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“very, very rare” for an aircraft to lose contact completely without any previous indication of problems.
He noted that the flight had already reached cruising altitude of 10,700 metres but that online flight data suggested it had experienced a very rapid loss of height and change in the direction it was heading.
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Even with a sudden catastrophic failure there are a lot more than two possibilities here.
HONG KONG — A 12-mile long oil slick spotted between Malaysia and Vietnam Saturday afternoon is thought to be the first sign that a missing Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people aboard went down in the waters between southernmost Vietnam and northern Malaysia, according to Vietnam’s director of civil aviation.
“An AN26 aircraft of the Vietnam Navy has discovered an oil slick about 20 kilometers in the search area, which is suspected of being a crashed Boeing aircraft -- we have announced that information to Singapore and Malaysia and we continue the search,” Lai Xuan Thanh, the director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam said in reporting the sighting of the slick.
Missing plane found safe. Cockpit comms malfunctioned | FZ : Malaysia News - General, Political, National, Business, World
PETALING JAYA (March 8): The missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 has landed safely in China.
fz.com was informed by a source at the Emergency Response Team that the Beijing bound MH370 piloted by Capt Zahari Ahmad Shah had landed this morning at Nanming, Guazhou.
It had lost contact with the control tower at 2.40am, after taking off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 12.35am.
According to sources the plane’s transponder (cockpit communications system) had malfunctioned while over Vietnam airspace, causing the loss of communications.
I hope this is true...
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 carrying 239 people to Beijing loses contact, reportedly crashed in waters near Vietnam Three Americans were among the passengers on flight MH370, which left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, early Saturday and lost contact with air traffic control two hours into the journey. The Vietnamese Navy said in a statement that the plane went down in the waters between Vietnam and Malaysia, a Vietnamese news site reported.
The Vietnamese Navy said in a statement that the plane went down in the waters between Vietnam and Malaysia, roughly 153 nautical miles off Tho Chu Island in Kien Giang Province, the Vietnamese Tuoi Tre News reported. Malaysia's transport minister said later, however, that no crash scene had been identified.
Vietnam Air Force planes have spotted two oil slicks suspected to be from the missing jetliner, the Associated Press reported.