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Flight MH370 Is Now a Criminal Investigation, but No Passengers Are Suspects
The Wire ^ | 04/02/2014 | BRIAN FELDMAN

Posted on 04/02/2014 9:20:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has now been classified as a criminal investigation, according to Malaysia’s police chief. He also cautioned that the investigation may still not arrive at any concrete conclusions.

Specifically, authorities believe the plane's deliberate and abrupt turn off course could not have been simply the result of an accident. However, officials also announced on Wednesday, none of the passengers are suspected of any wrongdoing, leaving the investigation to focus solely on the crew at this time.

The current consensus is that radar and satellite data show the flight turning off course and flying back across Malaysia before heading out over the Indian Ocean. That change of course is being investigated as a “criminal act.” There is no information as to who committed the supposed criminal act.

Meanwhile, lawyers have already begun contacting families of those on board about possible multi-million-dollar settlements in U.S. courts over the incident. One law firm is floating the idea of legal action against Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, although the obviously the lack of any real proof about what went wrong makes it unprecedented. From The New York Times:

"The rush is on to secure compensation for families of the flight’s 227 passengers, about two-thirds of whom are Chinese. Insurance companies [in China] have already made payments to some relatives. On top of that, the families can expect to receive compensation from Malaysia Airlines because of guarantees in an international treaty. They can also opt to sue the airline for more damages, or sue Boeing or a component manufacturer. Any lawsuit could take years to conclude."

Some families are reluctant to take legal action or even accept the payments required by international treaties in an event such as this one, instead hoping that the plane will still be found or suspecting that there is still information being covered up.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; malaysia; malaysiaairlines; mh370

1 posted on 04/02/2014 9:20:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

From The New York Times: “The rush is on to secure compensation for families of the flight’s 227 passengers...”

The rush is on for hordes of slobbering lawyers in need of yet another Mercedes and a summer home next door to the other summer home down the street from the ski chalet.


2 posted on 04/02/2014 9:28:51 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: SeekAndFind

they have it stated wrong... the rush is to secure compensation for the lawyers.


3 posted on 04/02/2014 9:28:59 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: SeekAndFind

They should take the same type of plane, outfit it with drone control and equivalent weight, fly it to it’s last location, turn off the engines, and see where it goes and what’s left.


4 posted on 04/02/2014 9:31:24 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: SeekAndFind

My theory in one word - Islam.


5 posted on 04/02/2014 9:32:33 AM PDT by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My Guess: (hey it’s as good as all the others)

One or both of the pilots are in some sort of plot to hijak the plane and turn southwest at the moment a handoff from towers usually occurs.

The passengers catch on to it, and try to regain control of the plane, resulting in some sore of fire that kills everyone on board through smoke or flames or something.

Plane integrity is not breached, so it continues flying straight until it crashes int he ocean.


6 posted on 04/02/2014 9:35:06 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: SeekAndFind

The government of Malaysia needs to be under the criminal microscope for all the lies they’ve told. They’ve been the worst players in all of this so far.


7 posted on 04/02/2014 9:38:18 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: SeekAndFind
That change of course is being investigated as a “criminal act.”

Would that "criminal act" include suffocating 238 people???

8 posted on 04/02/2014 9:38:22 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind
Flight MH370 Is Now a Criminal Investigation, but No Passengers Are Suspects

The Australian authorities are searching for fingerprints in the Indian Ocean to assist with the investigation.

9 posted on 04/02/2014 9:42:01 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: tractorman

>My theory in one word - Islam.

Close enough. I’ll add that a mecca bowing, child humping pilot or copilot flew it to wherever it is now, after disabling the transponder systems.


10 posted on 04/02/2014 9:45:02 AM PDT by soycd
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To: SeekAndFind; LucyT; maggief; hoosiermama; null and void; crosslink; Black Agnes; boxlunch

Seekandfind,

Many thanks for the post!

Changes things up a lot!

All y’all, ping to this topic!


11 posted on 04/02/2014 9:48:16 AM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: SeekAndFind

my theory is that the disappearance was totally the result of a system failure somewhere on board. The conspiracies being supposed are fantastic to the point of being ridiculous.


12 posted on 04/02/2014 9:50:57 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: SeekAndFind

Flight MH370 Is Now a Criminal Investigation, but No Passengers Are Suspects, APB Put Out For Mothership


13 posted on 04/02/2014 10:16:33 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: RitchieAprile

My thoughts too.

