Flight 370

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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 »

Aussie PM Threatens to 'Shirtfront' Putin

Russian embassy mocks Abbott's Aussie Rules talk

(Newser) - If Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott walks it like he talks it, next month's G20 summit in Brisbane could be a more feisty affair than usual: Vladimir Putin will be in attendance, and Abbott says he plans to "shirtfront" the Russian leader over the downing of Malaysia Airlines... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Thieves Rip Off $35K From MH370 Passenger Accounts

Suspects have been identified: police chief

(Newser) - Some $35,000 has been withdrawn from the bank accounts of four passengers aboard the lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370—and no, authorities don't believe the passengers are alive and spending big. Malaysia's Star reports fraudsters funneled funds from three passengers' accounts into a fourth, then moved the... 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 »

Officials: Missing Jet Likely on Autopilot

Autopilot deliberately turned on, Australians say

(Newser) - Will Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ever be found? Authorities can't say—but they have found a new place to start looking. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says the search will be moved to a fresh area in the southern Indian Ocean, and a report released today by the... More »

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