Psychologists concerned about missing plane family members

 

A woman sticks her message of well wishes dedicated to all involved with the missing 

alaysian aircraft to a banner, during a praying ceremony organized by a local TV channel,

in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 13, 2014.   Photo by Zhang Wenzo

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON   2014-03-14   03:36:41

>>  Search for missing Malaysia airplane may expand to Indian Ocean: White House

By Mu Dong

The White House on Thursday said that search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 might be expanding to the Indian Ocean based on new but inconclusive information about the aircraft.

The United States and the international community are following all possible leads to locate the missing aircraft, the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at a press briefing.

“And it is my understanding that one possible piece of information or collection — pieces of information has led to the possibility that a new area — a search area may be opened in the India Ocean,” he said, adding that “but I don’t have any more details on that.”

The potential new search area comes as investigators continue to search for the plane with 239 people aboard, most of them Chinese, which has lost contact since Saturday.

The U.S. air safety officials are in Kuala Lumpur working closely with the Malaysian government on the investigation, Carney said.

“There are a number of possible scenarios that are being investigated as to what happens to the flight, and we are not in a position at this time to make conclusions about what happened, unfortunately,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON   2014-03-14   03:13:38

>>  Missing Malaysia plane not subject to new FAA directive: Boeing

By Lin Xiaochun

Boeing said Thursday a new U.S. directive that warns of a “cracking” problem on Boeing 777 airplanes did not apply to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Just days before the Malaysia flight disappeared, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published an “airworthiness directive (AD),” ordering “repetitive inspections” for “cracking and corrosion” problems on certain Boeing 777 planes.

The FAA said the directive was prompted by a report of cracking in the fuselage skin underneath the satellite communication ( SATCOM) antenna adapter.

“We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin, which could lead to rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane,” the U.S. aviation regulator said.

A Boeing spokesman, however, told Xinhua, that the antenna covered by the AD was not installed on MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER, “so that airplane is not subject to the AD or the related Service Bulletin.”

Meanwhile, Laura Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs of the FAA, also denied the possibility that the accident may be linked to the “cracking and corrosion” problem.

“This (AD) applies only to U.S. registered aircraft,” Brown told Xinhua. “The civil aviation authorities in other countries usually issue identical or similar directives that apply to aircraft registered in their countries.”

The directive, first drawn up on Sept. 26, 2013, was approved on Feb. 18 and published in the U.S. Federal Register on March 5. It’s due to take effect on April 9.

In the notice, the FAA said one operator had reported a 16-inch (40.6-centimeter) crack under the 3-bay SATCOM antenna adapter plate in the crown skin of the fuselage on an airplane that was 14 years old with approximately 14,000 total flight cycles.

It said following the crack finding, the same operator inspected 42 other airplanes that are between 6 and 16 years old and “found some local corrosion, but no other cracking.”

Early Thursday, the Wall Street Journal quoted sources as saying that the missing plane may have kept flying for four hours after its last contact. The Malaysian authorities described the report as being “inaccurate.”

Contacted by Xinhua, Boeing said it has no response to the report. “Because the Malaysian authorities are leading the investigation, this inquiry should be directed to them.” the spokesman said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING   2014-03-13   23:51:27

 

Search for MH370 enters day 6,

China pledges to grasp every glimmer of hope

 

By Han Xiaojing

 

China has vowed not to give up its efforts in searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight with 154 Chinese aboard after six days of futile efforts.

Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday that China will keep searching for the missing flight “as long as there is a glimmer of hope”.

Li made the remarks at a press conference shortly after the conclusion of China’s annual legislative session.

“We will not give up any suspected clue that is being found,” he said. “We are also looking very closely at all suspected clues showing on satellite images.”

Li said that the Chinese government has asked all relevant parties in the ongoing massive international search to enhance coordination to investigate the cause and to locate the missing plane as soon as possible.

The Chinese government has activated a comprehensive contingency response and search operation, according to the premier.

Currently there are eight Chinese vessels in the related waters and another one is on its way towards the respected waters, he said, adding that 10 satellites are now being used to provide information and technological support.

“The Chinese government and Chinese people are all deeply concerned about safety of the plane,” he said. “We are all eagerly awaiting news about the plane, even a slightest piece of good news.”

His remarks came after a Chinese satellite found three floating objects on South China Sea of the missing plane, which, however, has been denied by Malaysian officials.

Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a press conference that nothing has been found at the site where Chinese satellites spotted three floating objects in the hunt for the missing flight.

“A Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency surveillance plane was dispatched this morning to investigate potential debris shown on Chinese satellite images,” the minister said, “we deployed our assets, but found nothing.”

Chinese forces, including eight vessels and five helicopters, has covered 45,763 sq km as of 12 a.m. Thursday, after continuous searching for 100 hours, according to China Maritime Search and Rescue Center.

China’s vice minister of transport He Jianzhong called for all information to be comprehensively analyzed and flexibility in the search operation. He said that China will be in close contact with Malaysia’s search forces and inform Malaysia of its search plans.

Meanwhile, Chinese merchant ships are travelling in the Strait of Malacca and will help provide assistance, He said.

Also on Thursday, China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) has proposed sending an expert team to help search for the missing plane, the administration’s deputy director Xia Xinghua said.

This would help both keep the CAAC posted on developments and pacify relatives of the missing passengers, Xia said.

Meanwhile, at a press conference held in the Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Guo Shaochun, head of a Chinese task force noted that the most urgent task now is to speed up the search and rescue operations.

He also urged the Malaysian side “to listen carefully to the next of kin of the Chinese passengers and take swift actions to respond to the needs of the families.”

Malaysia Airlines said it has deployed a total of 112 care-givers to provide the family members of MH370 passengers and crew “with emotional support and ensure their basis needs are met to try and make this difficult time relatively bearable.”

The Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia had also sent two of their officers to join the team in Beijing, Malaysia Airlines said, adding “this was to facilitate questions and provide information on the search and rescue mission.”

 

INVESTIGATE ANY POSSIBILITIES

The minister Hishammuddin said that “Under the circumstances, it is appropriate to conduct the search if the evidence suggests there is a possibility of finding even a minor evidence to suggest the aircraft would be there.”

Touching on the radar signals, the official said it is suggested there was a possibility the aircraft has passed over the Strait of Malacca, adding “we have the duty to investigate any possibility.”

He added the U.S. team is of the view that there were “reasonable grounds for Malaysian authorities to deploy resources to conduct search on the western side of peninsula Malaysia.”

However, he said the main efforts of the search mission has ” always been in the South China Sea.”

The minister also said Malaysia has put the search effort above its national security, referring to the fact that it has shared data from military radars with international partners such as United States and China to help with the search efforts.

Malaysian authorities on Thursday denied news reports that the passenger jet may have continued flying for some time after last contact, and claimed that an unidentified object was plotted on military radar at 2:15 a.m. Saturday over the northern Malacca Strait, however they are still corrobarating it.

More than 80 ships and planes from at least 12 contributors are now combing the waters on both sides of the Malaysian peninsula to locate the missing plane.

Earlier in the day, Malaysia Airlines announced the flight codes of the missing jet, MH370 and MH371, will be scrapped and replaced by new ones, but its service frequency will remain unchanged.

“As a mark of respect to the passengers and crew of MH370 on March 8, the MH370 and MH371 flight codes will be retired from the Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur-Beijing-Kuala Lumpur route,” the carrier said in a statement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HANOI   2014-03-13   23:48:13

>>  No clue found yet after six days of search for missing Malaysian jet

By Nguyen Thi Thuy Anh and  Zhang Jianhua

No solid clue over the whereabouts of a missing Malaysian airplane has been found after six days of an intensive search, which involved a dozen of countries.

More than 80 ships and planes from Malaysia, China, Vietnam, and the United States among others have been scouring the waters off Vietnam and on both sides of the Malaysian peninsula to locate the missing plane since it lost contact with ground on March 8.

Flight MH370, carrying 12 crew members and 227 passengers and heading from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, lost contact with air traffic control on Saturday when it was flying over the Ho Chi Minh air traffic control area.

On Thursday, Vietnam sent five aircraft and seven vessels to continue the search mission.

Among the 227 passengers aboard the ill-fated plane, 154 are Chinese. Beijing has launched an all-out search and rescue mission, with eight vessels scouring waters around MH370′s last confirmed location and 10 satellites providing technical support in the space.

India, Japan and Brunei were the latest to join in the multinational search operation.

Two Indian ships from the Andaman Island Thursday were deployed to search for the missing airplane. Japan earlier on Wednesday decided to send four planes of its self-defense forces to help search for the plane.

The Thai navy’s patrol aircraft also began on Thursday to search the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. The low-flying, turboprop-engined Dornier planes have joined the Thai navy’s search mission that started on Monday.

One of the Dornier planes has joined the search mission by HTMS Pattani fast patrol boat and its helicopter in an extended maritime area around Malaysia’s Langkawi and Perlis islands and north of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, while the other has searched the lower part of the Gulf of Thailand for any flotsam which might possibly be related to the airliner.

A few other patrol boats of the Thai navy have remained on stand-by at Pang-nga and Songkla naval stations but not as yet joined the search effort.

Thai navy chief Adm. Narong Pipatanasai said the Malaysian authorities which had asked the Thai navy to help search the seas for the missing airliner had not given much information concerning the exact location or direction of the plane before it lost contact with air traffic control.

However, the Thai officer said it will continue to search the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand for the missing airliner probably until the Malaysian give up the search effort.

Meanwhile, Vu The Chien, deputy chief of Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue also told Xinhua Thursday that Malaysia has asked Vietnam to assist searching in waters off the Malaysian coast.

Chien said Vietnam will continue its search efforts till the whereabouts of the missing plane are located.

“We think that in rescue, there is the so-called golden hour, meaning the importance of timely response to disaster. If we do our best as soon as possible, we will have high possibility of saving lives. If we are late for one or two minutes, things will be very different,” the Vietnamese official told Xinhua.

Regarding the information that the missing jet may have continued flying for four hours after the last contact, the Malaysian authorities on Thursday said these reports “were inaccurate.”

The last transmission from the aircraft was at 01:07 a.m. on Saturday, which indicated everything was normal, said Malaysian Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of Transport Hishammuddin Hussein on Thursday.

China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said late Wednesday that a Chinese satellite found three floating objects in the South China Sea at 6.7 degrees north latitude and 105.63 degrees east longitude.

Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia on Thursday sent searching vehicles to hunt the suspected debris spotted by the Chinese satellites, but nothing has been found.

The China Maritime Search and Rescue Center said Thursday that Chinese search teams searched 23,282 square km of waters as of 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) Wednesday and will cover 19,768 square km on Thursday.

China’s Civil Aviation Administration has proposed sending an expert team to help search for the missing plane. Malaysia said it would give priority to China’s requirement, and explore a channel for communication between the aviation authorities of the two sides immediately.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed Thursday that China will not give up its efforts in searching for the missing MH370. “We will not give up any suspected clue that is being found,” Li told a news conference in Beijing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISLAMABAD   2014-03-13   21:33:48

>>  Pakistan ready to extend help in search of missing Malaysian plane

By Wang Yu

Pakistan says it is ready to extend help in search and rescue operation for the missing Malaysian passenger plane.

