Page 2 of 30 FirstFirst 12345612 ... LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 443
Like Tree388Likes

Thread: Malaysia Airlines flight to Beijing disappears with 239 on board

  1. #16
    Elite Member Beeyotch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    26,515

    Default

    I thought of Lost immediately, too. Those poor people. If they crashed I hope it was quick and painless.

    This makes the sick in the head side of me makes me want to watch that Air Disasters show now.

  2. #17
    Elite Member Brookie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    In the "D"
    Posts
    20,799

    Default

    There are updates on CNN indicating an oil slick in the South China Sea has been located - no wreckage though.
    Life is short. Break the Rules. Forgive Quickly. Kiss Slowly. Love Truly.
    Laugh Uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.

    - Mark Twain

  3. #18
    Elite Member BelledeJour's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    4,278

    Default

    ....and now they believe it might be a terror attack...

  4. #19
    Elite Member Quazar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    4,107

    Default

    What a horrific situation. Those poor souls.

    Could be years before we find out what happened.

    This does not help my fear of flying.
    The more people I encounter, the more I like my animals.

  5. #20
    Elite Member sluce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Top Secret Spy for Leann Rimes
    Posts
    37,330

    Default

    I would think if it were mechanical there would have been communication from the pilots. Also these days people use cell phones but not one person made a call or sent a text. Seems it was instant.
    You don't engage with crazies. Because they're, you know, fucking crazy. - WitchCurlGirl

  6. #21
    Elite Member ikmccall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Wilmington, Delaware, United States
    Posts
    4,311

    Default

    The two tickets for the stolen passports were bought at the same time. One passport was Austrian and stolen two years ago and the other passport was Italian and stolen last summer. Both were stolen in Malaysia

  7. #22
    Elite Member sluce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Top Secret Spy for Leann Rimes
    Posts
    37,330

    Default

    Interpol says no country checked its database before Malaysia flight

    Published March 09, 2014/
    FoxNews.com

    Officials working to identify passengers on missing...

    Vietnam air force spot 2 oil slicks in ocean

    Interpol says no country checked its database for information about stolen passports that were used to board the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared with 239 people on board Saturday less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.

    In a sharply worded criticism of shortcomings of national passport controls, the Lyon, France-based international police body said information about the thefts of an Austrian passport in 2012 and an Italian passport last year was entered into its database after they were stolen in Thailand.

    Interpol said in a statement it was investigating all other passports used to board Flight MH 370 and was working to determine the "true identities" of the passengers who used the stolen passports.

    "I can confirm that we have the visuals of these two people on CCTV," Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference late Sunday, adding that the footage was being examined. "We have intelligence agencies, both local and international, on board."

    Hussein declined to give further details, saying it may jeopardize the investigation. Hussein said only two passengers had used stolen passports, and that earlier reports that the identities of two others were under investigation were not true.

    European authorities on Saturday confirmed the names and nationalities of the two stolen passports: One was an Italian-issued document bearing the name Luigi Maraldi, the other Austrian under the name Christian Kozel. Police in Thailand said Maraldi's passport was stolen on the island of Phuket last July.

    A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline on Sunday confirmed to The Associated Press that "Maraldi" and "Kozel" were both booked to leave Beijing on a KLM flight to Amsterdam on March 8. Maraldi was then to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, on KLM on March 8, and Kozel to Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.

    She said since the pair booked the tickets through China Southern Airlines, she had no information on where they bought them. The ticket purchases reportedly took place almost simultaneously, and the tickets were numbered consecutively, according to the BBC.

    A U.S. official told Fox News that a key priority is clarifying the status of the passports, whether they were lost or stolen, and determining through airport security screening and video who got on the flight under those names.

    The statements came as officials said finding the wreckage of the flight is “the utmost priority."

    “There is still no sign of the aircraft,” Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Department of Civil Aviation, said during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.

    Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the plane spotted an object Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane's doors.

