Malaysia PM says plane transponder deliberately switched off
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Malaysia PM says plane transponder deliberately switched off

At 2.40am local time Saturday Malaysia Airlines lost contact with flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Boeing B777-200 aircraft was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members. International searches are under way in the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam and in the Malacca Straits off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. No wreckage has been found so far.

*** All times are Malaysian time ***

UPDATE: At 10pm local time on Tuesday, March 24, Malaysia PM Najib Razak told the press that according to new evidence Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean”:

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane plunged into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean.

The news is a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to find out what happened to Flight 370, which disappeared shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard on March 8.

Dressed in a black suit, Najib announced the news “with deep sadness and regret” in a brief news conference late Monday night.


3.38pm: A Malaysian official has said police are searching the home of the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.



3.47pm: Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak’s full statement on the disappearance of flight MH307:

Seven days ago Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared. We realise this is an excruciating time for the families of those on board. No words can describe the pain they must be going through. Our thoughts and our prayers are with them. I have been appraised of the on-going search operation round the clock. At the beginning of the operation, I ordered the search area to be broadened; I instructed the Malaysian authorities to share all relevant information freely and transparently with the wider investigation team; and I requested that our friends and allies join the operation. As of today, 14 countries, 43 ships and 58 aircraft are involved in the search. I wish to thank all the governments for their help at such a crucial time. Since day one, the Malaysian authorities have worked hand-in-hand with our international partners – including neighbouring countries, the aviation authorities and a multinational search force – many of whom have been here on the ground since Sunday. We have shared information in real time with authorities who have the necessary experience to interpret the data. We have been working nonstop to assist the investigation. And we have put our national security second to the search for the missing plane. It is widely understood that this has been a situation without precedent. We have conducted search operations over land, in the South China Sea, the Straits of Malacca, the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean. At every stage, we acted on the basis of verified information, and we followed every credible lead. Sometimes these leads have led nowhere. There has been intense speculation. We understand the desperate need for information on behalf of the families and those watching around the world. But we have a responsibility to the investigation and the families to only release information that has been corroborated. And our primary motivation has always been to find the plane. In the first phase of the search operation, we searched near MH370’s last known position, in the South China Sea. At the same time, it was brought to our attention by the Royal Malaysian Air Force that, based on their primary radar, an aircraft – the identity of which could not be confirmed – made a turn back. The primary radar data showed the aircraft proceeding on a flight path which took it to an area north of the Straits of Malacca. Given this credible data, which was subsequently corroborated with the relevant international authorities, we expanded the area of search to include the Straits of Malacca and, later, to the Andaman Sea. Early this morning I was briefed by the investigation team – which includes the FAA, NTSB, the AAIB, the Malaysian authorities and the Acting Minister of Transport – on new information that sheds further light on what happened to MH370. Based on new satellite information, we can say with a high degree of certainty that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was disabled just before the aircraft reached the East coast of peninsular Malaysia. Shortly afterwards, near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control, the aircraft’s transponder was switched off. From this point onwards, the Royal Malaysian Air Force primary radar showed that an aircraft which was believed – but not confirmed – to be MH370 did indeed turn back. It then flew in a westerly direction back over peninsular Malaysia before turning northwest. Up until the point at which it left military primary radar coverage, these movements are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane. Today, based on raw satellite data that was obtained from the satellite data service provider, we can confirm that the aircraft shown in the primary radar data was flight MH370. After much forensic work and deliberation, the FAA, NTSB, AAIB and the Malaysian authorities, working separately on the same data, concur. According to the new data, the last confirmed communication between the plane and the satellite was at 8:11AM Malaysian time on Saturday 8th March. The investigations team is making further calculations which will indicate how far the aircraft may have flown after this last point of contact. This will help us to refine the search. Due to the type of satellite data, we are unable to confirm the precise location of the plane when it last made contact with the satellite. However, based on this new data, the aviation authorities of Malaysia and their international counterparts have determined that the plane’s last communication with the satellite was in one of two possible corridors: a northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, or a southern corridor stretching approximately from Indonesia to the southern Indian ocean. The investigation team is working to further refine the information. In view of this latest development the Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board. Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear: we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate from its original flight path. This new satellite information has a significant impact on the nature and scope of the search operation. We are ending our operations in the South China Sea and reassessing the redeployment of our assets. We are working with the relevant countries to request all information relevant to the search, including radar data. As the two new corridors involve many countries, the relevant foreign embassies have been invited to a briefing on the new information today by the Malaysian Foreign Ministry and the technical experts. I have also instructed the Foreign Ministry to provide a full briefing to foreign governments which had passengers on the plane. This morning, Malaysia Airlines has been informing the families of the passengers and crew of these new developments. Clearly, the search for MH370 has entered a new phase. Over the last seven days, we have followed every lead and looked into every possibility. For the families and friends of those involved, we hope this new information brings us one step closer to finding the plane.