“We would be ready to extend whatever help is required but I am not sure what would that be,” the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

“It is possible that our Civil Aviation Authorities have already shared the data with the Malaysian authorities but I have no information that it has happened,” the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Tasnim Aslam said at her weekly briefing when asked has Pakistan offered any assistance in the rescue operation for the missing Malaysian Airline flight.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, with 239 people on board, vanished from air traffic control screens midway between Malaysia’ s east coast and Vietnam. Its fate remains a mystery and no wreckage has been identified.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR    2014-03-13   20:49:42

>>  Malaysia denies report missing jet flew on,

finds nothing at site of Chinese satellite images

By Zhao Bochao and Xie Xiyu

Malaysian authorities on Thursday denied news reports that a Malaysian passenger jet may have continued flying for some time after last contact, saying these reports are “inaccurate.”

“The last transmission from the aircraft was at 01:07 a.m., which indicated everything was normal,” said Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at a press conference. ” Rolls Royce and the Boeing team are here in Kuala Lumpur, and are working with us and the investigation team since Sunday. These issues have never been raised.”

The official also said nothing has been found at the site where Chinese satellites spotted three floating objects in the hunt for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

“A Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency surveillance plane was dispatched this morning to investigate potential debris shown on Chinese satellite images,” the minister said, “we deployed our assets, but found nothing.”

According to the minister, MH370 had been fully serviced and was fit to fly according to engineering and maintenance records. ” The last routine maintenance service was conducted on Feb. 23, 2014, the next service was due on June 19.”

Touching on the radar signals, the official said it is suggested there was a possibility the aircraft has passed over the Strait of Malacca, adding “we have the duty to investigate any possibility.”

He added the U.S. team is of the view that there were ” reasonable grounds for Malaysian authorities to deploy resources to conduct search on the western side of peninsula Malaysia.”

“Under the circumstances, it is appropriate to conduct the search if the evidence suggests there is a possibility of finding even a minor evidence to suggest the aircraft would be there.”

However, he said the main efforts of the search mission has ” always been in the South China Sea.”

The minister also said Malaysia has put the search effort above its national security, referring to the fact that it has shared data from military radars with international partners such as United States and China to help with the search efforts.

He also refuted media report that the police was investigating the pilots of fight MH370 and searched the crew’s homes.

Earlier in the day, Malaysia Airlines announced the flight codes of the missing jet, MH370 and MH371, will be scrapped and replaced by new ones, but its service frequency will remain unchanged.

“As a mark of respect to the passengers and crew of MH370 on March 8, the MH370 and MH371 flight codes will be retired from the Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur-Beijing-Kuala Lumpur route,” the carrier said in a statement.

Instead, new numbers — MH318 for flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and MH319 from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur — will be used effective March 14, 2014.

Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER with 239 aboard, disappeared suddenly early Saturday on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

A dozen nations have deployed assets to help hunt for the aircraft, but no trace has been found so far.

At present, there are 43 ships and 40 aircraft searching for the plane, with 26 ships and 25 planes in the South China Sea and 17 ships and 15 aircraft in Malacca Strait, according to Hishammuddin.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed Thursday that China will not give up its efforts in searching for the missing plane, adding the Chinese government urges all parties involved in the search to enhance coordination so as to locate the missing plane as soon as possible.

The most urgent task now is to speed up the search and rescue operations, said Guo Shaochun, head of a Chinese task force, at a press conference held in the Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

He urged the Malaysian side “to listen carefully to the next of kin of the Chinese passengers and take swift actions to respond to the needs of the families.”

Among the 227 passengers aboard the ill-fated plane, 154 are Chinese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HANOI   2014-03-13   20:31:49

>>  Vietnam asked to assist search for missing plane in Malaysia’s waters: official

By Zhang Jianhua

Vietnam is asked by the Malaysian side to assist search in waters off the Malaysian coast, a Vietnamese official said on Thursday over the upcoming search plan for the missing Malaysian jet.

Vu The Chien, deputy chief of Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue, told Xinhua reporters here that Malaysia made the proposal through phone.

Vietnam is considering the option, said Chien, adding that the country will conduct its search efforts till the missing plane is located.

On Thursday morning, Vietnam deployed four planes for the search mission, he said. These planes flew along the expected air route of the Malaysian jetliner, expanding to the Gulf of Thailand and further to the east. A low-flying aircraft took off from Ca Mau cape and flew along the Vung Tau coast as the area is covered with mangrove and less populous, said Chien.

Vietnam further extended its search on Thursday afternoon, he added.

Vietnam has sent seven vessels to the waters between Vietnam and Malaysia on Thursday, according to Chien.

After exchanging talks with military attaches of the Malaysian embassy and the Singaporean embassy to Vietnam early Thursday morning about the signal detected in the Malacca Strait, the three sides concluded that they should continue the search mission.

Two additional Vietnamese aircraft have flown to the area where three floating objects were spotted by Chinese satellites, but nothing has been found so far.

A Vietnamese vessel is on the way to the area for further check, said Chien, adding that Vietnam will not leave out any possible clues for finding the missing plane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HANOI   2014-03-13 19:58:25

>>  Vietnam, China cooperate in search for missing Malaysian jet

By Nguyen Thi Hang Ngan and Zhang Jianhua

The cooperation between China and Vietnam in the search for a missing Malaysian plane is materialized by Hanoi’s quick approval to Beijing’s request for access to its water and airspace, a Vietnamese official said here on Thursday.

Vu The Chien, deputy chief of National Committee for Search and Rescue’s Office, made the comment in an exclusive interview with Xinhua as multinational search and rescue operations continued into the sixth day.

However, the whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH370 operated on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft carrying 12 crew members and 227 passengers including 154 Chinese has not been known since it vanished from radar screens early Saturday morning on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

“Although the two sides have not carried out joint operations, the cooperation is seen in Vietnam’s approval for Chinese vessels and aircraft to implement their search mission in waters off Vietnam as quickly as possible,” Chien said.

