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Airline chief fears MH370 will declared lost as part of international cover-up.

Posted on 23 November 2014

2 boys sue govt, Malaysia Airlines over Flight 370

Malaysian lawyer Arunan Selvaraj, center, speaks to journalists outside a courthouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Two Malaysian teenage boys on Friday sued Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed by the family of a passenger of the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago.

Posted on 23 November 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Searchers Want You To Know Why They Haven’t Found Plane Yet [Video]

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH70, the Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8 leaving behind the greatest mystery in aviation history, has been underway since October 6 in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, and still not a trace of the missing plane or its 239 passengers and crew has turned up. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Searchers Want You To Know Why They Haven’t Found Plane Yet ...

Posted on 19 November 2014

Search for missing Malaysia jet shifts southwest in Indian Ocean

Searchers remain optimistic that this latest phase, focusing on a new area farther southwest, will locate the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and give some sense of closure to the families of the 239 passengers and crew who were on board the plane.

Posted on 16 November 2014

MH370 search: Fascinating finds, but no plane

Somewhere off the coast of Perth, Australia, most likely deep on the Indian Ocean sea bed, may lie answers to the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Posted on 16 November 2014

Australia continues deep-sea search for Malaysia Airlines flight

Somewhere off the coast of this western Australian city, most likely deep on the Indian Ocean seabed, may lie answers to the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Posted on 16 November 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: New Evidence Reveals High-Tech Hijack, Shocking Security Flaw That Let It Happen

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was the victim of the most technically sophisticated hijacking in airline history, new evidence uncovered by independent investigators appears to show. And the new evidence uncovered by satellite industry expert Michael Exner would also seem to clear the missing plane’s pilot, Ahmad Zaharie Shah, who was accused in a recent book Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: New ...

Posted on 9 November 2014

2nd Ship to Join Hunt for Missing Malaysian Plane

SYDNEY (AP) — A second ship was preparing to join the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, as Malaysia's defense minister expressed confidence the plane will be found.

Posted on 1 November 2014

Malaysia Airlines sued by 2 boys over Flight 370

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Two Malaysian teenage boys on Friday sued Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed by the family of a passenger of the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago.

Posted on 30 October 2014

Flight 370: Authorities Accused Of ‘Covering Up’ Information About Missing Boeing 777

Flight 370 is still missing after the Boeing 777 disappeared from radar on March 8. Since months have passed by without a trace of the aircraft or the 239 passengers on board, some are now making serious accusations about those behind the search. According to the International Business Times, Malaysian and Australian authorities have been Flight 370: Authorities Accused Of ‘Covering Up ...

Posted on 27 October 2014

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11:40 AM GMT / 7:40 PM MYT - MAS 28th MEDIA STATEMENT

  • Malaysia Airlines confirms that its staff were held at the Lido Hotel ballroom in Beijing by the family members of MH370
  • The 200 over family members requested for the presence of a Malaysian official as only Malaysian Airline staff were present at the briefing session.
  • The group finally released the staff at 1.44am, 25 April 2014.
  • In another incident, Malaysia Airlines Security supervisor, Kalaichelven Shunmugam was attacked by a Chinese family member whilst on duty at Lido Hotel in Beijing on 22 April 2014.
  • The staff sustained only light injury.
  • Full text can be read here

4:46 AM GMT / 12:46 PM MYT

The seabed search for missing flight MH370 is set to widen after a sonar scan of a focused area found nothing of interest, Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) said on Friday. Xinhua

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014 (MYT). DAY 49-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Western Australia Police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material.
  • Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission 12 in the underwater search area.
  • Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 90 per cent of the focused underwater search area.
  • The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that after examining detailed photographs of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta, it is satisfied it is not a lead in relation to the search for missing flight MH370.
  • Full text can be read here: Release 1, Release 2

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 (MYT). DAY 48-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission ten in the underwater search area. Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 80 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date.
  • Planned air search activities have been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area.
  • Full text can be read here, update

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 (MYT). DAY 47-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Bluefin-21 AUV is currently completing mission nine in the underwater search area.
  • Planned air search activities have been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area as a result of Tropical Cyclone Jack.
  • Full text can be read here, update

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014 (MYT). DAY 46-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area to date. No contacts of interest have been found to date.
  • Full text can be read here

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014 (MYT). DAY 45-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Bluefin-21 AUV completed mission seven in the underwater search area.
  • Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 50 per cent of the focused underwater search area to date.
  • The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April
  • Full text can be read here

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014 (MYT). DAY 44-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Data from Bluefin-21 AUV's sixth mission is currently under analysis. No contacts of interest have been found to date.
  • Bluefin-21 AUV's seventh mission has commenced.
  • Full text can be read here

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014 (MYT). DAY 43-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Visual search area totalling approximately 51,870 square kilometres, across three areas.
  • Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed another mission in the underwater search area and has commenced mission five. Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 110 square kilometres to date. Data analysis from the fourth mission did not provide any contacts of interest.
  • Full text can be read here

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 (MYT). DAY 42-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick on Sunday evening in her current search area.
  • Preliminary analysis of the sample collected has confirmed that it is not aircraft engine oil or hydraulic fluid.
  • Phoenix International, with the assistance of Bluefin, have assessed that there is a small but acceptable level of risk in operating the vehicle in depths in excess of 4,500 metres. This expansion of the operating parameters allows the Bluefin-21 to search the sea floor within the predicted limits of the current search area.
  • Some media reports today state that it would take Bluefin-21 anywhere from six weeks to two months to scan the entire underwater search area. This is incorrect.
  • Full text can be read here

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed a full mission in the search area
  • Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 90 square kilometres to date and the data from its latest mission is being analysed.
  • The oil sample collected by Ocean Shield has now arrived in Perth and will be subject to detailed testing and analysis.
  • Full text can be read here

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED THRUSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014 (MYT). DAY 41-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle was again deployed last night from ADV Ocean Shield.
  • The data from Bluefin-21's first mission has been downloaded and analysed. No objects of interest were found.
  • Full text can be read here

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 (MYT). DAY 40-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

02:23 AM UTC / 10:23 AM MYT

MH370: search may need new drone after first mission is aborted. Submersible reached maximum depth of 4,500m and may not be able to return to the ocean, US navy captain said. The Guardian

An interactive depicint how deep the black box could be by The Guardian

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Planned a visual search area totalling approximately 62,063 square kilometres.
  • The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle deployed last night from ADV Ocean Shield.
  • After completing around six hours of its mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its operating depth limit of 4,500 metres and its built in safety feature returned it to the surface.
  • The six hours of data gathered by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is currently being extracted and analysed.
  • Bluefin-21 is planned to redeploy later today when weather conditions permit.
  • Full text can be read here

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014 (MYT). DAY 39-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA*

AUSTRALIAN PRESS CONFERENCE

"Searchers on the hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 will deploy underwater vehicles to search for the missing plane without any new signals from plane's black box.

Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, charged with leading the recovery effort, says an oil slick has also been spotted in the vicinity of the search area, however it is unclear whether it is from the plane."

Transcript can be found HERE.

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 (MYT). DAY 38-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Visual search area totalling approximately 57,506 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2200 kilometres north west of Perth.
  • Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to the aircraft's black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield. The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield.
  • There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 (MYT). DAY 37-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Visual search area totalling approximately 41,393 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2331 kilometres north west of Perth.
  • Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to the aircraft's black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield. The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield. This work continues in an effort to narrow the underwater search area for when the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is deployed.
  • There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours.
  • Aircraft and ships reported spotting a number of objects during yesterday's search, but only a small number were able to be recovered. None of the recovered items were confirmed to be associated with MH370.

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014 (MYT). DAY 36-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

2:45 AM MYT / 10:45 AM MYT - JACC PRESS RELEASE

  • Initial assessment of the possible signal detected by a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft yesterday afternoon has been determined as not related to an aircraft underwater locator beacon.
  • The Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre has analysed the acoustic data and confirmed that the signal reported in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield is unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes.

Original Source

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014 (MYT). DAY 35-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

10:05 AM UTC / 6:05 PM MYT - JACC PRESS RELEASE

The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), has confirmed that whilst conducting an acoustic search this afternoon a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft has detected a possible signal in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield.

“The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a man-made source,” Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret'd) said.

“I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.”

Original Source.

11:22 PM UTC / 7:22 AM MYT

Aircraft and ships reported spotting a large number of objects during yesterday's search, but only a small number were able to be recovered. None of the recovered items were believed to be a##ociated with MH370. JACC

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014 (MYT). DAY 34-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

6:05 AM UTC / 1:05 PM MYT

Xinhua News is reporting multiple floating objects were spotted by an aircraft in the same location where an Australian vessel detected signals consistent with a plane's black box. These have not been confirmed to be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Source

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014 (MYT). DAY 33-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

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3:00 AM UTC / 11:00 AM MYT - JACC PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Ocean Shield Has Reacquired Possible Black Box Signals Twice
  • Have Now Detected Four Signals in Same Area
  • Not Yet at Point of Deploying Submersible.
  • Analysis of Initial Pings Found Signals Consistent With Flight Data Recorder.
  • Full transcript can be read here

4:18 AM UTC / 12:18 PM MYT

An Australian search vessel has picked up two more signals from what could be the black box from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. ABC.net.au article

12:01 AM UTC / 8:01 AM MYT

Australian officials: Search continues today for missing Malaysia Airlines plane; up to 11 military aircraft, 4 civil aircraft, 14 ships assisting - Joint Action Coordination Center statement via @NBCNews.

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014 (MYT). DAY 33-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

7:30 AM UTC / 2:30 PM MYT

WSJ have conducted a detailed video interview with Anish Patel, President of Dukane Seacom, the company which manufactures the beacon. Video

4:46 AM UTC / 12:46 PM MYT

Australian Defense Minister David Johnston says there have been no further contacts with any transmission in search for missing plane. "This is a Herculean task, this is day 32; we have several days of intense action ahead of us." Full 3News Article

2:51 AM UTC / 10:51 AM MYT

Search crews will send submarine to check if sounds are from black boxes on missing jetliner, Australia's acting prime minister says. AP

12:04 AM UTC / 8:04 AM MYT - JACC Press Release for April 8

Up to eleven military planes, three civil planes and 14 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

AMSA has directed the search of one large search area today of approximately 77,580 square kilometres, 2268 kilometres north west of Perth.

The first flight is expected to depart at 6:00am WST.

Good weather is expected for searching throughout the day.

The underwater search continues today, with ADV Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and HMS Echo at the southern end.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014 (MYT). DAY 32-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

11:00 AM UTC / 7:45 PM MYT - MALAYSIAN GOV PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Full text of the opening statement can be read here

5:00 AM UTC / 1:00 PM MYT - JACC PRESS CONFERENCE

  • First detection by Ocean Shield held for 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Second detection on return leg held for 13 minutes - two distinct pinger returns were audible. This would be consistent with transmissions from CVR and FDR. Best lead we have so far. Please treat the information cautiously until we can make unequivocal conclusions.
  • Ocean Shield is in immediate area and is trying to reacquire signals, after which it will lower autonomous vehicles, will remain in area until it can confirm or deny if pings are from MH 370.
  • Area of ocean where the pings were detected has a depth of 4,500 m (14,764 ft), the limit of the capability of the autonomous vehicles. Nothing happens fast in deep ocean.
  • May take some days before information is available to determine if the detections are consistent with MH 370.

Q&A:

  • Q: Can you locate black boxes if their pinger dies?

A: Our current lead is very thorough. Hopefully we will reacquire transmissions but you’re right, pingers are close to end of life. We’d need to go down with autonomous vehicles to map the ocean floor.

  • Q: When were signals detected, and did the Australian and Chinese ships pick up the same signal?

A: Unlikely that the signals are the same. But in deep water, “funny things happen” with acoustic signals (layering, etc.). Timeframe: just before PC yesterday, Ocean Shield was reporting contact with pings.

  • Challenges faced: water characteristics attenuate acoustic signals, it is a markedly different environment as opposed to sound propagation in air. Redetecting of pings are the cue to launch autonomous vehicles. Area detection range for pings is 2 miles.

  • Q: Is there anything in the natural world that emits signals like these?

A: I would say probably not, but you never know what can happen in the ocean. But this correlates very well with the work being done in Kuala Lumpur. I’d like to wait for confirmation. What we’d like to do now is find some wreckage because that will help find the mystery. We ask you to respect that.

  • Q: How optimistic are you at this point?

A: Much more so than one week ago, we hadn’t found any clues one week ago.

  • It takes 3 hours simply to turn the Ocean Shield around and pass through the search area once again, due to the extremely long length of the cable towing the pinger locator behind the ship. If Ocean Shield goes too slow, the pinger detector will sink.

