**I will continue to post updates here**
REVISED March 18, 2014
FYI: Malaysia is 12 hours ahead of EST and you know how bad I am at time zones. I’ve started day one off on Friday, March 7, 2014 because that is the day in the US that the plane went missing. In actuality, it was Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Malaysia went the plane went missing. I will be using dates based mainly on US news sources which will have US times and days. Ugh. GMT can bite me. With that said….
DAY 1 (March 7): On March 8, 2014 at 12:41 a.m. (12:41 p.m. EST Friday), a Malaysian airliner flight MH370 carrying 227 passengers (two infants included) and 12 crew members departed Kuala Lumpur and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 pm. the same day. The airliner never arrived in Beijing. The plane lost contact with air traffic controllers about two hours in the flight. Search-and-rescue were dispatched to look for the plane but came up empty handed. The pilots are Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and Fariq Ab.Hamid. The passengers came from a range of countries: US, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, France, New Zealand, Ukraine, Russia, Italy, Taiwan, the Netherlands and Austria.
US passengers were identified as Phillip Tallmadge Wood, 50, Nicole Meng, 3 and Leo Meng, 1. According to the LA Times, the plane failed to check in while flying “over the sea between Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam”. It was flying at an altitude of 35,000 feet.
sources: Yahoo, LATIMES
A later update reported that Lt. General Vo Van Tuan, a deputy chief of staff of the Vietnamese army, issued a statement reporting the plane “lost all contact and radar signal one minute before it entered Vietnam’s air traffic control.” The plane was believed to have been 140 miles southwest of Ca Mau province.
sources: Yahoo, latimes.com
DAY TWO (March 8): Welp, story on the street was the plane crashed into the sea. Another tragic ending. Oil slicks were spotted off the tip of Vietnam and, you know, they kinda looked like jet fuel. But no wreckage. Should there be? No signals either. Pretty much a lot of this coming from the plane while China stepped in to help Malaysia find the Boeing 777-200 wreckage. At some point, reports came in that the plane had landed safely but the airline dismissed the claims. Some chalked the rumors of a safe landing up to that evil entity we like to call “social media.”
When the plane disappeared off the southwest tip of Vietnam it had about 7.5 hours of fuel left.
CNN played math teacher and added up the number of passengers on the list given out by authorities and came up with 228 not 227 passengers. Yeah. I checked their math. They’re right. One extra passenger than what was accounted for by authorities. Michael Cravey? Additionally, two passengers were identified as carrying stolen passports. Mmhmm. That sounds about right for the story. How did it happen? Oh… you know. They’re looking into it. Amazingly, news sources did not scream, “Terrorist attack!” So no worries. Although stolen passports could be construed as “suspicious,” eh…it’s just a missing airplane.
The identities of the stolen passports (not the men using them) were Luigi Maraldi (Italian-issued) and Christian Kozel (Austrian-issued). Louigi had had his passport stolen last July on the island of Phuket.
Sources: rt.com, nbcnews.com, cnn, cnbc, bloomberg.com
DAY 3 (March 9, 2014): The airliner’s doors were spotted. Okay, an object was spotted in the water that could be a door from the plane. And Malaysia’s air force chief reported that military radar indicated the plane changed directions. In fact, it may have turned around and headed back. Apparently civilian radar corroborated these opinions. So yeah. The plane was doing some doughnuts mid-air. Nothing wrong with shaking things up a bit. Am I right?
Still no distress signals. And as the days stretched on, talk of plane disintegration and terrorism grew.
DAY 4 (March 10, 2014): So that door debris thing along with an alleged piece of the tail spotted? Yeah, they couldn’t find that stuff the next day. As of March 10, US authorities reported no hints of terrorism. I mean, they haven’t found the plane yet so besides some terrorist group posting a youtube video claiming the hijacking of flight MH370, I’m not sure what hints may have come their way. A text message? Oil from the oil slicks seen previously were tested in a lab to determine if it came from a plane. No idea on the outcome.
China ran with the story that the plane may have turned back. Why? Uh…”radar displays indicated the plane could have turned around.” Radar displays? Come again? Where exactly were these radar screens previously? Why hadn’t anyone noticed this before? We are four days into this and now radar displays may have indicated they turned around? Were the radar screens hidden in someone’s basement at the time of the disappearance? Good lord.
In fact, the radar had apparently tracked the plane over the island of Pulau Perak in the Strait of Malacca, one hour and 10 minutes after the plane had initially lost contact. This would have put the plane hundreds of miles off course (and in the air for a total of almost two hours – Malaysia initially said it lost contact with the plane at 2:40 a.m. but then changed that story to 1:30 a.m.). Don’t get your panties in a bunch just yet – Malaysian officials said there was a plane in that area but they just weren’t sure if it was that plane. Now you can get them in a bunch.
CNN wrote, “The situation is so unprecendented that experts have been careful in speculating about possible explanations.” Unprecedented? Uh huh. Clearly someone forgot to watch the 78 different documentaries on the Bermuda Triangle. Just saying. Maybe someone needs Netflix.
