Updated: Sun, 09 Mar 2014 03:27:39 GMT | By The Malaysian Insider : Malaysia

What we know and don’;t about the missing MH370

Flight MH370 is still missing more than 30 hours after vanishing with 239 people on board as authorities widen an international search and rescue mission across the South China Sea and inexplicably, the Malacca Straits. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER had taken off at 12.40am on Saturday from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport but...


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Flight MH370 is still missing more than 30 hours after vanishing with 239 people on board as authorities widen an international search and rescue mission across the South China Sea and inexplicably, the Malacca Straits.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER had taken off at 12.40am on Saturday from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport but failed to arrive in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.

Here is what we know about MH370

* Malaysia Airlines flight loses contact hour after takeoff with the last known location off Kota Baru

* No distress signal or sign of bad weather

* The KL-Beijing flight carried 227 passengers and 12 crew members

* Two passengers were travelling under false identities

* Two more passengers have unverified identities

* The pilots are experienced

* The aircraft had undergone checks in the last 10 days

* The aircraft would have run out of fuel by 8am on Saturday

What we don't know about MH370

* Where is the aircraft now

* What happened that it suddenly lost contact with air traffic controllers

* Why didn't the emergency transponders work

* Is it in Malaysian waters or elsewhere

The following are unverified news that could be linked to MH370

* What are the oil slicks and smoke plumes detected by the Vietnamese navy

* Oil industry chatter says workers on a Talisman Energy oil rig around Block PM-3 CAA saw something crashing into the sea

* Are the stolen passports linked to terrorists. – March 9, 2014.

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Mar 14, 2014 8:28AM
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One of the very first reports I read mentioned about how this plane was carrying only 1 hour's worth of emergency fuel to last beyond the distance of its' scheduled destination, which in my view is just not sufficient considering the probability of it running out altogether if it did happen to veer off course for a considerable period, which it actually did. The other issue which was mentioned in the initial reports since knowledge about the plane's disappearance came to light in the papers was about the fact that this plane wasn't really flight-worthy because it had sustained wing damage from a runway collision with another plane in the USA sometime in 2009 and the wing damage had not been repaired, according to t****eports. How MAS considered it okay to fly a plane which was missing a visible portion of it's wing (i.e. the tip) is beyond my understanding.
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