1130 PM Tokyo time/ 1030 PM Hong Kong time
Approximately 122 objects have been spotted by a satellite belonging to a French defense company, in the general area of the Indian Ocean, where Malaysia Airlines MH 370 is believed to have crashed.
While acknowledging that these 122 items could be any kind of debris, as well as debris unrelated to MH 370, Malaysian government officials say these are among the most conclusive findings related to MH 370 so far.
Recovery has been delayed so far because of bad weather in the area.
Monday, 24 March 2014
11 PM, Tokyo time/ 10 PM Hong Kong time
We at Travelife Magazine join the world in offering our deepest sympathies to the relatives and friends of the passengers and crew of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines MH 370. Read on to see the four possible scenarios Malaysian investigators are now focusing on, regarding this most unfortunate tragedy.
Tonight, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed the worst fears of the relatives of all those on MH 370, missing for nearly three weeks.
He announced that all evidence from satellite data and investigators so far points to the conclusion that MH 370 crashed into the middle of a remote part of the Indian Ocean, far from any possible landing sites.
There are reportedly no survivors.
Earlier this evening, too, Malaysia Airlines reportedly sent a text message to the relatives of the passengers and crews saying that it "deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH 370 has been lost and that none of those onboard survived."
QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED FROM NOW
Nevertheless, many questions still remain unanswered, including what the airplane was doing so far off its intended flight plan. Also: who turned off the plane's communications system just before it veered sharply off course just after reaching the east coast of Malaysia?
We hope these, and many other questions, will be answered in the coming days.
FOUR POSSIBLE SCENARIOS
Malaysian investigators are reportedly focusing on four possible scenarios regarding the ill-fated MH 370:
1) A botched hijacking
2) A sabotage possibly involving a terrorist group or third parties
3) A pyschological issue of the crew
4) Personal problems either of the crew or any of the passengers.
So far, this has turned out to be among the most perplexing cases involving an airline crash.
Monday, 24 March 2014
120 PM, Tokyo time/ 1220 PM Hong Kong time
|Photo soure: China State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry|
The crew of a Chinese IL-76 search plane spotted a white square-shaped object that may be part of the debris from Malaysia Airlines, MH 370, the Beijing-bound airplane with 239 persons onboard, that has been missing for close to two weeks now.
China's official Xinhua News Agency has confirmed that the search crew saw "two relatively big floating objects," and there are reportedly many smaller white objects also scattered around.
Images from both the Australian and Chinese satellites initially showed this debris in the same general area of the Indian Ocean. The French government has also reportedly confirmed seeing this same debris on their own satellites.
This is where the Chinese and Australian search teams, along with aircraft teams from the United States and Japan, are operating now, in a race to find the missing Malaysia Airlines MH 370 before the batteries of its underwater beacon runs out.
No further information has been provided.