Vietnam confirms Malaysia plane crash
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 239 people on board has crashed in the South China Sea, Vietnamese state media say. On Saturday, Vietnam's Tuoi Tre news quoted Admiral Ngo Van Phat a senior naval official as saying that he had asked boats from an island off the south coast of Vietnam to go to the site where the Boeing 777-200 went down.
Pangilinan, chairman and chief executive officer of Philex Petroleum Corp, offered to include in his discussions with officials of the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp. Pangilinan said, "The period of the Framework Agreement will be from execution up to the date on which the parties reach a determination as to whether hydrocarbon resources in the area of mutual interest are capable of commercial development."
At that time I suspected the radar information and set out to prove that it was wrong. . The only reason for the shift that I can see is that they no no longer believe the zigzag track. The ATSB report on the 26th June however, tells a different story. The first image below is from the 26th June ATSB report.
Joining us now to discuss China's strategy in the South China Sea in Canberra is Hugh White, Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University, and here in the studio, Professor Alan Dupont, Professor of International Security at the University of New South Wales. ALAN DUPONT: Well I think if you're looking at the range of challenges Australia confronts now, I mean, the China - the issue of what China - what kind of country China is and how it's going to conduct itself is clearly one of the biggest challenges for us, not just for Australia, but for the whole region.
Exercise Bersama Lima 2014 will see Defence Force elements from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom confront a simulated conventional threat on land and at sea from 7 to 22 October. Two Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and a KA350 King Air light transport aircraft will participate in the exercise from Royal Malaysian Air Force Base Butterworth in Malaysia. The FPDA is the longest-standing multilateral arrangement in South East Asia and has maintained relevance in the contemporary security environment.
Officials now believe the two Iranian men travelling on stolen passports on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were not terrorists - but asylum seekers. She's not proud of it - but she wants people to understand why, aged 19, she went to such lengths to leave Iran. For Farah, it was very scary travelling around with someone else's identity, but it was a risk she was willing to take.
Indian officials said that Malaysia has asked for its assistance in searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet, widening the search to an area near the Andaman Sea. Earlier Vietnam said Wednesday it had suspended its air search for missing flight MH370 and scaled back a sea search as it waited for Malaysia to clarify the potential new direction of the multinational hunt. A Malaysian newspaper said radar had last detected the plane over the Strait of Malacca off western Malaysia.
Amid continued confusion about where the plane with 239 people on board might have ended up, Vietnam said Wednesday it is pulling back its search efforts until Malaysian authorities come up with better information on where to look.
In a statement, Rodzali stressed that he did not make any such statement as reported by a Malay daily. The statement referred to the daily's March 11 news article, in which the daily reported the RMAF chief as saying, among others, that the last time the plane was detected by the air control tower was in the vicinity of Pulau Perak in the Straits of Melaka at 2.40am before the signal disappeared without any trace.
From incompetence in handling a search operation of this scale to being uncommunicative about the actual status of the search, the authorities have been accused of bungling the probe, with some analysts even accusing them of not focusing on the right areas to search for the missing airliner.
A woman writes a message for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane on a banner at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia (Photo - AP).
"I wish to state that I did not make any such statements," Xinhua cited Gen. Rodzali Daud as saying in a statement. The belief resulted in the search area being widened to the vicinity of the waters off the west coast of Malaysia, he said. Asked if the agency could rule out a terror link in the case, the CIA head said: "No, we're not ruling it out.
Military officer Dang Xuan Hung looks through a window of a Vietnam Air Force AN-26 aircraft during a mission to find Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared from radar screens in the early hours of Saturday, off Con Dao Island, on March 12, 2014. Beijing - A senior Malaysia Airlines executive said on Wednesday that the airline has "no reason to believe" that any actions by the crew caused the disappearance of a jetliner over the weekend.