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Flight MH370 Live Blog

The search continues for the plane that went missing between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing with 239 people on board.


  • Malaysia plane search enters third week
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  • The hunt for the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has entered its third week, with the country asking the US to provide undersea surveillance technology and search efforts continuing thousands of kilometres off the coast of Australia.

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it would send six aircraft throughout the day on Saturday.

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  • Australia's deputy prime minister has said the search for Malaysian Flight MH370 would continue "indefinitely", insisting satellite images of two objects were still the best lead so far. 

    "It is a very remote area but we intend to continue the search until we are absolutely satisfied that further searching would be futile and that day is not in sight," he said outside the Pearce Air Force base in Perth on Friday. 

    "We will continue to liaise with our international allies but at this stage we are planning to continue indefinitely, although I recognise that there will come a time that when nothing is discovered a further appraisal will have to be made."

    "But we are not even thinking about that at the present time," he added. "There's no information that would lead us to not want to continue this search."

    Truss added that the search effort would be boosted on Sunday with the arrival of two Chinese planes and Japanese jets would join the hunt on Monday or Tuesday.

    [AFP]
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  • Police have been forced to intervene as relatives of Chinese passengers aboard vanished Flight MH370 rushed towards Malaysian officials at a Beijing hotel, demanding answers over the fate of their loved ones on Saturday. 

    [AFP]
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  • China's government has received satellite images of new possible debris from the missing plane, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has said.

    "The news that I just received is that the Chinese ambassador received satellite image of floating objects in the southern corridor and they will be sending ships to verify," Hishammuddin told a news briefing in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. 

    [Reuters/AFP] 
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  • A suspicious object spotted bya Chinese satellite was floating 120 km from possible debris announced by Australia in the search for a missing Malaysian jet, the official Xinhua news agency has said.

    "The location of the suspicious object is along the southern corridor missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 might have taken," it said on Saturday , adding the object was spotted on March 18, two days after the satellite image announced by Australia.

    [Reuters] 
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  • A Chinese satellite has spotted another floating object, close to the area where ships and planes are looking for wreckage from Malaysia's missing plane.

    It measures about 22.5 metres by 13 metres, according to China's government, which says the image was taken on Tuesday.

    The location is 120 kilometres away from where a satellite earlier photographed other debris - in the Indian Ocean off Australia's south-west coast.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Perth.

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  • Search to resume on Sunday for flight MH370

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has released a statement saying the search operation for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has concluded for today:

    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, 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 search area experienced good weather conditions on Saturday with visibility of around 10 kilometres and moderate seas.

    The search will resume tomorrow and further attempts will be made to establish whether the objects sighted are related to MH370.

    This evening China provided a satellite image to Australia possibly showing a 22.5 metre floating object in the southern Indian Ocean. AMSA has plotted the position and it falls within Saturday’s search area. 

    The object was not sighted on Saturday.

    AMSA will take this information into account in tomorrow’s search plans.
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  • A crew member aboard a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion uses binoculars as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370
    [Reuters] 

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  • Australia's prime minister has expressed hope in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, after debris was spotted that is consistent with satellite images released by China.

    Tony Abbott voiced confidence in the search effort on Sunday after unidentified debris was seen by air observers on a civil aircraft during Saturday's mission.

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  • Australia expresses hope in hunt for MH370
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    "It's still too early to be definite, but obviously we have now had a number of very credible leads and there is increasing hope - no more than hope, no more than hope - that we might be on the road to discovering what did happen to this ill-fated aircraft," said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
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  • Critics say disorganised search effort of missing Malaysian passenger aircraft highlights how Asian neighbours do not cooperate enough.

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  • Malaysian plane drama fuels aviation security rethink

    As the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 enters a third week, the piecemeal returns from one of the most intense, international searches in living memory have delivered a public and institutional shock that could force a major rethink about aviation security.

    "There's no doubt that what has gone on is one of the greatest mysteries of modern aviation and it will have an impact on the global aviation and airline industry," Jonathan Galaviz, partner at the US-based travel and aviation  consultancy firm Global Market Advisors, told AFP news agency.

