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March 16, 2014

Search for MH370 enters disconcerting phase

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We feel profoundly grieved to hear the grim report on 

Monday, March 24, 10:15 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - Media Statement 23

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.

 AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes praises Malaysia's acting transport minister

"After some unclear statements @HishammuddinH2O has taken control been transparent and ever present. One voice. Transparent. Clear. Honest.
"Seen lots in the aviation industry in my 12 years. This is unprecedented. @HishammuddinH2O must be given praise for his untiring efforts," the AirAsia boss tweeted on Sunday.
As acting transport minister, Mr Hishammuddin has been pushed to the forefront as the face of the Malaysian search and rescue operation.
Many believe that he has handled the role well, especially when facing grilling from the media at the daily press conference.

The family of flight MH370’s chief steward say they still have hope – as a sighting of more debris was revealed.
Patrick Gonzales’ wife Jacquita said today of the missing Malaysian jet: “If it’s in the ocean it brings us closure. But at the back of our mind we hope.”
Jacquita is praying that the jet was hijacked. She said: “You know, they say it’s a hijacking, you know that it’s somewhere, then there’s hope that he’s still alive and he will come back to us.
"But if it’s in the ocean, it’s final, you know.”

For more updates :

Search resumes after Chinese satellites spot object in Indian Ocean

 Search for MH370 enters disconcerting phase

Hope springs eternal in the human breast
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—The number of countries hunting for
Prime minister Tony Abbott tells MPs that ‘new and credible information has come to light’ based on satellite images Two objects possibly related to the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been found in the southern Indian Ocean, the Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, says. Abbott did not reveal what type of objects were detected based on satellite imagery, but said authorities were sending aircraft to examine the area. Australia has assumed responsibility for co-ordinating the search of the southern Indian Ocean for the Boeing 777 which has been missing for nearly two weeks….. “I would like to inform the house that new and credible information has come to light in relation to the search for Malaysia airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean,” Abbott told the Australian parliament a short time ago. “The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search. Flight 370 doubled to roughly two dozen Sunday as investigators grappled with a target zone covering vast expanses of Asia's land and sea.

In a development that could help narrow the search, five Asian nations said their radar systems hadn't detected any sign of the Malaysian Airlines aircraft that has been missing for nine days. 

Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and India and Pakistan—which all might have been on the flight path of the wayward Boeing 777—said there was no sign the plane had flown over their territories.

The search zone for Malaysia Airlines MH370 is expanding. How do planes and helicopters go about finding the missing flight. WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer. 

"Such a large object could not have gone undetected," said one Indian military official in Port Blair in the Andaman Islands.

Yet investigators weren't willing to fully rule out the possibility that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its 239 passengers and crew—missing since the early morning hours of March 8—traveled over or near those countries. Satellite tracking suggests the plane could have traveled for hours along two possible corridors: one that stretches from northern Thailand to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and the other from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.

"At this stage, both the northern and southern corridors are being treated with equal importance," Malaysian Defense Minister and Acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told hundreds of reporters at a press briefing.

Malaysian officials have concluded that the Beijing-bound aircraft was diverted from its original flight path by a deliberate act. But they haven't determined whether the plane was hijacked, targeted by terrorists or met some other fate.

The U.S. Navy continued its search Sunday, adding more-advanced aerial surveillance assets and intensifying the round-the-clock work from a Navy destroyer involved in the effort.

Cmdr. William Marks, the spokesman for the U.S. Seventh Fleet, said an American P-8 Poseidon jet did a reconnaissance mission on Sunday into the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The P-8, which can fly 575 miles an hour, flew about 1,200 miles out into the search area and then began looking for about four hours, Cmdr. Marks said.

The USS Kidd, a destroyer equipped with search helicopters, remained at the Northwest entrance to the Strait of Malacca, the U.S. military said. Lt. Cmdr. Melissa J. Szurovy, the senior watch officer on the Kidd, said the ship has posted extra lookouts on the deck and has adjusted operations to make sure its two MH-60R helicopters can fly extra sorties.

