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What happened to missing Flight MH370?
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Label: MAS370
Aircraft: Boeing 777-2H6ER (B7772)
Airport code: WMKK / KUL
Registration No: 9M-MRO
Registration: (75008F)
Construction No: 28420
Pilots: Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid
Route: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Beijing (PEK)
Departure: 16:35 - 16:41 Expected Arrival 22:30 (Malaysian time: convert)
Passengerlist MH370

Radar: F-WMKC1
Squawk: 2157

Playback 07 March 2014 (Malaysian time: convert )
Full Flight History MH370

Dimensions:
Following are the basic dimensions of the Boeing 777-200ER which was used on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, according to Boeing's website:

- Wing span 60.9 meters (199 feet 10 inches)
- Overall length 63.7 meters
(209 feet)
- Tail Height 18.5 meters
(60 feet 9 inches)
- Fuselage Diameter 6.19 meters
(20 feet 4 inches)

(The length of each wing was not immediately available but the published data implies that each wing is about 27.4 meters (89 feet 11 inches) long, after adjusting for the width of the fuselage).
Source

Accident description
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-370 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China was reported missing. There were 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.
The Boeing 777-2H6ER took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport's runway 32R at 00:41 and climbed to a cruising altitude of FL350.
The flight flew a 25° course towards the IGARI waypoint. At 01:07 Malaysian time the last ACARS message was received. Last radio contact was at 01:19 when the copilot radioed 'All right, good night." At that moment the flight was approaching the IGARI waypoint. When making the planned course change over IGARI at 01:21, the transponder was switched off. Malaysian officials reported that the civil radar lost contact at 01:30 at a position 2 km south of IGARI. From this point onwards, the Royal Malaysian Air Force primary radar showed that MH370 turned back. It then flew in a westerly direction back over peninsular Malaysia before turning northwest.
Authorities believe that up until the point at which it left military primary radar coverage, at 02:15, these movements are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the aircraft. Last satellite data was recorded at 08:11 Malaysian time.
A search for the airplane was being conducted in an area near a possible corridor in the Indian Ocean with a focus on objects spotted in the Indian Ocean, about 2550 km SW off Perth, Australia. New data analysis revealed that the airplane may been flying faster, suggesting the airplane ran out of fuel in an area about 1,100km northeast of the previous search zone.

On March 24, the Malaysian PM reported: "With deep sadness and regret, according to this new data, we must conclude flight MH370 ended in the Southern Indian Ocean."

Unconfirmed media reports suggest that the airplane climbed to 45,000 feet, above the approved altitude limit for a Boeing 777-200, soon after it disappeared from civilian radar. The plane then descended unevenly to 23,000 feet. The plane was reportedly last recorded flying at 29,500 feet when radar contact was lost. - Source





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Timeline

Timeline: (scroll down for whole timeline)

Takeoff: 12:41 a.m.
All tracking systems are working as the Boeing 777-200ER takes off from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, headed for Beijing, on Saturday, March 8

MH370 Transcript of the last 54 minutes

A transcript of conversations between the co-pilot and the control tower, and other air traffic controllers, runs from the time the Boeing 777 was taxiing to its last known position thousands of feet above the South China Sea.

Analysts said the sequence of messages appeared “perfectly routine”. However two features, they said, stood out as potentially odd.

Transcript released by The Telegraph
KL CONTROL TOWER

00:36:30 MH370: ATC, this is MH370, good morning
ATC: Good morning, MH370, This is KL control
tower, please remain in A10 32R
00:36:50 MH370: A10, MH370 copies that
00:38:43 ATC: MH370, please get on the runway from 32R A10
MH370: runway from 32R A10, copy that
00:40:38 ATC: MH370, position 32R, runway ready, permitted to take
off. Good night
MH370: position 32R, runway ready, permitted to take off.
MH370 copies that. Thank you, goodbye.

KL AIRPORT

00:42:05 MH370: MH370 has left the port
00:42:10 ATC: MH370 position confirmed, flight altitude 180, follow
the command and turn right, target IGARI waypoint.
00:42:40 MH370: Alright, altitude 180, direction IGARI waypoint,
MH370 copies that
00:42:52 ATC: MH370, you've entered KL Radar 132.6, good night
MH370: 132.6, MH370 copies that

KL RADAR

00:46:51 MH370: KL ATC, This is MH370
ATC: MH370, please climb to flight altitude 250
00:46:54 MH370: MH370 is climbing to flight altitude 250
00:50:06 ATC: MH370, climbing to flight altitude 350
00:50:09 MH370: This is MH370, flight altitude 350
01:01:14 MH370: MH370 remaining in flight altitude 350
01:01:19 ATC: MH370
01:07:55 MH370: MH370 remaining in flight altitude 350
01:08:00 ATC: MH370
01:19:24 ATC: MH370, please contact Hu Chi Minh City 120.9, good
night
01:19:29 MH370: All right, good night

Transcript based on Mandarin version of English language
transcript. Some wording may not be exact.

Source | pdf | txt
 
UPDATE: Released on April 1 2014
Official Audio Transcript released by Malaysia's acting Transport Minister @ HishammuddinH2O
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1:07 a.m. ACARS sends communication (ACARS: Satellite-based text messages): Authorities say the last transmission from A.C.A.R.S. came early in the flight, at 1:07 a.m. But they say they don't know exactly when the system was shut down, as the next transmission wasn't due until 1:37 a.m.
The last ACARS transmission, sent at 1.07am, showed nothing unusual. The 1.07am transmission showed a normal routing all the way to Beijing.

Evidence indicates that the flight's course was changed at least 12 minutes before the last voice communication was received by controllers on the ground. The plane's change of direction have been input into the computer from the cockpit.

1:19 a.m. Voice check-in: Someone inside the cockpit, believed to be the co-pilot, made the plane's last verbal communication with air traffic controllers at 1:19 a.m., saying, "All right, good night" as stated by Malaysian authorities, this was corrected to: "Good Night Malaysian Three Seven Zero" at march 31.1:19 - 1:21 (Update of March 24) MH370 made sharp turn, dropped to 12.000 ft
the plane made a sharp turn to the left and dropped from 35,000 feet to 12,000 feet. Military radar tracked the flight between 1:19 a.m. and 2:40 a.m. the day it went missing, but it's not clear how long it took the plane to descend to 12,000 feet.
Source

* this scenario would fit what a pilot would do in the event of a catastrophic onboard event, such as a rapid decompression, a fire, an explosion. That's what you would have to do, descend, get down and turn around and try to get back to an airport that could accommodate an ailing plane." If a crisis on board caused the plane to lose pressure, pilots could have chosen to deliberately fly lower to save passengers onboard. "You have to get down to 10,000 feet, because that is when you don't have to worry about pressurization. You have enough air in the atmosphere naturally to keep everybody alive". "So part of the procedure for a rapid decompression ... it's called a high dive, and you go as quickly as you can down to that altitude."

1:21 a.m. Transponder (Transponder: Radar-based location) off The transponder was then switched off at 1:21 a.m., authorities say. The last confirmed position of MH370 was at 35,000 feet about 90 miles off the east coast of Malaysia, heading towards Vietnam, near a navigational waypoint called *"IGARI".

1:21:13 (Update of April 1 2014) Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the chief of Malaysia's department for civil aviation, said that the plane disappeared from civilian air traffic controllers' screens at 01:21:13. Officials haven't disclosed what time military radar last spotted the plane.

1:22 a.m. Plane disappears from Thai military radar : Thai military radar is tracking the plane's signal, but it disappears at 1:22 a.m., a Royal Thai Air Force spokesman told CNN. 1:28 a.m. Thai radar picks up unknown aircraft: The Thai radar station in southern Surathani province picks up an unknown aircraft flying in a direction opposite to what Flight 370 had been traveling, a Royal Thai Air Force spokesman told CNN.

1:30 a.m. Civilian radar loses contact with plane: Malaysian air traffic controllers in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, lose contact with the plane over the Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and Vietnam at coordinates 06 55 15 N and 103 34 43 E.
1:30 a.m.

1:30 a.m. Sighting claim: Kota Bharu, Malaysia

1:37 a.m. Expected ACARS transmission doesn't happen: The ACARS was supposed to transmit a half-hour after it last did so. Therefore, it was supposed to transmit at 1:37 a.m. -- but it didn't, Yahya said,
So, the ACARS went stopped communicating sometime between 1:07 and 1:37 a.m.

The military track suggests it then turned sharply westwards, heading towards a waypoint called *"VAMPI", northeast of Indonesia's Aceh province and a navigational point used for planes following route N571 to the Middle East. From there, the plot indicates the plane flew towards a waypoint called *"GIVAL", south of the Thai island of Phuket, and was last plotted heading northwest towards another waypoint called *"IGREX", on route P628 that would take it over the Andaman Islands and which carriers use to fly towards Europe.

2:15 a.m. Military radar detection: Military radar last detected the plane at 2:15 a.m. off Malaysia's west coast, hundreds of miles off course.

06.15 a.m. Sighting claim: Kudahuvadhoo, Dhaalu-atol, Central Province, Maldives | Haveeru Online

6:30 a.m. Plane should have arrived in Beijing: This was the time that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should have landed in China's capital. 7:24 a.m. Public announcement of disappearance: Malaysia Airlines announces the plane's disappearance on Facebook. (Official announcement @ 9.02 a.m. March 8 )

8:11 a.m. Satellite 'handshakes' : more than seven hours after takeoff, a satellite (Inmarsat-3 F1, sits 35,800 km above the equator at E64.5°: More info or you can Track it now in real time) made the last electronic connection, known as a "handshake," with the plane. The satellite ‘pings' indicated the plane was still flying seven hours after satellite contact was lost.

8:18 a.m. Unexpected Final last Ping: (Update of March 24) Analysis of the data by British satelilite company Inmarsat and British Accident Investigators show the Boeing 777-200ER was heading south at last contact.

8:11 - 9:15 a.m. MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean: (Update of March 24) Analysis of the data of the unexpected final last ping by British satelilite company Inmarsat and British Accident Investigators indicated the Boeing 777-200ER MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean somewhere between 8:11 and 9:15 a.m. on March 8 2014

9:30 a.m. March 8 2014, Sighting claim: from passenger of flight SV2058 flying over Indian Ocean read more

March 9 2014, 11 a.m. Sighting claim: Off Indonesia coast

Sources: CNN, Reuters

  • March 16 – first satellite image of potential debris in southern Indian Ocean March 24 – Based on new calculations, Malaysian PM says “beyond reasonable doubt” that MH370 crashed in southern Indian Ocean with no survivorsMarch 30 - Several pieces of possible debris of MH370 were spotted by satellites and pilots since March 16 (see: Search Areas). So far none confirmed to be related to MH370. (More info: Official Statements & Live News Updates)

    ** Official statement of Malaysia Airlines March 24 2014: "With deep sadness and regret I must inform you that, according to new data, flight # MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. Inmarsat, that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern & southern corridors,has performed further calculations. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort,they have been able to shed more light on MH370's flight path. Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat & the AAIB concluded that the last position of # MH370 was in the middle of the Indian Ocean. There are no words which could console the family members of # MH370 . The whole world is with you in these difficult times (Official Statement March 24 15:00 CET | LiveTweets)


  • March 24 2014 Update: The families of passengers have received a text message from Malaysia Airlines with the following statement, later followed by a public statement at 10 p.m Malaysian time # MH370 pic.twitter.com/r5m9f2q2yy

    Official Statement Malaysia Airlines
     

    BBC LIVE: As it happened
    MH370 relatives in agony as flight confirmed lost
    Data not debris shows Malaysia plane crashed into sea
    MH370: How British satellite company Inmarsat tracked down missing Malaysia Airlines plane

    March 26 2014
     
     


    Following up2date timeline from The Aviation Herald
     
     




    The Passengers of MH370, we will remember them - Always

    They had dreams and aspirations. They were real people, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters and children as young as two years old. We will remember them – always.

     


    The Search Area's & Sightings - Overview

    More details updates and graphics in the area below these overviews

    Search area March 14 2014

    Military radar detection Military radar detected blips 200 miles northwest of Penang that might have been from the missing aircraft. The last signal came at 2:15 a.m. Saturday, at 29,500 feet.

    Known path The plane stopped communicating with controllers at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, at 35,000 feet.


    Image by SERGIO PEÇANHA and DEREK WATKINS Sources: Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation (search areas); flightradar24.com (flight path); Malaysia Airlines; GEBCO (water depth) Note: Altitudes on the diagram are exaggerated 10 times for clarity. source

    Official Search Area Releases Australia Maritiem Safety Authority (AMSA)
    March 18 - recent
    Source
    March 18 2014 | Day 1   March 19 2014 | Day 2   March 20 2014 | Day 3
       
    Overview | Area of Interest Day 1   Day 2 closeup | Day 2 wide   Day 2 | Day 3 closeup | Day 3 wide | Cumulative area
             
    March 21 2014 | Day 4   March 22 2014 | Day 5   March 23 2014 | Day 6
       
    Day 3 | Day 4 closeup | Day 4 wide | Cumulative area   Cumulative area Day 5   Day six | Day six closeup | Sighted objects | Sighted objects and Chinese location
             
    March 24 2014 | Day 7   March 25 2014 | Day 8   March 26 2014 | Day 9
       
    Day 7 closeup | Day 7 wide | Cumulative area   Search suspended due to poor weather   Day 9 closeup | Day 9 wide | Cumulative area
             
    March 27 2014 | Day 10   March 28 2014 (Shifted Search Area) | Day 11   March 29 2014 | Day 12
       
    Day 10 closeup | Day 10 wide | Cumulative area   Day 11 closeup | Day 11 wide | Cumulative area   Day 12 closeup | Day 12 wide | Cumulative area
             
    March 30 2014 | Day 13   March 31 2014 | Day 14   April 1 2014 | Day 15
       
    Day 13 closeup | Day 13 wide | Cumulative area   Day 14 closeup | Day 14 search area wide | Cumulative area   Day 15 closeup | Day 15 wide | Cumulative area |
    Transcript of press conference, Sky News Australia 15:00 News Day
    | Media Release
             
    April 2 2014 (shift SE) | Day 16   April 3 2014 | Day 17   April 4 2014 (shift NE) | Day 18 | Media release
       
    Day 16 closeup | Day 16 wide | Cumulative area   Day 17 closeup | Day 17 wide | Cumulative area   Day 18 closeup | day 18 overlay | Day 18 Cumulative
             
    April 5 2014 | Day 19 Media release   April 6 2014 | Day 20 Media release   April 7 2014 | Day 21 (Ping Chart)
       
    Day 19 closeup | Day 19 wide | Day 19 Cumulative | Overlay
    Media Reporting on Chinese Ship Detection of Electronic Pulse Signals
      Day 20 closeup | Day 20 wide |Day 20 Cumulative | Overlay | Transcript of Press Conference, 6 April 2014
      Media release | Chart |
    Transcript of Press Conference, 7 April 2014
             
    April 8 2014 | Day 22 | Media release   April 9 2014 | Day 23 | Media release   April 10 2014 | Day 24 | Media release | Media release update
     
     
    Day 22 closeup | day 22 wide | Cumulative search | Overlay   Day 23 closeup | Day 23 |
    Transcript of Press Conference, 9 April 2014
     
             
    April 11 2014 | Day 25 | Media release |
    Media release Update
      April 12 2014 | Day 26 | Media release   April 13 2014 | Day 27 | Media release
     
     
    Day 25 closeup | Day 25 wide | Cumulative search   Day 26 closeup | Day 26 wide | Cumulative search   Day 27 closeup | Day 27 wide | Cumulative search
             
    April 14 2014 | Day 28 | Media Release   April 15 2014 | Day 29 | Media Release   April 16 2014 | Day 30 | Media release
     
     
    Day 28 closeup | Day 28 wide | Cumulative search |
    Transcript of Press Conference, 14 April 2014
      Day 29 closeup | Day 29 wide | Cululative search   Day 30 closeup | Day 30 wide | Cumulative search | Update on search for flight MH370
             
    April 17 2014 | Day 31 | Media Release   April 18 2014 | Day 32 | Media release   April 19 2014 | Day 33 | Media release
     
     
    Day 31 closeup | Day 31 wide | Cumulative search   Day 32 closeup | Day 32 wide | Cumulative search   Day 33 closeup | Day 33 wide | Cumulative search
             
    April 20 2014 | Day 34 | Media release   April 21 2014 | Day 35 | Media release   April 22 2014 | Day 36 | Media Release - Update
     
     
    Day 34 closeup | Day 34 wide | Cumulative search   Day 35 closeup | Day 35 wide | Cumulative search   Day 36 closeup | Day 36 wide | Cumulative search
             
    April 23 2014 | Day 37 | Media release | Update   April 24 2014 | Day 38 | Media release    
       
    Day 37 closeup | Day 37 wide | Cumulative search   Day 38 closeup | Day 38 wide | Cumulative search   New Releases will appear here
           


    Latest AIS Live data showing the search for MH370 | Source | LIVE ShipTracking
    April 4 2014 latest positions       April 8 2014 latest positions
       

    Latest AIS Live data showing the search for MH370, Apr 4. Image: IHS

     

     

     

     

    #MH370: latest positions from AIS Live | Closeup
    (HMS ECHO & ADV Ocean Shield)

    MH370: Our insight following detected pulses

    For more maritime insight, see www.ihsmaritime360.com

      The Australian support vessel ADV Ocean Shield continues to search in an area around 320 miles to the north east of the other underwater search group, comprising of the British HMS Echo and Chinese Hai Xun 01 and Dong Hai Jiu 101. To the north of this group, the fleet comprising of Australian warships, HMAS Perth, HMAS Toowoomba, HMAS Success, the civilian Seahorse Standard, the Malaysian KD Lekiu and the Chinese Nan Hai Jiu 115 continue their search. (source)
    April 8 2014 - MarineTraffic assists in search for MH370
    (read more)
     
    AIS facility, MarineTraffic has opened up its satellite-AIS service in the search area relevant to the missing MH370 airliner. Following requests from numerous agencies and individuals, this usually paid-for service has now been made available to any user free of charge. MarineTraffic MD Demitris Memos said: "Like most people around the world, we have taken an active interest in the search for this aircraft. With the battery life of the black box apparently nearing exhaustion, it is clearly necessary for everyone to do what they can to assist. Opening up our satellite tracking facility in the search area will help the watching world keep abreast of the search and, we hope, provide some assistance to those conducting operations in the area." The Australian operations centre will also have access to the facility to help them build a more comprehensive picture of non-search vessels transiting the area.  

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    April 9 2014 latest positions   April 10 2014 latest positions   April 11 2014 latest positions
       

    The HMS Echo, Hai Xun 01 and Dong Hai Jiu 101 have now all moved apart, after working in close formation, with approximately 20 miles between them.
    ADV Ocean Shield continues to search further north, whilst to the west the Australian and Malaysian warships are working in formation.
    HMAS Toowoomba has now broken away from the pack, and appears to be heading back to Australia. Source

     

     

     

     

     

    The search continues in the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Australia. The HMS Echo is now moving back to the north east and is in a position around 80 miles south west of the ADV Ocean Shield. HMAS Toowoomba is also now working in the area, whilst to the western edge of the scene, the HMAS Perth and HMAS Success are in close proximity. The Hai Xun 01 has moved from her position in the southern region, and has now moved up the north western edge of the zone, north of the Australian replenishment ship.
    From the north, the American Lewis and Clarke class replenishment ship Cesar Chavez, and the Chinese search and rescue ships Hai Xun 31 and Nan Hai Jiu 101 are positioned south of Christmas Island, and appear to be ready to support the search efforts. Source

     

    New ships join the search
    The search for any signs on the surface of MH370 continues in the western section.

    The US Naval vessel Cesar Chavez, a Lewis and Clarke class support ship has now entered the area, accompanying the Australian warships HMAS Perth, HMAS Toowoomba, the replenishment ship HMAS Success, as well as the Chinese search vessels Nan Hai Jiu 115, Hai Xun 01 and Dong Hai Jiu 101.
    The Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu is also still in this area.
    To the east, the Australian ADV Ocean Shield and Royal Naval Hydrographic ship, HMS Echo continue their underwater search. Source

             
    April 14 2014 latest positions   April 15 latest positions   April 17 2014 latest positions
       

    Latest data from AIS Live shows the movement of ships involved in the search for missing flight MH370. Over the weekend Hai Xun 01 left the search area, along with Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu, with both now making for Fremantle. HMS Echo and ADV Ocean Shield continue their underwater search, 550nm to the west of Australia, while out in the designated search box, the Chinese vessels Nan Hai Jiu 101, Dong Hai Jiu 101 and the Australian warships HMAS Perth, HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success continue the search operation. The US Sealift vessel, Cesar Chavez passed through the area during the weekend, with a close pass of the Ocean Shield and HMS Echo during Sunday, and now appears to be heading for Fremantle Source

     

    A fleet of ships continued the search for missing flight MH370 today off the coast of western Australia. - Over the past 24 hours, the group consisting of the Chinese search & rescue ships Nan Hai Jiu 101 and Dong Hai Jiu 101, along with Australian warships HMAS Success, HMAS Perth and offshore support vessel Seahorse Standard have moved south, while HMAS Toowoomba has joined the ADV Ocean Shield and HMS Echo to the east, in the search for the black box beacon, AIS Live data showed.
    Following the replenishment of the Australian fleet over the weekend, the US replenishment ship Cesar Chavez continues her course to Fremantle, along with the Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu. The Hai Xun 01 has arrived in Albany today, following a month searching the Indian Ocean. Source

     

    The search for missing flight MH370 continued today, in a larger area to the west of Australia, deep in the Indian Ocean.
    Chinese search & rescue ships Dong Hai Jiu 101 and Nan Hai Jiu 101 are working with the Australian replenishment ship HMAS Success, frigate HMAS Perth and offshore support vessel Seahorse Standard.
    To the north east, the HMAS Toowoomba is working around 100 miles to the south west of the British hydrographic vessel HMS Echo and Australian ADV Ocean Shield, which continue to search for signs of the black box.
    Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu and Chinese search & rescue ship Hai Xun 01 which formed part of the search operation are now lying in Fremantle and Albany respectively. Source

             
        UPDATE: Underwater search for MH370 cut short
    Eleven ships and 11 aircraft assisted in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as the autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin began its search for wreckage on the ocean floor. The underwater search, however, was aborted early. The AUV was deployed last night from the ADV Ocean Shield, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) announced this morning by way of a statement. After completing around six hours of its 16-hour mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its 4.5km operating depth limit. Its built-in safety feature returned it to the surface, the JACC said. Data gathered by the unmanned submarine is currently being extracted and analysed before the Bluefin-21 is redeployed.
       
