Saturday, March 8, 2014

MH370- an update

There will be no definitive understanding till the black boxes are recovered but here is a clue: stolen passports (2). Not a single survivor. Makes me feel utterly sick and depressed.

Search crews from China, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia were joined by the American Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer destroyer in a search for any evidence of the airliner in the South China Sea. The passengers included 154 citizens from China or Taiwan, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French and three Americans, among others.

It emerged Saturday that two of the names on the flight manifest matched stolen European passports. Italian and Austrian officials confirmed the names of two passengers were from passports reported stolen in Thailand. U.S. officials told NBC News that they have not ruled out a terrorist attack as a possible cause for the plane’s disappearance.

The flight’s pilots were veterans who together had logged more than 20,000 flying hours, reports CNN. The plane was meant to touch down in Beijing at 6:30a.m. after a 2,300-mile trip. But the flight suddenly lost contact mid-flight, and search teams and experts have begun to lose hope passengers will be rescued.

“The aircraft had not been at altitude long and that strikes me as very, very odd,” aviation expert Captain J.F. Joseph, who has 44 years flying of experience, told TIME on Saturday. “It’s too early to say if there was a bomb or terrorist activity, but it lost contact just as it began to level off at 35,000 ft. It would give some indication that what occurred was catastrophic or somewhat instantaneous.” 


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