    "I expect there will be a real examination of the kind of recording technology we have right now in airplanes, a debate on how they are designed and how long they can last," Galaviz said.

    "There will also be discussion about live satellite streaming of such data so that it can constantly be monitored," he added. [AFP]
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  • Japan redeploys planes to Australia for MH370 search

    Japan's Self Defence Force (SDF) has redeployed two search aircraft from Malaysia to Australia to join the international hunt for missing flight MH370.

    Two P3C surveillance aircraft left Malaysia's Subang airbase on Sunday morning and are due to arrive in Perth before dark.

    On Saturday, China released satellite images that showed what could be debris within a search area deep in the southern Indian Ocean.

    An international force resumed its search efforts on Sunday, zeroing in on two areas some 2,500-km southwest of Perth.

    "We are very worried about MH370 - it is a very unique case, never before seen by the world and presents a new challenge for the safety of everyone on the planet. It is for that very reason that this calls for the cooperation of the world, in particular the countries of this region," Japan's Ambassador to Malaysia, Makio Miyagawa, said. [Reuters]
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  • Malaysian journalist Trinna Leong, who is reporting from Kuala Lumpur, reflects on the ongoing news coverage of the missing Malaysian airliner:

    Interest in the MH370 story is dying down. Foreign media outlets are all pulling out as the press room becomes more vacant.  

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  • Planes and ships involved in Malaysia jet search

    An intense search is underway in the southern Indian Ocean for signs of possible debris from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8. 

    Here is a list of the countries taking part and what they have sent to help the search overseen by Australia from a military base near the southwestern city of Perth.

    AUSTRALIA: Two military P3 Orion planes; four non-military jets; the navy supply ship HMAS Success.

    CHINA: Two Ilyushin IL-76 planes; warships Kunlunshan, Haikou and Qiandaohu; icebreaker Snow dragon.

    JAPAN:  Two P3 Orion planes.

    NEW ZEALAND: One military P3 Orion plane.

    UNITED STATES: One military P8 Poseidon plane. [AP]
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  • Tributes for the missing Malaysian plane and the 239 people on board.
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    Where are you #mh370, please come back, #oneworld now waiting you. #prayformh370
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  • More details revealed on possible debris captured by French satellites

    A Malaysian official involved in the search mission said the French satellite image was captured on Friday and was about 930 kilometers north from where the Chinese and Australian objects were seen.

    The official, who declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said on Sunday that one of the objects was estimated to be about the same size as an object captured Tuesday by the Chinese satellite that appeared to be 22 meters by 13 meters.
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  • Australia's Monday deployment plan for MH370


    Ten aircraft will be involved in Monday's search for the Missing Malaysian Airlines plane, according to Australia's Maritime Safety Authority.

    The search will include the following planes:

    - Two Chinese military aircraft 
    - Two RAAF P3 Orion
    - Three ultra-long range civil jets
    - A US Navy P8 Poseidon
    - Two Japanese P3 Orion 

    The planes will be deployed between 8:45am and 4:00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

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  • Bad weather could hamper Monday's search efforts

    Rain is expected to hamper Monday's hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as a growing number of planes focus on an expanded area of the south Indian Ocean where French radar has detected potential debris [AP] 

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  • The mystery of MH370

    How can a modern airliner with 239 people on board simply disappear? Al Jazeera's Jane Dutton speaks to Mike Daniel, managing director of Aviation Insight, a licensed pilot and former accident investigator; Chris Yates, an aviation security and safety consultant; and David Tang, a solicitor and specialist in Aviation Law, who is representing families of passengers on board the Malaysia Airlines flight.

    The mystery of flight MH370
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  • 'Suspicious objects' spotted by China:

    Chinese aircrew have spotted "suspicious objects" in the southern Indian Ocean in the search for vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday. 

    It gave no immediate further details, but an earlier Xinhua report said a Chinese military plane set off early on Monday from the western Australian city of Perth to seek "suspicious debris" floating in the remote waters captured by satellite imagery.

    [AFP]

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  • A US search plane has been unable to find "suspicious objects" spotted by Chinese aircrew searching for vanished Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, Australian authorities said on Monday.

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said on Twitter that a US Navy P8 Poseidon was "unable to relocate" objects first spotted earlier Monday by a Chinese Ilyushin-76 search plane.

