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Malaysia asks countries for data to help find jet

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's government on Sunday asked for help from nearly a dozen Asian countries that the missing jetliner may have flown over, saying that finding the plane would be very difficult without additional data on its final movements.

Meanwhile, police were examining a flight simulator belonging to one of the pilots of the Malaysia Airlines plane, which went missing more than a week ago with 239 passengers aboard a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The government said police searched the homes of both of the plane's pilots on Saturday, the first time they have done so since the plane went missing. Asked why it took them so long, police chief Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said authorities "didn't see the necessity in the early stages."

Bakar told reporters that he had requested countries with citizens on board the plane to investigate their background. He said that the intelligence agencies of some countries had already done this and found nothing suspicious, but that he was waiting for others to respond.

Satellite data has shown that after losing contact with air traffic controllers, the plane could have kept flying as far north as Kazakhstan in Central Asia or deep into the southern Indian Ocean, posing awesome challenges for efforts to recover the aircraft and flight data recorders vital to solving the mystery of what happened on board. That has left authorities desperate to narrow down a search area now stretching across 11 nations and one of the most remote oceans in the world.

"The search was already a highly complex, multinational effort. It has now become even more difficult," Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference Sunday.

"It is our hope with the new information, parties that can come forward and narrow the search to an area that is more feasible," he said, adding that the search effort now includes 25 countries.

"The search area has been significantly expanded. And the nature of the search has changed. From focusing mainly on shallow seas, we are now looking at large tracts of land, crossing 11 countries, as well as deep and remote oceans," Hishammuddin said.

He said the number of countries involved in the search and rescue operation had increased from 14 to 25, bringing "new challenges of co-ordination and diplomacy to the search effort."

Australia said it was sending one of its two AP-3C Orion aircraft involved in the search to the remote islands in the Indian Ocean at Malaysia's request. The plane will search the north and west of the Cocos Islands, a remote Australian territory with an airstrip about 1200 kilometers (745 miles) southwest of Indonesia, military chief Gen. David Hurley said.

Given that the northern route the plane may have taken would take it over countries with busy airspace, most experts say the person in control of the aircraft would more likely have chosen the southern route. The southern Indian Ocean is the world's third-deepest and one of the most remote stretches of water in the world, with little radar coverage. The wreckage might take months - or longer - to find, or might never be located.

Malaysia has asked for help from countries in South, Central and Southeast Asia for assistance in tracing the jet by providing satellite and radar data, the government said in a statement. It said that for now, both the northern and southern routes that the plane may have taken were being treated with "equal importance."

Confirmation Saturday that someone on board severed the communication links with the ground and flew off course for more than six hours has triggered a formal criminal investigation into who on the plane was involved, and what motive they might have for doing so.

Investigators are trying answer these questions: If the pilots were involved in the disappearance, were they working together or alone, or with one or more of the passengers or crew? Did they fly the plane under duress or of their own volition? Did one or more of the passengers manage to break into the cockpit, or use the threat of violence to gain entry and then pilot the plane?

Malaysian authorities have not ruled out any possibilities, and to establish what happened with any degree of certainty investigators will likely need to examine information, including cockpit voice recordings, from the plane's flight data recorders should the jet be located.

The government gave few details on the police investigation into the pilots. Khalid, the inspector general, said police had confiscated the flight simulator belonging to Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the 59-year-old pilot, and reassembled it in their offices to examine it. He said police also were investigating engineers and ground staff who may have had contact with the plane before it took off.

Zaharie, who has three grown children and one grandchild, had previously posted photos online of the flight simulator he built for his home using three large computer monitors and other accessories. Earlier this week, the head of Malaysia Airlines said this was not in itself cause for any suspicion.

Malaysian officials and aviation experts said that whoever disabled the plane's communication systems and then flew the jet must have had a high degree of technical knowledge and flying experience, putting one or both of the pilots high on the list of possible suspects.

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Jacob McCoy March 16 2014 at 6:24 PM

Hmmmm just thinking if the US or Russia can't help or tell where this plane is immediately.... Ummmmm how the hell are we supposed to feel secure about missle attacks.... Also maybe that is the next plain is to use an airliner only this time full of explosives to hit a US target in the future... I mean if it can just vanish not to far to think it can reappear masquerading as an official Airliner and do some serious damage.... If the US was smart they would do whatever it takes to find it with or without the rest of the world's approval or help.

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vinandjune March 16 2014 at 8:39 PM

whoever took over the planne had to know alot things to shut down etc they have to check everyones back ground and then these countrys who knows where do you hid a plane that size. It sure is a mistery.lets see what other info comes about?

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floatgod March 16 2014 at 8:51 PM

So many experts on here from so little information.
This must be the same people who can explain global warming.

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Carolyn floatgod March 16 2014 at 9:04 PM

Oh I can explain global warming. Anyway the way the tree huggers explain it. "It's cold because it's hot."

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j donley Carolyn March 16 2014 at 11:10 PM

You're not even using the proper terminology. Climate change manifests itself by temperature extremes. On the same February, 2014 day that the temperature was 85F here in Phoenix, it was -18F in my birthplace of Milwaukee.

Hope that de-fuddles your be-fuddleness.

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abcstarfox Carolyn March 16 2014 at 11:33 PM

Now please explain why you are an AH.
Oh wait....a dedicated AH.

GOOD OLD ABE said it best....
"tis better to remain silent and only thought a fool....................................................etc?

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antoniusaurelius March 16 2014 at 1:07 PM

Offer a 10 to 15 million dollar reward for information leading to the discovery of the aircraft. Any person with information would be very tempted to accept.

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wittlief antoniusaurelius March 16 2014 at 1:17 PM

Its on the bottom of the ocean
Somewhere on earth
Please send that $15M in $100 bills
You're welcome.

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tx383 antoniusaurelius March 16 2014 at 1:29 PM

Excellent point. Makes absolute sense, of course, it won't happen.

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filliperogers March 16 2014 at 2:24 PM

So what they are saying about the people on board is they are all angels on board? Out of 239 plus crew on board, apparently none of them have ever done anything.......... no mental issues no arrests?? Sounds like they need to find someone who is capable of doing a real background check! Me think the cargo loaders all the way back to the manufauctor of the lithium batteries in the cargo hold of the plane should have a huge background check. I wonder how many people would have canceled their flight on this jet if they knew what the cargo held?? Most countries outlaw them from being transported on jets. Malaysia does not.

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STAN filliperogers March 16 2014 at 4:42 PM

Like i said before,look for the money trail,who is on the plane,what is in the cargo hold.
Next would bea reason for the way it was done (hostages,reuse of the plane,money or terrorism)

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Patricia STAN March 16 2014 at 10:50 PM

If you say follow the money.... have you read this theory?
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 12 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,671,381) developed by four co-inventors for a "system for optimizing number of dies produced on a wafer." The co-inventors are

The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2012 (13/723,207). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=15&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20140311.PD.&s2=%28TX.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/03/11/2014+AND+AS/TX&RS=ISD/03/11/2014+AND+AS/TX
Written by Sudarshan Harpal; edited by Jaya Anand.
(c) 2014 Targeted News Service

Four days after flight MH370 goes missing, a patent is approved. 4 of the 5 Patent holders are Chinese employees of Freescale Semiconductor of Austin TX. The fifth is the company itself. Each patent is divided into 20% increments to the 5 holders -
Peidong Wang, Suzhou, China, (20%)
Zhijun Chen, Suzhou, China, (20%)
Zhihong Cheng, Suzhou, China, (20%)
Li Ying, Suzhou, China, (20%)
Freescale Semiconductor (20%)

If a patent holder dies, the remaining holders equally share the dividends of the deceased so long as it’s not disputed in a will. If 4 of the 5 Patent holders die, then the remaining Patent holder gets 100% of the wealth of the patent. That remaining Patent holder is Freescale Semiconductor. Who owns Freescale Semiconductor? Answer – Jacob Rothschild! NOW HOW ABOUT THAT! He owns it through Blackstone who themselves own Freescale. Could this be yet another motive for the missing Beijing plane – all 4 Chinese Patent members were passengers on the missing plane along with 16 other Freescale employees headed to a meeting in China. Or could the plane of been hijacked to get these people and there knowledge.

Patent holders can alter the proceeds legally by passing wealth to their heirs. However, they can only do that when the Patent is approved. (For me this is just another daft rule. It simply enables evil-minded scum the opportunity to commit skulduggery). So when the plane went missing, the patent had not been approved. As soon as the plane went missing, in other words ‘operation successful’ the Patent is approved & thank you very much! Mr. Rothschild once again gets the lot – 100% Patent holder, that is once the other 4 Patent holders are declared deceased. What a lovely world we live in! Bl

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joejoan111 March 16 2014 at 9:03 PM

A complex and scary situation. We'll probably never know what really happened!

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Shirley March 16 2014 at 9:08 PM

Has the true identity of the men boarding with the stolen passports been established?

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bagadoughnuts3 Shirley March 16 2014 at 9:11 PM

Months ago.

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Weston Sumner March 16 2014 at 9:29 PM

If this was terrorism, wouldn't some group have taken credit by now? The pilot and co-pilot seem to be solid citizens with no motivation to commit suicide. No passenger is suspect. That leaves mechanical malfunction as the most likely scenario. Loss of pressurization would explain the behavior of the aircraft changing altitude and direction. Why no communication? Sudden event such as a cockpit electrical fire which requires turning all radios off immediately. But, somehow there must have been a loss of pressurization which disabled and killed everyone on board and the aircraft flew on out of radar range and into oblivion.

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wthomp3 March 16 2014 at 9:38 PM

I agree that this plane has been hijacked and will be armed and used against us, or Europe. We will see it again if we don't find it fast. The passangers didn't have a chance and I am sure were dispossed of rather quickly. Perhaps a gas was used with the perpertraders having gas masks. This could be any one of several countries that despise us and the western powers. They had time to be ready to cover this plane up and make what ever changes they wanted to it. They know how high or low to fly it to avoid most of the raidar which they did quite well.

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partyonbus March 16 2014 at 4:27 PM

In this day and age I can't believe someone on the plane didn't have a cel phone that can be tracked, or didn't try to send some type of message unless the plane was destroyed in one catastrophic explosion. My heart goes out to the familys and friends that may never have closure.

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George partyonbus March 16 2014 at 4:35 PM

If you don't know how to spell families then you should not talk. Please keep your mouth shut for the duration of this flight. Thank YOU!!!!

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SumBreezeHuh George March 16 2014 at 5:16 PM

You obviously have nothing of relevance to say, George, other than to diss someone for their spelling. It is YOU who should keep your mouth shut.

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deejunebug George March 16 2014 at 9:20 PM

MY...aren't you the Grumpy old man in this group George...how about you keeping your lip zipped for a change. Thank YOU very much (4 exclamation marks are unnecessary...btw)

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RON partyonbus March 16 2014 at 4:37 PM

Absolutely . Especially if they say the plane was still flying hours after the transponder was disabled. Even in 9/11 passengers were making cell calls.

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