“Almost immediately” after receiving Chinese request, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Committee for Search and Rescue and Ministry of Defense work together to give greenlight to Chinese vessels and aircraft at least two days before they enter the search area, Chien added.

The procedures were simplified to facilitate Chinese search and rescue operations as the permission was made after phone consultation among Vietnamese officials, said Chien.

“We think that in rescue, there is the so-called golden hour,” he said, meaning the importance of timely response to disaster.

“If we do our best as soon as possible, we will have high possibility of saving lives. If we are late for one or two minutes, things will be very different,” the official noted.

“Chinese sides inform us of their direction of flying and location where they are. I think this shows a necessary collaboration,” Chien praised.

Despite several exercises, cooperation between Vietnam and China in search and rescue, especially maritime, was not equivalent to the two countries’ geographical proximity, he said.

 

 

 

 

 

MUMBAI   2014-03-13   19:09:39

>>  Two Indian ships join search for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370

By Wang Ping

 Two Indian ships from Andaman island Thursday join search for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 which carries 239 passengers, local media NDTV reported.

The Defence Ministry has also ordered more aircraft and helicopters to be deployed for search operation that involves a dozen countries. India’s latest long-range maritime reconnaissance planes, Boeing P8i and Dorniers, will also join the search.

India is likely to begin looking for the aircraft in the area east of Campbell Bay. Air Marshal PK Roy will coordinate the operations.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, with 239 people on board, vanished from air traffic control screens midway between Malaysia’ s east coast and Vietnam. Its fate remains a mystery and no wreckage has been identified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR   2014-03-13 19:05:19

Malaysia denies report missing jet flew on,

finds nothing at site of Chinese satellite images

By Ouyang Wei

Malaysian authorities on Thursday denied news reports that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet may have continued flying for some time after last contact, saying these reports are “inaccurate.”

“The last transmission from the aircraft was at 01: 07 a.m., which indicated everything was normal,” said Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin at a press conference. “Rolls Royce and the Boeing team are here in Kuala Lumpur, and are working with us and the investigation team since Sunday, these issues have never been raised.”

The official also said nothing has been found at the site where Chinese satellites spotted three floating objects in the hunt for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

“A Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency surveillance plane was dispatched this morning to investigate potential debris shown on Chinese satellite images,” the minister said, “we deployed our assets, but found nothing.”

Touching on the radar signals, the official said it is suggested there was a possibility the aircraft has passed over the Strait of Malacca, adding “we have the duty to investigate any possibility.”

However, he said the main focus of the search mission has ” always been on the South China Sea.”

The minister also said Malaysia has put the search effort above its national security, referring to the fact that it has shared data from military radar with international partners such as United States and China to help with the search efforts.

He also refuted media report that the police was investigating the pilots of fight MH370 and searched the home of MH370 crew.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER with 239 aboard, disappeared suddenly early Saturday on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

A dozen nations have deployed assets to help hunt for the aircraft, but no trace has been found as yet.

At present, there are 43 ships and 48 aircraft searching for the plane, with 26 ships and 25 planes in searching areas in the South China Sea, according to Malaysian authorities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR   2014-03-13 18:27:13

>>  Malaysia denies report missing jet may have flown for hours after last contact

By Ouyang Wei

Malaysian authorities on Thursday denied news reports that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet may have continued flying for some time after last contact, saying these reports “were inaccurate.”

“The last transmission from the aircraft was at 01: 07 a.m., which indicated everything was normal,” Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin. “Rolls Royce and the Boeing team are here in Kuala Lumpur, and are working with us and the investigation team since Sunday, these issues have never been raised.”

The official also said nothing has been found at the site where Chinese satellites spotted three floating objects in the hunt for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

A Malaysian surveillance plane was dispatched this morning to investigate potential debris shown on Chinese satellite images, the minister said, “we deployed our assets, but found nothing.”

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER with 239 aboard, disappeared suddenly early Saturday on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING   2014-03-13 16:44:09

 

Psychologists concerned about

missing plane family members

 

By Zhong Qun, Lü Dong, Mao Pengfei and Guo Yujing

 

As myriad information fuels surging anxiety among the family members of passengers on board the missing Malaysian flight, experts have become concerned about their mental well-being.

Despite the airline advising passengers’ families to “prepare for the worst result,” it will surely be hard for many of them, awash with helplessness and despair, to let go of hopes for the survival of their loved ones.

Flight MH370, an Malaysia Airlines plane, has been missing for more than five days since contact with it was lost early on Saturday.

It was flying over the Ho Chi Minh air traffic control area in Vietnam and carrying 227 passengers, including 154 Chinese.

Experts worry that the spreading negative emotions will take a heavy toll on the emotional well-being of the family members, who have been provided with no professional counseling thus far.

Fang Xin, director of the psychological counseling center with Peking University, said that the daily drip-drip of information, be it true or false, will inevitably cause mood swings among the family members and increase their levels of discomfort.

“The unknown fate of the passengers will have generated severe insecurities and anxiety in them,” Fang said.

She added that people in situations like this generally remain in a state of anger and denial at such an early stage, with their condition likely to involve fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, or even depression.

Fang’s view is echoed by Yao Yao, a volunteer who has provided mental help in the past four days for the relatives at the Lido Hotel, the Beijing venue accommodating many of the family members.

“I could feel them reaching breaking point as helplessness began to eat away at their hopes,” Yao said.

The volunteer is experienced in providing psychological support. She helped relatives of victims in the fatal Asiana Airlines crash in 2013. But this time around, the task has proved to be more complicated.

In the case of Asiana Airlines flight 214, the victims already knew the result of the catastrophe, she explained, and what she did was to help them accept reality and rebuild their confidence.