"The ship's engineers have rigged additional lighting to aid in the 24-hour search and are maintaining the engineering plant to its highest efficiency to ensure the ship is able to meet her mission," she said in a statement released by 7th Fleet.

Meanwhile, Australia's Chief Defense Force chief General David Hurley said Malaysian authorities coordinating the search had diverted an Australian AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft to begin searching for the plane to the north and west of the Cocos Islands, an atoll midway between Australia's west coast and Sri Lanka.

Malaysian officials called together representatives of 22 countries Sunday and asked for assistance in tracking the plane's movements, including the countries along the two corridors where the search is now under way. Among the nations represented were distant Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan.

"The search area has been significantly expanded," Mr. Hishammuddin said. "And the nature of the search has changed. From focusing mainly on shallow seas, we are now looking at large tracts of land, crossing 11 countries, as well as deep and remote oceans."
In Indonesia, Malaysia's closest neighbor to the west, an air force spokesman said two radar units at the tip of Sumatra hadn't detected any sign of the Boeing entering the country's airspace, and that Indonesia is giving Malaysia information from military radar units in all parts of the country that the plane could conceivably have passed over.

In Thailand, which borders Malaysia to the north, Royal Thai Air Force spokesman Monthon Satchukorn said there had been "no unidentified aircraft flying over Thailand."

And in Myanmar, another close neighbor, military radar units didn't detect any sign of the missing plane, said Tin Naing Tun, director general of the Department of Civil Aviation.

In China, officials didn't respond to questions about whether its air defenses tracked an unidentified plane flying over its western territory. Had the plane skirted China's frontier, it would have crossed a heavily militarized area. China's defense ministry has invested heavily in recent years to improve radar capabilities along its border with India.

Indian military officials said it was unlikely that the plane headed toward India after it left Malaysian airspace. A flyover by an aircraft that large would have been tracked by Indian radar stations, some of which can see hundreds of miles from shore. While it is possible for small aircraft to fly low enough to avoid detection by some types of radar, that wouldn't be possible for long for a Boeing 777, said an Indian official. It also would have been difficult for the aircraft to fly high enough to avoid detection, he said.

Pakistan issued a statement saying its radar also had not detected the missing plane.

—Jason Ng, Gaurav Raghuvanshi, and Julian E. Barnes
contributed to this article. 

Source : 

Wednesday, March 19, 05:30 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - MH370 Press Briefing by Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport


2014 年3月19日

Introductory statement
The search for MH370 continues. As I stated at yesterday’s press conference, this is now a truly international effort.
Our focus remains the search and rescue operation. We are working on narrowing the search corridor by:
·      gathering satellite information
·      analysing radar data
·      increasing air and surface assets, and
·      increasing the number of technical experts.
·      收集人造卫星的资料
·      分析雷达数据
·      增加空中和海陆面的搜索资源
·      增加技术专家
We are also taking further steps to address the needs of the families at this difficult time.

