Malaysian PM: Flight MH370 Crashed in Southern Indian Ocean

Malaysian PMNew satellite data analysis has confirmed that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia’s prime minister told a news conference on Monday.

Najib Razak said flight data suggested that the Boeing 777’s “last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth, [Australia].”

He added: “This is a remote location, far from any possible landing site. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that according to this data the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

The prime minister said that his announcement was based on data analyzed by the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch and satellite firm Inmarsat.

Passengers and Crew of MH370

Passengers and Crew of Flight MH370

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  2. Marine Exploration Company Claims to Find Airliner Wreckage During Search for Malaysian

    http://www.foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/marine-exploration-company-claims-find-airliner-wreckage-during-search-malaysian-airlines-flight-370-27617.shtml#.U1_ihFVOXIU

    An Australian marine exploration company says scientists have come across what they believe to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner during the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

    The company says the suspected wreckage is located 190 kilometers south of Bangladesh, in the Bay of Bengal.

    Geo-resonance spokesman David pope spoke to CNN’s Kate Bolduan about the discovery.

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  6. Angus Houston: The audible signal sounds to me just like an emergency locator beacon.

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  12. Australian officials say signals consistent with black box heard for two hours. It could take days to confirm.

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  13. Breaking News:

    Two distinct pinger returns detected black box for 2 hours.

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  15. Joint Task Force in charge of the search for flight MH370 will hold a press conference at 12am est US time.

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  18. MH370 search: Signal detected ‘consistent’ with black box, says Australian ex-military chief

    BLACK BOX SEARCH FOR MH370

    http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/06/MH370-search-Signal-detected-consistent-with-black-box/

    PERTH: A signal detected by a Chinese ship searching the Indian Ocean for flight MH370 is “consistent” with the type emitted from the aircraft black box, according to the Australian ex-military chief in charge of the hunt.

    China’s official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday that a black box detector on board the Chinese search ship had picked up a signal at a frequency of 37.5kHz.

    The Underwater Acoustic Beacons on the MH370 flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder both operate at that frequency, a spokesman for Honeywell Aerospace, the manufacturers of the black boxes on board the missing plane, told AFP.

    Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, head of coordination in the search, said the reported characteristics of the signal “are consistent with the aircraft black box”.

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  20. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 update: Black box signals may have been detected

    http://tiny.cc/mjowdx

    Three separate “pings” in the Indian Ocean could lead officials to the missing data recorders

    The latest development in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 could be the breakthrough everyone’s waiting for: three “pings,” sounding from deep in the Indian Ocean, that could be signals from the plane’s black boxes.

    Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search, couldn’t confirm that the pings were related to the missing airliner, but nonetheless called it “an important and encouraging lead.” Two were detected in a relatively small search area on Friday and Saturday; a third was picked up elsewhere Sunday morning.

    “We have an acoustic event,” Houston explained. “The job now is to determine the significance of that event. It does not confirm or deny the presence of the aircraft locator on the bottom of the ocean.”

    That “acoustic event” adds a new urgency to the search to recover the data recorder before its signal dies, the Associated Press reports:

    The British navy ship HMS Echo, which is fitted with sophisticated sound-locating equipment, is moving to the area where the signals were picked up and will probably get there early Monday, Houston said.

    The Australian navy’s Ocean Shield, which is carrying high-tech sound detectors from the U.S. Navy, will also head there, but will first investigate the sound it picked up in its current region, about 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers) away, he said.

    Australian air force assets are also being deployed into the Haixun 01′s area to try to confirm or discount the signals’ relevance to the search, Houston said.

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    • Ametia says:

      Thanks for this. Can’t believe anything CNN reports. If they can find a body, dead or alive, something that belongs to MH370 their would be more hope of the families having some closure.

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  24. Breaking News

    China State News: Patrol ship detects pulse signal 37.5KHZ in MH370 search zone in Southern Indian Ocean.

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  26. Malaysia says it may sue over ‘false’ MH370 media reports

    http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/missing-mas-plane/story/malaysia-says-may-sue-over-false-mh370-media-reports-20140401

    KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – The Malaysian government, which has been under harsh global scrutiny over the handling of its missing-plane drama, said Tuesday it would compile “false” media reports over the crisis and consider filing lawsuits.

    Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on his Twitter feed the country’s attorney general had been instructed to “compile evidence and advise” on possible legal action.

    Earlier in the day Mr Hishammuddin was quoted by the Malay Mail newspaper as saying: “We have been compiling all the false reports since day one. When the time is right, the government should sue them.”

    The MH370 saga and resulting world attention has put Malaysia’s long-ruling government – which muzzles its own pliant mainstream press – in the unaccustomed position of having to answer tough questions from reporters.

    Mr Hishammuddin, who has run the government’s near-daily briefings on the situation, has repeatedly denied various anonymously-sourced reports revealing details of Malaysia’s investigation into the March 8 disappearance of MH370 with 239 people aboard.

    He took particular aim on Monday against British tabloid the Daily Mail, which at the weekend quoted a “source close to the family” of pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah as saying police had learned he was emotionally unstable before the flight amid alleged marital trouble. “I can confirm to you that the information did not come from the police and you should ask Daily Mail how they get the information,” Hishammuddin said tersely when asked about the report.

    In a Facebook comment reported by local media, Zaharie’s daughter Aishah Zaharie accused the Daily Mail of “making up” the report.

    The Daily Mail also reported earlier that Zaharie was said to be a fanatical supporter of Malaysia’s political opposition. Friends and acquaintances have denied that.

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    The Daily Mail is a pos rag!

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  27. Flight MH370’s Disappearance Is Now a Criminal Investigation

    http://www.thewire.com/global/2014/04/flight-mh370s-disappearance-is-now-a-criminal-investigation/360013/

    The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 — specifically the turn it took off course — has now been classified as a criminal investigation, according to Malaysia’s police chief. He also cautioned that there investigation may still not arrive at any concrete conclusions.

    According to CNN, radar and satellite data show the flight turning off course and flying back across Malaysia before heading out over the Indian Ocean. That change of course is being investigated as a “criminal act.” There is no information as to who committed the supposed criminal act.

    Meanwhile, lawyers have already begun contacting families of those on board about possible multimillion-dollar settlements in U.S. courts over the incident. One law firm is floating the idea of legal action against Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, although the obviously imprecise nature of the case makes it unprecedented. From The New York Times:

    The rush is on to secure compensation for families of the flight’s 227 passengers, about two-thirds of whom are Chinese. Insurance companies [in China] have already made payments to some relatives. On top of that, the families can expect to receive compensation from Malaysia Airlines because of guarantees in an international treaty. They can also opt to sue the airline for more damages, or sue Boeing or a component manufacturer. Any lawsuit could take years to conclude.

    Some families are reluctant to take legal action or even accept the payments required by international treaties in an event such as this one, instead hoping that the plane will still be found or suspecting that there is still information being covered up.

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  28. I Do Not Want To Hear This. Find That Plane!

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  29. Officials Release New Last Words for Missing Malaysia Flight

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/officials-release-new-last-words-missing-malaysia-flight-n67871

    Officials have revised the account of the last words that came from the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — the latest about-face in the ever-shifting investigation into the jet’s disappearance.

    The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation said Monday that the last communication with the air traffic controller was “Good night, Malaysian three seven zero.”

    Weeks earlier, officials reported the last words were: “Alright, good night.”

    The cause of the discrepancy was unclear.

    Authorities also said they are still conducting a forensic investigation to determine who was talking — even though the airline’s chief executive said two weeks ago that it appeared the co-pilot was the speaker.

    Since the flight vanished March 8 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpu with 239 people on board, the investigation into what happened has been beset by false leads and conflicting information.

    “This investigation is an example of what not to do,” James Hall, a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board told NBC News last week. “Everything they do, they change.”

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    Why didn’t they say this the first time? Stop changing things, Malaysia!

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  33. Some Objects Found in Search Area Not Related to Jet

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/some-objects-found-search-area-not-related-jet-n66781

    Objects retrieved by Chinese and Australian ships on Friday are not related to missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Chinese state media said. But more objects found Saturday have not been ruled out as having a connection to the plane.

    Objects were retrieved by a Chinese ship during Friday’s search operations, but China’s state broadcaster CCTV said that they were merely garbage.

