Malaysia Airlines Passenger Jet Shot Down

A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew was shot down over the Ukraine, Fox News reports. The Boeing 777 was shot down at cruising altitude (above 30,000 feet) over the Ukraine. All 295 souls on board are dead. This is the 2nd tragedy to strike Malaysia Airlines since March, when one of its jets disappeared over the South Indian Ocean.

The MH17 Boeing 777 wide body jet was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was shot down. "The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow,” read a tweet from Malaysia Airlines’ Twitter account.

American planes are banned from flying over that region because of the risk of planes being shot out of the sky.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Artwork

Six weeks after Malaysia Airlines MH370 vanished from radar, an exploration company believes it has found the plane's wreckage.

The Adelaide-based exploration company, GeoResonance, believes the plane's wreckage lies 5,000 kilometers north of the current search area in the south Indian Ocean in the Bay of Bengal.

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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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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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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished into thin air without a trace shortly after leaving Kuala Lumpur early Saturday. At least 10 countries have joined in the air and sea search for the missing plane. Investigators are focusing on the identities of two passengers who were carrying stolen passports. The two men were initially described as Asians.

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