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What we know, and still don't, on Malaysian plane



A summary of the questions answered, and still pending, about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's Monday announcement:

WHAT WE KNOW

THE PLANE CRASHED: Najib said satellite data showed the flight "ended in the southern Indian Ocean," confirming that the Boeing 777 that disappeared more than two weeks ago went down in a remote corner of the ocean, "far from any possible landing sites."

ITS LAST POSITION: A British company calculated satellite data obtained from the remote area of the ocean, using analysis never before used in an aviation investigation of this kind, and pinpointed the last spot the flight was seen in the air was in the middle of the ocean west of Perth, Australia.

NO SURVIVORS: Najib left little doubt that all 239 crew and passengers had perished in the crash; the father of an aviation engineer on the flight said, "we accept the news of the tragedy. It is fate."

QUESTIONS REMAIN

WHO AND HOW: Malaysian authorities have not ruled out any possible explanation for what happened to the jet, but have said the evidence so far suggests it was deliberately turned back across Malaysia to the Strait of Malacca, with its communications systems disabled. They are unsure what happened next. Authorities are considering the possibilities including terrorism, sabotage, catastrophic mechanical failure or issues related to the mental health of the pilots or someone else on board.

WHAT'S FLOATING IN THE OCEAN: The prime minister didn't address whether investigators had confirmed floating objects in the ocean and images captured by several countries' search parties, including that of France and China, were debris from the plane.

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nfnjp March 24 2014 at 9:20 PM

This has not reached a conclusion, until the plane is found and the flight recorder is processed. I think that closing this is such an insult to the friends and family of the occupants on the plane. I hope that all involved can make some peace within themselves.

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chattysparrow nfnjp March 24 2014 at 9:34 PM

No matter what happened to the plane the passengers are deceased..would you rather have the relatives in the state they have been in for the last two weeks for another 2 years or at least let them have closure that there were no survivors..

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Tom T. March 24 2014 at 6:20 PM

I'm about to fly across the country and I'll board that A/C knowing that it's a very safe way to travel but I don't regard it as "secure" as I did. A/C will crash for one reason or another...that's a given, but to be lost? This day and age, to be lost? That simply shows a disrespect for the possibility by those who operate the A/C....turned off devices? How can that be? Bet your bottom dollar, that will be changed!

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sarracen Tom T. March 24 2014 at 6:32 PM

Air craft systems are shut down in certain emergency situation (fire, electrical malfunction et al), then restarted in a specific order to determine the exact location of the problem.
And I'm sure the story will only change when they get more info.

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savannahswithgod Tom T. March 24 2014 at 6:39 PM

Good Luck Tom T. I'll watch you from ground safe or not down here. They do need to encapsulate a device to locate a plane that no-one can get too. Still if I am the main mechanic for Death Airways and me and the stewardess have had a relation and it all went south I may do something crazy? How about duct taping a monkey wrench in one of those engines, vibration, heat bound to have it come loose. She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, Hey her plane has vanished!

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Big Bob March 24 2014 at 6:23 PM

There is nothing anybody can say except we are sorry for the tragedy.

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dragames Big Bob March 24 2014 at 6:43 PM

this is what I WISH some people would say rather than tag on their little 'God' or 'terrorism' speeches.

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jrc22552 March 24 2014 at 8:35 PM

When I see the wreckage in the Indian Ocean I will believe it. It's hard to conjure up a credible scenario that would have put the plane in the location they are saying. Perhaps the various governments are putting up a smokescreen because they know where the plane really is and don't want the public to know, for example, in Pakistan or Iran or one of the other Islamic countries in that region.

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Vernon March 24 2014 at 8:33 PM

There's just something awary with the entire episode from the beginning.. One of our generals says he believes the plane possibly landed in Pakistan or Iran and I tend to accept his thought

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exotyone Vernon March 24 2014 at 8:45 PM

no way, the engines stopped sending data way b4 that was possible..and it's too hard to keep that secret, AND th Iran or PAk would either NOT let them land, or would have turned them over..people keep forgetting that there were like 170 Chinese nationals on that plane, and ..China don't play

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Kathy March 24 2014 at 8:28 PM

Our deepest symathy to these families that have lost loved ones in this tradgity. Continued prayers to everyone affected by this.

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comlytripper March 24 2014 at 8:24 PM

This is 2014 not 1924 who is everbody kidding ?????

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Hello Bush Girl March 24 2014 at 6:30 PM

They knew this straight up all along. What is the mystery here? Did anyone really think they were still alive? Seriously.....Terrorism or pilot suicide is it.

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c7a7r7o7l March 24 2014 at 6:32 PM

i dont believe it

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rjen164497 March 24 2014 at 6:32 PM

First Enmarset (the company analizing the pings)said the plane could have gone north or south. Now they say south because it fits what they are told may be pieces of wreckage in the south. Their guess may be right, but it is still a guess. My guess is north in Pakistan.

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