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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak held a special emergency press conference on new developments on the missing plane and reportedly had a private meeting with the families 30 mins before. The families of the missing passengers have been offered flights to Australia, according to Sky News.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says "with great sadness" data now confirms that the aircraft's last position was in the Indian Ocean south of Perth.
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more information about the search for the plane will be given on Tuesday.
This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path.

Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.

Message sent by the Malaysian Airline to the families:
"Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia's Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."
Earlier reports hinted at the development.

Reports that suspected MH370 debris has been picked up is a major breakthrough in the search for the missing plane that has become a matter of national concern for the countries involved.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority can advise objects have been located by a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion.

HMAS Success is on scene and is attempting to locate the objects in the search for missing Malaysia Aircraft flight MH370.

The objects were spotted in the search area about 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth by the RAAF Orion about 2.45pm (AEDT).

The crew on board the Orion reported seeing two objects – the first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object.

The objects identified by the RAAF Orion are separate to the objects reported by the Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 to AMSA earlier today.

HMAS Success a Durance class multi-product replenishment oiler serving in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Australian, Chinese and French satellite images have all picked up what might be large pieces of debris from the missing aircraft, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew, and aircraft scanning the area have spotted what might be pallets and cargo straps.

Reuters reports

In a further sign the search may be bearing fruit, the U.S. Navy is flying in its high-tech black box detector to the area.

The so-called black boxes - the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder - record what happens on board planes in flight. At crash sites, finding the black boxes soon is crucial because the locator beacons they carry fade out after 30 days.

"If debris is found we will be able to respond as quickly as possible since the battery life of the black box's pinger is limited," Commander Chris Budde, U.S. Seventh Fleet Operations Officer, said in an emailed statement.

Australia's prime minister has confirmed that the ship HMAS is trying to recover the two new objects spotted by search plane.

In a statement to parliament, Tony Abbott cautioned that the objects may turn out to be unrelated to the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. He said:

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has advised that objects have been located by a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion and I can advise the House that HMAS Success is on scene and is attempting to locate and recover these objects.
The objects were spotted in the search area about 2500 kilometres southwest of Perth at about 2.45pm our time.

The crew on board the Orion reported seeing two objects, the first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object. These are separate to the objects reported earlier today by a Chinese search aircraft.

I can advise the House that US Navy Poseidon, a second Royal Australian Air Force Orion and a Japanese Orion are also on route to or in the search area. Planes and ships continue to search the area for any sign of the missing aircraft.

I caution again, Mr Acting Deputy Speaker, that we don’t know whether any of these objects are from MH370. They could be flotsam. Nevertheless we are hopeful that we can recover these objects soon and that they will take us a step closer to resolving this tragic mystery.

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  •  Most importantly (5+ / 0-)
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    I hope the families will start getting real answers and at least some closures today.

    This has been so bizarre and mysterious. I hope in the longer term they figure out exactly what happened.

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    by fcvaguy on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:19:06 AM PDT

  •  It would be nice to get the details (2+ / 0-)
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    on why they just found this out/are announcing this now.  Did the data just now magically appear?

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    by Publius2008 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:24:43 AM PDT

  •  i think, and this has been my speculation (4+ / 0-)
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    from the beginning, that they were all dead within an hour or two of it going missing and the aircraft flew by itself. what happened between the transponder going dark and the last apparent military radar contact has gone through so many revisions I'm not sure who or what to trust, so I've decided it's a question mark until the black boxes are retrieved, which could be a couple months to a couple years from now.

    For what it's worth Immersat felt the aircraft was far more likely to be in the southern Indian Ocean almost this entire time, based on some press reports.

    One thing of note: US Department of Defense and Dept. of Homeland Security latched onto the air piracy/hijacking theory pretty quick and their leaks dominated the coverage. It's really evident in what was leaked and in those who are reporting on those leaks (a certain retired general at Fox News, an aviation reporter on twitter who goes by @flyingwithfish, and quite a few others). It's very much like TWA 800, where terrorism was the first thing people latched on to, then other theories, and the accident ended up being something mundane. To this day people refuse to accept what happened there.

    I am hoping that there's a quiet inspection of 777s of that batch ongoing right now, to at least rule out some kind of tiny design flaw that added up to a cascading, catastrophic failure. But it's unlikely there's no clue as to where to begin.

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    by terrypinder on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:25:34 AM PDT

    •  unlikely BECAUSE (0+ / 0-)

      i have got to learn to think slower.

      Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

      by terrypinder on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:30:08 AM PDT

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      •  Boeing production (2+ / 0-)
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        One of the features coming out of the investigation of the Air Egypt 777 cockpit fire was that a whole batch had wiring brackets missing which were thought to be the base cause of the electrical fire that affected the pilots' oxygen system. The solution of retrofitting different tubing was claimed to have "solved" the problem despite there being not absolute proof that electrically conductive pipes were the actual cause. (What if this introduced another problem of static sparks?)

