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Breaking: Malaysia Airlines loses contact with passenger jet

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    Malaysia Airlines loses contact with passenger jet

    By Tom Watkins and Chelsea Carter, CNN
    updated 8:03 PM EST, Fri March 7, 2014

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    Airline loses contact with plan
    STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    • Flight was carrying 239 people, including 2 infants
    • The Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing
    • Search-and-rescue team has been activated



    (CNN) -- A passenger flight carrying 239 people en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing is missing, Malaysia Airlines said Saturday.

    The airline said in a statement that Subang Air Traffic Control in Malaysia lost contact with Flight MH370 at 2:40 a.m. (1:40 p.m. ET Friday).

    The Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur for Beijing at 12:41 a.m.

    The Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometer) trip.

    It was carrying 227 passengers, two of them infants, and 12 crew members, it said.

    "Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft," the statement said. The public can call +603 7884 1234 for further information.

    The airline operates in Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and on the route between Europe and Australasia.

    The airline's roots date back to 1937, when it operated passenger and cargo flights in Malaysia.

    In April 1942, it was incorporated as Malaysia Airways Limited; it later became Malaysia Airlines.

    The airline has its headquarters and registered office at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Malaysia, and its main airline hub is at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, according to itswebsite.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/07/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane-missing/index.html

     
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    Anyone come across anything new on the plane? I assume the most likely is what we all hope isn't true? Not looking good.
     
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    Fox Snewz TV is till waiting on an update from the airline.
     
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    It would be very strange for a 777 to just explode while humming along at 35,000 feet. It's too early to be sure yet, but the first thing that pops into my mind is that this plane was shot down.
     
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    Malaysia Airlines 3 and 2nd Media Statements

    Malaysia Airlines 4th Media Statement


    Malaysia Airlines Home Page


    Fox News Update

     
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    Approximate last known location.

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    [h=1]Asian Countries Pitch In to Search for Missing Malaysian Jet[/h][h=2]Flight 370 Was En Route to Beijing From Kuala Lumpur[/h] ByVu Trong Khanh,
    Gaurav Raghuvanshi and
    Celine Fernandez


    Updated March 8, 2014 6:10 a.m. ET





    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 239 people, has been missing since early Saturday morning after losing contact while somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam. The WSJ's Deborah Kan speaks to aviation analyst Shukor Yusof about the unlikely delay in locating the missing plane.





    Search and rescue crews from across Asia are scrambling to discover the fate of a Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people that disappeared in the early hours Saturday en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

    Authorities from Malaysia and Vietnam dispatched aircraft to scour the waters between the two countries for signs of flight MH370. The Philippines also said it would mobilize vessels to look for wreckage and survivors.



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    A passenger's relative cries Saturday at the Beijing Capital International Airport. Malaysia Airlines said it lost contact with one of its planes carrying 239 people to China. REUTERS





    Vietnamese state-run media earlier reported, citing the country's navy, that flight MH370 Kuala Lumpur to Beijing crashed into the sea.

    But the Vietnamese commander for the region, Navy Adm. Ngo Van Phat, said the location provided by state media was in fact the area where Malaysian authorities lost contact with the plane, and the precise location of the jet—and what happened to it—remain unknown. "We are standing by now, waiting for orders from our leaders to launch search and rescue operations," Adm. Phat told The Wall Street Journal. "We have been notified by Malaysian rescue authorities that the area is about 153 miles (283 kilometers) from Vietnam's Tho Chu island. That area will be accessed faster from Malaysia or Thailand."


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    Malaysian officials and Malaysia Airlines executives also say they have no information on the missing plane's location. Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also Malaysia's defense minister, said the country's navy, air force and army had been deployed to lead the search, including a C-130 Hercules aircraft.

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to hold a news conference later Saturday.



    The Boeing 777-200ER departed from Kuala Lumpur 12:41 a.m. local time with 227 passengers and 12 crew members and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., Malaysia Airlines said in a statement.

    Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a news conference that the airline lost contact with the aircraft between Malaysian and Vietnamese airspace and that there were no reports of bad weather along the route. Mr. Ahmad said the missing plane didn't send a distress signal and had enough fuel to fly an extra two hours.

    He said the missing flight's passengers include 154 Chinese and Taiwanese, 38 Malaysians and 12 Indonesians. Passengers from Australia, the U.S., France, Ukraine and Canada are also on board. Asked about the fate of the aircraft and passengers, Mr. Ahmad said: "I don't want to speculate as search and rescue is still ongoing."







    Family members of passengers on board MH370 eagerly await news of what happened to the Boeing 777-200ER en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. The WSJ's Wayne Ma tells us many of the passengers didn't find out the aircraft was missing until they went to the airport to pick up loved ones.





    The flight normally takes six hours, beginning over water before crossing Vietnam into southern China.

    Lai Xuan Thanh, chief of Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, told The Wall Street Journal that he feared the plane may have crashed in Vietnamese airspace. "We still need to confirm everything. [There were] no reports of bad weather in the region at the time of the signal loss," he said. Mr. Thanh added that Vietnam has sent two planes to join the search-and-rescue operations, and several navy vessels are standing by.

    A spokeswoman at Civil Aviation Administration of China said Malaysia Airlines notified it about the missing plane, adding that the aviation regulator activated emergency plans and requested that air-traffic control operations work closely with the airline and Malaysian authorities.
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    "We are all very worried. We hope everyone is safe," China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a news conference scheduled as part of an annual parliament meeting. "We're doing all we can to get more details."

