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09 Mac 2014

No wreckage of Malaysia flight MH370 found, says airline

Flight MH370: was it an act of terrorism?

Investigations are continuing into Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with reports a door from the aircraft has been spotted off the coast of Vietnam.
Fears are growing the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished over the South China Sea in darkness early Saturday morning may never be found.
Authorities in Kuala Lumpur have ordered the search for the plane be intensified after they discounted that objects reportedly seen floating in the sea on Sunday were from the aircraft.
Distraught relatives of one of the passengers wait for news. Distraught relatives of one of the passengers wait for news. Photo: AP
About 60 hours after the plane abruptly disappeared from radar, the search effort involving 46 ships and 34 planes from nine countries hit a dead-end.
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The only hope authorities have is that samples of an oil slick taken in the South China Sea on Sunday will be shown in chemical tests underway in Kuala Lumpur to be from the aircraft.
Oil spills from ships and exploration are frequent in the area.

Oil spills on the surface of the water off the southern seas of Vietnam possibly related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Oil spills on the surface of the water off the southern seas of Vietnam possibly related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Photo: AFP

Azaharuddin Abdul Rahman, head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Department, told reporters the plane's disappearance is "puzzling" and perplexing" and the circumstances of the plane's disappearance "unprecedented."

"We are intensifying efforts to locate the aircraft...we need positive evidence," he said.
Mr Azaharuddin stressed that authorities will not give up on the search, referring to an Air France jet that disappeared in the Atlantic in 2009. Its wreckage and crucial black box recorder were recovered two years after the crash.
A Vietnamese officer (right) and a reporter looking out the window during search operations over the southern seas off Vietnam.    A Vietnamese officer (right) and a reporter looking out the window during search operations over the southern seas off Vietnam. Photo: AFP

"We will take as long as it takes to locate the plane," he said.

Mr Azaharuddin said the possibility of the plane having been hijacked had not been discounted, along with a number of other possibilities, including that it turned back two hours into the six-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

A pilot flying another plane who tried to contact the pilots in the cockpit of the Malaysia Airlines plane said he hard mumbled voices before contact was lost.

An object is seen floating in the sea on the display of a Vietnamese search airplane's camera. It is suspected of belonging to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. 

Malaysia Airlines plane goes missing

An object is seen floating in the sea on the display of a Vietnamese search airplane's camera. It is suspected of belonging to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Photo: Reuters
    The pilots made no distress call.

    Mr Azaharuddin confirmed that since the plane disappeared from the radar screen no signal has been detected form the aircraft's sophisticated equipment.

    The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared with 239 people, including six Australians and two New Zealanders, on board.

    Is this the door from the missing Malaysian Airlines plane? Is this the door from the missing Malaysian Airlines plane?

    The plane lost contact with ground controllers between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

    Investigators suspect the aircraft might have disintegrated midair, partly because of the inability to find a concentrated pattern of debris.

    But investigators have not ruled out any possibility, including terrorism.

    The search area was expanded on Sunday after Malaysian defence officers reviewed radar logs indicating the plane may have turned around in flight, which would indicate it was experiencing some difficulty.
    But the pilots did not send a distress call.

    Failed to board
    Four passengers on flight 370 failed to board after checking in their luggage, which raised further suspicion about the passengers after the plane disappeared.

    But Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation chief Azaharuddin Abdul Rahman told Fairfax Media the passengers' luggage was offloaded from the plane before it left Kuala Lumpur airport in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    He said the luggage was screened and found not to contain anything suspicious and was then returned to the passengers in the terminal.

    "We followed standard operating procedures to remove the baggage of those who didn’t turn up," he said.
    "There was nothing suspicious [about those passengers]," he said.

    The identities of the four passengers have not been made public.

    'Likely to have disintegrated'

    "The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet," said a senior source, who is involved in the preliminary investigations in Malaysia.

    If the plane had plunged intact from such a height, breaking up only on impact with the water, search teams would have expected to find a fairly concentrated pattern of debris, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly on the investigation.