    The state-run Thanh Nien newspaper cited Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of Vietnam's army, as saying searchers in a low-flying plane had spotted an object suspected of being a door from the missing jet. It was found in waters about 56 miles south of Tho Chu island, in the same area where oil slicks were spotted Saturday.

    "From this object, hopefully (we) will find the missing plane," Tuan said. Thanh Nien said two ships from the maritime police were heading to the site.

    An authority told Reuters that it was too dark to be certain the object was part of the missing plane, and that more aircraft would be dispatched to investigate the site in waters off southern Vietnam in the morning.

    Rahman said that the search area has been increased to 50 nautical miles, from 20, and includes 34 aircraft and 40 ships. Aircraft are conducting 12-hour searches, until sundown, while ships are scheduled to continue the search throughout the night.

    The U.S. Navy sent a warship, the USS Pickney, which was conducting training and maritime security operations off the South China Sea, and a surveillance plane. Singapore said it would send a submarine and a plane. China and Vietnam were sending aircraft to help in the search.

    It is not uncommon for it to take several days to find the wreckage of an aircraft floating on the ocean. Locating and then recovering the flight data recorders, vital to any investigation, can take months or even years.

    When pressed on reports of fake passports used by at least two passengers on board the flight and the possibility of a terrorist attack, Rahman re-stated that the priority is to find the aircraft and that any probe investigating a terror link is independent of the search mission. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has also said it is “too early to make any conclusive remarks.”

    Earlier, Malaysia’s air force chief told reporters that military radar indicated that the plane may have turned from its flight route before losing contact.

    Rodzali Daud didn't say which direction the plane might have taken when it apparently went off route.

    "We are trying to make sense of this," he told a media conference. "The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back and in some parts, this was corroborated by civilian radar."

    Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said pilots were supposed to inform the airline and traffic control authorities if the plane does start to return. "From what we have, there was no such distress signal or distress call per se, so we are equally puzzled," he said.

    Vietnamese air force planes spotted two large oil slicks late Saturday in the first sign that the aircraft had crashed. The slicks were each between 6 miles and 9 miles long, the Vietnamese government said in a statement.

    But there was no confirmation that the slicks were related to the missing plane, but the statement said they were consistent with the kinds that would be produced by the two fuel tanks of a crashed jetliner.

    The plane was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants and 12 crew members when it “lost all contact,” with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 a.m., two hours into the flight, the airline said. The plane was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Around the time the plane vanished, the weather was fine and the plane was already at cruising altitude, making its disappearance all the more mysterious.

    Just 9 percent of fatal accidents happen when a plane is at cruising altitude, according to a statistical summary of commercial jet accidents done by Boeing. The plane was last inspected 10 days ago and found to be "in proper condition," Ignatius Ong, CEO of Malaysia Airlines subsidiary Firefly airlines, said at a news conference.

    The lack of a radio call "suggests something very sudden and very violent happened," said William Waldock, who teaches accident investigation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz.

    The plane "lost all contact and radar signal one minute before it entered Vietnam's air traffic control," Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of the Vietnamese army, said in a statement issued by the government.

    U.S. officials said late Saturday that a team of safety experts had been dispatched to Southeast Asia to assist in the investigation. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board told Fox News that the team, which includes investigators from the agency and technical experts from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, had been sent to the region despite the fact that the plane had not been located due to the lengthy travel time from the U.S. and the team's desire to be in a position to assist local authorities right away. The FBI is also assisting in the search.

    Meanwhile, a former intelligence official told Fox News that the information about stolen passports from two adjacent European countries, combined with recent warnings for flights to the United States about the risk of possible shoe bomb attacks, is concerning.

    The airline said onboard the plane, there were 152 passengers from China, 38 from Malaysia, seven from Indonesia, six from Australia, five from India and three from the U.S. and others from Indonesia, France, New Zealand, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan and the Netherlands.

