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    i love this bar, it's one of my favourites in manhattan. Especially in summer - they make a mean alcoholic slushie, different flavours every day.


    Bad taste: New York bar names drink after missing plane MH370
    By TRAVELMAIL REPORTER
    PUBLISHED: 05:57 EST, 7 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:23 EST, 7 April 2014







    A bar in New York has come under fire after serving an alcoholic drink named after the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.
    'Flight 370' cocktail was added to Mother's Ruin drinks list last week, not long after Malaysian prime minister said 'beyond any doubt' the 239 passengers onboard MH370 were dead.
    'We change our drinks up every other day. We added that one [Flight 370] to our menu on Monday,' a male bartender told a Business Insider reporter.



    Bad taste: Mother's Ruin bar in New York (pictured) named one its cocktails 'Flight 370'
    The $13 cocktail, which is made of gin, lemon, aperol and grapefruit bitter, was added along other cocktails on the bar menu list behind the bar.
    Mother's Ruin was founded in 2011 by TJ Lynch and Richard Knapp and is a popular 'cocktail temple' in New York's Nolita area.



    The bar owners told Mailonline Travel that the cocktail has now been removed from their menu.
    They said: 'We change our cocktail list and the cocktail names every week and sometimes twice a week.
    'One of our bartenders put this cocktail up on the board. It was in poor taste and was removed as soon as ownership saw it.
    'The incredible tragedy of Flight 370 is not one that we find amusing in any way and we are extremely sorry to anyone who may have been offended by what was a terrible error in judgment.'
    But the bar was not alone in showing bad taste by using details of the flight, which went missing on March 8 while on route from Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.
    Last week budget airline AirAsia withdrew its latest inflight magazine after boasting in an article that its well-trained pilots would never lose a plane.


    Apologies: AirAsia group chief executive Tony Fernandes offered his apologies after an article on the airline's inflight magazine boasted its pilots would never lose a plane
    The last paragraph of the aviation column read: 'Pilot training in AirAsia is continuous and very thorough. Rest assured that your captain is well prepared to ensure your plane will never get lost.'
    The article sparked anger on social media after an AirAsia passenger posted a picture of the text on Twitter last Friday.
    The budget carrier for Southeast Asia apologised and withdrew the magazine, adding that the article had been written before the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane by a retired pilot who had been working for both airlines.
    AirAsia executive chairman Kamarudin Meranun expressed 'deep regret and remorse,' saying the latest issue of 'travel 3Sixty' magazine was printed before the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane.
    He said in a statement: 'This is a truly difficult time for the nation and words cannot describe how I personally feel of this incident'.
    'It truly saddens me that this article was released at such an inopportune moment. Again, I repeatedly offer my sincere apologies for any discomfort this may have caused.'
    AirAsia group chief executive Tony Fernandes also echoed the apology.
    'As soon as we were informed on Twitter, we withdrew. Once again, apologies. It has been a difficult time for all in the industry,' he tweeted.
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    I want an alcohol slushie now.
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    Levitt they're actually so good, they serve them at a club I've been to and it's nommy. Reeeeally alcoholic though so you need to be quite steaming to drink one. Maybe I'll take us there for GR Meetup 2015 - Glasgow Edition
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    I loved Glasgow. Everyone I met was wonderful but needed subtitles.
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    Supposedly US Airways served a drink called "the Sulley" for a while. It was Grey Goose and water.

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    I just hope we ever really understand what went on here. Poor families.
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    Race to find MH370: 8 countries using 17 vessels and 19 aircraft in hunt for missing plane | Mail Online
    The race to find MH370: Eight countries using 17 vessels and 19 aircraft in the hunt for missing plane's black box lying 15,000ft at the bottom of the Indian Ocean


    • Reports have emerged that missing Malaysian Airline's black box has been located deep in the Indian Ocean
    • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is 'very confident' signals are from MH370, missing since March 8
    • He even claims that officials believe they can now pinpoint position of box flight recorder to 'nearest kilometre'
    • Announcement came after fifth ping was detected around 1,500 miles north west of Perth, in western Australia
    • Signal captured yesterday by Royal Australian Air Force Orion P-3 aircraft, which had been dropping sonar buoys
    • Possible black box signals were heard for several minutes earlier this week by ship in remote area of the ocean
    • Underwater search zone is currently 1,300-square-kilometre patch of ocean floor, the size of city of Los Angeles