       

     

       
    Realtime map for the positions of ships involved in search (incl wind direction)
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    Interactive Ocean Atlas of Indian Ocean Seafloor | © National Geographic Society (zoom to explore, search is approx between Zenith Plateau and Quokka Rise on map) | Link
     
    Illustrative map of Geography of Search Area Indian Ocean Floor
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    Maps
    NOAA Indian Ocean
    Detailed maps of Ocean Floor Relief
    Ocean Atlas Indian Ocean Floor (google)

    Satellite Images & Sightings (click image to enlarge)
     
    Realtime Satellites in Google Earth
    See it yourself at: http://gearthblog.com/satellites.html
    This collection by Analytic Graphics Inc. shows real-time positions of 13,000 satellites around the Earth in Google Earth. (Youtube)
     
    March 16 2014 - Object 1   March 16 2014 - Object 2   March 18 2014
       
    Coordinates: 43.58.345.090.57.37E
    Aviation buffs:
    Large Debris Lat: -43° 58' 33.9996" Long: 90° 57' 37.0008"
    Size: approx 24 m
    Source: AMSA
      Coordinates: 44.02.025.091.13.27E
    Aviation buffs:
    Small Debris Lat: -44° 3' 2.0016" Long: 91° 13' 27.0006"
    Size: approx 5 m
    Source: AMSA
      China is investigating a new satellite image of debris in the southern Indian Ocean - Satellite image by China, two days after initial satellite pictures of possible debris, shows an object 22m by 13m, 120km from the first site (source)
             
    March 22 2014 - More objects sighted with the naked eye at 6.28 p.m.   March 24 2014   March 26 2014
       
    Video: March 23 2014

    During Saturday's search activities a civil aircraft tasked by AMSA reported sighting a number of small objects with the naked eye, including a wooden pallet and strapping belts, within a radius of five kilometres. A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion aircraft with specialist electro-optic observation equipment was diverted to the location, arriving after the first aircraft left but only reported sighting clumps of seaweed. The RNZAF Orion dropped a datum marker buoy to track the movement of the material. A merchant ship in the area has been tasked to relocate and seek to identify the material. Read more
      Image From Chinese news Xinhua of the objects sighted this morning by an Australian Plane # MH307 pic.twitter.com/Wys5Yb7BFQ
    A reporter on board the plane for China's official news agency Xinhua said the search team saw "two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometers," the agency reported.
    The IL-76 plane that saw the "white, square floating objects" was able to take photographs
    Read more:
    Report: 'Suspicious objects' spotted in Flight 370 search
    Get the latest developments
    LIVE UPDATES 
      New satellite images provided by a French defense firm show 122 objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean, not far from other satellite sightings. The objects were scattered over 154 square miles (400 square kilometers), The latest objects seen on satellite range from about 3 feet (1 meter) to about 75 feet (23 meters). Some appear bright, indicating they may be solid. Read more

    March 27 2014   March 28 2014   March 30 2014
       
    Image Source Thai satellite spots suspected debris - about 300 objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean, where missing Flight MH370 may have crashed Source
    The floating objects were identified by Thailand's Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency. It said that the objects ranged from two to 15 metres in size, scattered over an area about 2,700 km southwest of Perth, AFP reports Source Live Updates: Thai satellite spots 300 objects

      Debris spotted on Friday in the new MH370s search zone (Sky News)
    Australian authorities have released an image taken by search planes looking for missing flight MH370 in a new area in the Indian Ocean.The image shows two apparently white objects, one rectangular and one circular, floating in the sea inside a new search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.A tweet from the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) said a Royal New Zealand Air Force  P-3 Orion aircraft first spotted the objects on Friday.The sightings, which included multiple objects of "various colours", will need to be confirmed by personnel on board ships involved in the search, which expected to take place on Saturday when the Chinese Maritime Administration patrol ship Haixun 01 moves into the area.It comes after the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane shifted due to data suggesting it was travelling faster than previously thought.


    Five different aircraft spotted the floating objects, according to a new statement from the Australian authorities. Here are more details from the AMSA: Five aircraft spotted multiple objects of various colours during Friday's search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Search activities have now concluded. A total of 256,000 square kilometres was searched. Photographic imagery of the objects was captured and will be assessed overnight. The objects cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered by ships. A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion reported sighting a number of objects white or light in colour and a fishing buoy. A Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion relocated the objects detected by the RNZAF Orion and reported it had seen two blue/grey rectangular objects floating in the ocean. A second RAAF P3 Orion spotted various objects of various colours in a separate part of the search area about 546 kilometres away. Weather conditions in the area are expected to be reasonable for searching on Saturday. Source / Live Updates
    Updates from Australian Maritiem Safety Authority (AMSA)
      On Sunday, an Australian P3 Orion made visual sightings of seven potential objects. A Korean P3 Orion also made visuals of three potential objects. The Chinese ship, the Haixun, was tasked on Monday to retrieve these potential objects. Facebook post by Najib Razak - Read more
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    Chinese air force plane spots new floating objects in south Indian Ocean
    PERTH, Australia, April 5 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese air force plane searching for missing Malaysian passenger jet MH370 spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area Saturday. The plane photographed the objects over a period of 20 minutes after spotting them at 11:05 local time. The floating objects were 90 kilometers, or about 55 miles, from where the pulse signal was detected Full story

    UPDATE: Ping Detected
    The Chinese Haixun-01, has detected a 37.5khz ping # MH370 The 1,5 sec signal was reportedly detected at 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude. 37.5 kHz pulse reportedly detected in Indian Ocean is standard frequency for voice, data recorders, expert says. The signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz received by the Haixun 01 is highly unlikely to have come from Ships, they have black boxes, but that's at 400kHz–15kHz. Or any marine life such as whales, as their frequencies range between 15Hz and 20Hz, or dolphins, whose ultra sonic waves span from 200kHz to 350kHz. Additionally, marine life frequencies rarely change. 37.5kHz was selected as to avoid clash with known frequencies of other emission sources including natural sources and background noise. The Chinese search vessel is yet to compare its record of the signal's waveform with the Boeing factory's recorded configuration of the missing B-777 (product serial number 9M-MRO) to give out a final confirmation whether or not the signal came from MH370. - Read more @ News Xinhua.net . CNN Breaking News | Live China.org | JACC Media Reporting on Chinese Ship Detection of Electronic Pulse Signals

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    More 37.5khz signals detected

    Update 1:
    Ocean Shield has detected another 37.5khz signal today for 90 secs, less than 2 km from the 37.5khz signals that were detected by Chinese Haixun-01 patrol vessel on Friday and Saturday March 4+5 2014. Read more
    | Full Transcript of Press Conference, 6 April 2014

    Update 2: MH370 flew north of Indonesia and around its airspace on way to Indian Ocean according Inmarsat data, which may have been an attend to avoid radar data.

    Update 3: investigators pieced together new details about the plane's path. After reviewing radar track data from neighboring countries, officials have concluded that the passenger jet curved north of Indonesia before turning south toward the southern Indian Ocean.

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    Visual indication on screen, and audible signal

    Two 37.5khz signal returns were dectected in the last 24 hours, one for two hours and 22 min and another one for 13 min. The sounds were heard at a depth of 4,500 meters (about 14,764 feet) and about 600 km apart. The signals are consistent with transmissions from both a Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder. It could take days before officials can confirm whether the signals did indeed come from MH370.

    Full Transcript of Press Conference, 7 April 2014

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    April 9 2014

    2 more underwater ping signals detected

    Two new underwater ping signals were detected on tuesday (April 8). The first in the late afternoon for 5 min 37 sec, the second in the evening for 7 min. This makes a total of 4 transmission in the same area.

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    Thursday 24 April 2014 - am

    Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370 - Media Release
    24 April 2014—am



    Up to 11 military aircraft and 11 ships are planned to assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,567 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Prior to the commencement of today's air search operations, an assessment of current weather conditions will be made as ex-Tropical Cyclone Jack moves south.

    The weather forecast for today is for heavy rain and low cloud, with south easterly winds up to 35 knots, sea swells of three to four metres and visibility of one kilometre.

    Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission 12 in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 90 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that after examining detailed photographs of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta, it is satisfied it is not a lead in relation to the search for missing flight MH370.

    Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available.

    (JACC)

    Thursday 24 April 2014 - am

    Australia transport safety chief says beach debris not from MH370

    Debris picked up on a beach in Western Australia this week is unlikely to have come from the Malaysian Airlines jet that vanished nearly seven weeks ago, Australia's transport bureau said on Thursday.

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has assessed the material that washed up on the coast 10 km (six miles) east of the town of Augusta, near the southwestern tip of Australia, the bureau's spokesman said. "It's considered highly unlikely to be from MH370," spokesman Tony Simes said.

    ATSB commissioner Martin Dolan earlier told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio that the bureau had examined detailed photographs of the debris and was satisfied it was not a lead in the hunt for the plane. "We're not seeing anything in this that would lead us to believe that it is from a Boeing aircraft," he told ABC Radio.

    Authorities have given no details on the material, which was the first discovery of suspected debris in weeks and the first since the detection of what were believed to be signals from the plane's black box flight recorder on April 4.

    Seabed scans of a 10 km zone off the west coast of Australia have failed to turn up any wreckage, but Malaysia and Australia have vowed to plough on with the search for the plane that went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.

    The U.S. navy drone that has been scouring the seabed is due to end its first full mission in the southern Indian Ocean within days.

    Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the search authorities would need to "regroup and restrategise" if nothing was found in the current search zone, but said the search would "always continue". "I can confirm in fact we are increasing the assets that are available for deep-sea search," he told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, adding that the government was seeking help from state oil company Petronas, which has expertise in deep-sea exploration.

    (Source)

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    Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

    The ATSB described the material as a sheet of metal with rivets, the material appears interesting enough to take a closer look. Malaysia's Transportation Minister commented he had not yet seen those photographs.


    Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

    Malaysia's Minister of Transport stated, that a new investigation body is being formed to lead the investigation, the International Investigation Team. Malaysia's Cabinet has approved the formation of that new body: "The main purpose of the International Investigation Team is to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the incident so similar ncidents could be avoided in the future. I would also like to note that the investigation will not include criminal aspects which are under the purview of the Royal Malaysian Police." The investigation will continue to follow the requirements of the Civil Aviation Regulation 1966, the standards set under ICAO Annex 13 - Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation - and the Chicago Convention. The Minister concluded: "Indeed, it is imperative for the government to form an independent team of investigators which is not only competent and transparent but also highly credible. As I've consistently said since the beginning, we have nothing to hide."

    Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

    Unidentified material washed ashore

    JACC Media Release
    23 April 2014 pm

    Western Australia Police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material.

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining the photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370.

    The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.

    No further information is available at this time.

    Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available.

    (JACC)

     

    Wednesday 23 April 2014

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: ATSB examines material washed ashore south of Perth for links to missing plane

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    Authorities are examining material that has washed ashore south of Perth to identify if it is related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Police from Busselton secured the material that was found 10 kilometres east of Augusta in the South West of Western Australia.

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining photographs of the material to see if it is related to the search for the aircraft.

    The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.

    The ABC has been told the material is metallic and about 2.5 metres long.

    WA Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis, a former submarine navigator, said it was possible the items found could have come from the missing flight.

    "It wouldn't surprise me if sooner or later ... if there was debris floating, it would end up on the West Australian coast," he told ABC local radio in Perth.

    "Weather systems in the southern hemisphere predominantly move in a clockwise direction, and this time of the year the Leeuwin Current is pretty much at its strongest.

    "Anything in that area over 50 days travelling at two knots, say four kilometres an hour, sooner or later is likely to have been caught up in it [the current]."

    Mr Francis stressed that he did not have any information to suggest the debris was from the missing flight.

    "I don't want to pre-empt anything that it may or may not have been," he said. "We're just guessing at the moment but I wouldn't be surprised, that's all."

    (Source: ABC News | Read more: CNN)

    Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

    Suspension of air search today due to weather conditions - JACC Media Release
    23 April 2014

    Planned air search activities have been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area.

    Three aircraft had already departed for today's search area prior to the suspension taking effect. They have been recalled.

    Current weather conditions are resulting in heavy seas and poor visibility and are making air search activities ineffective and potentially hazardous.

    The 12 ships involved in today's search will continue with their planned activities.

    (JACC)


    Wednesday 23 April 2014


    Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370 - JACC Media Release
    23 April 2014—am




    Up to 10 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 37,948 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission ten in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 80 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

    The weather forecast for today is for isolated showers increasing to heavy rain, widespread low cloud, with south easterly winds, sea swells up to 2.5 metres and visibility of one kilometere. Prevailing weather conditions may affect today's air search.

    (JACC)
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    Tuesday 22 April 2014 - Update

    Suspension of air search today due to weather conditions

    JACC Media Release
    22 April 2014

    Planned air search activities have been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area as a result of Tropical Cyclone Jack.

    It has been determined that the current weather conditions are resulting in heavy seas and poor visibility, and would make any air search activities ineffective and potentially hazardous.

    The 10 ships involved in today's search will continue with their planned activities.

    (JACC)

    Tuesday 22 April 2014

    JACC Media Release
    22 April 2014—am


    Up to 10 military aircraft and 10 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,491 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission nine in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area to date. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

    The weather forecast for today is for scattered showers to continue with south easterly winds, sea swells up to three metres and visibility of four kilometres.

    (JACC)
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    Monday 21 April 2014

    JACC Media Release
    21 April 2014—am

    Up to 10 military aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,491 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1741 kilometres north west of Perth.

    This morning, Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission eight in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area to date. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

    Bluefin-21 AUV's ninth mission will commence later this morning.

    The weather forecast for today has conditions deteriorating, particularly in the north of the search area, as Tropical Cyclone Jack continues its track southwards. Wide spread showers are developing with isolated thunderstorms to the north and east south-easterly winds.

    (JACC)
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    Sunday 20 April 2014 # MASalert - MAS

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 makes emergency landing

    UPDATE 2: MEDIA STATEMENT released at 1.35am/21 Apr 2014 (Malaysia time) MAS

    MH192 Incident

    Sepang, 21 April 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH192 that departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.09pm bound for Bangalore has made an air turn back towards Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft's right-hand landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff and is expected to make an emergency landing at KLIA at around 2.00am, today.

    Flight MH192, operated on the B737-800 aircraft, was scheduled to arrive in Bangalore at 11.35pm the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 166 people on board which include 159 passengers and 07 crew members.

    Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the Airport Fire Rescue Services (AFRS) in anticipation of the landing.

    The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.

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    UPDATE 1: Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 that departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.09pm bound for Bangalore earlier had turned back and landed safely in KLIA at 1.56am, today.

    Malaysia Airlines, in a press statement said that one of the tyres on the right hand main landing gear had burst during takeoff. The Captain was alerted by Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control that tyre debris were found on the runway and immediately contacted Malaysia Airlines Operations Control Centre (OCC) at 10:25pm. As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to KLIA.

    The Airport Fire Rescue Services (AFRS) were deployed as soon as the pilot was instructed to turn back to KLIA by OCC.

    All 159 passengers and 7 crew members on board have disembarked from the aircraft. MH192 will be retimed to depart KLIA at 3.30pm on 21 April 2014 and arrive Bangalore at 5.00pm the same day.

    Meanwhile all passengers will be accommodated at nearby hotels.

    (Source)

    The website www.flightradar24.com, which displays live air traffic, showed Flight MH192 repeatedly circling Kuala Lumpur airport before the eventual landing.
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    Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 makes emergency landing - # MASalert - MAS

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 suffered a landing gear malfunction Sunday night as it left the international airport Kuala Lumpur, and made an emergency landing back at the airport shortly before 2 a.m. local time, officials said.

    The Boeing 737 carrying 166 people was en route to Bangalore at the time of the incident, and emergency crews scrambled as it headed back for an emergency landing.

    The plane was able to land safely, according to the Twitter account of Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian minister of defence and acting minister of transport.

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    Sunday 20 April 2014 - pm

    Both official Malaysian online information centers for Missing Flight MH370; the Official briefings of Malaysia Airlines and the DCA Official Newsroom are offline for unknown reasons.

    For updates of Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysian acting transport minister on twitter: @H2OComms and @HishammuddinH2O. Malaysian Airlines here: @MAS


    UPDATE: (21 April 2014)



    Sunday 20 April 2014 - pm

    MH370 search: Police have recorded statements from 260 individuals, says IGP


    Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said statements have been taken from 260 individuals to assist in police investigations in connection with missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.

    He said investigations were still being conducted and many more people would be called up to give their statements.

    “I am sorry because I cannot give you anything on the recovery of the plane so far. First, because it is related to a criminal investigation. Secondly, when we say something, people will resort to speculation. So, it is best we continue our investigations until we are ready to make announcements to the public,” he said.

    Khalid was speaking to reporters after attending a pinning-of-the-rank ceremony of the Police Volunteer Reserve (PVR) Unit here Sunday where police volunteer Paul Lajumin was promoted to the rank of Superintendent.

    He said investigations into the missing plane had been classified as a criminal case under Section 130 (c) under Penal Code which covered investigations into any elements of sabotage, hijacking and so on.

    However, Khalid said at present, the main focus was on finding the plane.

    In a separate development, Khalid confirmed the detention of a Malaysian military officer by the United States authorities on suspicion of trying to smuggle a pistol out from the country.

    “What I can say here is that he (the officer concerned) has to face the United States' laws. However, we are interested to know his intentions and reason for attempting to smuggle the Taurus PT-22 pistol. That will be later. We will have to get the full report from the US,” he said.

    Local media had reported today that the officer, a major, had been detained by the San Angelo authorities in Texas after a pistol was found in his bag.

    On the PVR, Khalid said to date, there were about 16,000 members including 1,618 in Sabah.

    He said Police welcomed volunteers from the public to enable it to achieve its membership target of 50,000. – Bernama


    Sunday 20 April 2014 - am

    JACC Media Release - 20 April 2014—am

    Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 48,507 square kilometres, across two areas.

    Early this morning, Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission seven in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 50 per cent of the focused underwater search area to date.

    The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April

    No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    Bluefin-21 AUV's eighth mission has commenced.

    The weather forecast for today is scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms in some areas, and east south-easterly winds.

    (JACC)

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    Saturday 19 April 2014 - am

    Search intensifies, should be completed in a week

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    The underwater drone scanning for traces of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should complete its task within the next week, as the search for the plane intensifies, a government official said Saturday.

    "Today and tomorrow, it's imperative that we focus because the experts have narrowed down the search area," said Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysian acting transport minister. "Whatever the outcome for the next few days, we need to regroup and reconsider."

    When asked whether he's confident searchers are close to finding debris from the Malaysian jetliner, Hussein said the next few days are critical.

    "It's difficult to say. But at the moment, it's important to focus on today and tomorrow," he said. "The narrowing of the search today and tomorrow is at a critical juncture. I appeal to everyone around the world to pray and pray hard."

    The developments come a day after a a senior Malaysian aviation source said the Malaysian jetliner drastically changed course then soared to near its peak altitude, adding yet another wrinkle to the enigma of the plane's last flight.

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    Saturday 19 April 2014

    JACC Media Release 19 April 2014—am

    Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 50,200 square kilometres, across three areas.

    Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission six in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 133 square kilometres to date. Data from the sixth mission is currently under analysis. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    Bluefin-21 AUV's seventh mission has commenced. The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds.

    (JACC)
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    Friday 18 April 2014 pm - Update

    New details emerge

    New information has come to light about the path taken by Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before it disappeared from radar screens on March 8.

    The plane deviated from its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing by turning leftward over water while it was still inside Vietnamese airspace, a senior Malaysian aviation source told CNN's Nic Robertson.

    The aircraft then climbed to 39,000 feet, just short of the Boeing 777-200ER's 41,000 feet safe operating limit, and maintained that altitude for about 20 minutes over the Malaysian Peninsula before beginning to descend, the source said.

    Investigators have determined that the missing jet was equipped with four emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs, which are designed to transmit a plane's location to an emergency satellite when triggered by a crash or by contact with water, the source added.

    The ELTs were at the plane's front door, its rear door, in the fuselage and in the cockpit, said the source, who was puzzled over why they appear either not to have activated or, if they did activate, why they were not picked up by the satellite.

    Relatives of the 239 passengers and crew have raised questions about the ELTs with Malaysian authorities, suggesting there were at least three aboard the plane, including two portable units and one fixed device.

    Malaysia Airlines would not comment

    Malaysia Airlines has declined to answer CNN's questions about the ELTs and other matters. The airline said it could not comment on "any questions that relate to information held by other authorities and/or fall under the jurisdiction of the ongoing investigation. ..."

    As the details about the investigation emerged, the work of searching for the plane continued Friday, when a drone submerged to the bottom of the Indian Ocean for its sixth trip in search of the missing Malaysian plane.

    A fifth mission had been aborted when problems with its inertial navigation system arose, said Michael Dean of the U.S. Navy.

    The Bluefin-21 was then re-submerged to resume scanning the floor of the southern Indian Ocean.

    During its first four missions, the drone searched about 42 square miles (110 square kilometers). On that fourth mission, it reached a record depth of 15,404 feet (4,695 meters), the Navy said. Pushing that limit "does carry with it some residual risk to the equipment," which is being monitored closely, it said.

    The probe typically can search no deeper than about 14,764 feet (4,500 meters), but Bluefin operators said they could tweak it to reach 16,404 feet (5,000 meters) -- beyond the search area's maximum depth of about 15,100 feet (4,600 meters).

    Authorities said the probe had scanned 42 square miles (110 square kilometers) without making any "contacts of interest."

    'No debris or aircraft wreckage'

    The first four dives discovered "no debris or aircraft wreckage," said Phoenix International Holdings, which owns and operates the equipment under a contract with the U.S. Navy.

    A single dive takes 24 hours to complete: two hours to submerge to near the ocean floor, 16 hours to map the seabed, two hours to ascend to the surface and four hours to download the images.

    The continuing search efforts came as relatives of the people who were aboard the jetliner when it disappeared from radar nearly six weeks ago pressed for answers.

    They have drawn up 26 questions that they want addressed by Malaysian officials, who are to meet with them next week in Beijing. Most of the 239 passengers and crew who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were Chinese.

    Among their questions: What's in the flight's log book? Can they review the jet's maintenance records? Can they listen to recordings of the Boeing 777 pilot's conversations with air traffic controllers just before contact was lost?

    Malaysia's acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, has defended his government's handling of the operation and accused members of the news media of focusing on the Chinese families. He said relatives of passengers and crew from other nations represented have not had problems.

    "The most difficult part of any investigation of this nature is having to deal with the families," he said.

    More underwater probes?

    Hishammuddin tweeted Friday that authorities are looking at deploying more unmanned underwater probes.
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    Officials might consider searching along a large portion of sea highlighted by a partial digital "handshake" between the jetliner and an Inmarsat PLC satellite, Dolan said.

    That arc of sea is more than 370 miles long and 30 miles wide.

    A new setback

    Analysis of samples of an oil slick discovered on April 13 and collected 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) from where a ping was detected concluded they were neither aircraft engine oil nor hydraulic fluid, Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre said Thursday.

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on March 8 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.