    Finding traces of an aircraft that disappears over sea can take days or longer, even with a sustained search effort. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, wreckage can be scattered over many square kilometres. If the plane enters the water before breaking up, there can be relatively little debris.

    The missing plane apparently fell from the sky at cruising altitude in fine weather, and the pilots were either unable or had no time to send a distress signal - unusual circumstances under which a modern jetliner operated by a professional airline would crash.

    Malaysia's air force chief, Rodzali Daud, said radar indicated that the plane may have turned back, but did not give further details on which direction it went or how far it might have veered off course.

    "We are trying to make sense of this," Mr Daud said at a news conference. "The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back, and in some parts this was corroborated by civilian radar."
    Malaysia Airlines chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said pilots were supposed to inform the airline and traffic control authorities if the plane made a U-turn.

    "From what we have, there was no such distress signal or distress call per se, so we are equally puzzled," he said.

    Stolen passports

    Authorities were checking on the identities of the two passengers who boarded the plane with stolen passports. On Saturday, the foreign ministries in Italy and Austria said the names of two citizens listed on the flight's manifest matched the names on two passports reported stolen in Thailand.

    "I can confirm that we have the visuals of these two people on CCTV," acting Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference late on Sunday, adding that the footage was being examined.

    "We have intelligence agencies, both local and international, on board."
    Mr Hishammuddin declined to give further details, saying it may jeopardise the investigation.
    "Our focus now is to find the aircraft," he said, adding that finding the plane would make it easier for authorities to investigate any possible foul play.

    Interpol confirmed that at least two stolen passports used by passengers on the plane were registered in its databases. It said no one had checked the databases, but added that most airlines and countries did not usually check for stolen passports.

    Mr Hishammuddin said only two passengers had used stolen passports, and that earlier reports that the identities of two others were under investigation were not true.

    White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said the US was looking into the stolen passports issue, but that investigators had reached no conclusions.

    In addition to the plane's sudden disappearance, which experts say is consistent with a possible onboard explosion, the stolen passports have strengthened concerns about terrorism as a possible cause. Al-qaeda militants have used similar tactics to try to disguise their identities.

    Still, other possible causes would seem just as likely at this stage, including a catastrophic failure of the plane's engines, extreme turbulence, or pilot error or even suicide. Establishing what happened with any certainty will need data from flight recorders and a detailed examination of any debris, something that will take months if not years.

    European authorities on Saturday confirmed the names and nationalities of the two stolen passports: one was an Italian-issued document bearing the name Luigi Maraldi, the other Austrian under the name Christian Kozel. Police in Thailand said Mr Maraldi's passport was stolen on the island of Phuket last July.

    A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline on Sunday confirmed that "Maraldi" and "Kozel" were both booked to leave Beijing on a KLM flight to Amsterdam on March 8. Mr Maraldi was then to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, on KLM on March 8, and Mr Kozel to Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.

    She said that, since the pair booked the tickets through China Southern Airlines, she had no information on where they bought them.

    Having onward reservations to Europe from Beijing would have meant the pair, as holders of EU passports, would not have needed visas for China.

    A team of American experts was en route to Asia to be ready to assist in the investigation into the crash. The team includes accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as technical experts from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, the safety board said in a statement.
    EFE, AP, Reuters

    No wreckage of Malaysia flight MH370 found, says airline

    Flight MH370: was it an act of terrorism?

    Investigations are continuing into Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with reports a door from the aircraft has been spotted off the coast of Vietnam.
    Fears are growing the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished over the South China Sea in darkness early Saturday morning may never be found.
    Authorities in Kuala Lumpur have ordered the search for the plane be intensified after they discounted that objects reportedly seen floating in the sea on Sunday were from the aircraft.
    Distraught relatives of one of the passengers wait for news. Distraught relatives of one of the passengers wait for news. Photo: AP
    About 60 hours after the plane abruptly disappeared from radar, the search effort involving 46 ships and 34 planes from nine countries hit a dead-end.
    Advertisement
    The only hope authorities have is that samples of an oil slick taken in the South China Sea on Sunday will be shown in chemical tests underway in Kuala Lumpur to be from the aircraft.
    Oil spills from ships and exploration are frequent in the area.

