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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane 'may have turned back'

Radar signals show a Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing for more than 24 hours may have turned back, Malaysian officials have said.

Rescue teams looking for the plane have now widened their search area.

Investigators are also checking CCTV footage of two passengers who are believed to have boarded the plane using stolen passports.

Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared south of Vietnam with 239 people on board.

Air and sea rescue teams have been searching an area of the South China Sea south of Vietnam for more than 24 hours.

But Malaysia's civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur that the search area had been expanded, to include the west coast of Malaysia.

He also said five passengers booked on to the flight did not board, though their luggage was removed.

Twenty-two aircraft and 40 ships are now involved in the search, armed forces chief Gen Zulkefli Zin said.

Air force chief Rodzali Daud said the investigation was now focusing on a recording of radar signals that showed there was a "possibility" that the aircraft turned back from its flight path.

Vietnamese navy ships which reached two oil slicks spotted earlier in the South China Sea found no signs of wreckage.
'Suspect'

Earlier Malaysia's transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said that at least four names on the passenger list were "suspect", but the whole manifest was being investigated.

It follows reports that two of the passengers listed as travelling - an Italian and an Austrian - were not actually on the flight.

They both reportedly had their passports stolen in Thailand in recent years.

Mr Hussein said international agencies including the FBI had joined the investigation and that all angles were being examined.

"Our own intelligence have been activated, and of course, the counterterrorism units... from all the relevant countries have been informed," he said.

"The main thing here for me and for the families concerned is that we find the aircraft."


The passengers on the flight were of 14 different nationalities. Two-thirds were from China, while others were from elsewhere in Asia, North America and Europe.

When he was asked earlier whether terrorism was suspected as a reason for the plane's disappearance, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said: "We are looking at all possibilities, but it is too early to make any conclusive remarks."

The plane vanished at 17:30 GMT Friday (01:30 local time Saturday).

It reportedly went off the radar south of Vietnam.

Malaysian Airlines had previously said it last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu.

Distraught relatives and loved ones of those on board are being given assistance at both the arrival and departure airports.
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Manifest for Flight MH370

153 Chinese including one child
38 Malaysians
7 Indonesians
6 Australians
5 Indians
4 French
3 Americans including one child
2 each from New Zealand, Ukraine and Canada
One each from Russia, Taiwan, Italy, Netherlands and Austria ( although both Italy and Austria deny any of their nationals were onboard)

Source: Malaysia Airlines

Many have expressed anger at the lack of information.

"I can't understand the airline company. They should have contacted the families first thing," a middle-aged woman told AFP news agency at Beijing airport, after finding out her brother-in-law was on the flight.

"I don't have any news. I'm very worried," she said.

Some relatives said they were still hoping for miracle, reports the BBC's John Sudworth in Beijing.

But many others will have concluded that there is little hope of aircraft being found, our correspondent adds.

The aerial search was suspended overnight but resumed on Sunday morning.

Malaysia and Vietnam have both sent planes and naval vessels to look for the missing flight.

The US is sending the USS Pinckney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, which could be in the central search area within three hours.

US transport safety experts are also joining the investigation.

Territorial disputes over the South China Sea were set aside temporarily as China dispatched two maritime rescue ships and the Philippines deployed three air force planes and three navy patrol ships.
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Singapore is also involved, while Vietnam sent aircraft and ships and asked fishermen in the area to report any suspected sign of the missing plane.

Texas firm Freescale Semiconductor says 20 of its Malaysian and Chinese employees were on the flight, according to a statement on its website.

Malaysia's national carrier is one of Asia's largest, flying nearly 37,000 passengers daily to some 80 destinations worldwide.

Correspondents say the route between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing has become more and more popular as Malaysia and China increase trade.


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I hope they're not flying to a city with skyscrapers.

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According to The Aviation Herald, at about noon local time Vietnamese search personnel reported they have detected an ELT signal about 20nm south of the coast of Ca Mau, but Vietnam officials subsequently stated that they have not yet detected flight MH-370. They must find both flight-data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, otherwise most likely we will never know what really happened there, all we know so far is that the whole story screams terrorism.

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was on a 777 the other day from tokyo to uk,, its the only plane i feel 100% safe on,, bets down for pilot error

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Sounds like a failed attempt at hijacking the plane. Possible terrorists tried to take over the plane via small bomb to open cockpit door but instead it blows the whole plane up.

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Sounds like a failed attempt at hijacking the plane. Possible terrorists tried to take over the plane via small bomb to open cockpit door but instead it blows the whole plane up.
i,m sticking to pilot error,, too many under 35s thinking thay know it all when most ther flying has been on auto pilot

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i,m sticking to pilot error,, too many under 35s thinking thay know it all when most ther flying has been on auto pilot
Apparently the pilot had like 20 years of flying experience, something like 80,000 hours. I think if it was pilot error they would of had some time to send SOS signal or something?

IDK though hopefully we'll find out soon enough, these people have families and I can't imagine what they are going through right now.

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NO MAYDAY

The 11-year-old Boeing, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent engines, took off at 12:40 a.m. (1640 GMT Friday) from Kuala Lumpur International Airport when it went missing without a distress call. Aboard were 227 passengers and 12 crew.

It last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu. Flight tracking website flightaware.com showed it flew northeast after takeoff, climbed to 35,000 ft (10,670 metres) and was still climbing when it vanished from tracking records.

Boeing said it was monitoring the situation but had no further comment.

Paul Hayes, director of safety at Flightglobal Ascend aviation consultancy, said the flight would normally have been at a routine stage, having reached initial cruise altitude.

"Such a sudden disappearance would suggest either that something is happening so quickly that there is no opportunity to put out a mayday, in which case a deliberate act is one possibility to consider, or that the crew is busy coping with what whatever has taken place," he told Reuters.

The disappearance of the plane is a chilling echo of an Air France flight that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people on board. It vanished for hours and wreckage was found only two days later.

John Goglia, a former board member of the NTSB, the U.S. agency that investigates plane crashes, said the lack of a distress call suggested that the plane either experienced an explosive decompression or was destroyed by an explosive device.

"It had to be quick because there was no communication," Goglia said. He said the false identities of the two passengers was "a big red flag".

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Just like someone said here, perhaps a botched terrorist attempt.
If a shoe bomb went off perhaps there was still some time to turn the plane back before it broke up midair. The lack of distress signal suggests it was sudden.
Looks like we have a mystery like Air France 447. Years after that plane went down we had the answer (pilot error)
The pilot might have crashed the plane himself just like Egypt Air 990 in an deliberate act of suicide or 'faith'
I feel really sorry for the passengers relatives, what endless anguish.

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The more info that comes out the more it sounds like it might have been terrorists. But what would be their purpose? Just destruction? Or did they not accomplish their goal?
To satisfy their bloodthirst killing innocent people, even children in cowardly acts like this eventually might turn out to be. The goal is nothing more than to spread fear. In the name of the religion of peace of course.

Most passengers were Chinese. China has had its share of terrorism resently and they have , I'm afraid, become targets like all of us westerners.

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