    With no debris found and no possible pings from the plane's "black boxes" detected in more than a week, officials have shifted the focus underwater.

    A prolonged undersea search by private contractors could cost a "ballpark rough estimate" of $234 million, said Martin Dolan, Australia's top transport official.

    Searches from air and ship may wrap up

    Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships were to assist in Friday's search across three areas northwest of Perth, Australia, covering about 20,000 square miles (52,000 square kilometers). But searches from air and ship are probably nearing an end, officials said.

    That did not surprise former National Transportation Safety Board Managing Director Peter Goelz. "There's a lot of resources being expended there; it's turned up nothing," he said.

    But he predicted the underwater search would continue for the six to eight weeks needed to cover the current search zone. If that turns up nothing, he predicted, towed array sonar probably would be used to search a wider zone.

    "This is a very complex operation," ocean search specialist Rob McCallum said. "It's going to be a game of patience now."

    Source: CNN
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    Friday 18 April 2014

    JACC Media Release - 18 April 2014—am

    Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 51,870 square kilometres, across three areas.

    Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed another mission in the underwater search area and has commenced mission five. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 110 square kilometres to date. Data analysis from the fourth mission did not provide any contacts of interest.

    The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds

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    JACC Update on search for flight MH370
    Media Release - 17 April 2014—pm

    At the recent media conference conducted by the Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said that the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick on Sunday evening in her current search area.

    Preliminary analysis of the sample collected by ADV Ocean Shield has confirmed that it is not aircraft engine oil or hydraulic fluid.

    Additionally, Phoenix International, with the assistance of Bluefin, have assessed that there is a small but acceptable level of risk in operating the vehicle in depths in excess of 4,500 metres. This expansion of the operating parameters allows the Bluefin-21 to search the sea floor within the predicted limits of the current search area.

    Some media reports today state that it would take Bluefin-21 anywhere from six weeks to two months to scan the entire underwater search area. This is incorrect.

    Since the US Navy provided comment some days ago, the underwater search has been significantly narrowed through detailed acoustic analysis conducted on the four signal detections made by the Towed Pinger Locator on ADV Ocean Shield .

    This analysis has allowed the definition of a reduced and more focused underwater search area. This represents the best lead we have in relation to missing flight MH370 and where the current underwater search efforts are being pursued to their completion so we can either confirm or discount the area as the final resting place of MH370.

    Wednesday 17 April 2014

    The key of questions from family members - From The Committee of MH370 family
    (2014-04-16 17:44:40)

    Families of relatives that were aboard flight MH370 have released a list of unanswered questions as the search for the aircraft continues and information is starting to dwindle. There are 26 questions in all and a number ask about the technical aspects of the aircraft including regarding issues in relation to the flight recorders or 'black boxes'. There are also questions relating to the aircraft's distress radiobeacon also known as the emergency locator transmitter (ELT).

    The list of questions verbatim are as follows as posted on Chinese social networking site, Sina Weibo:

    Emergency locator transmitter

    As far as we know, MH370 has one fixed ELT and two portable ELT. All ElT has passed the latest maintains check (Malaysia airlines has promised to ask when they did the last check and what has been checked)

    1. How many ELT are there on the plane? Including fixed and portable.   We have heard two versions. We would like to insure how many?
    2. Did Malaysia Airline have regular maintains check for ELT? When was latest check for MH370 ‘s ELT? What is the maintainous interval? And we need to see results of maintainous check. If not possible to see the result during the investigation. We would like to know what has been checked.
    3. How your 406 MHz is certified. Your licences?
    4. Is it possible to break the ELT at high impact? Where is the 406 MHz ELT exactly located on MH370? (tail of the flight or on the celling of business class)
    5. Is the ELT protected in the compartment within the fuselage?  Surrounding by metal? will the signal  be weaken if the metal shield_
    6.  Is the cable and blade antenna 9G certified?  How much impact is need to active ELT?  Does the ELT active in Asiana accident and France Air 447?
    7.  Are 121.5 MHz 243 MHz useless when aircraft crash in water?
    8.  The manufacturer of the ELT, the signal of 406MHz supposed to be detected by satellite.
    9.  Is the 406 MHz is a separate service beside the 121.5 and 243 MHz?
    10. If the crew has been trained on how to use ELT?
    11. Can ELT unlock and bounce to the surface of water?
    12. When plane is trying to land on the sea, can ELT can be activated?

    Black box

    1.  The serials number of the black box on MH370. Manufacturer?
    2.  What kind of characteristic signal does MH370's black box pinger send? Is it a pulse, with a peak at 37.5 kHz? The width, the shape of the pulse?
    3.  What is the sample that Boeing has sent to Australia to compare with the detected pinger? Was it from a normal black box signal or the specific black box on boeing 777, or even the exact black box mount on MH370?
    4.  How many items can the Flight Data Recorder provide? 25, 57 or 88?
    5.  How long time can the Cockpit Voice Recorder provide? When did Malaysia Airline start to prolong 2 hours record?
    6. Can the detected frequency 33.3kHz can illustrate the coverage environment of the black box? Can the location of the black box also te illustrated?
    7. Can the investigation team make an experiment on checking the 33.3kHz is caused by the weaken battery? And how long can 33.3 kHz can be detected under the weaken power situation?

    Protocol

    1.  What protocol does ICAO do when flight missing.  What did Malaysia Airline do when MH370 missing. What organization are Malaysia in.
    2.  We want MH370's logbook
    3.  We need Malaysia Civil Aviation Control MH370   Voice Record.
    4.  Inmarsat in Malaysia   ,  NTSB  ,Chief engineer Zaharie  personal  contact phone number. Directly  contact information.
    5. Have the searching and rescue team got final result from the searched areas? Are they ensure any impossibility on thosed closed area, if not why close all the other areas?
    6. Can Malaysia Government specify the right of kins, especially the right to know the facts of a cases or the details of an incident?
    7. We require the ATC audio.

    From: The Committee of MH370 family

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    Thursday 17 April 2014

    JACC Media Release - 17 April 2014—am

    Up to ten military aircraft, two civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 40,349 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,170 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed a full mission in the search area and is currently planning for its next mission. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 90 square kilometres to date and the data from its latest mission is being analysed.

    The oil sample collected by Ocean Shield has now arrived in Perth and will be subject to detailed testing and analysis. We will provide details of the results when they become available.

    The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds.

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    JACC Update on search for flight MH370
    Media Release 2 - 16 April 2014—pm

    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue. While on deck, its data was downloaded.

    Bluefin-21 was then redeployed and it is currently continuing its underwater search.

    Initial analysis of the data downloaded this morning indicates no significant detections.

    Wednesday 16 April 2014 a.m.

    JACC Media Release - 16 April 2014—am - Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370

    Up to 11 military aircraft, three civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 55,151 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,087 kilometres north west of Perth.

    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle was again deployed last night from ADV Ocean Shield .

    The data from Bluefin-21's first mission has been downloaded and analysed. No objects of interest were found.

    The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with isolated rain showers, sea swells up to two metres and visibility of five kilometres.

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    Tuesday April 15 - Update

    Full Transcript of JACC Press Conference with Chinese Media, 14 April 2014

    Read Full Transcript of Press Conference with Chinese Media on April 14 2014 here


    Tuesday April 15 - Update

    The cabinet has agreed to set up an International Investigation Team to specifically look into the MH370 incident

     

     


    Tuesday 15 April - Update

    Underwater search for MH370 cut short

    Eleven ships and 11 aircraft assisted in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as the autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin began its search for wreckage on the ocean floor. The underwater search, however, was aborted early. The AUV was deployed last night from the ADV Ocean Shield, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) announced this morning by way of a statement. After completing around six hours of its 16-hour mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its 4.5km operating depth limit. Its built-in safety feature returned it to the surface, the JACC said. Data gathered by the unmanned submarine is currently being extracted and analysed before the Bluefin-21 is redeployed.

    (IHS Maritime)


    Tuesday April 15 2014 - Update

    - Bluefin-21 Underwater Vehicle has
    collected 6 hours of data that has now been analyzed, no objects of interest have been detected

    - No other phones other than from the co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid have been connected to the telecommunications network, according CNN



    Tuesday April 15 - Update

    Tuesday, April 15, 03:15 PM MYT +0800 Press Briefing by Hishammuddin Hussein Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport

    Introductory Statement on MH370

    It has been 39 days since MH370 went missing. We have now entered a new phase for the search operations expanding into deep ocean search with deployment of the Bluefin - 21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AVU). As stated by the Joint Agency Coordinating Center in Perth earlier today, there are 9 military aircraft, 2 civil aircrafts and 11 ships which haven assisgned to search for MH370.

    1. International Investigation Team

    The Cabinet has agreed to set up an International Investigation Team to specifically look into the MH370 incident. The Ministry of Transport (MOT) will spearhead the efforts to draft the Term of Reference for the investigation team and will be recruiting the members for the team in accordance with international standards. 

    The sub committee, let by Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Minister of Transport has been assigned the task to coordinate the formation of the International Investigation Team.

    On that note, Malaysia as the Contracting State and a Council Member of the International Aviation Organization (ICAO) will observe and comply with the standards and recommended practices of ICAO set mainly to look into the safety of international civil aviation. It is imperative for thr goverment to form an independent team of investigator which is not only competent and transparent but also highly credible. 

    The main purpose of the International Investigation Team is to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the incident so similar incidents could be avoided in the future. I would like to stress that this investigation is not aimed at apportioning blame or liability with regards to the incident. I would also like to note that the investigation will not include criminal aspects which are under purview of the Royal Malaysian Police. 

    The investigation will be carried out in accordance with the Civil Aviation Regulation 1966 and the standards set under Annex 13 - Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, the Chicago Convention, which requires each party to investigate air accidents independently with full powers in their respective countries. 

    The investigation team will include three groups:

    a. an airworthiness group, to look into issues such as maintenance records, structures and systems;

    b. an operational group, to examine flight recorders, operations and meteorology;

    c. a medical and human factors group, to investigate issues such as psychology, pathology and survival factors.

    We are also discussing to appoint experts from other ASEAN countries in accordance with ASEAN MoU on Cooperation Relating to Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation that was signed in 2008.

    2. Developments on the Ministerial Committees

    As mentioned previously, the Malaysian goverment has established three ministerial committees. These three committees have started their respective tasks and I will now update on you their progress.

    The next of kin committee, led by Hamzah Zainuddin, Deputy Foreign Minister has looked into various issues related to the next of kin of passengers onboard MH370. They are now working closely with various Goverments especially the countries whose nationals were on board. 

    The technical committee, led by Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Transport Minister has developed the structure and drafted the terms of reference for the International Investigations Team which will be made known to the public in due course. 

    The asset deployment committee, led by Abdul Rahim Bakri, Deputy Defence Minister has directed the deployment of the existing assets involved in the current SAR operation. They will be consulting relevant partner countries through our defence cooperation mechnism to further assist JACC in the receovery process of MH370.

    I have instructed leading members of the three sub committees to head to Perth to hold discussions with the JACC.

    3. SAR Operations Updates

    As mentioned by Angus Houston yesterday, the Bluefin-21 AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) has been deployed. The search area is based on the identified location where the ping transmission was last detected and verified to be from an electronic device. 

    The Bluefin-21 which will be deployed daily to locate the black box, will take 24 hours to complete a full mission. It takes 2 hours for it to descend to the botton level, 16 hours to search and photograph the seabed, 2 hours to ascend back to the surface and 4 hours to download the images.

    We are still waiting verification of the oil slick found and collected yesterday 5.5 kilometres away from the site where a ping was detected. This is consistent with our stand to only accept corroborated and verified evidence and there fore we appreciate JACC's effort in treating this new potential lead cautiously. 

    Concluding remarks on MH370

    A Framework Agreement on Cooperation Between The Goverment of Malaysia and The Goverment of the Commonwealth of Australia in relation to MH370 is currently being drafted. A first draft has been sent to the High Commission of Australia for their deliberation.

    I would like to conclude by reiterating that the search for the MH370 has entered yet another phase. The information release yesterday has provided new leads, and given new direction to the search process. When possible, we will keep the media fully briefed, but our priority remains with the search operations. 

    Malaysian Airlines


    Tuesday 15 April

    Press Conference today by Minister of Defence & (Acting) Minister of Transport Hishhammudin Hussein

     

    Tuesday 15 April 2014

    Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370 - JACC Media release 15 April 2014—am

    Up to nine military aircraft, two civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 62,063 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,170 kilometres north west of Perth.

    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle deployed last night from ADV Ocean Shield .

    After completing around six hours of its mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its operating depth limit of 4,500 metres and its built in safety feature returned it to the surface.

    The six hours of data gathered by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is currently being extracted and analysed.

    Bluefin-21 is planned to redeploy later today when weather conditions permit.

    The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, sea swells up to two metres and visibility of five kilometres.

    The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), will provide further updates if, and when, more information becomes available.

    (JACC)

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    Monday April 14 2014 - Update

    Phone tower, 250 miles from where MH370 disappeared, detected co-pilot's phone searching for service near Palang, Malaysia, U.S. official says, according - CNN

    A U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Pamela Brown on Monday that a cell phone tower in Penang, Malaysia -- about 250 miles from where the flight disappeared -- detected the co-pilot's phone searching for service around the time the plane vanished.

    The revelation follows reporting over the weekend in a Malaysian newspaper that co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid had tried to make a telephone call while the plane was in flight.

    However, the U.S. official -- who cited information shared by Malaysian investigators -- said there was no evidence the co-pilot had tried to make a call.

    The details do appear to reaffirm suggestions based on radar and satellite data that the plane turned around and was probably flying low enough to obtain a signal from a cell tower, the official said.
    Read more


    Monday April 14 2014 - Update

    Oilslick detected on Sunday evening will take a few days to analyze

    Earlier, Australian officials announced the Australian ship Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick Sunday evening. It is unclear where the oil came from. A 2-liter sample has been collected for examination, but it will take a few days to analyze.

    "I stress the source of the oil has yet to be determined, but the oil slick is approximately 5,500 meters (3.4 miles) downwind ... from the vicinity of the detections of the TPL on Ocean Shield," Houston said, referring to the pings detected by a towed pinger locator, a wing-shaped listening device connected to the ship by a cable.

    It's not the first oil slick detected as part of the search. A similar find in the first days of the search was determined to be fuel oil from a freighter. Read more

    Monday April 14 2014 - Update

    Malaysian government warns legal action against 'retweeting' and 'sharing' false reports on MH370 Published on Apr 13, 2014

    Multimedia and Communications Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek says the government will not only take legal action to those responsible for producing false reports on the search for MH370, it will also act on individuals spreading such information on social media. Read more



    Monday 14 April 2014 - Update

    Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 set to go under water


    (Full Press conference: 26min50sec here)
    Full Transcript of Press Conference, 14 April 2014

    The Australian vessel Ocean Shield will stop seeking pings today and the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 will be deployed this evening to search the ocean floor, search co-ordinator Angus Houston has announced.

    Retired defence chief Air Chief Marshal Houston told a media conference in Perth that the chances of any floating material from MH370 being recovered from the ocean has greatly diminished.

    “We haven't had a single detection in six days - it's time to go under water,” he said.

    “The deployment of the autonomous underwater vehicle has the potential to take us a further step towards visual identification since it offers a possible opportunity to detect debris from the aircraft on the ocean floor,” he said.

    Any hope of receiving further “pings'' from the devices is highly unlikely due to battery exhaustion, Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

    “We've got a very good lead - we've just got to wait and see if Bluefin-21 can find the wreckage,” he said.

    But he warned there was still no further certainty as to whether the area was MH370's final resting place.

    “I would caution you against raising hopes that the deployment of the autonomous underwater vehicle will result in the detection of the aircraft wreckage. It may not.”

    Air Chief Marshal Houston said the search area “is new to man” and may have a lot of silt.

    He said Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick downwind from the search area and a sample will be tested.

    “Aircraft wreckage needs to be visually recognised before we can say this is the final resting place of MH370,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

    The remote underwater vehicle will be deployed this evening in the search area based on the last emissions from the locator beacons of the aircraft's black boxes, Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

    “We anticipate deploying it this evening,” he said. “It will be deployed again exactly 24 hours after the first delployment.”

    The search area will cover an area measuring 5km by 8km.

    Air Chief Marshal Houston said a decision will soon have to be made about whether to continue looking for debris on the surface.

    “The air and surface search for floating material will be completed in the next two to three days in the area where the aircraft most likely entered the water,” he said.

    “The chances of any floating material being recovered have greatly diminished and it will be appropriate to confer with Australia's partners to decide the way ahead later this week.”

    Bluefin-21's missions will each take a minimum of 24 hours, with the first to cover an area of 40 square kilometres.

    Air Chief Marshal Houston said other vehicles, which can go deeper than 4,500 metres, are being looked at in case Bluefin-21 isn't capable of reaching the necessary level.

    “Those sorts of possibilities … are being looked at as we speak. But a lot will depend on the outcome of what we find when we go down and take a look.”

    The co-ordinator conceded the search was “very expensive” and countries involved are “running up big costs”.

    “I think the world community should be very appreciative to those countries for their contribution to what I would say is one of the largest search and rescue, search and recovery operations that I've seen in my lifetime.”

    The search area has been narrowed down to patch of ocean floor less than 1000 kilometres square making a successful physical search almost impossible.

    The Bluefin-21 will submerge to its near maximum depth of 4500 metres and conduct 20-hour long sweeps using powerful sonars.

    If any wreckage is found the sonars will be switched to cameras to and lights to record whatever lies on the bottom.

    The initial search will focus on the location of the strongest “pings'' detected last week by the Ocean Shield.

    Read: Full Transcript of Press Conference, 14 April 2014

    - Oilslick discovered
    - Last ping was 6 days ago
    - Bluefin-21 will be deployed to search a 4,5 square km




    Monday 14 April 2014—am

    JACC Media Release - Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370


    Up to 11 military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 15 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 47,644 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,200 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to aircraft black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield . The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield.

    There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.

    The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with possible showers, sea swells up to 1.5 metres and visibility of three to five kilometres.

    ___________________________________________________________

    Sunday 13 April 2014

    Authority widened its search zone Sunday.

    Ships and aircraft have been working to refine the size of the possible underwater search area to allow the use of an autonomous underwater vehicle, which will more closely scour the sea floor to get visual images of any possible wreckage.

    The visual search area will cover an area of 57,506 square kilometers (22,203 square miles) on Sunday, widened from 41,393 square kilometers on Saturday.

    "Today's visual search area is a continuation of the systematic search for floating debris derived from the probable area determined by the international investigation team and the area of acoustic event detections," the authority said. "The daily visual search areas will vary in size according to factors such as oceanic drift and weather information optimized for aircraft search operations."


    Sunday 13 April 2014 - Update

    Acting Transport Minister Hussein Not Aware of Co-Pilot Phone Call


    The Defence and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein has been reported by the New Straits Times as saying there was no phone call made from aboard the aircraft of flight MH370 by the co-pilot, First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, as reported yesterday. However he did emphasise that such issues remained a concern for the police and relevant investigative bodies and when the time was right information would be released. He stated:

    I don't want to speculate on that, because out of respect of the families of the pilot and co-pilot, and I don't want to disturb the investigations being done now, not only by Malaysian police but other intelligence agencies...The police are still investigating the possibility of hijacking, issue of terrorism, psychological and personal problems.

    Sunday 13 April 2014 - Update

    Black Box Custody Being Discussed




    The Malaysian Defence and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein has informed reporters that the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail is currently in the UK liaising with the relevant authorities to clarify who will have custody of the flight recorder (or 'black box') should it be located and retrieved.

    Hussein said:

    The Attorney General is in the UK discussing with relevant authorities such as ICAO and experts involved, based on international and domestic laws, who actually do have custody of the black box.

    Clarity has had to be sought by the Malaysian government: typically Malaysia should be leading the search operations and securing the aircraft wreckage, if found, since the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft of flight MH370 is registered in Malaysia and belongs to Malaysia Airlines, as per the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); however Australia has been requested to lead the search operations.



    Sunday 13 April 2014 - Update

    Family Unaware of Alleged Co-Pilot's Call


    The family of the co-pilot of flight MH370, First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid have spoken of their surprise at the alleged report that he could have been trying to make a phone call from the aircraft as it passed north-west of Penang, Malaysia.

    The New Straits Times reported yesterday that apparently according to sources, Abdul Hamid had last used the WhatsApp messenger service at 23:30, 7 March (local time), just over an hour before the departure of flight MH370 at 00:41; and last made a phone call to a regular contact no more than two hours before the departure time.

    The newspaper goes on to report that allegedly Abdul Hamid's mobile phone had 'detached' or disconnected from the telecommunications network before flight, then become 'reattached' or made connection with the network shortly into the flight at a point where other reports claim MH370 flew at extremely low altitude. Experts state a mobile phone can receive reception at an altitude of around 7,000ft. Apparently it is claimed, Abdul Hamid did attempt to make a phone call from the aircraft but that the call abruptly ended. To whom he may have been calling is unknown.

    The brother of the co-pilot, Afiq Abdul Hamid stated his surprise at this claim saying he could not think who his brother could have been trying to call. He added the authorities had not mentioned anything like this to the family and understood the police investigation was ongoing.

    The Defence and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammudin Hussein said yesterday about the above claimed phone call:

    If this did happen, we would have known about it earlier...Unless we can have verifications, we can't comment on these reports.


    April 13 2014 Update:

    Media Realease JACC



    Up to 11 military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 14 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 57,506 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2200 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to the aircraft's black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield . The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield.

    This work continues in an effort to narrow the underwater search area for when the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is deployed.

    There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.

    The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with isolated showers, sea swells up to one metre and visibility of five kilometres in showers. (JACC)

    _______________________________________________________________________

    April 12 2014 - Update 2:

    Co-Pilot's call denied

    Malaysian acting transport minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein appears to have denied claims that MH370's co-pilot made a "desperate call" just before the Malaysian Airlines jet vanished.

    Malaysian acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein has immediately denied the claims of the co-pilots phonecall. He told the paper: "If this did happen, we would have known about it earlier."
    He told assembled media outside a mosque that authorities have received a lot of reports and leads which have turned out to be baseless. He added: "Unless we can have verifications, we can't comment on these reports." - According Mirror.uk

    April 12 2014 - Update 1:
    Call traced to Pilot's Phone
    AIRBORNE CONTACT: Telco tower in Penang picked up phone signal

    KUALA LUMPUR: A CREW member of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a  desperate  call from his mobile phone as the plane was flying low near Penang, the morning it went missing.

    The latest breakthrough in the ongoing criminal investigation traced the source of the call to co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's phone.

    The New Straits Times has learnt that investigators are poring over this discovery as they try to piece together what had happened moments before the Boeing 777-22ER twinjet went off the radar, some 200 nautical miles (320km) northwest of Penang on March 8.

    It is understood that the aircraft with 239 people on board was flying at an altitude low enough for the nearest telecommunications tower to pick up his phone's signal.

