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Old 03-12-2014, 02:07 AM   #21
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That's so creepy.
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:15 AM   #22
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Technology expert Jeff Kagan joined Blitzer to explain what might be happening and in the process squashed the hopes of those people who see the ringing cell phones as a positive omen. “This is one of the sad parts about the technology,” Kagan said before explaining that just because the calls are not going straight to voicemail does not mean that those phones are still on and active somewhere.
While the person on this end may hear ringing the phone on the other end may not actually be receiving the call. “They are hearing ringing and they are assuming it’s connecting to their loved ones, but it’s not,” he said. “It’s the network sending a signal to the phone letting them know it’s looking for them.”
I'd like more of an explanation for why it would do this in this singular case, rather than going straight to voicemail as it usually would do...
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:15 AM   #23
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It must be the terrorists who got every passenger's phone and are hanging up every time calls come in.
I suspect they must be tired of doing the same thing over and over again, unless they turned all of them off.

On a side-note, it looks even creepier that a picture of Edgar Allan Poe is saying it.
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After reading the wikipedia entry, it seems with Air France 447 they found some wreckage the very next day. This appears to be going into its 4th day.
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Vietnam said it had halted its air search and scaled back a sea search while it waited for Malaysia to offer more detail.

“We’ve decided to temporarily suspend some search and rescue activities, pending information from Malaysia,” Vietnam’s deputy minister of transport, Pham Quy Tieu, told AFP.

Asked about the claim that the plane had last been detected over the Strait of Malacca – suggesting it had crossed the entire peninsula – he replied: “We’ve asked Malaysian authorities twice but so far they have not replied to us.

“We informed Malaysia on the day we lost contact with the flight that we noticed the flight turned back west but Malaysia did not respond.”
i find this quote from today's Guardian really weird... if it is something dodgy going on, i wonder if there was an "inside man" in Malaysian air traffic control at the time, hence the conflicting (+lack of) reports?

re. not being able to locate any off-radar wreckage in the ocean though - that does not surprise me in the slightest - the sea is just vast... i mean, the Mexican fisherman who was recently rescued was adrift for a year and a half and saw no-one...
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:31 AM   #26
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They’re definitely withholding information, but I guess there can be good reason for that. They’re only now admitting that the military radar picked it up on the west side of Malaysia an hour after it dropped communication, but they’ve had US and Australian P3 planes searching over that area since Day 1. Those are probably the best assets they have (in the air) and they’ve been using them on that side since the very beginning – meaning they’ve had more than a ‘just to be sure’ understanding that it could be over there the whole time, but for whatever reason have been and are still trying to keep that unofficial. Could just be embarrassment (very large unidentified plane flies very low over Malaysia – nothing happens - whoops), could just take that long to be sure it was actually this unidentified plane (not someone else’s air force – even more embarrassing), could be because there is far more known about this then is being communicated, and they don’t want to create more public confusion/pressure by releasing info along those lines piece by piece – get some answers first.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:01 AM   #27
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This is turning into the Mary Celeste of aviation disasters. I'm sure any moment now they'll find some debris, but the exact reason(s) why the plane went down may not be known for years (if ever).
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I'd like more of an explanation for why it would do this in this singular case, rather than going straight to voicemail as it usually would do...
Yeah when my friend died in a car crash, my wife tried calling her earlier in the day before we found out what happened and the phone went straight to voice-mail. We found out about the crash about a half hour later and we realized that the phone didn't ring because it was demolished.

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i mean, the Mexican fisherman who was recently rescued was adrift for a year and a half and saw no-one...
Wow. I didn't hear about that. A year and a half?
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China might have found some answers.
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Satellite image may be showing the crash site:

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Satellite eyeing missing Malaysia flight detects 'suspected crash area' - CNN.com
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This is where the 2014 part of the story kicks in, right?
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Wow, per the Guardian:

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The Chinese agency that published the satellite pictures actually released them Wednesday night local time. In what appears to be something of a big miss, until CNN and the BBC reported the pictures in the past hour, they went pretty much un-noticed.

But the American arm of the Chinese-funded English-language broadcaster, CCTV, tweeted the pictures seven hours ago. The Twitter account of CCTV America, at the time of writing, has 8,226 followers.
Apparently the Malaysian authorities haven't received the images yet.

It seems the Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Chinese authorities are all rather ticked off with each other re: handling of the search, information sharing, and the like.
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So glad that potential survivors aren't as important as pride.
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Wow. I didn't hear about that. A year and a half?
yep, it was in the news here quite a bit in early Feb - here's a link from one of the first Guardian stories

Man claims to have survived 16 months adrift in Pacific | World news | theguardian.com

and another one... some of the later reports say he was adrift for 13 months, i guess, as more details came to light...

http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ador-alvarenga
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The plot thickens. Seriously, this is some weird stuff:

http://m.us.wsj.com/articles/SB10001...86282?mobile=y
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Has anyone gone and investigated the potential stuff unveiled by the satellite images yet?
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:52 AM   #39
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The Associated Press ‏@AP 3m

BREAKING: Malaysian aviation chief says no plane debris found at spot shown by China's satellite images

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If US investigators are right, looks like a hijacking and the plane's transponders were turned off to avoid radar detection.
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