Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 – Route Map & Updates
Hunt for missing Malaysian flight to go underwater
April 14, 2014 : The Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield desisted the search with the towed pinger locator late Monday, April 14, and instead planned to deploy a mini-sub, the underwater vessel Bluefin-21, to scan beneath the ocean. Angus Houston, who governs Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center said, “We haven’t had a single detection in six days, so I guess it’s time to go underwater.”
The US-made submarine, which is a long sonar device of nearly 4.93 meters will operate on a 24-hour cycle traversing the seabed area of 40 sq km.
Search resumes for missing Malaysian flight
The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said today, in its recent update that around 15 ships and 12 aircraft will assist in search for vanished Malaysia Airlines plane MH370. HMS Echo, the oceanographic ship, concomitant with Ocean Shield is also searching the area. The center of the search area is nearly 2,200 kilometers northwest of Perth. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has decided upon a visual search area totaling around 47,644 sq km.
Australian PM: Hunt for the missing plane MH370 will continue
March 31, 2014 : Tony Abbott, the Australian prime minister has said today that, though, the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines Plane 370 is “an extraordinarily difficult exercise”, nevertheless, it will continue till the time possible. The plane is missing now for over three weeks and no debris has been found, despite, the meticulous search in the southern Indian Ocean.
Also, several Chinese families of passengers of the missing flight have demanded an apology from Malaysia and from the prime minister, who declared that the plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. They held up banners, which read in English “We want evidence, truth, dignity” in Chinese, and “Hand us the murderer. Tell us the truth. Give us our relatives back.“
Australia: New investigation area for the missing Plane 370
March 28, 2014 : The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Plane 370 is renewed and the search teams have shifted their focus to a different part of the southern Indian Ocean, which is 1,100 kilometers north-east of Perth, Australia. The authorities of Australia through the interpretation of radar data have obtained “a new credible lead” regarding the flight’s possible movements.
PM: Vanished Malaysia plane lost in Indian Ocean
March 24, 2014 : Despite the 17 days of international search of the vanished Malaysian Airlines plane MH370 with 239 passengers on board, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, gave a grim and “heartbreaking” announcement late Monday, March 24, based on satellite data: The flight has crashed in the southern Indian Ocean with none on board survived.
No trace of the missing plane yet
March 22, 2014 : Warren Truss, the deputy prime minister of Australia, has stated that the two objects spotted through the satellite images that prompted the intensive search in the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 could have sunk. Nevertheless, the search is still going on as the weather conditions have improved and now more aircraft will be required because the search has changed to visual sightings from radar detection.
Search for the objects spotted by satellites turns unsuccessful
Mystery over the Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 thickens as the two objects that were spotted by the satellites and which prompted the search in the distant southern Indian Ocean is turned futile. The aircraft of the US Navy, P-8A Poseidon, has made an intensive search, but could not find anything. Moreover, bad climate conditions because of storms, rain, and clouds proved to be the biggest hindrance in the search.
John Young, the Australian Maritime Safety Manager said, “Noting that we got no radar detections yesterday, we have replanned the search to be visual.”
MH370: two objects detected in the southern Indian Ocean
The prime minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, informed a little while ago that two objects based on the satellite imagery and pertaining to the scour for the vanished jet have been located in the southern Indian Ocean. However, nothing much has been revealed by the authorities.
Najib Razak, the Malaysian prime minister, has already been briefed about the recent developments of the search operation. Royal Australian Air Force Orion along with three more aircraft has been sent for the thorough search. But, Abbott has said, “I should tell the house – and we must keep this in mind – the task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370.”
Relatives of the missing passengers threaten a hunger strike
After a meeting with the Malaysia Airlines officers on Tuesday, March 18, families of the Chinese passengers have decided to go on a hunger strike if the Malaysian officials do not provide precise information about the missing flight MH370. Around 153 Chinese passengers were on board the missing flight. The obfuscation of the reports of the missing flight has angered China and therefore, it is condemning the Malaysian operation.
One woman said, “Don’t let the passengers become the victims of a political fight.”
Flight MH370: Maldives Residents sighted a “low flying jumbo jet”
The massive search for the vanished Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 has switched to the Maldives Islands as the Islanders saw a “low flying jumbo jet” long time after the flight disappeared. In Dhaalu Atoll, many people spotted a plane (with white background and red stripe similar to Malaysia Airlines flights) flying towards South.
One of the witnesses has stated, “I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We’ve seen seaplanes, but I’m sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly.” But, the authorities are still to authenticate the spotting.
