British sub joins M370 search

April 2, 2014 by  
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PERTH, 2 April 2014: The protracted search for missing Flight MH370 was boosted Wednesday by the arrival of a British submarine in the Indian Ocean ahead of a visit to Australia by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The personal jet of Oscar-winning New Zealand movie director Peter Jackson is also now reportedly being used in the multinational hunt for the plane that vanished on 8 March with 239 people on board.

Despite extensive scouring of remote Indian Ocean waters by planes and ships southwest of Perth where Malaysia believes the plane went down, nothing has been found so far that would indicate a crash site.

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IATA calls for better tracking

April 2, 2014 by  
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KUALA LUMPUR, 2 April 2014: Malaysia’s missing jet tragedy illustrates the needs to improve in-flight tracking of passenger aircraft, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Tuesday, adding: “We cannot let another aircraft simply vanish.”

“MH370 has highlighted the need to improve our tracking of aircraft in flight,” Tony Tyler, head of the airline industry trade body, said in a statement.

“In a world where our every move seems to be tracked, there is disbelief both that an aircraft could simply disappear and that the flight data and cockpit voice recorders are so difficult to recover.”

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Asiana accepts crash blame

April 2, 2014 by  
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SEOUL, 2 April 2014: South Korea’s Asiana Airlines admitted for the first time Tuesday that pilot error was the “probable cause” of last year’s San Francisco crash in which three people died.

However, in a press statement, the airline cited other contributing factors including technical issues with the plane’s auto-throttle system.

As it came into land after an otherwise routine flight from Seoul to San Francisco 6 July, 2013, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 clipped a seawall with its landing gear, skidded off the runway and burst into flames.

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China media calls for reason

April 1, 2014 by  
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BEIJING, 1 April 2014: China should treat the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 “rationally”, a commentary in state media said Monday, after days of lurid accusations by relatives insisting their loved ones could still be alive.

Under the headline “Treat MH370 tragedy rationally”, the commentary in the China Daily newspaper, which is run by the government, said: “It is certain that flight MH370 crashed in the Indian Ocean and no one on board survived.”

“We should not let anger prevail over facts and rationality,” it said. “We need to comply with the fundamental norms of a civilised society and need to show the demeanour of a great power.”

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Malaysia PM visits search site

April 1, 2014 by  
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KUALA LUMPUR, 1 April 2014: Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak will visit Australia to witness the race-against-time bid to locate a crash site for flight MH370, his government said Monday as a ship equipped to pinpoint its “black box” prepared to steam to the search area.

Ships and planes from seven nations scanned a vast zone far off western Australia for yet another day, but the hunt for debris that would prove the Malaysia Airlines jet crashed in the Indian Ocean more than three weeks ago turned up nothing.

“The prime minister, who is going to Perth on Wednesday, will be briefed fully on how things have been conducted, and probably will be discussing what are the chances ahead,” Malaysian Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

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LH pilots go on strike

April 1, 2014 by  
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FRANKFURT, 1 April 2014: Lufthansa, Germany’s biggest airline, said Monday it will be forced to cancel most of its flights later this week, grounding as many as 425,000 passengers, due to a pilots’ strike.

“As a result of the planned strike by the pilots’ union Cockpit, around 3,800 flights will be cancelled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” the carrier said in a statement.

“A total 425,000 passengers will be affected by the stoppages,” it said.

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HCMC airport gains land

March 31, 2014 by  
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HO CHI MINH CITY, 31 March 2014: Vietnam’s Ministry of Defense has agreed to hand over 7.63 hectares of land to the Ministry of Transport to expand Tan Son Nhat International Airport and fast track efforts to reduce traffic congestion.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam director, Lai Xuan Thanh, the Ho Chi Minh City-based Tan Son Nhat Airport is currently overloaded.

“To serve 25 million passengers a year the airport needs 65 to 70 aircraft parking spots, while at present there are only 42,” he said.

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Japan satellite spots debris

March 31, 2014 by  
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TOKYO, 31 March 2014: Japanese satellite images have shown around 10 floating objects off Australia that are “very probably” from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the government said Friday.

The objects were spotted in remote waters about 2,500 kilometres (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth, according to the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Centre.

They were floating in an area 10 kilometres (six miles) in radius centring at 44 degrees, 17 minutes south latitude and 90 degrees, 56 minutes east longitude, it said.

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Haneda doubles flights

March 31, 2014 by  
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TOKYO, 31 March 2014: Tokyo’s Haneda Airport doubled its international flights to 80 a day from Sunday in a bid to court international travellers and boost capacity ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

Haneda, the fourth busiest airport in the world, has better access to the Japanese capital’s downtown than suburban Narita airport, which has until now been the major international gateway.

“I live in the UK and I am very happy,” said Takahiro Kato before he got aboard a flight for London.

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Debris not linked to MH370

March 31, 2014 by  
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PERTH, 31 March 2014: Australian premier Tony Abbott said Monday there was no time limit on the search for MH370 and that the world deserved to know what happened, as a ship equipped to locate the “black box” prepared to set sail.

The hunt for physical evidence that the Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 239 people crashed in the Indian Ocean more than three weeks ago has so far proved fruitless despite a massive operation involving seven countries.

Hopes raised by sightings of debris have repeatedly been crushed as the objects turned out to be random sea junk such as fishing gear.

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