    The U.S. State Department later confirmed in a statement that three Americans were aboard the jetliner.

    In the United States, a friend confirmed to the Associated Press that an IBM executive from North Texas named Philip Wood had been aboard the jet. Freescale Semiconductor, a company based in Texas, also confirmed Saturday that 20 of its employees -- 12 from Malaysia and eight from China -- were passengers.

    The airline says the plane's pilot is Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a 53-year-old who has been with the airline for over 30 years. The plane's first officer is Fariq Ab.Hamid, a 27-year-old who joined the airline in 2007. Both are Malaysians.

    At Beijing's airport, authorities posted a notice asking relatives and friends of passengers to gather at a hotel about nine miles from the airport to wait for further information, and provided a shuttle bus service.

    Malaysia Airlines has 15 Boeing 777-200 jets in its fleet of about 100 planes.

    The 777 had not had a fatal crash in its 20 year history until the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco in July 2013.

    Fox News' Catherine Herridge and Dan Gallo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    You don't engage with crazies. Because they're, you know, fucking crazy. - WitchCurlGirl

  8. #23
    Super Moderator twitchy2.0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Milliways
    Posts
    53,573

    Default

    I know the first thing the media jumps on is terrorism, but stolen passports are far more likely to be used by illegal immigrants. I dread to think what further indignities air travel can come up with if it does turn out to be terror related.
    BelledeJour likes this.

    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."

    -- Stephen Hawking

  9. #24
    Elite Member BelledeJour's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    4,278

    Default

    ^The two with the stolen passports had connection flights to Europe, so it is likely that they were just illegal immigrants.
    Last edited by BelledeJour; March 9th, 2014 at 01:39 PM.

  10. #25
    Elite Member Flygirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    2,837

    Default

    FYI, this particular airplane had major structural damage history:
    ASN Aircraft accident 09-AUG-2012 Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO
    MmeVertigina and twitchy2.0 like this.

  11. #26
    Elite Member McJag's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    42,527

    Default

    Lord,what a horrible thought...
    I didn't start out to collect diamonds, but somehow they just kept piling up.-Mae West

  12. #27
    Elite Member SHELLEE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Florida Keys
    Posts
    17,975

    Default

    How tragic. Rip
    See, Whores, we are good for something. Love, Florida
    #fingersinthebootyassbitch

  13. #28
    Elite Member MmeVertigina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Your inner ear
    Posts
    3,320

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Flygirl View Post
    FYI, this particular airplane had major structural damage history:
    ASN Aircraft accident 09-AUG-2012 Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO
    Thanks for that link.

  14. #29
    Elite Member darksithbunny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    14,054

    Default

    A U.S. official told Fox News that a key priority is clarifying the status of the passports, whether they were lost or stolen

    What does it matter at this point if they were lost or stolen? Two people used them that shouldn't have. The owners maybe thought they were stolen and reported it that way, but were actually lost and vice versa.

  15. #30
    Elite Member Brookie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    In the "D"
    Posts
    20,799

    Default

    I dunno, I've also read where "officials" have said that the passport issue likely plays no role in what happened, because there are thousands of stolen passports that are used every day. Still no news - the oil slick and debris located have been determined to have nothing to do with that plane. Gets weirder and weirder - there's just nothing.
    Life is short. Break the Rules. Forgive Quickly. Kiss Slowly. Love Truly.
    Laugh Uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.

    - Mark Twain

Page 2 of 30 FirstFirst 12345612 ... LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Air Crash Investigations/Mayday: Aloha Airlines Flight 243
    By celeb_2006 in forum Television and Movies
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: April 1st, 2009, 12:16 AM
  2. Replies: 15
    Last Post: October 18th, 2007, 09:58 PM
  3. Replies: 11
    Last Post: October 17th, 2007, 09:01 PM
  4. Replies: 26
    Last Post: June 26th, 2007, 10:17 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •