Jet's Last Message: 'All Right, Good Night'

All seemed well; search continues amid confusion

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 12, 2014 6:49 AM CDT | Updated Mar 12, 2014 7:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Minutes before it lost communication with flight controllers, all seemed fine aboard Flight MH370. "All right, good night," said one of the pilots in what the Telegraph reports was the plane's final transmission. Translations appear to differ slightly, with the BBC reporting it as, "All right, roger that." Either way, nothing seemed amiss about an hour into the flight. Not so with the search, which remains "mired in confusion," in the words of the Guardian. Some developments:

  • Search area expands again: Malaysia has asked India to join the hunt, a move that expands the search area to the northwest and is yet one more sign that authorities are clueless about where the plane might have gone, reports the AP. India will be searching near the Andaman Sea.
  • Air force denies report: The Malaysia air force denied a report from yesterday that the plane had been last detected over the Strait of Malacca off the nation's west coast, reports the LA Times. But that's par for the course amid the conflicting reports coming from military and civilian authorities in Malaysia.

  • Vietnam frustrated: At one point today, Hanoi said it was cutting off part of its search because of the confusing information, but later said it was back on and expanding to land, reports Reuters.
  • More frustration: The Washington Post takes note of a post that has gone viral on social media in China: “Vietnam keeps discovering. Malaysia keeps denying. China keeps sending things on the way. Journalists keep waiting at the Lido hotel [where relatives are holed up]. Family members keep being in pain. ... But where is the plane?'"

A woman stands in front of a placard with messages for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.   (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
A woman writes a message for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane on a banner at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.   (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
Indonesian air force crewmen pray prior to a search operation.   (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
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