Sunday, March 9, 2014

Breaking News: #MH370 Malaysia Airlines missing flight : Updated: 1937/09March2014

UPDATE [7:37pm]: The United States has sent two naval ships and an aircraft equipped with long-range radar to help in the search for MH370. Full story here.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Najib Razak says the government will review all security protocol at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and will improve security measures if necessary. Full story here.

UPDATE [6:59pm]: Vietnamese media reports that suspicious object is not related to flight MH370 reports. Jacky Ly Thang, a defense cooperation official in US Embassy Hanoi, told VN Search & Rescue Center just now that US search party has confirmed that the object - seen by Singaporean search plane earlier - had nothing to do with the missing plane.

UPDATE [6:22pm]: In about 20 minutes, Vietnamese boats are expected to reach location where 'suspicious floating objects', yellow in colour, were spotted by Singaporean plane. The location is about 100km from Tho Chi islet.

UPDATE [5:40pm]: In another twist to the mystery behind flight MH370, CNN reports that the two people who traveled on flight MH370 under stolen passports bought their tickets together. The tickets were bought from China Southern Airlines in Thai baht at identical prices. Full story here.

UPDATE [4.10PM]: Photographs purporting to show debris in the sea in the area where the missing flight MH370 lost contact have gone viral on Chinese social media, the South China Morning Post reports. Full story here.

UPDATE [3.59pm]: A Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency plane has spotted oil slicks about 20 nautical miles south of the MH370’s last point of contact. Test are being conducted to determine if the oil had come from the plane. Results are expected to be out tonight. Read it here.

UPDATE [3.41pm]: Malaysia Airlines group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said family members of MH370 passengers will be flown in to Kuala Lumpur from Beijing in stages and they are communicating with families in other countries to arrange travel to KL.

UPDATE [2.05pm]: AFP reports that Vietnamese military has found a bigger and clearer oil slick, but nothing else. Report and photo here.

UPDATE [1.20pm]:  Department of Civil Aviation clarifies earlier statement by the Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, saying only two – not four – passengers had boarded the flight using stolen passports.
CCTV footage shows the two individuals from the check-in point to departure. Footage will be used for investigations.
Malaysia Airlines says a portion of the aircraft wingtip had been repaired by Boeing and was certified safe to fly. They dismissed the possibility of a technical problem and any form of threat prior to this.
A Malaysian military radar showed trace of flight MH370 turning back before it vanished although the pilots did not issue any distress signals. Read it here.

UPDATE [11.37am]: Malaysian is probing a possible terror link in the disappearance of MH370 and local authorities are working with international intelligence and counter-terrorism units. Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says he has met with officers from the FBI. Full report here.

The names of the four passengers said to be traveling on fake passports have been sent to local intelligence. The entire passenger manifest will be probed. Report here.
Singapore has deployed three vessels to aid in search and rescue. Hishammuddin says MH370 may have made an 'air turn back'. No Malaysian submaries will be deployed as they are not 'equipped for search and rescue' Hishammuddin said.

UPDATE [10.15am]: CNN’s Christine Amanpour reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is sending its agents to Malaysia “to support the investigation into the disappearance of Flight MH370”. Full report here.

UPDATE [9.55am]: An aviation lawyer said the lack of warnings about a problem aboard the flight suggests a catastrophic failure, possibly due to lack of pressurisation or electrical failure. Read it here.

UPDATE [9.12am]: Department of Cvil Aviation says overnight search and rescue found no sign of aircraft wreckage.  Plane did not any signs of anomaly before contact loss. Mission enters day two with three aircrafts.

Authorities have yet to confirm the identities of two more European passengers on flight MH370 using stolen passports, bringing the total to four suspect identities allegedly onboard. Read the full story here.

UPDATE [8.30am]: Bernama reports the Department of Civil Aviation will extend the search and rescue operation to the Straits of Malacca, Malaysian authorities are now awaiting the latest satellite imagery for any signs of wreckage from flight MH370.

UPDATE [7:20am]: Round-up of the first 30 hours, including background, relatives' reactions and social media chatter. Read it here. 

Source: Yahoo news


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