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Malaysia 370 Investigation Turns to Crew, Passengers as 'Deliberate Act' Comes into Focus: VIDEO

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The international investigation into Malaysia 370, the Boeing 777 disappearance that is captivating the world, continues to take new twists every few hours. Now, authorities are saying that the plane flew for as many as seven hours after being diverted.

Malaysia's Prime Minister announced that it has now become a criminal investigation as location data made that theory almost impossible to deny. The NYT:

According to Mr. Najib, a satellite orbiting 22,250 miles (35,800 kilometers) over the middle of the Indian Ocean received a transmission that, based on the angle of transmission from the plane, came from a location somewhere along one of two arcs. One arc runs from the southern border of Kazakhstan in Central Asia to northern Thailand. The other runs from near Jakarta, Indonesia, to the Indian Ocean, roughly 1,000 miles off the west coast of Australia.

“These movements are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane,” Mr. Najib said. He noted that one communications system had been disabled as the plane flew over the northeast coast of Malaysia. A second system, a transponder aboard the aircraft, abruptly stopped broadcasting its location, altitude, speed and other information a few minutes later, at 1:21 a.m., while the plane was one-third of the way across the Gulf of Thailand from Malaysia to Vietnam.

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Any number of places are now in the search area:

The arc passes close to northern Iran, through Afghanistan and northern Pakistan, and through northern India and the Himalayan mountains and Myanmar.

An aircraft flying on that arc would have to pass through air-defense networks in India and Pakistan, whose mutual border is heavily militarized, as well as through Afghanistan, where the United States and other NATO countries have operated air bases for more than a decade.

Air bases near that arc include Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, where the United States Air Force’s 455th Air Expeditionary Wing is based, and a large Indian air base, Hindon Air Force Station.

The Indian Ocean, the third-largest in the world, has an average depth of more than 12,000 feet, or more than two miles.

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  1. Here's what happened. The mystery plane was hijacked to Gilligan's Island. They all had a cup of coconut coffee with Ginger and Maryann, and afterwards a round of wild sex with the Professor. Now you know.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Mar 15, 2014 10:48:44 AM


  2. I wonder how this has impacted the Malaysian Airlines flights leaving out of LAX for example. I'm sure a lot of stale "Now don't lose us" jokes from those brave passengers who haven't changed to another airline.

    Posted by: MIke | Mar 15, 2014 11:18:46 AM


  3. Why on Earth does the transponder on a commercial passenger jet have an off switch?

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 15, 2014 12:42:29 PM


  4. @JJ: Never thought of that. Good question indeed.

    Posted by: matt | Mar 15, 2014 12:50:59 PM


  5. @JJ; @MATT: Because sometimes the transponder fails and sends erroneous lectures to the air control operator of the secondary radar, so there is an off switch or standby switch. Also it is turned off or standby when the plane is approaching to an airport (or stationed in the airport) with other near planes in the air, in order to avoid interference.

    Posted by: Roberto | Mar 15, 2014 1:00:42 PM


  6. David, that attempt at humour is in poor taste. There are over 200 people missing and they all have families and loved ones. I doubt they would fine your post to be particularly funny. Grow up.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Mar 15, 2014 1:54:15 PM


  7. How is it that a whole week after the plane goes away, people are finally admitting where it actually disappeared?

    I think someone didn't want us to know they had this satellite.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 15, 2014 2:48:48 PM


  8. @ROBERTO, thanks for the explanation. It seems like both issues could be addressed by switching transmission to an alternate band/frequency, rather than switching off. Normal and alt bands, or normal/ground/error bands. Switching off entirely is clearly a big security problem.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 15, 2014 4:48:49 PM


  9. They said, DAYS ago, that the tracking systems were manually shut off one by one. (Cue footage of the Iranian guys with the stolen passports and fake IDs.) And then, for a week, all we hear is "Oh, it's probably in the Indian Ocean." Now, finally, they're admitting it may have landed somewhere. This is insanity. It's like they're trying their damnedest to not explore the theories that have the biggest security implications.

    Posted by: Robert | Mar 15, 2014 5:04:42 PM


  10. Hey TR, what do you think of this take?:

    "Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was a fervent supporter of his country’s opposition leader who was jailed for homosexuality – illegal in Malaysia – only hours before flight MH370 vanished with 239 passengers and crew on board, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.
    And in a new twist, it emerged that the pilot’s wife and three children moved out of the family’s home the day before the plane’s disappearance."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2581817/Doomed-airliner-pilot-political-fanatic-Hours-taking-control-flight-MH370-attended-trial-jailed-opposition-leader-sodomite.html

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Mar 15, 2014 8:52:32 PM


  11. The best answer I've found to my question:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2014/03/pilot_zaharie_ahmad_shah_supported_anwar_ibrahim_was_he_a_terrorist.html

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Mar 16, 2014 6:57:19 PM


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