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Malaysian Airflight Mystery No Recent Pings

Wednesday marks 33 days since the jetliner mysteriously disappeared from radar screens, a stretch marked by loads of speculation, lots of heartache from relatives of the 239 people aboard the plane and few solid facts about what happened.

flight recorder is an electronic recording device placed in an aircraft for the purpose of facilitating the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents. Commonly referred to as a black boxIt’s also three days since the date which the batteries powering the flight recorders‘ locator beacons were certified to be working. Stored in a plane’s tail, they are designed to begin sending off distinct, high-pitched signals as soon as they come in contact with water.

“Aura of urgency” prevails as authorities are still listening, mindful the pulses could last a few days longer and that sending in submersibles could ruin chances of hearing them again. Retired Lt. Col. Michael Kay of the Royal Air Force told CNN the batteries can operate up to 40 days.

Cheers over what searchers believed might be underwater pulses from Malaysia Flight 370 have given way, four days later, to little more proof the aircraft is close to being found.

No more signals have been detected since Saturday’s momentary jubilation aboard an Australian navy ship some 1,100 miles (1,750 kilometers) northwest of Perth — pulses consistent with those sent by a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, explained Angus Houston, head of the Australian-led search effort. Nor has any wreckage been found from the Boeing 777-200ER.

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Earthquake Sparks Tsunami Warning in South America

Earthquake rocks Chile coast.

Earthquake Shakes Latin American Countries…Tsunami warning.

A powerful earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale has struck off the coast of Chile sparking a tsunami warning for all of Latin America.

According to the US Geological survey the magnitude 8.2 earthquake was centered in the Pacific Ocean, some 61 miles northwest of the coastal city of Iquique, in northern Chile.

A tsunami warning was issued in the aftermath of the tremor, with authorities ordering an immediate evacuation of coastal areas.

The quake, which struck at around 8.26pm local time, hit in an area that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.

It struck around 10km below the seabed, which would have made it feel stronger.

Chile’s Centro Sismologico Nacional said that after the initial quake there were at least four significant aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 and higher.

The tremor shook buildings in parts of the nearby nations of Bolivia and Peru, and tsunami waves reaching heights of more than 6ft were reported off the Chilean coast, with the highest wave reportedly 6.9ft in Iquique.

The highest waves measured so far have been 6.9 feet in Iquique, just 59 miles northwest of the earthquake’s epicenter.

Chile’s Emergency Office said a large tsunami wave was expected to hit the island of Juan Fernandez out in the Pacific just before midnight local time.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a warning was in effect for Chile, Peru and Ecuador, while a tsunami watch was also in place for Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile

Passenger and Crew List Missing Malaysian Airliner

Updates Missing Malaysian Airliner
UPDATE:  DEBRIS including a wooden pallet has been spotted by one of the aircraft searching for missing flight MH370.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370)  was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on 8 March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, last made contact with air traffic control less than an hour after take-off. Operated by Malaysia Airlines, the plane carried 12 crew members and 227 passengers from 15 nations, the majority of passengers Chinese citizens.
This is the full passengers list of the missing flight 370.

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Malaysia Reveals it DOES have New Radar Data on Missing Plane

Malaysia reveals it DOES have new radar data on missing plane flying over another country (but won't say where for security reasons)

Malaysia reveals it DOES have new radar data on missing plane flying over another country (but won’t say where for security reasons).

Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a press conference today that while Malaysia was continuing to co-ordinate the search, others were taking the lead in agreed areas. The minister said: ‘I can confirm that we have received some radar data, but we are not at liberty to release information from other countries. I appeal to all our partners to continue volunteering any and all information that could help with the investigation and the search for MH370.’

Datuk Seri Panglima Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein is a Malaysian politician and member of the United Malays National Organisation. He is currently the Minister of Defence and acting Minister of Transport since 16 May 2013.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) — Investigators looking at the flight simulator taken from the home of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah have discovered that some data had been deleted from it, Malaysia’s acting transportation minister said Wednesday.

Malaysian-flight-simulatorWhat the revelation means is unclear. It could be another dead end in an investigation that has been full of them so far, or it could provide further evidence for the theory that one or more of the flight crew may have been involved in the plane’s disappearance 12 days ago.

“It may not tell us anything. It’s a step in the process,” one U.S. law enforcement source told CNN. “It could be a very insignificant detail in the process.”

Investigators have been looking into the background of all 239 passengers and crew members aboard the plane that vanished in the early morning hours of March 8 while en route from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.

Particular attention has focused on the pilot and first officer on Flight 370, but authorities have yet to come up with any evidence explaining why either of them would have taken the jetliner off course.

Acting Transportation Secretary Hishammuddin Hussein didn’t say what had been deleted, but simulation programs can store data from previous sessions for later playback. He also did not say who might have deleted the data.

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