27 Mar 2014
Mysteriously disappeared Boeing found?
Malaysia Airlines airliner Boeing 777 during the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared from radar screens on the night of March 8. There were 227 passengers on board and 12 crew members. Plane showed no signals about any danger or other problems. The time of the last contact he was 220 km off the east coast of Malaysia. Two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese , but there were also Taiwanese, Malaysians, Indonesians, Australians, Indians, four French, three U.S. citizens , two from New Zealand, Canadian and Ukraine, one citizen from Russia , Italy, the Netherlands and Austria.
The investigation found two passengers from Iran, who flew with fake passports. According to one version, they could be involved in the hijacking. According to another version, the hijacking could be involved in the pilot, as this could be done only by qualified pilot who knew how to circumvent the civil radar.
The experts concluded that the radio on the plane has been turned off. The last signal received from the aircraft was seven and a half hours later after its takeoff. The fuel was enough to be in flight another eight hours. It was believed that the ship could head to Kazakhstan or in the southern part of the Indian Ocean.
On March 24 Malaysian authorities officially informed that the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean, and all the people on board and probably all people died.
All searches performed by several countries during almost 3 weeks gave no result.
The recent progress.
On Wednesday the Malaysian transport minister said that the recent satellite images provided by a French defence company show 122 objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean. The objects were scattered over 154 square miles (400 square kilometres) and possibly can be related to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
The location recorded by the satellite was within the search area scoured Wednesday by a dozen aircraft from six nations, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. Experts say it's possible the materials may have drifted or sunk.
Search aircraft spotted three objects, but teams weren't able to locate them again in several passes through the area, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.
The latest objects seen on satellite images provided by Airbus Defence and Space range from about 3 feet (1 meter) to about 75 feet (23 meters), Hishammuddin said. Some appear bright, indicating they may be solid, he said.
The latest images appear to be the most significant discovery yet in the hunt for the missing plane, which vanished March 8 with 239 people aboard, said CNN aviation analyst Miles O'Brien.
"There's a very good chance this could be the break we've been waiting for," he said.
Aviation safety analyst David Soucie agreed, saying he was particularly intrigued by the size of the 75-foot object.
"It has potential to be a wing that's floating," he said. "So I'm really encouraged by it, I really am."
Officials have warned that objects spotted in the water may turn out to be flotsam from cargo ships, and that finding anything from the plane still could take a long time.
"There's always a possibility we might not actually find something next week or the week after," Mark Binskin, vice chief of the Australian Defence Force, told CNN's Kate Bolduan on Tuesday. "I think eventually, something will come to light, but it's going to take time."
The search resumed Thursday morning as a Chinese military plane took off for the search area in the southern Indian Ocean, Australian authorities said.
Six military reconnaissance planes -- from Australia, the United States, China and Japan -- and five civilian aircraft are set to comb the vast search area again on Thursday.
Five ships -- one from Australia and four from China -- also are in the search zone, Australian authorities said.