    Australian officials confirmed that a Chinese aircraft had spotted three objects in a new search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet off Australia’s west coast on Saturday.

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    • Ametia says:

      Did you see this, SG2? CNN seriosuly knows their bounds for their TABLOID stunts.

      CNN Tried to Rent a Real Plane to Augment MH370 Coverage
      by Noah Rothman | 4:51 pm, March 28th, 2014

      or the better part of a month, CNN reporter Martin Savidge has occupied the cockpit of a Canada-based flight simulator as his network’s wall-to-wall coverage of the missing Malaysian passenger plane which is assumed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean. But installing Savidge in a mock cockpit was not CNN’s first choice. The Associated Press reported on Friday that CNN initially tried to rent a real airplane to augment their blanket coverage of MH370.

      “CNN initially sought to rent a real 777 airplane for its coverage, but found it impossible,” the AP reported. “Individual airlines were also reluctant to make their simulators available.”

      http://www.mediaite.com/online/cnn-tried-to-rent-a-real-plane-to-augment-mh370-coverage/

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      • CNN need their ass kicked to the moon. This isn’t a damn game or about ratings to make money. This is about the lives of folks loved ones. People are grieving to the depths of the soul and all CNN wants to do is drive up ratings. slap smiley photo: slap across the room smiley_slapacrossroom.gif

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  36. Breaking News

    Malaysia press conference…search for flight 370

    As long as there is a remote chance for survivors we’ll do whatever it takes.

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  37. MH370 search area shifted on “new, credible lead”: AMSA

    http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/se-asia/story/mh370-search-area-shifted-new-credible-lead-amsa-20140328

    PERTH (AFP) – The search for wreckage of flight MH370 was shifted on Friday to an area 1,100 kilometres north-east of where planes had been looking after “a new credible lead”, Australian authorities said.

    “The new information is based on continuing analysis of radar data between the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca before radar contact was lost,” the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.

    “It indicated that the aircraft was travelling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft travelled south into the Indian Ocean.”

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  38. Next-of-kin of MH370 passengers in Malaysia can start to file for insurance claims

    http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/se-asia/story/next-kin-mh370-passengers-malaysia-can-start-file-insurance-claims-20140

    KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Next-of-kin of those on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 can start to file for life insurance claims now without having to wait for death certificates.

    Life Insurance Association of Malaysia (LIAM) president Vincent Kwo said that in view of the special circumstances of the tragedy, life insurance companies in Malaysia had agreed to accord special priority in facilitating and expediting claims payment.

    “Once the proper claimant has been identified, payment can be processed within a week,” he said in a press statement on Thursday.

    MH370 was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 when it went missing from the radar screen 40 minutes into the journey.

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  39. Families of some Chinese passengers on MH370 receive insurance payouts

    http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/se-asia/story/families-some-chinese-passengers-mh370-receive-insurance-payouts-2014032

    BEIJING (REUTERS) – Chinese insurance companies have started paying compensation to the families of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane presumed crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday.

    The families of seven passengers received 4.17 million yuan (S$852,000) in compensation on Tuesday, China Life, the country’s largest insurance company, was quoted by Xinhua as saying. China Life said it has 32 clients on board the flight and estimated its total compensation at around 9 million yuan.

    “China Life is deeply grieved at the news and will ensure compensation and all other related services are fully implemented,” Xinhua quoted an unnamed company spokesman as saying.

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  40. Son defends pilot of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

    http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/missing-mas-plane/story/son-defends-pilot-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-20140327

    KUALA LUMPUR – The youngest son of the pilot whose flight went down in the Indian Ocean has dismissed speculation that his father may have crashed the plane intentionally.

    Mr Ahmad Seth, son of captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, said he knew what kind of man his father was, New Straits Times (NST) reported on Thursday.

    “I’ve read everything online. But I’ve ignored all the speculation. I know my father better,” the 26-year-old was quoted as saying.

    “We may not be close as he travels so much. But I understand him,” the language student told the newspaper in his first public remarks since flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

    Mr Seth appeared calm and composed during the interview, and did not reveal any resentment against those who portrayed his father as a “hijacker”, according to the newspaper.