    His call, however, ended abruptly, but not before contact was established with a telecommunications sub-station in the state.

    However, the NST is unable to ascertain who Fariq was trying to call as sources chose not to divulge details of the investigation. The links that police are trying to establish are also unclear.

    "The telco's (telecommunications company's) tower established the call that he was trying to make. On why the call was cut off, it was likely because the aircraft was fast moving away from the tower and had not come under the coverage of the next one," the sources said.

    It was also established that Fariq's last communication through the WhatsApp Messenger application was about 11.30pm on March 7, just before he boarded the aircraft for his six-hour flight to Beijing.

    The NST was also told that checks on Fariq's phone history showed that the last person he spoke to was "one of his regular contacts (a number that frequently appears on his outgoing phone logs)".

    This call was made no more than two hours before the flight took off at 12.41am from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

    A different set of sources close to the investigations told the NST that checks on Fariq's phone showed that connection to the phone had been "detached" before the plane took off.

    "This is usually the result of the phone being switched off. At one point, however, when the airplane was airborne, between waypoint Igari and the spot near Penang (just before it went missing from radar), the line was 'reattached'.

    "A 'reattachment' does not necessarily mean that a call was made. It can also be the result of the phone being switched on again," the sources said.

    The flight, with a crew of 12, was supposed to take off at 12.35am.

    The jetliner disappeared from commercial radar about an hour later, while it was flying over the South China Sea. It was supposed to have landed in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.

    Experts said it was possible for a mobile phone to be connected to a telecommunications tower at an altitude of 7,000 feet.

    An NST exclusive on March 16, quoted investigators as saying that the jetliner had dropped to as low as 5,000 feet after it made the turnback at waypoint Igari in the South China Sea before it crossed Peninsular Malaysia headed towards Penang.

    Meanwhile, Fariq's cousin Nursyafiqah Kamarudin, 18, told the NST on Monday that Fariq, who would have turned 28 on April 1, was very close to his mother.

    "If Fariq could make one call before the plane disappeared, it would have been to her."

    Police have not cleared the 227 passengers of the flight MH370 of possible foul play. Clearance has also not been given to the crew.

    Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had, on April 2, said they had "obtained some clues" on what might have happened to the flight, based on the statements recorded from 176 people. This number has climbed to 205 as of yesterday.

    Khalid had also said the crew were among the main "subjects of the investigations".

    Their probe had been focused on four possible areas -- hijack, sabotage, as well as personal and psychological problems.

    They are investigating the case under Section 130C of the Penal Code, which deals with hijacking, terrorism and sabotage offences, as well as the Security Offences (Special Measures) and Aviation Offences Acts.

    On why these findings were not made known, the sources said, like criminal investigations by any police force, details of an ongoing probe would not be made public.

    "Not only are they not obliged to, it also puts the investigation at risk if the findings are revealed," the sources said.

    The team carrying out this probe is separate from the International Investigating Team (IIT), which comprises agencies with expertise in satellite communications and aircraft performance.

    The IIT is also represented by Inmarsat, Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Rolls-Royce from the United Kingdom, China's Civil Aviation Administration and Aircraft Accident Investigation Department (AAID), and from the United States, National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Bureau Investigation and the Triple Seven's manufacturer, Boeing.

    This team had been working over the past weeks, refining data, including those extracted from radars and satellites, in narrowing down the search area, which has since been centred in the Indian Ocean.

    While some details from the IIT's investigations have been released to appease family members' and the media's demand for information, police said they were not at liberty to divulge details of the probe for fear that it could jeopardise their investigation.

    The FBI has been assisting police, including sharing intelligence and expertise.

    Kuala Lumpur had also, on April 5, announced the appointment of an independent "Investigator in Charge" to lead an investigating team, which will include three groups.

    They are an airworthiness group to look at issues such as maintenance records, structures and systems; an operations group to examine, among others, flight recorders, operations and meteorology; and, a medical and human factors group to investigate areas of psychology and survival factors.

    Six days ago, the New Sunday Times front-paged a report that said investigators had, over the last few weeks, sifted through hundreds of hours of closed-circuit television footage, not only from cameras in most corners of KLIA, but all the way back to a toll plaza 8.8km away, which most passengers would have had to pass through to reach KLIA. Videos were also taken from the stretch of road leading to the airport.

    Their movements were traced by the CCTVs right up to the time they showed up at gate C1, in the West Zone of the airport's Satellite Building, where the plane was parked.

    It was also learnt that while Fariq and chief stewardess Goh Sock Lay, 45, communicated via the WhatsApp messenger application at 11.30pm, pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, made his last contact through the application at 7.45pm, some five hours before flying off. Source: NewStraitTimes

    Read more: MH370: Transport Ministry to explore co-pilot's reported phone call


    April 12 2014 Update:

    Planned search Area's for April 12 2014 - JACC Media Release



    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 41,393 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2331 kilometres north west of Perth.
    Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to the aircraft's black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield . The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield . This work continues in an effort to narrow the underwater search area for when the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is deployed. There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours. Read more

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    April 11 2014 Update:

    April 11 Update 3:

    Press Release by the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force in reaction on alligations in CNN report
    In response to reports by CNN that the Royal Malaysian Air Force has scrambled jets shortly after the loss of flight MH370; and before authorities were liaised with and before informing the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, the Chief of the Air Force, General Tan Sri Rodzali Daud has issued an official statement in which he states the allegation as "totally false."

    The statement reads as follows:

    MH370 PRESS STATEMENT BY
    GENERAL TAN SRI DATO' SRI RODZALI DAUD
    CHIEF OF ROYAL MALAYSIAN AIR FORCE

    With regards to yesterday's (10 April) release on the CNN website which state that:
    "Malaysian air force search aircraft were scrambled around 8 a.m., soon after Malaysia Airlines reported that its plane was missing early March 8, Malaysian sources told CNN.
    The aircraft were scrambled before authorities corroborated data indicating that the plane turned back westward, a senior Malaysian government official told CNN.
    But the air force did not inform the Department of Civil Aviation or search and rescue operations until three days later, March 11, a source involved in the investigation told CNN."
    In my capacity as the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, I can confirm that the above allegation is totally false.


     


    April 11 Update 2:
    Media Release 11 April 2014—pm The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said an initial assessment of the possible signal detected by a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft yesterday afternoon has been determined as not related to an aircraft underwater locator beacon.

    “The Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre has analysed the acoustic data and confirmed that the signal reported in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield is unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes,” Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said.
    “Further analysis continues to be undertaken by Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre.

    “Today Ocean Shield is continuing more focussed sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals that may be related to the aircraft's black boxes. It is vital to glean as much information as possible while the batteries on the underwater locator beacons may still be active.
    “The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield, with three more missions planned for today.

    “A decision as to when to deploy the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle will be made on advice from experts on board the Ocean Shield and could be some days away.
    “On the information I have available to me, there has been no major breakthrough in the search for MH370. I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.”
    Source: JACC

    New ships join the search - The search for any signs on the surface of MH370 continues in the western section. The US Naval vessel Cesar Chavez, a Lewis and Clarke class support ship has now entered the area, accompanying the Australian warships HMAS Perth, HMAS Toowoomba, the replenishment ship HMAS Success, as well as the Chinese search vessels Nan Hai Jiu 115, Hai Xun 01 and Dong Hai Jiu 101.
    The Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu is also still in this area.
    To the east, the Australian ADV Ocean Shield and Royal Naval Hydrographic ship, HMS Echo continue their underwater search. Source: IHS Maritime 360



    April 11 2014 Update 1:


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    April 10 2014 Update:

    Possible new underwater signal from sonobuoys detected by AP-3C Orion aircraft
    The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), has confirmed that whilst conducting an acoustic search this afternoon a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft has detected a possible signal in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield.
    “The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a man-made source,” Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret'd) said.“I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.” Media Update JACC |
    Read more

     

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    April 9 2014

    Update 2:
    Multiple Floating objects spotted in area where Ocean Shield detects signals -
    ABOARD HAIXUN 01, April 9 2014 12:12:43 (Xinhua) -- Multiple floating objects were spotted by patrol aircraft in an area where Australian ship Ocean Shield detected suspicious signals, officials at Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 said Wednesday.
    Haixun 01 is heading to a search zone of about 75,000 square kilometers where the objects were spotted, at about 20 degrees south latitude and 98 degrees east longitude, to assist in the search for the missing Malaysian jet MH370.
    Chinese officials aboard Haixun 01 told Xinhua they were informed of the latest sighting of floating objects by Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) late Tuesday night.
    Chinese rescue ship Nanhaijiu 115 and Chinese naval vessel 998 are already working in the search area, they added. (source)


    China deployed 21 satellites, and used remote sensing technologies to search for the missing plane. Meanwhile, nine ships have been sent to search waters around the gulf of Thailand, the island of Sumatra and other areas of the Indian Ocean. Source

    Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force has deployed two P3 Orion aircraft to the Perth's Pearce Air Force Base from Subang today. A team of 40 crew members led by Maritime Self-Defence Commander Hideki Jufuku took off around  9.40am  this morning. Japan's Ambassador-Designate to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa said the mission is to fly and join the search debris as soon as possible.
    Read more:
    Japan's two P3 Orion aircraft join

    Update 1:

    April 9 2014 - 2 more underwater ping signals detected



    Two new underwater ping signals were detected on tuesday (April 8). The first in the late afternoon for 5 min 37 sec, the second in the evening for 7 min. This makes a total of 4 transmission in the same area:

    The first signal was picked up on Saturday and lasted for two hours and 20 minutes.
    The second lasted 13 minutes and was detected at 9:27pm later that day.
    Sunday and Monday proved to be disappointing days with no significant developments.
    Then, on Tuesday, the third at 4:27pm and lasted for five minutes and 32 seconds.
    The fourth lasted for seven minutes and was at 10:17pm.

    More news: CNN | Live Updates - mirror

     

    ________________________________________________________________________
    April 8 2014 Update:
    The underwater search continues today, with ADV Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and HMS Echo at the southern end.
    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia. (JACC)

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    April 7 2014 UPDATE:
    Visual indication on screen, and audible signal



    Two 37.5khz signal returns were dectected in the last 24 hours, one for two hours and 22 min and another one for 13 min. The sounds were heard at a depth of 4,500 meters (about 14,764 feet) and about 600 km apart. The signals are consistent with transmissions from both a Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder. It could take days before officials can confirm whether the signals did indeed come from MH370.


    Full Transcript of Press Conference, 7 April 2014


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    April 6 2014 UPDATE:
    Update 3:
    investigators pieced together new details about the plane's path. After reviewing radar track data from neighboring countries, officials have concluded that the passenger jet curved north of Indonesia before turning south toward the southern Indian Ocean.

    Update 2:
    MH370 flew north of Indonesia and around its airspace on way to Indian Ocean according Inmarsat data, which may have been an attend to avoid radar data.

    Update 1:
    Ocean Shield has detected another 37.5khz signal today for 90 secs, less than 2 km from the pings that were detected by Chinese Haixun-01 patrol vessel on Friday and Saturday March 4+5 2014. Read more
    | Full Transcript of Press Conference, 6 April 2014


    Image of Ocean Shield
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    April 5 2014 UPDATE!

    Update 2: Chinese air force plane spots new floating objects in south Indian Ocean



    A Chinese air force plane searching for missing Malaysian passenger jet MH370 spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area Saturday. The plane photographed the objects over a period of 20 minutes after spotting them at 11:05 local time. The floating objects were 90 kilometers, or about 55 miles, from where the pulse signal was detected Full story

    Update 1: The Chinese Haixun-01, has detected a 37.5khz ping # MH370 The 1,5 sec signal was reportedly detected at 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude. 37.5 kHz pulse reportedly detected in Indian Ocean is standard frequency for voice, data recorders, expert says. The signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz received by the Haixun 01 is highly unlikely to have come from Ships, they have black boxes, but that's at 400kHz–15kHz. Or any marine life such as whales, as their frequencies range between 15Hz and 20Hz, or dolphins, whose ultra sonic waves span from 200kHz to 350kHz. Additionally, marine life frequencies rarely change. 37.5kHz was selected as to avoid clash with known frequencies of other emission sources including natural sources and background noise. The Chinese search vessel is yet to compare its record of the signal's waveform with the Boeing factory's recorded configuration of the missing B-777 (product serial number 9M-MRO) to give out a final confirmation whether or not the signal came from MH370.- Read more @ News Xinhua.net . CNN Breaking News | Live China.org | JACC Media Reporting on Chinese Ship Detection of Electronic Pulse Signals

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    April 4 2014

    Airbus Defence and Space expands VSAT coverage in the Indian Ocean


    World's largest Ku-band coverage boosted with Seychelles region extension delivering high-speed data.

    Airbus Defence and Space has expanded its Ku-band VSAT (Very Small Apperture Terminal) coverage in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), using the Intelsat IS-702 S2 satellite.

    The new coverage enables improved availability of Pharostar, Sealink and WaveCall VSAT voice and data services for vessels transiting or operating primarily in the Seychelles area, north to Ethiopia and south to Madagascar.

    Several diverse maritime groups will make use of more available high speed VSAT, including commercial fishing, government, naval, shipping and yachting vessels. An improved Ku-band footprint will also enhance security and anti-piracy efforts in the region.

    “By bringing up this network, we enhance our market leading global VSAT coverage to support service providers serving customers in the IOR. The new coverage enables delivery of reliable connectivity up to 3.8Mbps,” said Ghani Behloul, Head of Product Marketing, Maritime, Airbus Defence and Space. “The IOR coverage extension is part of our commitment to maintaining the most extensive maritime VSAT coverage for global users.”

    About Airbus Defence and Space
    Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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    Message from Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, Director of Commercial, Malaysia Airlines
    Published on Apr 1, 2014

    Malaysia Airlines' Director of Commercial, Dr Hugh Dunleavy, responds to recent calls for disclosure of information on the MH370 incident. Various countries from around the world have been involved in the search process. Immense efforts are ongoing to ensure that information is shared with the families of MH370 in a timely and effective manner.




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    March 19 2014 Search Area   March 24 2014 - Suspected Flightpath   March 26 2014 - Course Calculations | Infographic | Source | Info
     
     
             
    Debris scattering in the Southern Ocean   March 28 2014 Shift of search area after new lead | Source    
    This animation shows how debris can scatter on ocean currents. This technology was used to assist in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
     
       
             

     

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    * Waypoints
    On March 14 sources described to Reuters the details of Malaysian military radar data (used above in the timeline), which saw MH370 follow specific waypoints as it veered across the Malaysian peninsula and then set course for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, before going out of radar range.
    The coordinates for these waypoints (incl maps) can be found on SkyVector :

    IGARI : N6°56.20' E103°35.10'
    VAMPI : N6°10.92' E97°35.14'
    GIVAL : N6°59.99' E97°59.99'
    IGREX : N9°43.47' E94°24.99'
    A Boeing 777-ER Cockpit
    Graphic explaining the workings of flight data and cockpit voice recorders, also known as black boxes.

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    Simulator FSX Movie which envisages the return of MH370



    _SIDE NOTES - Notes along the way to unravel the mystery

     
    Questions
     
    Where is the plane?
    What happened to it?
    Why did it go off course?
     
    - Why no distress signal?
    - It reversed its flypath, travelled for almost 8 hours till it ran out of fuel?
    - How does a plane in case of catastrophic (?) mechanical malfunctions fly on for another 7/8 hours?
    - There's been no claim of responsibility.
    - No manifesto explaining political or personal motives so far.
    - What happened inside the plane?
    - Would the crew members just stand by and let the plane go off in the opposite direction?
    - Why no calls from any of the passengers?
    According Plane Crash Statistics data: 50% is pilot error, 9% is sabotage, 1% is other reasons

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    Should Lithium Battery Transport be banned on Passenger jets? - International Civl Aviation Organization document
     

    Info Underwater Locator Beacon
    The manufacturer of the underwater locator beacons (ULB), that were mounted to the flight data and cockpit voice recorders of MH-370, specified their ULB would transmit ultrasonic pulsed sounds at 37.5kHz +/- 1kHz at 160dB (re 1µPa). After a period of 30 days the ULB would still transmit at that frequency at 157 dB. The manufacturer did not publish any data beyond 30 days (certification criteria). Other manufacturers specifying their ULBs also at 160dB initially and 157dB after 30 days state the ULB would still transmit after 90 days though at around 150dB, the frequency drift may exceed 1kHz. Source

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    Accoustic Tag

    Acoustic telemetry for fisheries research employs acoustic tags where are small sound-emitting devices allowing the detection and/or remote tracking of fish in three dimensions . Acoustic telemetry (including acoustic tags) are commonly used to monitor the behavior of fish. Acoustic tag tracking technology allows researchers to view 3D fish tracks in real-time with sub-meter resolution. Acoustic tags have been employed to help public utility agencies, private firms, and state and federal agencies meet fisheries regulations as defined by the Federal Regulations and Oversight of Energy known as FERC

    Acoustic Tags transmit a sound signal or "ping" that sends location information about the tagged fish to the hydrophone receiver. By tying the received acoustic signature to the known type of programmed signal code, a specific fish is identified. The transmitted signal can propagate up to 1 km (in freshwater). Each "ping" comes at a predetermined interval. The signals are encoded for strength to improve range and resolution. Thus, an array of receivers allows the user to record the movement of a particular fish over many kilometers. Unique to Acoustic Tags is the capability to have over 100,000 user-specified individual tag ID codes with battery lives up to four years. These variables allows a custom fit for unique projects.

    Acoustic Tags are produced in many different shapes and sizes depending on the type of species being studied, or the type of environment in which the study is conducted. Sound parameters such as frequency and modulation method are chosen for optimal detectability, and signal level. For oceanic environments, frequencies less than 100 kHz range are often used, while frequencies of several hundreds of kilohertz are more common in for studies in rivers and lakes.

    Source: Read more


    Ongoing Investigation Section 130C of the Penal Code | UNODC Malaysia

    Section 130C. Committing terrorism acts. (1) Whoever, by any means, directly or indirectly, commits a terrorist act shall be punished--
    (a)  if the act results in death, with death; and
    (b)  in any other case, with imprisonment for a term of not less than seven years but not exceeding thirty years, and shall also be liable to fine.

    (2) Where in any criminal proceeding it is necessary to decide whether any item or substance is a weapon, a hazardous, radioactive or harmful substance, a toxic chemical or a microbial or other biological agent or toxin, a certificate purporting to be signed by an appropriate authority to the effect that the item or substance described in the certificate is a weapon, a hazardous, radioactive or harmful substance, a toxic chemical or a microbial or other biological agent or toxin shall be sufficient evidence of the facts stated in it.

     
     
     
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    Overview of Sighting Claims
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    March 8 2014, 1:30 Sighting Claim:"Pada 8/03/2014 Jam lebihkurang 0130HRS saya bersama kawan saya nama panggilan "Pader Rohim" semasa sedang memancing di Kuala Besar, Badang telah ternampak lampu sebuah pesawat melalui lokasi kami, lampu tersebut adalah dari sebuah kapal terbang saya merasa hairan kerana pesawat tersebut terbang agak rendah dari kebiasaan pesawat lain yang saya selalu nampak sebelum ini. Pesawat tersebut kelihatan terbang dibawah awan dari arah laluan keluar negara. Selepas balik rumah pada siang hari saya dapat tahu ada satu kapal terbang dari syarikat MAS telah hilang. Sekian laporan saya." Source

    Translation: On 8/03/2014 Time 0130HRS be about me with my friend's nickname" Pader Rohim "while fishing in Kuala Besar, Grabber has noticed the lights of an aircraft through our location, lighting is from a plane I was puzzled because the aircraft a bit low from the norm of other aircraft I always saw before. airplane seems to fly under the cloud of the passage out of the country. Upon return home during the day I learned that there is a plane from the MAS has been lost. Yours is my report. "
    March 8 2014, 1:30 Sighting claim: Kota Bharu, Malaysia Source
    March 8 2014 MISSING MH370: Pilot: I established contact with plane - New Straits Times
    March 8 2014, 1:45 a.m. Kampung Kadok, Ketereh - Man claims he saw plane descending NewStraitsTimes | More
    March 8 2014,
    1:30 & 1:45 a.m.
    Two Men Claim to Have Seen Plane Plunging into Sea - about 14.4 km (8.9 miles) from Kuala Besar in Pantai Cahaya Bulan & About 30 km (18.6 miles) away from Kota Baru - ibt
    March 8 2014 10:30 a.m. Sighting Claim: Eight villagers here lodged police reports today claiming that they had heard a loud noise last Saturday coming from the direction of Pulau Kapas.- New Straits Times
    March 8 2014 Sighting claim: Oil rig off Vietnam read more | more
    March 8 2014 06.15 a.m. Sighting claim: Kudahuvadhoo, Dhaalu-atol, Central Province, Maldives Haveeru Online | Read more | Read more
    March 8 2014 8:30 a.m. Sighting claim: from passenger of flight SV2058 flying over Indian Ocean read more
    March 9 2014, 11 a.m. Sighting claim: Off Indonesia coast Source
    * March 11 2014, 12 p.m. Sighting Claim: A group of fishermen found a life raft bearing the word “Boarding” 10 nautical miles from Port Dickson town at 12pm - New Straits Times
    (Currents Port Dickson)
    March 11+13 2014 Victim's sister received missed calls on March 11 and March 13 from her younger brother via Skype on her iPad after the aircraft went missing on March 8 Read more | Source | Translation
    * March 12 2014, 10 a.m. Fishermen Find Bodies in the waterway - Batu Bara, North Sumatra on March 12 2014 The unidentified e body has been in the ocean for 2 days. Its a male body wearing shirts, blue jeans and no shoes. It's not a fisherman. Its unclear if he's related to the missing plane. (News DeTik)
    * March 16 2014 Debris found at Straits of Malacca Elka Athina, a barge heading to Suez was alerted by Indonesian authorities over radio, warning them that they were ‘approaching a field of debris' (floating suitcases), the tanker had sailed passed the debris field at about 9.30pm March 16 2014 (Malaysia Time) + A twitter user, Richard Barrow, posted a satellite image of ‘a potential crash site' and ‘possible floating seats' on the surface of the ocean at coordinate 5°39'08.0"N 98°50'38.0"E.
    ( New Straits Times)
    March 18 2014, 8:49 p.m Claim: Passenger of MH370 "Philip Wood" sents message + photo from hidden iPhone tracing back to secret U.S. military base Diego Garcia' claimimg MH370 was Hijacked (message: I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my ass during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly.)
    Article | Source | Message Source
    March 24 2014 Unknown object found in Baarah in Haa Alif Atoll of the Maldives is "very likely" to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft, local aviation experts said on Wednesday March 26. Haveeru Online
       
      Note: none of the sighting claims is substantiated by authorities
       
      MISSING MH370: Phone number is a US number, not China (New Straits Times)
    MISSING MH370: Fishermen find life raft near PD (New Straits Times)
    MISSING MH370: Loud noise reported, believed linked to missing plane (New Straits Times)
    MISSING MH370: Man claims possible sighting of airliner (New Straits Times)
    MISSING MH370: Debris found at Straits of Malacca (New Straits Times)
    MISSING MH370: Kelantan police received 4 reports on plane sighting (New Straits Times)
    MISSING MH370: Terengganu police receive report on explosion in Marang (New Straits Times)
    MH370 girlfriend talks of claims that plane was followed by fighter jets (NewsViewsComment)
       
    * Note THE STRAIT OF MALACCA—NORTH COAST OF SUMATERA
      Tides—Currents.—The flood sets E on the N coast of
    Sumatera and the ebb W, rarely exceeding 2 knots at springs.
    3.1 At neaps, they are sometimes imperceptible, except at the
    points or over banks and narrow channels.
    3.1 The currents are affected by the constant current out of the
    Strait of Malacca, which takes a W direction along the N coast
    through Sempitan Malaka (Malacca Passage). The currents
    pass through Selat Benggala (Bengal Passage); for the greater
    part of the year the ebb current is longer and stronger than the
    flood current.
       

