Friday Links: Missing Malaysian Flight


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Malaysian authorities give an update on the progress of the search for the missing airliner 6 days after its disappearance.

On Saturday March 8, contact was lost with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China, prompting an international search for the airliner. At first, speculation of the disappearance 40 minutes into the airliner’s flight ranged from catastrophic failure to foul play; however, after nearly a week of searching and no debris has yet been found, foul play has become the more prominent theory. Furthermore, two communication systems responsible for helping track the plane are now thought to have been shut down separately, something that would have not happened had Flight 370 met a sudden and catastrophic end. An automated reporting system on the flight had also been pinging satellites for four hours after contact was lost, adding to the theory of foul play and strengthening the thought that the plane did not crash. As the search continues, new details and theories continue to pour out and uncertainty remains high.