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Mar 28, 2014

Malaysia’s thriving China ties tested by missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING (Reuters) – A torrent of criticism from China’s government and people over Malaysia’s handling of the search for a missing jetliner is threatening to cast a chill over one of Beijing’s closer relationships in a region fraught with geopolitical rivalries.

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared three weeks ago, the Southeast Asian country has faced verbal attacks from China’s government, media and passengers’ families angry at its perceived muddled response and poor communications.

Mar 24, 2014

Malaysia says missing plane crashed in Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared over two weeks ago crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday.

New satellite analysis from Britain had shown that Flight MH370, with 239 people on board, was last seen in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia, he said in a statement.

Mar 18, 2014

Scrutiny of Malaysia pilots reveals picture of normality

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – One is a technical wizard whose affable manner made him a favorite of trainee pilots; the other an enthusiastic young aviator planning to marry his sweetheart.

The captain and co-pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are now at the center of a baffling paradox: as circumstantial evidence mounts that at least one of them may have been involved in the plane’s disappearance on March 8, accounts of their lives portray them as sociable, well-balanced and happy.

Mar 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014

Malaysia failing credibility test as flight confusion deepens

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – One of the world’s most perplexing aviation mysteries is casting a harsh spotlight on Malaysia’s government, as a leadership unused to heavy scrutiny comes under intense international criticism for a litany of confusing messages and a perceived lack of transparency.

Five days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from civilian radar screens, a huge international search operation has failed to turn up a trace of the Boeing jetliner that was carrying 239 passengers and crew.

Mar 12, 2014

Malaysia air force chief denies saying lost plane tracked to west

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s air force chief has denied saying military radar tracked a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner over the Strait of Malacca, adding to the mystery surrounding the fate of flight MH370, which vanished on Saturday with 239 people aboard.

A massive air and sea search now in its fifth day has failed to find any trace of the Boeing 777, and the last 24 hours have seen conflicting statements and reports over what may have happened after it lost contact with air traffic controllers.

Mar 8, 2014

Malaysia Airlines plane missing, presumed crashed in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR/HANOI, March 8 (Reuters) – A Malaysia Airlines
flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went
missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, presumed crashed,
as ships and planes from countries closest to its flight path
scoured a large search area for any wreckage.

Vietnamese state media, quoting a senior naval official, had
reported that the Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to
Beijing had crashed off south Vietnam. Malaysia’s transport
minister later denied any crash scene had been identified.

Mar 8, 2014

Malaysia Airlines denies crash report, says plane still missing

KUALA LUMPUR/HANOI, March 8 (Reuters) – A Malaysia Airlines
flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went
missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, presumed crashed,
as ships from countries closest to its flight path scoured a
large search area for any wreckage.

Vietnamese state media, quoting a senior naval official, had
reported that the Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to
Beijing had crashed off south Vietnam, but Malaysia’s transport
minister later denied any crash scene had been identified.

Mar 8, 2014

Malaysian plane with 239 aboard crashes – report

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysia Airlines (MASM.KL: Quote, Profile, Research) flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew crashed in the South China Sea on Saturday, Vietnamese state media said, quoting a senior naval official.

The Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had been missing for hours when Vietnam’s Tuoi Tre news quoted Admiral Ngo Van Phat as saying he had asked boats from an island off south Vietnam to rush to the crash site.

Mar 8, 2014

Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysia Airlines (MASM.KL: Quote, Profile, Research) flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, prompting China to send ships to scour the water for possible wreckage.

The airline, speaking several hours after the plane had been due to land in the Chinese capital, said it was still too early to say whether the aircraft had crashed. It said there had been no distress signal and it cited early speculation that the plane may have landed in Nanming in southern China.

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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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