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    Malaysian Airlines MH370 lost

    On route from KL to Beijing, vanishes from radar over Vietnam.

    200 on board.

    Awful news.

    BBC News - Search on after Malaysia Airlines flight vanishes

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    Vietnamese Navy report a crash in the sea.
    Unconfirmed, but reported by a government agency.

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    Heard this on the news on the way here. I don't know about their safety record but the aircraft is a 777-300 so not a tatty old bus that's gone down. This is not good.

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    Yes, terrible news, 777s have a great safety record, though I did fill up a Malaysia Airlines 777 yesterday and although it was full, both the internal and exturnal gauges were wrong ...

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    Hopefully they find survivors, though I'm surprised it seemed to take so long to pinpoint where it went down given there are so many systems tracking aircraft thesedays.

    I just read Singapore has sent a C130 Hercules to assist in search and rescue - so that's now Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Philippines and Singapore assisting - nice to see everyone working together.

    Fingers crossed.

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    Now the Japanese report on finding an "oil slick" in the approximate area.

    It must have been a catastrophic event (terrorist/bomb), as it is highly unusual that the crew did not put out any radio call or "mayday".
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    A bomb or onboard explosion would have left the ocean covered in debris though. It so bizarre that they can't find anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo View Post
    Now the Japanese report on finding an "oil slick" in the approximate area.

    It must have been a catastrophic event (terrorist/bomb), as it is highly unusual that the crew did not put out any radio call or "mayday".
    Might have a point there I thought it was strange there was no contact

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    Aliens maybe.
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    Hearing that an Italian and Austrian listed on the flight are actually safe and have had their passports stolen...so who was using their stolen passports. Interesting development.




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    Apparently the passports went missing in Thailand: lost or stolen??
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    Quote Originally Posted by billpay View Post
    Apparently the passports went missing in Thailand: lost or stolen??
    Given it was going to China, the passports were most likely stolen by drug smugglers. Simpler and more likely explanation IMHO.
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    If terrorism, I would suspect Uighur separatists such as those suspected in the recent knife attack in China.

    At work today we serviced 2 Malaysia Airlines flights, both had added security on the tarmac, checking IDs and using portable metal detectors etc.

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    I don't say it is impossible, but 2 questions ( if it is terorism):
    Why go for a Malaysian plane and not a (domestic) Chinese
    I don' see any Uighur passing control with an Italian or Austrian passport.

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    This says that passengers boarded with thos stolen/lost passports so they were on the flight. They were booked on an onward flight for Saturday as well though. Also says there is a 'possibility' that the flight turned back before they lost it.

    BBC News - Missing Malaysia Airlines plane 'may have turned back'

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    Quote Originally Posted by billpay View Post
    Apparently the passports went missing in Thailand: lost or stolen??
    According to PhuketWan both passports were lost/stolen in Phuket last year.

    Both men reported their passports lost or stolen on Phuket, one in August last year and the other some months earlier.
    Stolen Phuket Passports: Could They Link to the Fate of Malaysia Flight MH370? - Phuket Wan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain View Post
    I don't say it is impossible, but 2 questions ( if it is terorism):
    Why go for a Malaysian plane and not a (domestic) Chinese
    I don' see any Uighur passing control with an Italian or Austrian passport.
    The flight was China Southern codeshare. KL may be soft, I've noticed a major security lapse there.

    I once boarded a flight from Singapore to Phuket with a number of Uighurs (I actually conversed with them).

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    Phuket renters just giving the passport back to anyone ?? Or had a nice sideline in selling the right age / look on ??

    Were there 2 stolen passports onboard or 4 ?? Certainly adds to the suspicion factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain View Post
    I don't say it is impossible, but 2 questions ( if it is terorism):
    Why go for a Malaysian plane and not a (domestic) Chinese
    I don' see any Uighur passing control with an Italian or Austrian passport.
    The 4 stolen passports were not picked up despite being on the Interpol database (not checked prior to flight).

    A Malaysian Muslim guy I work with says there was a Uigur on board as well and agrees that Uigur separatists are the most likely explanation IF terrorists are invloved, but of coarse just speculation at this stage, but security on the tarmac at Melbourne Airport has been stepped up dramatically around Malaysia Airline flights (we get 3 a day), and very quickly after the plane went missing.

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    The debris spotted earlier isn't from this plane apparently - so they still have no clue...

    It still boggles my mind how you can lose track of an airplane.

    Malaysia says debris spotted off Vietnam not from missing plane - Channel NewsAsia

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