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Old March 12th, 2014, 10:07 AM   #881
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MISSING MH370: Hopes as fishermen find life raft near PD

PORT DICKSON: A group of fishermen found a life raft bearing the word “Boarding” 10 nautical miles from Port Dickson town at 12pm yesterday.

One of the fishermen, Azman Mohamad, 40, said they found the badly damaged raft floating and immediately notified the Kuala Linggi Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Malacca for assistance to lift the raft as it was very heavy.

"We managed to tie it to our boat as we feared it would sink due to the damages," he said.

When the MMEA boat arrived, the fishermen then handed over the raft into their custody.

However, a Kuala Linggi MMEA spokesman said the raft sunk into the sea while they were trying to bring the raft onboard.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 06:38 PM   #882
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MISSING MH370: Hopes as fishermen find life raft near PD

PORT DICKSON: A group of fishermen found a life raft bearing the word “Boarding” 10 nautical miles from Port Dickson town at 12pm yesterday.

One of the fishermen, Azman Mohamad, 40, said they found the badly damaged raft floating and immediately notified the Kuala Linggi Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Malacca for assistance to lift the raft as it was very heavy.

"We managed to tie it to our boat as we feared it would sink due to the damages," he said.

When the MMEA boat arrived, the fishermen then handed over the raft into their custody.

However, a Kuala Linggi MMEA spokesman said the raft sunk into the sea while they were trying to bring the raft onboard.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 08:45 PM   #883
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The incident hasn't been confirmed by any major international news outlet from what I've seen
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Old March 12th, 2014, 11:37 PM   #884
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yeah every one wish to the return of MH370 ... hope we find an update on the flight ....
Adam Air Flt 574 fuselage which is relatively intact is still sitting on the sea floor where it sunk. if MH 370 is anywhere near it, it too may stay there for good. Other than retrieving the black boxes, I doubt anybody will be willing to pay the salvage cost of the entire aircraft.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 12:46 AM   #885
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That depends on the depth of the seabed on the location where it will be found. The wreckage of Adam Air Flight 574 was found in much deeper water then where they are now looking for the the MH370 777.

And lets hope they find it tomorrow, all this uncertainty is becoming unbearable. I can't imagine how all the people are feeling waiting for news about the faith of their loved ones.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 03:46 AM   #886
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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: satellite images give fresh lead
Chinese government website releases images of objects floating in sea, near plane's original flight path



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Hopes of finding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been raised after satellite images showing possible debris from the plane were released on a Chinese government website.

The images – taken at about 11am on Sunday but released on Wednesday – appear to show "three suspected floating objects" of varying sizes, the largest about 24 metres (79 feet) by 22 metres (72 feet), the national defence technology site reported.

It locates them in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia, near the plane's original flight path.

The revelation could provide searchers with a focus that has eluded them since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard in the early hours of Saturday.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 05:16 AM   #887
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There is some way to use google maps satelite/s in the search of the plane or missing parts?

It would be intresting because if they make an update of a large region, gulf of thailand and surroundings regions, people around the world can make a very big contribution just opening google maps from their gadgets.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 05:49 AM   #888
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Its already in progress, check the links below.

http://www.digitalglobeblog.com/

http://www.tomnod.com/nod/challenge/...ource=malaysia
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Old March 13th, 2014, 07:50 AM   #889
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BREAKING: AP reporting

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Old March 13th, 2014, 08:36 AM   #890
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MAS will be retiring flight codes MH370 & MH371 as a mark of respect to the pax & crew of the missing MH370

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Old March 13th, 2014, 12:56 PM   #891
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The tragic disappearance of a Malaysian airliner on Saturday has brought together opposition navies in a rare show of maritime cooperation in the waters of Southeast Asia.

Around ten nations from the international community are currently assisting the search to find the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft

http://www.naval-technology.com/feat...earch-4192850/
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Old March 13th, 2014, 01:55 PM   #892
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BREAKING: AP reporting

Malaysian official denies report that missing plane's engines sent data after last contact. Defense minister denies report engine data from jetliner showed it may have kept flying.

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Old March 13th, 2014, 03:12 PM   #893
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Malaysia in the world's spotlight
By Chok Suat Ling 13 March 2014| last updated at 11:55PM
http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/column...994%2F7.576448

IT'S been six days since MH370 disappeared without a trace, and the air is still one of uncertainty, there has yet to be any concrete evidence as to its fate. The world continues to hold vigil, as well as a light out for the safe return of the 239 people on board.