    Oil spills on the surface of the water off the southern seas of Vietnam possibly related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Oil spills on the surface of the water off the southern seas of Vietnam possibly related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Photo: AFP

    Azaharuddin Abdul Rahman, head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Department, told reporters the plane's disappearance is "puzzling" and perplexing" and the circumstances of the plane's disappearance "unprecedented."

    "We are intensifying efforts to locate the aircraft...we need positive evidence," he said.
    Mr Azaharuddin stressed that authorities will not give up on the search, referring to an Air France jet that disappeared in the Atlantic in 2009. Its wreckage and crucial black box recorder were recovered two years after the crash.
    A Vietnamese officer (right) and a reporter looking out the window during search operations over the southern seas off Vietnam.    A Vietnamese officer (right) and a reporter looking out the window during search operations over the southern seas off Vietnam. Photo: AFP

    "We will take as long as it takes to locate the plane," he said.

    Mr Azaharuddin said the possibility of the plane having been hijacked had not been discounted, along with a number of other possibilities, including that it turned back two hours into the six-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

    A pilot flying another plane who tried to contact the pilots in the cockpit of the Malaysia Airlines plane said he hard mumbled voices before contact was lost.

    An object is seen floating in the sea on the display of a Vietnamese search airplane's camera. It is suspected of belonging to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. 

    Malaysia Airlines plane goes missing

    An object is seen floating in the sea on the display of a Vietnamese search airplane's camera. It is suspected of belonging to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Photo: Reuters
      The pilots made no distress call.

      Mr Azaharuddin confirmed that since the plane disappeared from the radar screen no signal has been detected form the aircraft's sophisticated equipment.

      The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared with 239 people, including six Australians and two New Zealanders, on board.

      Is this the door from the missing Malaysian Airlines plane? Is this the door from the missing Malaysian Airlines plane?

      The plane lost contact with ground controllers between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

      Investigators suspect the aircraft might have disintegrated midair, partly because of the inability to find a concentrated pattern of debris.

      But investigators have not ruled out any possibility, including terrorism.

      The search area was expanded on Sunday after Malaysian defence officers reviewed radar logs indicating the plane may have turned around in flight, which would indicate it was experiencing some difficulty.
      But the pilots did not send a distress call.

      Failed to board
      Four passengers on flight 370 failed to board after checking in their luggage, which raised further suspicion about the passengers after the plane disappeared.

      But Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation chief Azaharuddin Abdul Rahman told Fairfax Media the passengers' luggage was offloaded from the plane before it left Kuala Lumpur airport in the early hours of Saturday morning.

      He said the luggage was screened and found not to contain anything suspicious and was then returned to the passengers in the terminal.

      "We followed standard operating procedures to remove the baggage of those who didn’t turn up," he said.
      "There was nothing suspicious [about those passengers]," he said.

      The identities of the four passengers have not been made public.

      'Likely to have disintegrated'

      "The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet," said a senior source, who is involved in the preliminary investigations in Malaysia.

      If the plane had plunged intact from such a height, breaking up only on impact with the water, search teams would have expected to find a fairly concentrated pattern of debris, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly on the investigation.

      Finding traces of an aircraft that disappears over sea can take days or longer, even with a sustained search effort. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, wreckage can be scattered over many square kilometres. If the plane enters the water before breaking up, there can be relatively little debris.

      The missing plane apparently fell from the sky at cruising altitude in fine weather, and the pilots were either unable or had no time to send a distress signal - unusual circumstances under which a modern jetliner operated by a professional airline would crash.

      Malaysia's air force chief, Rodzali Daud, said radar indicated that the plane may have turned back, but did not give further details on which direction it went or how far it might have veered off course.

