How did it go off the radar? Why was there no distress call? Where did it disappear to? That is the mystery of Flight MH370. It was heading to Beijing but went missing at 1.30am, less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The Boeing 777-200ER did not send out any distress signal and its last known position was 120 nautical miles off Kota Baru.
Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand. Italy’s Foreign Ministry said today (March 8) that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is travelling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.
Vietnamese air force planes have spotted two large oil slicks that authorities suspect are from a Malaysian jetliner that went missing early today (March 8). A Vietnamese government statement says the slicks were spotted off the southern tip of Vietnam. The slicks were each between 10 kilometres and 15 kilometres long.
A New York businessman must face criminal fraud charges for trying to claim a billion-dollar stake in social media company Facebook, a federal judge ruled yesterday (March 7). Mr Paul Ceglia, 40, is accused of forging a 2003 contract with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that supposedly entitled him to part ownership of the company. After an hour-long hearing in New York, US District Judge Andrew Carter rejected Mr Ceglia’s request to throw out the charges, finding he had failed to meet the “high standard” needed to dismiss a grand jury indictment.
China will never make concessions in territorial disputes with its neighbors, while good relations with the U.S. depend on Washington respecting Beijing's sovereignty claims, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday. Sounding a defiant note in his first national news conference since taking office a year ago, Wang touched on disputes with Japan, the Philippines and others that have sharpened tensions in the Asia Pacific.
Chinese relatives of passengers on a Malaysia Airlines flight missing between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing today (March 8) angrily accused the airline of keeping them in the dark, while state media criticised the carrier’s poor response. Relatives were taken to a hotel near Beijing airport, put in a room and told to wait for information from the airline, but none came. Malaysia Airlines said at least 152 of the 227 passengers on flight MH370 were Chinese.
Putrajaya has dismissed criticisms that local authorities had taken their time to report the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, saying they had done their best to handle the situation. Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein pointed out that the Boeing B777-200 aircraft was carrying enough fuel onboard to last the journey at the time when it was detected missing from radar.
The Chinese government has told North Korea of its “deep concern” after an aircraft from China Southern Airlines crossed the trajectory of a North Korean missile launched by Pyongyang this week. The aircraft was flying from Tokyo’s Narita airport to the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang on Tuesday, the foreign ministry said. While it passed over the trajectory some minutes after the missile, the incident was a reminder of the fraught nature of international relations around the Korean peninsula.
Malaysian Airlines has told the family members of the passengers on the missing MH370 to return home to get valid passports so that they can facilitate travel for them to go to the crash site. The relatives of the passengers on board the missing Beijing bound flight have been instructed to return to Kuala Lumpur International Airport by 6pm so that necessary travel arrangements can be made.