Five days after Malaysian flight 370 disappeared, seemingly in mid-air, the mysteries still astound authorities in charge of locating it. Wednesday, March 12, Reuters reported that a senior Malaysia Airlines' executive said the airline has "no reason to believe" that any actions by the crew caused the disappearance of the jetliner on a flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing soon after midnight Saturday morning, March 8. As more details on all aspects of the missing flight are revealed, the mysteries continue to deepen.
According to ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday “confusion reigns in what is truly a worldwide mystery.” GMA also reported that an e-mail clue concerning the jumbo jet was received from an oil rig worker off the coast of Vietnam which claimed he might have seen a “burning plane in the sky.”
George Stephanopoulos said Wednesday for GMA that oil rig worker, Michael McKay of New Zealand, said he saw
“an object burning in the sky 10-15 seconds … and our partner, the BBC, is now reporting that Vietnam is sending an aircraft to those waters to check it out.”
Details and photo of the e-mail were picked up by The Washington Times.
At the press conference Wednesday morning, Malaysian officials changed their original statement on the route they are tracking to locate the vanished plane. GMA's Robin Roberts explained,
“And, to add to the confusion, Malaysian officials … trying to clarify earlier reports, now saying that they were tracking the plane at a very different location — the waters west of Malaysia … picked up a radar signal — but, they are not sure it was this jet.”
The search has widened to cover approximately 27,000 square miles east, north, and west of Malaysia. Including the United States, there are 12 countries participating in the search, with the only goal to find the plane that was last seen — according to Malaysian officials — at 2:15 a.m. over the Strait of Malacca, off the west coast of Malaysia on Saturday. Those same officials said that the plane's signal that was spotted was not emitting any kind of distress signal.
In February, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an airworthiness directive on the Boeing 777 in the U.S. The agency found that possible cracking in the fuselage skin could lead to rapid decompression or oxygen loss in the cabin causing loss of structural integrity of the plane. Even though Malaysia's missing jet is a slightly older model, experts say the same concerns would apply, according to a report from Bob Woodruff to Good Morning America host, Stephanopoulos.
While families of the 239 people on board the missing airliner fearfully await the outcome of the plane's mysterious disappearance, an update by Reuters at approximately 7:15 p.m. EDT on Wednesday confirmed that Malaysian military admit the jetliner may have veered to the west, along with a few other concessions which add to the confusion, including the approximate time of its last known sighting on Saturday morning. Meanwhile, Malaysia's 'chaotic' search techniques have been questioned, whereas offers of assistance from other nations are now welcomed by Malaysian officials.
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