Thursday, March 20, 2014

Breaking News: #MH370 Malaysia Airlines missing flight : Updated: 1930/20March2014

#PrayForMH370 Live Updates: Planes haven't found debris, rain & clouds limiting visibility

UPDATE [6.04pm]: The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has not found any debris yet, due to rain and clouds limiting visibility in the search area. Read in full.

Salient points from the 5.30pm press conference, headed by acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein:

- The sightings of the two objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean, while credible, is not confirmed, said acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
- Malaysia will look into sonar technology and submarines if search time exceeds 30 days. Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says Malaysian submarines do not have that technology and help will be sought from limited few who have.
- Hishammuddin insists that there have been no reluctance from Australian authorities in helping search operations. Operations will continue overnight to verify objects spotted in Indian Ocean.
- On whether it could take years to conclude, Hishammuddin said that if the debris is confirmed to be that of MH370, then comparisons will be made to Air France crash - which took two years - because conditions of Indian Ocean similar to that of the Atlantic Ocean.
- MAS chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya regrets the handling of family members yesterday. Says Chinese families have been given updates two to three times a day, the same update given to the press. High level team leaving to Beijing this evening.
- Representatives from Malaysian government spoke to families in KL yesterday. Chinese ambassador will lead a briefing today for Chinese families in KL. Similar briefing for other families.
UPDATE [4.44pm]: Commander William Marks, spokesman for the US Navy's 7th Fleet, was quoted as saying that the radar hits of “significant size” - indicating something below the search area in the southern Indian Ocean - were not connected to missing flight MH370. Read in full.

The New Straits Times meanwhile, reported that the Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft has reached the search scene.

UPDATE [2.42pm]: PM Najib Razak meets Malaysian Chief of Defence Force after call with Australian PM.
UPDATE [1.13pm]: Largest object sighted is 24 metres, with a second, smaller object also spotted, Australian authorities said. Details. 
John Young, general manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said debris has been spotted on satellite imagery 2260km off the coast of Western Australia. Watch the video.

Meanwhile, minister Hishammuddin Hussein confirms 'new lead' and is meeting with Australian delegation to verify. Full story.

UPDATE [11.33am]: Two objects possibly related to MH370 have been spotted on Australian satellite imagery and an air force aircraft was diverted to the area, according to the Australian prime minister. Full story here.
UPDATE [9.40am]:  Data from the multiple "handshakes" between the Inmarsat satellite and  flight MH370 could help plot the aircraft's last known location before it disappeared, The Washington Post reported. Full story here.

- The disappearance of a Malaysian plane has prompted calls for in-flight streaming of black box data over remote areas.  Full story here.

Source: Yahoo News


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