Flight 370

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MH370 Wing Flap Is Clue to Plane's Last Moments

Wing flap likely hadn't been deployed: ATSB report

(Newser) - A piece of debris holds a big potential clue, or so finds a new report on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Of the more than 20 pieces of aircraft debris that have been found since MH370 went down in March 2014, three have been verified... More »

MH370 Decision Could Leave Mystery Unsolved

Search will be suspended once the current search area is exhausted

(Newser) - The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be suspended once the current search area in the Indian Ocean has been completely scoured, the ministers of the three countries conducting the operation announced Friday, possibly ending all hopes of solving aviation's greatest mystery. In the absence of new evidence,... More »

Search Chief Says MH370 May Never Be Found

Search is approaching its end with no sign of missing jet

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history—and search authorities now admit there's a strong chance it will forever remain that way. Martin Dolan, head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, tells the Guardian that with more than 40,000 square miles of... More »

2 Pieces of Debris 'Almost Certainly' From MH370

Mozambique debris likely parts of missing jet, authorities say

(Newser) - Australian officials say two pieces of debris recently discovered in Mozambique are "highly likely" to have come from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the AP reports. Transport Minister Darren Chester said in a statement Thursday that an analysis of the parts by an international investigation team shows both pieces... More »

Another Possible Piece of MH370 Debris Found

South African authorities confirm piece will be investigated

(Newser) - A South African teenager vacationing in Mozambique may have found part of a wing from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which his family dismissed as "rubbish" and his mother nearly threw away, he said Friday. On Dec. 30, Liam Lotter was strolling on a beach in southern Mozambique, near... More »

US Adventurer Who May Have Found Part of MH370 Would Be 'Lucky'

He started looking for plane debris after a week of sightseeing in Mozambique

(Newser) - An American adventurer says it would be a "very lucky discovery" if the piece of aircraft he found on a sandbank off the coast of Mozambique is confirmed to be from the Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished two years ago. Blaine Gibson, who says he's been searching for... More »

MH370 Search Finds a Very Old Wreck

But not the one they were looking for: still no sign of Flight 370

(Newser) - The undersea search for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has found a second 19th-century shipwreck deep in the Indian Ocean off the west Australian coast, officials say. A sonar search about 1,600 miles southwest of the Australian port of Fremantle found what appeared to be a man-made... More »

Australia's MH370 Search Homes In on 'Hot Spot'

Searchers will double vessels hunting around missing plane's presumed route

(Newser) - Australia is doubling its efforts to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Though wreckage of the jet was found on Reunion island in July, a search of 29,000 square miles has yet to uncover more. Australia now says two vessels used so far to troll a 46,000-square-mile search... More »

France Clashes With Malaysia: What New Plane Debris?

Conflicting information from France, Malaysia, Australia brings confusion

(Newser) - France and Malaysia are butting heads over the Reunion Island debris thought to be linked to MH370 as the French government kicks off a new search for items using a military plane, helicopter, boats, and people on the ground. In addition to a wing piece Malaysia says is definitely from... More »

Seat Cushions, Plane Window Appear on Reunion

Investigators have yet to confirm they belong to MH370

(Newser) - The piece of plane wing confirmed to be from MH370 has company. In addition to a suitcase , Malaysia's transportation minister says "many items," including seat cushions, aluminum foil, and a window, have washed up on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, but experts have yet to prove... More »

Professor Predicted This Debris Scenario Last Year

And Charitha Pattiaratchi may be right

(Newser) - While the world reels at news that debris washed ashore on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean may be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, there's one person who's not surprised. Charitha Pattiaratchi, an oceanography professor at the University of Western Australia, created models last year that showed... More »

Wrecked Suitcase Found Near Possible MH370 Debris

Reports say gardener on Reunion Island found badly damaged valise

(Newser) - One of the biggest aviation mysteries of all time may be one step closer to being solved after what could be debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 washed ashore on an island in the Indian Ocean. Now reports from a French-language news site say that a gardener on Reunion Island... More »

7 Things to Know About the Possible MH370 Clue

Investigators have found a number on the part

(Newser) - Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the western Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a US official said yesterday. Air safety investigators—one... More »

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 »

MH370 Search Team Finds Something: a Shipwreck

Debris field reveals European-style ship, anchor, coal

(Newser) - The massive search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up not a plane, but an uncharted shipwreck. Sonar equipment detected "multiple small bright reflections" 2.5 miles below the surface of the Indian Ocean more than 600 miles off the coast of western Australia, AFP and ABC Australia... 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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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 »

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