“But right now it’s all about the uncertainties,” Yao said, adding that she and other volunteers have just “lent ears to them” all the while, so that the relatives could express their repressed feelings.

For those who did not want to talk much, Yao and her colleagues simply stood by their side, occasionally offering a cup of water or a tissue.

Li Xu, a psychologist with the Chinese Psychological Society, said that whatever has happened to the missing jet, it is essential to engage relatives psychologically.

Li added that volunteers should be complemented with professional support.

“Psychology professionals should engage relatives on an individual basis and assess their mental state to help them get through this difficult time,” said the psychologist.

Mental health experts should accompany relatives when authorities brief them on the latest developments in the search, as they can soothe families and friends of those missing and help them better digest the news,according to Zhang Haiyin, a doctor with the Shanghai Mental Health Center.

Fang Xin suggested a fixed time each day for releasing all the news about the missing jet, which will require better coordination between various agencies.

“This will give families a sense of certainty and control over what’s going on,” in Fang’s view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR   2014-03-13   15:20:00

>>  No trace of missing jet found after 8-hour search by Malaysian air force

By Xie Xiyu

The Malaysian air force Thursday morning sent an aircraft on an 8-hour search mission in areas around Subang, Penang, Phuket and Andaman Sea, but found no trace of the missing jet liner, the pilot of the mission said.

At 5 a.m., the C130 transport aircraft took off from Subang Air Force Airport with about a height of 760 meters and flew to Andaman Sea, covering the area around Subang, Penang and Phuket. But nothing has been found.

Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said Thursday on his Twitter that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) had sent an aircraft to the South China Sea where Chinese satellites have reportedly captured images of floating objects.

“MMEA’s Bombardier has already been dispatched to investigate claims of debris found by Chinese satellite imagery,” Hussein said.

It was reported that the satellite images showed three suspected floating objects of various sizes, the largest one estimated to be roughly 22 metres by 24 metres in size.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 left Kuala Lumpur at 0:41 a.m. Beijing time on Saturday and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m..

Contact with the aircraft was lost while it was over the Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control area in Vietnam.

The flight was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, including 154 Chinese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR   2014-03-13 14:56:16

>>  Malaysia Airlines changes code of missing flight

By Ouyang Wei

Malaysia Airlines announced Thursday morning that the flight codes of its missing plane, MH370 and MH371, will be scrapped and replaced by new ones, but its service frequency will remain unchanged.

“As a mark of respect to the passengers and crew of MH370 on March 8, the MH370 and MH371 flight codes will be retired from the Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur-Beijing-Kuala Lumpur route,” the carrier said in a latest statement.

Instead, new numbers — MH318 for flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and MH319 from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur — will be used effective March 14, 2014.

The company said there will be no changes to the frequency of its services with the double daily services to Beijing continuing to be operated.

Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER, vanished suddenly on its way to Beijing on Saturday morning, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.

Search and rescue operations by multiple nations have failed to find the trace of the missing plane as yet.

 

 

 

 

 

PHU QUOC, Vietnam   2014-03-13   14:49:16

>>  Vietnamese aircraft, vessels find no debris near site China spotted floating objects

By Yan Hao and Uditha

Aircraft and vessels sent out by Vietnam on Thursday have found no debris in the waters where Chinese satellites spotted three floating objects in the hunt for the missing Malaysian airlines flight, Vietnamese Deputy Transport Minister Pham Quy Tieu said on Thursday.

Vietnam authorities dispatched two aircraft and two ships to fly over the waters off the Vietnam’s southern coast where Chinese satellites photographed suspected floating objects, said Pham, who is leading a frontline command in Phu Quoc island.

In addition, four aircraft were sent by the Vietnam air force to search the land area in Vietnam’s southern part. These comprises one seaplane and two An-26 aircraft that took off from Ho Chi Minh City and a Mi-171 helicopter from the Ca Mau airport in southern Vietnam.

However, the land area searches across the province of Kien Giang, located in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam, and U Minh Thuong national forest park yielded no clues, air force officials said.

Kien Giang is located about 250 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh while U Minh Thuong National Park or Upper U Minh National Park is located in the province of Kien Giang.

A huge international search operation has been mostly focused on the shallow waters of the Gulf of Thailand off Malaysia’s east coast. Vietnam has been searching off its eastern coast of Phu Quoc island as well as its western shoreline.

The Strait of Malacca has been included since Sunday but the search there has remained futile so far.

The search for the missing jet with 239 passengers and crew on board has now reached the sixth day with no signs of the plane’s whereabouts.

 

 

 

PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam   2014-03-13   14:45:39

>>  Waiting with hope on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island

By Hu Yao

The tranquil island of Phu Quoc, 40 km west of Ha Tien, Vietnam, has been shrouded in an unusual anxious atmosphere in the past few days, as it has become a command center of search and rescue for a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

Its was reported that the plane that suddenly vanished from radar early Saturday might have crashed into the waters near the island. Reporters from China, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Western countries have been thronging into this tiny island since Sunday.

Almost six days on, there is still no trace of the plane.

The island’s air traffic control center has been transformed into a command post, where Vietnamese officials give daily press briefings. The briefings, however, became less attractive to reporters as days of search has achieved virtually nothing.

Some journalists began to consider moving to other spots, and others are busy contacting their headquarters to consult for next steps.

However, they returned to the command center after Vietnam sent another plane to scour the suspected area again, hoping for the best.

Deputy Commander of Vietnamese Navy Le Minh Thanh announced Wednesday to suspend some search operations after reports of debris found in the Straits of Malacca.

Later they were quick to assure that no such reduction of search operations would take place as it would be unfair to distraught families waiting for news of their loved ones.