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    A relative of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passenger is comforted at Beijing International Airport on Saturday. Feng Li/Getty Images




    Malaysia Airlines' Mr. Ahmad said Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the 53-year-old captain of the missing plane, had 18,365 hours of experience and joined the airline in 1981. His deputy is 27 years old and has more than 2,700 hours of flying experience.

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    Malaysia Airlines hasn't had any fatal accidents for the better part of two decades. In September 1995, a Malaysia Airlines Fokker 50 crashed in Tawau, Sabah, killing 34. The deadliest incident involving the airline was a December 1977 crash of a Boeing 737-200 jet that crashed in southern Johor state after an apparent hijacking attempt, which killed all 100 people on board.

    Malaysia Airlines "operates in accordance with the highest international standards," said Andrew Herdman, managing director of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.

    Malaysia Airlines took delivery of its first 777-200ER in 1997 and is evaluating new Boeing Co. and Airbus Group jetliners to replace the aging 777s in its fleet with newer and more efficient models.

    A Boeing spokeswoman said the company is "closely monitoring reports on Malaysia flight MH370. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone on board."

    The 777 is among the most reliable of the current generation of widebody jetliners and years ago it pioneered extended overwater routes across the Pacific.

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    A crying woman is escorted to a bus for relatives of passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Beijing International Airport on Saturday. Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images





    Boeing officials emphasize the 777's excellent safety features by pointing out that in millions of takeoffs, there hasn't been a single instance of an engine failing at the instant of liftoff from a runway. For today's jets, the cruise portion of flights are considered to pose significantly fewer potential hazards than approach and landing.

    In Beijing, the airline gathered a small group of people who were waiting to greet arrivals at a nearby hotel. They said they had no details to offer.

    Among them was Zhang Jinchao, who said he had grown concerned for the four Indonesian business associates he was to meet when he saw there was no arrival time posted after the plane's scheduled landing.

    "The board posted no time. They told us it hadn't arrived," he said.

    —Jason Ng, Andy Pasztor, Jon Ostrower and Jeremy Page contributed to this article.












    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles...554004579426353331913822.html?mod=europe_home
     
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    iran or Russia or Syria shot it :eek_ma:

    remember what rahmbo said: never let a crisis go to waste
     
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    FWIW, some aviation analyst on Fox Snewz TV speculated that given good weather and no distress call, a bomb or other explosion is the most likely cause. The pilot had 30+ years flying experience.
     
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    Just like the US navy:

    The TSA.... A global force for "good"
     
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    How many bankers did they take out this time?
     
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    Someone is upset with China? First knife 'terrorist' attack and now a flight bound for China.... Things that make you think.
     
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    Can anyone explain the purpose of pointing out that two passengers were infants? Is this a selling point, attention getter, unknown important detail?
     
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    They want retina scans, RFID implants, colonoscopies, and anything else to violate us.
     
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    I pray for those on the plane, I hope the White house doesn't blame this on Bush also since they are now blaming the Ukraine crisis on him.
     
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    We will know what country to bomb just look for a passport in pristine mint condition from the wreckage.
     
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    Searcher? You got a sea depth chart for that 'location'???
     
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    Mujahideen, if you are making ref. to the Twin Towers, you beat me to it.

    Good Call :s9:

    They need to get the guys that found that "Pristine Passport" & put them on the trail of the missing 777 :s9:
     
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    Rumor is that the same Malesian 777 collided 2012 at shangai airport with another chinese passengerplane on the ground.

    A bad repair?
     
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    But no distress calls?
     
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    It's the Uighurs, it's the Uighurs! Now China gets to have her perpetual war on terrorism too. :ok:
     
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    Google earth shows the Gulf of Thailand pretty shallow - continental shelf. Still looking for a depth map...

    Looks like it is only 100 meters average...
     
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    According to this they have a fix on the transponder, should have found the plane by now.

    UPDATE [9:20 PM PST]: Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island.

    UPDATE (3/07/14 8PM PST) China's state media say Vietnamese authorities have detected signals from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

    The Xinhua News Agency, citing a local Vietnamese media report, says a Vietnamese search and rescue official reported that the signals have been detected from the plane from about 220 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Vietnam's southernmost coastal province of Ca Mau.


    Read more: http://www.myfoxla.com/story/249208...an-jet-vanishes-with-239-aboard#ixzz2vPVpP39Z
     
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    Oil slick but no floating debris ?
    Nothing ?
     
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    Strange huh? I'm guessing rapid depressurization of the cabin, causing immediate unconscious pilots, and the plane plunging nose first into the ocean. Can't think of how else there would be no debris. Still doesn't make sense though.
     
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    Anybody remember this movie? (Sorry for the subtitles, couldn't find another one at You Toob.)

    This is what I think of when a plane totally "disappears."

    [h=2]Storyline[/h]An investigator seeking the cause of an airline disaster discovers the involvement of an organisation of time travellers from a future Earth irreparably polluted who seek to rejuvenate the human race from those about to die in the past.


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    Don't they train for rapid depressurization? Can it really cause immediate" unconsciousness? Maybe some aviation guys can speak to that on here?

    Regardless, wouldn't there be some debris?


    Starting to think....

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    That's what happened to the small jet that golfer Payne Stewart was in. The plane was on auto pilot when the depressurization occured, and it flew until it ran out of gas. I remember they scrambled some F-16's who caught up to it, they could see the frost/ice on the inside of the windows.
     
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    If it was a rapid depressurization and the pilots didn't put on their oxygen masks in time, the plane should have continued flying even with the pilots out. This would be especially true with the autopilot on (highly likely), but even with the autopilot off, the plane should have continued flying by itself given that they were in cruise flight.
     
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