000-tonne amphibious warship loaded with life-saving equipments, underwater detection facilities and supplies of water and food, set out from Zhanjiang city of south China 's Guangdong Province at about 3:00 am on Sunday, Xinhua said. The ship was also carrying two helicopters, 30 medical personnel, ten divers and 52 marines, and expected to arrive in the search area in Tuesday morning.


Chinese Navy's amphibious warship Jinggangshan. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Another Chinese navy vessel, the missile frigate "Mianyang", left for the possible crash site on Saturday night, and was expected to arrive early Monday morning.

Reuters quoted Malaysia's Armed Forces chief as saying on Sunday afternoon that 40 ships and 22 aircraft were involved in the search for the missing plane.

The Philippines has deployed three air force planes and three navy patrol ships to the area, Singapore sent a C130 Hercules aircraft and Vietnam and Malaysia also dispatched aircraft and marine rescue vessels. The destroyer USS Pinckney was en route to southern Vietnam to help.


A handout picture provided by the US Navy shows the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Pinckney in the Pacific Ocean on 18 May 2011. Photo: EPA
US 7th Fleet officials have said that a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Pinckney, and a P-3C Orion aircraft were being sent to help in the search

State broadcaster CCTV said at noon on Sunday that the 4000-tonne China Coast Guard vessel, numbered 3411, was the first Chinese vessel to arrive on the search and rescue scene on Sunday, and was observing from a position of less than 40 nautical miles away from the core rescue area.

File photo of Chinese Coast Guard vessel 3411, left. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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Old March 9th, 2014, 02:12 PM   #823
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Preliminary surveillance data examined by the Pentagon doesn't show any sign of an explosion.

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Two MH370 passengers with false passports, bought tickets at the same time
Astro Awani | Updated: March 09, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Two individuals who have been said to have boarded the Malaysian Airlines (MAS) MH370 with false passports, were reported to have purchased the tickets at the same time.

According to a CNN report, both the tickets were bought from the China Southern Airlines using the Thailand baht, with the same price.

CNN reported that the information was obtained from Travelsky, China’s e-ticket confirmation system. The tickets serial numbers were in order, suggesting that they were issued together.

Before this, Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the authorities are investigating all those listed as passengers of MH370 following reports of two more individuals using false passports.

This was following reports that two people, an Italian and Austrian, reported to have boarded the flight but was found later that they did not. The two had reported their passports missing, in Thailand.

"We are investigating the whole list of passengers in the flight, not just the four people,” he said in a press conference at Hotel Sama-Sama, Sunday.

The Italian, Luigi Maraldi had reported his passport stolen in August last year. He is currently in Phuket, Thailand while the Austrian had reported his passport stolen, two years ago.

Meanwhile, travelguide.com had reported that passport holders from the below 51 countries and districts can stay without visa for up to 72 hours in their transit using the Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Hongqiao International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Shenyang Taoxian International Airport and the Dalian International Airport:

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Republic Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Korea Selatan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America.


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Old March 9th, 2014, 02:26 PM   #825
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According to Swedish Svenska Dagbladet the ticket bought with the Italian passport had Copenhagen as final destination while the ticket bought with the Austrian passport had Frankfurt.

http://www.svd.se/nyheter/utrikes/mo...ds_3343206.svd

Traffickers, criminals returning home or just a diversion?

Edit: Their source is CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/09/wo...html?hpt=hp_t1
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Old March 9th, 2014, 02:31 PM   #826
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San Francisco-bound Japan Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Honoluluh

Another Boeing(787) makes an emergency landing

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A Japan Airlines flight bound for San Francisco carrying more than 170 people made an emergency landing at the Honolulu International Airport.

The airport manager's office says that the jetliner landed without incident around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Airlines spokesman Yang Jian says the Boeing 787 had cockpit indicators showing engine trouble and made the emergency landing in Honolulu.

Jian says none of the 160 passengers and 11 crew members was injured.

He says that the cockpit indicators showed that oil pressure was down with an engine.
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Old March 9th, 2014, 03:02 PM   #827
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Malaysia Airlines Meets 'Highest' Safety Standards

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Malaysia Airlines "operates in accordance with the highest international standards," said Andrew Herdman, the managing director of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines. "The safety performance of Asian airlines is in line with the overall industry performance."

Jonathan Galaviz, a partner with Global Market Advisors, an aviation and leisure consulting firm, expressed concern that the plane hadn't yet been found.

"Every hour that goes by without a sign of life from the aircraft will further point to a catastrophic event," Mr. Galaviz said. "The route that flight takes has difficult terrain and the weather conditions could be harsh."

Malaysia Airlines hasn't had a fatal accident in nearly two decades. In September 1995, a Fokker 50 aircraft flown by the carrier crashed in Tawau, Sabah in Malaysia, killing 34. The deadliest incident involving the airline was in December 1977, when a Boeing BA 737-200 jet crashed in southern Johor state in Malaysia after an apparent hijacking attempt, killing all 100 people on board.
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He also confirmed the oil spill on the sea, he however said no debris were found "We can confirm the oil spill, but no debris were found. The oil is been analyzed"
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Old March 9th, 2014, 03:43 PM   #829
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I have found this very recent spotting of the 9M-MRO, the plane itslef of the MH370 flight.