    His mother Faizah Khanum Mustafa Khan, elder siblings Ahmad Idris and Aishah, have thus far not spoken to the media, said the report.
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    The media needs to STFU with convicting people without any evidence. Have respect for the passengers on that flight & their families.

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  41. MH370 mystery complicates last rites for the missing

    MAS- Our Deepest Condolences

    http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/missing-mas-plane/story/mh370-mystery-complicates-last-rites-the-missing-20140327

    KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia has said all 239 people aboard flight MH370 are believed dead, but the failure to recover bodies is complicating efforts to lay their souls to rest, relatives and religious leaders said on Thursday.

    The flight carried passengers from around the world following a number of major religions, and the failure to achieve closure via last rites has added to the anguish of grieving relatives.

    Hindus traditionally perform special prayers on the first, 16th and 30th day after a person’s death.

    “I will not do any solemn prayers until I am really convinced my son is dead,” said Mr Subramaniam Gurusamy, 60, a Malaysian Hindu whose son was on the plane.

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  42. ‘I love you’: MH370 flight steward’s last words to wife

    http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/missing-mas-plane/story/i-love-you-mh370-flight-stewards-last-words-wife-20140327

    SHAH ALAM – “I love you” were the last words that MH370 flight steward Mohd Hazrin Hasnan had uttered to his wife just hours before the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft was reported missing on March 8.

    The words will forever be ingrained in the memory of Madam Intan Maizura Othaman, 34.

    Recalling the last few hours before the disappearance of MH370, Madam Intan Maizura who is pregnant with their second child, said mr Mohd Hazrin had missed the vehicle provided by MAS for its staff on the night of March 7, Bernama reported.

    She said her husband had then requested her to send him to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.

    “During the journey, we had the usual conversation and Mohd Hazrin held my hand and kissed it. ‘I love you’ were his last words,” she said when met at her residence in Shah Alam on March 26.

    Madam Intan Maizura said her four-year-old son, Iman, had been asking about his father prior to the announcement on March 24 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that the MH370 flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

    “The following day, I told Iman that his father had gone to work and the plane that he was on had malfunctioned, so he would not be returning home as he is now in heaven,” she said.

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  43. MH370: scanners reach search HQ as crews pin hope on new satellite images

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/27/mh370-search-scanner-underwater-search-debris

    Thailand says 300 objects have been spotted near debris found earlier, but bad weather forces planes and ships to call off search.

    Underwater scanners that will be used to try to locate the black box flight recorders from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have arrived at the search headquarters in Australia, as crews pin their hopes on new satellite images showing 300 pieces of possible debris in the southern Indian Ocean.

    The new information came as strong winds and icy weather forced planes and ships to call off their search on Thursday of an area where officials believe the plane came down almost three weeks ago.

    Australian maritime officials said several planes had reached the search zone, located about 1,550 miles (2,500 km) south-west of Perth, but had returned early without finding any of the floating debris.

    Sam Cardwell, a spokesman for the Australian maritime safety authority, said the planes had stayed in the area for about two hours. “They got a bit of time in, but it was not useful because there was no visibility,” he said.

    The bad weather is expected to last well into Friday, raising the possibility that the hunt for hundreds of pieces of debris that could be from MH370 will not resume until the weekend.

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  44. Malaysia lost lives too, minister tells angry Chinese

    http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-lost-lives-too-minister-tells-angry-chinese

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 ― With no information left at hand to give them their much-desired closure to the MH370 tragedy, Malaysia issued a reminder to the angry families of Chinese passengers today ― “we lost our loved ones too”.

    The irate families have hurled every accusation possible at the Malaysian authorities, from claims that its agencies had acted too slowly when handling the crisis or that they withheld key information to help the probe, to labeling them “murderers” outright.

    The Chinese accounted for a majority of those aboard the ill-fated jetliner ― 153 of the 239 people ― that left Malaysian shores at 12.41am on March 8 towards Beijing.

    “We fully understand,” acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today at a press conference that was broadcast live on TV.

    “For the Chinese families… they must also understand. We in Malaysia also lost our loved ones.

    “There are so many other nations who have lost loved ones.”

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    Praying for ALL families. They’re ALL hurting.