      "We are trying to make sense of this," Mr Daud said at a news conference. "The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back, and in some parts this was corroborated by civilian radar."
      Malaysia Airlines chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said pilots were supposed to inform the airline and traffic control authorities if the plane made a U-turn.

      "From what we have, there was no such distress signal or distress call per se, so we are equally puzzled," he said.

      Stolen passports

      Authorities were checking on the identities of the two passengers who boarded the plane with stolen passports. On Saturday, the foreign ministries in Italy and Austria said the names of two citizens listed on the flight's manifest matched the names on two passports reported stolen in Thailand.

      "I can confirm that we have the visuals of these two people on CCTV," acting Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference late on Sunday, adding that the footage was being examined.

      "We have intelligence agencies, both local and international, on board."
      Mr Hishammuddin declined to give further details, saying it may jeopardise the investigation.
      "Our focus now is to find the aircraft," he said, adding that finding the plane would make it easier for authorities to investigate any possible foul play.

      Interpol confirmed that at least two stolen passports used by passengers on the plane were registered in its databases. It said no one had checked the databases, but added that most airlines and countries did not usually check for stolen passports.

      Mr Hishammuddin said only two passengers had used stolen passports, and that earlier reports that the identities of two others were under investigation were not true.

      White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said the US was looking into the stolen passports issue, but that investigators had reached no conclusions.

      In addition to the plane's sudden disappearance, which experts say is consistent with a possible onboard explosion, the stolen passports have strengthened concerns about terrorism as a possible cause. Al-qaeda militants have used similar tactics to try to disguise their identities.

      Still, other possible causes would seem just as likely at this stage, including a catastrophic failure of the plane's engines, extreme turbulence, or pilot error or even suicide. Establishing what happened with any certainty will need data from flight recorders and a detailed examination of any debris, something that will take months if not years.

      European authorities on Saturday confirmed the names and nationalities of the two stolen passports: one was an Italian-issued document bearing the name Luigi Maraldi, the other Austrian under the name Christian Kozel. Police in Thailand said Mr Maraldi's passport was stolen on the island of Phuket last July.

      A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline on Sunday confirmed that "Maraldi" and "Kozel" were both booked to leave Beijing on a KLM flight to Amsterdam on March 8. Mr Maraldi was then to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, on KLM on March 8, and Mr Kozel to Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.

      She said that, since the pair booked the tickets through China Southern Airlines, she had no information on where they bought them.

      Having onward reservations to Europe from Beijing would have meant the pair, as holders of EU passports, would not have needed visas for China.

      A team of American experts was en route to Asia to be ready to assist in the investigation into the crash. The team includes accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as technical experts from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, the safety board said in a statement.
      EFE, AP, Reuters

      Missing Malaysia Plane Terror In Sky



      U.S. officials told NBC News on Saturday they are investigating terrorism concerns after two people listed as passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines jet were reportedly not to on the plane and reported their passports had been stolen – one a year ago and the other two years ago.

      Terror in the sky probed due to stolen passports of listed passengers on missing plane
      Luigi Maraldi, 37, was the only Italian on a passenger manifest released by the airline after the Malaysia Flight MH370 jet disappeared over the South China Sea. His father, Walter Maraldi, however told NBC News from Cesena, Italy: “Luigi called us early this morning to reassure us he was fine, but we didn’t know about the accident. Thank God he heard about it before us.”

      Luigi Maraldi is vacationing in Thailand, according to his father, who said his son told him that his passport was stolen one year ago.

      Austria's foreign ministry confirmed to NBC News that police made contact with another citizen on the passenger list, who reported his passport stolen two years ago while traveling in Asia.

      Malaysia airlines said in a statement early Saturday they are attempting to locate the Boeing 777 after it lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 a.m.

      There was no distress signal before the plane, with 239 passengers, went down.

      One report said seven people on board had stolen passports, while others report that two people had stolen passports.