Probably one of his last landings.




9M-MRO, ¿where are you?

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Cant believe this beauty is lost!






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Old March 9th, 2014, 06:30 PM   #831
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Yeah, but the loss of the plane itself is the least important thing right now. It can be reconstructed again. People can't...
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Well, looking at the new facts, namely:

1. The plane turned westbound without notifying ATC right before the contact was lost, suggesting some kind of erratic behaviour on the flight deck.

2. After 2 days, with such huge flotilla involved in a relatively easy area, no signal from the FDR was still detected.

I dare to say there was probably no explosion and chances are the plane remained airborne much longer. It probably did not crash in that area at all.
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Searchers report spotting plane debris not far from #MH370 's intended flight path

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The questions of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight




Take more than 24 hours without news of relatives of the 227 passengers and twelve crew aboard the Boeing Malaysia Airlines disappeared while flying over the waters of the South China Sea . A total of 22 aircraft and 40 vessels from Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia, who has joined the U.S. aid, this time looking for the trail system. The investigation of the incident still raises more questions than it could have happened on the flight MH 370 an hour after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur towards Beijing.

A terrorist attack?

Two of the passengers used stolen passports to Thailand to board the flight from Malaysia Airlines and the identity of two other travelers is investigated. The Malaysian government has not ruled out a terrorist attack on board the missing plane. In a hearing, the Malaysian Transport Minister Seri Hishammuddin said that the intelligence services who study China has had access to the plane with forged passports. Fears that it is a terrorist attack "are increasing," he admitted.

False passports, along the plane disappeared in an area without weather problems have fueled speculation about a possible terrorist attack.

Did plane try to turn around?

Radars tracked the signal disappeared Boeing said they might have tried to turn on his way to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, to Beijing. "What we've done is really looking at the radar record that has had (the flight MH370) and we have realized that there is the possibility that the plane turned around," explained the chief commander of the Malaysian Air Force , Rodzali Daud, in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. "We try to find a way (to maneuver) that have been corroborated in radars (...). However, there was no signal or emergency call from the pilot, which has also intrigued us, "added Rodzali.

Civil Aviation and the Malaysian Armed Forces Authorities confirm radar indicated that the plane carried the turning maneuver but there was no communication from the pilot, as established protocol. The Malaysian authorities have ordered expand the search area.

Are his fuel stains?

A plane spotted Vietnam on Saturday afternoon, two oil spots south of the Vietnamese island of Tho Chu-Marina located where the Vietnamese place hours before the accident, that the possible residue would fuel the ship disappeared resembled . Vietnamese and Malaysian authorities have confirmed the presence of these stains fuel about 120 miles of the island, in the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam but so far, has not found any other aircraft.

When the device disappeared?

The plane disappeared from radar an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing destiny and not two as was said, the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia according to local media. The agency's director, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said that the last position of the flight MH370 on radar before the signal was lost was at 01.30 local time on Saturday (1730 GMT Friday), according to the Malaysian newspaper "The Star" .

"The signal suddenly disappeared," said Azharuddin told reporters in the Malaysian city of Sepang.

The Boeing 777-200 left Kuala Lumpur at 00.41 local time (16.41 GMT Friday) and was scheduled to land in Beijing about six hours later.

Why alert message was received?

There was no communication from the pilot of any problems in the system and also no alert or emergency message was received by any passenger from the plane before it disappeared.

After the disappearance of flight, a relative of one of the passengers phoned his mobile and got a dial tone. When I handed the phone to those responsible for Malaysia Airlines, and gave no dial tone. Another strange circumstance.

What has become of the black boxes?

The apparatus was equipped with black boxes that emit ultrasonic signals from the water that can be captured hundreds of miles. The absence of signals feeding the hypothesis of an attack

Was sure the plane?

The Boeing 777-200ER was until recently one of the safest models because it had been no fatal accident since entering service in 1995. However, last July a similar device from the South Korean airline Asiana crash-landed at the airport in San Francisco. Three passengers were killed and 180 were wounded. Malaysia Airlines, the state-owned, often surround rankings safer world airlines.

In addition, the captain of the aircraft, Zaharie Shahm Ahmad, was 53 years old to an experienced pilot totaling 18,365 hours of flight and had worked for Malaysia Airlines since 1981. A charge was the first officer Fariq Ab Hamid, who belonged to the company since 2007 and accumulated at 27 2763 hours of flight.


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Entering day 3 since flight MH 370 has gone missing ....and its puzzle goes on
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Well its morning, the search and rescue will continue there search with the hope of yielding something new.... They are expanding the search to include Melaka which is very surprising to me. If that plan had crashed or landed in that state, we would have known by now...
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in a different news

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I gotta say the pic is very funny

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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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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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