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Post by Ponee Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:44 pm

Australia Finds Two Objects Possibly Related To Missing Malaysia Plane
Updated: “New and credible information has come to light,” Australia’s prime minister says. Aircraft is being diverted to search an area in the Indian Ocean. posted on March 13, 2014 at 9:08pm EDT
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A map shows the timeline of events on March 8 when Flight MH370 disappeared and the plane’s possible destination as determined by satellite signals. AP
Updated — March 19, 11:15 p.m. ET
Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday two objects possibly related to the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been spotted by satellite in the southern Indian Ocean.
“New and credible information has come to light,” Abbott told Parliament in Canberra.
“The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite information of objects possibly related to the search,” he said. “Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified.”
A Royal Australian Airforce Orion aircraft has been diverted to the area in an attempt to locate the objects, Abbott said. The Orion is expected to arrive in the area Thursday afternoon. Three additional aircraft are expected to follow for a more intensive search, The Associated Press reported.
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President Obama speaks about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in an interview with KDFW-TV on March 19. KDFW-TV
Updated — March 19, 9:20 p.m. ET
President Obama, in his first public comments on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, said Wednesday the U.S. is deploying “every resource” to help in the search for the airliner.
“We have put every resource that we have available at the disposal of the search process,” Obama told Dallas Fox affiliate KDFW-TV. “We’re going to keep on working with the international community” to locate the plane.
“We want to send out our thoughts and prayers to all of the families that have been affected, but particularly our American families, who I can only imagine what they’re going through with all of the uncertainty that’s taken place,” the president said. Three Americans were onboard the flight.
“It’s a big piece of planet that we’re searching and sometimes these things take time, but we hope and pray that we can get to the bottom of what happened,” Obama said.
Meanwhile, the FBI joined forces Wednesday with Malaysian authorities after investigators found a flight simulator belonging to the pilot of Flight MH370 and detected that records of simulations were deleted on Feb. 3.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the FBI was working with Malaysian authorities, but “at this point, I don’t think we have any theories” on the fate of the missing plane.
An unnamed U.S. official told the Associated Press the FBI has been given electronic data to analyze.
“Local and international expertise has been recruited,” said Malaysia Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. “Some data had been deleted from the simulator and forensic work to retrieve this data is ongoing.”
Updated — March 19, 10:40 a.m. ET
More than ten days after a Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people disappeared, authorities continue to focus the investigation on the notion that the plane was diverted by the pilots or someone on board with considerable flying experience.
After concluding that the aircraft disappeared as a result of deliberate action, authorities searched the homes of pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and co-pilot, Fariq Ab Hamid, 27, on Saturday CNN reported. Investigators found a flight simulator in Shah’s home and detected that records of simulations were deleted on Feb. 3, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu said on Wednesday. The officials are attempting to restore the missing files to see if they can help explain the plane’s disappearance, Malaysia’s defense minister said.
Shah is considered innocent until proven guilty, and investigators have yet to determine whether it is unusual to delete files from the simulator. His family is cooperating in the investigation, the Associate Press reports.
On Tuesday, U.S. officials said that an initial search of the pilots’ personal computers and e-mails found nothing to indicate any planned deviation in the aircraft’s route. Investigators also reviewed cockpit conversations between the plane and air traffic controllers and said they found nothing that might help explain why the aircraft changed course.
The plane’s co-pilot was the last to communicate with air traffic control before the flight vanished. The message was “All right, goodnight.”
Twenty-six countries are now aiding in the search-and-rescue operation, Malaysia’s transportation minister, Hishamuddin Hussein told reporters. Australia is now leading the search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean.
“At this point, I would like to stress that Malaysia has been co-operating with the FBI, Interpol and other relevant international law enforcement authorities since day one,” Hussein said Monday.
The plane appears to have made a turn up the Strait of Malacca around the time it lost contact, suggesting someone was controlling the plane, a senior U.S. government official told ABC News.