      Vietnamese Navy confirmed Saturday that Malaysia Flight MH370, from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, crashed into the sea off  Tho Chu island.

      Tuoi Tre quoted Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of Region 5, as saying that military radar reported that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 246km south of Phu Quoc island.

      “The plane lost contact in Ca Mau province airspace before it had entered contact with Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control,” a statement posted on the official Vietnamese government website said.

      The plane was meant to transfer to Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control at 1.22am Malaysian time, but never appeared, a statement reported by AFP said, citing a senior Ministry of Defence official.

      The Ministry of Defence launched rescue efforts to find the plane, coordinating work with Malaysian and Chinese officials.

      The missing Malaysian Airlines flight was carrying 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, and three American among other nationalities, seven with stolen passports, according to latest reports.

      The aircraft had left Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6.30am.

      CNN and other outlets are reporting "several of the 239 people on board the missing commercial Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were using stolen passports of citizens from Austria and Italy.

      Others reported as seven people on board had stolen passports.

      Italian foreign ministry says no Italian was on missing Malaysia flight, despite one Italian listed among passengers.

      Austrian foreign ministry says an Austrian citizen reported to be on Malaysian flight is safe in Austria.
      Four Americans are among the 239 passengers and crew aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
      The search for the commercial jetliner that seemingly vanished with no warning between Malaysia and Vietnam have continued, officials say

      While nobody knows what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, it is now suspected that terrorism is involved.

      Air traffic controllers lost track of soon after it left Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on its way to Beijing.
      Families and loved ones of the 239 passengers and crew aboard expected the worst as they await significant development.

      Last night, those family members and loved ones in Beiging were not at the airport waiting. Only press and reporters were there. They were then moved to a hotel for a press conference.

      The area of search is focusing in the South China Sea, where Malaysian airspace and Vietnamese airspace meet.

      Later Saturday morning, Vietnamese authorities found a 12-mile long oil slick in the Gulf of Thailand, the first sign that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have crashed.

      Bits and pieces of information continue to emerge, such as stolen passports, but it remains unclear how they fit into the bigger picture of the missing plane.

      Stolen passports spark terrorism fears


      Two passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing plane may have been carrying stolen passports, it has been reported. Nine News.

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      Malaysian officials have confirmed an oil slick has been sighted in Vietnamese waters and said Vietnamese ships were at the site investigating whether it was from the plane.

      Feared dead: Queensland couple Catherine and Robert Lawton. Photo: Facebok
      Investigators checking the identities of all the 227 passengers on the flight, particularly those who bought tickets through China Southern Airlines, which is a code share partner with Malaysia Airlines.

      As well as the two passengers who appear to have been travelling on stolen passports, suspicions have been raised about two other passengers, Reuters quoted a security official in Kuala Lumpur as saying.
      Malaysian media reported they were recorded in the flight manifest as European passengers.
      Brisbane couple Rodney and Mary Burrows.
      Six nations are now desperately searching for the aircraft, which was  carrying 239 people, including six Australians.. Amid the questions about the weather, mechanical failure or human error, the discovery that two passengers were flying on stolen passports has sparked fears that foul play may well be the answer.

      Italian Luigi Maraldi, 37, was on holiday in Thailand and immediately phoned home after seeing on the news that an Italian with his name was on the vanished airliner - and before his father had seen the news.
      His passport, as well as that of Austrian national Christian Kozel, had been stolen while in Thailand.
      Chinese police in front of the arrival board showing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (top-red) at Beijing Airport. Photo: AFP

      While there was no information pointing to a possible bomb or terror attack, Malaysia is studying all possibilities, Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters.

      The stolen Austrian passport belonged to 30-year-old Christian Kozel, who reported the theft in 2012 in Phuket, Thailand. He was contacted and found to be ''well,'' said Martin Weiss, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

      Mr Maraldi, an Italian national also shown on the manifest, had reported his passport stolen last August, according to Italian media.

