The title of a recently released CNN article is “Search INTENSIFIES for Malaysian airliner (MH370) and 239 people, (with) rescue ships (heading out) to sea” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/07/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane-missing/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter).
“A Malaysia Airlines flight (MH370) carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) to Beijing (PEK) disappeared Saturday (March 8, 2014) after air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane, the airline said”.
According to Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control Fuad Sharuji, “(speaking) on CNN‘s “AC360“, “At the moment, WE HAVE NO IDEA where this aircraft is right now“. This is what people have been saying for the past WEEK.
“Subang Air Traffic Control lost contact with Flight MH370 at about 2:40 a.m. local time (1:40 p.m. ET Friday March 7, 2014), Sharuji said”. “We TRIED to call this aircraft through various means” unfortunately WITHOUT SUCCESS/TO NO AVAIL. “The airline checked reports that the jet had landed in several places, but (unfortunately) determined that NONE of the reports was true…”
The Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 12:41 a.m. (March 7, 2014) and was EXPECTED to land in Beijing (PEK) at 6:30 a.m., a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometer) trip. It was carrying 227 passengers, two of them INFANTS and 12 crew members, the airline said”.
“At the time of its disappearance, the plane was carrying about 7.5 hours of fuel, Sharuji said”.
“The passengers are of 13 nationalities, the airline said. They were from China and Taiwan (154), Malaysia (38), Indonesia (12), Australia (7), France (3), United States (4), New Zealand (2), Ukraine (2), Canada (2), Russia (1), Italy (1), Netherlands (1) and Austria (1)”.
“One INFANT from the United States and another from China were included in the tally”.
“By CNN‘s math, that adds up to 228 passengers, one MORE than the total cited by the airline. There was no immediate explanation offered”.
According to a statement by Malaysia Airlines, “Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft“. “The public can call +603 7884 1234 for further information”.
In a statement, Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Juahari Yahya said: “We DEEPLY REGRET that we have lost all contacts” with the jet”. “regret” reminds us of the diplomatic row that ensued when a US spy plane collided with a CHINESE fighter jet (Web-site/URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/11/world/us-sends-beijing-formal-statement-expressing-regret.html).
“The airline said in a statement that its representatives were contacting the relatives of those aboard”. “Focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support“.
Boeing tweeted: “We’re CLOSELY MONITORING reports on Malaysia flight MH370. Our thoughts are with everyone on board“. “closely monitoring” DOES NOT get us any closer to finding those who perished on board that flight.
“Retired American Airlines Capt. Jim Tilmon told CNN‘s “AC360“. “It DOESN’T sound very good“. “He noted that the route is mostly overland, which means that there would be plenty of antennae, radar and radios to contact the plane”. “I’ve been TRYING to come up with every scenario that I could just to explain this away, but I HAVEN’T been very successful“. Again, this is NEGATIVE/NOT good. “He said the plane is “about as SOPHISTICATED as any commercial airplane could possibly be,” with an EXCELLENT safety record“.
Finally, according to Mary Schiavo, “former inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation, (speaking) in an interview with CNN International” “The lack of communications suggests to me that something MOST UNFORTUNATE has happened“. This again suggests that A TERRORIST ATTACK could have occurred. “But that, of course, DOES NOT (?) mean that there are not many persons that need to be rescued and secured. There’s still a VERY URGENT (?) need to find that plane and to render aid“. These last two comments/remarks seem to CONTRADICT each other..
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Search INTENSIFIES for Malaysian airliner (MH370) and 239 people, (with) rescue ships (heading out) to sea”. The “search” may be “(intensifying)”, but efforts have so far still been FRUITLESS/yielded NO results.