What we know as of 11:20pm, 11 March 2014:
Search and rescue operations:
1. Searchers describe their efforts as akin to looking for the needle in a haystack.
2. Relatives of passengers are claiming that phones are still ringing when they try calling them.
3. Strange reports have emerged that MH370 was detected at the Straits of Malacca at about 2:40am on Saturday.
4. Vietnamese officials say they are preparing for the worst. However they are widening their search net, and Singapore is set to join the underwater search today.
5. An American satellite imaging company, DigitalGlobe, is getting the public to join the search by analyzing satellite imagery.
6. The search area has expanded to 500,000 square nautical miles (1.7mil sq km), from Sumatra to Hong Kong.
7. The USS Kidd joins the search, with both having Seahawk helicopters designed for search and rescue.
8. A commercial plane from out of Hong Kong reportedly saw several large pieces of debris 60km southeast of Vung Tau, a coastal city in Vietnam.
9. A low-flying plane was allegedly sighted early in the morning of March 8. Authorities refuse to confirm.
10. Malaysian submaries will not be deployed as they are not 'equipped for search and rescue'.
11. Vietnam, China, Singapore, United States, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand are assisting in the search.
Investigations still on-going:
1. Legalities and jurisdiction issues are hampering investigations.
2. France is opening a manslaughter investigation into the MH370 disappearance.
3. Police are investigating the matter from four angles: hijacking, sabotage, psychological problems, and personal problems among passengers and crew.
4. The B777-200 aircraft that operated MH207 had undergone maintenance 12 days before the flight. There were no issues.
5. Previously-thought floating debris turns out to be cable reel not adoor or life raft. Analysis of oil slick reveals that it isn't aviation fuel from MH370 , but from ship bunkering activities.
6. Experts are starting to believe the plane veered from its flight path, and could be hundreds of kilometers away.
7. French accident board BEA offers help,citing similarities with the 2009 Air France Flight 447 crash.
8. Boeings Airplane Health Management system, which allows real-time plane monitoring, was not installed in the missing flight MH370.
9. No signals were spotted from the plane's Emergency Locator Transmittor (ELT) .
10. A portion of the aircraft wingtip was fixed by Boeing and was certified safe to fly. They dismissed the possibility of a technical problem and any form of threat prior to this.
11. PM Najib said that satelite imagery cannot be used as it cannot detect anything below the water surface.
12. MAS Operations Control Vice President Fuad Sharuji said the aircraft was carrying 7.5 hours of fuel at the time of its disappearance (2.40am).
Situation in Malaysia:
1. Hoaxers, opportunists and tasteless jokers have come out of the woodworks.
2. Malaysia Airlines will provide a total of 31,000 yuan (RM16,577) to all families of MH370 passengers, and will be flown to the crash site once the location is known.
3. A local bomoh (shaman) and psychic claim to be able to find MH370, and an African televangelist says he predicted this last July.
4. Guo Shaochun, head of a joint working group from the China govt has arrived in KLIA to further assist in the case, as well as the welfare of Chinese families here.
5. Ex-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad chastises those who are 'playing the blame game' over the MH370 case.
6. Ex-NST head laments 'lax security at KLIA, blames third world mentality.
7. The internet is ablaze with concerned netizens and celebrities expressing their views. Hashtags #MH370 and #PrayForMH370 were trending on Twitter.
8. Politician Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was slammed for an insensitive tweet about a 'new Bermuda triangle'.
9. The DCA Dir-Gen Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the airport authorities have examined security footage of the passengers and the baggage, and he is satisfied.
10. MAS says all other flights will proceed as usual, for now.
Missing passports and possible terror links:
1. All passengers who checked in for the flight had boarded the plane, dispelling earlier claims that 5 passengers were missing.
2. DCA Dir-Gen denies inconsistencies with police information.
3. The immigration chief insists security SOPs were followed.
4. The two passengers travelling with stolen passports were likely migrants, not terrorists. The first, Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19, had wanted to migrate to Germany. The second is Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza, 30. They had both stayed over at a friends house before leaving for MH370.
5. U.S. and European government sources are skeptical that MH370 was the target of an attack..
6. Thailand has been exposed as a crime hub for forged documents.
7. Azharuddin said all cabin baggage on the flight went through security screening, following protocols. MAS also confirms plane security complied with ICAO regulations.
8. Security in Malaysian airports remain the same as the government is not treating this as a security threat yet, despite PM Najib Razak saying KLIA security protocols will be reviewed and improved if necessary. An Immigration Dept source admits the SOP does need to be reviewed.
9. The Chinese Martyr's Brigade claims responsibility, but authorities brush off the unheard-of group.
10. The Immigration Department is under internal investigation following reports that Italian and Austrian passengers with Asian facial features were allowed to pass through. They had bought their tickets together through an Iranian link.
11. Interpol confirmed that the two missing passports were recorded in its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.
12. Malaysia is working with the FBI on possible terror links to the MH370 disappearance.
Analysis, theories, opinions:
1. CNN laid out four possible scenarios regarding the MH370 disappearance.
2. Authorities are investigating the possibilities of a mid-air disintegration. A video explains the theory further. Radar and transponder information alone would be enough to confirm this theory, says a veteran pilot.
3. Industry experts offer insights into major questions, as well as a detailed analysis of possible reasons behind the MH370 disappearance.
4. An aviation lawyer said that the plane might have broken up due to lack of pressurisation or electrical failure.
5. Retired American Airlines Capt. Jim Tilmon said the route taken by the aircraft had plenty of antennae, radar and radios for contact, and the plane was 'as sophisticated as any commercial airplane could possibly be with an excellent safety record'.
6. The flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, with total flying hours of 18,365 hours. First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, 27, has a total flying hours of 2,763 hours.
Stories surrounding missing passengers:
1. Abdul Hamid Mohd Daud has not given up hope on his son, Fariq, 27, who is the first officer aboard MH370.
2. 38 Malaysians were on-board MH370, including twelve colleagues, a family of three, a couple on honeymoon, a woman who had just celebrated her retirement and about 20 top management staff from Freescale Semiconductor.
3. The niece of Kuching police chief ACP Roslan Bek Ahmad was a passenger on MH370.
Editors's note: The public may contact +603 7884 1234. Next-of-kin may head to the Support Facility Building at KLIA's South Support Zone. For directions, call 03 8787 1269.
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