“That indicates that somebody may be on the controls,” said former director of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Office of Aviation safety Tom Haueter. “Slight turns I can see, but if somebody is making a major heading change, that would appear to be an intentional input to the controls.”
On Tuesday, Thailand’s military said that its radar detected a plane that could have been the missing jet just minutes after the plane’s communications went down. The Thai government did not previously share the information with Malaysia because it wasn’t specifically asked for it, the Associated Press reported.
Relying only on its own radar, Malaysia took a week to confirm that Flight 370 had entered the Straight of Malacca, which was an important detail that significantly changed the country’s search strategy. Thai radar detected a plane on a twisting flight path entering the Straight of Malacca on March 8, but the Thai military could not confirm it was the same plane.
Thailand’s failure to share information may not drastically change how much Malyasian officials know, but it does raise questions regarding how much information countries are sharing.
When asked why it withheld information, Thai air force spokesm
an Air Vice Marshal Montol Suchookorn said, “Because we did not pay any attention to it.”
“The Royal Thai Air Force only looks after any threats against our country, so anything that did not look like a threat to us, we simply look at it without taking actions,” he said, noting that the plane never entered Thai airspace and that Malaysia’s first request for information was “not specific.”
According to a U.S. official, the search for the missing jetliner is centered on two widely staggered quadrants, hundreds of miles apart: one in the Malacca Straits off the west coast of Malaysia and the other in the northern Bay of Bengal.
Investigators are also examining the background of all 239 people on board, as well as the ground crew that serviced the plane, according to reports.
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (center) with Malaysia’s minister for transport Hishamuddin Hussein (left) and director general of the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, on Saturday. Wong Maye-E/Associated Press
Updated — March 15, 4:30 a.m. ET
Investigators believe a Malaysian airliner’s disappearance more than one week ago was the result of “deliberate action” by someone on the plane, the country’s prime minister said Saturday, confirming speculation that the plane’s disappearance may not have been accidental.
After departing Kuala Lumpur on March 8, the passenger jet lost all communication with the ground and made a return back over Malaysia before turning to the northwest, air force radar data confirmed.
“We can say with a high degree of certainty that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was disabled” just before the plane reached Malaysia’s east coast, Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a news conference Saturday. The plane’s transponder was switched off shortly afterward, he said.
About seven hours after Flight MH370 vanished from civilian radar screens over the Gulf of Thailand, the last confirmed signal from the plane to a satellite came at 8:11 a.m. local time.
The communication occurred in one of two possible “corridors” spanning a wide region, he said. A southern corridor stretching from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean, or a northern one stretching from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand.
If Flight MH370 was airborne the entire time, it could have traveled more than 2,000 miles in any direction. Authorities have said the Boeing 777 had enough fuel to fly for close to eight hours.
“Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate from its original flight path,” Razak said. Investigators are working to further refine the location.
Given the new information, search and rescue operations in the South China Sea will be withdrawn and refocused on the new areas, and an investigation into the 239 passengers and crew on board the plane will be renewed.
“Clearly the search for MH370 has entered a new phase,” Razak said. “For the families and friends of those involved, we hope this new information brings us one step closer to finding the plane.”
Video of the Malaysian prime minister’s press conference Saturday:

Updated — March 14, 11:30 p.m. ET:
An analysis of satellite transmissions received from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane shows it could have flown thousands of miles over the Indian Ocean before it ran out of fuel and crashed, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed source familiar with the U.S. investigation.
The other, less likely scenario, the source claimed, was that Flight MH370 continued to fly on into Indian territory. The assessment was based on imprecise satellite pings believed to have been received after the plane vanished from civilian radar one week ago.
Another U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press, said investigators looking for the plane have effectively run out of clues except for the satellite data that has never been used before to find a missing plane.
Indian aircraft were combing the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a group of mostly uninhabited islands, for any sign of the jetliner after reports suggested the plane may have headed for the area. So far the planes and helicopter searching the area have found nothing.
“This operation is like finding a needle in a haystack,” Indian military spokesman Harmeet Singh said.
