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MH370 lost, plane went down in Indian Ocean, no survivors – Malaysia Airlines

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Malaysian airlines have announced beyond any reasonable doubt that flight MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived.

The airline has informed the relatives of those on board the doomed flight that the plane is “lost” with no survivors.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has made an announcement, saying “It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

The Boeing 777-200 disappeared from civilian radar screens on the night of the March 8 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board, en route for Beijing.

There were reports that military radar picked up an unidentified plane, after the stricken jet lost contact with air traffic controllers, which had made a sharp turn as well as descending to a much lower altitude before heading out into the Indian Ocean.

There have been no confirmed sightings of the plane or any debris that can be conclusively linked to it after an international search that has lasted two weeks. The search over the Indian Ocean entered its fifth day on Monday.

The UK Air Accidents Investigations Branch told the Malaysian authorities that the planes final location was above the southern Indian Ocean.

By this he meant satellite data automatically sent by the stricken plane, concluded that the flight ended in an air corridor over the southern Indian Ocean.

“We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles guiding this information.”

A crewman of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft looks at a screen while searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean March 24, 2014.

A crewman of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft looks at a screen while searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean March 24, 2014.

His somber announcement comes just a few hours after the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot said that an Australian navy plane searching the area had spotted debris floating in the sea and that a ship from the Australian navy, HMAS Success, was just a few hours away and would hopefully be able to identify the floating objects.

Many theories have been put forward by a range of experts on what could have happened to the missing plane. One of the most convincing was by a Canadian pilot, Christopher Goodfellow, who said there may have been an electrical fire on board, which would have disabled many of the plane systems, although not all of them.

The pilots would have dropped altitude quickly and changed course to try and land the crippled plane at the nearest available airport, but before they could do this they and everybody else on board would have been overcome by smoke inhalation, while the plane flew on auto pilot before running out of fuel over the Indian Ocean.

Also earlier today a Chinese plane sighted objects in the search area, but different to those seen by the Australian air crew.

Three areas were identified for operations on Monday, totaling 20,000 square nautical miles with 10 aircraft being used.

While Australia is currently the only country to have a ship in the area, a number of Chinese vessels will arrive on Tuesday together with a further three aircraft – two from Japan and one from the UAE.

While 6 Malaysian ships are in the north part of the southern corridor and HMS Echo, a British survey ship, is in the Maldives refueling and will sail to the southern corridor on Monday evening.

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​Missing Malaysia Airlines plane was programmed to divert just before signoff – report

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Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 changed direction at least 12 minutes before its co-pilot signed off, sources told NBC News. The diversion was based on a programming command to the plane’s cockpit computer used to guide the flight plan.

Follow RT’s live updates as the missing Malaysian flight saga continues to unfold

The direction change occurred prior to co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid saying, “All right, good night,” to air traffic controllers, the sources said. .

If true, the theory supports the belief of investigators – first voiced by Malaysian officials – that the flight was deliberately diverted. The New York Times  reported as much late on Monday, adding that it was not clear whether the system was reprogrammed before or after takeoff.

Yet for a Flight Management System (FMS) to contain multiple flight routes is routine, NBC News analyst Greg Feith said.

“Some pilots program an alternate flight plan in the event of an emergency,” said Feith, a former US National Transportation Safety Board crash investigator.

“We don’t know if this was an alternate plan to go back to Kuala Lumpur or if this was to take the plane from some place other than Beijing,” where the flight was due land, Feith said.

The plane was last detected by Malaysian military radar in the Strait of Malacca, south of Phuket Island, Thailand, hundreds of miles off course.

Authorities said Saturday that MH370 diverted from its path to Beijing because of “deliberate action by someone on the plane.”

Navigational instructions logged in the FMS changed the plane’s path, according to reports. The FMS transmits data to the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) that in turn sends information to the airline.

Malaysian officials believe MH370’s ACARS was still functioning when the plane’s co-pilot spoke the last words heard by ground control.

Yet MH370’s ACARS lost function around the same time that oral radio contact was cut off and as the airplane’s transponder halted, the Times reported.

Investigators are combing over radar tapes from MH370’s departure, believing the recordings would show that after the plane changed its path, it went through several pre-ordained “waypoints,” or markers in the sky. That would implicate that a knowledgeable pilot was controlling MH370 as it went through those points, as passing through them without a computer is not likely.

Meanwhile, in a press briefing on Tuesday that included little new information on the missing flight, Malaysian authorities said search efforts continue.

They defended their handling of search operations, as some missing passengers’ relatives have threatened to take part in a hunger strike for more information.

“We are doing all that we can to ensure that we are giving sufficient assistance, information and care to all the family members in Beijing,” said Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, chief executive of Malaysia Airlines.

Malaysian government officials asked the countries assisting in the search, including China and the US, to recheck their radars for any more information.

“The only one out in the open is Malaysia,” acting transport minister Hishamuddin Hussein told reporters on Tuesday, suggesting that Malaysia has been the most transparent in the search.

RT News.

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MH370’s endless enigma : Nine things to know about the international effort to find missing Malaysia Airlines jet

A handout picture made available by the US Navy on 17 March 2014 shows sailors inspecting the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Kidd at sea in the Indian Ocean, 16 March 2014. Photo: US Navy/EPA

A handout picture made available by the US Navy on 17 March 2014 shows sailors inspecting the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Kidd at sea in the Indian Ocean, 16 March 2014. Photo: US Navy/EPA

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 moved into the northern and southern hemispheres as Day 10 of rescue efforts still found no clue as to the whereabouts of the vanished jet. Here’s nine things to know about the international effort to locate the plane.

SYSTEM SHUTDOWN

Malaysian authorities have been criticized for giving contradictory accounts over aspects of the investigation into the disappearance of Flight MH370. Authorities have now added to the confusion surrounding a key communications system. On Sunday, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the aircraft’s communications addressing and reporting system (ACARS) had been “disabled” at 1:07 a.m. on March 8. This was before co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid gave the last verbal message from the plane — “All right, good night” — to ground controllers and would have been the clearest indication yet of something amiss in the cockpit before it went off course.

Journalists stand outside the home of Fariq Abdul Hamid, the co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: AP

Journalists stand outside the home of Fariq Abdul Hamid, the co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: AP

But Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, chief executive of Malaysia Airlines, clarified at a news conference Monday the communications system had worked normally at 1:07 a.m., then failed to send its next regularly scheduled update at 1:37 a.m. “We don’t know when the ACARS system was switched off,” he said. In response, Hishammuddin waved off numerous questions about why he had said a day earlier CARS had been disabled at 1:07 a.m. “What I said yesterday was based on fact, corroborated and verified,” he said.

MORE QUESTIONS

The new description of what happened to the ACARS system appeared to reopen the possibility the aircraft was operating normally until a transponder ceased sending signals two minutes after its last radio message at 1:19 a.m. The new uncertainty could raise additional questions about whether the plane was deliberately diverted or suffered mechanical or electrical difficulties that crippled its communications and resulted in it flying an aberrant course that involved turning around, heading back over peninsular Malaysia, while rising and falling rapidly, and finally flying out over the Strait of Malacca to an unknown location.

The Malaysian Navy ship KD Kasturi arrives at the Kuantan Naval Base to refuel and restock on March 15, 2014 in Kuantan, Malaysia.

STILL HOPE

Hishammuddin said finding the plane was still the main focus and he did not rule out finding it intact. “The fact that there was no distress signal, no ransom notes, no parties claiming responsibility, there is always hope,” he said. Investigators have not ruled out hijacking, sabotage, pilot suicide or mass murder. They are checking the backgrounds of all 227 passengers and 12 crew, as well as the ground crew, to see if links to terrorists, personal problems or psychological issues could be factors.

SEARCH TEAMS

Malaysia’s government sent out diplomatic cables to all countries in the search area, seeking more planes and ships for the search, as well as to ask for any radar data that might help narrow the task. About 26 countries are involved in the search, which initially focused on seas on either side of peninsular Malaysia, in the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca. China, where most of the passengers were from, is providing several planes and 21 satellites.

FRENCH HELP

French investigators have arrived in Kuala Lumpur to lend expertise garnered in the two-year search for an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. In that case, they were able to rely on distress signals. But that vital tool is missing in the Malaysia Airlines mystery because Flight 370’s communications were deliberately severed before its disappearance, investigators say. “It’s very different from the Air France case. The Malaysian situation is much more difficult,” said Jean Paul Troadec, a special advisor to France’s aviation accident investigation bureau.

ITEMS SEIZED

Malaysian police confiscated a flight simulator from the pilot’s home Saturday and also searched the home of the co-pilot in what Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar initially said was the first police visits to those homes. But the government issued a statement Monday contradicting that account by saying police first visited the pilots’ homes as early as March 9, the day after the flight.

MOVING HAYSTACK

The search area for Flight MH370 is now up to about 80 million square kilometres, according to several estimates. The leader of one of the Malaysia search missions, Captain Fareq Hassan, said: “This is not just a needle in a haystack, it’s a haystack that gets bigger and shifts under us, due to the [ocean’s] drift.”

AVOIDING RADAR

Malaysia’s [ital]New Straits Times[endital] reported investigators were considering the possibility the Boeing 777 dropped to 1,500 metres or possibly even lower to avoid detection by radar. It said the plane “had flown low and used ‘terrain masking’ during most of the eight hours it was missing from the radar coverage of possibly at least three countries.” One official told the paper, “It’s possible that the aircraft had hugged the terrain in some areas, that are mountainous to avoid radar detection.” There was no official comment on the report.

NO SERVICE

Passengers on MH370 probably didn’t have any service on their phones to call or text, say experts. Ted Lennox, president of LPS Avia Consulting, an Ottawa company that does aviation and airport planning, suggested the plane could have been out of reach of cellphone towers. The unavailability of a co-operating carrier could also have played a role in why passengers didn’t send texts or calls. Their cellphones, which were likely on a Malaysian carrier, might not have been able to connect to carriers in countries the plane passed over.

via MH370’s endless enigma: Nine things to know about the international effort to find missing Malaysia Airlines jet | National Post.

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Missing Malaysia plane : Investigators study pilots’ background

Malaysian police have searched the homes of the pilots of the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished eight days ago with 239 people on board.

The police are also reportedly looking at the family life and psychological state of pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27.

This comes after the authorities said the communications systems of the plane had been deliberately disabled.

The Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight is believed to have then changed course.

According to satellite evidence, the Boeing 777 could have continued flying for a further seven hours after its last radar contact, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

He added that the plane could be anywhere from Kazakhstan to the Indian Ocean.

Mr Razak stopped short of saying it was a hijacking, saying only that they were investigating “all possibilities”.

In a separate development, India on Sunday suspended its search for the plane around the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands and also in the Bay of Bengal.

Delhi said it acted at the request of the Malaysian authorities.

China – which had 153 citizens on board flight MH370 – has urged Malaysia to continue providing it with “thorough and exact information” on the search.

‘Elaborate suicide’

The Kuala Lumpur homes of Mr Zaharie and Mr Fariq were searched on Saturday, a senior police officer familiar with the investigation was quoted as saying by Reuters.

“We are not ruling out any sort of motivation at the moment,” the official said.

The authorities have so far released no new details on the pilots’ investigation.

However, nothing has been ruled in or out – so terrorism, piracy or even an elaborate suicide are all options now being considered, the BBC’s Jonah Fisher in Kuala Lumpur reports.

Mr Zaharie joined Malaysia Airlines more than 30 years ago, and was considered a very experience pilot.

Mr Fariq recently recently graduated to the cockpit of a Boeing 777. It is believed that he was considering marriage.

It was also reported that Mr Fariq had drawn scrutiny after he and another, unnamed pilot invited two female passengers to sit in the cockpit during a flight in 2011, according to the Associated Press.‘Two corridors’

The flight left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing at 00:40 local time (16:40 GMT) on 8 March and disappeared off air traffic controllers’ screens at about 01:20.

Mr Razak told a news conference on Saturday that new satellite evidence shows “with a high degree of certainty” that the one of the aircraft’s communications systems – the Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System – was disabled just before it had reached the east coast of Malaysia.

ACARS is a service that allows computers aboard the plane to “talk” to computers on the ground, relaying in-flight information about the health of its systems.

Shortly afterwards, near the cross-over point between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic controllers, the plane’s transponder – which emits an identifying signal – was switched off, he said.

According to a military radar, the aircraft then turned and flew back over Malaysia before heading in a north-west direction.

A satellite was able to pick up a signal from the plane until 08:11 local time – more than seven hours after it lost radar contact – although it was unable to give a precise location, Mr Razak said.

He went on to say that based on this new data, investigators “have determined the plane’s last communication with a satellite was in one of two possible corridors”:

  • a northern corridor stretching from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan through to northern Thailand
  • a southern corridor stretching from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean

The BBC’s Jonah Fisher in Kuala Lumpur says investigators will now focus on trying to obtain the radar data from any of the countries the Boeing 777 may have passed over.

This could include Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Pakistan.

Along with the Chinese passengers, there were 38 Malaysians and citizens of Iran, the US, Canada, Indonesia, Australia, India, France, New Zealand, Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan and the Netherlands on board.

An extensive search – involving 14 countries, 43 ships and 58 aircraft – since the plane disappeared has proved fruitless.

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