That a Boeing 777-200 was involved, with passengers of different nationalities, as well as the mysterious circumstances surrounding its disappearance has thrust Malaysia into the spotlight on the world stage. It is unfortunate that this global interest has come about only through adversity and misfortune.

Up until today, the latest developments continue to receive widespread coverage in local and international newspapers, and in real-time on online news sites.

The press corps that has descended on Kuala Lumpur come from all corners of the globe. The long table heaving under the weight of the heap of microphones placed before officials during press conferences alone demonstrate the magnitude of worldwide interest and concern.

Never before have media conferences in Malaysia seen such a massive crush of reporters, not even when world leaders pay us a courtesy call. In Malaysia, news on the missing airliner has eclipsed what had previously been pressing -- water shortage, drought, haze, dengue and by-elections.

Under the circumstances, the Malaysian authorities have carried out their roles well. Considering the large number of countries involved and assets deployed, the search-and-rescue has been well coordinated.

Information has been forthcoming from the first day, with briefings scheduled to give updates on the SAR and ongoing investigations into the passengers who boarded using stolen passports.

The families of those on board have been kept comfortable and informed; there is really no reason for water-bottle flinging and cursing. Many sacrifices have been made by everyone involved at every level of operations; there are those who have not gone home for days.

But is it enough? On the part of Malaysians, it would help if some restraint was employed.

The way some have behaved, especially online, does not in any way help put the country in a better light in the eyes of the world.

That an aircraft of such proportions had seemingly vanished into a void has led to all kinds of speculation, from the plausible to preposterous, no thanks to the availability of a weapon of mass dissemination: the World Wide Web.

The Internet, specifically social media, has made it possible for any man on the street to become aviation experts and military strategists, capable of flying complicated contraptions of steel overnight.

With Facebook and Twitter, "regular people can now advise on missions to the moon and singlehandedly navigate nuclear powered submarines into the Mariana trench", wrote a disgruntled social media user. Besides overnight expertise, what can also be seen on social media are shining examples of diminishing intelligence.

These past few days appear to have brought out the very best from the worst of netizens. These trolls inflict hurt, psychological damage, and mental distress through cruel, calculated comments.

They fabricate stories -- plane landing safely in various locales around the globe -- to other implausible scenarios, and then send them out with a swift click via Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

Some engage these trolls in a war of words to their own frustration and detriment. The best thing to do when confronted by a troll, experts have advised, is to just ignore them. There is no point combusting our brain cells over people with none.

On the part of the authorities, it would help if their statements did not conflict and confuse. What is revealed by one official has at times been different from what was later elucidated by another.

The nationalities of the passengers with stolen passports, for example, has see-sawed between Asian, and not Asian-looking. There were initially five passengers who had checked in but did not board, but this was later reduced to none.

The time of absolute loss of contact with MH370 has swung from 2.40am to 1.30am and then back to 2.40am, with the last point of contact located on both sides of the peninsula.

Royal Malaysian Air Force chief Tan Sri Rodzali Daud yesterday, however, denied that he had said the last time the plane was detected by the air control tower was in the vicinity of Pulau Perak in the Straits of Malacca at 2.40am. What had been detected was instead an unidentified aircraft "not classified as hostile".

And then there was the recovered life raft that later sank to the bottom of the sea when the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency tried to lift it aboard. This drew much criticism online and offline.

We might already be doing all we can, but care must be taken to not further aggravate what is already a tense and trying situation.

The world is watching.



A police officer yesterday holding a photo of one of the two men
who boarded the MAS flight MH370 using stolen passports. Reuters pix
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Old March 13th, 2014, 11:34 PM   #895
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Details on ships, planes searching for missing jet

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Nearly every navy with a presence in Southeast Asia is involved in the extensive search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared early Saturday. Some details on the key responders and their capabilities:

UNITED STATES:

The U.S. Navy is easily the biggest and best equipped Navy in the Pacific and was fast to participate. Two San Diego-based destroyers have been searching areas designated by the Malaysian government. The USS Kidd searched the southwest section of the Gulf of Thailand before heading to the Strait of Malacca as of Thursday, according to 7th Fleet spokesman Cdr. William Marks. The USS Pickney searched the northeast area, between Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam before heading to Singapore for maintenance.

The Kidd's two HM-60R Seahawk helicopters flew sorties from dawn to dusk in search of debris. They can search a 400- to 600-square-nautical mile area during a typical 3½-hour sortie, depending on sea and weather conditions and the size of object it's trying to find. Its onboard sensors can detect small objects in the water, in addition to the crew using binoculars or the naked eye. The Seahawks also have forward-looking infrared cameras for night use.