    Searchers had used drift modelling to try to pinpoint the objects' location, it added.

    China's official Xinhua news agency said earlier that the Chinese aircrew had sighted "two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometres".

    The larger objects were "white and square", it added, saying that the crew had reported the coordinates -- 95.1113 degrees east and 42.5453 south -- to the Australian command centre and the Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, which was on its way to the area.

    China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei pointed out: "As for now it is yet to be verified whether or not this floating object is related to the missing aircraft. 

    "Three Chinese naval vessels and the scientific research vessel Xuelong are expected to arrive in the relevant waters tomorrow or the day after tomorrow for the search," he added. 

    According to Xinhua, two Chinese planes that had been searching the area were returning to Perth, and the crew had asked Australia to send more aircraft to the area.

    [AFP]
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  • An Australian plane spotted two objects in the search for the missing jet in the southern Indian Ocean and was sending a ship to investigate, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday, with Malaysian authorities saying they could be reached "within hours".

    "The crew on board the Orion reported seeing two objects, the first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object," Abbott told parliament on Monday evening.

    They are different to the pieces seen by a Chinese plane earlier in the day and were located by an Australian RAAF P3 Orion about 2,500km southwest of Perth.

    The HMAS Success, which has a crane capable of retrieving any wreckage, was in the area and attempting to recover the objects.

    "HMAS Success is in the vicinity and it is possible that the objects could be received within the next few hours, or by tomorrow morning at the latest," Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a press conference in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

    Abbott said a US Navy Poseidon, a second Royal Australian Orion and a Japanese Orion are also en route to the area. 

    "I caution again ... that we don't know whether any of these objects are from MH370, they could be flotsam," he said.

    "Nevertheless we are hopeful that we can recover these objects soon and they will take us a step closer to resolving this tragic mystery."

    [AFP]

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  • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to hold press conference at 1400GMT on new developments on the missing plane, according The Star newspaper.
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  • Malaysian authorities are briefing families of passengers on missing MH370 jetliner before an announcement due by Prime Minister Najib Razak just minutes away, a government official said.

    [Reuters]
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  • BREAKING NEWS: Malaysian Prime Minister says missing flight MH370 jetliner likely crashed in Indian ocean west of Perth.

    Najib Razak said families of passengers on the plane have been informed.
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  • Press statement by PM Najib Razak on MH370:

    "This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. 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 and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

    "This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

    "We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

    "Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time. "
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  • Media statement by Malaysia Airlines

    Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, new analysis of satellite data suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.

    On behalf of all of us at Malaysia Airlines and all Malaysians, our prayers go out to all the loved ones of the 226 passengers and of our 13 friends and colleagues at this enormously painful time.

    We know there are no words that we or anyone else can say which can ease your pain. We will continue to provide assistance and support to you, as we have done since MH370 first disappeared in the early hours of 8 March, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

    The ongoing multinational search operation will continue, as we seek answers to the questions which remain. Alongside the search for MH370, there is an intensive investigation, which we hope will also provide answers.

    We would like to assure you that Malaysia Airlines will continue to give you our full support throughout the difficult weeks and months ahead.

    Once again, we humbly offer our sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.
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  • After 17 days of searching for missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the country's officials said an analysis of satellite data points to a "heartbreaking" conclusion: Flight 370 met its end in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, and none of those aboard survived.

    Prime Minister Najib Razak said analysis showed that the missing plane, which took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early on March 8, veered "to a remote location, far from any possible landing sites."

    "It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,'' he said.

    Officials said they concluded that the flight had been lost in the deep waters west of Perth, Australia, based on more thorough analysis of the brief signals the plane sent every hour to a satellite belonging to Inmarsat, a British company, even after other communication systems on the jetliner shut down.
    [Associated Press]
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  • Families told missing Malaysia plane lost in Indian Ocean
    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube

    Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has informed the families of those missing on flight MH370 that the plane likely crashed in the Indian Ocean west of Australia. 

    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 diasppeared less than an hour after take-off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. 

    No confirmed sighting of the plane has been made, but debris has been found in remote waters off Australia which might be part of the missing plane. 