2.47pm: Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak is giving a live press conference this afternoon. Full statement to follow.






2.44pm: Associated Press reports on theory that plane may have been purposely diverted and could have landed somewhere:

A U.S. official says investigators are examining the possibility that someone caused the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board, and that it may have been “an act of piracy.”… This official says that it’s also possible the plane may have landed somewhere.

3am: It is now more than one seek since the disappearance of flight MH370. 6.12pm: Malaysia authorities continue to release conflicting reports on the disappearance of flight MH370. As it stands it appears that they have no real idea of where to search for the plane. 6.10pm:

4.44pm: SPECIAL REPORT: Sadness and disbelief: How China has reacted to lost jet

“I truly hope,” wrote one person on Weibo, “that the MH370 flight is like one of the unsolved mysteries one reads about in books, when [a plane] flies into ‘a crack in time’ to a place where they will never grow old and one day they will reappear”.

2.02pm: Internet users around the world are joining the search for flight MH370 by scanning satellite images for signs of the plane. Associated Press reports:

A Colorado-based company says about 600,000 people have scanned its satellite images for clues to the fate of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared Saturday. DigitalGlobe is calling it a crowdsourcing campaign to help search crews. The company said Tuesday it plans daily updates of the images on the search website,

11am: Malaysian authorities appear to be utterly flummoxed about the location of the missing jet. Associated Press reports:

Malaysia’s air force chief has denied remarks attributed to him in a local paper that a passenger jet missing for more than four days had been tracked by military radar to the Malacca strait. Gen. Rodzali Daud said in a statement Wednesday that the military believes the Boeing 777 may have turned back, and noted it first said that on March 9. The developments suggest confusion at the highest level over where the plane might be.

10am: Malaysia Airlines has released this statement on allegations that the co-pilot on flight MH370 entertained women in the cockpit of a flight in 2011:

Malaysia Airlines has become aware of the allegations being made against First Officer, Fariq Ab Hamid which we take very seriously. We are shocked by these allegations. We have not been able to confirm the validity of the pictures and videos of the alleged incident. As you are aware, we are in the midst of a crisis, and we do not want our attention to be diverted. We also urge the media and general public to respect the privacy of the families of our colleagues and passengers. It has been a difficult time for them. The welfare of both the crew and passenger’s families remain our focus. At the same time, the security and safety of our passengers is of the utmost importance to us.

9am: Shocking allegations have emerged that the co-pilot on flight MH370, Fariq Abdul Hamid, entertained women in the cockpit of a flight from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur in 2011. From Associated Press:

Jonti Roos described the encounter on the program “A Current Affair.” It aired multiple still photographs from Roos that showed the women inside the cockpit and the pilots apparently working the plane’s controls.


  7.37pm: Associated Press reports on the two Iranian men who boarded flight MH370 with stolen passports:

Interpol has released an image of two Iranians who were traveling with stolen passports on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. The image showed the two Iranian men boarding a plane at the same time. Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble said Tuesday the two men traveled to Malaysia on their Iranian passports, then apparently switched to the stolen Austrian and Italian documents.