1.   Operational update
I will start by giving a brief operational update.
As we have said, the search for MH370 involves diplomatic, technical and logistical challenges.
Accordingly, the main technical team organising the search and rescue operation has been broken into three groups: a diplomatic team, led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; an assets deployment and logistics team led by the Armed Forces; and a technical group retaining overall operational control, which is led by the Department of Civil Aviation.
因此,主要策划搜救行动的技术团队已被分成三个组别:外交团队,由外交部领导; 资产部署和后勤单位,由军方领导,以及一个整体运营控制的技术小组,由民航局领导。
On the diplomatic front, all 26 countries involved in the search and rescue operation have verbally agreed to assist the operations, and Malaysia has written to all countries formally requesting co-operation.
 A number of assets which have already been committed are awaiting diplomatic clearance to begin operations. Once we receive formal clearance, we can then speed up the deployment of assets along the search corridors.
As I stated yesterday, although the search is still co-ordinated by Malaysia, our partners are increasingly taking the lead in their own territory and in agreed search sectors. We welcome this, and again would like to thank all our partners for their continued assistance and support.
I can confirm that we have received some radar data, but we are not at liberty to release information from other countries. I appeal to all our partners to continue volunteering any and all information that could help with the investigation and the search for MH370.
Regarding reports that the plane was sighted in the Maldives, I can confirm that the Malaysian Chief of the Defence Force has contacted his counterpart in the Maldives, who has confirmed that these reports are not true.
2.   Waypoints
2.   航点
I am aware of speculation that additional waypoints were added to the aircraft’s flight routing. I can confirm that the aircraft flew on normal routing up until the waypoint IGARI. There is no additional waypoint on MH370’s documented flight plan, which depicts normal routing all the way to Beijing.
3.   Police investigation
On the police investigation, as the Inspector General of the Police confirmed, the case has been classified under Section 130C of the Penal Code. All passengers, crew and ground staff handling the aircraft are being investigated.
在警方的调查方面,总警长卡立已证实,此案件将援引刑事法第130C 条文调查。警方正在调查所有马航失联客机的乘客,机组人员和处理该飞机的地勤人员。
We are sharing all information relevant to the case with all relevant international investigative agencies that require it. We have received passenger background checks from all countries apart from Ukraine and Russia, both of which had nationals on board. So far, no information of significance on any passengers has been found.
Local and international expertise has been recruited to examine the pilot’s flight simulator. Some data had been deleted from the simulator and forensic work to retrieve this data is on-going.
I would like to take this opportunity to state that the passengers, the pilots and the crew remain innocent until proven otherwise. For the sake of their families, I ask that we refrain from any unnecessary speculation that might make an already difficult time even harder.
4.   High level team
4. 高层团队
I would like to announce that in addition to the team that is already on the ground, Malaysia is currently assembling a high-level team that will immediately travel to Beijing. The team will give briefings and updates to the next of kin on the latest situation, and on search and rescue plans.
The team will include representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Malaysian Air Force, the Department of Civil Aviation, and Malaysia Airlines.
The team will be led by Lieutenant General Dato’ Sri Ackbal bin Haji Abdul Samad RMAF (Air Operation Commander, Royal Malaysia Air Force), assisted by Ahmad Nizar bin Zolfakar (Director, Air Traffic Services, Department of Civil Aviation) and will include a senior 777 pilot.
该小组将由马来西亚皇家空军,空中行动指挥官Dato’ Sri Ackbal bin Haji Abdul Samad 中将带领,和民航局空中交通服务总监Ahmad Nizar bin Zolfakar协助,其他队伍人员包括波音777的资深飞行员。
5.   Concluding remarks
5. 总结
We will persevere. Our immediate focus is the search and rescue operation. We are pursuing every means possible to narrow the two search corridors.
我们会坚持下去。现今, 我们最主要的任务仍然是搜救行动。我们不会放过每一个能够缩小两个搜索走廊的可能性。

Wednesday, March 19, 04:10 PM MYT +0800 MH370 Incident - 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.

面临这项费时且艰巨的挑战,我们的关怀志工经已通知失联客机的乘客与机组的家属,本公司将会继续通过驻吉隆坡的家庭支援中心(Family Support Centre ,简称FSC)提供最新的信息和援助。此家属支援中心已经在2014年3月8日当天运作。 此中心和其他家庭协助中心(Family Assistance Centers, 简称FACs)不同。
我们已在以下八个国家设立免费热线,以便提供最便捷的服务。此外,我们也设立了一个备用专线,以免家属们接驳不到免费热线时仍可致电询问。此备用专线的号码为+603 8777 5770。

国家 免费热线
中国内地 ·         10-800-130-1364  (南方)
·         10-800-713-1404 (北方)
马来西亚 ·         1800-81-4819
印尼 ·         001-803-015-203-7708
澳洲 ·         1800-198-163
美国 / 加拿大 ·         877-504-4210
新西兰 ·         080-045-4029
印度 ·         000-800-100-3449
法国 ·         080-091-2622


Tuesday, March 18, 05:30 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - MH370 Press Conference on 18 March 2014


Introductory statement
Yesterday I stated that the search for MH370 has entered a new phase, which brings new diplomatic, technical and logistical challenges. Today, I would like to give you an update on the logistical and diplomatic aspects of the search.