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      Witness of The Missing Jetliner MH370 Malaysian Airways | Sugeng Wahyudi | Published: March 12 2014 (Youtube)

    Description: Several eyewitness reported of sightings flights MH370 after plane last recorded on Air Traffic Control at 1.30 a.m.
    Some villagers from the Marang area heard the loud noise sound like fan of the aircraft and blinking lights coming from direction of Pulau Kapas on saturday night same time of the missing plane.
    Bus driver said he saw a low-flying plane at Penarik at about 1.45am the same time flight MH370 went missing, he saw the blinking beacon of the plane.
    A local businessman saw sighting of lights in the air at Kota Bharu about 1.45 a.m same night flight MH370 went missing.
         

     


     

    Sighting claim: Kota Bharu, Malaysia Source
    In the middle of the night, two fishermen near the Malaysia-Thailand border saw a plane flying low over the South China Sea -- at the same time that air traffic controllers lost contact with Flight 370 over the same body of water, at 1:30 a.m. or almost 50 minutes after takeoff.
    Fisherman Azid Ibrahim and a friend had taken people fishing that night off the coast of Kota Bharu.
    "I was fishing when I saw the plane -- it looked strange. Flying low. I told my friend that's not normal. Normally, it flies at 35,000 feet. But that night it touched the clouds. I thought the pilot must be crazy," Ibrahim said.
    "It was really low. I saw the lights they looked like the size of a coconut," he said.
    Their fishing grounds lay under a flight path, but the predawn plane was unusual to see because of its low altitude, they said.
    The fishermen filed a police report about their sighting, but Malaysian officials haven't commented.

         

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


      Published on Mar 18, 2014 | Youtube
    Satellite image apparently showing white-painted plane among jungle is posted on website which lets ordinary people help solve the Malaysian Airlines mystery
    Image from map search site appears to show the missing passenger plane
    It was reportedly discovered by a Taiwanese university student
    The authenticity of the photo has not yet been verified
    News comes as villagers report seeing flight at low altitude
    A satellite image appears to show the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the skies above a jungle.
    The image is taken from Tomnod, the map search website currently being used by hundreds of thousands of people in an attempt to search for missing passenger plane, was posted on Reddit on Sunday.
    The authenticity of the photo has not yet been verified and the region depicted in the photo is as yet unknown. Intriguingly, the plane appears to have been painted white.

    The image was found by an university student in Taiwan, according to Taiwan's China Times.
    The image has surfaced at the same time as the news that Malaysian villagers claim to have seen the missing Malaysian Airlines jet flying over the north east of the country at around the time the aircraft is thought to have made a 'U-turn'.
    At least nine people - tuna fishermen, farmers and villagers - in Kelantan have made reports to police about seeing lights in the sky and some said they heard the loud noise of an engine.
    These accounts appear to match the conclusions of investigators who say the jet flew low to avoid radar after making a sharp turn and heading west from its course over the South China Sea.
    Investigators told the New Straits Times that they were now convinced the aircraft flow low over the village, which is in the north east - exactly the same area where the villagers and fishermen who saw bright lights in the sky and heard noises on the night the jet vanished are living.
    Investigators told a Malaysian newspaper that the Boeing 777 had dropped to a lower altitude - under 5,000ft - to avoid ground radar, using the surrounding terrain as a sonar barrier.
    This type of flying is considered to be dangerous and risky, because it places tremendous pressure on the frame of the aircraft - and flying low at night without radar assistance could lead to the plane crashing into trees or mountains.
    The first report of a 'bright light descending at high speed' came from Mr Alif Fathi Abdul Hadi, 29 who said he saw the light heading towards the South China Sea at 1.45am on the night the aircraft disappeared.
    Businessman Mr Alif lives in Kampung Kadok, in the far north west of the Malaysian mainland, close to the southern border of Thailand - and the light he witnessed would have been several miles to the north of the flight path the jet was on before it vanished.

    Lending credibility to the account by Mr Alif is the claim by fisherman Azid Ibrahim, 55, who saw a bright light streaking overhead at 1.30am on Saturday, about 100 miles south of where Mr Alif had seen the light.
    Mr Alif told said the bright light was the type that aircraft use when taking off and landing at night - like a car uses its headlights.
    'I was walking towards the rear of my house when I saw the light, and wondered where it was heading to,' he said.
    'The airspace here is like a highway for aircraft and they usually travel in routine patterns.
    'However, the light I saw was moving towards a completely different direction. It was going towards the sea, near Bachok (which lies to the south of Mr Alif's home).'
    His description tends to indicate that if the light he saw was on the doomed aircraft, it had turned north instead of continuing on its regular north-easterly flight path.
    Mr Alif said the aircraft he usually sees fly across the sky for as far as his eyes could see but the light he saw in the early hours of Saturday vanished from view behind a line of coconut trees.
    While he thought nothing of it at the time, when he learned about the missing aircraft MH370 the following day he lodged a report with police.
    Mr Alif's account tended to coincide with that of fisherman Mr Azid who told the New Straits Times: 'Usually, lights from an airplane look like distant stars at night but the one that I saw was big, as the aircraft was flying below the clouds.
    'I followed the light for about five minutes before it disappeared.'
    The Malaysian Airlines jet went missing 1.30am on Sunday, March 9. It is not yet known what has happened to the 239 passengers and crew on board.
         

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    What more do we know
     
     
    MISSING MH370: 3 pieces of evidence point to jet's takeover
    Pilots
    - Unknown woman used a fake ID when buying phone to bypass security checks - Call was made to Captain Shah just hours before he took off in MH370
    - The captain pilot's home flight simulator was removed from his home and investigated. Deleted files are being recovered by forensic investigators
    - Cops find five Indian Ocean practice runways in MH370 pilot's simulator. “The simulation programmes are based on runways at the Male International Airport in Maldives, an airport owned by the United States (Diego Garcia), and three other runways in India and Sri Lanka, all have runway lengths of 1,000 metres.- .. Read more (Source: MalayOnline March 18 2014 )
     
    Passengers
    - Passengerlist MH370

    - Two men from Austria and Italy, listed among the passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight, are not in fact on board. They say their passports were stolen
    - There is a brisk global trade in passports and other false or stolen travel documents. There are millions of such documents in use for a wide variety of reasons.
    The two such documents being used were under the names Christian Kozel (Austria) and Luigi Maraldi (Italy). Both passports were stolen in Thailand at different times. China was not the final destination of the individuals using these passports on the missing Malaysia airlines flight. They were changing planes in Beijing to a KLM flight to continuing on to Amsterdam, that same day.Once in Amsterdam, "Maraldi" was holding tickets to continue on to Copenhagen, Denmark. "Kozel" was booked through to Frankfurt, Germany. All flights were booked for March 8th. Source, which was the carrier that would complete the journey.
    - Two men who boarded jet with stolen passports as Iranians, aged 18 and 29, who had entered Malaysia using their real passports. The younger man appeared to be an illegal immigrant. His mother was waiting for him in Frankfurt and had been in contact with authorities.
    - Interpol confirmed yesterday (March 11?) that Iranian nationals Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19, and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza, 29, travelled to Malaysia on their Iranian passports before switching to the stolen Austrian and Italian documents.
    - The two Iranians were traveling with stolen passports consecutively numbered tickets - 7842280116099 and 7842280116100 that were bought at the same time. Both passports were stolen in Thailand over the last two years.

    - 20 employees of Freescale Semiconductor were confirmed passengers aboard of MH370 - Freescale Semiconductor is an American company that produces and designs embedded hardware, with 17 billion semiconductor chips in use around the world. The company focuses on the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets with its product portfolio including microprocessors , microcontrollers , digital signal processors , digital signal controllers, sensors, RF power ICs and power management ICs. In addition, the company offers software and development tools to support product development. The company also holds an extensive patent portfolio, including approximately 6,100 patent families. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas with design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations in more than 20 countries. Freescale is currently ranked 7th among the semiconductor sales leaders in the United States and is ranked 16th worldwide.

    - Paul Weeks was on the missing flight MH370 as he made his way to new job
    Before leaving he had taken 'lots of photos' of his family, his wife has said
    She said he left her his wedding ring and watch in case something happened


    Cargo
    - Missing jet was carrying highly flammable lithium batteries: CEO of Malaysian Airlines admits to dangerous cargo four days after denying it. Lithium-ion batteries have caused 140 mid-air incidents in last 20 years
    Confusion over Mangosteens Source
    As part of the ongoing investigation, the Malaysian Police have turned to questioning fruit farmers involved in the collection of a tropical fruit known as the mangosteen, which is found widely in south-east Asia. Mangosteens are known to have been loaded into the undercarriage of the aircraft of flight MH370. Confusion arose when the Inspector-General of the Malaysian Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar mentioned the town of Muar in Johor, Malaysia, when referring to the source of the mangosteens. The Johor Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama) stated that Muar being the origin of the mangosteens was not true. They referred to the wrong time at which mangosteens could have been cultivated in Muar and said the mangosteen season does not normally start until June.
    Khalid clarified his earlier statements by saying:
    The mangosteens may have not necessarily been cultivated in Johor. The supplier is from Muar. I did not say they were harvested in Muar. I said we will investigate up to the stage where the fruits were harvested. I did not say the orchard was in Johor. The mangosteens were gathered in Muar before being brought to the KLIA [Kuala Lumpur International Airport].
     

    Timeline
    Theories

    Timeline
    Malaysian Governments Mixed Messages

    More to come ..

     
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    MORE NOTES
     
    Thursday March 13 2014 MAS370 status: Arrived?? | FlightAware.com
    15 April 2014 | Bookofreseach
    ( Click for track log & graph >> )
     
     
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    Book: Die by Wire - Author: Lewis Perdue

    Aircraft disappear without a trace.
    Published in 2011, Die By Wire describes a terror plot with eerie parallels to
    the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
    Die By Wire explains why terrorists would do this. And how.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
     
    Article of oct 31, 2013: Secret spy station on Cocos Islands Read more
     
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    March 14 2014: RI radar 'did not detect MH370 in Malacca Strait': Air Force
    Added @ April 6 2014 | Bookofresearch >> Contradicting with statements made on April 6

    Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | World | Fri, March 14 2014, 4:04 PM

    In a development that could make the mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines plane more puzzling, the Indonesian Air Force has revealed that its radar in Sumatra, which is closest to Penang on the Malaysian Peninsula, did not detect any aircraft in the Malacca Strait area under its coverage, around the time Flight 370 was lost early last Saturday.

    The Malaysian military previously insisted that its radar had tracked an aircraft that could have been the ill-fated plane in the strait, around 200 miles northwest of Penang, about 1.5 hours after departure or 45 minutes after the aircraft disappeared from civilian radar.

    The discovery has led to the theory that the Boeing 777-200 with 239 people on board, which was bound from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, might have made a turn to the West at the time it lost contact with the air traffic controller, which last detected it in the Gulf of Thailand in the South China Sea, then going past the Malaysian Peninsula.

    But the revelation by Indonesian Air Force spokesman Air Commodore Hadi Tjahjanto on Friday could bring the mystery back to the question: Did the plane really turn back to the West?

    Hadi told The Jakarta Post that the Indonesian Air Force's radar unit in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, did not detect the missing MH370 in the area where the Malaysian military suggested as being the plane's last detected position around Penang waters.

    “Our radar information has been shared with our Malaysian counterparts,” he said.

    When asked if Lhokseumawe radar's coverage had reached Penang, he only said that the radar had the capability to detect flying objects for up to 240 nautical miles, or about 445 kilometers.

    A rough calculation using Google Earth shows that Lhokseumawe's distance to Penang is about 300 kilometers, meaning that the radar could cover up to the Malaysian Peninsula.

    The Malaysian military has asked the Indonesian Military (TNI) to help search the plane in the Malacca Straits. The Indonesian Air Force and Navy have been deploying aircrafts and warships since Monday.

    The Indonesian Air Force's Boeing B737-2x9 Surveiller was still searching the plane regardless of the radar's lack of detection, Hadi said. “We just finished our first search today. After Friday prayers, we will conduct another search,” he said.

    The search has been expanded to the Andaman waters to the north of Sumatra or west of Thailand. The US' White House had signaled that the search could significantly broaden to the Indian Ocean, far west off Sumatra, Reuters reported.

    One of the most baffling mysteries in the history of modern aviation - there has been no trace of the plane since nor any sign of wreckage despite a search by the navies and military aircraft of over a dozen countries across Southeast Asia.

    Experts say that if the plane crashed into the ocean, then some debris should be floating on the surface even if most of the jet is submerged. Past experience shows that finding the wreckage can take weeks or even longer, especially if the location of the plane is in doubt.

    Source: TheJakartaPost

     
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    MH370 'hijacked and in Afghanistan': Russian intelligence source claims
    April 7 2014

    A Russian newspaper has claimed that Flight MH370 was hijacked by "unknown terrorists" and flown to Afghanistan, where the crew and passengers are now being held hostage.

    The paper says: The "MK" was told by an anonymous source in the security services and adhere to the same version of intelligence from several countries.
    This information was not published in the world media: "Flight MH 370 Malaysia Airlines missing on March 8th with 239 passengers was hijacked. Pilots are not guilty, the plane was hijacked by unknown. By the way we know that the name of the terrorist who gave instructions to pilots is "Hitch". The plane is in Afghanistan not far from Kandahar near the border with Pakistan. Plane is on the road near the mountain range, he has a broken wing. Maybe he made ??a hard landing. All passengers survived , they live in shacks almost without food. Twenty Asian specialists were captured. There is one japanese among them. All experts were brought into the bunker in Pakistan. Perhaps the terrorists intend to bargain with the americans. This information has been provided by an anonymous Source in the Intelligence Agencies to the Correspondent of the Russian newspaper " Moskovsky KOMSOMOLETS ".

    Author: Zaur Andrianov material posted April 7, 2014 at 23:58 | Translation of Full article

    It is also claimed that the terrorists are possibly seeking to bargain with either America or  China .

    Note: The news has not been confirmed by authorities either in Malaysia or China and must be taken with caution as there are no credible evidence to prove that this is what has happened. Also, the news cannot be independently verified due to the anonymity of the source to the Russian newspaper.


    Another article follows by the same paper: Malaysian "Boeing" still Hijacked? | Translation
    Author: Zaur Andrianov April 12, 2014


    Another article was posted on March 29 2014:
    Author: Irina Rinaeva March 29, 2014 at 22:38

    Malaysian "Boeing" was shot down over the ocean: the terrorists were labeled in a nuclear reactor | Translation


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    MH370 has a Twin

    Research
    (references included)
    March 29 2014

    Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200-2H6ER has an identical Twin stored in Tel Aviv, Israel, since 04/10/13.  The only visible difference between the two is their serialnumber. References for this information are linked in the information below :

    Flight MH370

    Boeing 777
    -2H6ER  
    Construction No. 28420
    Registration No. 9M-MRO
    First Flight date 14/05/2002
    Delivered to Malaysia Airlines on 31/05/2002
    Left the Maylasian Airlines fleet:
    GECAS 14.04.00 own Alafco Labuan Aircraft Leasing frd KUL--Lourdes 03-04.10.13

    Sources:
    Airfleeds Search (linked in above info)
    Planelogger Search Result

    Photo by Bernhard Ebner -Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Amsterdam, May 5, 2013 Image  
     
    Identical twin of Flight MH370

    Boeing 777
    2H6ER
    Construction No. 28416
    Original Registration No. 9M-MRI
    First flight date 25/07/1998
    Delivered to Malaysia Airlines on 20/10/1998
    Stored on 04/2013 with new Registration No. N105GT
    Delivered to GA Telesis LLC at 04/10/13
    21.10.13 frd Lourdes-Tel Aviv 04.11.13
    Now stored
    in Tel Aviv.

    Sources:
    Airfleeds Search (linked in above info)
    Planelogger Search Result
    images  

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    Search Area Shifted
    March 28 2014
    NOTE:  
    ? The colour coding suggests the new flight path is travelling at a slower speed - which would appear to contradict this morning's statement from the Australian authorities that MH370 was in fact travelling faster than originally thought.
    (See statement and legenda below)
    --- Route - 400 knots <<
    --- Route - 460 knots
    --- Route - 475 knots

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    March 24 2014: unknown object found in Baarah in Haa Alif Atoll of the Maldives is "very likely" to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft, local aviation experts said on Wednesday (March 26)
    Research Update April 1, 2014

    The unknown object that was found washed up on Baarah beach


    Residents of the island have assumed the object, which was found washed up at the beach on Monday, to be bomb or sea mine, but the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) on Wednesday said it was not an explosive device. But the army did not specify the nature of the object.

    An experienced local aircraft engineer, who wished to remain anonymous, told Haveeru that the object is "very likely" to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft.

    "But I'll have to see it in person and cross check the part number on it. Then only I'll be able to say which type of aircraft it belongs to," the aircraft engineer said.

    Two other aircraft engineers and a Maldivian pilot working at a foreign airline also said that the object was "likely" a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft. However, they also decline to arrive at a conclusion unless they see the object in person.

    The news of the unidentified object, believed to be a fire suppression bottle from an aircraft, comes about a week after several residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll claimed to have seen a "low flying jumbo jet" at around 6:15am on March 8 – the day of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    The reported sighting of the missing aircraft over the Maldives led to a probe by Maldives police. But both the MNDF and Malaysian authorities have denied the reported sighting.

    The Malaysia airlines jet disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. Investigators say it was deliberately diverted off course.

    Dozens of floating objects detected at sea provided fresh evidence Wednesday that the difficult search for flight MH370 debris was on course, as US lawyers fired the first salvo in an expected barrage of lawsuits on behalf of grieving families.

    Malaysia said satellite images taken in recent days showed "122 potential objects" in the remote southern Indian Ocean, a discovery likely to energise an international effort to recover suspected debris from the missing plane that has been frustrated by stormy weather.

    Source | See location @ Google map | Full Map

    PRESS STATEMENT Publish Date : 03/19/2014 12:07: The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has been monitoring the Maldives region with special attention since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8th March 2014.Based on the monitoring up to date, no indication of flight MH370 has been observed on any military radar's in the country. Furthermore, the data of radars at Maldives airports have also been analyzed and shows no indication of the said flight. The MNDF will continue to render any assistance required by the Maldives Police Service and international authorities on the search for the missing flight and related issues. Source: MNDF

    Note: the sighting is of March 24. No further mention

    Links
    MNDF @ Facebook
    (in case of updates)
    Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)

    Note:
    Publish Date : 02/21/2014 23:38 The Indian Government has gifted the Maldives National Defence Force with a Landing craft. The landing craft would equip the MNDF Coast Guard additional capacity to conduct logistic support and disaster relief operations .. Read more. (Source: MNDF)
    Publish Date : 03/08/2014 17:36 The Minister of Defense and National Security, Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim, has concluded a visit to India, returning to Male' on Saturday (March 8). The Minister was in India for the "Third National Security Advisors Level Tri Lateral Meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation" held in New Delhi.This meeting was held in order to discuss how to achieve the goals set forth in the meeting of the National Security Advisors of India, Sri Lanka and Maldives .. Read more. (Source: MNDF)
    Publish Date: March 18 2014 Cops find five Indian Ocean practice runways in MH370 pilot's simulator. “The simulation programmes are based on runways at the Male International Airport in Maldives, an airport owned by the United States (Diego Garcia), and three other runways in India and Sri Lanka, all have runway lengths of 1,000 metres.- .. Read more (Source: MalayOnline)

    Read more | More


    Realtime ocean currents North Indian Ocean:




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    Imagery found on Google Maps
    Saturday March 22 2014 | Bookofresearch

    (Copyrighted by NASA TerraMetrics and DigitalGlobe 2014)

    Location @ google maps: goo.gl/maps/K5kht


    In Research: http://www.bookofresearch.com/google-map-item-research.htm
    Google map for this image here

    * UPDATE: Conclusion: Not related to MH370

    Following are the basic dimensions of the Boeing 777-200ER which was used on Malaysia  Airlines  Flight MH370, according to Boeing's website:

    Wing span 60.9 meters (199 feet 10 inches)
    Overall length 63.7 meters (209 feet)
    Tail Height 18.5 meters (60 feet 9 inches)
    Fuselage Diameter 6.19 meters (20 feet 4 inches)

    (The length of each wing was not immediately available but the published data implies  that each wing is about 27.4 meters (89 feet 11 inches) long, after adjusting for the width of the fuselage).


    Currents for Australia and New Zealand/Pacific (image March 22)
    Currents in realtime for: Indian Ocean(Northern) | Australia | New Zealand/Pacific
    More @ Oceanweather.com

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    March 19 2014 Near collision between an unknown object and De Havilland DHC-8, VH-XFX, Perth Airport, WA on 19 March 2014 - Aviation safety investigations & reports
    Source: ATSB.gov.au
    April 6 2014 | Bookofresearch

    The ATSB has commenced an investigation into a near collision with an unknown object involving a De Havilland DHC-8, VH-XFX near Perth Airport, Western Australia on 19 March 2014.While passing 4,000 ft on descent, the crew observed an unknown object tracking directly towards the aircraft. The crew manoeuvred the aircraft to maintain separation.As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the aircraft crew.A report will be released within several months.

