Malaysia Airlines MH370 - updates

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Emotional MH370 families demand answers, 5 years on

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Five years after the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, those demanding answers call for the search to resume

STILL SEARCHING. Relatives of passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 walk to the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on March 8, 2019. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Malaysia open to proposals to revive MH370 hunt

Mar 03, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'If there are any credible leads and any specific proposals, especially from Ocean Infinity, we are more than willing to look at it,' Transport Minister Anthony Loke says

SEARCH IS OVER. A young girl holds a balloon with a message during a memorial event for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur on March 3, 2018 for 4th anniversary of the ill-fated plane’s disappearance. Photo by  Manan Vatsayana/AFP

3 companies offering to search for MH370 – Malaysia

Oct 17, 2017 - 1:55 PM

The Australian-led hunt – the largest in history – was suspended in January

A Malaysia Airlines logo is pictured at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Australia has 'better understanding' of where MH370 might be

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:13 AM

After a near 3-year hunt, Australia says the 'understanding of where MH370 may be located is better now than it has ever been'

A Malaysia Airlines logo is pictured at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

One ship left in MH370 underwater search

Dec 07, 2016 - 5:14 PM

The Fugro Equator one of 4 vessels involved in the search remains in the 120 000 square kilometer 46 000 square mile zone where investigators believe the Malaysia Airlines jet went down

FUGRO EQUATOR. An undated handout photo obtained on September 29, 2014, shows the Australian-contracted survey ship M/V Fugro Equator. File photo by FUGRO / AFP

MH370 plunged rapidly, not ready for landing – new report

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:20 PM

UPDATED The report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau finds the plane s final satellite communications were consistent with the aircraft being in a high and increasing rate of descent when it vanished

Malaysia Airlines planes are seen at departure gates at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Cameron resigns, Marites Flor, China Airlines strike | 6PM wRap

Jun 24, 2016 - 7:33 PM

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Tanzania debris to be checked for MH370 link – Australia

Jun 24, 2016 - 3:15 PM

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is seeking further information on the debris to ascertain whether it was from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 MH370 says Australia s Transport Minister Darren Chester

SEARCH CONTINUES. Balloons with MH370 written on them during a remembrance ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 06 March 2016. File photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

Debris found in Australia ruled out as being from MH370

Jun 22, 2016 - 5:58 PM

Two other pieces of debris found around the same time on the Madagascan island of Nosy Boraha are still being examined

SEARCHING FOR MH370. An undated and unplaced handout photo obtained from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on December 3, 2015, shows Havila Harmony, one of three ships scouring the southern Indian Ocean for the remains of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. File photo by AFP /FUGRO /ATSB

New debris images examined by MH370 search team

Jun 10, 2016 - 10:30 AM

So far 8 pieces of debris excluding the most recent finds have been discovered thousands of kilometers from the current search zone far off the west Australian coast

MH370. A file picture dated March 6, 2015 shows a man in front of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mural painting at Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. File photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

Families of MH17 crew file suit against Malaysia Airlines

Jun 02, 2016 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED The families blame the airline for the tragedy saying it dispatched and executed the MH17 flight over an area known to be under armed conflict

epa04976050 A section of the rebuilt fuselage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during a press conference to present the report findings of the Dutch Safety Board in Gilze Rijen, The Netherlands, 13 October 2015. The Dutch Safety Board was to present its final report into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last year. MH17 was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it went down in rebel-controlled territory on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people on board. EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN

MH370 family sues Malaysia Airlines in Australia – report

Mar 13, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Next of kin had started filing lawsuits against the airline over the jet s disappearance as a two year deadline approached last week

A YEAR AFTER. A man passes by the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mural at Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 6, 2015. Photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

MH370 widow, sons sue Malaysia Airlines in Australia

Feb 24, 2016 - 5:07 PM

The family files a case under the 1999 Montreal Convention which establishes airline liability for accidents

epa04854228 Malaysia Airline aircrafts taxi at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 July 2015. 21 July 2015 marks 500 days missing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared from radar en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China with 239 people on board on 08 March 2014. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

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Jan 29, 2016 - 6:00 PM

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Chinese ship to join Australia-led search for MH370

Jan 29, 2016 - 1:51 PM

The Chinese vessel would be equipped with a 6 kilometer long towed sonar system which searchers will use to take a closer look at the rugged seabed

What we know: The riddle of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:34 PM

Here is what we know so far about MH370

A Malaysia Airlines logo is pictured at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Mysterious plane wreckage sparks MH370 speculation

Jul 30, 2015 - 4:01 AM

UPDATED A mysterious piece of plane debris washes up on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion prompting speculation it could be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

MH370 PIECE? Police and gendarmes carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015. Yannick Pitou/AFP

MH370 search will not be expanded further – Australia

Jun 03, 2015 - 3:04 PM

More than 50 000 square kilometers of the seafloor have been scoured so far with no trace of the jet

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. A Malaysia Airlines logo is pictured at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

'Back to drawing board' if MH370 search fails, Malaysia says

Mar 07, 2015 - 4:01 PM

Malaysia transport minister s comment echoes Australia s statement which raised doubts about an open ended search for the aircraft

