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New Leads on Missing Malaysia 370 are Refuted or Turn Up Empty: VIDEO


Rachel Maddow took a look last night at recent reports of possible wreckage of Malaysia 370, and past aviation disasters and their causes as the search for the missing airliner continues. Also, why are we using such old technology to track the planes.

Watch Rachel Maddow's report which was filed before the developments mentioned below,

ChinaimageDespite the existence of images from Chinese satellites of objects thought to have potential as fragments of a plane, Malaysian's civil aviation chief said there are no signs of the missing Boeing 777 at the location photographed by the satellites:

"There is nothing. We went there, there is nothing," he told the Associated Press.

Vietnamese officials previously said the area had already been "searched thoroughly" in recent days, the AP reports.

Meanwhile, U.S. investigators believe the missing jetliner flew on for four hours once it lost contact with air traffic controllers, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Their theory is based on data from the plane's engines that are automatically downloaded and transmitted to the ground as part of routine maintenance programs.

WsjThe Wall Street Journal report said the planed could have traveled an additional 2,200 nautical miles, and added a new theory:

U.S. counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner's transponders to avoid radar detection, according to one person tracking the probe.

The investigation remains fluid, and it isn't clear whether investigators have evidence indicating possible terrorism or sabotage. So far, U.S. national security officials have said that nothing specifically points toward terrorism, though they haven't ruled it out.

But the huge uncertainty about where the plane was headed, and why it apparently continued flying so long without working transponders, has raised theories among investigators that the aircraft may have been commandeered for a reason that appears unclear to U.S. authorities. Some of those theories have been laid out to national security officials and senior personnel from various U.S. agencies, according to one person familiar with the matter.

Malaysian officials denied the report from the WSJ:

Malaysia's acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference that the report, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter, was "inaccurate."

Malaysian officials said they had consulted with the makers of the plane and its engines, who told them that no transmissions of any kind were received from the plane after air traffic controllers lost contact with it.

Last night, Rachel Maddow took a look at the history of causes of plane crashes with regard to the disappearance of Malaysia 370.

Watch Rachel Maddow's report which was filed before these new developments,

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  1. To be honest, I'm not really concerned with what Maddow thinks of a plane crash. That's not her lane...

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 13, 2014 9:41:52 AM

  2. " may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner's transponders to avoid radar detection "

    It's absolutely ridiculous there is that function on a commercial airliner. Any hijacker knows what to now do first.

    Posted by: MIke | Mar 13, 2014 9:51:27 AM

  3. I wouldn't trust the Malay Government for any honest news on this (or anything else). They are incompatent and corrupt.

    Posted by: chasmader | Mar 13, 2014 10:13:27 AM

  4. The constantly conflicting stories that seem to make NO sense, make a lot of sense when you consider the parties involved in the loss of this plane and the potential LIABILITIES!!

    Boeing, the company that built this plane, wants there to have been a terrorist plot... they want to spin everything in a way that makes people believe that their planes are safe at that the loss of the Malaysia Air jumbo jet was caused by 1) a crazy co-pilot (so they got some Australian girls to say that the co-pilot allowed them to sit in the cockpit on an earlier flight); 2) they got the WSJ to publish a story saying that the plane was still flying four hours after it's take off, possibly putting it far off into the Indian Ocean -and in the direction of Iran; 3) they pushed the story about the two people who were flying on stolen passports... etc.
    On the other hand you have Malaysia Air (and the Malaysian government) that want to show that their pilots and safety checks at the airport are not to blame! Therefore, they're sticking with the story that the plane went down due to catastrophic failure; due to engine problems; that the plane is NOT in the Indian Ocean but likely in the South China Sea --in keeping with its course on its way to Beijing; etc.

    THAT'S what we're seeing in the media now, and the poor family members of those lost in the crash/loss of the plane are being horribly treated because of it.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Mar 13, 2014 11:54:35 AM

  5. Malaysia Air is also reporting that the two people who were traveling on stolen passports were not known in any way to be associated with terrorist groups. And they got a Vietnamese fisherman to say he saw the whole plane go down in one piece....

    My guess: the plane is at the bottom of the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam, just where people first suspected it crashed. Probably some sort of mechanical problem.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Mar 13, 2014 11:57:23 AM

  6. Cue the theme from LOST!

    Posted by: anon | Mar 13, 2014 12:10:12 PM

  7. @ Dan Cobb: Thanks for the conspiracy theories that are based on....nothing.

    Personally, I think it's a PR stunt to promote the new boxed set of DVD's for the TV series, "Lost."

    So, Dan, I would add ABC to your list of imaginary conspiracy theories.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Mar 13, 2014 12:21:48 PM

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