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Jet missing with 239 aboard   Travel by Plane

Started 3/9/14 by Glen (GEAATL); 38670 views.
Glen (GEAATL)
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From: Glen (GEAATL)

3/9/14

This story originally broke March 7 with this item:

Malaysia Airlines Loses Contact With Plane Carrying 239

NBCNews.com
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people has lost contact with air traffic control and was still missing two hours after it was supposed to have landed in Beijing, the airline said Saturday morning.
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From: Glen (GEAATL)

3/9/14

Terrorism not ruled out in disappearance of Malaysia Airlines jet

LA Times

BEIJING — Malaysian officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane Saturday said they were not ruling out terrorism — or any other causes — as reports emerged that two Europeans listed on the passenger manifest were not aboard and may have had their passports stolen.  Vietnamese military aircraft participating in a search-and-rescue operation for the Boeing 777, which was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard, had spotted two oil slicks in the waters off southern Vietnam, the Associated Press reported.   The government said the slicks were each six miles to nine miles long and were consistent with the type that would be left by fuel from a crashed jetliner, the AP said.

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From: Glen (GEAATL)

3/9/14

Plane bore painters, pilgrims, others from around the world

CNN  
 
(CNN) -- A delegation of painters and calligraphers, a group of Buddhists returning from a religious gathering in Kuala Lumpur, a three-generation family, nine senior travelers and five toddlers.
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From: Glen (GEAATL)

3/9/14

Washington Post  
 
NEW YORK — The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth...It could take investigators months, if not years, to determine what happened to the Boeing 777 flying from Malaysia’s largest city of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing...If there was a minor mechanical failure — or even something more serious like the shutdown of both of the plane’s engines — the pilots likely would have had time to radio for help. The lack of a call “suggests something very sudden and very violent happened,” said William Waldock, who teaches accident investigation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz.It initially appears that there was either an abrupt breakup of the plane or something that led it into a quick, steep dive.
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From: Glen (GEAATL)

3/9/14

Stolen passports expose weakness in Malaysia Airlines security

The Globe and Mail
Two days before Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370's departure and disappearance, two men booked seats aboard the flight, paying in Thai currency and picking up the consecutively numbered tickets in the beach resort of Pattaya in Thailand. Neither traveler was who he claimed to be. They used passports stolen from European vacationers in Thailand, exposing a lingering weakness in post-Sept. 11, 2001 airline security...The head of Interpol warned that last year, passengers boarded planes more than a billion times without having their passports checked against his agency’s database of stolen or lost passports.
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From: Glen (GEAATL)

3/10/14

Sweeping search finds no trace of missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Vietnamese find was not from jet

Los Angeles Times 
BEIJING -- Forty ships and more than 20 airplanes were searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet Sunday but by nightfall had not found any wreckage...Earlier Sunday, Vietnamese media reported that a Singaporean search plane had spotted “strange objects” in the waters off southern Vietnam but boats that reached the area later said the items were not from the Boeing 777, Malaysian authorities said.  Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, China, the U.S. and other countries were participating in the quest to find the jetliner off southern Vietnam where the Gulf of Thailand meets the South China Sea. Malaysia was deploying submarine rescue vessels, officials said.
Shirley (SHIRLEY4110)

From: Shirley (SHIRLEY4110)

3/10/14

My heart aches for the families of those onboard.....
Glen (GEAATL)
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From: Glen (GEAATL)

3/10/14

'We have to find the aircraft': Days later, no sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

CNN International  
 
(CNN) -- With lead after lead failing to pan out, search and rescue officials said Monday they will expand the search area for the Malaysia Airlines aircraft that vanished three days ago.
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From: Glen (GEAATL)

3/10/14

USA TODAY  
 
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Beijing sent two delegations here Monday to probe stolen passports as reports surfaced that an Iranian man purchased the two tickets used by those passengers on the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared Saturday
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