Malaysia Airlines Crashed in the South China Sea, off Vietnam Coast...carrying 239 people on board (4 Americans). Holy Shit.

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    Mar 08, 2014 6:55 AM GMT
    When I read and saw this news on CNN, I was shocked. No, not another Related airlines crashed. I hope they recover the survivors but I'm pessimistic about it. My god, such a tragedy. icon_cry.gif It kinda makes me scare of flying now.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/08/us-malaysiaairlines-flight-idUSBREA2701720140308

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/07/3981495/malaysia-airlines-loses-contact.html

    http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/vietnam-media-mas-flight-crashed-into-the-sea
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    Mar 08, 2014 2:13 PM GMT
    Apparently, Vietnamese authorities spotted oil slicks and debris but Malaysia Airlines is denying it.

    Per The New York Times:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight.html?_r=1

    It's also been reported that the lone Italian passenger on the plane is actually alive and currently in Thailand; he lost his passport several months ago. And the lone Austrian passenger on board is also alive and had their passport stolen some months ago.

    Per Xinhua:
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-03/08/c_133171356.htm

    Per Österreichischer Rundfunk (in German)
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight.html?_r=1


    There were also a handful of Americans, Canadians, Indians, and Australians on board as well among others.

    The aircraft in question:
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    Mar 08, 2014 7:39 PM GMT
    Vietnamese navy officials picked up last signal near Phu Quoc island. It seems legit, Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Phillipines sent rescue ships to the area.
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    Mar 08, 2014 7:52 PM GMT
    In 19 years in service no Boeing 777 has ever had a mechanical problem resulting in a fatal crash. Not a single fatality in all that time from any reason, until last year, a record. When pilot error during a landing resulted in a crash. But the plane itself was not at fault.

    And now we know 2 passengers may have carried stolen passports. I'm reading that 1 stolen passport on a flight is unusual, 2 very rare. It does raise the suspicion of a terrorist act.
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    Mar 08, 2014 9:53 PM GMT
    ^^^ The flight from Korea to San Francisco last summer crashed due to Pilot's error. In this case, they have no idea when there was no Distressed signal when the plane went down (not sure about the terrorist attack). It echoed the AirFrance flight crash off Brazil coast in 2009. The South China Sea/Gulf of Thailand is much more shallow than the Atlantic Ocean. God, I hope they find survivors there. The Vietnamese Navy/Airforce discovered a long trail of oil slick about 6-9 miles long in the flight path close to their waters off the island of Tho Cu. icon_sad.gif More and more bad news.
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    Mar 08, 2014 11:13 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidIn 19 years in service no Boeing 777 has ever had a mechanical problem resulting in a fatal crash. Not a single fatality in all that time from any reason, until last year, a record. When pilot error during a landing resulted in a crash. But the plane itself was not at fault.

    And now we know 2 passengers may have carried stolen passports. I'm reading that 1 stolen passport on a flight is unusual, 2 very rare. It does raise the suspicion of a terrorist act.


    They're saying that the Malaysian authority did not check against Interpol database of stolen passports in Lyon France. That's why the 2 stolen passports got through in the system. If it was a terrorist attack, then somebody or a group hold a Grudge on China since there were about 154 Chinese nationals on Board and the final destination was Beijing. A lot of speculation at this point.