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  45. Australia says 3 more objects seen in Malaysia jet search

    http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/missing-mas-plane/story/australia-says-3-more-objects-seen-malaysia-jet-search-2014032

    SYDNEY (REUTERS) – Australian authorities said on Wednesday that three more objects had been spotted by aircraft searching for a Malaysian jet missing in the southern Indian Ocean.

    A civilian aircraft, one of 12 scouring the region some 2,500km southwest of Perth, had seen two objects thought to be rope, while a New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion spotted a blue object, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said on its Twitter feed.

    None was seen again on subsequent passes and none was distinctive of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, ASMA added.

    Earlier, Malaysia said new satellite images had revealed 122 objects in the search zone that could be debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

    MH370 Sightings in the Indian Ocean

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  46. Black Box Detector Arrives from U.S. to Aid Missing Jet Search

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/black-box-detector-arrives-u-s-aid-missing-jet-search-n62351

    Specialist American equipment designed to detect black box signals arrived in Australia on Wednesday to aid in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

    The TPL-25 is towed behind a ship at a speed of three miles per hour, at around 1000 feet off the sea floor. It has highly sensitive listening capability and can pick up the pings from a black box from up to about 20,000 feet, Cmdr. Chris Budde said in a statement Tuesday.

    It will be fitted to an Australian vessel called the Ocean Shield, which is due to arrive in Perth on Friday.

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  47. MH370: Satellite Images Show Up to 122 ‘Potential Objects’

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/mh370-satellite-images-show-122-potential-objects-n62356

    Satellite images taken on Sunday show 122 “potential objects” in the search for debris from missing flight MH370, Malaysian investigators said Wednesday.

    Analysis of the images, which were supplied by France-based aeronautical firm Airbus Defence, revealed objects in the southern Indian Ocean around 1,588 miles from Perth, Australia – close to where other objects were previously seen.

    MH370 SATELLITE IMAGES

    A graphic showing the location of unknown objects on satellite images dated March 23, 2014, processed by the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) and released by the Malaysian government on March 26.

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  49. Families Deserve Fair Payout From $1.5 Billion Policy: Lawyer

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/families-deserve-fair-payout-1-5-billion-policy-lawyer-n61321

    LONDON — The families of those aboard missing Flight 370 deserve a fair payout from the $1.5 billion insurance policy held by Malaysia Airlines for their “appalling treatment,” a London lawyer representing some of them said Tuesday.

    “We’ll be giving advice to the families on what is best for their individual circumstances,” said James Healy-Pratt, a partner at Stewart’s Law LLP. He is representing families from a number of countries.

    The most important thing was to get to the truth by conducting a thorough investigation, preventing future accidents and fair and equal treatment for each of the families, added the former helicopter pilot-turned legal eagle, who also worked with the families of passengers on the doomed Air France flight that vanished in 2009 over the Atlantic Ocean.

    It was also “unacceptable” that the missing plane was not equipped with an upgraded communications pack, “which would have told everyone far more precise data on where the aircraft was,” he said, adding that many airlines had chosen to spend the modest upgrade fee on this device.

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    Come on Malaysia. Pay these families for all the pain, sufferings and agony they’re STILL enduring. You’ve got a 1.5 billion dollar policy. Compensate these families for their loss FAIRLY!

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  51. Here we go… Malaysia Airlines press conference

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  52. Here we go, Australia’s Defense Minister speaking…

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  54. Upcoming Malaysian Airlines press conference at 12:30am est here in the US & 12:30pm in Kuala Lumpur.

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  55. Ametia says:

    Salam buat seluruh keluarga Wan Swaid………
    Hati saya luluh bila mendapat tahu beliau adalah salah sorang kabin krew..
    setelah lebih dari 20 tahun terputus hubungan ini satu berita yang sukar d telan….beliau adalah rakan baik saya
    semasa sama sama belajar d NPC Restaurant Service in 1990-1991…
    I miss u Bro

    Greetings for the whole family Wan Swaid ………
    My heart melts when she learned she was one of the cabin crew alone ..
    after more than 20 years cut off from this one d swallow hard news …. he is my best friend
    while the same alike learn d NPC Restaurant Service in 1990-1991 …
    I miss u bro

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    • Ametia says:

      This might sound foolish, but NO WAY IN HELL would I give up the search for my family member (s) They’d have to bring me a shoe, something from the Indian Ocean that I could identify as belonging to, or a part of my peeps.