Thanh told journalists that the Vietnamese government was doing everything in their power to find any clue to the whereabouts of the missing plane flying from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people onboard.

“There has been no change in the search. Search parties continue to sweep the western shore off the Phu Quoc Island and the eastern areas off the Vietnam coast but no sign of debris or any other indication of the plane has been found,” he said.

As chances of a miracle dies away, the reporters are hoping for at least meaningful news about the ill-fated flight.

 

 

 

 

MONTREAL, Canada   2014-03-13   13:53:32

>>  Search mission for Malaysian plane “complex”: ICAO

By Zhang Dacheng

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said Wednesday that the search and rescue efforts for the missing Malaysian jetliner are a complex job, declining to forecast the outcomes of the search.

“The search and rescue at sea involve complex operations coordinated over vast geographical areas. The ICAO does not comment on potential outcomes of search and rescue operations which are still ongoing,” an ICAO spokesperson told Xinhua in an interview.

The ICAO currently requires underwater locator beacons which are attached to flight recorders to help locate flight recorders underwater, to operate for no less than 30 days, said the spokesperson, who declined to be named.

But significant water depth can impede the ability for the signal to be detected from the water surface, the spokesperson said.

In light of recent advances in battery technology, the ICAO recently has amended its provisions to require the beacons to operate for 90 days as soon as possible, but not later than January 2018, the spokesperson added.

The ICAO also noted the cooperative spirit demonstrated by the countries involved in continued search for the missing Malaysian flight.

According to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention), when an accident to an aircraft of a contracting country occurs in another contracting country, the country in which the accident occurs will institute an inquiry into the accident, the spokesperson said.

The country of aircraft registry can appoint representatives to be present during the investigation and the investigating country is expected to communicate any findings or reports to it, the spokesperson said.

If an accident happens over the high seas, the country of registry would be responsible for instituting and conducting the investigation of the occurrence, while countries nearest the scene of an accident in international waters shall provide such assistance as they are able and shall, likewise, respond to requests by the country of registry, the spokesperson added.

The ICAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, currently headquartered in Montreal, Canada. It was founded in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world.

It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, and efficiency, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  2014-03-13   13:47:37

 

COMMENTARY

 

Truth on missing plane,

better search coordination urgently needed

 

By Shang Jun

 

A multi-national search and rescue operation entered the sixth day on Thursday, but has unfortunately failed to produce any clue on the whereabouts of the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

With the clock ticking, there is an urgent need for a supply of truth and better coordination in the race against time.

The past six days were a stress test for those who had their beloved ones on Flight MH370, which lost contact with the ground early Saturday.

Desperately waiting for a miracle, they only found themselves offered endless mysteries. Not only does the plane remain lost, the public also feels baffled due to a lack of accurate and substantial information.

A flood of rumors and misinformation has put those family members on an emotional roller-coaster and dealt a second blow to them, who had already suffered unbearable pains for the fear of losing their beloved ones. It is fully understandable that some of them lost temper.

In order to stem rumors and give proper care to those in pain, a mechanism for distributing information timely and authoritatively must be established.

It is advised that relevant parties, especially the Malaysian government, unify their information release channels, as the past few days have shown speaking in different voices may lead to inconsistency and chaos.

Media outlets have to bear in mind that their professional mission at the moment is to tell the anxious public what really happened, not unverified news or even rumors

As long as there is a glimmer of hope, the search and rescue operation will not stop. But time is running out and it has become increasingly urgent to speed up search efforts.

About a dozen countries have joined the multi-national search, with at least 42 ships and 39 planes scouring the waters around Flight MH370′s last known location.

The humanitarian operation is unprecedented, but for the search to be more efficient, coordination and information sharing among different parties have to be strengthened.

It goes without saying that Malaysia bears the prime responsibility for investigating and dealing with the aftermath of the incident.

At the present stage, it needs to take the lead in coordinating international search and rescue efforts.

Only by sparing no efforts for a well-coordinated search can we help heal the wounded hearts of those who are still waiting for a reply on the fate of the 239 passengers on the missing plane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOARD JINGGANGSHAN    2014-03-13   13:30:12

>>  Chinese warship continues search for missing plane

By Sun Ruijun

Under clear sky, Chinese naval vessel Jinggangshan is plowing waters in the Gulf of Thailand in search of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

The amphibious landing ship is just one of the dozens of Chinese and foreign vessels scouring the area for the ill-fated Boeing 777 aircraft, which suddenly vanished from radar early Saturday morning with 239 people on board.

With 154 of the 227 passengers being Chinese, Beijing has launched an all-out search and rescue mission, with eight vessels scouring waters around MH370′s last confirmed location and 10 satellites providing technological support in the space.

Since cruising into position Tuesday, Jinggangshan has been working round the clock with all its monitoring systems activated, including radar, infra-red and optoelectronic searching devices. Two helicopters aboard the vessel also carried out air search.

On Wednesday, the weather at the target sea area was good and thus offered high visibility.

At 3:30 p.m. Beijing time (0730 GMT), a suspicious oil slick was sighted from the port side of Jinggangshan.

The ship slowed down and veered to the slick. It turned out to be just another disappointment. The 600-meter-long and 3- to 5-meter-wide slick was a discharge from other ships within 24 hours.

By 9 p.m. (1300 GMT), no solid clues were located.

As of 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) Wednesday, Chinese search teams had searched 23,282 square km of waters; on Thursday they will cover 19,768 square km, according to the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center.

“Generally speaking, once an area is locked, the search scope at sea will be gradually narrowed down,” said Lian Jianli, deputy head of the command post for the Chinese navy’s maritime search operations.

But due to the effect of winds and ocean currents, the search area for this special operation is likely to be further expanded if no clues are found in the next few days, he added.

