Malaysia Airlines

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Mystery Donor Offers $30M Reward for MH17 Culprit

German investigative firm says offer is legit, with funds held in Zurich

(Newser) - Everyone wants to know who shot Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 out of the skies over Ukraine in July, but one unknown entity really wants to know—and is apparently willing to pony up $30 million for the answer. Wifka, a German private-investigation firm, says it has a client who's... More »

6 Months Later, Still No Answers for Flight 370 Kin

Families, friends continue to grieve for loved ones, seek closure

(Newser) - More than 30 relatives of passengers who were on board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 gathered at a temple in Beijing today to mark the six-month anniversary of the plane's disappearance, the AP reports. Some family members and friends wore T-shirts that said "Pray for MH370 to return... More »

Malaysia Airlines Nixes 'Bucket List' Contest

Company tries to coax people back on planes with regrettable promo

(Newser) - Even a drunken, washed-up Don Draper would know better than to pitch this: Malaysia Airlines —dogged by the twin tragedies of Flight 370 and Flight 17 and desperate to fill its scads of empty seats — came up with what apparently seemed like a promising promotion: the "My... More »

Bleeding $2M a Day, Malaysia Airlines Plans a Hail Mary

Disaster-wracked airline to slash staff, routes in vast overhaul

(Newser) - In a year that's seen one plane disappear and another get shot down, Malaysia Airlines is feeling the financial pain. "The southeast Asia air carrier burns its cash reserves at nearly $2.16 million each day," said Howard University professor Oliver McGee, as per Mashable . "Operations... More »

Bodies of MH17 Victims Finally Arrive Home

Malaysia has first-ever day of national mourning

(Newser) - The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine last month arrived home today on the first day of national mourning in the country's history. It was the first repatriation of victims from the flight to the country, which is... More »

Heavy Fighting Blocks Investigators From MH17 Site

UN calls downing of MH17 a war crime

(Newser) - Heavy fighting has turned back international investigators for a second day from the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down. The Ukrainian military has launched a major offensive against pro-Russia rebels, and it's no longer clear who's in control of the crash site, reports the New ... More »

Ukraine Rebels Had Missile, Commander Admits

He accuses Ukraine of engineering crisis

(Newser) - Pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine did have a Buk missile system of the kind believed to have been used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a rebel commander admits. Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, tells Reuters that rebels in Luhansk had the missile system, but it's... More »

Somber Dutch Salute Return of First MH17 Victims

40 bodies arrive in the Netherlands

(Newser) - The planes carrying the bodies of some of the first victims recovered from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site have landed in the Netherlands, Sky News reports. The two military aircraft, one Dutch and one Australian, contain a total of 40 bodies in wooden coffins; they took off from... More »

The Poignant Last Hours of MH17's Victims

Family, friends remember loved ones who perished

(Newser) - The first victims' bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are today making their way to the Netherlands, where they'll be met at Eindhoven Air Base by the nation's king, queen, prime minister, and their own relatives, reports the AP . As forensic experts begin the task of identifying victims,... More »

Reporter: Sorry for Snooping in MH17 Baggage

'We really shouldn't be doing this, I suppose,' Colin Brazier of Sky News said

(Newser) - A set of keys and a toothbrush may seem like innocuous, everyday items, but they become sacred when they belong to the dead. So when Sky News reporter Colin Brazier was caught during a live broadcast yesterday riffling through the personal effects—toothbrush and keys among them—of one of... More »

Man Has Narrowly Escaped Both Malaysia Air Tragedies

Maarten de Jonge was booked on both flights, changed ticket at last minute

(Newser) - Maarten de Jonge is a lucky man—two times over. The Dutch cyclist had a ticket for not only Thursday's doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but also the still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Both times, ABC News reports, de Jonge changed his flight at the last minute. The 29-year-old... More »

Among the MH17 Victims: Indiana U Student, Rower

Remembering Karlijn Keijzer

(Newser) - Just one American was among the 298 killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but also among the victims was an Indiana University doctoral student. Karlijn Keijzer, a 25-year-old Dutch citizen, was a chemistry researcher and, in 2011, a member of the women's rowing team. "Karlijn was, by all... More »

Obama Must Get Tougher Over 'Mr. Putin's War'

Washington Post, Wall Street Journal criticize US response

(Newser) - At his news conference yesterday , President Obama made clear that the US thinks pro-Russian separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines jet, and that they likely did so using Russian equipment. But he left it at that. "What was missing from the president’s comments was a clear moral conclusion... More »

Ukraine Says Rebels Destroying Plane Evidence

They're accused of removing bodies, wreckage

(Newser) - The chances of a "credible international investigation" taking place in the aftermath of this week's Malaysian Airlines crash seem to be dwindling by the hour. Ukraine today accused pro-Russian separatists of removing bodies and wreckage from the crash site without proper authorization, reports the BBC . Specifically, it says... More »

'Bodies Fell From the Sky'

So far 181 of those killed in MH17 crash have been found

(Newser) - You're sitting at home when you hear a noise—and before you realize what's happening, a woman's dead, naked body comes crashing through your roof and into your kitchen. That's what happened to Irina Tipunova yesterday when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 exploded overhead. "There was... More »

So Where Are the Black Boxes?

Conflicting reports swirl about them

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes are key to the crash investigation—so where are they? Good luck with that. The New York Times reports that the voice and data recorders have been taken from the crash site, but after that it gets confusing. There's all kinds of... More »

One American Among Those Killed on Plane

President Obama calls for ceasefire and 'credible' investigation

(Newser) - One American was among the 298 people killed in yesterday's Malaysia Airlines crash , President Obama revealed today. The passenger was identified as Quinn Lucas Schansman, though few details about him were immediately available. The US ambassador to the UN said today that the latest US intelligence suggests the plane... More »

Putin Calls for Ceasefire in Ukraine

Russian president wants both sides to enter talks day after plane is shot down

(Newser) - One day after a Malaysia Airlines commercial airliner was shot down over Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is asking all involved parties in the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists for a ceasefire, saying “peace in Ukraine must prevail as soon as possible,” AP reports. In comments broadcast by Russian... More »

Jason Biggs Apologizes for Malaysia Air Jokes

Ends up deleting controversial tweets

(Newser) - Jason Biggs apparently hasn't yet taken What Not to Tweet 101. Yesterday the Orange Is the New Black and American Pie star tweeted, "Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?" He followed that up with a slightly less controversial tweet ("In all seriousness, tho- HOW... More »

Woman Loses Family in Both Malaysia Flights

Australian Kaylene Mann lost a brother and now a stepdaughter

(Newser) - An Australian woman is mourning the loss of loved ones on a Malaysia Airlines flight for the second time this year. Kaylene Mann lost a brother and sister-in-law in the disappearance of Flight 370 in March. Now she's learned that her stepdaughter was aboard the plane that got shot... More »

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