Between 8.11AM and 9.15AM March 8

Posted: 25 Mar 2014 11:19 PM PDT

That was the time when Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plunged into the middle of Indian Ocean, probably after running out of fuel. All 239 crew and passengers are believed to have perished.

The new details were the result of never-before-used technology that has helped traced the Boeing 777's final moments on a deadly flight path.

MH370's last complete communication was captured on an Inmarsat satellite that was covering two massive southern and northern corridors at 8:11am. Sometime between 8:19am and 9:15am, all communication was lost.

Investigating authorities have concluded that MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean during that 56 minutes because it would have been out of fuel.

Debris from MH370 is expected to wash up along the WA coast over the next few months as search crews race against the impending winter weather to locate the Boeing 777. The herculean task of locating MH370 will be the most complex international effort in aviation history and it may be years before the wreckage is found.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said this morning the search for the missing airliner was not open-ended but Australia would not lightly abandon efforts to locate the wreckage. Australia is throwing everything it can at the search, which is expected to resume on Wednesday after a 24-hour delay due to bad weather in the southern Indian Ocean.

Four RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft will be involved and another Australian navy vessel will soon join Success, Mr Abbott said. As well, equipment to recover the aircraft's black box flight recorder is on the way from the United States.

Abbott said there was a lot of debris in the area and Australia would keep searching until there was no hope of finding anything.

"We are just going to keep on looking because we owe it to people to do everything we can to resolve this riddle. It is not absolutely open-ended but it is not something we will lightly abandon."

Abbott said he spoke to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday and pledged Australia's ongoing help.

"We owe it to the families. We owe it to an anxious world to do everything we can to finally locate some wreckage and to do whatever we can to solve the riddle of this extraordinarily ill-fated flight," he said.

It took almost two years to find Air France 447 and that was in calmer mid-Atlantic waters, after debris was found six days after the crash in 2009. According to the lead investigator of the AF447 crash Alain Bouillard, searchers face a "colossal task" that is "far, far harder". than the two-year search for the Air France plane.

Bouillard also said the location of MH370 was "one of the most hostile environments in the world".

The location of the MH370 is at the convergence of three currents — the South Indian Ocean Current, which becomes the West Australian Current, the Leeuwin Current and the Antarctica Circumpolar Current.

Those underlying currents work below the sea swells that move in a broad easterly or north-easterly direction depending on the frontal activity.

Oceanographer Dr Erik Van Sebille told Channel 7's Sunrise the currents are extremely strong at up to 2cm a second and would get worse. "And they are only going to get worse. The current varies every day and has vortices and debris can move 100km a day (in any direction)."

With the new satellite data from Inmarsat, along with increasing amounts of drift data, searchers will try to zero in on MH370's initial impact area.

An Australian warship is expected to be tasked with deploying US locator equipment. Yesterday a 5m long 800kg Bluefin drone and a Towed Pinger Locator arrived in Perth on a special G550 jet from the US.

MH370's black boxes are key to solving the mystery of why the plane veered so far off course.

In theory, the black boxes containing flight data and cockpit voice recordings will continue emitting tracking signals for about another two weeks, with an average audible range of 2km to 3km.

7 million died of pollution!

Posted: 25 Mar 2014 09:14 PM PDT

From taxi tailpipes in Paris to dung-fired stoves in New Delhi, air pollution claimed seven million lives around the world in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

More than one-third of those deaths, it said, occurred in fast-developing nations of Asia, where rates of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease have been soaring - and Malaysia was of no exception!

Around the world, one out of every eight deaths was tied to dirty air, the agency determined - twice as many as previously estimated. Its report identified air pollution as the world's single biggest environmental health risk.

The report found that those who are most vulnerable live in a wide arc of Asia stretching from Japan and China in the northeast to India in the south.

Exposure to smoke from cooking fires means that poor women are especially at risk, the agency said. Indoor air pollutants loomed as the largest threat, involved in 4.3 million deaths in 2012, while toxic air outdoors figured in 3.7 million deaths.

Outdoor air pollution-caused deaths – breakdown by disease:

  • 40% – ischaemic heart disease;
  • 40% – stroke;
  • 11% – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
  • 6% - lung cancer; and
  • 3% – acute lower respiratory infections in children.

Indoor air pollution-caused deaths – breakdown by disease:

  • 34% - stroke;
  • 26% - ischaemic heart disease;
  • 22% - COPD;
  • 12% - acute lower respiratory infections in children; and
  • 6% - lung cancer.
Many deaths were attributed to both. Breakneck urbanisation in the developing nations of Asia, especially China, is a major force contributing to the air pollution problem.

The reports by the World Bank and WHO each said the burning of noxious fuels - coal, wood and animal waste - was among the greatest threats to human health. In India, the health agency estimated, 700 million people rely on biomass fuels like agricultural waste for indoor cooking.

Kirk R. Smith of the University of California, Berkeley, measured pollutants from smoky indoor ovens, and said they were comparable to burning 400 cigarettes an hour.

"Unfortunately, we have not made a lot of progress in the past decades, and household air pollution is still the largest single health risk factor for Indian women and girls," the health agency quoted Dr Smith as saying.

In China, the bigger culprit is coal, which supplies two-thirds of the country's energy.

FOOTNOTE: How many Malaysians died or suffered breathing difficulty from the haze and pollution? The Health Ministry should come up with a report.