As for those passengers with stolen passports? Apparently they had adjacent ticket numbers and both were on a subsequent flight from Beijing to Amsterdam. One was to continue after that to Copenhagen, the other to Frankfurt. Mmm. Not weird at all because remember counterterrorism expert, Clive Williams, once said, “I think it likely that most Asian flights have passengers with stolen passports on board.” They apparently booked their tickets via a Chinese website. Furthermore, according to aljazeera.com, FOUR passengers on board the plane were being investigated over “airline security fears.”
Again, still no signals from the plane. Day 4.
Day 5: (March 11, 2014): Authorities disclosed who the men were that were carrying stolen passports: Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19, and Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza, 29. Both Iranian. But again, no worries and repeat after me, “They are NOT terrorists.” Am I the only one kinda weirded out by officials downplaying the terrorist card? This is the hand authorities have been playing since Bush took office in 2001. This is the kind of stuff our government has shoved down our throat since the towers dropped like bags of bird seed and, frankly, it’s a little odd they’re not doing it now. Just something to think about.
These men apparently traveled to Malaysia on their Iranian passports but switched to the stolen ones for the missing flight. Since these men didn’t show up on terrorist and criminal databases, authorities are down playing the terrorist angle. Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble said, “Recent information about the men made terrorism a less likely cause of the plane’s disappearance.” Here’s a picture of the men:
One website, www.theblaze.com asked people if they noticed anything unusual about the picture. Here’s a hint: Check out the bottom half of the picture. If you guessed that both men appear to have the exact same legs and bag you are correct. Apparently there was a “photocopy” mistake. A what? So what the authorities are telling us is that someone photocopied one of the pictures, took some scissors and cut that copy in half, taped the bottom portion of it to the second photo (which had been cut in half) and then recopied it. Yeah. Easy mistake. When someone asks for copies I always have a go at it with a pair of scissors first. Happens all the time. Okay, maybe someone doesn’t know how to combine two photo files into one. Sigh. But still…
On another note that makes perfect sense, relatives of passengers on the plane claimed they called their loved ones on their cellphone and the call connected but no one was there. One man even said that his relative’s online account had shown activity. Watch the moment when one family member calls their missing family member → HERE (And yes, I wish it was more exciting)
No signals from the plane. Everyone remains baffled.
Day 6 (March 12, 2014): Who cares. Nobody knows anything. I’m watching Netflix.
Oh alright. Vietnam called off part of it’s search for the plane. Obviously because they have so much information on the plane’s whereabouts. Malaysia authorities denied telling anyone that the plane was seen on the western coast of the Malay peninsula (Remember the plane turned back around, was seen above the island Pulau Perak? Yeah. That area.) but who really knows what the heck is going on. Apparently officials are still reading the radars. I feel like the doctor’s office receptionist is trying to read the x-rays. What’s the problem here?
Again, there were quotes heard around the world describing the disappearance as “an unprecedented mystery” in aviation. Whatever (#netflix #bermudatriangle #gulliblesheep). And it’s has all of a sudden been reported that the US Federal Aviation Administration warned four months ago of structural problems with the Boeing 777. How convenient and I’m happy to report the airlines are still flying them. Kudos.
China claimed to have pictures of what they believed was wreckage seen in the Strait of Malacca. They apparently captured the photos the day after the crash but didn’t release them until now. So obviously that went nowhere.
Still no signals from the plane, Malaysia continued denying the plane turned back while expanding the search area (because of some unidentified flying object seen on radar) and victims’ families are freaking out. As they should be.
Day 7 (March 13, 2014): The search was expanded to the Indian Ocean. Smh. Good luck with that seven days later.
Oh, and look at that. CNN started running stories with headlines that read, “Sometimes You Never Find the Crash Site” with true stories from real life plane crashes. Really CNN? Really? Because I’m pretty sure
CNN someone said this situation was unprecedented. Yeah. I’m pretty, pretty, pretty sure.
The same article stated that the flight’s transponder stopped working about 45 minutes into the flight. ABC reported that this might indicate it was done on purpose. They also reported that authorities said this indicated that whatever happened on the plane was not an accident or a catastrophic malfunction. US officials stated they believe the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean because of a pinging sent from the plane to a satellite. Apparently the pings were transmitted to Boeing satellites although it begs the question of why it took seven days for Boeing to notice these pings? Hmm, was Boeing satellites the easiest route of disclosure so no one had to disclose who’s spying on who?
Day 8 (March 14, 2014): More information on the pings. Apparently the plane gave off pings for at least five hours after it disappeared. So where was the plane? Oh, we don’t know. But the search area was expanded to about 1,000 miles west of where the plane originally took off.