The search and rescue operations have taken on a new international dimension. The search is still coordinated by Malaysia, but our partners have taken an increasing role in organising and carrying out operations, both within their own territory and also within agreed search sectors. My colleague the Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman will give a more detailed statement on our diplomatic efforts in a moment.
搜救措施现已进入到新的国际层面。搜救工作仍由马来西亚统一协调,但无论是在自己的领域内,还是在获准搜索的其它领域,其它合作国家在组织和开展搜 救工作中的作用都在逐渐增加。马来西亚外交部长达图·斯里·阿尼法·阿曼(Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman)稍后将就我们的外交努力进行更加详细的说明。
On the logistical front, over the past 24 hours we have been working hard with other countries to narrow the search corridors. Our focus is on four 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.

On satellite surveillance, I cannot disclose who has what satellite capability, but I can confirm we have contacted every relevant country that has access to satellite data.

On analysis of radar data, in the southern corridor Australia and Indonesia have agreed to take the lead of their respective parts of the search corridor. In the northern corridor, China and Kazakhstan have agreed to lead in the search areas closest to their countries.

On air and surface assets, I have spoken to almost all ASEAN leaders to request further support, including assets with deep ocean surveillance detection capabilities. We are also asking international partners who have assisted us before to take another look at their primary radar data.

1.    Operational update措施更新
In the northern corridor, we have divided the search area into seven quadrants. Each of the seven quadrants is 400 nautical miles by 400 nautical miles – or 160,000 square nautical miles in total. We have also divided up the southern corridor into seven quadrants. Just like in the north, each quadrant covers an area of 160,000 square nautical miles. The entire search area is now 2.24 million square nautical miles.

This is an enormous search area. And it is something that Malaysia cannot possibly search on its own. I am therefore very pleased that so many countries have come forward to offer assistance and support to the search and rescue operation.

In terms of the deployment of specific assets:
·       Today, the Royal Malaysian Navy deployed two more ships to the southern corridor. This deployment includes a Super Lynx helicopter, which can operate from either ship. This brings the total number of Malaysian ships deployed to the southern corridor to four; with two Super Lynx helicopters.
今天,马来西亚皇家海军派出2艘以上的船只搜索南部走廊。此外还包括1架“超级山猫”(Super Lynx)直升机,它可被任何一艘船只控制。这使得马来西亚部署到南部走廊的船只增加到4艘;以及2架超级山猫直升机。

·       Today, Malaysia also deployed two C-130 aircraft to the Indonesian sector of the southern search corridor.

Other countries are also contributing the following assets:

·       The United States has deployed one P-8 Poseidon, and will redeploy a P-3 Orion aircraft.

·       Australia, as I mentioned yesterday, has deployed three P-3 Orions and one C-130 Hercules.

·       New Zealand is redeploying a P-3 Orion to support Australian search efforts.

·       The Republic of Korea has committed one P-3 Orion and one C-130 Hercules.

·       Japan has committed two P-3 Orions, two C-130s and one Gulfstream jet.

·       The UAE has committed one C-17 aircraft and one Bombardier Dash-8 aircraft.

·       The assets from Korea, Japan, and the UAE are currently in Malaysia awaiting orders from their respective governments.

·       Aside from deploying its assets to the northern corridor, China has also made arrangements with Australia to deploy an aircraft to the southern corridor.

2.    ACARS  飞机通信寻址和报告系统
I would like to clarify what has been said about ACARS and the sequence of events before the air turn back.

On Saturday, we stated that – and I quote –
 “Based on new satellite information, we can say with a high degree of certainty that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was disabled just before the aircraft reached the East coast of peninsular Malaysia. Shortly afterwards, near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control, the aircraft’s transponder was switched off.”

These findings were drafted together with representatives from the lead international investigators, based on the information available at the time.

Yesterday Malaysia Airlines clarified that we cannot determine exactly when ACARS had been disabled, only that it occurred within a specific time range: from 01:07 – approximately when the aircraft reached the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, and the last ACARS transmission occurred – to 01:37, which was the next scheduled reporting time. That is indeed the case.
昨天,马来西亚航空公司澄清到,我们无法确定飞机通信寻址和报告系统失效的准确时间,只知道它是在确定的时间段里发生的,即从01:07开始,大约 是飞机到达马来西亚东海岸的时候,这也是飞机通信寻址和报告系统最后传回消息的时候,到01:37结束,即下一次预定的报告时间。这就是真实的情况。

This does not change our belief, as stated, that up until the point at which it left military primary radar coverage, the aircraft’s movements were consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane. That remains the position of the investigating team.

