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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:


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."


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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Shirley March 24 2014 at 8:37 PM

All one can say is Hmmmmm!! Story has not made any sense from the start. With the finest technology known to man one can't find a jet with 239 aboard...again Hmmmmm!!

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marlaine.gaylor March 24 2014 at 8:00 PM

My heart aches for the families and friends of flight 370. I am so very sorry for your loss. I don't understand the mystery of this flight and I hope in time you all will have answers you so desperately deserve, and also in that same time find strenght and peace to carry on. God Speed to all of you. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

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cheffrank19451 March 24 2014 at 7:59 PM

R . I. P all of them ,may God give them peace with him ,and peace to all the family's that lost a love one .

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dwolden March 24 2014 at 7:56 PM

Deepest condolences to sorrowing families.

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cristoba1 March 24 2014 at 7:54 PM

they said those two with stolen passports were looking to defect and believe to be harmless.... suppose that was just the cover the hijackers used.?... a frikken good excuse...they were just illegally defecting...?????to middle of Indian Ocean with planes and lives taken? I smell something here.

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therainbowco cristoba1 March 24 2014 at 8:08 PM

Right. Lets see if their families are taken care of.

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ccwww591 cristoba1 March 24 2014 at 8:08 PM

I think we all smell something -- and it's rotten.

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lekpooh March 24 2014 at 7:52 PM


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Roger Mitchell lekpooh March 24 2014 at 7:57 PM

I did

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bettyrest52 March 24 2014 at 7:52 PM

There are no words to express my sorrow for the victims and their families. I was hoping against hope that the plane was hijacked somewhere - it doesn't seem to be the case. There are still so many questions to be answered; we must know what happened to those souls in that plane...I cannot even begin to know how the families are feeling; my prayers go out to them.

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myjobie March 24 2014 at 7:46 PM

You need to learn something about Avionics. Good idea but not possible.

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Ruth March 24 2014 at 7:46 PM

May God Rest their souls!!!! Peace be with the families!!

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drepke March 24 2014 at 7:40 PM

I hope they find the blackboxes and it ill go so way to solving the mysrery of flight MH 370. It was the balckboxes that unlocked the mystery of the airfrance airliner that went down in the south alantic in 2009.

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David0153 drepke March 24 2014 at 7:43 PM

with the dept of the water some 25,000 ft, it would take a lot to recover it if found

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sandrakaywinter David0153 March 24 2014 at 8:19 PM

The depth in that part of the Indian Ocean is more like 9800-14500 feet.

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