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Malaysian response to missing plane under scrutiny



Malaysian officials on Wednesday defended their handling of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Here are some discrepancies in statements they have made since the plane disappeared early Saturday with 239 people on board:

- TIME OF DISAPPEARANCE

Malaysia Airlines initially said the Boeing 777 lost contact with air traffic control at 2:40 a.m. after about two hours in the air. It later said contact was lost at 1:30 a.m., as data on flight tracking websites had been showing. The incorrect time report led to speculation the flight had crashed somewhere between Vietnam and China.

- DID THE FLIGHT TURN BACK?

The government said on the day of the plane's disappearance that there were indications it attempted to turn back, but didn't say what they were. After days of confusion and suggestions authorities were looking in the wrong place, military officials explained Wednesday they had spotted images of what might be the plane on air defense radar recordings indicating it might have turned around, but they were inconclusive.

- MISSING PASSENGERS

Officials initially said four or five passengers had checked in for the flight but did not board, and their luggage had to be taken off the plane before it departed for Beijing. This fueled speculation that terrorism might have caused the crash. On Wednesday, officials said some people with reservations never checked in and were simply replaced by standby passengers, and no baggage was removed.

- STOLEN PASSPORTS

Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi initially described two men who boarded the plane with stolen passports as having Asian features, which was contradicted a day later by the civil aviation chief, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, who created confusion with remarks that could have been taken to indicate they were black. The men were later identified by Interpol as Iranian. Malaysian police released photos of the men with identical legs, which turned out to be digitally manipulated. Police said this was an oversight and was not done to mislead.

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reunionslu March 12 2014 at 4:52 PM

not real cool people handling this mess.

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Ghetto Cat March 13 2014 at 12:54 AM

When they keep finding signs of advanced civilizations before us and have no clue about any of it, it just shows we are getting stupider over time.

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suncruzma March 12 2014 at 9:06 PM

my heart goes out to the family, We can all speculate what we think may have happened but one thing is sure the plane has not landed any where. It appears that some sort of disaster has happened and this is a recovery effort. At this time I think my flying days are over.

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rcmilano98 March 12 2014 at 8:59 PM

My heart breaks for the families who are going to this emotional roller coaster. I

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buckeye3118 March 12 2014 at 8:54 PM

The Chinese satellite found the wreckage, because PopStar MESSiah is using American satellites to spy on U.S. citizens.

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rudimario buckeye3118 March 13 2014 at 12:05 AM

If China found it, then you can bet your sweet bippy that the US has the same photo's.

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Rick March 12 2014 at 7:23 PM

this whole thing stinks to high heaven

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blkcel00 Rick March 12 2014 at 8:42 PM

I agree with you, Rick. The amount of inconsistencies is unbelievable. First they say the plane U-turned way off course in the opposite direction. Now,it didn't. There's debris in the water near the original flight path..this could be it. Wait,maybe it's not. Things that were known by the Malaysian military or gov't days ago are just now being disclosed (or denied). Come on,these poor families need the truth. The truth is that they don't know any more now than they did 6 days ago,and that's really heartbreaking.

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blkcel00 March 12 2014 at 7:06 PM

I think that the Malaysian government has done a woeful job of investigating the disappearance of this jet. These poor families need answers...they need the truth,something to hold onto. They are on an emotional rollercoaster. They have been lied to. I wish they would just turn the investigation over to the United States. At least then the truth would come out,and there will be something added to the investigation that is sorely lacking-competence. Malaysia has bungled this from the start. It's going on 6 days and still they are no closer to finding it,unless China has found the wreckage in their satellite photos.

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wechou March 12 2014 at 6:39 PM

I knew when the plane was not discovered in two days in the area it had disappeared it more than likely had been hijacked. Perhaps even by the pilots,or the pilots were paid. I am an experience pilots there is no way that hijackers could have hijack that plane without cooperation from the pilots, they could had advised ATC if it was anything else but an explosion. The plane flew on for an hour and ten minutes captured on military radar which can see primary targets. ATC radar is designed to interrogate transponders. When you turn off the transponder you have a small primary target but its about the size of a pin head. Since the controller would be busy trying to re contract the aircraft he or she could easily lose track of the primary target.

It is not impossible that they flew to a hidden field somewhere in the Pacific, there are many abandon military fields in that area of the world left over from WW II, some even on non-populated islands. It seems strange if they wanted to blow up or crash the plane they would have done it right away. Why would you fly around before doing it? The plane had plenty of fuel to go a long way. You could, if properly planed, even build a camouflaged hanger or area to park the plane under, invisible to satellites and airplanes. Then make demands for what ever reason, like the release of political prisoners or money. This was done too frequently in the Mid-East in the 1970's before all the airport security was installed and flight deck doors harden against causal entery.

It really is one for James Bond.

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yomkippur888 wechou March 12 2014 at 6:54 PM

MY friend you are a Chinese pilot like those Chinese reporters in KL who blame the Malaysian government for their loss. There is no one who could be blamed for such an incident unless one looks at the Chinese government and their army who patrol the south China se so aggressively and militarise the entire area.

It is more likely that the jet was obliterated by a Chinese surface to air missile either accidently or deliberately fired from one of its many warships in the area. Your ally North Korea did a similar thing to one of your own aircraft which was civilian.

Just a few weeks ago your country China declared a no fly zone over international airspace. They did it without having to consult anyone. You are a very aggressive people and land grabbers.

Blaming two possibly dead men for what is not yet proved is a typical Chinese act. China had satellites and did not bother to deploy these before. Now that the evidence may be destroyed after 5 days you sudeenly spot some debris from space. You are a nation of liars and bullies.

If you treated the people of Zinkjiang and Tibet better there would be no threat.

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tiger yomkippur888 March 12 2014 at 7:12 PM

Blaming some one else is a Obama trate so maybe you are right

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Joe March 12 2014 at 6:33 PM

Pilot and co-pilot ordered at knife point to turn off transponders. Pilot and co-pilot killed, plane drifts, falls into the sea. Terriost plot. No trace. Trial run for many more just like this one.

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governorcf March 12 2014 at 6:26 PM

Monitoring equipment had to have been turned off in the Cockpit.
Pilots accomplices ?

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