” — ❤️기타치는 사람’s ❤️ (@Pank_Blue) March 8, 20143.08pm:Malaysia cannot confirm Vietnam reports #MalaysiaAirlines jet #MH370 carrying 239 people crashed in sea off Vietnam — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 8, 2014 2.59pm: This graphic from @WSJ shows the planned flight path of flight MH370: The planned flight path of #MH370 — WSJ Asia (@WSJAsia) March 8, 20142.57pm: Malaysia to hold press conferences every 2 hours to update on situation.   2.53pm: A breakdown of the nationalities of the 239 people on flight MH370 from Malaysia Airlines website: China – 152 plus 1 infant; Malaysia – 38; Indonesia – 12; Australia – 6; France – 3; United States of America – 3 pax plus 1 infant; New Zealand – 2; Ukraine – 2; Canada – 2; Russia – 1; Italy – 1; Taiwan – 1; Netherlands – 1; Austria – 1.   2.47pm:#Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister says 80% of passengers’ next-of-kin have been informed — Channel NewsAsia (@ChannelNewsAsia) March 8, 2014  2.39pm: Malaysian transport minister says exact location of plane crash has not been confirmed and no wreckage has been found in the sea — Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) March 8, 2014  #Malaysia’s transport minister denies report #MH370 crashed off a #Vietnam island, says “no sign of wreckage.” — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 8, 2014    2.25pm:Malaysia Airlines jet now missing over South China Sea for nearly 12 hours with still no wreckage found — Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) March 8, 2014  2.03pm: Vietnamese navy admiral tells Tuoi Tre it has no ships in area where missing airliner crashed; help asked from boats at Phu Quoc island — Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) March 8, 2014 Passengers walk past a signboard of Malaysia Airlines at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday. Pic: AP.”]Please be reminded that @MAS is the sole Twitter channel for Malaysia Airlines. No other account created for the MH370 incident. — Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 9, 20149.19pm:#Malaysia prime minister: @USNavy has agreed to send its vessels to be involved in #MH370 search operation. — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 8, 20149.16pm: Associated Press reports:Vietnamese air force planes have spotted two large oil slicks that authorities suspect are from a Malaysian jetliner that went missing early Saturday. A Vietnamese government statement says the slicks were spotted off the southern tip of Vietnam. The slicks were each between 10 kilometers (6 miles) and 15 kilometers (9 miles) long.7.56pm: Malaysia Airlines has published the passenger manifest from from flight MH370 here 7.42pm: As night falls over the search area for flight MH370, Malaysia Airlines has said the air search has been called off until daylight Sunday. The sea search will continue through the night. It is now more than 17 hours since the the airline lost contact with the flight when it was over the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam. The Malaysia Airlines statement says:An international search and rescue mission was mobilized this morning. At this stage, our search and rescue teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam have failed to find evidence of any wreckage. The sea mission will continue while the air mission will recommence at daylight.7.16pm:Malaysia is sending more of its assets for the search and rescue ops. 15 aircraft including 2 helicopters deployed as well as 6 vessels — New Straits Times (@NST_Online) March 8, 20147.10pm:Breaking: Malaysia’s prime minister says authorities are still searching for Malaysia Airlines flight 370. — WSJ Asia (@WSJAsia) March 8, 20147.06pm:Vietnamese media said 20-km oil spill-like spotted offshore Vietnam, no confirmed relation to flight #MH370 — Vu Trong Khanh (@TrongKhanhVu) March 8, 20146.41pm: The mammoth task the search parties face:Search for #MH370 desperately hard. Vietnamese say it went missing in area of sea > 11000sqkm,and it’s getting dark. — Jo (@JoFloto) March 8, 20146.29pm: Twitter update from Malaysia Airlines:We understand everyone’s concern on MH370 pax & crew. We’re accelerating every effort with all relevant authorities to locate the aircraft. — Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 8, 20146.25pm:Malaysia Airlines has disclosed last known position of #MH370 — Jessica Yu (@UjessU) March 8, 20146.12pm:There is approximately 90 minutes of daylight left in the area where the search for flight MH370 is taking place:Image from”]MalaysiaFlightIranians  5.30pm: Malaysia Airlines has confirmedthat reports that five passengers who checked in for flight MH370 and did not board the plane are untrue:


This statement is in reference to the many queries on the alleged five (5) passengers who checked-in but did not board MH370 on 8 March 2014 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing despite having valid tickets to travel. Malaysia Airlines wishes to clarify that there were four (4) passengers who had valid booking to travel on flight MH370, 8 March 2014, but did not show up to check-in for the flight. As such, the issue of off-loading unaccompanied baggage did not arise, as the said four passengers did not check in for the flight. Hence, the above claim is untrue.


