"Unfortunately, ladies and gentleman, we have not found anything that appears to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft itself, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, head of Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation. Late on Sunday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said on its website that a Vietnamese navy plane had spotted an object in the sea suspected of being part of the plane, but that it was too dark to be certain.
As speculation intensified Friday that the plane might have been hijacked by a person or people with aviation skills, a picture began to emerge of the two men whose actions will be a focus of the investigation. The global aviation industry is reverberating with shock as well as a range of theories over the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, but most in the business think the unsolved mystery is more of a tragic red herring than a wake-up call for drastic changes.
To steal Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 out of midair would require a pilot who knew how to elude detection by both civilian and military radar. It would take a runway at least a mile long to land the wide-body jet, possibly in the dark, and a hangar big enough to hide it. A week after the plane left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, it remains a mystery how a jet with a good safety record and flying in clear weather could just disappear without even a distress call.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysia Airlines plane sent signals to a satellite for four hours after the aircraft went missing, an indication that it was still flying for hundreds of miles or more, a U.S. official briefed on the search said Thursday. .... President Vladimir Putin held a meeting Thursday of the nation's top defense and security officials to discuss Ukraine and ways to develop ties with Latin American countries.
It's a mystery in a world with few mysteries anymore. A U.S. official who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity said Thursday investigators are beginning to explore whether the plane may have flown for another four hours after contact was lost, based on the estimated fuel onboard and the inability of searchers to find wreckage. A Chinese Embassy statement to Malaysian officials later said there's no confirmation the objects are related to the missing plane and that the posting on the website was not authorized nor endorsed by the Chinese government. .
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The satellites also received speed and altitude information about the plane from its intermittent "pings," the people said. But the U.S. planned to move surveillance planes into an area of the Indian Ocean 1,000 miles or more west of the Malay peninsula where the plane took off, said Cmdr. William Marks, the spokesman for the U.S. Seventh Fleet.
Western media reports began to suggest Thursday the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could be a "deliberate act" rather than a catastrophic failure as the possible whereabouts of the missing jetliner still remained a mystery. One person close to the investigation told The Wall Street Journal that the plane could have been diverted "with the intention of using it later for another purpose."
The Chinese operation of searching for the lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has involved air, water and undersea dimensions, and expanded to the northwest, southwest and southeast. Jinggangshan, which cruised into position on Tuesday, has put all its equipments into full use, including helicopters and steamboats, to try to find the anything that related to the missing jetliner, but in vain. It was reported that Chinese warships will continue to broaden the search area to the northwest in the Gulf of Thailand before new search plans come out.
The US Navy said it would move a P-8A Poseidon to the search area on Saturday, according to a statement by the American Embassy in Malaysia on Friday. "The P-3C Orion will remain on station to assist with the search in a daily rotation with the P-8. This move adds the P-8s enhanced technology and greater range to the search efforts while maximising planned maintenance and guarding against air crew fatigue for both aircraft," said the US Navy. The US Navy has also sent the USS Kidd from the Gulf of Thailand to the Straits of Malacca to continue its assistance with the search efforts.
The search for the plane has entered its sixth day, with crews scouring a vast area of ocean around the Malay Peninsula where the plane disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. "And generally it's in the jurisdiction where either the passengers reside or the tickets were bought or the place of destination or the home of the airline - which means that the Chinese passengers generally will have to bring suit in China, the Malaysian passengers in Malaysia, et cetera.
"An additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean, and we are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday. A Pentagon official, meanwhile, told ABC News that the U.S. destroyer Kidd, one of the Navy vessels participating in the search, was being moved at the request of Malaysia toward the meeting point of the Indian Ocean and the Andaman Sea, west of Malaysia.
This is utter confusion isn't it?. The latest suggestion now is that the plane's transponder, which transmits data about its whereabouts to the ground, was deliberately shut down around the same time that the plane turned around from its original heading to Beijing and began flying back over towards the Malacca Strait and well beyond that.