Lian said that the Chinese navy, taking into consideration the advantages and disadvantages of each search method, has employed nearly all its means to hunt the missing plane.

No matter how complicated and arduous the mission is, Chinese rescuers have vowed, they will not give up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR   2014-03-13 13:18:56

>>  No trace of missing jet found after 8-hour search by Malaysian air force

By Wang Bo

The Malaysian air force sent an aircraft on an search mission in areas around Subang, Penang, Phuket and Andaman Sea, but no trace of the missing jet liner was found at the end of the eight-hour search, the pilot of the mission told reporters boarding the aircraft. Enditem

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING & KUALA LUMPUR   2014-03-13 12:41:49

>>  China pledges unremitting efforts as search for MH370 enters day six

By Deng Yushan

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed Thursday that his country will not give up its efforts in searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

As the multinational hunt entered day six for the Beoing 777 aircraft,which suddenly disappeared from radar early Saturday morning while carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, no solid leads about its whereabouts have been found so far.

“We will not give up any suspected clue that is being found,” Li said at a press conference in Beijing. “We are also looking very closely at all suspected clues showing on satellite images.”

The Chinese government, he said, urges all parties involved in the search to enhance coordination so as to locate the missing plane as soon as possible.

Among the 227 passengers aboard the ill-fated plane, 154 are Chinese. Beijing has launched an all-out search and rescue mission, with eight vessels scouring waters around MH370′s last confirmed location and 10 satellites providing technological support in the space.

The China Maritime Search and Rescue Center said Thursday that Chinese search teams searched 23,282 square km of waters as of 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) Wednesday and will cover 19,768 square km on Thursday.

The latest clue emerged Wednesday evening when China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said a Chinese satellite has found three floating objects at a suspected site.

The images, which were captured around 11 a.m. Sunday, show that the objects measure 13 by 18 meters, 14 by 19 meters and 24 by 22 meters, respectively, said SASTIND, adding that the discovery is being analyzed.

According to the agency, the objects were spotted in the South China Sea at 6.7 degrees north latitude and 105.63 degrees east longitude and spread across an area with a radius of 20 km.

It remains unclear whether the suspicious items originate from the missing plane. Previously detected pieces of debris have all turned out to be false alarms.

In yet another twist of the mystery around MH370, Malaysian Air Force chief Rodzali Daud told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday that an unidentified object was plotted on military radar at 2:15 a.m. Saturday over the northern Malacca Strait.

The last definitive sighting on civilian radar was recorded around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, less than an hour after the plane took off from Kuala Lumpur, as it flew northeast over Vietnamese waters.

“I am not saying it’s flight MH370. We are still corroborating this. It was an unidentifiable plot,” Daud said.

The air force chief denied reports that military radar tracked MH370 flying over the Strait of Malacca, but he did not rule out the possibility that the aircraft might have turned back before disappearing.

In order to help unravel the mystery and find the plane as soon as possible, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has proposed sending an expert team to Malaysia.

Malaysia’s special envoy, Ong Ka Ting, said the Malaysian government will give priority to China’s proposal and open a communication channel between the aviation authorities of the two sides swiftly.

More than 80 ships and planes from around a dozen contributors are now combing the waters on both sides of the Malaysian peninsula to locate the missing plane.

The most urgent task now is to speed up the search and rescue operations, said Guo Shaochun, head of a Chinese task force, at a press conference held in the Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

He also urged the Malaysian side “to listen carefully to the next of kin of the Chinese passengers and take swift actions to respond to the needs of the families.”

Malaysia Airlines said it has deployed a total of 112 care-givers to provide the family members of MH370 passengers and crew “with emotional support and ensure their basis needs are met to try and make this difficult time relatively bearable.”

In its latest statement, the carrier said the MH370 and MH371 flight codes will be retired from its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route “as a mark of respect” to the passengers and crew of the missing plane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING   2014-03-13 11:53:33

>>  CAAC proposes sending experts to assist MH370 search

By Zhang Xu and Lin Hongmei

China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) has proposed sending an expert team to help search for the missing Malaysian plane MH370, the administration’s deputy director Xia Xinghua said on Thursday.

Xia said he made the suggestion during a meeting with Malaysian officials on Wednesday.

He said different search units should enhance coordination and information sharing, while suggesting Malaysia allow China to send an expert team to offer technical support.

This would help both keep the CAAC posted on developments and pacify relatives of the missing passengers.

Xia said the CAAC has formed a working group to provide assistance to the relatives.

Ong Ka Ting, Malaysian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China, said the Malaysian government will give priority to China’s requirement, and explore a channel for communication between the aviation authorities of the two sides immediately.

The missing Malaysia Airlines plane traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, including 154 Chinese, lost contact with air traffic control on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING   2014-03-13 11:33:50

>>  China forces to search 19,768 sq km for missing jet

By Zhu Shaobin and Lin Hongmei

Chinese forces, including eight vessels and five helicopters, will cover 19,768 square km of waters on Thursday in search of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Chinese forces have searched 23,282 square km of waters suspected to be the missing site of the jet as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center said.

China’s vice minister of transport He Jianzhong called for all information to be comprehensively analyzed and flexibility in the search operation. He said that China will be in close contact with Malaysia’s search forces and inform Malaysia of its search plans.

Meanwhile, Chinese merchant ships are travelling in the Strait of Malacca and will help provide assistance, He said.

He added the center will work with relevant Chinese authorities in stepping up satellite surveillance work.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 left Kuala Lumpur at 0:41 a.m. Beijing time on Saturday and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m..

Contact with the aircraft was lost while it was over the Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control area in Vietnam.

The flight was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, including more than 150 Chinese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING   2014-03-13 11:27:45

>>  China to continue search for missing jet even

with only “a glimmer of hope”: Premier

By Gui Tao

China will not give up its efforts in searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight with 154 Chinese aboard “as long as there is a glimmer of hope,” Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.