      Malaysia Airlines, meanwhile, has advised immediate family members of those on the flight to gather at Kuala Lumpur International Airport; the airline stated it would pay for travel arrangements and expenses.
      Last contact

      Mumbling and static were heard from the cockpit of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 before connection was lost, according to a pilot who was flying another plane in the area.

      "There was a lot of interference … static … but I heard mumbling from the other end," said the pilot who was asked to make contact with flight 370 by Vietnamese air traffic control.

      "That was the last time we heard from them, as we lost connection," he said.

      The pilot, who asked not to be named, told Malaysia's New Sunday Times newspaper said he established contact with flight 370 as he was flying a Boeing 777 to Narita, Japan.

      His plane was 30 minutes ahead of the missing plane.

      The pilot said he thought nothing of losing contact, as it was not an unusual, until it was confirmed that flight 370 never landed.

      "If the plane was in trouble, we would have heard the pilot making the mayday distress call. But I am sure that, like me, no one else up there heard it," he said.

      "Following the silence, a repeat request was made by the Vietnamese authorities to retry establishing contact with them."

      The pilot said the voice he heard may have been either Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, or co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27.

      "But I am sure it was the co-pilot," he said.

      Missing Australians
      A Queensland couple who wanted to spend more time travelling in their older age were two of the six Australian passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

      The Boeing 777 aircraft, carrying 239 people, vanished while flying across the ocean between Malaysia and Vietnam early Saturday morning.

      Neighbours said Catherine and Robert Lawton, aged 53 and 57, had already been on a trip to Asia and were "looking to see a bit of the world" now their three daughters had moved out.

      Springfield Lakes resident Robbie Daintith, who lives across the road from the couple and would often put their bins out when they travelled, said they were "lovely people" who adored their young grandchildren.
      "We knew from talking to them that they were planning to go away for a period of time again. They did a similar trip this time last year," Mr Daintith said.

      "They were lovely people who always said hello, were always happy to have a chat and always offering to help out in any way they could."

      He said Ms Lawton didn't work because of a visual impairment but her husband was employed.

      The pair is understood to have been travelling on the flight with Brisbane couple Rodney and Mary Burrows.
      Mr Burrows was a long-time employee with Energex, one of the largest energy companies in Queensland. It is believed he took a redundancy package two years ago.

      Two other Australians on board the flight have been identified as NSW couple Yuan Li, 32, and Naijun Gu, 31.

      Yuan LI and Naijun Gu are listed as company director and secretary of Y & J Australia PTY Ltd, respectively.

      It believed Li was born in Beijing and Gu in Shanghai.

      However, while their address is listed for a terrace in a residential complex in Koorooma Place, Sylvania, little else is known about them.

      Neighbours said the couple bought the terrace in 2009 but were unsure if they actually lived there or simply owned the property and were renting it out to other people.

      The terrace was put up for auction and sold just before Christmas.

      "They might have owned the place but I doubt they ever lived there," a neighbour said. "They were a bit reclusive."

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      Paul Weeks, who had been living in Perth, is one of two missing New Zealander passengers. He was en route to a new job in Mongolia.

      New Zealand media is reporting the father of two left Christchurch in search of a better life and for his family after the city's devastating earthquakes.

      The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has released a statement saying it "fears the worst" for the Australian passengers.

      Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman Kerin Ayyalaraju said Australian consular officials were in "urgent and ongoing contact" with Malaysia Airlines, and were speaking with distraught family members in Australia and offering "all possible consular assistance".

      Plane vanished
      Malaysian aviation authorities said Sunday morning there has been no confirmed sighting of the plane.
      "We have not been able to locate anything. We have not been able to see anything," said Azhaddin Abdul Rahman, deputy chief of aviation.

      There were no reports of distress calls, emergency-beacon signals or bad weather and no indications why a plane would lose touch in one of the safest phases of flight.Vietnamese air force planes have spotted two large oil slicks off the southern tip of Vietnam which may be from the missing Malaysian jetliner that was carrying 239 people, including six Australians.

