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MH370 Search Area Now the Size of Pennsylvania

Search has already begun in area the size of the Keystone State

(Newser) - Officials have followed through with their vow to double the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Though just 75% of the initial 23,000-square-mile search zone has been scoured, a statement today says the area has now expanded to 46,000 square miles—about the size of Pennsylvania—in... More »

Officials Prepared to Double Flight 370 Search Area

Malaysia, Australia, China say they'll keep looking once current area is scoured

(Newser) - The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 23,000 square miles in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner isn't found by May, officials said today, affirming their commitment to not give up until it's located. The announcement removes some ambiguity... More »

Malaysia Airlines: No, the Old Battery Wasn't a Problem

2nd battery would have worked just fine, even in water, airline says

(Newser) - The 584-page report released yesterday on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 noted an expired locator-beacon battery. That detail has the airline today maintaining the battery didn't interfere with the search for the plane. Reuters explains the beacon in question is supposed to convey a signal in the... More »

MH370's Black Box Battery Expired a Year Before Crash

584-page report says everything else was normal

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared a year ago today, and investigators have put out an exhaustive, 584-page report to mark that anniversary describing what the AP calls "the complete normality of the flight." The biggest takeaway seems to be that the battery to the locator beacon to one... More »

What AirAsia Plane's Black Boxes Revealed

Co-pilot was at the helm as stall warnings sounded on Flight 8501

(Newser) - Two planes—one still missing and one found on the seafloor—and two updates:
  • AirAsia Flight 8501 : The cockpit voice recording indicates that the co-pilot, French national Remi Emmanuel Plesel, was flying the plane while Indonesian Capt. Iriyanto was monitoring. An investigator dubbed that "normal practices." Iryanto, who
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Hackers Hit Malaysia Air: '404 - Plane Not Found'

'Lizard Squad' says it swiped passenger data, 'ISIS will prevail'

(Newser) - A hacker group that's claimed responsibility for PlayStation and Xbox network outages in recent months has hit a new target. Hackers claiming to be from "cyber caliphate" Lizard Squad took over Malaysia Airlines' website for at least seven hours today, replacing the homepage with an image of a... More »

How Missing AirAsia Flight Differs From MH370

Experts believe disappearance just a tragic coincidence

(Newser) - The disappearance of another jet in Southeast Asia while the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 remains a mystery comes as a shock to the aviation world, but experts stress that the two cases are very different. The New York Times runs through some of the differences with AirAsia Flight... More »

Search Resumes for AirAsia Jet

Plane vanished in shallow Java Sea waters, officials say

(Newser) - As Indonesia resumes its search for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501 —which vanished today along with 162 passengers on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore—the press is reporting on various angles. Among them:
  • Indonesia's military is sending six ships, two helicopters, and two Hercules aircraft to search a
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4 Months on, Workers Begin Picking Up Pieces of MH17

Recovery long delayed in rebel-held area of Ukraine

(Newser) - Workers in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine began to collect debris from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 today, four months after the plane was brought down. The operation is being carried out under the supervision of Dutch investigators and officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.... More »

MH370 Likely Spiraled to Its Doom: Report

'End-of-flight scenario' places plane near current search area

(Newser) - A new "end-of-flight scenario" paints a picture of how Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down. Relying on satellite communications and an unanswered ground-to-air phone call placed 17 minutes after the last recorded radar data, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau arrived at the following scenario: The Boeing 777 ran out... More »

Hunt for Flight 370 Resumes

'If we've got the right haystack, we'll find the needle'

(Newser) - After a long pause to survey a huge area of Indian Ocean seafloor, investigators have resumed the active search for answers in one of aviation's greatest mysteries. The GO Phoenix search vessel has begun pulling a sonar device along the seafloor in an attempt to finally find Malaysia Airlines... More »

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 »

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