It is also important to recognise that the precise time ACARS was disabled has no bearing on the search and rescue operation. We know that the last known position of the plane as confirmed by the international investigations team was in either the northern or southern corridors, which is where our search and rescue efforts are focused. Our priority has always been to find the plane.

1.    Police investigation 警方调查
I am aware there is a lot of interest in the Royal Malaysia Police investigation into the passengers and crew of MH370. I hope you understand that I cannot comment on the specifics of the investigation, which is still on-going.

I would also like to state that the search for MH370 is bigger than politics. I urge all Malaysians to put our differences aside and unite during this difficult time as we focus on finding the aircraft and the 239 people on board.

2.    Concluding remarks 结语
The search for MH370 remains our top priority. We will continue to provide you with operational updates, including further information about assets being deployed, as soon as they are available.
In the last few days we have been intensively contacting our friends across the search regions. The co-operation we saw in the first phase continues in this new phase. In fact, there is even more commitment to assist us in this much larger and more complex multinational operation.

In the meantime our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those on board.

Monday, March 17, 05:30 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - MH370 Press Briefing by Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport

Introductory statement
Before answering your questions I would like to give a brief statement, starting with an operational update.
1.   Diplomatic efforts
During the last 24 hours, the Prime Minister has spoken to the Prime Minister of Australia and the Premier of China. Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent diplomatic notes to all countries involved in the search and rescue operation.
This includes two groups: first, countries in the search corridors; and second, countries from which we are seeking assistance and expertise.
For countries in the search corridors, we are requesting radar and satellite information, as well as specific assets for the search and rescue operation. We are asking them to share their land, sea and aerial search and rescue action plans with the Rescue Co-ordination Centre here in Malaysia, so that we can co-ordinate the search effort. We have asked for regular updates, including daily reports on both search activities, and details of any information required from Malaysia.
We are not at liberty to reveal information from specific countries. As the co-ordinating authority we are gathering all information as part of the on-going search and rescue operation.
2.   Search and rescue operations
Over the past 48 hours, Malaysia has been working on the diplomatic, technical and logistical requirements of the search for MH370. The number of countries involved in the search and rescue operation has increased to 26.
Malaysia continues to lead the overall co-ordination of the search effort. The southern corridor has been divided into two sections, according to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) demarcations.
These demarcations were agreed by the ICAO – of which Malaysia is a council member – before MH370 went missing. Australia and Indonesia have agreed to lead search and rescue operations in their respective regions as demarcated by the ICAO.
Today, I can confirm that search and rescue operations in the northern and southern corridors have already begun.
Countries including Malaysia, Australia, China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan have already initiated search and rescue operations.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force and the Royal Malaysian Navy have deployed assets to the southern corridor. Two Malaysian ships have been deployed: the offshore patrol vessels KD Kelantan and KD Selangor. This deployment also includes a Super Lynx helicopter, which can operate from either ship.
Australia has already moved a P-3 Orion aircraft to region of the Cocos and Christmas Islands. Today, the Prime Minister of Australia confirmed that Australia will send an additional two P-3 Orions and a C-130 Hercules. A US P-8 Poseidon aircraft will be travelling to Perth today to help with the search.
3.   Expert involvement
Malaysia has been working with international investigators and aviation authorities since day one.
Yesterday, experts from Civil Aviation Administration of China joined the investigations team.
Today, officials from the French Office of Investigations and Analysis for the Safety of Civil Aviation also joined the team. These authorities are working with Malaysia Airlines and the DCA to refine data that can help with the search.

