UPDATED 03-11-14: MYSTERIES ABOUND REGARDING MALAYSIA FLIGHT MH370—OIL SLICKS AND OTHER ITEMS FOUND ARE CONFIRMED NOT TO BE FROM THE AIRCRAFT…
As this story unfolds, there are all sorts of theories out there. Was this a scheme where the pilots were involved? Maybe that’s why there was no distress call and no signal from the black box. Was it dismantled or destroyed in some way? Was the government involved in a secret mission that went wrong?
Whatever caused the Malaysia MH370 to disappear, this ever-evolving story is the main focus in news stories around the globe. Maybe that’s what it’s meant to do—become such a major diversion in an effort to take the spotlight off of something even more sinister. Part of me is thinking it was orchestrated by terrorists in an effort to force all available military / search teams to one area while they wreak havoc in another area.
Here are the most recent stories I read (most recent on top)…
From USA TODAY…
From CBS News…
From CNN International…
From The Boston Globe…
From The Daily Beast…
Here’s the latest info on this increasingly perplexing tragedy…
Here’s my Original Post…
There is still no sign of the airplane, the black box or the 239 passengers who were aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Flight MH370. Was the plane hijacked? It seems to have vanished into thin air.
We all know we can’t trust the news media as far as we can throw them, especially the Alphabet Media here in the United States (i.e., MSNBC, etc.) They will put out their own “versions” of their stories, but the truth will eventually come out—it always does. The oil slicks that were found at the scene were recently tested. According to reports, it was confirmed that the oil slicks did not come from an aircraft. Also, the lifeboat, door and tail found were not from the aircraft either. There are so many troubling details to this story that it makes me wonder if there’s something more sinister going on, and the real details are being hidden from the public.
Among those who vanished without a trace are employees from the Austin-based high-tech company, Freescale Semiconductor, who has confirmed that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China. The company’s key product solutions include those for electric vehicles. Hmmm, the plot thickens…
As more details dribble out, there seems to be a lot of people involved in this orchestrated scheme, if that’s what it is. May we all find the real answers about what happened. My prayers are with all those on board and also with their families. May God help them all. Story follows these links (links include updates to their stories)…
Names and ages of all the passengers are listed in the Manifest here.
Monday, March 10, 2014…
Sunday, March 9, 2014…
Saturday, March 8, 2014…
Here’s the story…
Vanished: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?
Above: USS Kidd joins USS Pinckney in Search Efforts of Flight MH370.
(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.
The newly expanded search area encompasses a larger portion of the Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and Vietnam, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department.
Nearly three dozen aircraft and 40 ships from 10 countries have so far failed to find any sign of the aircraft.
An oil slick that searchers had thought might be from the plane turned out to be fuel oil typically used in cargo ships, according to Rahman.
Other leads — reports that a plane door and its tail had been spotted — turned out to be untrue, he said at an earlier briefing.
“Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, we have not found anything that appear to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft,” Rahman said at the earlier briefing.
Authorities are sending ships to investigate a report of debris found south of Hong Kong, but it will likely be Tuesday before authorities know if there is anything to those reports, Rahman said.
No emergency signal has been detected by any search vessel or aircraft. And family members of passengers are being told to prepare for the worst.
So the mysteries surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — and the true identities of some of its passengers — remain unsolved.
“For the aircraft to go missing just like that … as far as we are concerned, we are equally puzzled as well,” Rahman said.
“We have to find the aircraft.”
So far, nothing
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday (1 p.m. Friday ET). The Boeing 777-200ER, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, went missing while flying to Beijing.
Since then, teams of searchers from Vietnam, China, Singapore, Indonesia, the United States, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand have been working alongside Malaysians to scour the Gulf of Thailand, part of the South China Sea that lies between several Southeast Asian countries.
The focus has now shifted to the Andaman Sea, near Thailand’s border, after radar data indicated the plane may have turned around to head back to Kuala Lumpur.
But the pilot apparently gave no signal to authorities that he was turning around.
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., planes flew over the vast waters. Ships searched through the night.
The stolen passports
It is perplexing enough that a jetliner seemed to have vanished without a trace. Adding to the mystery is the news that at least two people on board were traveling on passports stolen from an Austrian and an Italian.
According to Thai police officials, an Iranian man by the name of Kazem Ali purchased the tickets for two friends who he said wanted to return home to Europe. While Ali made the initial booking by telephone, either Ali or someone acting on his behalf paid for the tickets in cash, according to police.
Rahman said Monday that authorities have reviewed security footage from the airport and said the men who traveled on the stolen passports “are not Asian-looking men.”
Interpol tweeted Sunday it was examining additional “suspect #passports.”
“Whilst it is too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen passports and the missing plane, it is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in INTERPOL’s databases,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in a statement.
The passports were reportedly stolen in Thailand, and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told CNN’s “Amanpour” on Monday that police are investigating.
“Initially we don’t know about their nationality yet,” she said. “But we gave orders for the police to investigate the passport users. Because this is very important to Thailand, to give full cooperation to Interpol in the investigation about the passport users. We are now following this.
The passport mystery raised concerns about the possibility of terrorism, but officials cautioned that it was still too early to arrive at any conclusions.
One possible explanation for the use of the stolen passports is illegal immigration.
There are previous cases of illegal immigrants using fake passports to try to enter Western countries. And Southeast Asia is known to be a booming market for stolen passports.
Five passengers ended up not boarding the aircraft. Their bags were removed and were not on board the jet when it disappeared, Rahman said at Monday’s briefing.
Could the plane have been hijacked? “We are looking at every angle, every aspect,” Rahman said.
“We are looking at every inch of the sea.”
There has been some speculation that the flight might have been a test run for a terrorist organization planning a later attack.
The incident has some similarities to such incidents in the past, such as the 1994 bombing of a Philippine jetliner that investigators later learned was a test run for a wider plot to bomb numerous airliners, former U.S. Department of transportation Inspector General Mary Schiavo told CNN on Monday.
But John Magaw, a former Transportation Security Administration official and U.S. Secret Service director, said his best guess is the Malaysia Alrlines flight was not a test.
“They’ve already done the dry run,” he said. “This was the actual flight.”
For the relatives of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members, the wait has been agonizing.
Among the passengers, 154 people were from China or Taiwan. The plane was also carrying 38 Malaysians, five Indians and three Americans citizens. Five of the passengers were younger than 5 years old.
In Beijing, family members gathered in a conference room at a hotel complex.
More than 100 people signed a hand-written petition that demanded “truth” from the airline. They also urged the Chinese government to help them deal with Malaysian authorities.
Malaysia Airlines, which was helping family members apply for expedited passports, said it will fly out five relatives of each passenger to Kuala Lumpur.
A fuller picture of what happened may not become available until searchers find the plane and its flight data recorder.
And so far, that hasn’t happened.
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