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    Malaysia Airline flight MH370 disappearance has all the telltales of a terror attack


    It is just a matter of time before the global intelligence agencies will connect the dots backward to 1:30am of March 8, 2014 when Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 both transponders were shut down manualy. The silent hijack of the plane suggests an unprecedented carefully orchestrated and very sophisticated pre-planned terror attack of a new breed.


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    MARCH 14, 2014 UPDATE 1

    Sensing Foul Play

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    US counter-terrorism officials investigate the possibility Flight 370 was captured and flown to another country as it's revealed that based on data from the plane engines, it shows that they were operating for four to five more hours after the plane vanished.


    US Officials suspect that the plane flew for a total of up to five hours based on data automatically downloaded and sent back to Rolls Royce - the manufacturers of the Boeing 777's engines.


    US counter-terrorism teams are now pursuing the possibility that the plane and its 239 passengers was diverted to an undisclosed location 'with the intention of using it later for another purpose'.



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    MARCH 14, 2014 UPDATE 2

    The Transponders Issue

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    US officials believe that two communications systems aboard Malaysian Airlines flight 370 were shut down separately, 14 minutes apart - which indicated the plane did not come down because of a sudden catastrophic failure.


    The data reporting system was shut down at 1.07 am and the transponder was turned off at 1.21 am just after the the pilot signed off to Malaysian air traffic controllers with 'All right, good night,' and before the Boeing 777 apparently changed course and turned west.


    According to investigators this indicated that the switch-off could have been a deliberate act and officials told ABC News that the two communications devices were 'systematically shut down'.


    That has led the US investigating team to become 'convinced there was manual intervention' which in turn means it was not an accident or massive malfunction that caused the plane to cease to be airborne.


    U.S. sources have revealed that the plane, which lost contact with ground control at 1.07am on March 8, was in fact still in contact with satellites operated by Boeing.


    The airline manufacturer offers a service that can receive a stream of data during flight on how the aircraft is functioning.


    Malaysia Airlines didn't subscribe to that service, but the plane still had the capability of connecting with the satellite and was automatically sending 'pings'.


    The continuing pings led searchers to believe the plane could have flown more than 1,000 miles beyond its last confirmed sighting on radar, the official said. The plane had enough fuel to fly about four more hours.


    The U.S. has said it is making moves to launch a search in the Indian Ocean in response to 'new information' about the missing plane.


    A White House spokesman confirmed that authorities were considering the new avenue of exploration.


    He said: 'It's my understanding that based on some new information that's not necessarily conclusive - but new information - an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean.


    'We are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy.'


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    MARCH 15, 2014 UPDATE

    Deliberate Action Confirmed

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    A week after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished, the investigation shifted to passengers and crew after data showed the plane deviated due to deliberate action, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday.


    "Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation on crew and passengers aboard," Najib told reporters. "Evidence is consistent with someone acting deliberately from inside the plane."


    The plane's last communication with the satellite was in one of two possible corridors: a northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, or a southern corridor stretching approximately from Indonesia to the southern Indian ocean," he said.


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    MARCH 16, 2014 UPDATE

    Expanding the Search Arc

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    The missing Malaysia Airlines plane could have been on the ground when it sent satellite signals.


    The last 'ping' was picked up by a satellite above the Indian Ocean nearly seven hours after the flight dropped off civilian air traffic control screens.


    At first, it was thought contact was lost after less than an hour into the flight, and the new information led investigators to widely expand their search area.


    They had previously been looking in the South China Sea and around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


    But are now concentrating on two flight corridors to the west of Malaysia, which cover thousands of square miles, and the number of countries involved in the hunt has increased from 14 to 25.


    One is a northern route stretching from northern Thailand to Kazakhstan and the other is a southern zone from Indonesia towards the southern Indian Ocean.


    Research into aviation data showing the number of plausible runways where the plane could have touched down - which need to be at least 5,000ft - offer a baffling number of potential locations within the plane potential flight range.


    According to a map drawn up by U.S. radio station WNYC there are 634 locations which could fit, from Australia to the Maldives to Pakistan.


    While the plane route is been investigated, military radar showed the jet climbed to 45,000ft – above its service limit – which could have been a deliberate attempt to knock out the passengers and crew.


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    MARCH 17, 2014 UPDATE

    Probe Zeroes in on Pilots

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    The revelation that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370’s Aircraft Communications and Reporting System was switched off before its last radio message was sent has brought the focus of investigations back to the pilots.


    Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein told the media yesterday that the ACARS was turned off before the message.
    The pilot had said: “All right, good night” as Malaysian Air Traffic Control handed over the plane’s monitoring to Vietnam.


    However, it was still not known whether it was the voice of flight captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah or co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid before the plane carrying 239 passengers and crew disappeared from radar and veered off course 10 days ago.


    Inspector-General of Malaysia Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police had searched the home of Zaharie in Shah Alam.


    He said the pilot’s self assembled flight simulator was being looked at by experts as part of the investigation, adding that investigators had also searched the co-pilot’s home.


    The IGP said police had classified the investigation under Section 130C of the Penal Code, which allows for investigation into offences of hijacking, sabotage, act of terrorism and also crimes under the Aviation Offences Act, adding that procedures under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) would apply with the new classification of the probe.


    “That means we have intensified our investigations. Our focus remains in the four areas — hijacking, sabotage, personal problems and psychological problems — and that includes the ground staff, everybody,” he said at yesterday’s press conference on MH370.


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    MARCH 20, 2014 UPDATE

    Australia Spot 2 Objects of Interest

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    Two objects possibly related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been sighted, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday in a potential breakthrough.


    Abbott told parliament "new and credible information" had come to light nearly two weeks after the plane vanished.


    He said an Australian air force Orion had already been diverted to look into the objects with three more surveillance planes to follow. He did not specify where they were but Australia has taken charge of the search in the southern Indian Ocean.


    "The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has received information based on satellite information of objects possibly related to the search," Abbott said, adding that he had informed Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.


    "Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified."


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    MARCH 22, 2014 UPDATE

    China Satellite Spots Object of Interest

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    A large piece of possible debris from the  missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been spotted in satellite  images by China, according to officials.


    A Chinese defense agency said analysis of satellite images showed a  large object, 22 meters (72 feet) long and 13 meters wide, floating in  the southern Indian Ocean.


    The images were taken by the Chinese satellite Gaofen-1 on Tuesday  and showed the object floating about 120 kilometers (about 75 miles)  southwest from where Australia on Thursday had said suspected objects  had been spotted, according the website of the State Administration of  Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.


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    MARCH 23, 2014 UPDATE

    French Satellite Spots Object of Interest

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    New French satellite images show possible debris from a missing Malaysian airliner deep in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia said on Sunday, adding to growing signs that the plane may have gone down in remote seas off Australia.


    "This morning, Malaysia received new satellite images from the French authorities showing potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor," the Malaysian Transport Ministry said in a statement. "Malaysia immediately relayed these images to the Australian rescue co-ordination center."


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    MARCH 24, 2014 UPDATE

    Australian plane located two Objects of Interest

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    An Australian plane searching for missing flight MH370 has located two further objects within the search area.


    The objects were spotted about 1550 miles south-west of Perth by a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion aircraft.


    "The crew on board the Orion reported seeing two objects, the first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object," Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament.


    The Australian military ship HMAS Success is the only vessel currently within the search area. The vessel will try to retrieve the two objects over the next few hours.


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    MARCH 24, 2014 UPDATE 2

    All lives are lost announced

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    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down over the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, citing a new analysis of satellite data by a British satellite company and accident investigators, and apparently ending hopes that anyone survived.


    Razak based his announcement on what he described as unprecedented analysis of satellite data sent by the plane by British satellite provider Inmarsat and the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch. He didn't describe the nature of the analysis.


    But he said it made it clear that the plane's last position was in the middle of the remote southern Indian Ocean, "far from any possible landing sites."

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