 3.30pm: Malaysian police say earlier reports that five people checked in for flight MH370 but did not board the plane are untrue. 3.12pm: Speaking at a press conference this afternoon a Malaysia police spokesman confirmed the identity of one of the passengers traveling on a stolen passport as Pouria Nour Mohammad Mhraed, a 19-year-old Iranian man. Malaysian police have checked his background and “believe he is not likely to be a member of terrorist group. We believe he is trying to migrate to Europe.” Authorities know he was traveling with stolen passport as they were “in touch with his mother.” He also said that the angles of interest in the investigation are hijacking, sabotage, psychological problems among passengers and crew, personal problems among passengers and crew.   2.57pm:


  12.42pm: The search for missing flight MH370 is now focusing on the western side of Peninsular Malaysia, the opposite side of the country to where the first days of the search were focused. Associated Press reports:

The search area for a missing jetliner has expanded with Malaysian Airlines saying the western coast of the country is now the focus of the hunt. That is on the other side of Malaysia from where flight MH370 was reported missing.

A girl stands next to a 'Have Hope' sign at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Monday. Pic: AP.



The Iranian passengers who boarded Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with stolen passports.11.15am: Malaysia Airlines has released its latest statement. Here are the main points:As we enter into Day 4, the aircraft is yet to be found. The search and rescue teams have expanded the scope beyond the flight path. The focus now is on the West Peninsular of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca. The authorities are looking at a possibility of an attempt made by MH370 to turn back to Subang. All angles are being looked at. … The B777-200 aircraft that operated MH370 underwent maintenance 10 days before this particular flight on 6 March 2014. The next check is due on 19 June 2014. The maintenance was conducted at the KLIA hangar and there were no issues on the health of the aircraft.10.21am: A press conference scheduled for 10am this morning has been cancelled by Malaysian authorities. No reasons have been given for the cancellation. 10.05am: An in-depth look at how Vietnam has led the search efforts for flight MH370. A couple of key excerpts:Vietnam’s Defense Ministry has been at the fore of the search efforts. The ministry has deployed 17 aircraft and 35 ships of various types from the Air and Air Defense Force, the Navy, the Maritime Police and the Border Guard. … Showing Vietnam’s determination in the search for the missing plane, the country has even allowed two Chinese naval ships to enter their waters and participate in the search.  China and Vietnam have for some time engaged in naval posturing over disputed waters and shipping lanes.9.02am: Malaysia Transport Minister  Hishammuddin Hussein has tweeted that he is traveling to the search and rescue area today:Good Morning all. I will be going 2 d SnR site 2day. Pls continue 2 pray 4 d passengers n their families. — Hishammuddin Hussein (@HishammuddinH2O) March 10, 20148.39am: Air and sea searches are under way this morning in the international effort to locate missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It is now more than 79 hours since the airline lost contact with the jet.     8.07am: Associated Press: State Department confirms that 3 Americans were on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.     2.16am: Associated Press: Travel agents questioned on stolen passports linked to missing Malaysia Airlines jet.     8.55pm: Darkness has now fallen on the search and rescue zone without any sign of flight MH370. The search area was widened further Monday and sea vessels will continue to look for the plane through the night. The air search will resume in the morning.     8.45pm: Reuters reports on Thailand’s fake passport market:Thai authorities struggle to track thousands of lost or stolen passports each year. Some are known to be sold on through syndicates to drug traffickers. Others are suspected to have ended up in the hands of Islamist militants. “Fake passports and identity fraud in general is a massive problem in Thailand,” police commander and Thailand’s Interpol director Apichart Suriboonya told Reuters.7.48pm: Malaysia Airlines shares rally after heavy lossesAfter losing almost 18% of their value in early trading, Malaysia Airlines shares rallied in afternoon trading to close down 4pc at 23 sen per share (US$0.07). Monday morning’s dramatic losses came as trading resumed after news broke early Saturday that the airline lost contact with flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.7.01pm: A frustrated Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Minister of Defence & (Acting) Minister of Transport, tweets that he may travel to the site of the search and rescue operation Thursday morning. He has also thanked all the countries that have offered assistance so far.I am thinking of going 2 d site of S&R 2moro morning. Can’t just sit n wait. Thinking 24/7 wat else we can do!!!! — Hishammuddin Hussein (@HishammuddinH2O) March 10, 2014 So many countries have come 4ward 2 assist : really appreciate it : on behalf of d families n all Malaysians Thank You. — Hishammuddin Hussein (@HishammuddinH2O) March 10, 20146.51pm:.