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Exclusive: Malaysia plane probe narrows on mid-air disintegration - source
Reuters ^ | 9 Mar 2014 | SIVA GOVINDASAMY

Posted on 03/09/2014 10:47:12 AM PDT by mandaladon

Reuters) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner with 239 people on board are narrowing the focus of their inquiries on the possibility that it disintegrated mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished after climbing to a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing in the early hours of Saturday. Search teams have not been able to make any confirmed discovery of wreckage in seas beneath the plane's flight path almost 48 hours after it took off.

"The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet," said the source, who is involved in the preliminary investigations in Malaysia. If the plane had plunged intact from such a height, breaking up only on impact with the water, search teams would have expected to find a fairly concentrated pattern of debris, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the investigation.

The source was speaking shortly before Vietnamese authorities said a military plane had spotted an object at sea suspected to be part of the missing airliner.

Asked about the possibility of an explosion, such as a bomb, the source said there was no evidence yet of foul play and that the aircraft could have broken up due to mechanical issues.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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KEYWORDS: aviation; crash; malaysia; mh370; planecrash
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How does a plane disintegrate in mid air due to mechanical problems?
1 posted on 03/09/2014 10:47:12 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

The twilight zone. Or the Triangle. It’s in an alternative world.


2 posted on 03/09/2014 10:49:18 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: mandaladon

Massive engine failure could see pieces of motor hurtling through the wings and fuselage doing serious damage and weakening the structure to the point of breaking up.


3 posted on 03/09/2014 10:49:36 AM PDT by FAA
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To: mandaladon
However, the source said the closest parallels were the explosion on board an Air India jetliner in 1985 when it was over the Atlantic Ocean and the Lockerbie air disaster in 1988. Both planes were cruising at around 31,000 feet when bombs exploded on board......................I'll go with something like this...or a Chinese missile.
4 posted on 03/09/2014 10:50:17 AM PDT by mandaladon (If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill)
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To: mandaladon

It would have to be a bomb, either that or a catastrophe like in Final Destination, a fuel leak internally.


5 posted on 03/09/2014 10:52:32 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: mandaladon

The airliner’s passengers were mostly Chinese. Since China has been targeted by Muslim terrorists lately, why not rethink you statement.

I doubt it was brought down by a Chinese missile. More likely, a bomb carried on board by a Muslim suicide bomber.


6 posted on 03/09/2014 10:56:47 AM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: mandaladon
How does a plane disintegrate in mid air due to mechanical problems?

Center fuels tank? /s

7 posted on 03/09/2014 10:57:20 AM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: mandaladon

The “mechanical problem” or force of a bomb or missile blast can be the “mechanical problem” that brings down a plane

just sayin...

otherwise, the explanation is probably something very simple and everyday...like the plane’s “manufacturer’s warranty” ran out the day prior...


8 posted on 03/09/2014 10:58:41 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (")
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To: mandaladon

Four bad passports could equal four terrorists, each with 3-4. 3oz. bottles of “toiletries” . That’s as much as 48 oz. of gel.


9 posted on 03/09/2014 10:59:31 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: ncfool

“The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet,”

I disagree....A midair breakup would leave a debris field measured in miles, ( think of throwing a bag of popcorn from a auto going 60 MPH), however a nosedive into the ocean could compress the metal into a ball taking most everything to the bottom.. Air France 447 left very little floating debris ......IMHO


10 posted on 03/09/2014 11:00:40 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: mandaladon
How does a plane disintegrate in mid air due to mechanical problems?

They don't. To argue that they "can" would put us in the category of debating a chance to win the lottery.

No mayday. Not even the automated mayday that the plane automatically sends out. No flight deviation noted. No altitude deviation noted. Just gone. It disintegrated (blew up) at 35,000.

11 posted on 03/09/2014 11:01:19 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: mandaladon

The stolen passports is certainly suspect, but I am wondering if the ‘wing tip bump’ this aircraft had awhile back caused a more serious crack where the wing adjoins with the fuselage, causing it to tear off in flight. Unlikely, but worth looking into.


12 posted on 03/09/2014 11:02:39 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: SatinDoll

I think two stolen passport holders on board would be too much of a coincidence.


13 posted on 03/09/2014 11:02:57 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: mandaladon
How does a plane disintegrate in mid air due to mechanical problems?

Flight 587 broke up when it's tail fell off. That doesn't, however, mean there would be no debris. That's just foolish. A mid air break up should leave more debris.

14 posted on 03/09/2014 11:03:54 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Robe

You have it right. The article has it entirely wrong.


15 posted on 03/09/2014 11:04:38 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Tenacious 1
The other aspect of this that confuses me is the fairly recent tendency of muslim terrorists to blow people up without taking credit (assuming that muslims are involved here).

What is the purpose of killing 240 people if no one knows who did it or why?

Maybe its enough for them to just kill infidels.

16 posted on 03/09/2014 11:05:55 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Tenacious 1
No altitude deviation noted.

Negative,...... reports mention a “rapid loss of altitude of 695Ft prior to loosing radar contact”

17 posted on 03/09/2014 11:06:11 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Robe

Bookmark


18 posted on 03/09/2014 11:08:38 AM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: skeeter
I often wonder if they somehow notify the government of the countries involved and leave it up to them to report it or not.

I have very serious doubts about the reported cause of the crash of TWA 800 over NYC.

19 posted on 03/09/2014 11:09:20 AM PDT by mware
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To: skeeter

the two stolen passports are not coincidental. both were used to buy tickets at the same time and the tickets are sequentially numbered. so at least its clear the stolen passport guys are linked.

what isn’t clear is if it means anything. just read a report from an interpol guy who said people get on planes all the time with stolen passports.


20 posted on 03/09/2014 11:09:36 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: mandaladon

Didn’t we have a space shuttle disintegrate and leave debris across the country?


21 posted on 03/09/2014 11:12:23 AM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: Tenacious 1
1) Bomb(s) aboard plane
2) Surface-to-air missile
3) Weather event / turbulence* 4) Pilot error* or suicide
5) Structural failure
6) Fuel loss* 7) Cabin pressure anomaly* / Contaminated air
8) Large meteorite strike, or other UFO

* Distress signal or pilot mayday likely

22 posted on 03/09/2014 11:13:20 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: mware

It would not surprise me, since our government has demonstrated repeatedly that they do not believe Americans in general can handle news which reflects poorly on “protected” minorities.


23 posted on 03/09/2014 11:13:23 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Those two and they are investigating at least two more. No coincidence


24 posted on 03/09/2014 11:13:29 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: Robe

what about a nuclear blast vaporizing it all


25 posted on 03/09/2014 11:13:30 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: skeeter
"The other aspect of this that confuses me is the fairly recent tendency of muslim terrorists to blow people up without taking credit (assuming that muslims are involved here).

What is the purpose of killing 240 people if no one knows who did it or why?

Maybe its enough for them to just kill infidels."

Maybe they have taken credit via direct communication to one or more governments but the auhorities are keeping quiet to avoid panic.

"Do what we want or next week there will be 10 like this."

26 posted on 03/09/2014 11:17:55 AM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: mandaladon

Results don’t compare with the Russian passenger jet shot down by the Ukrainians. There, in addition to the mid-air explosion, there was a secondary explosion and fire when it hit the Black Sea. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/539552/posts


27 posted on 03/09/2014 11:22:29 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: mandaladon
Mid-air disintegration without a debris field!

Did anyone ever see that sci-fi movie, "Millenium"?



28 posted on 03/09/2014 11:24:02 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: mandaladon

A door fails and creates drag. The airflow rips the rear of the plane up.


29 posted on 03/09/2014 11:27:17 AM PDT by Domangart (LBGT = NAMBLA)
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To: FAA

But wouldn’t there still have been time, either auto or manual for some sort of contact?


30 posted on 03/09/2014 11:27:18 AM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.)
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To: mandaladon
How does a plane disintegrate in mid air due to mechanical problems?

Molecular dislocation, perambulation and dissolution of every nut bolt and rivet? Oh and bad juju, definitely bad juju.

31 posted on 03/09/2014 11:27:29 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: reaganaut

You would think so.