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  57. U.S. sending undersea drone in hunt for Malaysian jetliner

    The Bluefin drone

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/03/us-sends-underwater-drone-to-australia-for-plane-search-just-in-case/

    The United States is sending an underwater drone and a pinger locator to Australia in case a debris field is found for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, military officials said today.

    Malaysia’s government asked the Pentagon on Friday to provide underwater surveillance technologies that could be used to help find the missing airliner.

    U.S. Pacific Command is sending a Towed Pinger Locator (TPL-25) that would be able to find the plane’s black box if a debris field is found, officials said. The device can listen for pings emitted from a plane’s black box located as deep as 20,000 feet. The pinger locator was used in the recovery efforts for the Air France jetliner that went down in the Atlantic in 2009.

    The Pentagon is also sending a Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle to Australia. The Navy uses underwater drones primarily to detect underwater mines, but the Bluefin is used for deep diving scenarios.

    At a Pentagon news conference, Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby described the Bluefin as basically an underwater unmanned vehicle “that has side-scanning sonar and what we call a multibeam echo sounder.”

    He said it is capable of operating at a depth of 14,700 feet and would be useful in distinguishing objects strewn in an underwater debris field should one be found.

    Kirby emphasized that the equipment being sent to Australia as a precaution and should not be interpreted as a sign that a debris field has been found.

    “We don’t have a debris field that we can go look for specifically. We don’t have anything to indicate where the aircraft is or even that it is down at the bottom of the ocean,” he said.

    U.S. Pacific Command’s Admiral Sam Locklear made a “very prudent and wise decision to move the equipment that could be useful should a debris field be found or should we think we can get close to where the black box may be,” Kirby said.

    He added that Locklear felt the equipment should get underway now to speed up the search of a debris field if one is found.

    Both devices will be placed aboard the Australian commercial ship “Seahorse Standard” should they have to go out to sea.

    The equipment left New York’s JFK International Airport this afternoon and would arrive in Perth sometime Tuesday.

    Traveling along with the equipment will be two U.S. personnel, another eight will link with the gear in Perth to prepare the equipment should it be needed.

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  58. Ametia says:

    Chics Politico stands with and prays for and with the family members of the deceased MH370.

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  59. Relatives break down on hearing news about Flight MH370

    http://www.firstpost.com/world/live-flight-mh370-ended-in-the-southern-indian-ocean-says-malaysia-pm-1424627.html

    Women shrieked and sobbed uncontrollably. Men and women held up their loved ones who were nearly collapsing. Their grief came pouring out after 17 days of waiting for some definitive word on the fate of their relatives aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

    Relatives of passengers in Beijing had been called to a hotel near the airport to hear the announcement. Afterward, they filed out of a conference room in heart-wrenching grief.

    Associated Press reported that one woman collapsed and fell on her knees, crying “My son! My son!”

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    *weeps*

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  60. MH370 crash: Smaller area needed before underwater search begins, says BEA

    http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/25/MH370-BEA-underwater-search/

    PETALING JAYA: The vast area being searched for the missing MH370 makes an undersea search unfeasible, and can only be done if the search area is smaller.

    In a statement on its website, the French BEA (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses) accident investigation service said that the current surface sea search area was too large.

    “Such a vast area does not, at present, make it feasible to conduct undersea searches,” it said.

    “An undersea phase to localise the aeroplane from flight MH370 could only be launched if the operations under way today enable a more limited search area to be defined than the current search areas.”

    It also said the three BEA officials sent here to help authorities with the search had already left the country.

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  61. CarolMaeWY says:

    May they rest in peace and may there families find peace.

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    • CarolMae, with everything in me, I so wanted authorities to find everyone alive. I thought if the plane was hijacked there was the possibility they’d still be alive. This is so incredibly sad. I hurt for the families.

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      • CarolMaeWY says:

        It is very sad. I hope the families can now find peace. It will be a long journey for them. Hopefully the news media will let them grieve in private.

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  62. MH370 “LIVE” UPDATES : Hisham: The search for MH370 will continue.