@SCMP_News China urges Malaysia to step up search for missing passenger plane as families grow impatient #MH370 — SCMP 南華早報 (@SCMP_News) March 10, 2014  6.38pm: Malaysia authorities unwilling to reveal more info, insistent that they have not found any #MH730 wreckage, says @jpak25 in Kuala Lumpur — BBC News Asia (@BBCNewsAsia) March 10, 2014  5.31pm: The Cambodia Daily reports Cambodia official as saying it does not have the technology to assist with jet search:Kheng Tito, spokesman for the National Military Police, said that no decision had been taken on whether Cambodia would participate, although he added it was unlikely Cambodia could help. “Even the U.S., China, and Vietnam cannot find the aircraft and Cambodia does not have that kind of technology,” he said, adding that Cambodia could possibly help when the wreckage is found. “The government is ready to help the victims,” he said. 5.05pm: It is now over 62 hours since Malaysia Airlines lost contact with flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. “the biggest challenge is time – the more time passes, the less chance there is to save lives” – spokesman from @US7thFleet #MH370 — marianne s brown (@brownmariannes) March 10, 20145.03pm: Vietnamese rescue team says that the yellow object spotted floating in the sea is not a life raft. 4.30pm: Malaysia sending ship to investigate yellow object seen in Vietnamese waters by aircraft searching for Flight MH370 — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 10, 2014  Minister: Vietnam sending helicopters to check floating “yellow object” which could be a life raft from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane — Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) March 10, 20144.20pm:We’re now working closely with the government of China reps here at KUL command centre for smooth & accurate flow of information on MH370 — Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 10, 20144.17pm:#INFOGRAPHIC Update on the search for the missing #MalaysiaAirlines jet, includes nationalities, plane specs @AFP — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) March 10, 2014  3.50pm: DCA: Baggage of five who didn’t fly are ‘clean’ — (@malaysiakini) March 10, 2014 12.30pm: A Malaysian civil aviation official has just finished giving a press conference on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Samples from the oil slicks found in the Gulf of Thailand are being examined. He said that authorities are “still puzzled” by the disappearance of the plane as search efforts continue and that a hijacking has not been ruled out. “We are every hour, every minute, every second looking at every inch of the sea,” he said. He added that theories that the jet turned back has not been confirmed. He also added that five passengers checked in for the flight but did not board the plane and unaccompanied baggage was removed. 11.21am: SPECIAL REPORT: Insensitive coverage of missing jet sparks Twitter backlashThe incredible appetite for information on the mystery of the missing plane saw media outlets scramble to cover the story, often with complete disregard for the sensitivities of the passengers’ families. With a lack of compelling images and video readily available, many websites opted to publish images of grieving families as they heard the news that the plane had vanished.11.19am: Associated Press reports that Vietnam says it cannot locate the debris spotted from the air Sunday:Doan Huu Gia, the chief of search and rescue coordination center, said Monday that six planes and seven ships from Vietnam were searching for the object but nothing had been found.10.21am: This morning’s 10am statement from Malaysia Airlines can be found here. Some of the main points:Despite not being able to establish any positive findings on the whereabouts of the aircraft, Malaysia Airlines has been actively cooperating with the search and rescue authorities coordinated by the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA). DCA has confirmed that search and rescue teams from Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and the United States of America have come forward to assist. We are grateful for these efforts. Malaysia Airlines’ primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals, medical and emotional support. The costs for these are all borne by Malaysia Airlines. … Families from other nations apart from China have been arriving at Kuala Lumpur since early yesterday. More are expected to arrive