The Search For Malasyia Airlines Flight 370 Continues

The first pieces of an aircraft that mysteriously vanished in southeast Asia  Saturday may have finally been found.  Pieces of the Malaysia Airlines flight’s inner door and a piece of the tail  was found about 50 miles south-southwest of Tho Chu island, Vietnam officials  said Sunday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

malaysia searchCHINA – Thirty-four aircraft, 40 ships, and officials from no fewer than 8 countries are involved in the search.

That an international jet liner can apparently vanish while cruising at 35,000 feet, with no sign of a distress signal or trouble, has rattled the nerves and captured the attention of many. That is, after all, the safest portion of a flight.

Officials leading the search so far have been unable to identify a field of debris — which is unusual for a plane that may have plunged into the sea. “The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet,” a source involved in the search told Reuters.

The chief of Malaysia’s air force said there were signs the aircraft may have attempted to turn back towards his country. “We are trying to make sense of this,” Rodzali Daud said at a news conference. “The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back, and in some parts this was corroborated by civilian radar.”

But they didn’t tell air traffic control they were attempting such a maneuver, as is commonly required.

Late Sunday night, Vietnamese authorities said a military plane may have spotted an object floating it the water, identifying it as a possible piece of the tail or an inner door. That, plus the sighting of two large oil slicks off the coast of Vietnam, have led the authorities to direct their focus on a 50-nautical mile radius area.  (read more)

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possible plane debris as photographed by Vietnamese search aircraft

mystery man(Via TelegraphMalaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that authorities were looking at two more possible cases of suspicious identities. He said Malaysian intelligence agencies were in contact with their international counterparts, including the FBI. He gave no more details.

“All the four names are with me and have been given to our intelligence agencies,” he said. “We are looking at all possibilities.”…

…European authorities on Saturday confirmed the names and nationalities of the two stolen passports: One was an Italian-issued document bearing the name Luigi Maraldi, the other Austrian under the name Christian Kozel.

A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline on Sunday confirmed “Maraldi” and “Kozel” were both booked to leave Beijing on a KLM flight to Amsterdam on March 8. Maraldi was then to fly to Copenhagen on KLM on March 8, and Kozel to Frankfurt on March 8.

She said the pair booked the tickets through China Southern Airlines so she had no information on where they bought them.

Having an onward reservation from Beijing would have meant the pair, as holders of EU passports, would not have needed a visa for China. Beyond that, it was unclear whether this had any possible implications for the investigation…

…Jason Middleton, the head of the Sydney-based University of New South Wales’ School of Aviation, said terrorism or some other form of foul play seemed a likely explanation.

“You’re looking at some highly unexpected thing, and the only ones people can think of are basically foul play, being either a bomb or some immediate incapacitating of the pilots by someone doing the wrong thing and that might lead to an airplane going straight into the ocean,” Middleton said. “With two stolen passports (on board), you’d have to suspect that that’s one of the likely options.”  (read more)

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13 Responses to The Search For Malasyia Airlines Flight 370 Continues

  1. cg says:

    Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:
    RIP.

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  2. LetJusticePrevail" says:

    I’m wondering if the airlines have any pictures or videos of the people who were traveling under the stolen passports. It would seem that there would be cameras in place at the ticketing, check-in, security screening, and boarding areas, right?

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    • rashomon says:

      The PTB get photos of me buying bird food. Guess after they feel you down at the airports, securing your safety means nothing. Please call/write/e-mail your congress critters and vote. Please vote.

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    • ctdar says:

      This article states Malaysian security had video footage of the 2 confirmed stolen passport holders making their way through the airports passport control.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2576641/Terror-fears-missing-777-grow-Identities-ANOTHER-two-passengers-probed-suspicion-falls-four-booked-Chinese-airline.html

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      • LetJusticePrevail" says:

        FTA:

        “It appears the the tickets linked to the Italian and Austrian passports were bought together in Thai baht at identical prices, according to China’s official e-ticket verification system Travelsky. The ticket numbers are contiguous, which indicates the tickets were issued together.”

        This doesn’t prove that they are responsible for the disappearance of the aircraft, but it certainly heightens my suspicion of them. Hopefully the authorities will circulate their photos and their true identities will be ascertained.

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        • ctdar says:

          & track method of payment. I would like to know whether there is 2 more questionable passports…one 9/11 terrorist team traveled in a group of 4.

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          • LetJusticePrevail" says:

            Some reports are saying that their are two additional passengers that seem to be of interest to the police, but it’s not clear if their passports were stolen, or what might have brought attention to them. I’m hoping that the dots can be connected because it might make it easier to identify them all if the identity of one can be discovered.

            Something else just occurred to me… are the passports of international travelers photographed when they go through screening?

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  3. IFoundMyVoice says:

    No terrorist group has claimed responsibility? Usually they are up front and crowing about their savagery.

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