      ''I think the two oil slicks are very likely linked to the missing plane,'' said Vice-Admiral Ngo Van Phat, who is helping to direct the search mission.

      ''However, we have to check carefully once our rescue boats get access to the area.''

      The plane vanished somewhere off Vietnam's Tho Chu Island, northwest off the country's southernmost Cape Ca Mau. The airline lost contact with the aircraft after it departed Kuala Lumpur.

      It was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am carrying 239 people, including two infants and 12 crew members.

      Passengers included 152 Chinese people, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, three Americans and two Canadians. There were also passengers from New Zealand, Italy, France, Ukraine, Russia, Netherlands, Austria and Taiwan.

      If all passengers are found dead, it will be the world's worst air tragedy in a decade.

      A 20-kilometre long oil slick spotted between Malaysia and Vietnam was thought to be the first sign that the plane went down in the waters between southernmost Vietnam and northern Malaysia, according to Vietnam's director of civil aviation.

      "An AN26 aircraft of the Vietnam Navy has discovered an oil slick about 20 kilometers in the search area, which is suspected of being a crashed Boeing aircraft - we have announced that information to Singapore and Malaysia and we continue the search," Lai Xuan Thanh, the director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, told the New York Times in reporting the sighting of the slick.

      Mr Thanh said the oil on the surface on the water was somewhat closer to Vietnam than Malaysia at the mouth of the shallow Gulf of Thailand.

      Australian response
      The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said they were monitoring the situtation closely.

      "We have not yet had any request for assistance from our oveases counterparts, " spokesman Bob Armstrong said .

      If the flight crashed in international waters, the investigation will be the responsibility of the Malaysia's civil aiviation aircraft agency, he said.

      Prime Minister Tony Abbott would not speculate whether terrorism was involved in the crash.
      "This is obviously a horrible, horrible business and our thoughts and prayers are with passengers and their families on that ill fated aircraft, particuraly to the six Australian passenger and their families that have now been confirmed to be on board," he told reporters in Adelaide.

      "We're now looking for ways that we can help with search and recovery operation."

      Opposition leader Bill Shorten offered his sympathies to the families of loved ones on the missing flight. "I believe the Australian nations' thoughts go out to the families of those Australians and New Zealanders on this plane and indeed the families of everyone," Mr Shorten told reporters in Melbourne.

      The search efforts
      The missing plane has sparked a multinational response.

      Malaysia's prime minister, Najib Razak, said in a statement that 15 aircraft and nine ships were searching for the missing plane. Without saying where his government suspected that the plane might have disappeared, he added, "Our priority now is to widen the search area and provide support to relatives of those missing."
      The airline released its seventh press release about the on-going mystery early Sunday afternoon,  stating that its search and rescue teams have been unable to detect the whereabouts of the aircraft.

      ''The airline is doing its utmost to provide support to the affected family members, this includes immediate financial aid,'' the statement said.

      The airline has deployed a team of 94 'caregivers' to assist the family of missing passengers and crew; more support staff will be sent to Beijing, where the plane was to land, later today.

      A command centre will be established in either Kota Bharu, Malaysia or Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, as soon as the aircraft is located. ''The airline is continuously working with the authorities in providing assistance. In fearing for the worst, a disaster recovery management specialist from Atlanta, USA will be assisting Malaysia Airlines in this crucial time.''

      The United States Seventh Fleet said in a Twitter message that it was sending a destroyer, the USS Pinckney, and a P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft to join the search for Flight MH370.

      The US's Federal Bureau of Investigation will join the international hunt for the aircraft and its passengers.
      A Texas business, Freescale Semiconductor, has confirmed that 20 of its employees were on the flight.
      China has also sent two maritime rescue ships to the South China Sea to help in any rescue, state television said on one of its microblogs.

      The aircraft's pilot was Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a 53-year-old Malaysian captain, who has flown more than 18,000 hours. The first officer was Fariq Ab Hamid, 27, also of Malaysia, who has flown more than 2700 hours.

