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> Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER gone missing, Plane vanishes over the Gulf of Thailand
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Posted: Mar 8 2014, 04:19 AM
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Live updates from the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

(Updated 03/11/2014 18:09 GMT+8)

For you Malaysian and Chinese peeps, I'd figured you have heard the news by now.

A Malaysia Airlines flight en route to Beijing, China disappears about an hour into the flight. Vanished, all comms cut off abruptly.

- 239 souls onboard, including two infants and twelve crew, mostly Chinese and Malaysian
- Joint search-and-rescue ops from 10 nations
- No sign of debris found despite days of searching
- Most probable cause for disappearance is terrorism, but is slowly being ruled out as new information is acquired
- Two passengers were using stolen passports, one is Iranian, and the other likely Iranian as well
- Both tickets from these suspicious passengers bought at the same time
- One was headed to Germany to meet with his mother
- The other was possibly seeking asylum in Europe
- This information raises the possibility of sabotage or a hijacking, as evidenced by a recent hijacking incident on an Ethiopian Airlines plane
- Some relatives of passengers are able to call the passengers, with no answer, possibly hinting the plane to be intact somewhere
- Plane possibly turned after losing communication, prompting searches on other bodies of water

Released image of the passengers that boarded the flight with stolen passports:
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My payers for all those aboard this flight.

This post has been edited by Rotary Tuner on Mar 11 2014, 02:12 AM
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Posted: Mar 8 2014, 11:08 AM
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It's been 6 hours, any news on the airline? At best, if it was still a flight it would need a refuel by now I'm sure.
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Posted: Mar 8 2014, 01:54 PM
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QUOTE (HateSkylines @ 2 hours, 45 minutes ago)
It's been 6 hours, any news on the airline? At best, if it was still a flight it would need a refuel by now I'm sure.

Dude... it's been more than 27 hours since the last contact with the plane. It went missing March 8, around 0230 (+8 GMT). At that point it had around 7.5 hours of flight time in the tanks, but it never made any kind of contact even then.

By now, things are looking pretty grim. The Vietnamese found oil slicks in the vicinity of the plane where it was last contacted. The possibility of terrorism is also high, we're looking at 239 deaths here.
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Posted: Mar 8 2014, 02:12 PM
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Official statement from Malaysia Airlines:

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are deeply saddened this morning with the news on MH370.

Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today. There has been speculation that the aircraft has landed at Nanming. We are working to verify the authenticity of the report and others.

Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time.

The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members. The passengers were of 14 different nationalities - citizens from:-



1. China – 152 plus 1 infant

2. Malaysia - 38

3. Indonesia - 12

4. Australia - 7

5. France - 3

6. United States of America – 3 pax plus 1 infant

7. New Zealand - 2

8. Ukraine - 2

9. Canada - 2

10. Russia - 1

11. Italy - 1

12. Taiwan - 1

13. Netherlands - 1

14. Austria - 1

This flight was a code share with China Southern Airlines.

We are working with authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.

Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.

The flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53. He has a total flying hours of 18,365hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981. First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, a Malaysian, is aged 27. He has a total flying hours of 2,763 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.

Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.

The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. The public may contact +603 7884 1234. For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

Next-of-kin may head to the Support Facility Building at KLIA’s South Support Zone. For directions, call 03 8787 1269.
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Posted: Mar 8 2014, 02:18 PM
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^ There is no Austrian nor an Italian on the flight... both were stolen passports, and that's what's keeping the terrorism scare floating. Now that it's morning over here, the truth shall be revealed once and for all...
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Posted: Mar 8 2014, 03:23 PM
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^ There are some rumors claiming the plane may have been hijacked. Just rumors though, nothing solid.
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Posted: Mar 8 2014, 07:21 PM
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QUOTE (Rotary Tuner @ 5 hours, 26 minutes ago)
Dude... it's been more than 27 hours since the last contact with the plane. It went missing March 8, around 0230 (+8 GMT). At that point it had around 7.5 hours of flight time in the tanks, but it never made any kind of contact even then.

By now, things are looking pretty grim. The Vietnamese found oil slicks in the vicinity of the plane where it was last contacted. The possibility of terrorism is also high, we're looking at 239 deaths here.

Sorry, my time zones are ALOT different then yours, I'm 12+ hours behind you and I didn't realize the flight had been up so long, I'm reading the same timezone context your reading.

After all, it is only March 8th evening here where I'm located even now.

Blue-Sensei - Got some really good info there, thanks for the share.
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Posted: Mar 9 2014, 05:53 AM
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For a live update, refer to the link in the first post.

Looks like they found the plane. A door and a tail (most likely the vertical stabilizer).
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Posted: Mar 9 2014, 07:01 PM
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QUOTE (Rotary Tuner @ Today, 5:53 AM)
For a live update, refer to the link in the first post.

Looks like they found the plane. A door and a tail (most likely the vertical stabilizer).

Let's just hope that it went fast for them... Imagine being helplessly wide awake and fully aware of what's happening before reaching the inevitable...
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Posted: Mar 10 2014, 04:57 AM
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From everything I've read so far it is tragic but this must have been a terrorist act. A plane doesn't just completely disappear at 35,000 feet with no distress signal, no change of heading or altitude (flightradar24 data is twice a second), sudden loss of ATC radar contact (which doesn't rely on transponders) and no found debris or oil slick yet unlike the air france flight 447 which they found debris 1 day after the crash occured.

Very sad all around, up to intelligence agencies now to sort out who these two passengers were with stolen passports and to put the puzzle together.
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Posted: Mar 10 2014, 06:12 AM
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QUOTE (Whitzwolf @ 1 hour, 15 minutes ago)
From everything I've read so far it is tragic but this must have been a terrorist act. A plane doesn't just completely disappear at 35,000 feet with no distress signal, no change of heading or altitude (flightradar24 data is twice a second), sudden loss of ATC radar contact (which doesn't rely on transponders) and no found debris or oil slick yet unlike the air france flight 447 which they found debris 1 day after the crash occured.

Very sad all around, up to intelligence agencies now to sort out who these two passengers were with stolen passports and to put the puzzle together.

They did seem to find a floating pile of debris(quite a lot of it) but they're unsure if it's from the plane or not.

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Posted: Mar 10 2014, 07:42 AM
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They say that the debris is irrelevant to the plane
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Posted: Mar 11 2014, 01:58 AM
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Seems that terrorism is highly unlikely; one of the passengers using a stolen passport was headed for Germany to meet with his mother, while the other is an asylum seeker. However, this raises the possibility of sabotage, equally nasty.
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Posted: Mar 11 2014, 06:01 PM
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Posted: Mar 11 2014, 06:39 PM
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Why it sounded more like New Bermuda Triangle?"it simply vanished"
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Posted: Mar 14 2014, 05:14 AM
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My friend and I have a couple new theories

They could have been jamming radar as well as communications uplink, slow decompression meaning plane could have crashed in the China sea aaaand my favourite a new stealth device :3
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