Anwar doesn't believe it!

Posted: 25 Mar 2014 05:29 AM PDT

While international search and rescue (SAR) team from 26 countries agreed that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 crashed in the middle of India Ocean or about 2,500km west of Perth, Australia, some people have cast doubt about it.

Its all for personal politics.
Among them is Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, who expressed it in his blog posting:
I offer my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 239 passengers and crew of flight MH370 which has been announced by the Prime Minister to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

There are no words to describe their pain, anguish and sorrow in the face of this tragedy and all concerned must give them full support and assistance in the days and months ahead no matter what it takes. Not only should the media give them space and privacy but the authorities, in their investigation, should show the greatest consideration to the grieving families of the crew members.

Efforts to find the wreckage must be continued. That must remain the priority even as many questions remain unanswered. The people, in particular, the families and loved ones have a right to know all the
information and evidence concerning the crash particularly as to why the government is certain, beyond reasonable doubt, that flight MH370 has crashed in the Indian Ocean.
Another is Tian Chua, who tweeted: "PM made a statement on MH370 at 10pm while parliament was still in session. Wonder why can't he follow Aust PM reporting dvpt in parliament"

I wonder if Anwar trusts another foreign nation to conduct the SAR and confirms that the plane went down in the Indian Ocean.

And Tian Chua, as usual, didn't show his sympathy for families of the victims but enjoyed riding on the issue. Is he a Malaysian?

We didn't kill them!

Posted: 25 Mar 2014 12:45 AM PDT

PERTH: Protest against Malaysia mounts amid confirmations that MH370 went down in the middle of the Indian Ocean and efforts to locate and retrieve the wreckage were dampened by torrid wind and big waves.

In Beijing, Malaysia's Embassy came under 'siege' when families of the passengers vented their anger on Putrajaya, accusing us of 'murdering their family members'.

We understand and share their grief but accusing Malaysia a 'murderer' is not fair at all!

I am also taken aback by widened possibility that the Boeing 777-200ER was on a 'suicide mission'. Could be. We cannot discount any possibility.

Scores of angry relatives of the Chinese passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 set out on a protest march today to the Malaysian embassy in Beijing to demand more answers about the crashed plane's fate.

Around 200 family members, some in tears, linked arms and shouted slogans including "The Malaysian government are murderers" and "We want our relatives back".

The embassy is about four kilometres from the Lido Hotel, where meetings have been taking place throughout the drama. A new chapter opened late on Monday when Malaysia said the plane had crashed in the Indian Ocean.

Chinese authorities normally keep a very tight rein on any protests in Beijing. Scores of black-clad uniformed police officers were blocking traffic at the diplomatic mission, their walkie-talkies abuzz. A relative who refused to give his name, but who has been one of the unofficial leaders of the Flight MH370 group, told AFP that the police "would have known" about the demonstration.

In London, English daily the Daily Telegraph published a report that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean in an apparent suicide mission. The team investigating MH370's disappearance believed no malfunction or fire was capable of causing the aircraft's unusual flight, it reported today.

"Nor would the disabling of the aircraft's communication system cause MH370 to veer wildly off course on a seven hour silent flight into the sea," the English daily said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced last night that MH370's final flight path was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, according to latest satellite data.

An official source told The Telegraph that investigators believe "this has been a deliberate act by someone on board who had to have had the detailed knowledge to do what was done... Nothing is emerging that points to motive."

A prominent CNN broadcaster today defended the Malaysian authorities in the latter's effort to locate the missing flight MH370.

In a series of posts on Twitter, CNN's Richard Quest said that the Malaysian authorities were put in a tough spot, where the situation was without precedent.

"Mistakes have been made in the investigation of MH370 by the Malaysians to be sure BUT this incident is unprecedented. The Malaysians are in a unique circumstances," said Quest.

Down Under, hopes of speedily locating and retrieving the objects spotted by aircraft during the search for missing Malaysian flight MH370 were dashed early on Tuesday when the Australian Maritime Safety Authority suspended search operations for the day due to bad weather.

"The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's search for any signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been suspended for today due to poor weather conditions in the search area," the authority said in a statement.

However, due to rough seas HMAS Success departed the search early on Tuesday morning without locating and retrieving the objects. The ship is now in transit until seas abate.

"A sea state ranging between 7 to 8 is forecast today with waves up to two metres and an associated swell of up to four metres. The area is also forecast to experience strong gale force winds of up to 80km/h, periods of heavy rain, and low cloud with a ceiling between 200 and 500 feet," said AMSA in a statement.

AMSA said it had undertaken a risk assessment and determined that the current weather conditions would make any air and sea search activities hazardous and pose a risk to crew. AMSA said it had consulted with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and weather conditions are expected to improve in the search area in the evening and over the next few days.

Search operations are expected to resume tomorrow, if weather conditions permit, said the agency. On Monday, Flight Lieutenant Josh Williams, the pilot of the Australian P3 Orion, told journalists that several objects had been spotted.

Hours earlier a Chinese aircraft crew combing the area had seen "two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometres", according to Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.

AMSA said the two sightings were separate but within Monday's search area.

The latest sightings and three sets of satellite images – from US, Chinese and French sources – have narrowed the search in recent days to a section of a roughly 60,000 square kilometre area 2,500km southwest of Perth.

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