today. Malaysia Airlines is working closely with the government of China to expedite the issuance of passports for the families as well as with the immigration of Malaysia for their visas into Malaysia.9.28am:Aerial view of oil slick at sea on March 9 from Vietnamese military helicopter in search of missing Flight MH370 — China Xinhua News (@XHNews) March 10, 20149.20am: Malaysia Airlines tweets:As the day starts search & rescue operations continue to locate MH370. Our thoughts are with those involved as we wait for further updates. — Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 10, 20149am:The search continues for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 this morning. Debris was spotted from the air yesterday that could be be part of the missing jet. However, there has been no confirmation on this yet.A U.S. Navy helicopter departs from the USS Pinckney to aid in the search and rescue efforts for the missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370 in the Gulf of Thailand, Sunday. Pic: AP.11.09pm: There will be no confirmation tonight on whether the objects spotted in the sea this evening are part of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Vietnamese officials say it is too dark and there will be no confirmation until daylight. The image above is taken from aboard a flying Soviet-made AN-26 used as a search aircraft by Vietnamese Air Force to look for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.   ______________   10.57pm: Multiple sources are now tweeting that the Vietnam Navy has found an object believed to be a part of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. This is as yet unconfirmed. There have been conflicting reports on this today.Vn navy plane found an object suspected to belong to #MH370. Malaysia is requesting Vn to allow its 5 planes to fly there to clarify — Nguyen Phuong Linh (@LinhPNguyen) March 9, 2014 A group of Vn govt ppl will fly from Hanoi to Phu Quoc island tmr mor to set up the #MH370 rescuing center here and to clarify the object — Nguyen Phuong Linh (@LinhPNguyen) March 9, 201410.47pm:It has been another long day. Thank you all for your thoughtful prayers. Hope will get us through the days ahead. #MH370 #PrayForMH370 — Hishammuddin Hussein (@HishammuddinH2O) March 9, 2014  10.45pm:VIETNAM NAVY PLANE FINDS OBJECT SUSPECTED OF BELONGING TO MISSING MALAYSIAN JETLINER-CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF VIETNAM — Sui-Lee Wee 黄瑞黎 (@suilee) March 9, 201410.51pm: Interpol “confirms at least two stolen passports used by passengers on missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 were registered in its databases… INTERPOL examining additional suspect passports.” 9.12pm: A number of news outlets have reported that the debris spotted in the Gulf of Thailand earlier today is not connected to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 7.56pm: As darkness falls on the Gulf of Thailand the aerial search for flight MH370 will once more be called off until dawn. The sea search will continue through the night. It is now more than 41 hours since Malaysia Airlines lost contact witht he plane. 7.20pm:Local media reporting object spotted off Vietnam coast not related to missing plane #MH370 — marianne s brown (@brownmariannes) March 9, 2014  6.40pm: Local media reporting object spotted off Vietnam coast not related to missing plane #MH370 — marianne s brown (@brownmariannes) March 9, 2014 5.40pm:Thailand’s PM @PouYingluck has offered one vessel and one aircraft to help in the search for #MH370. — Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) March 9, 2014 5.10pm:I received a call from Australia PM @TonyAbbottMHR offering two PC Orion aircrafts to help locate #MH370 — Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) March 9, 20144.01pm: Further confirmation now that the two passengers traveling under ‘false’ names/passports were booked to fly on to Europe:BBC confirms that 2 “fake passort” passengers on MH370 bought tickets at same time, and were booked to travel from Beijing to Amsterdam 1/2 — Jo (@JoFloto) March 9, 2014 Would mean no China visa necessary. Man travelling as “Maraldi” final destination of Copenhagen, “Kozel” booked onto Frankfurt. 2/2 — Jo (@JoFloto) March 9, 20143.42pm:2 family members per passanger of missing #MH370 can fly on the first flight to KL. Up to 5 all together in next #MalaysiaAirlines flights — Tomasz Sajewicz (@TomaszSajewicz) March 9, 20143.32pm: Bloomberg reports that “U.S. security officials last month cautioned airlines about a credible threat posed by shoe bombs.” 3.28pm:#MH370 map updated w/detailed flight path & location of oil slicks. Follow all developments — Jessica Yu (@UjessU) March 9, 20143.18pm: Malaysia Airlines CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, has made a statement this afternoon:As the hours turn into days, we at Malaysia Airlines are similarly anxious and we appreciate the patience, support and prayers from everyone. … Family members of the MH370 passengers from Beijing who wish to travel will be flown in stages to Kuala Lumpur on the available flights. We are also communicating with the families from other nations to similarly arrange for their travel to Kuala Lumpur. In the event flight MH370 is located, a Response Control Centre (RCC) in the area will be activated to support the needs of families.3.17pm:We have confirmed with China Southern that “Maraldi” and “Kozel” bought their tickets together and were both due to fly onto Amsterdam MH370 — malcolmmoore (@MalcolmMoore) March 9, 20142.52pm: Malaysia Airlines is to update the press in Beijing shortly:Malaysia Airlines will brief the press about updates regarding the missing flight MH370 from CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport at 15:00 BJT, Sun. — CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) March 9, 20142.32pm: Associated Press reports that radar data indicates flight MH370 may have turned back:Malaysia’s air force chief says that military radar indicated the missing Boeing 777 jet may have turned back, but declined to give further details on how far the plane may have veered off course.Rodzali Daud told a press conference Sunday that “there is a possible indication that the aircraft made a turnback,” adding that authorities were “trying to make sense” of that. 1.41pm:BREAKING: Radar indicated that #MH370 turned back before disappearing – #Malaysia military — Channel NewsAsia (@ChannelNewsAsia) March 9, 20141.29pm:#Malaysia authorities now requesting search assistance from Indonesia #MH370 — BBC News Asia (@BBCNewsAsia) March 9, 20141.09pm:REU: INVESTIGATORS EXAMINING AIRPORT CCTV FOOTAGE OF TWO PASSENGERS FROM MISSING FLIGHT-MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL — Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) March 9, 201412.54: More than 33 hours after Malaysia Airlines lost contact with flight MH370 there is no sign of the plane and fears are mounting that there may be a terrorist connection. It appears that four of the passengers on the flight were traveling on false passports, two of which were stolen in Thailand. Malaysian authorities have confirmed that they are working with the FBI and intelligence agencies. Malaysia Insider quotes acting Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein as saying:How the four individuals managed to board MH370 with stolen passports is being discussed. However, this is an international network and we cannot completely blame the Immigration Department. … Let us not jump to conclusions and make wild speculation. If it is a security lapse, then we have to ascertain where it occurred. We are looking at all possibilities but the main issue now is to locate the missing MAS MH370.12.49pm:Malaysia authorities on #MH370: Collaborating with FBI and foreign intelligence and counter terrorism agencies. — CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) March 9, 201412.41pm:Malaysia defense minister says FBI & other foreign agencies joining MH370 probe because of possible involvement of “international network” — Thomas Fuller (@thomasfullerNYT) March 9, 201412.30pm: Malaysiakini reports that 4 people on board flight MH370 may have been traveling with false passports (paywall):Four individuals on MH370’s passenger manifest might have might be linked to stolen or faked passports, acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said today.12.24pm:MALAYSIA TRANSPORT MINISTER SAYS INVESTIGATORS CHECKING 4 SUSPECT PASSENGER IDENTITIES — Sui-Lee Wee 黄瑞黎 (@suilee) March 9, 201412.22pm: Associated Press reports that a team of US experts is heading to Asia to help with the probe:Federal safety officials say a team of experts is en route to Asia to be ready to assist in the investigation of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared with 239 people on board.The team includes accident investigators from National Transportation Safety Board, as well as technical experts from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.12.12pm: BBC on the international search effort: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 area within 24 hours. 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. 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.12pm:#BREAKING: Malaysia probing possible terror link in jet mystery: minister — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) March 9, 201411.52am: Two passports stolen in Thailand, one from Italy and one from Austria, were used to board the flight. Associated Press reports:Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand. Italy’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane. … Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss confirmed that a name listed on the manifest matches an Austrian passport reported stolen two years ago in Thailand. Weiss would not confirm the identity.Also from Associated Press: US State Department: 3 Americans on missing plane US tech firm had 20 employees on missing plane.   