    General details
    Date:
    19 Mar 2014
    Investigation status:
    Active
    Time:
    0913 WST
    Investigation type:
    Occurrence Investigation
    Location (show map):
    Perth Airport, NNE 23 km
    State:
    WA
    Occurrence class:
    Operational
    Occurrence category:
    Serious Incident
    Report status:
    Pending
    Highest injury level:
    None
    Expected completion:
    Jun 2014

    Aircraft details


    Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Canada
    Aircraft model: DHC-8-314
    Aircraft registration: VH-XFX
    Serial number: 313
    Type of operation: Charter
    Sector: Turboprop
    Damage to aircraft: Nil
    Departure point:Kambalda, WA
    Destination:Perth, WA


    Last update 27 March 2014
    Source: ATSB.gov.au
     

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    March 19 2014 02:22:38 Claim: Passenger of MH370 "Philip Wood" sents message + photo from hidden iPhone claimimg MH370 was Hijacked

    Research Update April 2, 2014

    Image: Message:

    help Anonymous Wed Mar 19 2014 02:22:38
    No.
    27834494
    I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my ass during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly. Source Article | StorySource | Message Source

     

    Research:

     
     
    Image Feautures: (only added specified)
    Origin  
    Taken: 18-03-2014 20:49
    Program name: 7.0.6
    Image  
    Image id: 412f1198c985b43b2eced4067e9360d0
    Size: 240x320
    Wide: 240 pixels
    Hight: 320 pixels
    Bitdepth: 24
    Horizontal Resolution: 72 dpi
    Vertical Resolution: 72 dpi
    Unit resolution: 2
    Color: sRGB
    Camera  
    Camera manufacturer: Apple
    Camera Model: iPhone 5
    F-stop: f/2.4
    Exposure time: 1/15 sec.
    ISO speed: ISO-3200
    Focal length: 4 mm
    Metering mode: Pattern
    Flashmodus: No flash, compulsary flash
    35mm focal length: 66
    Advanced features  
    Brightness: -8.4672531769305959
    Exposure program: normal
    White balance: Automatic
    EXIF-version: 0221
    GPS  
    Latitude: 7; 18; 58.308906555175781
    Longitude: 72; 25; 35.55908203125
    File  
    Name: 1395192158752.jpg

    Item type:

    JPG-file
     

    Look up :
    -7 18 58.3 LATITUDE
    72 25 35.5 LONGITUDE
    (coordinates: -7.316194, 72.426555 via google maps)
    Zoom in and you will see where the photo originated http://goo.gl/maps/TcXyJ

    Links
    EXIF - Exchangeable Image File Format
    Diego Garcia
    -

    Research Note: be aware that there are a few simple ways to change the location without the program name being adopted into the modified exif language. Download the app mappr on iphone, you can take a picture or an old one, then change the location of it and save it down. It does not show the adopted program name mappr on the exif after. Go to www.findexif.com to test the data yourself. It can put photos anywhere in the world matching the same data as the alleged Philip Wood photo. So this doesn't prove its authenticy.

    Also Read:

    Geolocation See also: Geotagging
    The Exif format has standard tags for location information. As of 2014 many cameras and most mobile phones have a built-in GPS receiver that stores the location information in the Exif header when a picture is taken. Some other cameras have a separate GPS receiver that fits into the flash connector or hot shoe . Recorded GPS data can also be added to any digital photograph on a computer, either by correlating the time stamps of the photographs with a GPS record from a hand-held GPS receiver or manually by using a map or mapping software. The process of adding geographic information to a photograph is known as geotagging . Photo-sharing communities like Panoramio , locr or Flickr equally allow their users to upload geocoded pictures or to add geolocation information online. Read more

    Calculated with TravelMath
    Flight time & Distance Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - Beijing China
     
    The flight time from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China is:
    5 hours, 53 minutes

    The flight distance from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China is:
    2,692 miles / 4,333 km
     
    Time difference: Beijing, China is the same time as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
     
    Flight time & Distance Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - Male, Maledives
     
    The flight time from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Male, Maldives is:
    4 hours, 24 minutes

    The flight distance from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Male, Maldives is:
    1,948 miles / 3,135 km
     
    Time difference: Male, Maldives is 3 hours behind Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
     
    Flight time & Distance Male, Maledives - Diego Garcia
     
    The flight time from Male, Maldives to Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory is:
    2 hours, 5 minutes

    The flight distance from Male, Maldives to Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory is: 792 miles / 1,275 km
     
    Time difference: Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory is 1 hour ahead of Male, Maldives.
     
    Kuala Lumpur - Beijing: 5 hours, 53 minutes | 2,692 miles / 4,333 km
    Kuala Lumpur - Maledives: 4 hours, 24 minutes | 1,948 miles / 3,135 km
    Maledives - Diego Garcia: 4 hours, 24 minutes + 2 hours, 5 minutes = 6 hours, 29 min | 1,948 miles / 3,135 km + 792 miles / 1,275 km = 2740 miles / 4,410 km
     
    Maximum Fuel Capacity for a Boeing 777-200ER: 45,220 U.S. gal (171,170 L)
    Maximim Range: 7,725 nautical miles (14,305 km)
    Fuel consumption: For a 2 hour flight in a 777, you are looking at "roughly" 14,000 kg/32,000 lbs


    Philip Wood  

     

     

     

    Philip Wood,

    Technical Storage Executive at IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd - January 2014 – Present (4 months) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Technical Sales Executive - IBM Growth Markets, Beijing IBM Corp - March 2011 – Present (3 years 2 months) Creating a Growth Markets Advanced Technical Skills Group in Beijing, Singapore and the rest of the growth countries to support IBM's 2015 revenue plan.

    51, of the U.S., was an IBM executive from Texas who had been living in Beijing. He was set to relocate to the Malaysia capital of Kuala Lumpur, and the flight was supposed to mark his last trip to China.

    More about Philip Wood >>

    Passengerlist MH370 >> (No. 171 on Passengerlist)

    Partner: Sarah Bajc    
     

    Sarah Bajc

    One of the most prominent voices of the many hundreds of people directly affected by the mystery of the missing plane and firm believer that the plane was taken.

    Finding Philip Wood Facebook page
    Finding Philip Wood Twitter

     

     

     

     

     

    Relationship
    After two years living together in Beijing, where they met in 2011 in a bar called "Nashville," the couple were planning a move to Malaysia. Wood flew from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 to help Bajc finish packing up their Beijing apartment. They found a dream apartment in the Malaysian capital within walking distance of their two jobs – Wood still with IBM, and Bajc teaching business and economics at a British school. This Friday (March 28 2014), they had planned a spring break trip there, ahead of her final move in June. Source

    Background
    Sarah Bajc graduated in 1988 from the University of Michigan with a BA in Chinese and International Business and in 2006 received her certification as a Global Resourcing Project Manger from the Technology Association of Georgia.
    Ms. Bajc was the Manager at Deloitte for three years and CEO at ThinkWorks, INC from June, 1998 to May, 2001, that same year she was the president at Kideapolis, Inc and  worked in the business Development at Questcon until 2005.
    Sarah then became managing director at Tescom in Tel Aviv, Israel, becoming a partner of CxO Partners in 2006; moved to China in 2007 where she became Business Director at Microsoft China and Senior VP at HiSoft Technology International Ltd. in 2009
    In 2011 Sarah Bajc was an intern and Substitute teacher at the Beijing International School of Singapore, she also was a consultant and coach at ChinAccelerator, Piktochart, True Run Media, Yuanfen~Flow and 4 Stones.
    In 2012 Ms. Bajc came back to the US where she was an Economics Teacher Intern at the Atlanta International School, she then became an economics and business teacher at Harrow International school of Beijing where she also was a 6th grade tutor and head of Curie House.
    Source

    Sarah Bajc Employment History
    : ZoomInfo Sarah Bajc

    Chief Executive Officer Yuanfen~Flow
    As CEO for Yuanfen~Flow, Sarah is responsible for aligning company operations and culture with the strategic vision of the founder and partners. Yuanfen~Flow is a business incubator in Beijing focused on launching globally minded companies in China through the fusion of art, technology and sustainability.

    Managing Director Tescom Ltd (Tescom website)
    Sarah ran the North American operations of Tescom , an Israeli software quality firm, where she helped to take the firm public on the AIM exchange in London, and drove the evaluation of outsourcing options in China. Before that, she founded four companies: a manufacturer of specialty textiles; a venture backed enterprise software company; an employment process consultancy; and a corporate research firm. Sarah began her career with Deloitte & Touche and Cap Gemini .

    Chief Executive Officer ThinkWorks

    President WIT Inc


    Senior Vice President, Marketing and Alliances hiSoft Corporation | info
    As Senior Vice President of Marketing and Alliances for hiSoft , an IT Outsourcing company, Sarah focused on significantly accelerating growth through marketing, sales process and alliances. During her tenure, hiSoft accomplished what has been deemed by many to be one of the most successful IPO in 2010 on the NASDAQ

    President WIT Foundation

    Senior Vice President Marketing Alliances


    Business Director for the Strategic Partnership Group Microsoft Corporation (X|MEDIA|LAB)
    Sarah was the Business Director for the Strategic Partnership Group of Microsoft Research & Development in Beijing. There she worked with emerging and high growth Chinese companies towards the development of a robust technology ecosystem in China across software development outsourcing, hardware and device manufacturing, digital entertainment systems, independent software developers, and the venture capital community.

    Business Director Strategic Partnerships Inc

    Board Memberships and Affiliations
    Board Member Technology Association of Georgia Inc
    Board Member WIT Inc
    Board Member WIT Foundation
    Board Member Strategic Partnerships Inc

    Sarah is a sought after speaker and advisor in the business community. She has served as an Advisor to the Board of Directors of Women in Leadership , the leading executive women's business organization in China, and is on the Advisory Board of Future Generations, a globally applauded Chinese NGO dedicated to environmental protection. Sarah was an Executive Member for the International Council for GlobalEXECWomen from 2005 to 2007, and was the Chair of the Annual "International Women of Influence Awards" held in December 2007 in Beijing. She also served 2006 to 2007 as Vice Chair for Strategic Branding for the Zhongguancun Software Association .

    Prior to moving to Beijing, Sarah was also an active participant in the US philanthropic sector. She was an Executive Delegate on the American Electronics Association trade mission to China in 2006, and was a Founding Ambassador for the Georgia China Alliance . Sarah was the 2005 President for Women in Technology and the 2006 President of the WIT Foundation in addition to serving for seven years on the WIT Board of Directors. She served four years on the Board of Directors for the Technology Association of Georgia , and three years on the Advisory Board for the US Government Technology Counsel.

    Education

    BA, Chinese language & literature University of Michigan
    Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Chinese Language and International Business.

    She enjoys deep sea diving, skiing, yoga, hiking, cooking, music and spending time with her three children, two dogs and two cats.

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    Could MH370 be somewhere around the Maledives?
    Research Update Wednessday March 19 2014

    Article: Pilot had Maledives in Flight simulator. Eyewitnesses from remote Island Kuda huvadhoo, Maledives, saw a low flying white boeing with red stripes on March 8 at 06:15 reports Maldivian newspaper Haveeru Online, it came from the north and flew to the southeast towards the southernmost tip of the Maldives. They usefull noted the incredibly loud noise the flight made when it flew over the island.- read translation of the entire article


    * This seem consistent with statements by the Thai army and is within the search area (see image below) and about when flight MH370 should be running out of fuel

    * Timing is issue with claimed Maldives sighting, because 06:15 local (01:15UTC) is 8h after # MH370 loss of contact.

     
    1:30 a.m. Civilian radar loses contact with plane
    2:15 a.m. Military radar detection: Military radar last detected the plane at 2:15 a.m. off Malaysia's west coast, hundreds of miles off course. (after take-off from KUL it was tracked to IGARI > VAMPI > GIVAL > IGREX

    8:11 a.m. Satellite 'handshakes' : more than seven hours after takeoff, a satellite (Inmarsat-3 F1, sits 35,800 km above the equator at E64.5°) made the last electronic connection, known as a "handshake," with the plane. The satellite ‘pings' indicated the plane was still flying seven hours after satellite contact was lost.
    8:18 a.m. Unexpected Final last Ping : (Update of March 24) Analysis of the data by British satelilite company Inmarsat and British Accident Investigators show the Boeing 777-200ER was heading south at last contact.

    Calculated with TravelMath
    Flight time & Distance Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - Beijing China
     
    The flight time from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China is:
    5 hours, 53 minutes

    The flight distance from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China is:
    2,692 miles / 4,333 km
     
    Time difference: Beijing, China is the same time as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
     
    Flight time & Distance Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - Male, Maledives
     
    The flight time from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Male, Maldives is:
    4 hours, 24 minutes

    The flight distance from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Male, Maldives is:
    1,948 miles / 3,135 km
     
    Time difference: Male, Maldives is 3 hours behind Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
     
    Kuala Lumpur - Beijing: 5 hours, 53 minutes | 2,692 miles / 4,333 km
    Kuala Lumpur - Maledives: 4 hours, 24 minutes | 1,948 miles / 3,135 km
     
    Maximum Fuel Capacity for a Boeing 777-200ER: 45,220 U.S. gal (171,170 L)
    Maximim Range: 7,725 nautical miles (14,305 km)
    Fuel consumption: For a 2 hour flight in a 777, you are looking at "roughly" 14,000 kg/32,000 lbs
     
    Useful Links
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    Note also that

    Haveeru reporter, Ahmad Naif who wrote the article also revealed the portal had received information on the incident since March 9 but were sceptical over the validity of the claims.
    "Later we were getting so many comments that we contacted the island and they said it was true,” Naif explained in an interview on web portal Minivan news. Read more at: http://english.astroawani.com/news/show/mh370-was-the-missing-plane-seen-flying-over-the-maldives-on-march-8-32089?cp
    There was local controversy , when the reports were officially dismissed after only two days, with one witness, Rashaad Adam, remonstrating in the face of strong local criticism,
    Dont go check that area, go Kazakhstan and search there. Ahhh yes, we were blamed just because we reported sighting a large low flying plane. That wasnt enough, military even flirted their radar could see everything in the world skies except what we reported. I swear if the international search team finds it in India Ocean you could only imagine what I would do for people who laughed at me. Next time I will not even report such thing. Then they would stay there forever searching oceans around Malaysia.

    Scheduled Flights

    For HAQ, all traffic was with DRV, well to the north of KH.  The only MLE departure was a Maldivian flight Q2-116 Bombadier Dash8-300 (DH3) to GAN at 6:30 am.  There were two international arrivals:
    • MEGA Maldives Airlines flight MEG189 Boeing 767-300 from Beijing scheduled for 6:40 am, arrived 11:30 am
    • Flydubai flight FZ563 Boeing 737-800 from Dubai scheduled for 6:45 am, arrived 6:29 am

      GAN had only two domestic flights, a Maldivian flight Q2-113 DH3 to MLE at 6:30 am, and that Maldivian flight Q2-116 DH3 from MLE which departed at 6:30 am, for arrival 1 hr 35 min later at 8:05 am.

      There is no reason to expect any of these flights to be anywhere near KH at 6:15 am, travelling south.  As a local blogger points out, the KH sightings would be highly unusual.  Locals see these kinds of aircraft a lot.
      (Source)

    Search Area on March 19 2014
     




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    Anomalies in radar playback of flight MH370?
    Research update Thursday March 13 2014
    Areas to watch
    Radar Playback http:// www.flightradar24.com/ 2014-03-07/17:13/12x/ 3.86,101.79/6

    Could it be that the disappearance of flight 370 (labelled MAS370) from the radar (at 17:23 UTC / 0:44 in video) is just a glitch?
    When u check GIA890 (East of Kuala Terengganu), in the same playback as MH370, it makes some really strange movements, incl the same movement MH370 makes right before it disappears and then GIA890 disappears too (at 17:44 UTC / 02:30 in video)

    What can GIA890's radar behaviour tell us about MH370?

    (Both flights are marked by a white cursor in the video below)
    More points of interest  
     
    Posted by Youtube user DABOO77
     
     
    Note: registration (1st video: 75008F, 2nd video: 7500F5) it's not the same flight. Same with the date on the link provided for the 2nd video, its of March 9 2014.  

     

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    Overview
    Overview of Missing Malaysia airliner: Questions and answers http://edition.cnn.com/ 2014/03/13/world/asia/ malaysia-airlines-questions /index.html?hpt=hp_c3

    Timeline: http://edition.cnn.com/ 2014/03/11/world/asia/ malaysia-airlines-flight-37 0-timeline/ index.html?hpt=bosread

    Key moments http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/15/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-chronology/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

    Help find Missing Airplane: Malaysia Airlines MH370 by tagging these satellite images!
    http://www.tomnod.com/nod/ challenge/ malaysiaairsar2014

    Schedule: http:// www.flightradar24.com/ flight/mh370
    Playback http:// www.flightradar24.com/ 2014-03-07/17:13/12x/ 3.86,101.79/6
    Full flight history for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 http:// www.flightradar24.com/data/ flights/mh370/#2d81a27

    Updates: http:// www.malaysiaairlines.com/ my/en/site/dark-site.html
    MH370 Passengerlist http:// www.malaysiaairlines.com/ content/dam/mas/master/en/ pdf/ Malaysia%20Airlines%20Fligh t%20MH%20370%20Passenger%2 0Manifest_Nationality.pdf

    MH370 Seach data in Google Earth
     




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    Thursday 24 April 2014

    Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370 - Media Release
    24 April 2014—am



    Up to 11 military aircraft and 11 ships are planned to assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,567 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Prior to the commencement of today's air search operations, an assessment of current weather conditions will be made as ex-Tropical Cyclone Jack moves south.

    The weather forecast for today is for heavy rain and low cloud, with south easterly winds up to 35 knots, sea swells of three to four metres and visibility of one kilometre.

    Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission 12 in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 90 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that after examining detailed photographs of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta, it is satisfied it is not a lead in relation to the search for missing flight MH370.

    Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available.

    (JACC)

    Thursday 24 April 2014

    Australia transport safety chief says beach debris not from MH370

    Debris picked up on a beach in Western Australia this week is unlikely to have come from the Malaysian Airlines jet that vanished nearly seven weeks ago, Australia's transport bureau said on Thursday.

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has assessed the material that washed up on the coast 10 km (six miles) east of the town of Augusta, near the southwestern tip of Australia, the bureau's spokesman said. "It's considered highly unlikely to be from MH370," spokesman Tony Simes said.

    ATSB commissioner Martin Dolan earlier told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio that the bureau had examined detailed photographs of the debris and was satisfied it was not a lead in the hunt for the plane. "We're not seeing anything in this that would lead us to believe that it is from a Boeing aircraft," he told ABC Radio.

    Authorities have given no details on the material, which was the first discovery of suspected debris in weeks and the first since the detection of what were believed to be signals from the plane's black box flight recorder on April 4.

    Seabed scans of a 10 km zone off the west coast of Australia have failed to turn up any wreckage, but Malaysia and Australia have vowed to plough on with the search for the plane that went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.

    The U.S. navy drone that has been scouring the seabed is due to end its first full mission in the southern Indian Ocean within days.

    Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the search authorities would need to "regroup and restrategise" if nothing was found in the current search zone, but said the search would "always continue". "I can confirm in fact we are increasing the assets that are available for deep-sea search," he told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, adding that the government was seeking help from state oil company Petronas, which has expertise in deep-sea exploration.

    (Source)

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    Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

    The ATSB described the material as a sheet of metal with rivets, the material appears interesting enough to take a closer look. Malaysia's Transportation Minister commented he had not yet seen those photographs.


    Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

    Malaysia's Minister of Transport stated, that a new investigation body is being formed to lead the investigation, the International Investigation Team. Malaysia's Cabinet has approved the formation of that new body: "The main purpose of the International Investigation Team is to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the incident so similar ncidents could be avoided in the future. I would also like to note that the investigation will not include criminal aspects which are under the purview of the Royal Malaysian Police." The investigation will continue to follow the requirements of the Civil Aviation Regulation 1966, the standards set under ICAO Annex 13 - Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation - and the Chicago Convention. The Minister concluded: "Indeed, it is imperative for the government to form an independent team of investigators which is not only competent and transparent but also highly credible. As I've consistently said since the beginning, we have nothing to hide."

    Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

    Unidentified material washed ashore

    JACC Media Release
    23 April 2014 pm

    Western Australia Police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material.

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining the photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370.

    The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.

    No further information is available at this time.

    Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available.

    (JACC)

    Wednesday 23 April 2014

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: ATSB examines material washed ashore south of Perth for links to missing plane

    Authorities are examining material that has washed ashore south of Perth to identify if it is related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Police from Busselton secured the material that was found 10 kilometres east of Augusta in the South West of Western Australia.

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining photographs of the material to see if it is related to the search for the aircraft.

    The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.

    The ABC has been told the material is metallic and about 2.5 metres long.

    WA Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis, a former submarine navigator, said it was possible the items found could have come from the missing flight.

    "It wouldn't surprise me if sooner or later ... if there was debris floating, it would end up on the West Australian coast," he told ABC local radio in Perth.

    "Weather systems in the southern hemisphere predominantly move in a clockwise direction, and this time of the year the Leeuwin Current is pretty much at its strongest.

    "Anything in that area over 50 days travelling at two knots, say four kilometres an hour, sooner or later is likely to have been caught up in it [the current]."

    Mr Francis stressed that he did not have any information to suggest the debris was from the missing flight.

    "I don't want to pre-empt anything that it may or may not have been," he said. "We're just guessing at the moment but I wouldn't be surprised, that's all."

    (Source: ABC News)

    Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Update

    Suspension of air search today due to weather conditions - JACC Media Release
    23 April 2014

    Planned air search activities have been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area.

    Three aircraft had already departed for today's search area prior to the suspension taking effect. They have been recalled.

    Current weather conditions are resulting in heavy seas and poor visibility and are making air search activities ineffective and potentially hazardous.

    The 12 ships involved in today's search will continue with their planned activities.

    (JACC)


    Wednesday 23 April 2014


    Search continues for Malaysian flight MH370 - JACC Media Release
    23 April 2014—am




    Up to 10 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 37,948 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission ten in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 80 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

    The weather forecast for today is for isolated showers increasing to heavy rain, widespread low cloud, with south easterly winds, sea swells up to 2.5 metres and visibility of one kilometere. Prevailing weather conditions may affect today's air search.

    (JACC)
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    Tuesday 22 April 2014 - Update

    Suspension of air search today due to weather conditions

    Media Release
    22 April 2014

    Planned air search activities have been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area as a result of Tropical Cyclone Jack.

    It has been determined that the current weather conditions are resulting in heavy seas and poor visibility, and would make any air search activities ineffective and potentially hazardous.

    The 10 ships involved in today's search will continue with their planned activities.

    (JACC)

    Tuesday 22 April 2014

    JACC Media Release
    22 April 2014—am


    Up to 10 military aircraft and 10 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,491 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission nine in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area to date. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

    The weather forecast for today is for scattered showers to continue with south easterly winds, sea swells up to three metres and visibility of four kilometres.

    (JACC)
    ____________________________

    Monday 21 April 2014

    JACC Media Release
    21 April 2014—am

    Up to 10 military aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,491 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1741 kilometres north west of Perth.

    This morning, Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission eight in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area to date. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

    Bluefin-21 AUV's ninth mission will commence later this morning.

    The weather forecast for today has conditions deteriorating, particularly in the north of the search area, as Tropical Cyclone Jack continues its track southwards. Wide spread showers are developing with isolated thunderstorms to the north and east south-easterly winds.