    By Ted Thornhill and Sophie Jane Evans
    Published: 11:05 EST, 11 April 2014 | Updated: 14:39 EST, 11 April 2014

    The search for the missing Malaysian Airline's black box involves a staggering array of sophisticated ships, aircraft and equipment, with eight countries contributing 17 vessels and 19 aircraft – including British nuclear submarine HMS Tireless.

    And today, it looked like the scale of the operation had paid off, with reports that the flight recorder had been located deep in the Indian Ocean.

    Perth radio station 6PR tweeted the discovery, citing aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas, who revealed the flight recorder had finally been found more than a month after the Boeing 777 went missing.

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    The black box is likely to be around 15,000 feet down and a staggering array of ships and planes are hunting it

    Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is in China, said searchers are 'very confident' the signals detected were from the black box from MH370, which mysteriously vanished as it flew from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people on board on March 8.

    'We have very much narrowed down the search area [to the southern Indian Ocean]...and we are very confident the signals are from the black box from MH370,' said Mr Abbott. 'We have a series of detections, some lasting for quite a long period of time.

    'We're now getting to the stage from where the black box is starting to fade. We're hoping to get as much information as we can before the signal finally expires.

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    'I really don't want to give any more information than that at this stage...as a sign of respect to the Chinese people and their families.'.

    Speaking from Shanghai, China, Mr Abbott added that today's discovery was a huge step in solving the mystery - and even claimed that officials believe they can now pinpoint the position of the missing black box flight recorder to ‘within some kilometres’.

    'This is probably the most difficult search in human history,' he said. 'Among tragedy, however, there is hope. We are confident we know the position of the black box to the nearest kilometre.


    Vigilant: Captain Flt Lt Tim McAlevey of the Royal New Zealand Air Force flying a P-3 Orion during the MH370 search


    Hi-tech: Crew members of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion operate radar and sensor systems during the searc


    China's People's Liberation Army Navy Liaison Officer Commander Lin Wan, transits from the Luyang II class Guided Missile Destroyer Haikou (DDG-171) to board the Australian Navy ship HMAS Success as they continue to search in the Indian Ocean for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370


    A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion conducts a low level fly-by before dropping supplies to Australian Navy ship HMAS Toowoomba as they continue to search for MH370 on Friday

    'But confidence in the position is not the same as recovering the wreckage from more than 4.5km beneath the sea and finally determining all that happened on that flight.'

    The fact that Mr Abbott has reportedly used the word 'confident' suggests that searchers are finally convinced that weeks of scouring the Indian Ocean might now have resulted in the discovery of the
    missing Boeing 777.

    The Prime Minister, who also met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing today, said he will first need to brief the Chinese because most of the 239 passengers were from that country. Relatives have complained in the past of not being kept informed of progress in the search.

    'This will be a very long, slow and painstaking process,' Mr Abbott told President Xi.

    Mr Abbott's announcement came after a fifth ping was detected around 1,500 miles north west of Perth, in western Australia. The signal was captured on Thursday by a Royal Australian Air Force Orion P-3 aircraft, which had been dropping sonar buoys into the water at the time.


    The Australian Defense vessel Ocean Shield tows a pinger locator in the first search for the missing flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder


    The towed pinger locator on the deck of the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shiel


    The search area in the Indian Ocean, West of Australia, where pinger contacts have been recorded in the search for flight MH370

    The buoys each have a hydrophone listening device that dangles about 300 metres (1,000 feet) below the surface and their data are sent via radio back to a plane, Royal Australian Navy Commodore Peter Leavy said.

    However, Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search for the plane,later said in a statement that an initial assessment had determined the signal was not related to an aircraft black box.

    Even if it is discovered, the plane's black box, or flight data and cockpit voice recorders, may hold the answers to why the Boeing 777 lost communications and veered so far off course when it vanished while flying to Beijing.

    Search crews are racing against time because the batteries powering the devices' locator beacons last only about a month - and more than a month has passed since the plane disappeared.
    Finding the black boxes after the batteries fail will be extremely difficult because the water in the area is 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) deep.

    The Australian ship Ocean Shield is towing a U.S. Navy device that detects black box signals, and two sounds it heard last Saturday were determined to be consistent with the signals emitted from aircraft flight recorders. Two more sounds were detected in the same general area on Tuesday - just days before the fifth ping was detected yesterday.



    The planned search area in the Indian Ocean, west of Australia, for the wreckage of flight MH370 on Friday April 11




    Friday's search area in relation to previously searched sectors


    HMS Tireless as it pulls out of Gibraltar in 2001. The British nuclear submarine is a crucial asset in the search for black box


    HMS Echo, which has joined the search for the black box


    It's thought that the black box lies 15,000 feet down in the Indian Ocean

    The Ocean Shield was still towing its pinger locator to try to find additional signals today, and the Orions were continuing their hunt, Mr Houston said.

    The underwater search zone is currently a 1,300-square-kilometre(500-square-mile) patch of the ocean floor, about the size of the city of Los Angeles.

    'It is vital to glean as much information as possible while the batteries on the underwater locator beacons may still be active,' Mr Houston said in a statement.

    The searchers are trying to pinpoint the exact location of the source of the signals so they can send down a robotic submersible to look for wreckage. Mr Houston said today that a decision to send the sub could be 'some days away'

    The Bluefin 21 submersible takes six times longer to cover the same area as the pinger locator being towed by the Ocean Shield and would take six weeks to two months to canvass the current underwater search zone.

    Complicating matters is the depth of the seabed in the search area. The signals are emanating from 4,500 metres(15,000 feet) below the surface, which is the deepest the Bluefin can dive. The search coordination center said it was considering options in case a deeper-diving sub is needed.

    Meanwhile, the centre said the surface area to be searched for floating debris had been narrowed to 46,713 square kilometres(18,036 square miles) of ocean extending from 2,300 kilometres (1,400 miles) northwest of Perth.

    Investigators believe the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean based on a flight path calculated from its contacts with a satellite and analysis of its speed and fuel capacity.

    Separately, a Malaysian government official said yesterday that investigators have concluded the pilot spoke the last words to air traffic control, 'Good night, Malaysian three-seven-zero,' and that his voice had no signs of duress.

    A re-examination of the last communication from the cockpit was initiated after authorities last week reversed their initial statement that the co-pilot was speaking different words.
    The senior government official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.

    Meanwhile, Malaysia's government has now begun to investigate civil aviation and military authorities to determine why opportunities to identify and track Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were missed in the chaotic hours after it vanished, two officials said.

    The preliminary internal enquiries come as tensions mount between civilian and military authorities over who bears most responsibility for the initial confusion and any mistakes that led to a week-long search in the wrong ocean.

    'What happened at that time is being investigated and I can't say any more than that because it involves the military and the government,' a senior government official told Reuters.

    In an interview with Reuters last weekend, Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said internal enquiries were under way, although he declined to give details.

    A government spokesman did not respond to Reuters questions over whether an investigation had been launched.

    The senior government source said it was aimed at getting a detailed picture of the initial response. It was unclear which government department was in charge or whether a formal probe had been opened.

    Malaysia's opposition coalition has demanded a parliamentary inquiry into what happened on the ground in those first few hours. Government officials have said any formal inquiry should not begin until the flight's black box recorders are found.

    Race to find MH370: 8 countries using 17 vessels and 19 aircraft in hunt for missing plane | Mail Online

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    Someone have the cliff's notes version?
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    Send James Cameron down there to find it. Maybe if we're lucky he won't come back.
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    Super deep ping.

    I bet A*O is going to say it's been spotted so deep so that it'd be mega hard to recover.
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    At that depth, no way could the plane stay intact, could it?
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    Oh that's a point, crushed like a tin can maybe
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