        So in relation to your last paragraph, it may not be a design fault but a construction fault or difference in procedure which led to the aircraft not meeting the intended specification and blueprints.

        I notice that Inmarsat have satellites over both the Indian and Pacific oceans and that there appears to be an overlapping area covering most of the western part of Australia and the area in which the current searches are now concentrated. The BBC reports:

        Based on new analysis the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Inmarsat, the UK company that provided satellite data, "have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth," he said.
        I am wondering if they have found additional data about the "pings" from one or more extra satellites so have been able to triangulate the positions the signals were exchanged.

        By the way, if my suspicions about a production variation from the blueprints in another critical area is correct, it would be to Boeing's financial advantage that this is put down to a "rogue co-pilot". It took several De Havilland Comet jetliners falling from the sky to identify metal fatigue as a cause. Hopefully if there is a fault with the 777s, this can be traced using the batch inspection.

        For what it's worth, I offer another scenario. The pilots were trying to cope with flying either while a fire had broken out obviously or a low level one was taking out systems like the transponders. In their confusion (maybe caused by lack of oxygen), a pilot changed the navigation system to a negative latitude value (Beijing and the search area are almost exactly opposite in terms of their north/south latitudes). Attempts to get back on course failed as they passed out (the "zombie plane" scenario) and of course with anti-hijack measures in place nobody could get into the cockpit. The autopilot continued with the programmed changes of course bearings but orders like "port 35 degrees" translated into the bizarre route taken.

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        by Lib Dem FoP on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:08:44 AM PDT

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        •  I think RR had (0+ / 0-)

          the info from the start.

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          by DRo on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 09:22:04 AM PDT

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        •  Electrically conductive pipes dissipate static (0+ / 0-)

          charges; in fact, this is one reason metallic braid is used to armor & shield aircraft cables (high altitudes are very cold and dry).

          Dielectric materials accumulate static charges.

          If you want to make a capacitor, put two small metal electrodes on opposite sides of a large thin plastic sheet.

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          by koNko on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 09:38:02 AM PDT

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          •  Rather my point (1+ / 0-)
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            The theory behind what happened to the Egypt Air plane presumes that a loop of the electrical wiring was longer than allowed for in the specs because of the missing bracket and that cause a spark between the (possibly damaged by the movement?) wiring and the conductive parts of the tubing.  

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            by Lib Dem FoP on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 09:52:25 AM PDT

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            •  That would be another case (0+ / 0-)

              Of damaged insulation (rather than a static discharge).

              In fact, aircraft wiring is generally braid shielded cabling for a few reasons:

              - subject to constant vibration
              - high altitudes have low humidity and generate static charges
              - lightning

              Of course, not all is shielded, but to my knowledge, anything safety related or sensitive to EMI/RFI would definitely be.

              Usually, what I think is the concern is electrical fires such as burning insulation, and if insulation was worn causing shorting to shielding, what you suggest is possible.

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              by koNko on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 09:11:32 AM PDT

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        •  no, i doubt it pinged another satellite (5+ / 0-)
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          this is a really good although brief pieceon how they determined this. They had to develop whole new techniques because this has obviously never happened before.

          here's another article

          it apparently is an application of the Doppler effect.

          people wondering why it took so long, well, they just crammed about a years worth of research into 6 days.

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          by terrypinder on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 10:01:50 AM PDT

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    •  Black boxes store 2 hours of audio, in loop (1+ / 0-)
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      If events unfolded as you believe, they may be worthless.

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      by PatriciaVa on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:19:44 AM PDT

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    •  Its unlikely they would be doing inspections (1+ / 0-)
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      without first knowing what caused the crash .

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      by indycam on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:55:02 AM PDT

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  •  It's very sad and frightening (4+ / 0-)
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    I fly a fair amount and as passengers there is very little we have in our control.  It's all in the hands of the pilots and the aircraft engineers/mechanics.  To have 2 planes (Air France) and this one simply fall into the ocean from what appear to be related to mechanical malfunctions is troubling.  There is still much about this Malaysia flight that remains a mystery (e.g., why did they end up flying in the complete opposite direction to their intended destination?), but at minimum there needs to be a top to bottom review of these particular aircraft (and maybe other models as well).

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    by khyber900 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:49:21 AM PDT

  •  Amazing (3+ / 0-)
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    what people will say when they don't know what they're talking about.

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    by Nebraska68847Dem on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:52:59 AM PDT

  •  I hope this is it. (5+ / 0-)
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    It's hard to imagine what the families and friends have gone through, particularly with all the public speculation for sport.

    And I thank you for publishing this straight-up without ornamentation, I'm afraid my patience has been short with some of the speculators.

    No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

    by koNko on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 09:32:52 AM PDT

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