Friday, March 21, 2014

Breaking News: #MH370 Malaysia Airlines missing flight : Updated: 1930/21March2014

#PrayForMH370 Live Updates: Malaysia looking into possibility of deep ocean salvage


UPDATE [6.24pm]: Highlights from today’s press conference:

- Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to speak to US Secretary of Defence tonight to request use of remotely-operated vehicles for possibility of deep ocean salvage.
- No information yet from Australians on the object spotted in Indian Ocean. Search and rescue to continue in southern and northern corridor and will be ‘long-haul’. Hishammuddin Hussein says the ‘most sophisticated’ planes are being deployed.
- Information on the pilot’s simulator has been sent to international authorities to verify.
- China, Japan and UK have deployed assets. UK has offered specialist search and investigative help to be given once more information comes in.
- Kazakhstan has not seen any sign of MH370. Malaysia is waiting for permission for Kazakhstan to be used as a ‘staging point’ for search operations.
- Background checks on Ukrainian passengers clear. International intelligence confirms there is nothing unusual in passenger manifest.
- MAS says small batteries were on cargo, but packaged and stored according to international aviation guidelines. Batteries not listed as  ‘dangerous goods’ by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
- Last night’s briefing in KL to update family members was well attended by all relatives. Constructive and frank discussion, but not all questions were answered.
- Families in Beijing met with high-level Malaysian government team for three hours.
UPDATE [5.30pm]: Australian radars have failed to pick up any sign of the missing plane and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (ASMA) is now replanning a 'visual search' with skilled observers. Full story.

UPDATE [1.23pm]: Three Chinese warships and an icebreaker wil join the search for possible pieces of the missing plane in the southern Indian Ocean. Full report.
UPDATE [11.41am]: Australia resumes search for possible wreckage from the missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote, storm-swept stretch of the Indian Ocean. Story here.
- The Wall Street Journal reported that finding flight MH370 could take months even if the debris shown in satellite images in the southern Indian Ocean is part of the missing plane.  Full story here.

Source: Yahoo News

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