  • Full press conference transcript can be read here

2:05 AM UTC / 10:05 AM MYT

Up to 9 military planes, 3 civil planes, 14 ships to assist in search for MH 370 on Monday. Australian authorities say search area for missing Malaysia Airlines jet to cover approximately 90,000 square miles northwest of Perth. Total search area 234,000 sq. km. NBCNews

6:23 PM UTC / 2:23 AM MYT

British ship HMS Echo arrives in area where pings heard during MH370 search. BBC

--It's been 31 days since MH370 lost contact with Malaysian ATC--

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014 (MYT).-- SEARCH AREA AND PING LOCATIONS

9:14 AM UTC / 5:14 PM MYT

MH370 flew north of Indonesia, around its airspace in journey to Indian Ocean, Malaysian government source says, according to CNN

7:16 AM UTC / 3:16 PM MYT

Australia announces one of its vessels picked up an underwater signal, adding to two detections by Chinese ship. The Guardian

2:48 AM UTC / 10:48 AM MYT

Mr Abbott has urged caution following the most recent finding in a trail of disappointing leads to date. "We need to be very careful about coming to hard and fast conclusions too soon," he said. ABC.net.au

1:59 AM UTC / 9:59 AM MYT

Australian authorities: 12 aircraft, 13 ships to assist in Sunday's search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet, according to CCTV News.

JACC STATEMENT FROM CHIEF COORDINATOR, APPX. 6:40 PM UTC / 2:40 AM MYT

The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), said reports that the Chinese ship, Haixun 01, had detected electronic pulse signals in the Indian Ocean related to MH370 could not be verified at this point in time.

“I have been advised that a series of sounds have been detected by a Chinese ship in the search area. The characteristics reported are consistent with the aircraft black box. A number of white objects were also sighted on the surface about 90 kilometres from the detection area. However, there is no confirmation at this stage that the signals and the objects are related to the missing aircraft,“ Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret'd) said.

“Advice tonight from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is that they cannot verify any connection to the missing aircraft.

“The RCC in Australia has spoken to the RCC in China and asked for any further information that may be relevant.

“The deployment of RAAF assets to the area where the Chinese ship detected the sounds is being considered.

“I will provide further updates if, and when, more information becomes available.”

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 (MYT).--

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  • Daily PC have been changed to once pre two/three day, at 5:30 pm MYT / 9:30 am UTC.

  • We're unsure if there will be PC for tomorrow(6 April 2014 MYT)

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2:12 PM UTC / 10:12 PM MYT

Sky News: Malaysian Prime Minister informed of development by the Chinese government a few hours ago. Source

11:59 AM UTC / 7:59 PM MYT

A Chinese ship searching for the missing Malaysian plane picks up a pulse signal, Chinese media say, but there is no sign it is from flight MH370. BBC

11:23 AM UTC / 7:23 PM MYT

Chinese air force plane in search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight spotted number of white floating objects in S. Indian Ocean. Source

10:06 AM UTC / 6:06 PM MYT - MALAYSIAN GOV PRESS BRIEFING

  • As per the requirements set out by the ICAO in Annex 13 of the International Standards and Recommended Practices, Malaysia will continue to lead the investigation into MH370.
  • As per the ICAO standards, Malaysia will also appoint an independent ‘Investigator In Charge’ to lead an investigation team.
  • The investigation team will include three groups:
  • an airworthiness group, to look at issues such as maintenance records, structures and systems;
  • an operations group, to examine things such as flight recorders, operations and meteorology;
  • and a medical and human factors group, to investigate issues such as psychology, pathology and survival factors.
  • HMS Tireless is now in the search area and helping in the search operation.
  • Full text of the press briefing can be read here

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014 (MYT).-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

11:28 AM UTC / 7:28 PM MYT - JACC PRESS RELEASE

Today there have been some sightings of objects reported by ships in the search area but none were associated with MH370 (as at 1900 AEDT).

The Royal Australian Navy, using the Towed Pinger Locator from the United States Navy on Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield, and the Royal Navy, with a similar capability on HMS Echo, today began the underwater search for emissions from the black-box pinger from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

A total of 14 aircraft and 11 ships were involved in today's search activities.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority determined a search area of about 217,000 square kilometres, 1700 kilometres North West of Perth.

Weather in the search area was good, with visibility greater than 10 kilometres.

4:51 AM UTC / 12:51 PM MYT

2 ships equipped with electronic survey devices will search a 240-kilometer single track for missing jet, says head of Australian search agency. Source

3:20 AM UTC / 11:20 AM MYT

  • Australian Air Chief Marshal Houston Says Australian Navy Has Commenced Underwater Search for Flight 370
  • Search Area Will Be Adjusted on a Semi-Regular Basis
  • Underwater Search Targets Area Where Wreckage Most Probable
  • Have Reached End of Data Analysis
  • Using Black Box Locator, U.K. Survey Vessel for Underwater Search

WSJ

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 (MYT).-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

4:00 AM UTC / 12:00 PM MYT

Full text of the Malaysian Prime Minister statement during press briefing in Perth, Australia can be read here

1:28 AM UTC / 9:28 AM MYT

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: "The US will continue to do everything it can to assist search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet." Earlier today, a Pentagon spokesman said that the Pentagon nearly doubled its total budget allowance to the search of MH 370.

5:14 PM UTC / 1:14 AM MYT

The FBI has completed of review of the in-home flight simulator that belonged to the captain of the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet and found “nothing suspicious whatsoever.” ABCNews

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014 (MYT).-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

11:04 AM UTC / 7:04 PM MYT

Malaysian authorities has release a new press statement, which can be read here

3:45 AM UTC / 11:45 AM MYT

The investigation into what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may take a long time and may never determine the cause of the tragedy, Malaysia's national police chief warned Wednesday. AP

2:26 AM UTC / 10:26 AM MYT

Investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines jet now classified as a criminal investigation, Malaysia police chief says. WSJ Stream

9:24 PM UTC / 5:24 AM MYT

The personal jet of Oscar-winning movie director Peter Jackson was reported Wednesday to have been called into assist with the search for the missing Malaysian airliner. Straits Times

5:48 PM UTC / 1:48 AM MYT

British submarine HMS Tireless has joined the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Ministry of Defence said the Trafalgar class submarine had arrived in the southern Indian Ocean and would help search for the plane's black box recorder. BBC

It will soon by joined by Royal Navy coastal survey ship HMS Echo.

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 (MYT)-- PLANNED SEARCH AREA

1:14 PM UTC / 9:14 PM MYT

All aircraft assisting in the MH370 search have returned to Perth. No significant developments to report. AMSA

11:27 AM UTC / 7:27 PM MYT

Inmarsat, the British satellite company which calculated that MH370's journey ended in the southern Indian ocean, has insisted it is not being evasive by failing to brief Chinese relatives of the passengers on its calculations.

Inmarsat's VP also confirmed that Inmarsat had not been asked to speak at tomorrow's briefing in Kuala Lumpur. The Guardian

9:45 AM UTC / 5:45 PM MYT - MALAYSIAN GOV PRESS BRIEFING

  • Tomorrow a closed-door briefing meeting for the families will be held in Kuala Lumpur.
  • We are releasing the full transcript of communications between flight MH370 and Air Traffic Control Kuala Lumpur.
  • There is no indication of anything abnormal in the transcript.
  • Previously, Malaysia Airlines had stated initial investigations indicated that the voice which signed off was that of the co-pilot. The police are working to confirm this belief, and forensic examination of the actual recording is on-going.
  • The international investigations team and the Malaysian authorities remain of the opinion that, up until the point at which it left military primary radar coverage, MH370’s movements were consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane.
  • Full text of opening statement can be read here
  • Full text of the released transcript can be read here

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014 (MYT).--

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4:30 AM UTC / 12:30 PM MYT - JACC PRESS BRIEFING

  • When the families eventually come to Perth we will be working with them to ensure they have a seamless experience.
  • Prime Minister of Malaysia to visit RAAF base Pearce and other parts of Perth
  • RAAF to deploy wedgetail to assist search too.
  • Nine ships at present. Ocean Shield in en-route, and Malaysian ship has arrived in WA.
  • The search area is very large, it's vast and clearly an area the like of which we haven't seen before on a search and rescue operation"
  • Current search area about the size of Ireland.
  • Probably the most challenging [search and rescue operation] I have ever seen.
  • If we don't find debris, we are eventually going to have to review what we do next.
  • Cites HMAS Sydney in WWII – took 60 years to find wreckage despite land-based witnesses giving a suspected location
  • "We have not recovered anything that has been connected to MH370."
  • Finding debris is 'the most important thing'.
  • 'know with certainty' the plane was up around the Malacca Strait

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1:00 AM UTC / 9:00 AM MYT - JACC MEDIA STATEMENT

Ten planes and nine ships will assist in Tuesday's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has determined a search area of about 120,000 square kilometres, west of Perth.

Ten military planes—two Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orions, two Malaysian C-130s, a Chinese Ilyushin IL-76, a United States Navy P8 Poseidon, a Japanese Gulfstream jet, a Republic of Korea P3 Orion, a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3, a Japanese P3 Orion—will assist in the search, with a civil jet providing a communications relay.

Nine ships have been tasked to search in four separate areas. Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield departed HMAS Stirling on Monday night, with a pinger locator.

Weather in the search area is expected to be poor, with areas of low visibility.

A Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) was established on Monday and is being led by Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Angus Houston AC AFC (Ret'd) in Perth to effectively communicate Australian government activities in relation to the search and recovery operation.

This Australian government initiative will provide timely information to families of passengers and crew on board the missing aircraft and inform the public about the latest available information.

Information is available online at www.jacc.gov.au

A JACC hotline has been established—1800 621 372 in Australia or +61 8 6552 5525 for families residing overseas.

10:19 PM UTC / 6:19 AM MYT

A judge has thrown out a civil action on behalf of a relative of a Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passenger, scolding the Chicago law firm involved for what she described as an improper filing. AP

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014 (MYT).--

3:35 PM UTC / 11:35 PM MYT

Straits Times reports that Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has said the last words from the cockpit of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were "Good night Malaysian three seven zero".

2:58 PM UTC / 10:58 PM MYT

Malaysia instructs the investigating team to release the full transcript of cockpit communication during briefing to next-of-kin. Source

12:35 PM UTC / 8:35 PM MYT

ADV Ocean Shield has departed for MH370 search area - transit expected to take several days. AMSA

12:21 PM UTC / 8:21 PM MYT

WSJ has produced a graphics describing the technology being used to detect signals from MH370's black box. Original article

11:28 AM UTC / 7:28 PM UTC

AMSA's search operations have concluded for today. All aircraft returning, nothing significant to report. Source

10:15 AM UTC / 6:15 MYT - MALAYSIAN GOV PRESS BRIEFINGS

Attended by minister of transport, DCA chief, MAS CEO

Opening Statement

  • Malaysian Prime Minister has decided to travel to Perth on Wednesday.
  • The JACC will be headed by Air Chief Marshal (ret.) Angus Houston, the former Chief of the Defense Force Australia. JACC will co-ordinate operations between all Australian government agencies and international search teams.
  • Area of search today spanned 254,000 square kilometres.
  • On Saturday, five objects were retrieved by HMAS Success and the Haixun. However, it was found that none of these objects were related to MH370.
  • On Sunday, an Australian P3 Orion made visual sightings of seven potential objects. A Korean P3 Orion also made visuals of three potential objects. The Chinese ship, the Haixun, was tasked on Monday to retrieve these potential objects.
  • Full text of the opening statement can be read here.
  • Video: Part 1, Part 2

Q&A

  • Malaysian Airlines have no information regarding on the report lawsuits by Chinese families & relatives.
  • Denied that Malaysian police had leaked transcripts to the Daily Mail of police interviews with family members of the pilot and co-pilot of the missing plane.
  • Malaysian Airlines will bear majority of the responsibilities despite it's a code-sharing flight with China Airlines, due to the plane belongs to Malaysian Airlines.

8:00 AM UTC / 4:00 PM MYT

Relatives of the missing passengers have demanded meetings with the aircraft's manufacturers Boeing and Rolls Royce, according to a video from China's state news agency Xinhua.

It has footage of the relatives' spokesman Jiang Hui demanding an apology from Malaysia over its handling of the investigation and communication with relatives.

The Guardian

2:35 AM UTC / 10:35 AM MYT

1 aircraft and 8 ships are currently in the MH370 search area. 4 aircraft now en route to the search area. AMSA Twitter

1:20 AM UTC / 9:20 AM MYT

AMSA accumulated search area as of 31 March 2014

12:59 AM UTC / 8:59 AM MYT - AMSA PRESS BRIEFING

  • Role of Angus Houston is coordination and investigation and to work to find cause of event.
  • Priority is to recover black box. Key task is to find whatever we can.
  • Malaysians were not hasty in announcing all souls lost.
  • Every country is bearing its own costs.
  • Chicago Convention means Australia does search and recovery, Malaysia does investigation, large number of other countries have right to participate in investigation: Australia, US (airframe), UK (engines), France (avionics), and those whose citizens are lost, notably China. Of course Malaysia can also ask others for assistance.
  • Transcription of the press briefing can be read here. Special thanks to /u/kombiwombi

12:33 AM UTC / 8:33 AM MYT

Australian Defense Minister David Johnston: Today there will be more than 100 people in the air, 1,000 sailors in area looking for MH370 debris.

Australia Prime Minister Abbott: 'The responsibility for the search is fundamentally Australia's given that it's in our search zone.' Says time will come when MH370 search must end, but still 'well, well short of that.' Source

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014.

12:46 PM UTC / 8:46 PM MYT

AMSA's search operation for today has concluded. No confirmed sightings.

  • 9 aircrafts & 9 vessels in operation.
  • A number of objects were retrieved by HMAS Success and Haixun 01 yesterday. The objects have been examined on the ships and are not believed to be related to MH370.
  • The objects have been described as fishing equipment and other flotsam
  • The ADV Ocean Shield is scheduled to depart from Perth tomorrow, having been fitted with a black box detector and an autonomous underwater vehicle.
  • Full text of the AMSA's media update can be read here (PDF)

12:33 PM UTC / 8:33 PM MYT

AMSA released a media statement regarding emergency beacon detected during SAR operation today.

  • It is understood the beacon is registered to a 75-metre Tanzanian-flagged fishing support vessel.
  • Emergency beacon signal in the Southern Indian Ocean near Antarctica around 3,241 km southwest of Perth and 648 km north of the Antarctic mainland.
  • A civil jet and a RAAF P3 Orion were tasked to locate the vessel.
  • The vessel was not located but debris was seen in the location of the beacon signal.
  • Full text of the media statement can be read here (PDF)

7:45 AM UTC / 3:45 PM MYT

MAS has released the 27th media statement.

  • Family members will be flown to Perth, only once it has been authoritatively confirmed that the physical wreckage found is that of MH370.
  • A Family Assistance Centre (FAC) will be established in Perth.
  • Full text of the statement can be read here

12:31 AM UTC / 8:31 AM MYT

AMSA accumulated search area as of 30 March 2014

12:01 AM UTC / 8:01 AM MYT

Former Australian defense chief reportedly is to take over coordination of international search for MH 370. Source

UPDATE: It's now confirmed. The Guardian

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014 (MYT)--

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12:22 PM UTC / 8:22 PM MYT

AMSA's search operations have concluded for today. Source

  • Approximately 252,000 square kilometres were searched.
  • Aircraft in the search area have continued to report sightings of objects similar to those reported on Friday.
  • A Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force Ilyushin IL-76 reported sighting three objects in the search area.
  • A Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion also reported sighting multiple objects in a different part of the search area.
  • The objects sighted by aircraft cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered by ships.

8:01 AM UTC / 4:01 PM MYT

Chinese aircraft spots 3 floating items: white, red and orange, respectively, in new search waters in Indian Ocean. China Xinhua News

5:30 AM UTC / 1:30 PM MYT

Minister of transport Malaysia have attended a short PC after meeting with passenger's families. Video link

Video link provided by /u/pharotekton

2:04 AM UTC / 10:04 AM MYT

AMSA accumulated search area as of 29 March 2014

9:08 PM UTC / 5:08 AM MYT

The search for #MH370 focussing on the new area is planned to continue today, weather permitting. AMSA

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014 (MYT)--

1:16 PM UTC / 9:41 PM MYT

Five search aircraft have spotted several objects of various colours during Friday’s operation in the revised search zone, the Australian Maritime and Safety Authority has revealed. The Guardian

10:41 AM UTC / 6:41 PM MYT

An Australian search aircraft reports spotting objects in the revised search area, according to the Twitter feed of the Australian Maritime and Safety Authority.

It is awaiting images of the sighting. Confirmation of the sighting by ship is not expected until Saturday, it added. The Guardian

9:30 AM UTC / 5:30 PM MYT - MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT PRESS CONFERENCE

Attended by minister of transport, DCA chief and MAS CEO

Opening statement

  • International partners as well as in the international working group have further refined existing data.
  • They have also come up with new technical information, for example on aircraft performance.
  • Indicated that MH370 flew at a higher speed than previously thought, which in turn means it used more fuel and could not travel as far. This information was passed to RCC Australia by the NTSB.
  • Search area was shifted approximately 1,100 kilometres to the north east.
  • The work is on-going, and further refinements are expected.
  • Refinement of final flight path & search area is expected as it’s the norm as more data is processed.
  • Thailand & Japanese authorities new satellite images join those released by Australia, China, France, and Malaysia, all of which are with RCC Australia.
  • Full text of the opening statement can be read here

Q&A

  • Data are shared between Malaysian & Chinese government.
  • New technical information is provided by Boeing.
  • MAS will hold discussion with China Southern Airlines as it’s a code shared flight.
  • Boeing has not provided any form of financial funding but only full technical support.
  • MAS CEO revealed that insurance companies are still looking for affirmative evidence when probed on the insurance payout.
  • Looking for other technologies to find the black box apart from current towed device.
  • The reason for less country to join in Australia’s search operation is due to limitation of technology of respective countries (aircraft, vessel etc)
  • Aircraft speed, height, & amount of fuel left were part of parameters taken into calculation done by Boeing.
  • Defend the SAR operation lead by Malaysian government.
  • Pilot/Co-pilot grouping for a flight is performed by automatic rostering system.

7:42 AM UTC / 3:42 PM MYT

New search zone for MH370 1100 mms NE shows limit of info on missing plane. New estimate is of plane's speed over Malacca Strait only. Source via BBC

2:41 AM UTC / 10:41 AM MYT - AMSA PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Search area has been shifted to an area north following advice from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
  • An international air crash investigation team in Malaysia provided updated advice to the ATSB.
  • Determined an area 1100 kilometres to the north east of the existing search area is now the most credible lead as to where debris may be located.
  • Approximately 319,000 square kilometres, about 1850 kilometres west of Perth.
  • Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation is re-tasking satellites to capture images of the new area.
  • Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) patrol ship, Haixun 01, is in the search area.
  • HMAS Success is expected to arrive in the search area late tomorrow night.
  • A US towed pinger locator and Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle have arrived in Perth to assist with location and recovery of the black box.
  • The depth of the water in the search area is between 2000 and 4000 metres.
  • New information indicated the plane was travelling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance it travelled south into the Indian Ocean.
  • This information needs to be continually adjusted for the length of time elapsed since the aircraft went missing and the likely drift of any wreckage floating on the ocean surface.
  • Malaysia has investigative responsibility for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. At this stage, the ATSB’s main task is to assist in the search for the aircraft.

Q&A:

  • The assumption is that the aircraft was travelling at a somewhat constant speed.
  • Data from satellite polling and radar matches up.
  • New area will help get more aircraft on scene for longer. The other benefit is the search area is no longer in the roaring 40s – which means better weather conditions more often.
  • It's possible that further analysis may change that again.
  • What are you actually refining? The relationship between 777 performance, satellite pings and various projections versus that information. "Trying to find the right coincidence of those and the end point".

Full transcription of AMSA press conference can be read here, provided by /u/Naly_D.

2:30 AM UTC / 10:30 AM MYT

FBI Search of Flight Simulator Turns up No Evidence to Explain Disappearance of Flight 370. WSJ

2:15 AM UTC / 10:15 AM MYT - MAS 26th MEDIA STATEMENT

Full text of the media statement can be read here

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 (MYT)--

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1:28 AM UTC / 9:28 AM MYT

The search area for MH370 has been updated after a new credible lead was provided to AMSA. Source

As a result today’s search will shift to an area 1,100 kilometres to the north east based on updated advice provided by the international investigation team in Malaysia.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Australia’s investigation agency, has examined this advice and determined that this is the most credible lead to where debris may be located.

The new search area is approximately 319,000 square kilometres and around 1,850 kilometres west of Perth.

The new information is based on continuing analysis of radar data between the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca before radar contact was lost.

It indicated that the aircraft was travelling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft travelled south into the Indian Ocean.

Image of the new search area (via AMSA)

10:24 PM UTC / 6:24 AM MYT

AMSA will resume it's search operation today. 10 aircraft & 5 ships. AMSA Update 1, AMSA Update 2

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 (MYT)--

1:00 PM UTC / 9:00 PM MYT

The Japanese government said Thursday that one of its satellites spotted some objects 2,500 km southwest of Perth, offering another potential lead in the search.

The satellite spotted around 10 objects floating in a 10 km radius, the largest object was around 8 meters long and 4 meters wide. WSJ

9:50 AM UTC / 5:50 PM MYT - PRESS BRIEFING

  • Chinese special envoy received a comprehensive technical briefing by the international working group, led by the AAIB.
  • Inmarsat’s findings - which led to the conclusion that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean - were explained during the meeting.
  • Committed to working closely with the Government of China and to sharing all information
  • Request the Government of China to engage and clarify the actual situation to the affected families in particular and the Chinese public in general.
  • The planned area of search today was 16,298 square nautical miles in the West sector, and 6,506 square nautical miles in the East sector.
  • The area identified by the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) yesterday – where the 122 potential objects were sighted – was also due to be searched today.
  • Weather deteriorated in the search area and search operations were suspended at 11:40am.
  • Full text of the press briefing can be read here

Thanks to /u/pharotekton for the full text

8:45 AM UTC / 4:45 PM MYT

Thai satellite images have shown 300 floating objects in the southern Indian Ocean during a search for the missing Malaysian airliner, an official said Thursday. AFP

6:27 AM UTC / 2:11 PM MYT

Today's search operations have been suspended due to bad weather. All planes are returning to Perth. Ships staying in search area & will attempt to continue searching. Bad weather expected for next 24 hours. AMSA Update 1, AMSA Update 2

1:56 AM UTC / 9:56 AM MYT

U.S. FBI director says technical team will be able to retrieve computer data deleted from missing MH370 pilot's flight simulator. China Xinhua News

12:45 AM UTC / 8:45 AM MYT

The Guardian has published two infographics in this article:

12:16 AM UTC / 8:16 AM MYT

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014 (MYT)--

1:55 PM UTC / 9:55 PM MYT

Frustrated relatives of missing Chinese passengers insulted Malaysian officials as they demanded more answers on the missing flight at Wednesday's briefing in Beijing, AFP reports. The relatives were also scathing about the British analysis of MH370's final flight path. The Guardian

1:25 PM UTC / 9:25 PM MYT

The Wall Street Journal has a helpful video explainer on how the British company Inmarsat estimated the final flight path of MH370 using three variables: the assumed speed of the plane; the location of the satellite which picked up its final pings; and the Doppler effect measured on the pings. Via The Guardian.

12:07 PM UTC / 8:07 PM MYT

Australia's search operation has ended for the day with no confirmation of the potential debris field. Positions in the Malaysia Remote Sensing Agency satellite information were within today's search area. AMSA Update 1, AMSA Update 2

10:19 AM UTC / 6:19 PM MYT

AMSA said objects spotted in today's search are not confirmed to be related to MH370. AMSA Update 1, AMSA Update 2

9:30 AM UTC / 5:30 PM MYT - MALAYSIAN GOV PRESS CONFERENCE

  • No breakthroughs are reported.
  • Satellite images of possible debris are not necessarily related to MH370.
  • The southern Indian Ocean search area has been divided into eastern and western sections.
  • The Australian ship HMAS Success is in the west section, the Chinese ice breaker, Snow Dragon has been deployed to the east section.
  • New satellite images provided by France showed 122 potential objects in the southern Indian Ocean, about 2,557km from Perth.
  • Objects range in sized from 1m to 23m, he said. The images have been sent to Australia which is co-ordinating the search in Perth.
  • Spotting by the French is the "most credible lead" so far.
  • Images showing location of the latest satellite image of objects. Image1, Image2, Image3
  • Image analysis by Malaysia Remote Sensing Agency
  • Full text of opening statement can be read here

Compiled from The Guardian

8:49 AM UTC / 4:49 PM MYT

US Navy's "Towed Pinger Locator 25", used to try to find the black box arrived in Perth to assist with search. US Embassy KL

8:25 AM UTC / 4:25 PM MYT

AMSA's accumulated search area as of 26 March 2014.

6:35 AM UTC / 2:35 PM MYT

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology on conditions for the search. While there was a window of opportunity for the search to continue today, the latest report indicates that conditions will deteriorate again on Thursday. The Guardian

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 (MYT)--

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The Papers attempt to have a go at revealing the sad news that flight MH370 has been found.

The Mirror goes with this reality twisting 'pun', despite the fact that the '23,000 ft' refers to the distance the plane fell, not the depth it sank. - Additionally it reckons Boris wants old people to eat Dog food.

The Express writes a fabulous piece of fiction speculating as to how terrified the passengers might have been, perhaps, if it was a horrible, horrific experience. They must have been shitting themselves, right? Can you imagine their last, grim, miserable seconds? The Express can and has, and has put it on the front page - they're also giving away free money (advice) and hand wringing about how foreign nations are annexing our schools, like some kind of Ofsted Putin.

The Telegraph speculation the pilot was on a 'Suicide Mission' of some kind, and imagine a scenario (in their minds) where the pilot is some kind of sinister extremist. He may or may not be, but for now let's just pretend that that is a very likely, almost factual thing - Additionally they suggest that Toddlers will be bringing out the next hit exercise regimen and the shocking shortage in fence panels (why is THAT not the headline??).

The Metro is in no way selling grief porn, mainly because it's free. It's giving out free, advertising supported grief porn. - and letting you all know that you can get wasted for cheap some time soon. On beer. That costs a pound. What a world.

Other papers also exist, but to be honest there's only so much British press I can look at without losing the will to live.

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4:26 AM UTC / 12:26 PM MYT

4 Chinese ships have reached the search area for MH 370. There are 5 aircraft already on scene. In all, 12 aircraft will be involved in today's MH 370 search operations; the search area covers a total 80,000 square kilometers. AMSA on Twitter

11:58 PM UTC / 7:58 AM MYT

NASA is using some of the world's most powerful satellites in MH 370 search. Satellite EO-1 is now overhead: it can resolve objects as small as 35 feet across. Jon Williams, Foreign Editor at ABC

11:37 PM UTC / 7:37 AM MYT

New details about communications between the missing Malaysia Airlines 777-200 and an Inmarsat satellite show an additional, “partial ping” occurred 8 minutes after the final hourly contact between the aircraft and satellite. AviationWeek

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 (MYT)--

1:01 PM UTC / 9:01 PM MYT

Chris McLaughlin, the head of the British satellite company Inmarsat, has been explaining how the company tracked MH370's final flight path. Video (MP4) via The Guardian

11:38 AM UTC / 7:38 PM MYT

Malaysia has released this technical briefing (embedded below with graphics) on why British experts are certain that the plane crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

9:30 AM UTC / 5:30 PM MYT - MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT PRESS CONFERENCE

Attended by minister of transport, DCA chief, MAS CEO & Royal Malaysian Police IGP.

Opening Statement

  • MAS will take lead in communicating with families of passenger & crew.
  • Inmarsat and UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have concluded that flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
  • Innovative technique which considers the velocity of the aircraft relative to the satellite.
  • Analyses the difference between the frequency that the ground station expects to receive and one that is actually measured. This difference is the result of the Doppler effect and is known as the Burst Frequency Offset.
  • Inmarsat checked its predictions using information obtained from six other B777 aircraft flying on the same day in various directions. There was good agreement.
  • Analysis showed poor correlation with the Northern corridor, but good correlation with the Southern corridor,
  • Search and rescue operation in the northern corridor has been called off
  • All search efforts are now focused in the southern part of the southern corridor, in an area covering some 469,407 square nautical miles, as against the 2.24 million square nautical miles which we announced on 18th March.
  • The American Towed Pinger Locater – an instrument that can help find a black box - is currently en route to Perth and will arrive tomorrow.
  • Full text of the opening statement can be read here.

Q&A

  • Last know aircraft location in middle of southern Indian Ocean, carrying very little fuel, no airfield around, remote location & duration of 17 days led to the conclusion that lives are lost.
  • Investigation is still ongoing regarding the flight simulator. RMP still waiting for result from foreign intelligence agency.
  • Royal Malaysian Air Force is conducting it’s own inquiry.
  • Defend the decision to release the calculation by Inmarsat, despite it’s not real ‘physical’ evidence.

9:27 AM UTC / 5:27 PM MYT

The Australian authorities have announced that the search for the wreckage of MH370 will resume again on Wednesday after it was suspended today because of bad weather. AMSA (PDF)

6:10 AM UTC / 2:10 PM MYT

CNN has published an article describing how Inmarsat came up with the new analysis that prompted yesterday's announcement.

The mathematics-based process used by Inmarsat and the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) to reveal the definitive path was described by McLaughlin as "groundbreaking."

...

Here's how the process works in a nutshell: Inmarsat officials and engineers were able to determine whether the plane was flying away or toward the satellite's location by expansion or compression of the satellite's signal.

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explained CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers, who has studied Doppler technology. "It's the Doppler effect that they're using on this ping or handshake back from the airplane. They know by nanoseconds whether that signal was compressed a little -- or expanded -- by whether the plane was moving closer or away from 64.5 degrees -- which is the latitude of the orbiting satellite."

5:30 AM UTC / 1:04 PM MYT

Australian defence minister David Johnston announced in a press briefing that the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield would be joining the search mission and was now travelling from Sydney. The press release can be read here via The Guardian

4:30 AM UTC / 12:30 PM MYT - MAS PRESS CONFERENCE

Delivered by MAS Chairman & CEO.

  • Based on evidence, the painful reality is that the aircraft is now lost and that none of the passengers or crew on board survived.
  • The investigation and search may prove to be even more complex.
  • MAS will continue to support the families and the authorities as the search for answers continue.
  • Want to make sure the families heard the news before the world did. We informed them face to face, and then used SMS as a last resort to communicate directly and not through the media.
  • MAS’s focus has been to comfort and support the families of those involved and those involved in the multinational search. We will continue to do this.
  • After 17 days, the announcement made last night is the reality we must face and now accept
  • Arrangements will be made to bring families to the recovery area if they so wish.
  • Almost 700 dedicated caregivers for families. Hotel accommodation for up to 5 family members per passenger (transport, meal, and other expenses) has been provided since 8 March and that will continue.
  • $5000 per passenger willl be provided to each next-of-kin as financial assistance in this prolonged search. Additional payment will be offered as the search continues.
  • The full text of the statement can be read here

Q&A:

  • The search is in authorities domain.
  • MAS focus was to provide care and assistance to passengers' family.
  • The satellite data is centered around a remote area far from any airfield. After 17 days, the evidence was conclusive that the plane crashed.
  • The investigation rests with the authorities and all relevant information comes from them.
  • By the evidence given to us and by rational deduction, we conclude that we have lost this plane and by extension, the people on the plane.
  • The purpose of this press conference is to share with people other than the passengers' families. The right answer will arrive from the investigators.
  • Ministry of Transport will explain the new analysis and new data to make the statement, this afternoon.
  • Refuse to speculate on how the flight happened.
  • Have Malaysian officials been heartless? A: Depending on who you speak to you will get a different answer...the main thought is to provide some comfort.

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014 (MYT)--

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4:15 AM UTC / 12:15 PM MYT

Australian Defence Minister: No debris found. Concurs with Malaysian PM regarding loss of MH 370 in Southern Indian Ocean. Visa fees will be waived for relatives. Grateful to all countries and search crews. Terrible weather means search has been suspended for a day in the Southern Indian Ocean. "We aren't looking for a needle in a haystack yet, because we are still trying to find the haystack"

3:29 AM UTC / 11:29 AM MYT

Authorities have closed down streets in Beijing, allowing protesting families to reach the Malaysian embassy on foot, according to the Telegraph's Malcolm Moore and others on scene. The Guardian

11:05 PM UTC / 7:05 AM MYT

Royal New Zealand Air Force and AMSA have suspended search for MH 370 due to inclement weather.

7:13 PM UTC / 3:13 AM UTC

In a statement, passengers' families said that the airline, Malaysian government and its military had “continually and extremely delayed, hidden and covered the facts, and attempted to deceive the passengers' relatives, and people all over the world”. Full statement available here, via The Guardian

6:48 PM UTC / 2:48 AM MYT

China will send more vessels to the waters of the southern Indian Ocean to search and salvage wreckage of Malaysia Airline MH370, Chinese maritime authorities said late Monday night. Xinhua

5:47 PM UTC / 1:47 AM MYT

"In Beijing, relatives shrieked and sobbed uncontrollably and men and women held up their loved ones when they heard the news. Their grief came pouring out after days of waiting for definitive word on the fate of their relatives aboard the missing plane." AP

A profound statement from Malcolm Moore: "Most of the relatives are still inside the conference room in Beijing. Where else do they have to go?"

5:08 PM UTC / 1:08 AM MYT

Boeing has release a statement

Boeing is saddened by today's announcement by the prime minister of Malaysia regarding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies continue to be with the families and loved ones of those aboard. Boeing continues to serve as a technical advisor to the U.S. National Transportation Board.

4:30 PM UTC / 12:30 AM MYT - 24th MAS PRESS STATEMENT

It is with deep sadness that Malaysia Airlines earlier this evening had to confirm to the families of those on board Flight MH370 that it must now be assumed the flight had been lost. As the Prime Minister said, respect for the families is essential at this difficult time. And it is in that spirit that we informed the majority of the families in advance of the Prime Minister’s statement in person and by telephone. SMSs were used only as an additional means of communicating with the families. Those families have been at the heart of every action the company has taken since the flight disappeared on 8th March and they will continue to be so. When Malaysia Airlines receives approval from the investigating authorities, arrangements will be made to bring the families to the recovery area and until that time, we will continue to support the ongoing investigation.

4:19 PM UTC / 12:19 AM MYT

France's air investigation authority, the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA), released a statement about the investigation.

  • Adviced the means to be put in place if undersea searches need to be launched.
  • Information available today has led to surface sea searches being carried out in order to identify debris observed
  • An undersea phase to localise the aeroplane from flight MH 370 could only be launched if the operations under way today enable a more limited search area to be defined.

via The Guardian

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014 (MYT)--

3:55 PM UTC / 11:55 PM MYT

According to Inmarsat, determination of plane's flight path involved a totally new way of modelling, which was why it took time. The company told the BBC the new calculation involved crunching far more data, which included what other aircraft were doing at the time.

Inmarsat gave the AAIB the new data on Sunday, it said, which had to be checked before it could be made public. BBC

3:47 PM UTC / 11:47 PM MYT

Sky News Asia correspondent Mark Stone posted a response from Malaysia Airlines about its decision to text message relatives that the plane is assumed to have disappeared. The airline clarified that is also contacted families face to face about the news. The Guardian

2:15 PM UTC / 10:15 PM MYT - 23rd MAS PRESS STATEMENT

Note: The communication below was shared with the family members of passengers and crew of MH370

Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, new analysis of satellite data suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.

On behalf of all of us at Malaysia Airlines and all Malaysians, our prayers go out to all the loved ones of the 226 passengers and of our 13 friends and colleagues at this enormously painful time.

We know there are no words that we or anyone else can say which can ease your pain. We will continue to provide assistance and support to you, as we have done since MH370 first disappeared in the early hours of 8 March, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The ongoing multinational search operation will continue, as we seek answers to the questions which remain. Alongside the search for MH370, there is an intensive investigation, which we hope will also provide answers.

We would like to assure you that Malaysia Airlines will continue to give you our full support throughout the difficult weeks and months ahead.

Once again, we humbly offer our sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.

2:00 PM UTC / 10:00 PM MYT - PRESS CONFERENCE BY PM OF MALAYSIA

  • Inmarsat, the satellite data provider has been performing further calculations on the data
  • The analysis concluded MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.
  • A remote location, far from any possible landing sites
  • Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
  • Relatives of passenger & crew have been notified of the new development.
  • Press conference will be held tomorrow with further details.
  • Full text of the statement can be read here

Overview of this press conference can be read at this article from 3 News

1:56 PM UTC / 9:56 PM MYT

From BBC live coverage

The following SMS message has been sent to relatives: "Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia's Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."

1:46 PM UTC / 9:46 PM MYT

Paramedics have been sent to the Beijing hotel where relatives are due to be briefed. SKY news Australia via The Guardian

1:27 PM UTC / 9:27 PM MYT

The families of the missing passengers have been offered flights to Australia, according to Sky News. The Guardian

1:16 PM UTC / 9:16 PM MYT

Relatives of the 239 people missing on the plane have been called to an emergency briefing. The Guardian

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014 (MYT)--

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1:08 PM UTC / 9:08 PM MYT - BREAKING

There will be a press conference at 2:00 PM UTC / 10:00 PM MYT. Will be attended by Malaysian Prime Minister. Source

10:59 AM UTC / 6:59 PM MYT

The Guardian reports in their live coverage blog:

It is unclear how close HMAS Success is to recovering the mystery objects picked by an Australian search plane.

Hishammuddin said the objects could "received" by the ship "within the next few hours." Australian's prime minister Tony Abbott said: "We are hopeful that we can recover these objects soon."

But in its last Twitter update the Australian Maritime Safety Authority suggested the crew was still searching for the objects.

9:45 AM UTC / 5:45 PM MYT

AMSA on the latest sighting of potential debris by an Australian plane (PDF)

  • HMAS Success is on scene and is attempting to locate the objects
  • The objects were spotted in the search area about 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth by the RAAF Orion about 2.45pm (AEDT).
  • The two objects – the first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object.
  • The objects identified by the RAAF Orion are separate to the objects reported by the Chinese Ilyushin IL- 76 to AMSA earlier today.

9:30AM UTC / 5:30 PM MYT - PRESS CONFERENCE

Attended by minister of transport, DCA chief & MAS CEO.

  • Two orange objects approximately 1m in length and one white coloured drum were sighted by search aircraft, but remain unidentified and have not been conclusively linked to MH370.
  • Chinese search plane reportedly sighted objects in the Australian search area. These objects are not in the vicinity of those which were identified by the Australian authorities last week.
  • An Australian search aircraft had located two objects in the Australian search area, one circular and one rectangular.
  • HMAS Success is in the vicinity and it is possible that the objects could be received within the next few hours, or by tomorrow morning at the latest.
  • HMAS Success remains the only vessel in the search area.
  • In the northern corridor, Turkmenistan have confirmed they have not had any sightings of MH370 on their radar.
  • The most recent (satellite) images were obtained by French satellites, which captured radar images of potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor on 21st March.
  • Police have interviewed more than a hundred people, including families of both the pilot and co-pilot.
  • The technical committee is considering releasing the audio transcript.
  • MH370 was carrying wooden pallets. However, there is no evidence that these are related to the wooden pallets reportedly sighted in the Australian search area.
  • Full text of opening statement can be read here
  • Video of the PC can be viewed here

Q&A

  • Boeing & Rolls-Royce will be at PC to answer question from media, if required.
  • SAR operation center will only be moved to Australia if the debris is confirmed to be from MH370.
  • When probed on standard procedure are not being followed by the cockpit crew, MAS CEO deny the report from Katmandu and clarify that it was the landing light, rather than the windshield was hit by the birds. The pilot did inform the ATC immediately and filed a report afterwards.
  • On MAS flight diverted to HKIA during a flight to Incheon, Korea, it was a technical issue with the generator, rather than a safety issue.
  • No distress signal from the aircraft was picked up.
  • Co-pilot was new to Boeing 777, previously moved from a lower fleet.
  • Co-pilot has passed the first 5 flight with a ‘check’ co-pilot. MH370 was his 6th flight.
  • The pilot is a Boeing 777 examiner.
  • Cargo manifest was passed on to investigation team.
  • Notable item are fruits, 200kg of Lithium-Ion batteries, some radios, the others are deemed to be ‘normal cargos’.
  • Turkmenistan has not made any sightings on radar.

Compiled with contribution from /u/Naly_D 's comment thread

9:15 AM UTC / 5:15 PM MYT

China has redirected a commercial icebreaker the Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, to change its course to the area where one of its planes spotted those suspicious objects. China Xinhua News

8:16 AM UTC / 4:16 PM MYT

A US P8 Poseidon search plane has failed to locate the potential debris spotted by the Chinese. AMSA

7:52 AM UTC / 3:52 PM MYT

The location of the "suspicious" objects spotted by a Chinese plane fall within an area currently being searched by Australian aircraft. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said its teams were trying to relocate the objects spotted by the Chinese. Source

4:13 AM UTC / 12:13 PM MYT

Chinese planes involved in search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 find "suspicious objects": Xinhua Source

1:25 AM UTC / 8:21 AM MYT

US Pacific Command orders Navy black box locator into Indian Ocean search area in case debris from missing MH 370 is located.

11:21 PM UTC / 7:21 AM MYT

2 Chinese aircraft en route to search area for MH 370 near Australia. Source

MARCH 24 SEARCH AREA

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014 (MYT)--

9:34 AM UTC / 5:34 PM MYT - PRESS STATEMENT

  • Released by Ministry of Transport, Malaysia
  • Received new satellite images from the French authorities showing potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor. Images were relayed to Australian rescue co-ordination centre.
  • As of 2:30pm Malaysia time, Australian officials have confirmed that they have not made any new sightings regarding MH370.
  • The last ACARS transmission, sent at 1.07am, showed nothing unusual. The 1.07am transmission showed a normal routing all the way to Beijing.
  • Full text of the press statement can be read here

4:55 AM UTC /12:55 PM MYT

NASA says it will check archives of satellite data and use space-based assets such as the Earth-Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite and the ISERV camera on the International Space Station to scour for possible crash sites. The resolution of these images could be used to identify objects of about 98 feet (30 meters) or larger. CNN

3:20 AM UTC / 11:20 AM MYT

The Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, who is currently in Papua New Guinea, gave a press conference a short time ago where he reiterated that there did appear to be a number of small objects that were visually identified. He said he learnt about the possible sightings late last night.

It is important to stress that at this stage the objects identified by the observers have still not been recovered, despite other vessels undertaking a more thorough search of the area. The Guardian

1:51 AM UTC / 9:51 AM MYT

Australia’s Maritime Search Agency has just issued their 11th update for the search operation.

The Guardian

12:45 AM UTC / 8:45 AM MYT

Chinese research vessel MV Xue Long has joined the search area. Most recently it was involved in a rescue operation in December 2013 to free another ship, the Akademic Shokalskiy, which had become trapped in ice off the Antarctic coast. The Xue Long subsequently became trapped in ice itself and was assisted by a United States icebreaker. The Guardian

10:50 PM UTC / 6:50 AM MYT

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was told late last night a civilian aircraft had sighted a number of objects within the search zone. It is the first direct sighting of debris and follows two hits by satellite in the past week. He said the debris was: “A number of small objects, fairly close together within the Australian search zone, including a wooden pallet.” Source

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014 (MYT)--

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2:59 PM UTC / 10:59 PM MYT

AMSA released new image, depicting the location of both sighted object & reported position from Chinese satellite imagery.

2:21 PM UTC / 10:41 PM MYT

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said one of its aircraft reported sighting a number of "small objects" with the naked eye, including a wooden pallet, within a radius of 5 km.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft took a closer look but only reported seeing clumps of seaweed. It dropped a marker buoy to track the movement. Reuters

1:38 PM UTC / 9:38 PM MYT

Since 17 March, planes have undertaken 15 sorties in the search area and "more than 150 hours of air time have been committed by the air crews to the task," Australian officials say. BBC

10:14 AM UTC / 6:14 PM MYT

Satellite image released by China SASTIND, depicting the 22.5m x 13m object. CCTV News

9:30 AM UTC / 5:30 PM MYT - PRESS CONFERENCE

Attended by minister of Transport, DCA chief & MAS CEO

  • Multiple countries in northern corridor, based on preliminary analysis, reported no sighting of the aircraft.
  • No sighting of item of interest off the coast of Australia.
  • Northern corridor search area comprised of 10500 sq nautical miles.
  • Challenging condition on southern corridor.
  • The audio transcript between aircraft & ATC was not released and doesn't reveal anything abnormal.
  • Cargo hold manifest was with investigator.
  • Reiterate the transportation of battery on an aircraft is not a problem as long as it is packed according to ICAO & IATA standard.
  • Battery used in MH370 aircraft's operation is NOT Lithium Ion.
  • DCA chief emphasis that the audio transcript revealed by Daily Telegraph is NOT accurate.
  • MAS CEO believed an upgraded satellite reporting system, which increase the satellite communication bandwidth would not helped in this incident. The current system in place fulfilled existing operation need of MAS.
  • Category 1 cyclone has hit Christmas Island, but it may not affect the search area.
  • No date being considered on when the SAR operation will stop.
  • BREAKING: New debris with dimension of 22 m x 30 m 22.5 m x 13 m (official clarification note) was spotted by Chinese authorities, more details will be release in the next few hour. The minister was handed a note bearing the news during the press conference.
  • Full opening statement can be read here.
  • Video of the press conference can be watched here

4:43 AM UTC / 12:43 PM MYT

Australian deputy prime minister says that they will start joint search operations for MH370 with China from Sunday. CCTV News

3:47 AM UTC / 11:47 AM MYT

3 aircraft are now in MH370 search area. A RAAF P3 Orion and NZ P3 Orion aircraft are also now en route. AMSA News

2:45 AM UTC / 10:45 AM MYT - MAS 22th MEDIA STATEMENT

Malaysia Airlines wishes to clarify that the lithium ion batteries carried onboard MH370 on 8 March 2014 was in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements where it is classified as Non Dangerous Goods.

7:16 PM UTC / 3:16 AM MYT

Pentagon: US considering Malaysian request for undersea surveillance gear to search for MH 370. Reuters

4:10 PM UTC / 12:10 AM MYT

Pentagon says $4 million allotted for Malaysia Airlines search; has cost $2.5 million so far. Source

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014 (MYT)--

2:27 PM UTC / 10:27 PM MYT

US Navy Poseidon searching for Malaysia Airlines plane returns to Perth, Australia; crew says they found nothing in search area, weather conditions were clear. Source

2:02 PM UTC / 10:02 PM MYT

Chinese icebreaker vessel Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, is to join the search for debris in the southern Indian Ocean. BBC

9:30 AM UTC / 5:30 PM MYT - PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Still awaiting information for Australian authorities regarding the suspected debris.
  • HMAS Success is due to reach the search area tomorrow.
  • Ukraine has finished background checks on Ukraine passengers, and found no issue.
  • Russia remained the only country not to report back on passenger background check.
  • Will establish a new SAR centre for northern corridor if new information comes to light.
  • Rumours of India do not allow Chinese warships to enter it’s waters is not true.
  • Authorities had not found anything unusual in the list of individuals in the passenger manifest.
  • Reiterate Malaysians have received good support from the Chinese authorities
  • The aircraft did carry some lithium ion batteries in the cargo, but they are treated as dangerous goods. It was check rigorously to ensure they are packed properly. Many airlines across the world transport these, not just MAS.
  • Kazakhstan has no confirmation that the plane was in their airspace.
  • Full text of the opening statement can be read here
  • Video of the press conference can be view here.

Compiled from /u/Naly_D 's transcription & The Guardian

8:45 AM UTC / 4:45 PM MYT

The first RAAF P3 Orion has returned to Perth, with its flight commander saying conditions are "great" at the search site but no items of interest have been spotted. 3 News

6:32 AM UTC / 2:32 PM MYT

AMSA update on the search operation.

  • The aircraft did a radar search yesterday and made no sightings.
  • All aircraft are currently airborne, the first aircraft is currently on the way back.
  • Last aircraft will leave the search area by about 10pm AEDST.
  • The search area is much smaller than we started with it nonetheless is a broad area.
  • Search area will be move according to where the water has moved overnight
  • Will be looking to see if more satellite imagery could be acquired that would provide new or refined information.
  • Latest search map by AMSA (via /u/presumenothing)
  • Full statement can be read here. (Provided by /u/Naly_D). Video (mp4)

4:05 AM UTC / 12:05 PM MYT

Australian PM stands by decision to release satellite images when asked whether he had been too quick to make the announcement to parliament. The Guardian

3:43 AM UTC / 11:43 AM MYT

China has announced that it is sending three warships to join the search for possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean. AP via The Guardian

3:00 AM UTC / 11:00 AM MYT

Australian Prime Minister Abbott speaks with Chinese President Jinping about MH 370. Says Jinping is 'devastated' about missing jet and that Australia will follow all possible leads. ABCNews

11:45 PM UTC / 7:45 AM MYT

Five aircraft will be involved in today’s search for MH370. Due to the distance to and from the search area, the aircraft involved have an endurance of approximately 2 hours of search time. AMSA (PDF)

11:36 PM UTC / 7:36 AM MYT

A satellite image company said on Thursday that the sheer number of images covering a large swath of ocean contributed to a delay in revealing what could be debris from the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that has been missing for nearly two weeks. Reuters

8:51 PM UTC / 4:51 AM MYT

First ship reaches area of possible MH 370 debris in Indian Ocean. Source

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014 (MYT)--

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1:35 PM UTC / 9:35 PM MYT

A statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority confirmed that the search operation has finished for today and will resume again on Friday. No sightings were reported. AMSA (PDF)

11:08 AM UTC / 7:08 PM MYT

The Norwegian ship, Hoegh St. Petersburg reaches area where Malaysia plane debris may have been spotted. Reuters

10:42 AM UTC / 6:42 PM MYT

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the UK is sending HMS Echo - a coastal survey ship - to the southern search corridor. BBC

9:58 AM UTC / 5:58 PM MYT - PRESS CONFERENCE

Attended by minister of transport, minister of foreign affair, DCA chief, MAS CEO

Opening Statement

  • At 10 AM MYT, two possible object potentially related to MH370 were spotted by satellite image in Southern Indian Ocean, southwest of Perth, Australia.
  • AMSA is coordinating the search, assisted by other countries’ authorities.
  • HMAS Success is heading to the area, but remained days away the site.
  • Chinese ambassador, together with Malaysian authorities will brief the passenger families in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Search and rescue will continue overnight.
  • Full text of opening statement can be read here (via The Guardian)

Q&A

  • Not de-intensified SAR operation in northern corridor.
  • Duty roster is typically released few weeks before the flight, according to MAS CEO.
  • Could not confirmed when the image is taken, but the news is received this morning in Malaysia.
  • Reiterate on the 4 passengers who did not turn up, were replaced by standby-passenger.
  • If debris is confirmed, next step would be to recover the black-box.
  • Passenger families are given 2-3 updates on the situation every day.
  • Passenger families will be arranged to fly to Australia if the debris is confirmed.
  • Regretful of how authorities handled the confrontation on the press conference yesterday.
  • French authorities are guiding Malaysian authorities on how to handle/comfort passenger’s families.

9:45 AM UTC / 5:45 PM MYT

'Extremely poor' visibility hampers Australian debris search. RAAF P3 crew unable to locate debris.Further aircraft to continue search for MH370. 3 News, AMSA

7:24 AM UTC / 3:24 PM MYT

It is important to point out that the satellite imagery of the objects released by Australia are four days old. They are dated Sunday 16 March.

In ASMA GM's media statement, suggested the authorities have taken their time to analyse the images before stating that they could have been debris from MH370.

To repeat he said: “RCC Australia received an expert assessment of commercial satellite imagery on Thursday.”

“The images were captured by satellite. They may not be related to the aircraft. The Guardian

7:04 AM UTC / 3:04 PM MYT

Two satellite images(Image1, Image2) have now been released by Australia’s maritime Safety Agency that show the objects they believe to be “credible” findings. The Guardian, 3News, Large Image by AMSA via /u/gelastic_farceur.

Object location on google map by The Guardian

5:41 AM UTC / 1:41 PM MYT

Press statement from Malaysian Defence Minister.

At 10:00 this morning, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak received a call from Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia, informing him that ‘two possible objects related to the search’ for MH370 had been identified in the Southern Indian Ocean. The Australian High Commissioner has also briefed me on the situation.

At this stage, Australian officials have yet to establish whether these objects are indeed related to the search for MH370.

Source

5:01 AM UTC / 1:01 PM MYT

To see how the search has now been narrowed this is the revised search zone that was being examined on Wednesday:

via The Guardian

4:30 AM UTC / 12:30 PM MYT - AMSA PRESS CONFERENCE - Image of statement

John Young - Australian Maritime Safety Authority

  • All times are in Canberra Time
  • Coordinating Southern Corridor search with assistance from RNZAF, US Navy
  • Satellite imagery has been received. RCC Australia conducted an assessment.
  • Image is in vicinity of search area. Further images are expected after commercial satellites were redirected to take high quality images. Will be provided in due course.
  • Images taken 2500 km SW of Perth - 4 aircraft repositioned.
  • Orion arrived at 1:50 pm. 3 more aircraft are tasked to arrive. US P-8, another Orion. P-8 is on scene now. Second Orion will arrive on scene at 6 pm. New Zealand Orion will depart at 4 pm and will be on scene 8 pm. RAAF C-130 has been tasked to drop data marker buoys.
  • HMAS Success fleet oiler ship en route to area - will take some days to reach.
  • Focus of AMSA - continue search with all available ships and aircraft. Grave concern for passengers and crew onboard.
  • Weather: moderate in the Southern Indian Ocean. But poor visibility has been reported. Weather "not playing."
  • Objects may be not from MH 370 and may be difficult to find.
  • Full statement can be read here

Q&A

  • Objects are indistinct on imagery. They are ‘credible sightings.’ Objects that are of reasonable size and are awash with water.

  • Size of the objects: largest object is assessed as being 24 meters (78.74 feet) long "blob".

  • 1:50 pm: Orion reported the weather on scene. No debris sightings.

  • Merchant ship: most likely scenario is if an aircraft finds an object, it will mark the area with GPS and the ship will be sent to investigate the area.

  • Satellite imagery is progressively provided to AMSA. Discovered to reveal a possible object part of a possible debris field.

  • This is credible enough to divert research to this area on the basis that it provides a promising lead that this may be a debris field. May not be related to the search even if debris looks “good.”

  • Water may be several thousand meters deep.

  • The area is 4 hours flying time for the P3. Aircraft can search for about 2 hours due to fuel load.

  • Advice for families: AMSA is doing its very best to find any possible survivors IF the aircraft came into the southern corridor and IF the objects are indeed the aircraft

4:20 AM UTC / 12:20 PM MYT

ABC News correspondent David Wright reports that a U.S. Navy P-8 crew says there is intel of some sort of unidentified debris in the Indian Ocean.

4:12 AM UTC / 12:12 PM MYT

Malaysian minister confirms there is a new lead in investigation of missing plane. Reported by Reuters

4:02 AM UTC / 12:02 PM MYT

US Navy commander tells @ABC a US P-8 is nearing search area where Australian PM says satellite has noted 2 objects of interest.

3:30 AM UTC / 11:30 AM MYT

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says objects have been found possibly related to search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet. He stresses it is not yet clear whether objects are parts of the plane; P-3 aircraft has been diverted to investigate. Australian Maritime Safety Authority is to hold a briefing at 3:30pm AEDT. He says locating these objects will be extremely difficult; reiterates that 'it may turn out that they aren't related to the search for [Malaysia Airlines] flight.' Source 1 Source 2 Source 3 Video

Conference is at 9:30 PM PT, 12:30 AM ET, 4:30 AM UTC, 12:30 PM MYT. I will post updates as fast as I can as they roll in.

2:05 AM UTC / 10:05 AM MYT

President Obama says that United States has put "every resource we have available" to help find MH 370. Full video here.

5:41 PM UTC / 1:41 AM MYT

In an interview with a CNN correspondent, Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says that Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah "was no extremist." Video

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014 (MYT)--

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2:46 PM UTC / 10:46 PM MYT

Copies of the hard drives from computers of pilot, co-pilot from From MH 370 have been given to the FBI for analysis. Source

2:02 PM UTC / 10:02 PM MYT

"We don't have any theories," says US Attorney General Eric Holder.

12:00 PM UTC / 8:00 PM MYT

Australian authorities said it halved the size of its designated search area to about 89,000 square nautical miles, based on an analysis by the U.S. NTSB that factored in the aircraft’s fuel reserves. Searches so far hadn’t found anything of significance. WSJ

11:45 AM UTC / 7:45 PM MYT

The Malaysian government has ordered an inquiry into the scuffles between and police officers and relatives of the missing passengers that overshadowed today’s press conference. The Guardian

11:00 AM UTC / 7:00 PM MYT

Indonesian authorities has cleared all seven Indonesian passengers aboard missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 of any terrorist links. WSJ

9:30 AM GMT / 5:30 PM GMT - PRESS CONFERENCE

Opening statement

  • Maldives authorities confirm report of the aircraft sighted is not true.
  • Appealed to other countries to volunteer more satellite and radar data about the flight.
  • Aircraft flew on normal routing until IGARI way point.
  • All passengers, crew and ground staff handling the aircraft are being investigated.
  • All passenger's background checks have been recieved from all countries apart from Ukraine and Russia.
  • Some data had been deleted from the pilot's flight simulator and forensic work to retrieve this data is on-going.
  • Passengers, the pilots and the crew remain innocent until proven otherwise.
  • A high-level team fom Malaysia will immediately travel to Beijing to give briefings & updates to the next of kin on the latest situation, and on search and rescue plans.
  • The full statement can be read here. Video link, from /u/givethemabreak

Q&A

  • DCA Chief dismissed a report that the plane was programmed to change course before the co-pilot issued the “all right, goodnight” sign off.
  • One of the main priorities is how to manage emotions and how to appease the families
  • Hisshammudin played down a report by Reuters which claimed investigators had a “working assumption” that the plane is likely to be lost far into the southern flight corridor in the southern Indian ocean.
  • Both corridors are both equally important. But the southern corridor is much more challenging.
  • Pilot's flight simulator data was cleared on the 3 February,

Today PC is compiled from The Guardian, BBC & transcription provided by /u/pharotekton

9:09 AM UTC / 5:03 PM MYT

Maldives autorities have stated that no indication of flight MH370 has been observed on any military radar's in the country. Source

8:57 AM UTC / 4:57 PM MYT

Relatives of those missing on the plane have been thrown out of the daily press conference by the Malaysia authorities in Kuala Lumpur after seeking more information on the search.

Both Sky News and the New Straits Times report scuffles and chaotic scenes.

More details on this is covered by /u/schmoker1 in this comment thread

8:46 AM UTC / 4:46 PM MYT

China hasn’t found evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ever entered its territory. WSJ

8:10 AM UTC / 4:10 PM MYT - 21st MEDIA STATEMENT

The passengers and crew on-board flight MH370, their families and loved ones, have been at the centre of every action Malaysia Airlines has taken as a Company since we first learned the flight disappeared.

The Malaysian Government is coordinating an unprecedented international search effort covering 2.24 million square nautical miles. With this simply enormous area we cannot determine how long it will take to locate the aircraft.

Considering these challenges, our caregivers have informed the family members of the missing passengers and crew that we have taken the decision to continue to provide information and assistance through the further enhanced Family Support Centre (FSC) based in Kuala Lumpur which has been operational since 8 March 2014 rather than the various Family Assistance Centers (FACs).

The Family Support Centre will continue to proactively provide relatives waiting for news at home with daily updates. In addition to personal phone calls, Malaysia Airlines will now send out SMS blasts with brief updates to the families. We have also set up an email address for family members as a channel for them to communicate with us. Updates via the Malaysia Airlines website are also available.

This Family Support Centre will be open round-the-clock and will house family support representatives trained to assist those who are seeking answers and further information. The representatives will be divided into four shifts with ten staff handling each shift. This will ensure that someone is available to attend to the families at all times. The centre will also have Mandarin speaking personnel.

Below are the toll-free numbers that has been set-up for eight different countries. A back-up number is also given to the families in the event they are not able to reach the toll-free number. The number to call to get in touch with this centre is +603 8777 5770.

Countries Toll-free number
China 10-800-130-1364 (South China) / 10-800-713-1404 (North China)
Malaysia 1800-81-4819
Indonesia 001-803-015-203-7708
Australia 1800-198-163
US/Canada 877-504-4210
New Zealand 080-045-4029
India 000-800-100-3449
France 080-091-2622

All this while, the families have always been briefed first, followed by the media and then the public whenever new information surfaces. However, the often conflicting information and wild speculation have caused a major distress to the families.

The Airline continues to work closely with the authorities and we appreciate the help we are receiving from all local and international agencies during this critical and traumatic period.

Our top priority remains to provide any and all assistance to the families of the passengers and crew.

6:56 AM UTC / 2:56 PM MYT

Source close to the investigation say, investigators probing the disappearance of the MH370 believe it most likely flew into the southern Indian Ocean. Reuters

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014 (MYT)--

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8:34 PM UTC / 4:34 AM MYT

CNN, citing unnamed US officials, claims that a search of the pilots computers and emails revealed no indication that the course deviation was planned. The US officials were supposedly briefed by Malaysian authorities -- however, the Malaysian authorities have not yet publicly confirmed this. Please also take this with a grain of salt.

5:14 PM UTC / 1:14 AM MYT

White House spokesman Jay Carney said at his daily briefing, calling the search “a difficult and unusual situation”. When asked about the notion that the plane could have landed at Diego Garcia, the US military base in the central Indian Ocean, Carney was dismissive: "I’ll rule that one out." The Guardian

4:24 PM UTC / 12:24 AM MYT

The aerial search for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight has been hampered by refusal from Indonesia to let planes overfly their territory. BBC

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014 (MYT)--

3:28 PM UTC / 11:28 PM MYT

New profiles of Zaharie Ahmad Shah and Fariq Abdul Hamid, the pilot and co-pilot of MH370 have been published by Reuters & New York Times. The story is the same: nothing about these men or the lives they led seems to point to likely complicity in a plot to divert the plane. Reuters article, NYT article

3:13 PM UTC / 11:13 PM MYT

Thailand’s military announced Tuesday that it had radar data that seems to corroborate Malaysian military radar data tracking a plane likely to be MH370 flying west over the Malacca Strait.

Why didn’t Thailand release the data before Tuesday? Because it wasn’t specifically asked for it, military officials says. AP via ABC

10:21 AM UTC / 6:21 PM MYT

Search area of 2.24 million sq nautical miles, putting that into perspective would be:

  • Looking for 1 faulty pixel in a photo of 2067 megapixels. --de-facto-idiot
  • Searching in an area larger than Australia. Source provided by
  • Finding an airplane in the USA, without Alaska --/u/ViciousNakedMoleRat
  • There's about 3.5M letters in an English Bible. You'll be looking for one out of place letter in nearly 600 Bibles, Genesis to Revelation --/u/RUSSELL_SHERMAN

10:11 AM UTC / 6:11 PM MYT - PRESS CONFERENCE

Attended by minister of transport, minister of foreign affairs, DCA chief & MAS CEO.

Opening Statement

  • Focus is on 4 tasks: gathering information from satellite surveillance, analysis of surveillance radar data, increasing air and surface assets, and increasing the number of technical and subject matter experts.
  • Every relevant country that has access to satellite data has been contacted
  • Australia & Indonesia lead SAR operation in southern corridor. China & Kazakhstan lead the northern corridor.
  • Each of both northern & southern corridor divided to 7 quadrants, spanning area of 160000 sq nautical miles.
  • Total search area of 2.24 million sq nautical miles.
  • ACARS was disabled just before reaching the East coast of peninsular Malaysia.
  • Transponder was switched off near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese ATC.
  • Reiterate ACARS was disabled just before reaching east coast of Malaysia. No exact time on when ACARS is turn off is available.
  • Consistent with deliberate action of someone on the plane.
  • Exact time ACARS was switched off have no bearing of SAR operation
  • Investigation on crew remained ongoing.
  • Full statement can be read here

Statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • 25 counties involved in SAR operation.
  • Response has been excellence from the countries involved.
  • 9 other countries, which are not covered in either corridor, have come forward to assist in the investigation.

Q&A

  • Deny Malaysia is a terrorist haven.
  • Not discounting any possibilities, including decompression theory.
  • Investigation is not influence by political issue.
  • Authorities have request Thai air force to restudy on the radar reading when being probe by journalist on reports that MH370 had straddled over into Thai airspace when flew across the peninsular.
  • Efforts are being done to reduce the area of concentration. Until then both corridor are equal in priority.
  • MAS reiterate that it have given sufficient and accurate information to passenger's families.
  • Insisted that Malaysia is the only country that has publicly released all the satellite and radar data about flight MH370.
  • Other countries had shared such data but declined to name which ones.
  • MAS have never flown route along northern corridor before.
  • Radar reading are only available to county’s authorities, but not media due to it’s sensitivity.
  • MAS iterate the aircraft is programmed to fly to Beijing as part of SOP. But anything is possible once the aircraft has took off.