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A girl looks at a board with messages of support and hope for passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Damir Sagolj / Reuters
Updated — March 14, 8 p.m. ET:
The New York Times reports Malaysian military radar showed the missing plane climbed to 45,000 feet soon after it vanished over the Gulf of Thailand on Saturday morning, then made a sharp turn west.
According to the report, which cited unnamed American officials, Flight MH370 then flew toward the island of Penang at a low altitude before turning northwest and heading for the Indian Ocean.
A U.S. official told the Associated Press earlier that investigators are looking at the possibility of “human intervention” in the plane’s disappearance, saying it may have been “an act of piracy.” The unnamed source said two of the plane’s communication systems were shut off about a dozen minutes apart during the first hour of flight.
Meanwhile, ABC News reported the search for the missing jetliner is now focused on two quadrants, one in the Malacca Strait and the other hundreds of miles away in the northern Bay of Bengal. The report cited an unnamed U.S. official.
Malaysian investigators believe the plane took a northerly route, NBC News reported, but U.S. authorities believe it’s more likely to have gone on a southerly path.
The potential developments came Friday after a satellite communications company confirmed it received signals from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has now been missing for a week.
“Routine, automated signals were registered on the Inmarsat network from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 during its flight from Kuala Lumpur,” the company said in a statement. It did not confirm when the signals were received or if location data was supplied.
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Vietnamese Air Force Col. Pham Minh Tuan searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 over the Gulf of Thailand on Mar. 13. AP
Update — March 14, 7 a.m. ET:
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 reportedly sent intermittent signals to a satellite for several hours after its last contact with the ground early Saturday morning, according to an unnamed official who spoke to the Associated Press, indicating the plane may have continued to remain airborne and wasn’t immediately destroyed in a crash.
A satellite service operated by Boeing receives routine data known as ACARS messages from aircraft during flight that can provide information on whether the plane needs maintenance work. Although Malaysia Airlines does not subscribe to the service, Flight MH370 was still sending “pings” to a satellite suggesting the plane flew for four to five hours, the official said.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the “pings” provided the plane’s location, speed, and altitude for at least five hours after it disappeared from civilian radar screens, an unnamed source said. The report said the final ping was sent from over water at cruising altitude.
If the plane remained in flight the entire time at cruising speed, it could have travelled more than 2,200 nautical miles after it last made contact while over the Gulf of Thailand.
“It’s like when your cellphone is off but it still sends out a little ‘I’m here’ message to the cellphone network,” the official told AP. “That’s how sometimes they can triangulate your position even though you’re not calling because the phone every so often sends out a little bleep. That’s sort of what this thing was doing.”
ABC and CBS News reported Thursday the plane’s communications systems may have been shut down sequentially, suggesting they were intentionally turned off to avoid detection.
The reports, which could not immediately be corroborated, added to the growing mystery surrounding the plane that has now been missing for six days.
“Malaysia Airlines is fully aware of the on-going media speculations and we have nothing further to add to the information we have already provided,” the airline said in a statement Friday morning.
Hishammuddin Hussein, minister of transport, said Friday that the hunt for the plane was spreading deeper into both the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.
“A normal investigation becomes narrower with time, I understand, as new information focuses the search,” said Hussein. “But this is not a normal investigation. In this case, the information we have forces us to look further and further afield.”
The Boeing 777-200, which carried 239 people, disappeared shortly after takeoff on March 8, and had enough fuel to fly for four more hours after its last confirmed sighting on radar, the official told AP.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday a new search may be opened in the Indian Ocean as authorities try to determine what happened to the plane.
“Because of new information, we may be part of an effort to open a new search area in the Indian Ocean,” Carney said at a briefing. According to defense officials, the USS Kidd, a destroyer, is heading into the Indian Ocean. The expanded search area now covers about 35,800 square miles.
“This situation is unprecedented. MH370 went completely silent over the open ocean,” Hussein said. “This is a crisis situation. It is a very complex operation, and it is not obviously easy. We are devoting all our energies to the task at hand.”
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