PLANES. Young passengers take a picture of Malayisa Airline aircraft using their mobile phone at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Malaysia declares MH370 an accident, passengers dead

Jan 29, 2015 - 6:38 PM

UPDATED Civil aviation chief Azharuddin says the official decision that the plane s disappearance on March 8 was an accident allows families to move on and receive payments from the airlines

A relative (C) of a passenger of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 holds a picture of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak with the writing "Please bring back my husband" after the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) decided to cancel a press conference in Putrajaya on January 29, 2015. Photo by AFP

Missing AirAsia plane caps disastrous 2014 for aviation

Dec 30, 2014 - 12:54 PM

2014 was a disastrous year for aviation – with the disappearance of MH370 the shooting down of MH17 crashes of 2 separate planes and now the disappearance of an AirAsia jet

WAITING. A relative holds up a phone showing a photo that was allegedly taken and sent before by the person in the photo before boarding the missing Malaysian carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. Photo by Aman/AFP

Malaysia Airlines losses widen in wake of disasters

Nov 29, 2014 - 7:59 AM

The airline blames the double impact of the MH370 and MH17 incidents and the continued intensified industry competition for a worsening performance

LOSSES AFTER DISASTERS. A file photo dated 10 March 2014 shows a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 airplane sitting on the tarmac moments before its scheduled departure. File photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

Binay-Trillanes debate, S. Korea ferry captain, APEC free trade | The wRap

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Vice President Binay withdraws from his scheduled debate The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April is jailed for 36 years And Asia Pacific leaders back China’s free trade roadmap

After delays, Philippines, Malaysia sign new air pact

Oct 31, 2014 - 1:48 PM

The air pact now doubles the weekly seat capacity between the two ASEAN countries

Frustration wracks MH370 families six months on

Sep 08, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Relatives sorrow is mixed with fierce resentment of Chinese authorities who they feel have turned against them after dozens of family members were reportedly beaten and arrested in recent months

STILL NO CLOSURE. This still frame grab from AFPTV video shows relatives of those onboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 grieving as they visit Yonghe Temple, also known as the Lama Temple, in Beijing on September 8, 2014. AFPTV/AFP photo

Families lead campaign to solve MH370 mystery

Aug 24, 2014 - 3:50 PM

Hundreds of relatives of MH370 victims – desperate to learn the fate of their loved ones – are channeling their grief in a cross border social media enabled but so far frustrating citizen campaign to solve aviation s greatest mystery

College students holding a candlelight vigil for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines airliner MH370 in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, China, on 13 March 2014. Xin Li/EPA

After MH17 tragedy, Australia assures search for MH370 goes on

Jul 23, 2014 - 3:28 PM

Australia leads the multinational search for MH370 which disappeared on March 8 carrying 239 people and is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean

SEARCHING. A handout picture shows Leading Seaman, Boatswain's Mate, William Sharkey searching for debris in the Southern Indian Ocean on April 6, 2014. Australian Defense Department/EPA

Corporate woes deepen for crisis-hit Malaysia Airlines

Jul 18, 2014 - 7:04 PM

After two aviation tragedies analysts warning of Malaysia Airlines collapse without government help

DOUBLE WHAMMY. Malaysia airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Malaysia gets new transport minister amid MH370 crisis

Jun 25, 2014 - 2:37 PM

Malaysia s premier appoints a new transport minister to replace Hishammuddin Hussein who took the lead during the search for missing flight MH370

100 days after MH370, Malaysia vows to keep searching

Jun 16, 2014 - 12:39 PM

Malaysian transport chief: We cannot and will not rest until MH370 is found

NO HOPE LOST. A file photo showing MH370's status as "delayed" hours after the flight went missing on March 8, 2014. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Australia probes possible MH370 witness account

Jun 04, 2014 - 4:06 PM

A British yachtswoman claims she saw MH370 on fire on the night of the disappearance of MH370

SEARCHING. A handout picture shows Leading Seaman, Boatswain's Mate, William Sharkey searching for debris in the Southern Indian Ocean on April 6, 2014. Australian Defense Department/EPA

Malaysia Airlines union urges CEO to resign

May 29, 2014 - 9:05 PM

The union says staff morale is very low over the carrier s poor financial performance as the fate of Flight MH370 remains unknown

TROUBLED. Pressure mounts for the Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya to step down. File photo by Francis Silvan/AFP

Indian Ocean 'discounted' as MH370 crash zone

May 29, 2014 - 12:56 PM

2ND UPDATE Notes the JACC no signs of aircraft debris have been found by the autonomous underwater vehicle since it joined the search

MH370. The coordinator of the JACC, Angus Houston, during a press conference with in Canberra, Australia, 05 May 2014. Alan Porritt/EPA

Malaysia releases satellite data on MH370

May 27, 2014 - 1:20 PM

The Department of Civil Aviation and Inmarsat give out 47 pages of data communication logs recorded by Inmarsat along with explanatory notes for the public

MH370. The arrival board at the Beijing Airport showed the flight MH370 in red text. It was the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane, which lost contact with air traffic authorities on March 8, 2014. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Malaysia PM urges changes to prevent another MH370