8:44 AM UTC / 4:44 PM MYT

Relatives of some of the missing Chinese passengers are threatening to go on hunger strike in an effort to get more information from the Malaysian authorities. AFP via The Guardian

8:30 AM UTC / 4:30 PM MYT

China says it has started searching its territory and deployed 21 satellites to help with the search. BBC

7:15 AM UTC / 3:15 PM MYT

China finds no terrorism link among its passengers on MaH370. CNN, The Guardian

6:27 AM UTC / 2:30 PM MYT

Australian authority admits MH370 search in Indian Ocean may take weeks. Four Australian planes, with one each from the US and New Zealand, will search an area of 600,000 square kilometres. Video of the press conference

Map shows where the Australian Maritime Safety Authority plans to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 18, 2014. The Guardian

4:34 AM UTC / 12:33 PM MYT

Aircraft from the US and New Zealand will start hunting for MH 370 in a new search area 3,000 kilometers southwest of Perth, Australia. ABC News

3:33 AM UTC / 11:33 AM MYT

Citing "senior American officials," New York Times claims that the divergent turn on MH 370 was preprogrammed into the aircraft's computer. Their sources are unnamed. They do not provide an explanation as to how they know that the route was programmed rather than flown manually. Thus, we advice you to take this report with a pinch of salt until we receive official confirmation.

Comment from MrGandW: Aircraft fly routes which are programmed into their FMS (flight management system) via autopilot. Thus, NYT may be trying to report that the aircraft was on autopilot when its route was changed.

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014 (MYT).--

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3:29 AM UTC / 11:29 AM MYT

Chinese ambassador to Malaysia: We have ruled out the possibility that Chinese passengers on MH370 were involved in terrorism. The investigation should not be excessively covered by media since criminal probe could be involved. Priority of the investigation is to rule out one of the corridors for a more specific search range. CCTV News

1:08 AM UTC / 9:08 AM MYT

There has been no evidence of communication -- including those from mobile phones -- from anyone onboard MH 370 since it was diverted. New York Times

9:31 PM UTC / 5:31 AM MYT

US Navy confirms it has completed its search of the Andaman Sea in hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines jet; "no debris or wreckage" found. NBC News

7:27 PM UTC / 3:27 AM MYT

The U.S. Navy prepared to pull back military search operations for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet on Monday, defense officials said. The USS Kidd will cease search efforts in the Strait of Malacca and return to carrying out its normal Navy operations, officials told NBC News. Note that this has not yet been officially announced.

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014 (MYT).--

3:44 PM UTC / 11:43 PM MYT

Aviation officials in Pakistan, India and Central Asia as well as Taliban militants said they knew nothing about the whereabouts of a missing Malaysian jetliner. The Guardian

12:43 PM UTC / 8:43 PM MYT

Kazakhstan has played down Malaysia’s suggestion that the missing plane could have reached its airspace. A statement for its civil aviation committee said MH370 would have been detected by Kazakhstan’s radar, if had got that far.

Reuters quoted the statement as saying that nine Malaysia Airlines flights travelled over Kazakhstan on 8 March. None of them was MH370. The Guardian

10:20 AM UTC / 6:20 PM MYT

Two image released by Malaysia Authorities, illustrating both northern & southern corridor. Source

10:12 AM UTC / 6:12 PM MYT - PRESS CONFERENCE

Attended by minister of Transport, minister of Foreign Affairs, DCA chief, MAS CEO.

Opening statement

  • Radar, SAR assets and plan were requested from countries in search corridor,
  • 26 countries involved in SAR operation.
  • Southern corridor split to 2. Australia & Malaysia will lead the search in these areas.
  • Search in both corridors has started.
  • Malaysia navy has deployed vessels to southern corridor.
  • US Navy’s P8A will be travelling to Perth to assist in SAR operation.
  • Civil aviation from China will be joining the investigation team, as well as French counterparts.
  • Investigation on all crew including ground staff started on 8 March. Pilot & co-pilot house was revisited at 15 March. Flight simulator was taken away. FBI, Interpol is working on investigation.

NOTE: Full text of the opening statement can be found here. (via The Guardian)

Q&A

  • Authorities decline to comment on the ongoing investigation on pilot & co-pilot.
  • The pilot did not request to fly together. It was based on rosters.
  • 4 tonnes of mangosteen was the answer when probed by journalist on potentially high value cargo on the aircraft.
  • Possibility of the aircarft was remotely controlled is low.
  • ACARS was turned off at Kota Bahru, transponder was turned off at IGARI waypoint.
  • MAS has tightened their security procedures.
  • All emergency system must be checked & armed prior to take off.
  • Don’t have any evidence from Telco on the possibilities of call/text being made after the aircraft have turned west yet. Authorities are still going through the records.
  • Background check on passenger is still going on.
  • Initial investigation indicates the last communication was from the co-pilot, at 1:19 am MYT.
  • Last ACARS communication was recieved at 1:07 am MYT, it was supposed to transmit new data after 30 minutes. Authorities do not know the exact time ACARS was switched off.
  • ATC have no indication that the aircraft ACARS was turned off.
  • The last 6 ping back was from geo-satellite. No coordinate could be derived from the data.
  • From the point of 8:11 am MYT ping back, the aircraft should have additional 30 minutes flight time, based on the flight speed.

Special thank to /u/Mookiewook for the transcription on Q&A session

8:57 AM UTC / 4:57 PM MYT

The English edition of the state run Global Times has run a series of critical articles questioning the way the search for the Beijing-bound flight is being handled. Now it is accusing Malaysia of incompetence and suggests it may need to hand over responsibility for the search after its “lousy” efforts. Global Times

6:21 AM UTC / 2:21 PM MYT

Search area now comprised of 30 million square miles. WSJ

Putting things in perspective, that would be looking for 1 faulty pixel in 20 gigapixel photo. --de-facto-idiot

6:15 AM UTC / 2:15 PM MYT

Press statement by Ministry of Transport Malaysia. Source

NOTE: Formatted for better readability

1. Search and rescue operational update

a. The number of countries involved in the search and rescue operation has increased from 14 to 26. These countries are: Malaysia, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkmenistan, UAE, UK, US, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

b. Today, the Royal Malaysian Navy and the Royal Malaysian Air Force will deploy their assets to the southern corridor.

c. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent diplomatic notes to all countries along the northern and southern corridors; and all countries from which we are requesting assistance.

d. The above mentioned diplomatic notes set out the specific support and assistance required, including: - Radar and satellite information - Land, sea and aerial search operations - Search and rescue action plans for relevant countries - Details of any information required from Malaysia

e. Today, three French officials from the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la sécurité de l'aviation civile (BEA) arrived in Kuala Lumpur to help with the search and rescue operation. The officials will share their expertise and knowledge based on their experience from the search for Air France Flight 447.

2. Update on the police investigation into MH370’s crew and passengers

a. On Saturday 8 March, the Royal Malaysia Police started investigations into all crew members on board MH370, including the pilot and co-pilot, as well as all ground staff handling the aircraft.

b. On Sunday 9 March, police officers visited the homes of the pilot and co-pilot. Officers also spoke to family members of the pilot and co-pilot.

c. Police visited the homes of the pilot and co-pilot again on Saturday 15 March. The pilot’s flight simulator was taken from his house with the assistance of his family. The simulator was re-assembled at police headquarters.

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014 (MYT).--

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Comprehensive timeline: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 DAY 9

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  • Next press conference is yet to be announced. There should a daily PC at 5:00~5:30 pm MYT, but it's up to the decision of Malaysian authorities.


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6:05 AM UTC / 2:07 PM MYT

Full transcript of yesterday (16 March) press conference can be found here

4:05 AM UTC / 12:05 PM MYT

As per recent speculation, New Straits Times is reporting that the plane dropped 1500 m (~5000 ft) to avoid radar detection.

3:40 AM UTC / 11:40 AM MYT

Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia will help coordinate MH370 southern arc search after receiving call from Malaysian prime minister. Source

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS DATED MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014 (MYT).--

2:55 PM UTC / 10:55 PM MYT

The person in control of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 issued their last communication to air traffic control after the first set of aircraft communications was disabled, Malaysian authorities have confirmed, adding further weight to suspicion that the plane was hijacked. The Guardian

1:08 PM UTC / 9:08 PM MYT

A BBC image showing the possible last known of the MH370, based on the satellite data received

10:08 AM UTC / 6:08 PM MYT - PRESS CONFERENCE

Attended by Minister of Transport, DCA Chief, MAS CEO, IGP.

  • Search area expanded, nature of search has changed.
  • Numbers of countries involved in SAR operation have increased from 14 to 25 countries.
  • Foreign ministry have met representative from countries coved by northern/southern airway corridor.
  • Both northern/southern corridors being treated equally the same.
  • US, China & France are asked to provide further satellite data.
  • Surveillance aircraft & vessels are required for southern corridor.
  • Aircraft movement consistent with deliberate action
  • Refocusing on all crew, passenger & ground staff of MH370.
  • Pilot's flight simulator is being examined by export & police.
  • Co-pilot & pilot did not request to fly together
  • MH370 is airworthy, complies to the safety bulletin issued by Boeing.

Q&A

  • Inmarsat received 6 ping back from aircraft. Last communication is at 8:11 am MYT / 12:11 am UTC.
  • Fuel for typical KL – Beijing flight for 6.5 hours. Extra fuels are for emergency situation. MH370 is fuel up to 7.5-8 hours.
  • No SOP was breached despite the aircraft (unidentified at the time) flew past military radar.
  • Investigation & background check was performed on the passenger, crew & ground staff. Some foreign intelligence agencies have cleared the background check.
  • Authorities deny reports that the aircraft have landed somewhere.
  • The aircraft turn back is not pre-determined.
  • Immediate financial assistance is given to the families.
  • No additional fuel was carried by the aircraft apart from the required + emergency diversion.
  • Authorities denied the report that Pilot moved out from the house the day before the incident.
  • Pilot’s flight simulator has been taken in for investigation.
  • RMP defend the decision of not investigate pilot & co-pilot earlier.
  • Information of aircraft altitude is available, is being corroborated with the radar service operator.
  • Both possible corridors are being investigated.
  • Flight re-enactment was performed with Boeing 777 simulators.
  • The cargo manifest reveals no hazardous material.
  • 2 Iranians with the stolen passports have been cleared and are not associated with any terrorist groups.
  • The aircraft’s minimum speed, maximum speed, location, altitude has been gleaned from the 6 satellite ping back. Concurred by independent interpolation from both US & UK investigator.

8:15 AM UTC / 5:15 PM MYT - 20th MEDIA STATEMENT

The current general enquiry number +60378841234 for the MH370 incident will change effective Monday, 17 March 2014 at 12.00 noon.

Moving forward, families of passengers and crew of MH370 may call +603-87775770. This is a dedicated number for families only.

For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers and our colleagues on board MH 370 as well as their families and loved ones.

7:10 AM UTC / 4:10 PM MYT

Investigators probing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 piloted an identical Boeing 777-200 on the missing plane’s suspected flight path, in a re-enactment aimed at determining whether the radar and satellite data that it generated matches up with data on MH370’s flight. AFP via NewStraitsTimes

6:30 AM UTC / 3:30 PM MYT

Malaysia's government says police are examining flight simulator belonging to pilot of missing jet and investigating engineers who might have had contact with plane. AP

6:32 AM UTC / 3:32 PM MYT

Malaysian defence minister has tweeted that he is talking to all countries involved in the revised search. The countries include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia & France. Among others. Source

6:41 AM UTC / 2:41 PM MYT

Media Statement from Ministy of Transport, Malaysia. Source

NOTE: Formatted to allow better readability

** 1. Search and rescue operational update**

a. The search and rescue operation continues to be a multi-national effort, led by Malaysia.

b. Malaysian officials are contacting countries along the northern and southern corridors about MH370. These countries include: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and France. Officials are requesting assistance from these countries.

c. Malaysian officials are currently discussing with all partners how best to deploy assets along the two corridors.

d. Malaysian officials are also asking countries to provide further assistance in the search for the aircraft, including: satellite data and analysis; ground-search capabilities; radar data; and maritime and air assets.

e. Both the northern and southern corridors are being treated with equal importance.

** 2. Update on the police investigation into MH370’s crew and passengers**

a. As per normal procedure, the Royal Malaysia Police are investigating all crew and passengers on board MH370, as well as engineers who may have had contact with the aircraft before take-off.

b. Police searched the home of the pilot on Saturday 15 March. Officers spoke to family members of the pilot and experts are examining the pilot’s flight simulator. On 15 March, the police also searched the home of the co-pilot.

c. We appeal to the public not to jump to conclusions regarding the police investigation.

6:30 AM UTC / 2:30 PM MYT

Press conference delayed to 9:30 am UTC / 5:30 pm MYT. Reuters

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4:20 AM UTC / 12:20 PM MYT

Malaysian police schedule press conference about missing flight for 1 AM ET / 5 AM UTC / 1 PM MYT. Daily Telegraph

3:17 AM UTC / 11:17 AM MYT

India puts search for MH 370 on hold at request of Malaysian government, officials say. Straits Times

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS DATED SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014 (MYT).--

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Comprehensive timeline: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 PART 6

Continued from here. Once again, thanks for the support. Happy to do this! - MrGandW

I AM OUT OF ROOM. PLEASE SEE PART 7 HERE FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE!