11.10am: The search for flight MH370 is continuing Sunday. No wreckage has been found so far. From Associated Press:An international fleet of planes and ships has been scouring the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam for signs of the plane. They spotted two oil slicks late Saturday, which authorities say might have been from the plane. Deputy transport minister Pham Quy Tieu said no wreckage had been seen in the vicinity of the slicks early Sunday, but that the search was continuing.9.30am: Malaysia Airlines issues its morning statement. The search goes on and the airline is giving assistance to families. It also announces plans to set up a command center in Kota Bharu, Malaysia or Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam “as soon as the location of the aircraft is established”:The airline is doing its utmost to provide support to the affected family members, this includes immediate financial aid. The airline has deployed a team of 94 caregivers consisting of well-trained staff and also Tzu Chi Foundation members to provide emotional support to the families. The airline will also be deploying another set of caregivers to Beijing later today.9am: For official Twitter updates from Malaysia Airlines, this is the account to follow:[#MASalert6.06pm: #Vietnam already sent 2 airplanes, 1 helicopter, 2 boats to search the #MalaysiaAirlines plane. More 7 planes and 9 boats are in ready mode — Nguyen Phuong Linh (@LinhPNguyen) March 8, 20145.38pm: Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong expresses his sympathies:Spoke to @NajibRazak to express sympathies over missing @MAS plane & offer help with search ops. Hope plane & people will be found soon.-LHL — Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong) March 8, 20144.30pm: Malaysia Airlines ‘Go Team’ departs Kuala Lumpur to provide support in Beijing.   4.20pm: Malaysia Airlines statement:We are still trying to locate the current location of the flight based on the last known position of the aircraft. We are working with the International search and rescue teams in trying to locate the aircraft. So far, we have not received any emergency signals or distress messages from MH370.4.12pm: The Boeing 777 is widely regarded as one of the safest jets in the world. @WSJ reports here.   4.06pm:Search for #MH370, missing for 12+ hours, under way in waters between #Malaysia & #Vietnam — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 8, 20143.44pm:#MalaysiaAirlines 4th statement: MAS calling family members to keep them updated; sending team to Beijing. #MH370 — The Straits Times (@STcom) March 8, 20143.38pm:“@AJELive: Vietnam admiral says missing plane “could have” crashed in Malaysian waters [Reuters1.50pm:We share the anxieties of family members & we’re doing everything possible to get more status updates on MH370. – — Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 8, 2014  1.47pm:BREAKING: Vietnam State Media Reports Malaysia Airlines Plane Crashed Into Sea. More to come. @tjakartaglobe — Samantha Mitra (@SamJMitra) March 8, 20141.40pm:My thoughts and prayers are with the family members of flight #MH370. I’ve asked all measures possible to be taken. — Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) March 8, 2014The arrival board at the International Airport in Beijing, China shows a Malaysian airliner is delayed, Saturday. Pic: AP.1.24pm:Vietnam media quote Navy Admiral saying military radar recorded Malaysian airliner crashing into sea 153 miles S. of Phu Quoc island. — Janis Mackey Frayer (@janisctv) March 8, 2014  1.16pm:VIDEO: #MalaysiaAirlines (@MAS) Chief Executive on last reported position of Beijing-bound flight #MH370 — Channel NewsAsia (@ChannelNewsAsia) March 8, 2014 1.12pm:China despatches two search & rescue vessels into South China sea, CCTV reports— BBC News Asia (@BBCNewsAsia) March 8, 20141.08pm: From Associated Press:BEIJING (AP) — China’s state media says Vietnamese authorities have detected signals from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.The Xinhua News Agency, citing a local Vietnamese media report, says a Vietnamese search and rescue official reported that the signals have been detected from the plane from about 220 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Vietnam’s southernmost coastal province of Ca Mau.11.18am: From Associated Press:KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — China’s state news agency is reporting that the Malaysia Airlines aircraft has lost contact over Vietnam.Malaysia Airlines said Saturday it lost communication with a plane carrying 239 people on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and search and rescue teams were trying to locate the aircraft.Malaysian Airlines Group Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahyain, right, speaks during a press conference at a hotel in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday. Pic: AP.