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Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Malaysia Airlines flight 370

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost contact with air control and went missing more than a hour after it took off in the early hours of Saturday, March 8, 2014. The incident triggered an unprecedented international search and rescue operation that spanned from the southern Indian Ocean to Central Asia and involved more than two dozen countries. 

MH370 communications disaster lays bare Malaysia's incompetence

Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein speaks during the press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 26, 2014. Photo: Xinhua

Malaysia's handling of the MH370 tragedy has doled out a brutal lesson to the leadership in crisis communications. The bungling of information about the plane's trajectory, particularly during the vital early days of its disappearance, has forced the Malaysian government to rethink how it handles itself in front of a world audience.

Saturday, 29 March, 2014, 1:31am 11 comments

Five crews spot objects in ocean after search for flight MH370 moves 1,100km north

A Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion search plan returns to Perth on Friday night. Photo: Xinhua

The search for flight MH370 shifted 1,100 kilometres north following a new "credible lead" yesterday, as five aircraft crews reported seeing objects in the water.

29 Mar 2014 - 10:44am 17 comments

Clock ticks in race to find missing plane's black boxes

Clock ticks in race to find black boxes.

While search crews scramble to find wreckage from flight MH370, two virtually indestructible devices are likely sitting on the ocean floor emitting "pings".

28 Mar 2014 - 3:48am

Flight MH370 relatives express anger over Malaysia in letter to China's special envoy in Kuala Lumpur

A full-page advertisement placed by Malaysia Airlines in The Australian newspaper expresses its deepest condolences for the loss of life. Photo: AFP

Relatives of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passengers yesterday handed a letter to China's special envoy in Kuala Lumpur, blasting Malaysia's handling of the crisis as "inhumane" after a frustrating day in which the search for wreckage was called off.

28 Mar 2014 - 10:10am

MH370 puts UN search agency's protocol to the test

An Australian officer on the lookout for debris. Photo: Reuters

With 26 nations hovering over disputed waters and fragile security zones, the search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean seems like a giant game of Risk.

A United Nation's agency is in charge of multi-national search and rescue operations.

But the latest drama has exposed its limits.

28 Mar 2014 - 3:50am

Hong Kong executives face severe stress over missing Malaysia Airlines flight

The missing MH 370 had severe impact on some of the executives in Hong Kong that they became afraid of taking flights and one even fell physically ill when setting off on a business trip. Photo: Reuters

Operations of multinational companies with offices in Hong Kong have been hampered by severe emotional stress on senior executives since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Some suffered emotional collapse and were unable to work or travel after learning that colleagues were on board the lost Boeing 777, a counselling charity said.

28 Mar 2014 - 3:44am 11 comments

Hunt for flight MH370 to be most expensive in history, say Chinese scientists

Hunt for flight MH370 to be most expensive in history, say Chinese scientists

The hunt for doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is likely to be the most expensive in aviation history, Chinese scientists warned yesterday, as Thailand said it had spotted hundreds of objects near the search area in the Indian Ocean.

28 Mar 2014 - 11:51am 18 comments

Are Chinese celebrities stoking resentment against Malaysia over MH370 disaster?

A relative of passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 yells at a security personnel during  a protest outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing on Tuesday.

Bloggers and columnists warned against inflammatory speech and urged some celebrities to refrain from stoking further tensions, as calls on social media to boycott Malaysian tourism and products continued to gain traction.

28 Mar 2014 - 3:41pm 17 comments

Families right to keep asking questions after bungled investigation

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: AP

Malaysia's prime minister, Najib Razak, could not have been any blunter when he announced that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had gone down in a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean and that none of the 239 people on board had survived.

27 Mar 2014 - 4:45am 4 comments

Colleagues of missing MH370 passengers seek grief counselling in Hong Kong

Colleagues of missing MH370 passengers seek grief counselling in Hong Kong

More than 100 people from three multinational firms in Hong Kong who were close colleagues of some of the passengers on the ill-fated missing Malaysia Airlines jet, sought assistance from a counselling group.

27 Mar 2014 - 3:57pm

Downturn in China-Malaysia ties only temporary, say analysts

Zhang Yesui

Diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia have frayed since Beijing accused Kuala Lumpur of withholding information about the missing airplane but the tension will be temporary, analysts say.

27 Mar 2014 - 3:29am

Chinese tourists boycott Malaysia in wake of MH370 disappearance

Chinese tourists boycott Malaysia in wake of MH370 disappearance

The number of travellers from China heading to Malaysia have dropped as much as 50 per cent in the past two weeks as mainland visitors steer clear of Malaysian resorts amid safety fears and growing calls for a tourism boycott.

27 Mar 2014 - 9:41am 49 comments

China special envoy urges ‘unremitting efforts’ over missing flight MH370

China's special envoy Zhang Yesui leaves after a meeting with Malaysian government officials on missing flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Reuters

China’s special envoy to Malaysia, Zhang Yesui, called on Wednesday for “unremitting efforts” over the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, state news agency Xinhua said.

26 Mar 2014 - 6:50pm

Thai satellite finds 300 floating objects in search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet

Thai satellite images have shown 300 floating objects – ranging from two to 15 metres in size – in the southern Indian Ocean during a search for the missing Malaysian airliner, an official said Thursday.

27 Mar 2014 - 11:45pm 20 comments

Undersea volcanoes will make hunt for MH370 harder, says expert as search resumes with Chinese fleet

A crew member of Chinese icebreaker Xuelong scans the sea to search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Photo: Xinhua

The resumed search for wreckage from Flight MH370 could be hampered by a chain of undersea volcanoes that run directly through the area, an expert warned on Wednesday.

26 Mar 2014 - 5:24pm 1 comment