Monday, March 24, 2014

Officials Say Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane 'Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean'

After over two weeks of speculation, the Malaysian Prime Minister announced today that Malaysian Air flight #370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. "This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

The jet vanished March 8 with 289 people on board after it took off from Kuala Lampur bound for Beijing.

32 comments:

0_0 said...

Why?

Sherry said...

Have they offered any evidence? This is sad and truly not much closure for the families.

Sophie Helene said...

This sounds to me like : "Leave me alone with all those questions, we found something that could be the plane so let's just assume that's where it crashed and stop talking about it"

Simon said...

There has been so much conflicting info, I don't know how they can make the claim absent proof of the aircraft remains which has not definitely happened yet. This has been one incompetent country! Feel bad for families.

CharRicho said...

So... it was on its way to Antarctica?
Nothing about this has ever made sense, so, why not I guess.

Robert said...

Anyone with at least half a brain should already have figured the plane was down somewhere whether anyone made some kind of announcement or not. I saw one guy on Twitter complaining that the airline hadn't announced that they were going to make an announcement. Duh!

aemish said...

I second that emotion, Sophie...

canadachick said...

bigger question is WHERE was it going ?

Renoblondee said...

So so sad.

Leekalicious said...

I'm actually glad that the people probably crashed instead of being at gunpoint or god knows what else. I wish the airlines would put transmitters with stronger signals and longer batteries on the planes. Not knowing what happened must have been pure agony for those families.

auntliddy said...

Presumed as much. Rip.

ms snarky said...

One theory is that going to 45,000 feet knocked them all out, and very likely killed them peacefully. The theory being that the pilot went to 45,000 due to fire in the landing gear compartment, and he was trying to put it out by starving the fire of oxygen. Poor people. Very sad.

SingBlue said...

Leekalicious, the problem is two-fold. There's huge gaps where radar doesn't cover (mainly middle of oceans), plus in this case someone switched off the transponder. (The reason they can be switched off is in the event of a risk of electrical fires, which have brought down a/c in the past).

Satellites can track planes easily, but too difficult to overcome international tensions to allow that.

Oh and CuntOfTheYear Award to whoever decided notifying the family by text message was the smart move.

RIP to the 239 (get it right Entward).

Tina Mallette said...

The experts say that the plane continued on a flight path that was too straight if that was the case of everyone was dead, if there had been an electrical fire auto pilot would not have programmed to go where it did, presumably to go up to 45,000 feet if true meant the pilots had to take the plane off auto pilot

if there was an electrical fire why no communication with air traffic control,

Tina Mallette said...

I do agree unless they have positively id'd some of the debris as belonging to the plane this is a premature announcement, I am not sure it helps the families with closure in any event.

Leekalicious said...

@SingBlue I see ... I guess they can only do so much.

leemonada76 said...

Bs
Watch
In 1 yr they will be on tv
Hostages in one of thosr 'stan' countries

Bunni said...

God bless those people onboard, and their poor families.

JoElla said...

@Sophie, I kinda agree with you.
Too much weirdness has happened, even if they found an item belonging to someone on the flight.. people will still have questions and doubts. JMHO

@leemonada76, time will tell, but still a possibility.

My heart aches for the families, and the lost souls. All of them are attached to one of the strangest mysteries of current times.

Seven of Eleven said...

@SingBlue, my thoughts exactly.

Anothergrayhare said...

Someone here posted this link on the weekend and it is fascinating reading, and gives pretty logical reasons why the plane would be found where it was. The interesting thing is it was written 2 weeks ago. I am only up to page 5, but it really made me view CNN very differently.

https://plus.google.com/app/basic/stream/z13cv1gohsmbv5jmy221vrfyiz3vdhbop04#

Kloie said...

I don't believe this story. I feel like he's just speaking up now b/c other countries have found possible sites of debris, and Malaysia doesn't want to look like it's losing control of its investigation. Hence why he won't provide more details until tomorrow.

califblondy said...

How convenient. I'm just not buying it.

FS said...

The best information in this whole mess is coming from other countries. Australia, France, England, and others have used their satellites to track this plane and the debris. But, those satellites are closely guarded and it takes a while to filter through all the random info they collect. None of those satellites were meant to track a random Malaysian airlines flight, we're just lucky that they happened to ping it once an hour. Malaysia Airlines chose not to subscribe to the services that are available to track their airplanes (offered by Boeing and other companies), and the rest of the world is paying to search for this plane because of their decisions.

Rest in Peace to the 239 souls. My heart hurts for the families, they have suffered so much because Malaysian authorities have their heads up their asses.

BeckyMae said...

Here's a link to how a new satellite company called Immasat found the trail of the plane when it went off course, it's new technology:
http://www.smh.com.au/world/mh370-search-how-new-satellite-data-confirmed-malaysia-airlines-plane-was-lost-20140325-hvme8.html

BeckyMae said...

Sorry, I don't know how to make it clicky....

It'll be a while till we know why it went off course, the Australian Navy are out there trying to get to the debris and China sent three boats a few days ago to help. All the victims families are being flown to Perth in Western Australia by MH. It's a crazy remote area of ocean, I think it's amazing that we found something relatively swiftly though I doubt it feels that way for those poor families....

CocoaBeachBunny said...

clicky link

LonTugi said...

239 on board enty..

it took forever said...

how can we be sure it wasnt hijacked then shot down by china to prevent huge casualties... too many movies i guess. Rip 289, on eternal patrol

BeckyMae said...

Thanks for the clicky link @cocoa!

@itf no one knows the reason why it went down yet, just the location of some of the wreckage...could take years to ascertain that. My BF reckons it was shot down too...

Diane Marie said...

This is to take the heat off the Malaysian Govt…. not buying it.. this isn't over

Alita said...

My opinion:
Bollocks: the only thing the Malaysians are guilty of is really bad crisis management. Why the plane was flown off course is another story, but I don't believe this 'conspiracy' of its finding was anything other than politicians going 'wtf do we say now - HIDE whatever we can!'