If I'm away, check out /u/de-facto-idiot's current update thread! He also has a comprehensive thread and a reading list/FAQ for those of you that are just joining us.

There seems to be a crowdsourced map hunt for the flight going on at Tomnod.

TOMNOD THREAD, BY REQUEST. Please direct your findings to over there. There's also /r/TomNod370 for those wishing for a more organized experience.

MYT is GMT/UTC + 8.

Keep in mind that there are lots of stories going around right now, and the updates you see here are posted only after I've verified them with reputable news sources. For example, stories about phones ringing are because of the cellular networks' voicemail or call forwarding services - they are not actually the passengers' phones themselves ringing. To my knowledge, none of the passengers' phones have been reported as active or responsive.

UPDATE 2:26 AM UTC: Two US officials say the shutdown of two communication systems happened separately, 14 minutes apart, indicating a possible deliberate act. ABC

UPDATE 11:10 PM UTC: Washington Post and ABC News cite senior unnamed U.S. officials saying data suggests the engines of missing Malaysia Airlines jet continued to run for hours after it disappeared.

UPDATE 9:17 PM UTC: US Navy will contribute new state-of-the-art surveillance aircraft, P-8A Poseidon to the search for MH370.

UPDATE 7:38 PM UTC: WSJ has corrected their story stating the missing Malaysia Airlines plane flew for up to 4 hours after dropping from radar to note that satellite, not engine, data reveals this. See this comment for transcription.

UPDATE 6:02 PM UTC: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney asked if he has confidence in Malaysian government in missing plane search; says 'I can't evaluate this process until it comes to an end.' Source

UPDATE 5:54 PM UTC: White House says US consulting with international partners on 'appropriate assets to deploy' in search for missing flight. Reuters

UPDATE 5:41 PM UTC: White House says 'an additional search area' may be opened in the Indian Ocean in effort to find MH 370. Source

UPDATE 5:30 PM UTC: A Reuters report citing 'a source close to the investigation' says communications satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight after it went missing on Saturday.

UPDATE 5:16 PM UTC: House Homeland Security Committee members question security of passport checks on flights that reach US. The Hill

UPDATE 3:33 PM UTC: Report: USS Kidd being moved to Indian Ocean after 'indication' MH370 may have gone down there, senior Pentagon official says. ABC News

PRESS CONFERENCE, 5:30 PM MYT/9:30 AM UTC:

  • MAS confirm reports on that aircraft continues to fly after losing contact is inaccurate. Last engine data transmission at 01:07 indicates everything is normal. Confirmed by Roll-Royce & Boeing.
  • Malaysia authorities found nothing at the area indicated by Chinese satellite image.
  • Chinese government did not authorize the previously released satellite image on SASTIND website.
  • The aircraft was fully serviced and ready to fly. Last service was at 23 Feb, and was scheduled for next service at 19 Jun.
  • Military radar doesn't show what aircraft is turning back. It's the authorities duty to investigate the possibilities of the flight may reached Straits of Malacca, hence the expanded SAR area. Main effort remained at South China Sea.
  • FAA & NTSB working on the aircraft turn back with provided data, found it's reasonable to continue to search at Straits of Malacca. ICAO is also working on the radar readings.
  • Malaysian authorities have shared military radar reading with their counterparts to help with investigation.
  • Authorities deny report that house of MH370's crew was searched by police.
  • All passengers on the manifest are being examined by authorities.
  • Same amount of financial allowance is given to families of all passengers.
  • No distress signal was received.
  • Radar reading is requested from neighbouring data.
  • Malaysia lost the aircraft from radar when aircraft transferred from Malaysia ATC to Vietnam ATC at IGARI waypoint.
  • No other data is transmitted from aircraft beyond the last engine data transmission.
  • ACARS can be programmed to report at preset condition, last transmission indicate everything is ok.
  • Investigation on the connecting passenger phone is still ongoing.
  • 20 families from China travelled to Kuala Lumpur.
  • Military will be present on next PC to brief media on the technical details of the SAR operation.
  • 43 ships and 40 aircraft are involved in the search.

UPDATE 5:46 AM UTC: CCTV News said on Twitter that relatives asked Malaysian diplomats in Beijing whether the military had shot down the plane - a suggestion the Malaysians swiftly denied.

UPDATE 4:53 AM UTC: No plane debris found at spot shown by China's satellite images, Malaysian aviation chief says. @AP

UPDATE 4:32 AM UTC: Report: Engine data suggests missing Malaysia Airlines flight was airborne for hours [I'm hearing 4-5] after radar disappearance, US investigators say. WSJ Paywall See this comment for transcription.

SEVENTEENTH MEDIA STATEMENT, 11:10 AM MYT/3:10 AM UTC:

As a mark of respect to the passengers and crew of MH370 on 8 March 2014, the MH370 and MH371 flight codes will be retired from the Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur- Beijing-Kuala Lumpur route.

With effect from 14 March 2014, the new flight number to replace MH370 and MH371 will be:

MH 318 – Kuala Lumpur - Beijing

MH 319 – Beijing - Kuala Lumpur

There are no changes to the frequency of our services and we will continue to operate double daily services to Beijing.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of our colleagues and passengers of MH 370.

UPDATE 3:06 AM UTC: Chinese Premier tells CNN in presser "As long as there is a glimmer of hope, we will not stop searching for the plane."

UPDATE 2:03 AM UTC: Vietnam military officials say they will recheck area for MH 370 after China satellite spots objects. Reuters

UPDATE 1:32 AM UTC: China's civil aviation chief says they can't confirm satellite images are connected to missing plane. Reuters

--ALL UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014.--

UPDATE 11:54 PM UTC: US 7th Fleet tells CNBC no plans to change its MH370 search area after release of Chinese satellite imagery. Source

UPDATE 9:22 PM UTC: US defense/military officials tell NBCNews that they have no info on Chinese satellite imagery some say might be MH 370 wreckage. The Guardian

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Comprehensive timeline: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 PART 4

Continued from here. Once again, thanks for the support. Happy to do this! - MrGandW

Out of room - Part 5 is HERE!

There seems to be a crowdsourced map hunt for the flight going on Tomnod.

CURRENT SEARCH AREA - BBC

MYT is GMT/UTC + 8.

Keep in mind that there are lots of stories going around right now, and the updates you see here are posted only after I've verified them with reputable news sources. For example, stories about phones ringing are because of the phones going to voicemail or call forwarding - they are not actually the passengers' phones themselves ringing. To my knowledge, none of the passengers' phones have been reported as active or responsive.

UPDATE 5:21 PM UTC: White House Press Secretary says NTSB, FAA officials have arrived in Malaysia; still not enough information to know cause of plane's disappearance.

UPDATE 4:06 PM UTC: China to adjust search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight over expanded range and involve more ships in rescue work, state news agency says. Source

THIRTEENTH MEDIA STATEMENT, 11:30 PM MYT/3:30 PM UTC: In response to these allegations:

Malaysia Airlines has become aware of the allegations being made against First Officer, Fariq Ab Hamid which we take very seriously. We are shocked by these allegations.

We have not been able to confirm the validity of the pictures and videos of the alleged incident. As you are aware, we are in the midst of a crisis, and we do not want our attention to be diverted.

We also urge the media and general public to respect the privacy of the families of our colleagues and passengers. It has been a difficult time for them.

The welfare of both the crew and passenger’s families remain our focus. At the same time, the security and safety of our passengers is of the utmost importance to us.

UPDATE 1:03 PM UTC: Relatives of Chinese passengers on board missing the flight have refused to accept money from Malaysia Airlines as distrust and frustration at the carrier mounted, AFP reports. The airline said it had offered “financial assistance” of 31,000 yuan (£3,040) to the family of each missing traveller. But a relative of one of the passengers, from east China’s Shandong province, told AFP: “We’re not really interested in the money.”

UPDATE 10:35 AM UTC: Interpol has revealed the names of two Iranians who boarded flight MH370 on the stolen passports.Interpol’s chief Ronald Noble named one as Pouri Nour Mohammadi who was born on 30 April 1995. The other was Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza born 21 September 1984. He later added that he was inclined to thing the disappearance of the plane was not a terrorist incident. The Guardian

UPDATE 10:24 AM UTC: Malaysia's military believes it tracked missing plane on radar to Strait of Malacca, military source says. Reuters.

TWELFTH MEDIA STATEMENT, 5:29 PM MYT/9:29 AM UTC:

This statement is in reference to the many queries on the alleged five (5) passengers who checked-in but did not board MH370 on 8 March 2014 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing despite having valid tickets to travel.

Malaysia Airlines wishes to clarify that there were four (4) passengers who had valid booking to travel on flight MH370, 8 March 2014, but did not show up to check-in for the flight.

As such, the issue of off-loading unaccompanied baggage did not arise, as the said four passengers did not check in for the flight. Hence, the above claim is untrue.

03:00 pm MYT / 07:00 am GMT - PRESS CONFERENCE

  • No confirmation of any findings of debris
  • Passenger using stolen Austrian passport has been identified as 19 year old Iranian, Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehdad. He's a asylum seeker heading to Frankfurt to see his mother. It's "not likely" they were involved with terrorist organisation.
  • Investigation is ongoing for the passenger using stolen Italian passport. CCTV image.
  • Malaysian police confirms there was no passenger that did not board the flight (in contrary of the previous 5 missing passenger, as told by DCA)
  • Malaysian police is investigating a range of theories including hijacking and sabotage, but also any possible psychological problems of those on board.

UPDATE 5:06 AM UTC: China is pushing insurers to quickly settle claims in missing Malaysian plane case. Source

UPDATE 4:01 AM UTC: CNN reporters, citing the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Dept., say Cathay Pacific Airways pilots have spotted 'large solid debris.' Previous reports about debris have been confirmed false. Source

ELEVENTH MEDIA STATEMENT, 11:15 AM MYT/3:15 AM UTC:

As we enter into Day 4, the aircraft is yet to be found.

The search and rescue teams have expanded the scope beyond the flight path. The focus now is on the West Peninsular of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca. The authorities are looking at a possibility of an attempt made by MH370 to turn back to Subang. All angles are being looked at. We are not ruling out any possibilities.

The last known position of MH370 before it disappeared off the radar was 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).

The mission is aided by various countries namely Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and the United States of America. The assets deployed to cover the search and rescue is expensive. In total there are nine aircraft and 24 vessels deployed on this mission.

Apart from the search in the sea, search on land in between these areas is also conducted.

The search and rescue teams have analysed debris and oil slick found in the waters. It is confirmed that it does not belong to MH370.

The B777-200 aircraft that operated MH370 underwent maintenance 10 days before this particular flight on 6 March 2014. The next check is due on 19 June 2014. The maintenance was conducted at the KLIA hangar and there were no issues on the health of the aircraft.

The aircraft was delivered to Malaysia Airlines in 2002 and have since recorded 53,465.21 hours with a total of 7525 cycles. All Malaysia Airlines aircraft are equipped with continuous data monitoring system called the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) which transmits data automatically. Nevertheless, there were no distress calls and no information was relayed.

Malaysia Airlines has a special task force to take care of families. Mercy Malaysia and Tzu Chi and others are also helping Malaysia Airlines by providing special psychological counseling to families and also the MH crew.

The Chinese government officials in Malaysia are also working closely with Malaysia Airlines. A representative from the embassy is stationed at the Emergency Operations Centre to assist with the emergency management and matters related to families in Kuala Lumpur.

In Beijing, the Prime Minister’s special envoy to China, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting is there to assist and coordinate all operational matters with Malaysia Airlines.

We regret and empathise with the families and we will do whatever we can to ensure that all basic needs, comfort, psychological support are delivered. We are as anxious as the families to know the status of their loved ones.

To the families of the crew on-board MH370, we share your pain and anxiety. They are of the MAS family and we are deeply affected by this unfortunate incident.

Malaysia Airlines reiterates that it will continue to be transparent in communicating with the general public via the media on all matters affecting MH370.

UPDATE 1:10 AM UTC: CNN's National Security reporter Jim Sciutto @jimsciutto says US officials tell him that the stolen passports used to board MH370 fit the pattern of human trafficking.

UPDATE 12:53 AM UTC: : Per @CNBCWorld, Malaysian authorities have indefinitely postponed news conferences on the search for flight MH370.

--UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014--

UPDATE 11:29 PM UTC: Underwater search expert: 'Crucial time is passing' in search for vanished Malaysia Airlines flight. @CNNbrk

UPDATE 9:19 PM UTC: Report: US intelligence official says Malaysian officials gave US images and biometrics of men believed to have used stolen passports to board missing flight. CNN

UPDATE 6:47 PM UTC: FBI is waiting for thumbprints taken by airport security in Malaysia to compare with US database. @NBCNews

UPDATE 6:22 PM UTC: Report: Iranian man booked tickets used by fake passport-carrying passengers, travel agent tells Financial Times. NBCNews

UPDATE 5:12 PM UTC: Boeing shares have dropped 2.8% amid safety concerns. Source

--UPDATES ABOVE THIS ARE DATED MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014.--

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