    (JACC)

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    Sunday 20 April 2014 # MASalert - MAS

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 makes emergency landing

    UPDATE 2: MEDIA STATEMENT released at 1.35am/21 Apr 2014 (Malaysia time) MAS

    MH192 Incident

    Sepang, 21 April 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH192 that departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.09pm bound for Bangalore has made an air turn back towards Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft's right-hand landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff and is expected to make an emergency landing at KLIA at around 2.00am, today.

    Flight MH192, operated on the B737-800 aircraft, was scheduled to arrive in Bangalore at 11.35pm the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 166 people on board which include 159 passengers and 07 crew members.

    Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the Airport Fire Rescue Services (AFRS) in anticipation of the landing.

    The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.

    (MAS)
    ---
    # MASalert - MAS
    UPDATE 1: Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 that departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.09pm bound for Bangalore earlier had turned back and landed safely in KLIA at 1.56am, today.

    Malaysia Airlines, in a press statement said that one of the tyres on the right hand main landing gear had burst during takeoff. The Captain was alerted by Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control that tyre debris were found on the runway and immediately contacted Malaysia Airlines Operations Control Centre (OCC) at 10:25pm. As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to KLIA.

    The Airport Fire Rescue Services (AFRS) were deployed as soon as the pilot was instructed to turn back to KLIA by OCC.

    All 159 passengers and 7 crew members on board have disembarked from the aircraft. MH192 will be retimed to depart KLIA at 3.30pm on 21 April 2014 and arrive Bangalore at 5.00pm the same day.

    Meanwhile all passengers will be accommodated at nearby hotels.

    (Source)

    The website www.flightradar24.com, which displays live air traffic, showed Flight MH192 repeatedly circling Kuala Lumpur airport before the eventual landing.
    ________

    # MASalert - MAS
    Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 suffered a landing gear malfunction Sunday night as it left the international airport Kuala Lumpur, and made an emergency landing back at the airport shortly before 2 a.m. local time, officials said.

    The Boeing 737 carrying 166 people was en route to Bangalore at the time of the incident, and emergency crews scrambled as it headed back for an emergency landing.

    The plane was able to land safely, according to the Twitter account of Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian minister of defence and acting minister of transport.

    Sunday 20 April 2014 - pm

    Both official Malaysian online information centers for Missing Flight MH370; the Official briefings of Malaysia Airlines and the DCA Official Newsroom are offline for unknown reasons.

    For updates of Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysian acting transport minister on twitter: @H2OComms and @HishammuddinH2O. Malaysian Airlines here: @MAS

    Sunday 20 April 2014 - pm

    MH370 search: Police have recorded statements from 260 individuals, says IGP


    Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said statements have been taken from 260 individuals to assist in police investigations in connection with missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.

    He said investigations were still being conducted and many more people would be called up to give their statements.

    “I am sorry because I cannot give you anything on the recovery of the plane so far. First, because it is related to a criminal investigation. Secondly, when we say something, people will resort to speculation. So, it is best we continue our investigations until we are ready to make announcements to the public,” he said.

    Khalid was speaking to reporters after attending a pinning-of-the-rank ceremony of the Police Volunteer Reserve (PVR) Unit here Sunday where police volunteer Paul Lajumin was promoted to the rank of Superintendent.

    He said investigations into the missing plane had been classified as a criminal case under Section 130 (c) under Penal Code which covered investigations into any elements of sabotage, hijacking and so on.

    However, Khalid said at present, the main focus was on finding the plane.

    In a separate development, Khalid confirmed the detention of a Malaysian military officer by the United States authorities on suspicion of trying to smuggle a pistol out from the country.

    “What I can say here is that he (the officer concerned) has to face the United States' laws. However, we are interested to know his intentions and reason for attempting to smuggle the Taurus PT-22 pistol. That will be later. We will have to get the full report from the US,” he said.

    Local media had reported today that the officer, a major, had been detained by the San Angelo authorities in Texas after a pistol was found in his bag.

    On the PVR, Khalid said to date, there were about 16,000 members including 1,618 in Sabah.

    He said Police welcomed volunteers from the public to enable it to achieve its membership target of 50,000. – Bernama

    Sunday 20 April 2014 - am

    JACC Media Release - 20 April 2014—am

    Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 48,507 square kilometres, across two areas.

    Early this morning, Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission seven in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 50 per cent of the focused underwater search area to date.

    The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April

    No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    Bluefin-21 AUV's eighth mission has commenced.

    The weather forecast for today is scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms in some areas, and east south-easterly winds.

    (JACC)

    Saturday 19 April 2014 - am

    Search intensifies, should be completed in a week
    | Videolink

    The underwater drone scanning for traces of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should complete its task within the next week, as the search for the plane intensifies, a government official said Saturday.

    "Today and tomorrow, it's imperative that we focus because the experts have narrowed down the search area," said Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysian acting transport minister. "Whatever the outcome for the next few days, we need to regroup and reconsider."

    When asked whether he's confident searchers are close to finding debris from the Malaysian jetliner, Hussein said the next few days are critical.

    "It's difficult to say. But at the moment, it's important to focus on today and tomorrow," he said. "The narrowing of the search today and tomorrow is at a critical juncture. I appeal to everyone around the world to pray and pray hard."

    The developments come a day after a a senior Malaysian aviation source said the Malaysian jetliner drastically changed course then soared to near its peak altitude, adding yet another wrinkle to the enigma of the plane's last flight.

    Source: CNN - Read more
    Reuters
    Livestream: 24/7 News Updates

    Saturday 19 April 2014

    JACC Media Release 19 April 2014—am

    Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 50,200 square kilometres, across three areas.

    Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission six in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 133 square kilometres to date. Data from the sixth mission is currently under analysis. No contacts of interest have been found to date.

    Bluefin-21 AUV's seventh mission has commenced. The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds.

    (JACC)
    ______________________

    Friday 18 April 2014 pm - Update

    New details emerge

    New information has come to light about the path taken by Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before it disappeared from radar screens on March 8.

    The plane deviated from its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing by turning leftward over water while it was still inside Vietnamese airspace, a senior Malaysian aviation source told CNN's Nic Robertson.

    The aircraft then climbed to 39,000 feet, just short of the Boeing 777-200ER's 41,000 feet safe operating limit, and maintained that altitude for about 20 minutes over the Malaysian Peninsula before beginning to descend, the source said.

    Investigators have determined that the missing jet was equipped with four emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs, which are designed to transmit a plane's location to an emergency satellite when triggered by a crash or by contact with water, the source added.

    The ELTs were at the plane's front door, its rear door, in the fuselage and in the cockpit, said the source, who was puzzled over why they appear either not to have activated or, if they did activate, why they were not picked up by the satellite.

    Relatives of the 239 passengers and crew have raised questions about the ELTs with Malaysian authorities, suggesting there were at least three aboard the plane, including two portable units and one fixed device.

    Malaysia Airlines would not comment

    Malaysia Airlines has declined to answer CNN's questions about the ELTs and other matters. The airline said it could not comment on "any questions that relate to information held by other authorities and/or fall under the jurisdiction of the ongoing investigation. ..."

    As the details about the investigation emerged, the work of searching for the plane continued Friday, when a drone submerged to the bottom of the Indian Ocean for its sixth trip in search of the missing Malaysian plane.

    A fifth mission had been aborted when problems with its inertial navigation system arose, said Michael Dean of the U.S. Navy.

    The Bluefin-21 was then re-submerged to resume scanning the floor of the southern Indian Ocean.

    During its first four missions, the drone searched about 42 square miles (110 square kilometers). On that fourth mission, it reached a record depth of 15,404 feet (4,695 meters), the Navy said. Pushing that limit "does carry with it some residual risk to the equipment," which is being monitored closely, it said.

    The probe typically can search no deeper than about 14,764 feet (4,500 meters), but Bluefin operators said they could tweak it to reach 16,404 feet (5,000 meters) -- beyond the search area's maximum depth of about 15,100 feet (4,600 meters).

    Authorities said the probe had scanned 42 square miles (110 square kilometers) without making any "contacts of interest."

    'No debris or aircraft wreckage'

    The first four dives discovered "no debris or aircraft wreckage," said Phoenix International Holdings, which owns and operates the equipment under a contract with the U.S. Navy.

    A single dive takes 24 hours to complete: two hours to submerge to near the ocean floor, 16 hours to map the seabed, two hours to ascend to the surface and four hours to download the images.

    The continuing search efforts came as relatives of the people who were aboard the jetliner when it disappeared from radar nearly six weeks ago pressed for answers.

    They have drawn up 26 questions that they want addressed by Malaysian officials, who are to meet with them next week in Beijing. Most of the 239 passengers and crew who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were Chinese.

    Among their questions: What's in the flight's log book? Can they review the jet's maintenance records? Can they listen to recordings of the Boeing 777 pilot's conversations with air traffic controllers just before contact was lost?

    Malaysia's acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, has defended his government's handling of the operation and accused members of the news media of focusing on the Chinese families. He said relatives of passengers and crew from other nations represented have not had problems.

    "The most difficult part of any investigation of this nature is having to deal with the families," he said.

    More underwater probes?

    Hishammuddin tweeted Friday that authorities are looking at deploying more unmanned underwater probes.

    Officials might consider searching along a large portion of sea highlighted by a partial digital "handshake" between the jetliner and an Inmarsat PLC satellite, Dolan said.

    That arc of sea is more than 370 miles long and 30 miles wide.

    A new setback

    Analysis of samples of an oil slick discovered on April 13 and collected 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) from where a ping was detected concluded they were neither aircraft engine oil nor hydraulic fluid, Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre said Thursday.

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on March 8 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.

    With no debris found and no possible pings from the plane's "black boxes" detected in more than a week, officials have shifted the focus underwater.

    A prolonged undersea search by private contractors could cost a "ballpark rough estimate" of $234 million, said Martin Dolan, Australia's top transport official.

    Searches from air and ship may wrap up

    Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships were to assist in Friday's search across three areas northwest of Perth, Australia, covering about 20,000 square miles (52,000 square kilometers). But searches from air and ship are probably nearing an end, officials said.

    That did not surprise former National Transportation Safety Board Managing Director Peter Goelz. "There's a lot of resources being expended there; it's turned up nothing," he said.

    But he predicted the underwater search would continue for the six to eight weeks needed to cover the current search zone. If that turns up nothing, he predicted, towed array sonar probably would be used to search a wider zone.

    "This is a very complex operation," ocean search specialist Rob McCallum said. "It's going to be a game of patience now."

    Source: CNN
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    Friday 18 April 2014

    JACC Media Release - 18 April 2014—am


    Up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 51,870 square kilometres, across three areas. Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed another mission in the underwater search area and has commenced mission five. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 110 square kilometres to date. Data analysis from the fourth mission did not provide any contacts of interest. The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds

     

    JACC Update on search for flight MH370
    Media Release - 17 April 2014—pm

    At the recent media conference conducted by the Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said that the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick on Sunday evening in her current search area.

    Preliminary analysis of the sample collected by ADV Ocean Shield has confirmed that it is not aircraft engine oil or hydraulic fluid.

    Additionally, Phoenix International, with the assistance of Bluefin, have assessed that there is a small but acceptable level of risk in operating the vehicle in depths in excess of 4,500 metres. This expansion of the operating parameters allows the Bluefin-21 to search the sea floor within the predicted limits of the current search area.

    Some media reports today state that it would take Bluefin-21 anywhere from six weeks to two months to scan the entire underwater search area. This is incorrect.

    Since the US Navy provided comment some days ago, the underwater search has been significantly narrowed through detailed acoustic analysis conducted on the four signal detections made by the Towed Pinger Locator on ADV Ocean Shield .

    This analysis has allowed the definition of a reduced and more focused underwater search area. This represents the best lead we have in relation to missing flight MH370 and where the current underwater search efforts are being pursued to their completion so we can either confirm or discount the area as the final resting place of MH370.

    Wednesday 17 April 2014

    The key of questions from family members - From The Committee of MH370 family
    (2014-04-16 17:44:40)

    Families of relatives that were aboard flight MH370 have released a list of unanswered questions as the search for the aircraft continues and information is starting to dwindle. There are 26 questions in all and a number ask about the technical aspects of the aircraft including regarding issues in relation to the flight recorders or 'black boxes'. There are also questions relating to the aircraft's distress radiobeacon also known as the emergency locator transmitter (ELT).

    The list of questions verbatim are as follows as posted on Chinese social networking site, Sina Weibo:

    Emergency locator transmitter

    As far as we know, MH370 has one fixed ELT and two portable ELT. All ElT has passed the latest maintains check (Malaysia airlines has promised to ask when they did the last check and what has been checked)

    1. How many ELT are there on the plane? Including fixed and portable.   We have heard two versions. We would like to insure how many?
    2. Did Malaysia Airline have regular maintains check for ELT? When was latest check for MH370 ‘s ELT? What is the maintainous interval? And we need to see results of maintainous check. If not possible to see the result during the investigation. We would like to know what has been checked.
    3. How your 406 MHz is certified. Your licences?
    4. Is it possible to break the ELT at high impact? Where is the 406 MHz ELT exactly located on MH370? (tail of the flight or on the celling of business class)
    5. Is the ELT protected in the compartment within the fuselage?  Surrounding by metal? will the signal  be weaken if the metal shield_
    6.  Is the cable and blade antenna 9G certified?  How much impact is need to active ELT?  Does the ELT active in Asiana accident and France Air 447?
    7.  Are 121.5 MHz 243 MHz useless when aircraft crash in water?
    8.  The manufacturer of the ELT, the signal of 406MHz supposed to be detected by satellite.
    9.  Is the 406 MHz is a separate service beside the 121.5 and 243 MHz?
    10. If the crew has been trained on how to use ELT?
    11. Can ELT unlock and bounce to the surface of water?
    12. When plane is trying to land on the sea, can ELT can be activated?

    Black box

    1.  The serials number of the black box on MH370. Manufacturer?
    2.  What kind of characteristic signal does MH370's black box pinger send? Is it a pulse, with a peak at 37.5 kHz? The width, the shape of the pulse?
    3.  What is the sample that Boeing has sent to Australia to compare with the detected pinger? Was it from a normal black box signal or the specific black box on boeing 777, or even the exact black box mount on MH370?
    4.  How many items can the Flight Data Recorder provide? 25, 57 or 88?
    5.  How long time can the Cockpit Voice Recorder provide? When did Malaysia Airline start to prolong 2 hours record?
    6. Can the detected frequency 33.3kHz can illustrate the coverage environment of the black box? Can the location of the black box also te illustrated?
    7. Can the investigation team make an experiment on checking the 33.3kHz is caused by the weaken battery? And how long can 33.3 kHz can be detected under the weaken power situation?

    Protocol

    1.  What protocol does ICAO do when flight missing.  What did Malaysia Airline do when MH370 missing. What organization are Malaysia in.
    2.  We want MH370's logbook
    3.  We need Malaysia Civil Aviation Control MH370   Voice Record.
    4.  Inmarsat in Malaysia   ,  NTSB  ,Chief engineer Zaharie  personal  contact phone number. Directly  contact information.
    5. Have the searching and rescue team got final result from the searched areas? Are they ensure any impossibility on thosed closed area, if not why close all the other areas?
    6. Can Malaysia Government specify the right of kins, especially the right to know the facts of a cases or the details of an incident?
    7. We require the ATC audio.

    From: The Committee of MH370 family

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    Thursday 17 April 2014

    JACC Media Release - 17 April 2014—am

    Up to ten military aircraft, two civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 40,349 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,170 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed a full mission in the search area and is currently planning for its next mission. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 90 square kilometres to date and the data from its latest mission is being analysed.

    The oil sample collected by Ocean Shield has now arrived in Perth and will be subject to detailed testing and analysis. We will provide details of the results when they become available.

    The weather forecast for today is isolated showers and south easterly winds.
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    JACC Update on search for flight MH370
    Media Release 2 - 16 April 2014—pm

    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue. While on deck, its data was downloaded.

    Bluefin-21 was then redeployed and it is currently continuing its underwater search.

    Initial analysis of the data downloaded this morning indicates no significant detections.


    Wednesday 16 April 2014

    JACC Media Release - 16 April 2014—amSearch and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370

    Up to 11 military aircraft, three civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 55,151 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,087 kilometres north west of Perth.

    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle was again deployed last night from ADV Ocean Shield .

    The data from Bluefin-21's first mission has been downloaded and analysed. No objects of interest were found.

    The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with isolated rain showers, sea swells up to two metres and visibility of five kilometres.

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    Tuesday April 15 - Update

    Full Transcript of JACC Press Conference with Chinese Media, 14 April 2014

    Read Full Transcript of Press Conference with Chinese Media on April 14 2014 here

    Tuesday April 15 - Update

    The cabinet has agreed to set up an International Investigation Team to specifically look into the MH370 incident

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    Tuesday April 15 2014 - Update

    - Bluefin-21 Underwater Vehicle has
    collected 6 hours of data that has now been analyzed, no objects of interest have been detected

    - No other phones other than from the co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid have been connected to the telecommunications network, according CNN

    Tuesday April 15 - Update

    Tuesday, April 15, 03:15 PM MYT +0800 Press Briefing by Hishammuddin Hussein Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport

    Introductory Statement on MH370

    It has been 39 days since MH370 went missing. We have now entered a new phase for the search operations expanding into deep ocean search with deployment of the Bluefin - 21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AVU). As stated by the Joint Agency Coordinating Center in Perth earlier today, there are 9 military aircraft, 2 civil aircrafts and 11 ships which haven assisgned to search for MH370.

    1. International Investigation Team

    The Cabinet has agreed to set up an International Investigation Team to specifically look into the MH370 incident. The Ministry of Transport (MOT) will spearhead the efforts to draft the Term of Reference for the investigation team and will be recruiting the members for the team in accordance with international standards. 

    The sub committee, let by Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Minister of Transport has been assigned the task to coordinate the formation of the International Investigation Team.

    On that note, Malaysia as the Contracting State and a Council Member of the International Aviation Organization (ICAO) will observe and comply with the standards and recommended practices of ICAO set mainly to look into the safety of international civil aviation. It is imperative for thr goverment to form an independent team of investigator which is not only competent and transparent but also highly credible. 

    The main purpose of the International Investigation Team is to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the incident so similar incidents could be avoided in the future. I would like to stress that this investigation is not aimed at apportioning blame or liability with regards to the incident. I would also like to note that the investigation will not include criminal aspects which are under purview of the Royal Malaysian Police. 

    The investigation will be carried out in accordance with the Civil Aviation Regulation 1966 and the standards set under Annex 13 - Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, the Chicago Convention, which requires each party to investigate air accidents independently with full powers in their respective countries. 

    The investigation team will include three groups:

    a. an airworthiness group, to look into issues such as maintenance records, structures and systems;

    b. an operational group, to examine flight recorders, operations and meteorology;

    c. a medical and human factors group, to investigate issues such as psychology, pathology and survival factors.

    We are also discussing to appoint experts from other ASEAN countries in accordance with ASEAN MoU on Cooperation Relating to Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation that was signed in 2008.

    2. Developments on the Ministerial Committees

    As mentioned previously, the Malaysian goverment has established three ministerial committees. These three committees have started their respective tasks and I will now update on you their progress.

    The next of kin committee, led by Hamzah Zainuddin, Deputy Foreign Minister has looked into various issues related to the next of kin of passengers onboard MH370. They are now working closely with various Goverments especially the countries whose nationals were on board. 

    The technical committee, led by Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Transport Minister has developed the structure and drafted the terms of reference for the International Investigations Team which will be made known to the public in due course. 

    The asset deployment committee, led by Abdul Rahim Bakri, Deputy Defence Minister has directed the deployment of the existing assets involved in the current SAR operation. They will be consulting relevant partner countries through our defence cooperation mechnism to further assist JACC in the receovery process of MH370.

    I have instructed leading members of the three sub committees to head to Perth to hold discussions with the JACC.

    3. SAR Operations Updates

    As mentioned by Angus Houston yesterday, the Bluefin-21 AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) has been deployed. The search area is based on the identified location where the ping transmission was last detected and verified to be from an electronic device. 

    The Bluefin-21 which will be deployed daily to locate the black box, will take 24 hours to complete a full mission. It takes 2 hours for it to descend to the botton level, 16 hours to search and photograph the seabed, 2 hours to ascend back to the surface and 4 hours to download the images.

    We are still waiting verification of the oil slick found and collected yesterday 5.5 kilometres awayfrom the site where a ping was detected. This is consistent with our stand to only accept corroborated and verified evidence and there fore we appreciate JACC's effort in treating this new potential lead cautiously. 

    Concluding remarks on MH370

    A Framework Agreement on Cooperation Between The Goverment of Malaysia and The Goverment of the Commonwealth of Australia in relation to MH370 is currently being drafted. A first draft has been sent to the High Commission of Australia for their deliberation.

    I would like to conclude by reiterating that the search for the MH370 has entered yet another phase. The information release yesterday has provided new leads, and given new direction to the search process. When possible, we will keep the media fully briefed, but our priority remains with the search operations. 

    Tuesday 15 April


    Press Conference today by Minister of Defence & (Acting) Minister of Transport Hishhammudin Hussein-

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    Tuesday 15 April 2014

    Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370
    - JACC Media release 15 April 2014—am



    Up to nine military aircraft, two civil aircraft and 11 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 62,063 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,170 kilometres north west of Perth.

    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle deployed last night from ADV Ocean Shield .

    After completing around six hours of its mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its operating depth limit of 4,500 metres and its built in safety feature returned it to the surface.

    The six hours of data gathered by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is currently being extracted and analysed.

    Bluefin-21 is planned to redeploy later today when weather conditions permit.

    The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, sea swells up to two metres and visibility of five kilometres.

    The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), will provide further updates if, and when, more information becomes available.

    (JACC)
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    Monday April 14 2014 - Update

    Phone tower, 250 miles from where MH370 disappeared, detected co-pilot's phone searching for service near Palang, Malaysia, U.S. official says, according - CNN

    A U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Pamela Brown on Monday that a cell phone tower in Penang, Malaysia -- about 250 miles from where the flight disappeared -- detected the co-pilot's phone searching for service around the time the plane vanished.

    The revelation follows reporting over the weekend in a Malaysian newspaper that co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid had tried to make a telephone call while the plane was in flight.

    However, the U.S. official -- who cited information shared by Malaysian investigators -- said there was no evidence the co-pilot had tried to make a call.

    The details do appear to reaffirm suggestions based on radar and satellite data that the plane turned around and was probably flying low enough to obtain a signal from a cell tower, the official said.
    Read more


    Monday April 14 2014 - Update

    Oilslick detected on Sunday evening will take a few days to analyze

    Earlier, Australian officials announced the Australian ship Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick Sunday evening. It is unclear where the oil came from. A 2-liter sample has been collected for examination, but it will take a few days to analyze.