Also, Boeing said that during those five hours the plane was intact and cruising along at a safe altitude. Why did it take Boeing so long to come up with this information? And why did the plane fly across the Indian Ocean? Was it hoping to make it to India for refueling? Or did they have enough fuel to make it even farther? Yeah. They had enough. They had enough to make it 2,200 miles west of there. Hi. Asia called. It said “good luck.” How about some world perspective? The letter A on the map is where the flight originated, B is for Beijing (where it was suppose to arrive) and the arrow is now the direction of the expanded search (Well, one of the many areas they’re searching):
Day 9 (March 15, 2014): Oh, look at that. Malaysia opened a criminal inquiry into their missing plane. Surprising it took this long. Since Boeing opened the floodgates to aviation shenanigans, everything’s on the table. The communications on board were deliberately disabled (have they proven that?), the plane apparently continued flying six hours, not five (or seven depending on your news source) and the police raided the home of the pilot. And Malaysia continued to deny…well…a good portion of the story. Some tweets today have called the pilots fanatics. US officials are pointing the finger at the two men flying the plane.
So you realize where this story is going, right? Yup, right to the cockpit. Two terrorist pilots hellbent on destroying western civilization. I can see the headlines now. Now there’s the warm and fuzzy propaganda I’ve grown accustomed to here in the United States. *Sigh* I can finally get some sleep tonight.
Day 10 (March 16, 2014): Welp, we’ve added another suspect. Yup, a flight engineer. Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, 29, an engineer and passenger on the missing plane, is being investigated by Malaysian police. Why? He’s got plane skills, that’s why. His father was interviewed and apparently wouldn’t comment on whether his son could have been involved.
Regarding the plane communication system, it was reported that the last message from the plane was sent AFTER “the first set of aircraft communications had been disabled.” Mmhmm, Malaysian authorities confirmed it. The last words heard from the plane were, “All right, good night” although it has not been disclosed who said it. To make matters worse, theguardian.com reported that it is unclear if this was recorded by air traffic control. Just as a head’s up, apparently these communication systems on the plane can only be disabled manually from the cockpit. Whatever that means at this point.
The last ping that Boeing picked up from the plane occurred at 8:11 am on Saturday (that’s Malaysian time). So using Malaysia’s time zone that would mean the plane took off at 12:41 a.m. and was last heard from (from pings) at 8:11 a.m. That’s 7.5 hours of flying time. Remember when they told us the plane had 7.5 hours of fuel? Yeah, so did the plane fly until it ran out of fuel and dropped in the ocean – hence the end of the pings? Draw your own conclusions. And then change your mind. Everyone else is.
So how many miles need to be searched based on the fuel remaining in the plane? 2 million miles. Uh huh. 2
In other news, China’s getting pissed.
Day 11 (March 17, 2014): Nah, I’m kidding. Communication controls were NOT turned off before the plane’s last message to air traffic control. Malaysia disputed the story (after they confirmed it) and responded that it could have been turned off before or after that last message. They also reported the co-pilot of the plane, Fariqu Abdul Hamid, was the last to speak to air control. So who’s saying what? I don’t know. “Officials” (whoever that is) said the system was shut down beforehand. Malaysia maintained that was not necessarily true. Worse case of they said/they said I’ve ever seen. Who’s going to take their ball and go home first?
On Monday (In Malaysia), a report was published saying that the flight “dropped to 5,000 feet after turning back from it’s Kuala Lumpur-Bejing route on March 8.” Malaysia, you guessed it, denied the story. *sigh*
And pretty much everyone on board is suspect now.
Day 12 (March 18, 2014): Courtney Love has found the missing airplane. So what happened on board? Best explanation I’ve seen yet → Business Insider. Or direct to the source → Chris Goodfellow. Okay. Case closed.
Day 13 (March 19, 2014): Some former FAA spokesman by the name of Scott Brenner is now saying that the plane turned around before the co-pilot told traffic control “good night.” Hmm. Who is this guy again? No worries. I’m certain Malaysia will deny the story soon enough. And remember officials had begun rummaging through the pilot’s home? I forgot to mention that he had his own flight simulator in his home (is that normal?) and officials are saying that files on the simulator have been deleted. They’re trying to restore them now. Yeah. We’ll see what that turns up. I’m waiting with bated breath. Smh
Authorities have received background information from all passengers on board the plane except those from Russia and the Ukraine. Both countries have not handed over any information yet. (I think there was only one passenger from each country, but don’t quote me.). Or, and remember that story about the fishermen that may have sighted the plane? Yeah, not true, according to Malaysia. Is anything true to this country? Ugh.
Here’s another map showing how far the plane could have flown. As you can see, the area is quite small, almost like a small lap pool. I suspect this will all be sorted out within the hour or two.
Day 14 (March 20, 2014): March 20 and we’re all still here. Let’s start off the morning with a big bowl of bullshit, shall we? I’ll make it quick. If I read one more US media outlet hint or just come out and say that Malaysia’s investigation has been incompetent or the there has been a high level of miscommunication I’m going to freak. Really? Reeeeally? I’m not really sure the US is one to point fingers about national (might as well add in state and local) agencies and miscommunication.
In other news, claims of another wreckage site have been reported. Australian officials spotted the objects four days ago 1,500 miles southwest of Perth but you know, they’re not there anymore. Officials will continue looking for them.
Day 15 (March 21, 2014): Still looking for that debris seen on satellite images.
Day 17 (March 23, 2014): Investigation continues on pieces found in ocean.
And the following is the transcript of the last hour heard from the cockpit: