Here's where things stand.....
|English.news.cn 2014-03-22 06:35:17|
LONDON, March 21 (Xinhua) -- The final 54 minutes of communication between the co-pilot of the Malaysia Airlines MH370 and the control tower has revealed two odd points, the British daily Telegraph reported on Friday.
The first odd point was a message delivered by the cockpit at 1.07 a.m., saying that the plane was flying at a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, the daily reported.
"This message was unnecessary as it repeated a call that had already been delivered six minutes earlier," it said.
The other odd point was that the plane lost communications and turned away from its planned course to Beijing at the exact moment when the air traffic control was handed over from Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia to Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam, leading to suspicion that it was a deliberate act, according to the paper.
The daily said the fresh details revailed in the communications add to speculation over of the fate of the jet -- "whether it was the victim of a sudden accident or a hijacking."
The transcript of the communication, which the Telegragh published online fully, "suggests that if the pilots were involved in a plot they were very careful to hide their true intentions," according to the paper.
MH370 was reported missing on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
CANBERRA, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Search operations in the Southern Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft resumed, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) announced on Saturday, saying that the current search area, about 2,500 kilometers southwest of Australia, was identified based on satellite data on Thursday.
The AMSA said so far no sightings have been reported, and the current search area was identified based on satellite images provided by the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organization ( AGO). Full story
PERTH, Australia, March 21 (Xinhua) -- The lead Royal Australian Air force (RAAF) search plane has returned from the remote Southern Ocean on Friday with a squadron captain reporting no trace or possible sightings of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.
Landing at Pearce Airbase, 50 km south of Perth, RAAF Flight Lieutenant Russell Adams stepped directly off the AP-3C Orion search and rescue aircraft at 7.30 p.m. AEST and told the gathering journalists that despite improved conditions, his squadron had made no progress in the withering search for signs of the Malaysia airlines flight that vanished without trace two weeks ago. Full story
BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- China's oceanic administration on Friday set up a working group to manage icebreaker Xuelong's search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Xuelong(Snow Dragon) is set to head for the southern Indian Ocean before 6 p.m. Friday local time from the western Australian port of Fremantle, where it arrived to resupply on Friday morning. Full story
ABOARD XUELONG, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese icebreaker Xuelong is set to head for the southern Indian Ocean on Friday to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Upon arrival at the western Australian port of Fremantle for replenishment on Friday morning, the long-serving Antarctic research vessel received orders from the State Oceanic Administration of China to join the hunt. Full story
ABOARD HAIXUN 01, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese vessel "Haixun 01" is searching for the lost Malaysian jet in waters near Christmas Island in the southern Indian Ocean on Friday.
The vessel was about 110 nautical miles west of the island at 9 a.m. Beijing time, and will sail southward to continue searching together with another vessel, "Nanhaijiu 101," a Xinhua reporter on board the ship said. Full story
CANBERRA, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the coordinating organization in the operation of searching missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, released on Friday the timetable for five aircraft involved in the search.
AMSA said a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-3 Orion departed for the search area at around 9.15 a.m. (2215 GMT Thursday). A civil Gulfstream jet, the latest aircraft tasked by AMSA in the search operation, and a second RAAF P-3 Orion are due to depart for the search area at approximately 11 a.m. (0000GMT). Full story