32 posted on 03/09/2014 11:29:21 AM PDT by FAA
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To: mandaladon

If this aircraft had disintegrated at altitude, it would seem the debris trail would be long and broad. The fact that nothing can be found has me scratching my head.


33 posted on 03/09/2014 11:33:58 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Sadly, Chris Christopherson made it back...


34 posted on 03/09/2014 11:36:06 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: mandaladon; All

Here is a playback of the route the plane took http://www.flightradar24.com/2014-03-07/16:54/12x/MAS370/2d81a27


35 posted on 03/09/2014 11:48:42 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: skeeter

Terrorists wouldn’t necessarily want US to know why, but the Chinese authorities (given most passengers were Chinese).


36 posted on 03/09/2014 11:54:01 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: mandaladon
How does a plane disintegrate in mid air due to mechanical problems?

Is a bomb considered to be mechanical?

37 posted on 03/09/2014 11:56:52 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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How does a plane disintegrate in mid air due to mechanical problems?

Someone bought a fraudulent engine part which failed causing the engine to become little more than a large proximity fuzed warehead.

38 posted on 03/09/2014 12:04:20 PM PDT by fso301
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To: skeeter
What is the purpose of killing 240 people if no one knows who did it or why?

Maybe its enough for them to just kill infidels.

You have to follow their twisted logic. They are only supposed to kill infidels after they have offered them a chance to "revert" to Islam. In the past Imams have harshly criticized those who have done these mass killings not for killing people (they're cool with that!) but for not giving them a chance to revert.

By not taking credit they avoid that criticism.

39 posted on 03/09/2014 12:04:31 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Spunky

bookmark


40 posted on 03/09/2014 12:06:12 PM PDT by Spunky (BIG GOVERNMENT MAKES SMALLER CITIZENS.)
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To: hoosiermama
Those two and they are investigating at least two more. No coincidence.

Were the people the passports stolen from connected to each other?

41 posted on 03/09/2014 12:06:52 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: DoughtyOne
The fact that nothing can be found has me scratching my head.

Lack of debris is puzzling.

Mght it be that the debris is mixed in with massive quantities of trash reportedly floating in those waters?

42 posted on 03/09/2014 12:07:26 PM PDT by fso301
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To: ClearBlueSky

Part of the Space Shuttle Columbia was found in Lake Nacogdoches in 2003, after drought caused the lake level to go down substantially.


43 posted on 03/09/2014 12:07:39 PM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: mandaladon

If the aircraft disintegrated, I would think that there would have been a large radar plume, if it was in range of radar.


44 posted on 03/09/2014 12:12:38 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: mandaladon
How does a plane disintegrate in mid air due to mechanical problems?

The center fuel tank explodes...all on its own.....with a highly improbable low voltage 'spark'.

45 posted on 03/09/2014 12:19:02 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Mike Darancette

Only in that they had both been to Thailand. There was a thread recently discussing the high frequency of passports stolen (possibly sold) in Thailand
Not sure of the title as the discuss evolved iirc a link was posted to article
Re this subject


46 posted on 03/09/2014 12:20:24 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: FAA
Massive engine failure could see pieces of motor hurtling through the wings and fuselage doing serious damage and weakening the structure to the point of breaking up.

I'm reminded of the great ol' song: "Coulda been the whisky, mighta been the gin, coulda been the three or four six-packs, I don' know, but look at the mess I'm in."

Besides that, we have the "no indication of terrorism" disclaimer from the anonymous source who spoke anonymously because he needed to remain anonymous.

47 posted on 03/09/2014 12:27:07 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: skeeter
What is the purpose of killing 240 people if no one knows who did it or why?

If it isn't known who did a deed, that leaves it open to anyone could have done the deed. A "terrorism force multiplier."

48 posted on 03/09/2014 12:33:19 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Did anyone ever see that sci-fi movie, “Millenium”?
Only for Cheryl Ladd.... : )


49 posted on 03/09/2014 12:48:27 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: fso301

If there was a bomb or mid-air break up, I think there would have been some debris found already. TWA800 left lots of debris, iirc.


50 posted on 03/09/2014 1:27:33 PM PDT by virgil
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