Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Breaking News: #MH370 Malaysia Airlines missing flight : Updated: 1930/19March2014

#PrayForMH370 Live Updates: Flight simulator logs were cleared on 3rd Feb

UPDATE [5.53pm]: Highlights from today’s press conference:
- Data log deleted from the pilot’s flight simulator on Feb 3, forensic work is being done to retrieve data. All remain innocent until proven guilty.
- All 26 countries have verbally agreed to assist operation. Malaysia has written to all formally.
- Confirmed received radar data from other countries but cannot reveal as it is ‘sensitive’.
- In Maldives sightings, Malaysia’s Chief of Defence Forces has contacted counterpart in Maldives. Sightings confirmed untrue.
- No additional waypoint on MH370’s flight plan. Normal route to Beijing.
- All passengers, crew and ground staff being investigated.
- High-level team to go to Beijing to brief family on search and rescue. Team includes representatives from PM’s Office, Foreign Affairs Ministry, DCA and MAS. 

UPDATE [4.05pm]: Thai radar picked up an "unknown aircraft" minutes after flight MH370 last transmitted its location but officials failed to report the findings earlier as the plane was not considered a threat. Full story here.
Why didn't the passengers of MH370 try to use their cellphones to contact someone on the ground? Telecommunications experts share their knowledge and offer possible answers to this question. Full story here.
UPDATE [11.28am, 19 Mar]: A former pilot suggested that there may have been a fire on board, the smoke from which would have short-circuited the electronics (including the transponder) and caused the pilots to pass out. He adds that the Captain may have tried to save the plane by setting a course to Langkawi, which explains the turn-back. Full story here.
Another Australian pilot and aviation expert offers insights into another possible explanation, where the plane may have undergone decompression due to an explosion on board, causing the pilots to lose consciousness before completing the redirection of the autopilot. Full story here.

Source: Yahoo News


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