Algeria airline

Algerian officials confirmed the crash of a passenger airliner earlier today in the desert near the border of Mali.

Algeria Air Flight 5017 carrying 110 passengers and six crew was en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital when it disappeared from radar over northern Mali.

Two Algeria fighter jets spotted the wreckage in the desert.

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Cor Pan Facebook

A Dutch passenger posted this image of Malaysia Airlines MH17 to his Facebook page before he boarded the plane.

Cor Pan, who was heading to Kuala Lumpur on vacation with his girlfriend Neeltje Tol, paused on the sky bridge to take this photo of the doomed plane. The caption reads, "If it disappears, this is what it looks like."

As the reality of the tragedy set in, Pan's Facebook friends expressed their grief and shared the post thousands of times.

One comment from a friend reads "Enjoy your holiday man." Another FB user wrote "Rest in peace, cousin."

MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine earlier today. 295 passengers and crew on board were killed.

23 Americans and 9 Brits were among the passengers on board MH17 when it was shot down.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed it lost contact with the Boeing 777 jet as it flew over the Ukraine from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Reporters at the scene were encouraged to take pictures of the bodies that lay scattered in a wheat field.

CAUTION: Graphic photos after the break!

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Mysterious object washed up on beach

A mysterious object that washed up on a beach in the Maldives Islands could be a fire extinguisher bottle from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

The object, which police described as a naval sea mine, washed up on the beach near Baarah on Monday, Islanders tell Haveeruh.com.

But some are speculating that the object is a Halon extinguisher bottle like the type used in aircraft cargo holds to extinguish fires.

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Zaharie Ahmed Shah

The pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 showed "striking" behavioral changes on the night before his plane vanished en route to Beijing, China.

Security guards posted at the gate of Captain Zaharie Ahmed Shah's exclusive community in Laman Seri say they were accustomed to seeing Shah greet them when entering or leaving his residence.

Headlines Today newspaper in India spoke with one of the guards who said Shah, 53, usually greeted them with a Muslim style salutation as if he was saying Salam to him. But on the night of March 7, Shah saluted the security guard military style.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Artwork

All hope has faded for the families of the passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight 370. In a closed door meeting this morning, the family members were told there is no hope that their loved ones survived a crash into the south Indian Ocean. Malaysian officials sent text messages to relatives waiting for word in China informing them that they must accept the fact that their loved ones are gone.

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malaysian-airlines-lose-yourself-ad-hoax

A Facebook post that purported to be a reproduction of an old Malaysia Airlines ad went viral on social media websites over the weekend. The ad shows a Malaysia Airlines plane along with the advertising copy, "OUR NEW BOEING 777 - LOSE YOURSELF ON A JOURNEY OF EPIC PROPORTIONS." According to Urban Legends, the ad is a hoax. But did we really need Urban Legends to tell us that?

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Missing flight 370

The focus into the investigation of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is on the 2 pilots flying the plane.

British newspaper The Mirror reports Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah may have hijacked and crashed the plane in protest of Malaysia's anti-homosexuality laws.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members when it went missing early Saturday morning, Mar. 8.

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Objects spotted on satellite images

The missing Malaysia Airlines plane reportedly flew on for four hours after it lost contact with radar and vanished early Saturday morning.

Flight MH370 carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members has now been missing for 6 days. 12 countries are involved in the massive search efforts.

A Wall Street Journal aviation reporter, quoting a source at Rolls Royce (the maker of the plane's engines), says flight MH370's engines continued to send data long after the transponder turned off.

But Malaysia officials -- who have been less than forthcoming -- denied the Wall Street Journal report.

Malaysia aviation experts also dismissed satellite images released by China yesterday, saying there was no debris found floating at that location in the waters south of Vietnam.

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Objects spotted on satellite images

An oil rig worker has injected himself into the massive search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Flight MH370 vanished without a trace shortly after take off from Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning.

Mike McKay, who was working on an oil rig in the South China Sea, wrote an email to his boss claiming he saw a plane in flames.

McKay wrote, "When I observed the burning (plane) it appeared to be in one piece. McKay said he made an attempt to contact authorities, but he did not know if his message was received.

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flight MH370 flew hundreds of miles off course

Malaysian military officials say the missing Malaysia Airlines plane made a U-turn about 40 minutes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning. Flight MH370 suddenly vanished from civilian radar at 35,000 feet and descended about 600 feet. Military radar shows the plane flying in a westerly direction hundreds of miles off course, and at a low altitude for about an hour before the military radar lost track of it.

This is an interesting development because it means someone in the cockpit turned the transponder off. The transponder sends transmissions about the plane's location to air traffic control radar.

Ships and planes from 10 countries are participating in the search for the plane. Officials are ruling out terrorism. Flight MH370 was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members when it disappeared.

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