May 14, 2014 - 2:31 PM

Najib Razak concedes that a chaotic public message and slow start to search and rescue operations in the early days of the plane s disappearance were a mistake

AIRLINE TRACKING. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak presents a keynote address at The National Transformation Programme (NTP) Annual Report 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12 May 2014. Shamshahrin Shamsudin/EPA

Malaysia Airlines staff 'held' by angry Chinese families

Apr 25, 2014 - 10:53 PM

Malaysia Airlines says Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers held 10 of its staff at a Beijing hotel when a Malaysian official failed to brief them

SUSTAINED ANGER. Relatives of passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 shout slogans while holding a sign that reads, 'MH370 don't make us wait too long!', on a road leading to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, China, 25 March 2014. File photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

Two-thirds of underwater search done, no sign of MH370

Apr 21, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Since it vanished on March 8 no debris from the plane has been found despite an intense air and sea search

Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tire bursts

Apr 21, 2014 - 9:52 AM

The airline says tire debris discovered on the runway had led to the decision to bring the Boeing 737 800 aircraft back

Mini-sub tries again after first MH370 search aborted

Apr 15, 2014 - 9:06 AM

UPDATED The Bluefin 21 unmanned submarine tries to find MH370 again after its first aborted excursion underwater

BLUEFIN. An image of a Bluefin-21 unit diving. Photo from

MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call: report

Apr 12, 2014 - 2:43 PM

The report titled a desperate call for help does not say who the pilot was trying to contact

Australia warns of long haul as hunt for MH370 goes on

Apr 12, 2014 - 2:03 PM

UPDATED Australia PM Tony Abbott warned that locating Flight MH370 would still likely take a long time stepping back from his earlier hint that a breakthrough was imminent

SEARCH ONGOING. A handout picture made available by the Australian Defense on April 10 2014 shows Gunner Richard Brown (L) on lookout on the forecastle of the Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth in search of debris from missing Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 during Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN on April 7 2014. HMAS Perth has joined the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez/EPA/RAN HANDOUT

Hunt for MH370 closes in on 'final resting place'

Apr 10, 2014 - 8:45 AM

Australia narrows the search for MH370 further

NEW SIGNALS. Angus Houston (L), head of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre leading the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and Australian Defence Minister David Johnston hold a media briefing at Pearce Airbase in Bullsbrook, 35 kms north of Perth on April 8, 2014. Greg Wood/AFP

Rappler Newscast | April 7, 2014

Apr 07, 2014 - 9:28 PM

7 of out 10 Filipinos believe RH law is constitutional Sen Escudero have to say on the expulsion of 3 senators Australia finds new signals in search for MH370

Hunt for MH370 homes in on ping signals

Apr 07, 2014 - 9:48 AM

Three separate ping signals raise hopes of solving the mystery of Flight MH370

PRAYING AND WAITING. A woman reads prayers and well-wishes on a wall for passengers onboard missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 during a mass prayer in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2014. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

PH, Malaysia defer air talks due to search for missing MH370

Apr 03, 2014 - 6:49 PM

Malaysian authorities have their hands full dealing with the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight

STILL SEARCHING. This picture taken on March 24, 2014 shows crew members on board an RAAF AP-3C Orion crossing the coast of Perth, having just completed an 11 hour search mission for missing Malaysia Airways flight MH370 before landing at the RAAF Pearce airbase in Perth. Photo by Richard Wainwright/AFP photo/Pool

Malaysia police say MH370 mystery may never be solved

Apr 02, 2014 - 2:10 PM

Malaysia s top police official warns that what caused MH370 s disappearance may never be known

LOOKING OUT. Communications specialist Hidetaka Sato on a Japan Coast Guard Gulfstream aircraft looks out of a window searching for wreckage and debris of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean, April 1, 2014. Rob Griffith/EPA

Sub joins MH370 hunt ahead of Malaysian PM visit to Perth

Apr 02, 2014 - 9:13 AM

A British nuclear submarine and director Peter Jackson s personal jet join the search for MH370

The British nuclear submarine HMS Tireless leaves the port of Gibraltar on July 14, 2004 to head off a spat between Britain and Spain, which lays claim to the British territory and which had protested at its presence. Jose Luis Roca/AFP

Rappler Newscast | April 1, 2014

Apr 01, 2014 - 10:53 PM

Gov t to file plunder charges vs senators in corruption scandal PH tells China it will not bow to bullies Australia on MH370 hunt: could be long and frustrating

Australia warns MH370 search could take 'long time'

Apr 01, 2014 - 3:54 PM

A vessel with a specialized black box locator is battling the clock to find MH370 s black box

LONG SEARCH? A handout image released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra, Australia, 01 April 2014, shows the search area in the Indian Ocean, West of Australia, where ten planes and nine ships are searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on April 1, 2014. AMSA Handout/EPA

Rappler Newscast | March 31, 2014

Mar 31, 2014 - 8:35 PM

China rejects PH case invokes International law Indian Ocean debris not linked to MH370 North and South Korea exchange live fire