Thursday, March 13, 2014

Breaking News: #MH370 Malaysia Airlines missing flight : Updated: 1825/13March2014

#PrayForMH370 Live Updates: Chinese satellite images untrue, accidentally released

UPDATE [6:25pm]: In today's press conference, acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said that the Chinese ambassador to Malaysia has confirmed that the release of Chinese satellite imagery of alleged MH370 debris was 'an accident' and 'a personal behaviour' which is now under investigation. He added that an MMEA plane was deployed but found nothing and that the government of China neither authorised nor endorsed the release of satellite images.

Hishamuddin added that:

1. There was no passenger on board MH370 with flight experience.

2. Every single name on the passenger manifest is being investigated by local and international forces.

Reports of engine plane flying for 4 hours after last transmision are not true. "Based on records, the last transmission was at 1:07am local time. It did not run beyond that." Hishamuddin said  Rolls Royce and Boeing was called in to assist and that they have verified this.5. Reports that police have searched the crew's homes are untrue.

6. Reports that search and rescue efforts have slowed down are untrue. "That is totally untrue. In fact, we have intensified the search," he said.

7. Currently 43 ships and 40 aircraft are involved in the search and the capabilities of all assets will be released tomorrow.

8. Hishamuddin also says he is still confident in Malaysia's radar capabilities and that this has now 'been verified by the FAA and NTSB.'

9. Hishamuddin also said all information that is not verified will affect search and rescue operations, using the information on the satellite images as an example. "We had to send our assets to check and it turned out to be untrue," he said, adding that it affected operations.

UPDATE [4.50pm]: Aircrafts searching the area where Chinese satellites picked up images of possible 'debris' from MH370 have found no sign of wreckage. Story here.

UPDATE [4pm]: India will deploy ships, aircrafts and helicopters to search the missing jetliner. Story here.

UPDATE [2.49pm]:  American investigators suspect that flight #MH370 had stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read it here.

UPDATE [2.05pm]: Malaysia Airlines has retired the missing jetliner's flight code as a sign of respect to the 239 passengers and crew on board. Full story.

UPDATE [12.51pm]:  Malaysian police searched the homes of the crew members of flight MH370 as they pursue the sabotage angle, a local Malay-language daily reported. Full story here. 

Police have since denied this report, saying no such statement had been made. Story here. 

Meanwhile, a British terror plotter was quoted by the Daily Star as saying he was aware of plans for an 'earlier shoe bomb attack in Malaysia'. Read it here.

UPDATE [12.07pm]: Vietnam says the area where Chinese satellite images show what might be debris from MH370 has been thoroughly searched in recent days. Read it here.

UPDATE [11.17am]:  A senior Chinese aviation official said authorities could not confirm any link between the floating objects captured on Chinese satellite images to MH370. Details here.

UPDATE [9.52am]: Malaysia is sending a search aircraft to the possible crash site identified by a Chinese government website, says an air force official. Full story here.
UPDATE [7.01am]: US satellites have not detected any sign of a mid-air explosion, say American officials. "If they had picked up something (by satellite), our ships would have been sent to that spot."Full story here.
UPDATE [6.15am]: An image taken by a Chinese satellite shows a possible crash site of MH370.Three objects sized 13m x 18m, 14m x 19m and 24m x 22m were spotted in the South China Sea.More here.

Source: Yahoo News


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