    "I stress the source of the oil has yet to be determined, but the oil slick is approximately 5,500 meters (3.4 miles) downwind ... from the vicinity of the detections of the TPL on Ocean Shield," Houston said, referring to the pings detected by a towed pinger locator, a wing-shaped listening device connected to the ship by a cable.

    It's not the first oil slick detected as part of the search. A similar find in the first days of the search was determined to be fuel oil from a freighter. Read more



    Monday April 14 2014 - Update

    Malaysian government warns legal action against 'retweeting' and 'sharing' false reports on MH370
    Published on Apr 13, 2014

    Multimedia and Communications Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek says the government will not only take legal action to those responsible for producing false reports on the search for MH370, it will also act on individuals spreading such information on social media. Read more


    Monday 14 April 2014

    Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 set to go under water


    (Full Press conference: 26min50sec here)
    Full Transcript of Press Conference, 14 April 2014

    The Australian vessel Ocean Shield will stop seeking pings today and the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 will be deployed this evening to search the ocean floor, search co-ordinator Angus Houston has announced.

    Retired defence chief Air Chief Marshal Houston told a media conference in Perth that the chances of any floating material from MH370 being recovered from the ocean has greatly diminished.

    “We haven't had a single detection in six days - it's time to go under water,” he said.

    “The deployment of the autonomous underwater vehicle has the potential to take us a further step towards visual identification since it offers a possible opportunity to detect debris from the aircraft on the ocean floor,” he said.

    Any hope of receiving further “pings'' from the devices is highly unlikely due to battery exhaustion, Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

    “We've got a very good lead - we've just got to wait and see if Bluefin-21 can find the wreckage,” he said.

    But he warned there was still no further certainty as to whether the area was MH370's final resting place.

    “I would caution you against raising hopes that the deployment of the autonomous underwater vehicle will result in the detection of the aircraft wreckage. It may not.”

    Air Chief Marshal Houston said the search area “is new to man” and may have a lot of silt.

    He said Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick downwind from the search area and a sample will be tested.

    “Aircraft wreckage needs to be visually recognised before we can say this is the final resting place of MH370,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

    The remote underwater vehicle will be deployed this evening in the search area based on the last emissions from the locator beacons of the aircraft's black boxes, Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

    “We anticipate deploying it this evening,” he said. “It will be deployed again exactly 24 hours after the first delployment.”

    The search area will cover an area measuring 5km by 8km.

    Air Chief Marshal Houston said a decision will soon have to be made about whether to continue looking for debris on the surface.

    “The air and surface search for floating material will be completed in the next two to three days in the area where the aircraft most likely entered the water,” he said.

    “The chances of any floating material being recovered have greatly diminished and it will be appropriate to confer with Australia's partners to decide the way ahead later this week.”

    Bluefin-21's missions will each take a minimum of 24 hours, with the first to cover an area of 40 square kilometres.

    Air Chief Marshal Houston said other vehicles, which can go deeper than 4,500 metres, are being looked at in case Bluefin-21 isn't capable of reaching the necessary level.

    “Those sorts of possibilities … are being looked at as we speak. But a lot will depend on the outcome of what we find when we go down and take a look.”

    The co-ordinator conceded the search was “very expensive” and countries involved are “running up big costs”.

    “I think the world community should be very appreciative to those countries for their contribution to what I would say is one of the largest search and rescue, search and recovery operations that I've seen in my lifetime.”

    The search area has been narrowed down to patch of ocean floor less than 1000 kilometres square making a successful physical search almost impossible.

    The Bluefin-21 will submerge to its near maximum depth of 4500 metres and conduct 20-hour long sweeps using powerful sonars.

    If any wreckage is found the sonars will be switched to cameras to and lights to record whatever lies on the bottom.

    The initial search will focus on the location of the strongest “pings'' detected last week by the Ocean Shield.

    Read: Full Transcript of Press Conference, 14 April 2014

    - Oilslick discovered
    - Last ping was 6 days ago
    - Bluefin-21 will be deployed to search a 4,5 square km

    JACC Media Release - Search and recovery continues for Malaysian flight MH370 - Monday 14 April 2014—am


    Up to 11 military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 15 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 47,644 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,200 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to aircraft black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield . The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield.

    There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.

    The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with possible showers, sea swells up to 1.5 metres and visibility of three to five kilometres.


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    Sunday 13 April 2014 -

    Authority widened its search zone Sunday
    .

    Ships and aircraft have been working to refine the size of the possible underwater search area to allow the use of an autonomous underwater vehicle, which will more closely scour the sea floor to get visual images of any possible wreckage.

    The visual search area will cover an area of 57,506 square kilometers (22,203 square miles) on Sunday, widened from 41,393 square kilometers on Saturday.

    "Today's visual search area is a continuation of the systematic search for floating debris derived from the probable area determined by the international investigation team and the area of acoustic event detections," the authority said. "The daily visual search areas will vary in size according to factors such as oceanic drift and weather information optimized for aircraft search operations."


    Sunday 13 April 2014 - Acting Transport Minister Hussein Not Aware of Co-Pilot Phone Call


    The Defence and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein has been reported by the New Straits Times as saying there was no phone call made from aboard the aircraft of flight MH370 by the co-pilot, First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, as reported yesterday. However he did emphasise that such issues remained a concern for the police and relevant investigative bodies and when the time was right information would be released. He stated:

    I don't want to speculate on that, because out of respect of the families of the pilot and co-pilot, and I don't want to disturb the investigations being done now, not only by Malaysian police but other intelligence agencies...The police are still investigating the possibility of hijacking, issue of terrorism, psychological and personal problems.

    Sunday 13 April 2014 -

    Black Box Custody Being Discussed




    The Malaysian Defence and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein has informed reporters that the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail is currently in the UK liaising with the relevant authorities to clarify who will have custody of the flight recorder (or 'black box') should it be located and retrieved.

    Hussein said:

    The Attorney General is in the UK discussing with relevant authorities such as ICAO and experts involved, based on international and domestic laws, who actually do have custody of the black box.

    Clarity has had to be sought by the Malaysian government: typically Malaysia should be leading the search operations and securing the aircraft wreckage, if found, since the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft of flight MH370 is registered in Malaysia and belongs to Malaysia Airlines, as per the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); however Australia has been requested to lead the search operations.

    Sunday 13 April 2014 -

    Family Unaware of Alleged Co-Pilot's Call


    The family of the co-pilot of flight MH370, First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid have spoken of their surprise at the alleged report that he could have been trying to make a phone call from the aircraft as it passed north-west of Penang, Malaysia.

    The New Straits Times reported yesterday that apparently according to sources, Abdul Hamid had last used the WhatsApp messenger service at 23:30, 7 March (local time), just over an hour before the departure of flight MH370 at 00:41; and last made a phone call to a regular contact no more than two hours before the departure time.

    The newspaper goes on to report that allegedly Abdul Hamid's mobile phone had 'detached' or disconnected from the telecommunications network before flight, then become 'reattached' or made connection with the network shortly into the flight at a point where other reports claim MH370 flew at extremely low altitude. Experts state a mobile phone can receive reception at an altitude of around 7,000ft. Apparently it is claimed, Abdul Hamid did attempt to make a phone call from the aircraft but that the call abruptly ended. To whom he may have been calling is unknown.

    The brother of the co-pilot, Afiq Abdul Hamid stated his surprise at this claim saying he could not think who his brother could have been trying to call. He added the authorities had not mentioned anything like this to the family and understood the police investigation was ongoing.

    The Defence and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammudin Hussein said yesterday about the above claimed phone call:

    If this did happen, we would have known about it earlier...Unless we can have verifications, we can't comment on these reports.

    April 13 2014 Media Release JACC:

    Up to 11 military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 14 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 57,506 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2200 kilometres north west of Perth.

    Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to the aircraft's black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield . The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield.

    This work continues in an effort to narrow the underwater search area for when the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is deployed.

    There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.

    The weather forecast for today is south easterly winds with isolated showers, sea swells up to one metre and visibility of five kilometres in showers. (JACC)

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    April 12 2014 - Update 2:

    Malaysian acting transport minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein appears to have denied claims that MH370's co-pilot made a "desperate call" just before the Malaysian Airlines jet vanished.

    Malaysian acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein has immediately denied the claims of the co-pilots phonecall. He told the paper: "If this did happen, we would have known about it earlier."
    He told assembled media outside a mosque that authorities have received a lot of reports and leads which have turned out to be baseless. He added: "Unless we can have verifications, we can't comment on these reports." - According Mirror.uk

    April 12 2014 - Update 1:

    Call traced to Pilot's Phone
    AIRBORNE CONTACT: Telco tower in Penang picked up phone signal

    KUALA LUMPUR: A CREW member of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a  desperate  call from his mobile phone as the plane was flying low near Penang, the morning it went missing.

    The latest breakthrough in the ongoing criminal investigation traced the source of the call to co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's phone.

    The New Straits Times has learnt that investigators are poring over this discovery as they try to piece together what had happened moments before the Boeing 777-22ER twinjet went off the radar, some 200 nautical miles (320km) northwest of Penang on March 8.

    It is understood that the aircraft with 239 people on board was flying at an altitude low enough for the nearest telecommunications tower to pick up his phone's signal.

    His call, however, ended abruptly, but not before contact was established with a telecommunications sub-station in the state.

    However, the NST is unable to ascertain who Fariq was trying to call as sources chose not to divulge details of the investigation. The links that police are trying to establish are also unclear.

    "The telco's (telecommunications company's) tower established the call that he was trying to make. On why the call was cut off, it was likely because the aircraft was fast moving away from the tower and had not come under the coverage of the next one," the sources said.

    It was also established that Fariq's last communication through the WhatsApp Messenger application was about 11.30pm on March 7, just before he boarded the aircraft for his six-hour flight to Beijing.

    The NST was also told that checks on Fariq's phone history showed that the last person he spoke to was "one of his regular contacts (a number that frequently appears on his outgoing phone logs)".

    This call was made no more than two hours before the flight took off at 12.41am from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

    A different set of sources close to the investigations told the NST that checks on Fariq's phone showed that connection to the phone had been "detached" before the plane took off.

    "This is usually the result of the phone being switched off. At one point, however, when the airplane was airborne, between waypoint Igari and the spot near Penang (just before it went missing from radar), the line was 'reattached'.

    "A 'reattachment' does not necessarily mean that a call was made. It can also be the result of the phone being switched on again," the sources said.

    The flight, with a crew of 12, was supposed to take off at 12.35am.

    The jetliner disappeared from commercial radar about an hour later, while it was flying over the South China Sea. It was supposed to have landed in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.

    Experts said it was possible for a mobile phone to be connected to a telecommunications tower at an altitude of 7,000 feet.

    An NST exclusive on March 16, quoted investigators as saying that the jetliner had dropped to as low as 5,000 feet after it made the turnback at waypoint Igari in the South China Sea before it crossed Peninsular Malaysia headed towards Penang.

    Meanwhile, Fariq's cousin Nursyafiqah Kamarudin, 18, told the NST on Monday that Fariq, who would have turned 28 on April 1, was very close to his mother.

    "If Fariq could make one call before the plane disappeared, it would have been to her."

    Police have not cleared the 227 passengers of the flight MH370 of possible foul play. Clearance has also not been given to the crew.

    Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had, on April 2, said they had "obtained some clues" on what might have happened to the flight, based on the statements recorded from 176 people. This number has climbed to 205 as of yesterday.

    Khalid had also said the crew were among the main "subjects of the investigations".

    Their probe had been focused on four possible areas -- hijack, sabotage, as well as personal and psychological problems.

    They are investigating the case under Section 130C of the Penal Code, which deals with hijacking, terrorism and sabotage offences, as well as the Security Offences (Special Measures) and Aviation Offences Acts.

    On why these findings were not made known, the sources said, like criminal investigations by any police force, details of an ongoing probe would not be made public.

    "Not only are they not obliged to, it also puts the investigation at risk if the findings are revealed," the sources said.

    The team carrying out this probe is separate from the International Investigating Team (IIT), which comprises agencies with expertise in satellite communications and aircraft performance.

    The IIT is also represented by Inmarsat, Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Rolls-Royce from the United Kingdom, China's Civil Aviation Administration and Aircraft Accident Investigation Department (AAID), and from the United States, National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Bureau Investigation and the Triple Seven's manufacturer, Boeing.

    This team had been working over the past weeks, refining data, including those extracted from radars and satellites, in narrowing down the search area, which has since been centred in the Indian Ocean.

    While some details from the IIT's investigations have been released to appease family members' and the media's demand for information, police said they were not at liberty to divulge details of the probe for fear that it could jeopardise their investigation.

    The FBI has been assisting police, including sharing intelligence and expertise.

    Kuala Lumpur had also, on April 5, announced the appointment of an independent "Investigator in Charge" to lead an investigating team, which will include three groups.

    They are an airworthiness group to look at issues such as maintenance records, structures and systems; an operations group to examine, among others, flight recorders, operations and meteorology; and, a medical and human factors group to investigate areas of psychology and survival factors.

    Six days ago, the New Sunday Times front-paged a report that said investigators had, over the last few weeks, sifted through hundreds of hours of closed-circuit television footage, not only from cameras in most corners of KLIA, but all the way back to a toll plaza 8.8km away, which most passengers would have had to pass through to reach KLIA. Videos were also taken from the stretch of road leading to the airport.

    Their movements were traced by the CCTVs right up to the time they showed up at gate C1, in the West Zone of the airport's Satellite Building, where the plane was parked.

    It was also learnt that while Fariq and chief stewardess Goh Sock Lay, 45, communicated via the WhatsApp messenger application at 11.30pm, pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, made his last contact through the application at 7.45pm, some five hours before flying off. Source: NewStraitTimes

    Read more: MH370: Transport Ministry to explore co-pilot's reported phone call


    April 12 2014 Update: Planned Search area's



    Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 41,393 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2331 kilometres north west of Perth.
    Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to the aircraft's black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield . The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield . This work continues in an effort to narrow the underwater search area for when the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is deployed. There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours. Read more
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    April 11 2014

    Update 3 - April 11 2014:

    Press Release by the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force in reaction on alligations in CNN report

    In response to reports by CNN that the Royal Malaysian Air Force has scrambled jets shortly after the loss of flight MH370; and before authorities were liaised with and before informing the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, the Chief of the Air Force, General Tan Sri Rodzali Daud has issued an official statement in which he states the allegation as "totally false."

    The statement reads as follows:

    MH370 PRESS STATEMENT BY
    GENERAL TAN SRI DATO' SRI RODZALI DAUD
    CHIEF OF ROYAL MALAYSIAN AIR FORCE

    With regards to yesterday's (10 April) release on the CNN website which state that:
    "Malaysian air force search aircraft were scrambled around 8 a.m., soon after Malaysia Airlines reported that its plane was missing early March 8, Malaysian sources told CNN.
    The aircraft were scrambled before authorities corroborated data indicating that the plane turned back westward, a senior Malaysian government official told CNN.
    But the air force did not inform the Department of Civil Aviation or search and rescue operations until three days later, March 11, a source involved in the investigation told CNN."
    In my capacity as the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, I can confirm that the above allegation is totally false.

    Update 2 - April 11 2014:

    JACC Media Release
    11 April 2014— pm -

    The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said an initial assessment of the possible signal detected by a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft yesterday afternoon has been determined as not related to an aircraft underwater locator beacon.

    “The Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre has analysed the acoustic data and confirmed that the signal reported in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield is unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes,” Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said.
    “Further analysis continues to be undertaken by Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre.

    “Today Ocean Shield is continuing more focussed sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals that may be related to the aircraft's black boxes. It is vital to glean as much information as possible while the batteries on the underwater locator beacons may still be active.
    “The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield, with three more missions planned for today.

    “A decision as to when to deploy the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle will be made on advice from experts on board the Ocean Shield and could be some days away.
    “On the information I have available to me, there has been no major breakthrough in the search for MH370. I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.”
    Source: JACC

    New ships join the search - The search for any signs on the surface of MH370 continues in the western section.

    The US Naval vessel Cesar Chavez, a Lewis and Clarke class support ship has now entered the area, accompanying the Australian warships HMAS Perth, HMAS Toowoomba, the replenishment ship HMAS Success, as well as the Chinese search vessels Nan Hai Jiu 115, Hai Xun 01 and Dong Hai Jiu 101.
    The Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu is also still in this area.
    To the east, the Australian ADV Ocean Shield and Royal Naval Hydrographic ship, HMS Echo continue their underwater search. Source: IHS Maritime 360



    Update 1 - April 11 2014:

     

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    April 10 2014 Update:

    Possible new underwater signal from sonobuoys detected by AP-3C Orion aircraft


    The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), has confirmed that whilst conducting an acoustic search this afternoon a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft has detected a possible signal in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield.
    “The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a man-made source,” Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret'd) said.“I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.” Media Update JACC |
    Read more
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    April 9 2014 Update:

    Update 2:

    Multiple Floating objects spotted in area where Ocean Shield detects signals
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    ABOARD HAIXUN 01,
    April 9 2014 12:12:43
    (Xinhua) --

    Multiple floating objects were spotted by patrol aircraft in an area where Australian ship Ocean Shield detected suspicious signals, officials at Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 said Wednesday.
    Haixun 01 is heading to a search zone of about 75,000 square kilometers where the objects were spotted, at about 20 degrees south latitude and 98 degrees east longitude, to assist in the search for the missing Malaysian jet MH370.
    Chinese officials aboard Haixun 01 told Xinhua they were informed of the latest sighting of floating objects by Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) late Tuesday night.
    Chinese rescue ship Nanhaijiu 115 and Chinese naval vessel 998 are already working in the search area, they added. (source)

    China deployed 21 satellites, and used remote sensing technologies to search for the missing plane. Meanwhile, nine ships have been sent to search waters around the gulf of Thailand, the island of Sumatra and other areas of the Indian Ocean. Source

    Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force has deployed two P3 Orion aircraft to the Perth's Pearce Air Force Base from Subang today. A team of 40 crew members led by Maritime Self-Defence Commander Hideki Jufuku took off around  9.40am  this morning. Japan's Ambassador-Designate to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa said the mission is to fly and join the search debris as soon as possible. Read more: Japan's two P3 Orion aircraft join

    Update 1:

    2 more underwater ping signals detected



    Two new underwater ping signals were detected on tuesday (April 8). The first in the late afternoon for 5 min 37 sec, the second in the evening for 7 min. This makes a total of 4 transmission in the same area:

    The first signal was picked up on Saturday and lasted for two hours and 20 minutes.
    The second lasted 13 minutes and was detected at 9:27pm later that day.
    Sunday and Monday proved to be disappointing days with no significant developments.
    Then, on Tuesday, the third at 4:27pm and lasted for five minutes and 32 seconds.
    The fourth lasted for seven minutes and was at 10:17pm.
    More news: CNN | Live Updates - mirror

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    April 8 2014 Update:
    The underwater search continues today, with ADV Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and HMS Echo at the southern end.
    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia. (JACC)
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    April 7 2014 UPDATE:

    Visual indication on screen, and audible signal



    Two 37.5khz signal returns were dectected in the last 24 hours, one for two hours and 22 min and another one for 13 min. The sounds were heard at a depth of 4,500 meters (about 14,764 feet) and about 600 km apart. The signals are consistent with transmissions from both a Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder. It could take days before officials can confirm whether the signals did indeed come from MH370.


    Full Transcript of Press Conference, 7 April 2014
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    April 6 2014 UPDATE:
    Update 3:
    investigators pieced together new details about the plane's path. After reviewing radar track data from neighboring countries, officials have concluded that the passenger jet curved north of Indonesia before turning south toward the southern Indian Ocean.

    Update 2:
    MH370 flew north of Indonesia and around its airspace on way to Indian Ocean according Inmarsat data, which may have been an attend to avoid radar data or landmass.

    Update 1:

    Ocean Shield has detected another 37.5khz signal today for 90 secs, less than 2 km from the pings that were detected by Chinese Haixun-01 patrol vessel on Friday/ Saturday March 4/5 2014.


    Image of Ocean Shield
    Read more
    | Full Transcript of Press Conference, 6 April 2014
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    April 5 2014 UPDATE!

    Update 2:

    Chinese air force plane spots new floating objects in south Indian Ocean



    A Chinese air force plane searching for missing Malaysian passenger jet MH370 spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area Saturday. The plane photographed the objects over a period of 20 minutes after spotting them at 11:05 local time. The floating objects were 90 kilometers, or about 55 miles, from where the pulse signal was detected Full story | read more

    Update 1:

    The Chinese Haixun-01, has detected a 37.5khz ping # MH370


    Image of Chinese control vessel Haixun 01
    The 1,5 sec signal was reportedly detected at 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude. 37.5 kHz pulse reportedly detected in Indian Ocean is standard frequency for voice, data recorders, expert says. The signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz received by the Haixun 01 is highly unlikely to have come from Ships, they have black boxes, but that's at 400kHz–15kHz. Or any marine life such as whales, as their frequencies range between 15Hz and 20Hz, or dolphins, whose ultra sonic waves span from 200kHz to 350kHz. Additionally, marine life frequencies rarely change. 37.5kHz was selected as to avoid clash with known frequencies of other emission sources including natural sources and background noise. The Chinese search vessel is yet to compare its record of the signal's waveform with the Boeing factory's recorded configuration of the missing B-777 (product serial number 9M-MRO) to give out a final confirmation whether or not the signal came from MH370.- Read more @ News Xinhua.net . CNN Breaking News | Live China.org | JACC Media Reporting on Chinese Ship Detection of Electronic Pulse Signals

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    April 4 2014

    Airbus Defence and Space expands VSAT coverage in the Indian Ocean


    World's largest Ku-band coverage boosted with Seychelles region extension delivering high-speed data.

    Airbus Defence and Space has expanded its Ku-band VSAT (Very Small Apperture Terminal) coverage in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), using the Intelsat IS-702 S2 satellite.

    The new coverage enables improved availability of Pharostar, Sealink and WaveCall VSAT voice and data services for vessels transiting or operating primarily in the Seychelles area, north to Ethiopia and south to Madagascar.

    Several diverse maritime groups will make use of more available high speed VSAT, including commercial fishing, government, naval, shipping and yachting vessels. An improved Ku-band footprint will also enhance security and anti-piracy efforts in the region.

    “By bringing up this network, we enhance our market leading global VSAT coverage to support service providers serving customers in the IOR. The new coverage enables delivery of reliable connectivity up to 3.8Mbps,” said Ghani Behloul, Head of Product Marketing, Maritime, Airbus Defence and Space. “The IOR coverage extension is part of our commitment to maintaining the most extensive maritime VSAT coverage for global users.”

    About Airbus Defence and Space
    Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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    (ADS)

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    Malaysia Airlines' Director of Commercial, Dr Hugh Dunleavy, responds to recent calls for disclosure of information on the MH370 incident. Various countries from around the world have been involved in the search process. Immense efforts are ongoing to ensure that information is shared with the families of MH370 in a timely and effective manner.

     
     
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