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  64. Why Ferrari should’ve moved, not grieving families of MH370

    http://www.firstpost.com/world/why-ferrari-shouldve-moved-not-grieving-families-of-mh370-1448149.html

    Shortly after news broke of the missing jet, the Malaysian government was criticised for their handling of the apparent tragedy, particularly by bereaved relatives who have been staying at Cyberview Hotel in Kuala Lumpur for more than two weeks as they wait for any scraps of news they can get.

    Until today.

    With less than a week to go for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the grieving relatives have been unceremoniously booted out of the hotel to make room for Ferrari’s drivers and engineers who have started to arrive for the race on 30 March.

    While Ferrari chose not to comment when contacted by NBC, Formula 1’s top boss Bernie Ecclestone said: “I feel terribly, terribly sorry for these people, but it is up to the hotel. What would happen if you told somebody that they no longer had a booking? You would get sued, I’d imagine.”

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    GASP! I know darn well Malaysia authorities didn’t give this news just to get the families booted from the hotel? Say it ain’t so? And what kind of response is that from Bernie Ecclestone about families suffering a monumental tragedy?

    COMPUTER SLAP

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  65. Daughter of MH370’s chief steward grieves on Twitter

    Miss Maira Elizabeth Nari1

    http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/missing-mas-plane/story/daughter-mh370s-chief-steward-grieves-twitter-20140324

    PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Ms Maira Elizabeth Nari, the daughter of Mr Andrew Nari, the chief steward of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, has taken to Twitter after Prime Minister Najib Razak’s confirmation that the Boeing 777 had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

    Ms Maira, who tweets under the handle @Gorgxous, said: “I just don’t know what to say about it. :’). God loves you more, daddy…. God loves them more. :’)”

    Her Twitter account had drawn considerable support ever since she took to Twitter to express her hope that MH370 would return with its passengers and crew since it disappeared 17 days ago.

    Last Wednesday, Maira wrote in a tweet that she would not be collecting her SPM (the equivalent of GCE O-level) examination transcript the following day.

    She said: “SPM results is coming out tomorrow, and was hoping that he’ll be back by then. But, that’s alright. He’s with me through my heart, & faith.”

    Earlier tweets referring to her father’s support for his favourite football club, Liverpool, were met with sympathy and support from the club itself.

    “Daddy, Liverpool is winning the game. Come home, so you can watch the game! You never miss watching the game. It’s your very first time,” she wrote.

    A follower replied: “Just to let you know that we are thinking of your father and all those still missing from flight #MH370. Be strong. YNWA.”

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  66. RSCU74 is the US Navy P-8 Poseidon heading towards MH370 search zone

    http://planefinder.net/

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  68. Malaysian families in denial over fate of MH370

    http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/missing-mas-plane/story/malaysian-families-denial-over-fate-mh370-20140324

    KUALA LUMPUR – Many Malaysian families remain in denial following Prime Minister Najib Razak’s confirmation that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had ended its journey in the Indian Ocean.

    Many told The Straits Times that nothing was confirmed.

    “Did PM say the plane crashed into the sea?” one relative asked.

    Another heartbroken family member was Mr Selamat Umar, 60, whose son was abroad the plane. He had remained positive throughout the 17-day search, telling the media periodically that he believed the plane was hijacked and remained hopeful that his son would eventually return.

    But following Mr Najib’s announcement, he said he needed time to come to terms with the latest news and could only speak to reporters later tonight.

    The 60-year-old then asked to watch a repeat of the telecast, in which Mr Najib said flight MH370 had ended in the southern Indian Ocean, a remote location, “far from any possible landing sites”, according to new satellite analysis from Britain.

    Mr Chng, 37, whose sister Chng Meiling was on the ill-fated flight, broke down upon hearing the news.

    “It’s impossible the plane would have ended there. There’s no logic! Why would it go there?” He told The Straits Times over the phone from his home in Sungai Petani. He had left the hotel last Saturday.

    “My sister shouldn’t have been on that plane!”

    He added that he would drive to Kuala Lumpur and head to Australia soonest possible.

    The sister of another passenger Mr Teoh Kim Lun cried when speaking to The Straits Times over the phone.

    “We have all been hoping that the plane was not in the southern Indian Ocean.”

    Her brother leaves behind a wife and a child who is turning two this year.

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  75. I’m so sorry! So very sorry for the families.

    *tears*

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