Li made the remarks at a press conference shortly after the conclusion of China’s annual legislative session.

“We will not give up any suspected clue that is being found,” he said. “We are also looking very closely at all suspected clues showing on satellite images.”

His remarks came after a Chinese satellite found three floating objects at a suspected site of the missing plane.

The satellite images, which are being analyzed, showed that the objects on the South China Sea were spreading across an area with a radius of 20 kilometers.

Li said that the Chinese government has asked all relevant parties in the ongoing massive international search to enhance coordination to investigate the cause and to locate the missing plane as soon as possible.

The Chinese government has activated a comprehensive contingency response and search operation, according to the premier.

Currently there are eight Chinese vessels in the related waters and another one is on its way towards the respected waters, he said, adding that 10 satellites are now being used to provide information and technological support.

“The Chinese government and Chinese people are all deeply concerned about safety of the plane,” he said. “We are all eagerly awaiting news about the plane, even a slightest piece of good news.”

Flight MH370 carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members vanished on March 8 on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing after losing contact with air traffic control in waters between Malaysia and Vietnam.

The international search for the missing flight, which has so far involved at least 40 ships and nearly 40 aircraft from 12 countries, entered its sixth day Thursday, but the whereabouts of the Boeing 777-200 remains unknown.

Li also said the incident will not affect China’s opening-up policy, in response to a question raised by a journalist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING   2014-03-13 10:44:39

>>  Chinese satellite finds debris at suspected missing plane site

By Liu Tong Tian Ye, Bai Ying and Yu Xiaojie

A Chinese satellite has found three floating objects at a suspected site of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said.

The administration said on Wednesday evening that the objects were monitored in the South China Sea at 6.7 degrees north latitude and 105.63 degrees east longitude, spreading across an area with a radius of 20 kilometers.

The satellite images, which were captured around 11 a.m. on Sunday, showed that the objects measured 13 by 18 meters, 14 by 19 meters and 24 by 22 meters respectively.

The images are being analyzed, according to the SASTIND.

The plane has been missing for over five days since contact with it was lost early on Saturday. It was flying over the Ho Chi Minh air traffic control area in Vietnam and carrying 227 passengers, including 154 Chinese.

China has employed 10 satellites to provide technological support in attempts to locate the missing Boeing 777-200, which was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. local time on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR   2014-03-13 10:36:58

>>  Malaysia sends plane to site of Chinese satellite images: Transport minister

By Hu Dandan

Malaysia’s Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Thursday the country has dispatched an aircraft to the site where Chinese satellites photographed three “suspected floating objects” in the search for a missing Malaysia passenger jet.

China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said on its website on Wednesday that the three suspected objects were monitored at 6.7 degrees north latitude and 105.63 degrees east longitude, spreading across an area with a radius of 20 kilometers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON   2014-03-13 10:31:16

>>  U.S. warned of Boeing 777 “cracking” problem before Malaysian jetliner went missing

By Lin Xiaochun

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had warned of a “cracking” problem on Boeing 777 airplanes, just days before the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing.

However, the FAA “airworthiness directive (AD),” dated March 5, only applied to B777-200, -200LR, -300, -300ER, and -777F series airplanes, not the B777-200ER, which is the model of the missing MH370.

The FAA cautioned against a link between the directive and the accident, and Laura Brown, the aviation regulator’s deputy assistant administrator for public affairs, told Xinhua Wednesday “this applies only to U.S. registered aircraft.”

“The civil aviation authorities in other countries usually issue identical or similar directives that apply to aircraft registered in their countries,” Brown added.

The FAA said the directive was prompted by a report of cracking in the fuselage skin underneath the satellite communication (SATCOM) antenna adapter.

“We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin, which could lead to rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane,” the U.S. aviation regulator said.

“This AD requires repetitive inspections of the visible fuselage skin and doubler if installed, for cracking, corrosion, and any indication of contact of a certain fastener to a bonding jumper, and repair if necessary,” it said.

The directive, first drawn up on September 26, 2013, was approved on February 18 and published in the U.S. Federal Register on March 5. It’s due to take effect on April 9.

In the notice, the FAA said one operator had reported a 16-inch (40.6-centimeter) crack under the 3-bay SATCOM antenna adapter plate in the crown skin of the fuselage on an airplane that was 14 years old with approximately 14,000 total flight cycles.

It said following the crack finding, the same operator inspected 42 other airplanes that are between 6 and 16 years old and “found some local corrosion, but no other cracking.”

The FAA said 120 airplanes of U.S. registry are affected by the directive.

The international search for missing flight MH370 entered its fifth day Wednesday, and multinational search operations for the missing plane has extended to land. But the whereabouts of the airplane remains unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING   2014-03-13 09:34:13

>>  Chinese satellite finds floating objects in suspected site of missing Malaysian plane

By Liu Tong and Tian Ye

A Chinese satellite has found three floating objects in the suspected site of missing Malaysian plane, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).

The SASTIND said on its website on Wednesday that the three suspected objects were monitored at 6.7 degrees north latitude and 105.63 degrees east longitude, spreading across an area with a radius of 20 kilometers.

 

 

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR   2014-03-13   10:36:58

>>  Urgent: Malaysia sends plane to site of

Chinese satellite images: Transport minister

By Hu Dandan

Malaysia’s Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Thursday the country has dispatched an aircraft to the site where Chinese satellites photographed three “suspected floating objects” in the search for a missing Malaysia passenger jet.

China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said on its website on Wednesday that the three suspected objects were monitored at 6.7 degrees north latitude and 105.63 degrees east longitude, spreading across an area with a radius of 20 kilometers.

 

 

 

 

 

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