Massive search for the Malaysia Airlines Jet 370 still continues
The investigation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is extended to the northern and southern hemispheres on Monday, March 17, as China has provided 21 satellites to help Malaysia in the unparalleled hunt. Number of countries engaged in the scour have risen to 26 including France, which is latest to join the search. France has sent three officials to Malaysia to lend knowledge from the two-year search of the 2009 disappearance of Air France Plane 447 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
The advanced airliner of the US navy – the Boeing P-8 Poseidon, especially modeled for the long-range maritime investigations has also become a part of the huge search to detect the jet.
Search for the vanished jet turns to the Indian Ocean
Jay Carney, the Spokesman of White House, on Thursday, March 13, said that fresh lines of investigation have been opened up. This is the reason that the focus for the search of MH370 Flight is turned to the Indian Ocean Region. He also reported that some investigators are also shifted to the west of Malaysia, which is hundreds of miles away from the intended flight course of the plane.
Missing Plane Mystery Continues
After reports from a Chinese Defense website’s findings of debris like images of the lost Malaysian aircraft, investigation was conducted, which ended in another failed attempt. Civil Aviation Chief of Malaysia stated, “No signs of the missing Malaysian jetliner have been found at a spot where Chinese satellite images showed what might be plane debris.”
The images posted by the Chinese Defense website of plausible images of the plane pointed the coordinates to be very close to the last confirmed position of the plane. On the sixth day of fruitless search and investigations, the whereabouts of the plane have turned into a never-ending mystery
Adding to the mystery, US investigators suspect that, based on data from the plane’s engines that are automatically transmitted to the ground as part of routine maintenance programs, the plane may have flew on for few hours even after it lost contact with air traffic controllers.
Chinese Satellite Spots Possible Debris of MH370
March 13, 2014 : A website of the Chinese government released images taken by its satellite, which are suspected to be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The images show around “three floating objects” of sizes that vary upto 24 meters by 22 meters, as stated by the national defense technology website of China. The images were spotted on Sunday.
The suspected images have been located near the original flight path of the plane, in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east Malaysia. This discovery has raised hopes for searchers who have been deeply involved in the investigation without any positive results till date.
A senior official of the Malaysian air force has revealed that the plane may have traveled in the opposite direction of its destination, and later stopped sending identifying transponder codes before disappearance. The mystery continues for analysts who have raised questions as to why the transponder was not working. The search still continues without any results as yet.
“Good night”: Last words of missing Malaysia Airlines plane disclosed
March 12, 2014 : The Ambassador of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing for a meeting with Chinese relatives has reported on Wednesday, March 12, that the comment of one of the pilots from the last radio transmission from the cockpit of missing Airlines jetliner MH 370 of Malaysia was “Alright, good night.”
Now, Indian Air Force has joined hands with Malaysia to locate the missing airline as the search expands from China to the Andaman Sea.
Search Continues for the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, which took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, the Capital of China, has gone missing since Saturday. The search for the plane, hitherto, is turned futile as it has entered its fourth day on Tuesday and no traces of the jet have been found. Officials are still oblivious about what went wrong with the flight as no signal of peril was sent to them.
“It changed course after Kola Bharu and took a lower altitude. It then made it into the Malacca Strait”, one of the senior military official told Reuters.
The international search for the aircraft has been enlarged by drawing in coastguard, navies, military aircraft, and civilian vessels from 10 countries. Earlier, it was unfolded that two men with stolen passports, but no criminal records also boarded the flight. Malaysian Police identified one of the men who was traveling as a 19-year-old Iranian and was believed to have been seeking to immigrate to Germany.
In the US, CIA Director John Brenham said “no claims of responsibility” over the missing plane “had been confirmed or corroborated”, yet the probability of a terror link can not be dismissed.
More Updates on Missing Malaysia Airplane
Malaysian Airlines Goes Missing; 239 on board
A flight of the Malaysian Airlines, carrying around 227 passengers and 12 members of the crew, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, has lost contact with the base within hours after take-off.
The flight MH370, flying a Boeing B777-200 aircraft failed to reach its destination on time after its take-off, after about six hours. The plane is suspected to be lost in Vietnamese airspace. Contact was lost while the plane was flying over the sea between Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City.
The Chief Executive of the Malaysia Airlines, Ahmad Jauhari Yahyasaid in a statement, “We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370. The airline is currently working with the authorities who have activated their search-and-rescue teams to locate the aircraft.”
Chinese officials have denied any reports of thunderstorm hitting the plane or crash as yet.