      Malaysia Airlines initially reported seven Australians were on board, but the number was quickly revised to six.

      On Saturday afternoon, the airline said it had been successful in contacting about 80 per cent of passengers' families.

      Vietnam's official website said the plane disappeared in Vietnam's airspace.

      "The plane lost contact in Ca Mau province airspace before it had entered contact with Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control," a statement posted on the website said.

      Conflicting reports surfaced on Saturday afternoon over claims in Vietnamese and Chinese media that the missing plane's signal had been detected in the middle of the ocean.

      Vienamese news site VN Express had quoted Pham The Hien, director of the country's search and rescue co-ordination centre, saying a signal was detected 230 kilometres south-west of Cape Ca Mau. But he later said those reports had been inaccurate, and his team was continuing to look for the missing plane's signal.
      Distraught families in Beijing

      With the arrivals board at Beijing's international airport still showing the Malaysian Airlines flight was delayed, distraught family members were being shepherded by police and airport staff to a nearby hotel to await further information.

      One woman, Zhai Le, said her friend was on board the flight.

      "They keep saying there's no information," she said through tears.

      Another man, who declined to be named, said he had been waiting for his boss, a French national, when he heard the news.

      An unconfirmed report from a flight tracking website said the plane had plunged more than 200 metres and changed course in the last minute that it had transmitted data.

      Chinese authorities have reportedly said the flight never entered Chinese airspace.

      "It doesn't sound very good," retired American Airlines captain Jim Tilmon told CNN on Saturday.
      He said that the route was mostly overland, which meant that there would be plenty of radars and radios to contact the plane.

      "I've been trying to come up with every scenario that I could just to explain this, but I haven't been very successful."

      He said the plane was "about as sophisticated as any commercial airplane could possibly be".

      Uncertainty over timing
      Malaysia Airlines denied reports circulating on the internet the plane had landed safely in Nanjing China.
      One uncertainty about the flight involved when it disappeared from radar and how quickly the search began in the Gulf of Thailand. Malaysia Airlines said that the plane took off at 12.41 am Malaysia time, and that the plane disappeared from air traffic control radar in Subang, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, at 2.40 am.

      That timeline seemed to suggest that the plane stayed in the air for two hours — long enough to fly not only across the Gulf of Thailand but also far north across Vietnam. But Mr Lindahl of Flightradar 24 said that the last radar contact had been at 1.19am, less than 40 minutes after the flight began.

      A Malaysia Airlines spokesman said on Saturday evening that the last conversation between the flight crew and air traffic control in Malaysia had been around 1.30 am, but he reiterated that the plane had not disappeared from air traffic control systems in Subang until 2.40am.

      Fuad Sharuji, from Malaysia Airlines' operation control centre, said the pilots made no distress call.
      The missing plane is believed to have been involved in a crash in August, 2012, when it damaged the tail of a China Eastern Airlines plane at Shanghai Pudong Airport, according to unconfirmed reports.

      In the incident, the tip of the wing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 broke off.

      Malaysia Airlines said its "thoughts and prayers" were with all the passengers on board the missing plane, and their families.

      "[The] focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilise its full support," chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said.

      Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia and one of Asia's largest, flying nearly 37,000 passengers daily to some 80 destinations worldwide.

      The airline said the public can call +60-378841234 for information about the plane.

      There were no storms in the area of the South China Sea where the plane was flying across. The weather was generally fine with light clouds.

      Malaysia Airlines' vice president of operations told CNN that no distress call or problems were reported from the aircraft prior to its disappearance. The plane was reportedly flying at 35,000 feet at the time.

      "We are extremely worried," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing. "The news is very disturbing. We hope everyone on the plane is safe."

      The plane had enough fuel to fly for seven hours, one hour more than the flight time to Beijing.

      Boeing said in a statement that it was assembling a team of technical experts to advise the national authorities investigating the disappearance of the aircraft.

      With agencies