4.   Police investigation
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.
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.
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.
At this point, I would like to stress that Malaysia has been co-operating with the FBI, Interpol and other relevant international law enforcement authorities since day one.
5.   Malaysia’s response
I would also like to address the speculation that Malaysia has held back information about MH370’s movements.
For the families, I understand that every day prolongs the anguish. I understand because Malaysia, too, is missing its sons and daughters. There were 50 Malaysians on board the plane.
Our priority has always been to find the aircraft. We would not withhold any information that could help. But we also have a responsibility not to release information until it has been verified by the international investigations team.
This responsibility is not only to the families and to the investigation, but also the search and rescue operation. It would be irresponsible to deploy substantial assets merely on the basis of unverified and uncorroborated information.
As soon as the possibility emerged that the plane had carried out an air turn back to the Straits of Malacca, we expanded our search to that area. I would like to reiterate the US investigating team’s statement about that decision: based on the information and data given by the Malaysian authorities, the US team was of the view that there were reasonable grounds for the Malaysian authorities to deploy resources to conduct search on the western side of peninsular Malaysia.
As soon as we verified and corroborated the new satellite information as to the possible last known whereabouts of the aircraft, we recalibrated our search efforts to the northern and southern corridors as announced by the Prime Minister. After my statement we will release a more detailed map of the northern and southern corridors.
6.   Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia Airlines has  set up operations centres in both Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, to care for the families of the crew members and passengers.
MAS has allocated each family a caregiver, who will be on 24hours duty. They have sent more than 100 staff and caregivers to Beijing.
The airline gives daily briefings to the families. They provide counselling sessions. And they contact families that have elected not to come to Malaysia between two and three times a day.

7.   Concluding remarks  
Over the past two days, we have been recalibrating the search for MH370. It remains a significant diplomatic, technical and logistical challenge. Malaysia is encouraged by the progress made during such a short period of time. We are grateful for the response by the heads of government that we have spoken to, all of whom have expressed a commitment of assistance.
With support from our many international partners, this new phase of the search is underway. Assets are being deployed, and search and rescue operations have begun. I wish to thank our partners from around the world for their continued support.


对于搜索走廊相关的国家,我们请求雷达以及卫星信号方面的信息,同时也包括其他对搜救有利的各种资源。我们请求这些国家与马来西亚救援指挥中心分享 他们获取的地面、海洋以及空中搜救行动计划,以便我们能够协调搜救工作。我们已向他们要求规范的提供更新信息,包括每日搜救报告以及马来西亚要求的任何信 息详情。

马来西亚皇家空军以及马来西亚皇家海军已经向南部走廊部署了搜救力量,包括两艘马来西亚军舰:近海巡逻舰KD KELANTAN以及KD Selangor, 同时还包括一架超级山猫(SuperLynx)直升飞机,该飞机可以在两艘巡逻舰上进行飞行操作。
澳大利亚已经派出了一架P-3“猎户座”海上巡逻机前往科科斯群岛(Cocos Islands)以及圣诞岛(Christmas Islands)区域进行搜救。今天,澳大利亚总理表示澳方还将增派两架P-3“猎户座”海上巡逻机以及一架C-130运输机参与搜救。同时一架美国P- 8“波塞冬”海上反潜巡逻机飞机也将被派往澳大利亚城市佩斯协助搜救。









Sunday, March 16, 05:15 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 20th Media Statement

The current general enquiry number +603 7884 1234 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 8777 5770. 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 MH370 as well as their families and loved ones.


MH370航空事件目前的公众垂询专线+603 7884 1234将于2014年3月17日,星期一中午12时更改。
MH370航班的乘客与机组人员家属,请拨打专门为家属开放的专线+603 8777 5770。
媒体咨询,请联络+603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276。
我们仍然与MH370失联客机的同事及乘客的家属同在,一起为MH370 祈福。

Sunday, March 16, 05:30 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - MH370 Press Briefing by Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport

I know many of you have submitted questions, and I will try to answer some of those questions in my statement today.
Every day brings new angles, especially as we are refocusing and expanding the search area – and as always, we have a responsibility to release only information that has been corroborated and verified.
We cannot respond to every request immediately, so I ask you to bear with us.
1. Search area
As the Prime Minister said yesterday, the operation has entered a new phase. The search was already a highly complex, multinational effort. It has now become even more difficult.
The search area has been significantly expanded. And the nature of the search has changed. From focusing mainly on shallow seas, we are now looking at large tracts of land, crossing 11 countries, as well as deep and remote oceans.
The number of countries involved in the search and rescue operation has increased from 14 to 25, which brings new challenges of co-ordination and diplomacy to the search effort.
This is a significant recalibration of the search. The search and rescue operation continues to be a multi-national effort, one led and co-ordinated by Malaysia.
In the last 24 hours, the Prime Minister has spoken to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, the President of Turkmenistan, the President of Kazakhstan and Prime Minister of India.
Yesterday the Foreign Ministry of Malaysia briefed representatives from countries along the northern and southern corridors.
At 2pm today, the Foreign Ministry of Malaysia briefed representatives from 22 countries, including those along the northern and southern search corridors, as well other countries that may be able to help. These include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.
Malaysian officials are requesting support from these countries – as well as others. This support includes general satellite data, radar playback – both primary and secondary – provisions for ground, sea and aerial search, and assets as appropriate.
We are currently discussing with all partners how best to deploy assets along the two search corridors. At this stage, both the northern and southern corridors are being treated with equal importance.
We are asking countries that have satellite assets, including the US, China and France amongst others, to provide further satellite data. And we are contacting additional countries who may be able to contribute specific assets relevant to the search and rescue operation. Surveillance aircraft are required, and maritime vessels are needed, particularly for the southern corridor.
2. Police investigation
As the Prime Minister said yesterday, up until the time the aircraft left military primary radar coverage, its movements were consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane.
I cannot comment on speculative theories as to what might have caused the deviation from the original flight path, as I do not wish to prejudice the on-going investigation.
I understand the hunger for new details. But we do not want to jump to conclusions. Out of respect to the families, and the process itself, we must wait for the investigation to run its course.
The Malaysian authorities are refocusing their investigation on all crew and passengers on board MH370, as well as all ground staff handling the aircraft.
Yesterday, officers from the Royal Malaysia Police visited the home of the pilot. They spoke to  family members of the pilot and experts are examining the pilot’s flight simulator. The police also visited the home of the co-pilot. According to Malaysia Airlines, the pilot and co-pilot did not ask to fly together on MH370.
I would like to stress that Malaysia has been working with international law enforcement agencies since day one.
3. Aircraft maintenance
Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the aircraft was subjected to the required maintenance program: the Boeing Maintenance Planning Document. Checks are done according to this program. The aircraft had been fully serviced and was fit to fly.
4. New involvement
The Inmarsat team arrived yesterday and will support the investigations team, which includes the Malaysian authorities, and the UK and US teams.
5. Concluding remarks
I would like to conclude by reiterating that the search for MH370 has entered a new phase.
The information released yesterday has provided new leads, and given new direction to the search process.
We will provide more detail on the redeployment of assets when it becomes available. Facts must be corroborated and verified before being released.
When possible, we will keep the media fully briefed, but our priority remains the search and rescue operation. To that end, we have been engaged in diplomatic and investigative efforts over the past 24 hours.

Sunday, March 16, 05:15 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 20th Media Statement

The current general enquiry number +603 7884 1234 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 8777 5770. 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 MH370 as well as their families and loved ones.


MH370航空事件目前的公众垂询专线+603 7884 1234将于2014年3月17日,星期一中午12时更改。
MH370航班的乘客与机组人员家属,请拨打专门为家属开放的专线+603 8777 5770。
媒体咨询,请联络+603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276。
我们仍然与MH370失联客机的同事及乘客的家属同在,一起为MH370 祈福。

 MH370 Flight Incident

missing MH370 flight update 

 Before it's news
“The high level brinkmanship surrounding the imminent collapse of the petro-dollar and the cabal behind it reached new levels in the past week, culminating with a BRICS ultimatum that “Oil, gas, food and other resources would cease being imported into both the US and NATO,” unless they backed off on their Ukraine offensive, according to a Russian government source.
“The rapidly evolving situation in the Ukraine, the threat of war on Qatar by Saudi Arabia as well as the vanished Malaysian airliner, as well as many other incidents, are all linked to these negotiations, multiple sources agree.”

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