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from the Southern Indian Ocean.
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  • Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said on Tuesday he would decide later whether to resign, with the search continuing for one of the airline's planes which is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

    He was asked at a news conference whether he would resign following the disappearance of Flight MH370.

    [Reuters]
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  • Relatives of Chinese passengers on board Flight MH370 scuffled with security personnel as they descended on Malaysia's embassy in a rare protest, weeping as they demanded answers on the crashed plane.

    The Malaysian government and Malaysia Airlines have been criticised on social media platforms, especially in China, over the lack of physical evidence to support the Prime Minister Najib Razak's somber announcement. 

    Meanwhile, search parties will continue the search for debris with sophisticated devices. However, bad weather had grounded the Chinese and US military at Perth airport on Tuesday.

    While finding the black boxes - a digital flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder - are key for investigators to determine the cause of the plane's mysterious crash after veering off-route, they will only continue emitting signals for up to 30 days after a crash.

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    [Reuters] 
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  • China has demanded that Malaysia turn over the satellite data used to conclude that that Flight MH370 had crashed in the Indian Ocean. 

    Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng told Malaysia's ambassador to Beijing late Monday that China wanted to know exactly what led Najib to announce that the plane had been lost, a statement on the ministry's website said.

    The conclusions were based on a more thorough analysis of the brief signals the plane sent every hour to a satellite belonging to Inmarsat, a British company, even after other communication systems on the jetliner shut down for unknown reasons.

    [AP]
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  • In a statement on Tuesday, Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, addressed some of the concerns that arose after the Prime Minister's statement yesterday:

    Our sole and only motivation last night was to ensure that in the incredibly short amount of time available to us, the families heard the tragic news before the world did. Wherever humanly possible, we did so in person with the families or by telephone, using SMS only as an additional means of ensuring fully that the nearly 1,000 family members heard the news from us and not from the media.

    Ever since the disappearance of Flight MH370 Malaysia Airlines’ focus has been to comfort and support the families of those involved and support the multi-national search effort. We will continue to do this, while we also continue to support the work of the investigating authorities in the Southern Indian Ocean.

    In the meantime, Malaysia Airlines’ overwhelming focus will be the same as it has been from the outset – to provide the families with a comprehensive support programme. Through a network of over 700 dedicated caregivers, the loved ones of those on board have been provided with two dedicated caregivers for each family, providing care, support and counsel. We are now supporting over 900 people under this programme and in the last 72 hours, we have trained an additional 40 caregivers to ensure the families have access to round-the-clock support.

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  • In a press briefing on Monday, Malaysia defence and acting minister of transport, Hishammuddin Hussein, said his country is now focused on narrowing the search area, adding the challenge to finding the ill-fated jetliner is "primarily technical and logistical."

    "As the search area has narrowed, new challenges have arisen, including managing resources in a remote search and rescue effort." he added.
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  • Dozens of distraught relatives of passengers on missing Malaysia flight 370 clashed with police in Beijing on Tuesday, accusing Malaysia of "delays and deception" a day after it confirmed the plane crashed in remote seas off Australia.

    Nearly 100 relatives and their supporters marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, where they threw plastic water bottles and tried to rush the gate, chanting "Liars!"

    Many wore white T-shirts that read "Let's pray for MH370." They held banners and shouted, "Tell the truth! Return our relatives!" briefly scuffling with police.

    In a statement of support for the families, Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered a special envoy, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, to Kuala Lumpur to deal with the case.
    [Agencies]
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  • Struggling Malaysian Airline may need government bailout 

    Malaysian Airline System (MAS) may need another financial rescue from state investor Khazanah Nasional Bhd, its majority shareholder.

    Southeast Asia's fourth-largest airline by market value, MAS, has had negative operating cash flow for three years, which means it is not generating enough cash to meet its day-to-day operating costs.

    The flag carrier's cash and short-term investments at the end of December were close to $1.2 billion, less than its average operating costs of the two previous quarters, a signal that it may soon need fresh funding or bank loans.

    No one has yet calculated the cost to the airline of the lost plane, which is now assumed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean earlier this month with 239 passengers and crew on board.
    [Reuters]
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