A Navy P-3C Orion aircraft has been searching over both the Strait of Malacca and the Gulf of Thailand. The P-3C can search for extended periods and cover 1,000-1,500 square miles every hour. On-board sensors allow the crew to clearly detect small debris in the water.

CHINA:

Four Chinese naval vessels are joining the effort. The Jinggangshan is the largest in the Chinese navy and has a large flight deck capable of launching several helicopters. An air force plane was dispatched to search for signals from the flight's black box.

The People's Liberation Army Newspaper, run by the ruling party's military commission, said Beijing also sent four helicopters and four civilian search vessels. The Kunlunshan — another amphibious landing ship with two helicopters — arrived at the designated area in the Gulf of Thailand early Thursday morning.

China plans to expand the scope of its search in the northwest toward the Gulf of Thailand and to cover 5,000 square nautical miles (17,000 square kilometers) in the Gulf of Thailand, the military newspaper said.

"That is equivalent to a medium-sized city, and we must be meticulous in our work because of the higher demands to conduct the search in such a vast area," Liu Zhonghu, captain of Jinggangshan, told the newspaper.

On state-run China Central Television, PLA navy officers said the helicopters took off from the Jianggangshan and Kunlunshan to search, the ships were using underwater sonar and robots to detect the plane, and the crews have been surveying the sea.

THE PHILIPPINES & VIETNAM:

Despite its meager resources, the Philippine military immediately dispatched search and rescue vessels and aircraft into the South China Sea southwest of Manila within hours of the plane being reported missing Saturday.

The Philippines' largest and newest naval vessel, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, a former U.S. Coast Guard cutter, was deployed on Wednesday to replace two smaller patrol boats that returned to port for refueling and resupply, said 1st Lt. Cherry Tindog, spokeswoman for the military's Western Command.

She said an air force Fokker 27 that searched on Saturday and Sunday was replaced by a navy Islander on Monday. A C-130 was deployed on Tuesday. The navy Islander and the Gregorio del Pilar were both searching on Thursday.

Tindog also said all fishermen and fishing boats in the area have been advised to help in the search.

Meanwhile, in Hanoi, Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of Vietnamese People's Army, told The Associated Press that Vietnam has dispatched for the first time a helicopter to scour jungles of U Minh in southern Vietnam after the massive sea search found no clues.

"We have instructed related regional military commands to deploy searches on land from the beginning," he said. "Now we use helicopters for searches in areas few people could access." He said the searches by helicopter will be widened to other jungles in the south central region.

MORE ON THE WAY:

Japan, which has been increasing its effort to participate in regional humanitarian missions, said it will deploy two C-130 transport planes and two P-3C aircraft to the area. A spokesman for Japan's Defense Ministry on Thursday said the transport aircraft are already on site and the P-3Cs will be deployed as soon as possible unless the situation changes.

Neighbors Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei have already provided ships, and Singapore is planning to add more aircraft. Thailand has contributed helicopters, while Australia has offered two P-3C aircraft and India is reportedly mobilizing coast guard vessels.
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U.S. official: No data on plane's engines transmitted after contact was lost with the Malaysian Airlines jet

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They're now saying that the plane may have gone as far as the Indian ocean?! Now I know they'll never find it.
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VIDEO: White House says search for missing plane may be extended to the Indian Ocean

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BREAKING: Mechanical failure causes plane emergency at Philadelphia Airport; no injuries reported





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Airline officials said USAirways Flight 1702 was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort takeoff around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after the front landing gear collapsed.

The Airbus 320 plane was carrying 149 passengers and five crew, airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. All were rescheduled on departing flights Thursday night, she said.

One passenger asked for medical assistance after the crash but no serious injuries were reported, she said.

Three of the airports four runways were reopened within a few hours after the crash, with only the runway where the accident occurred remaining closed, Lupica said.

Video aired by WCAU-TV showed the plane still on the runway as of 7:45 p.m., with its emergency slides inflated.

A call to USAirways was not immediately returned Thursday night.
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Reports say unnamed US officials have told ABC News that Flight 370's data reporting system was shut off at 0107, and the flight transponder was shut off at 0121, a gap of 14 minutes. Several analysts have stated that for the 14 minute interval to occur, those had to be "deliberate acts".

Add this to the lack of floating debris, and the absence of any signal from the emergency beacon (which would be triggered by immersion in water) leads me to believe that this is a hijacking.
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