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Search operations in the Southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft will continue today in the Australian Search and Rescue Region.
Today’s search will utilise four military aircraft, including two RAAF Orions, tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to search a 23,000 kilometre area, about 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth.
A merchant ship remains in the search area. Another merchant ship is en route to the area and is expected to arrive tonight.
A total of six merchant ships have assisted in the search since a shipping broadcast was issued by AMSA on Monday night.
The current search area has been identified based on satellite data imagery from the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) provided to AMSA on Thursday morning.
Analysis of the imagery by AGO identified two objects possibly relating to the missing aircraft. The images have been assessed as being credible but it is possible they do not relate to the search for MH370.
The Royal Australian Navy HMAS Success is also en route to the search area and is due in the area on 22 March.
To date, no sightings have been reported.
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And is also conveniently located far from the real areas worth searching, looks like a distraction, especially given that the electrical fire theories have been debunked.
A theory holding that a fire brought down the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was gaining traction on the Internet Tuesday — but there's simply no evidence of an in-flight blaze, an aviation expert told NBC News.
"I've seen those remarks. I've seen the articles. If there was an electrical fire on board, there still has to be a source. And you can't take out the entire electrical system all in one fell swoop without really catastrophically compromising the structure of the airplane," said Greg Feith, a former National Transportation Safety Board crash investigator and NBC News analyst.
I want to believe that this is _the_ wreckage so the media will shut up, and the family members won't be subjected to relentless stories and panel discussions. However, I can't help but wonder if the heart-tugging grief reaction at yesterday's briefing--which was duly recorded by the media and the videos were played every hour or so--set something in motion. Suddenly wreckage is spotted in the graveyard of the Indian Ocean, in waters so cold (8 degrees C), survival would not be
possible; where a trench cuts right to the heart of the earth. Bye bye, Black Box.
One cannot help but wonder these awful things.
At 10am AEST (10.13 as I type) nothing, nada, zilch, zip, zero.
At 10am AEST (10.13 as I type) nothing, nada, zilch, zip, zero.
Right? And the story (flight path, radar signature, details) changes every day!
Almost... Like... Someone... Is... Hiding... Something...
21st March, 2014: 10.45am (AEDT)
Planned aircraft departure times for MH370 search
*All times are expressed in Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Please note all departure times
Five aircraft will be involved in today’s search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orion departed for the search area at around 9.15am.
A civil Gulfstream jet and a second RAAF P3 Orion is due to depart for the search area at approximately 11am.
A third RAAF P3 Orion is due to depart for the search area at approximately 1pm.
The United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft is due to depart for the search area at approximately 4pm.
Due to the distance to and from the search area, the aircraft involved have an endurance of approximately 2 hours of search time.
One merchant vessel is currently in the search area. A second merchant vessel is due to arrive tonight.
Media Note: Updated search area charts are now available in AMSA’s media kit for this search. These can be accessed at the following link under Day 4 search area charts:
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Yeah, I like how on CNN ... everything is "Breaking" news right now. Even if it's just repeating the same stuff from the last 24-28 hours - just saying it differently.
Though Jamah Islamiyah was formally organized in 1993, the group formed from a long established Indonesian militant movement called Darul Islam. The initial vision of the group was founded in 1978 in Malaysia by Abdullah Sungkar and Abu Bakar Bashir, both of whom fled to Malaysia to avoid arrest for subversive activities. Abroad, Sungkar and Bashir expanded their ambitions of creating an Islamic state within Indonesia. Their desire was to create an Islamic state encompassing Southeast Asia to include Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, southern Thailand, and southern Philippines. In Malaysia Bashir expanded his network by galvanizing volunteers to join the fight in Afghanistan. He also sought funding from Saudi Arabia, connections which were helpful in the establishment of JI.
1995: JI tied to Al Qaeda linked Ramzi Yousuf's plan to bomb 11 American commercial airliners in Asia. Plot was foiled (0 killed).
An Economic Cooperation Summit hosted by China Business Council and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Oct. 4, 2013. Chinese president Xi and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib attended the forum and made speeches. More than 1000 representatives of politics and business attended the forum. The forum was aimed at guiding future cooperation and accelerating economic exchanges between the two countries. Furthering cooperation Mohd Ridzal Sheriff, Deputy Secretary General at Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry said: “This summit is being held to emphasize the friendship between the two countries and also represents a warm welcome to the visit of President Xi. Enterprises in Malaysia which have plans to do business with Chinese counterparts can make the best of this opportunity to enter into direct contact with Chinese companies.” Malaysian senator Xu Zigen pointed out that 2014 will be the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China. The summit was held as part of the preparations for that anniversary, and to press forward with economic, educational and cultural exchanges.
The pilot of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane made a mystery phone call just minutes before flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur.
Investigators are urgently trying to work out who Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah spoke to in the cockpit before the plane took off on March 8, British tabloid The Sun reported on Thursday.