Here’s a link to another 777 crash, but on landing.

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2023272500_boeing777sfcrashxml.html


14 posted on 04/02/2014 10:18:53 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: SeekAndFind

The Malaysian government has known almost since the start that this was a criminal act, but because they were afraid it would lead to Islamics within their country and either official complicity or staggering official ineptitude, they have been out front frantically trying to mislead the investigation since the very beginning.

I still think that the plane did not crash but that the passengers are probably dead (for one thing, no ransom-demanding jihadi is going to attempt to feed and keep alive 285 hostages out in some remote location) and that the objective was to get the plane and possibly the gold that was supposedly on it. There were a lot of theories at the beginning about its destination being Somalia or some other Muslim pirate-infested African hell-hole.

I don’t know, but at least we’re one step closer to acknowledging that it was an act of air piracy.


15 posted on 04/02/2014 10:19:20 AM PDT by livius
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To: SeekAndFind

Funny they ruled out the criminal (at the least) Iranians with fake identities in the first week, but take more than 3 weeks for families and calligraphers and computer nerds.


16 posted on 04/02/2014 10:23:12 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: SeekAndFind

And if no passengers are suspects, that means the crew...

( and who knows who else that wasn’t on the plane...)

Bad news for air travel in any case.


17 posted on 04/02/2014 10:23:26 AM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: livius

How do you know there was no ransom demand?


18 posted on 04/02/2014 10:36:36 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Well, that’s true, we really don’t know anything.

But aside from the logistical problems of holding that many hostages, no pirate in his right mind would think of demanding ransom from the Chinese government (most of the passengers were Chinese). I believe the Chinese recently destroyed a boatload of pirates in the China Sea.


19 posted on 04/02/2014 10:39:12 AM PDT by livius
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To: Mr. K
Nice plausible theory.

It doesn't answer the question that will never be answered, even if you're correct. How the heck in an era when someone is probably surveilling this post and a drone can probably know what I eat for lunch can a huge plane with hundreds of passengers on a regularly scheduled flight be lost or stolen and then not found in this amount of time?

20 posted on 04/02/2014 10:41:57 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania
A large portion of the planet surface is desolate and unpopulated.

All the people in the world would fit in part of Texas if stood shoulder to shoulder.

If not an answer at least it is a perspective.

21 posted on 04/02/2014 11:14:21 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: Mr. K
OK...this might be a bit whacky, but here goes. I think someone was able to hack into the plane's flight capabilities and shut the pilots' ability to fly the plane down, along with any ability to communicate. They then were able to fly the plane remotely. Not sure the result is any different, it's probably at the bottom of the ocean......but that's my guess.

The reason there isn't more out there about this is it would scare the sh*t out of everyone who flies, so China and the US settled on this way out of the way part of the Indian Ocean to search, while they figure out who did this cyber hijacking.

22 posted on 04/02/2014 11:18:21 AM PDT by irish guard
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To: SeekAndFind
For the short attention span public, this has pretty much dropped out of the news.

Is the theory that it was hijacked to a raghead country waiting to be used as a weapon against us, still considered valid?

23 posted on 04/02/2014 11:22:04 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: irish guard

i think the radio would still work, wouldnt it?

and manual controls always override electric ones don’t they?


24 posted on 04/02/2014 11:36:38 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Mr. K
"i think the radio would still work, wouldnt it?"

They have several frequency agile voice radios on board for trans oceanic flights including some very expensive SSB HF radios for long range comms. Of course any or all of them become inoperable when the circuit supplying them with power is turned off.

That being said, I still wonder if there wasn't some radio contact with this plane after it turned that we are not being told about by Malaysian officials. If the pilot was in such a disturbed mental state and suicidal, wouldn't he have wanted to vent about it, make some demands, etc.? That could have been most embarrassing to the officials in the gov't there.

I still believe they know more than they are letting on.

SS1

25 posted on 04/02/2014 12:39:48 PM PDT by Spitzensparkin1 (Arrest and deport all illegal aliens. Americans demand those jobs back! Hoorah, Arizona!)
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To: Rennes Templar
They should take the same type of plane, outfit it with drone control and equivalent weight, fly it to it’s last location, turn off the engines, and see where it goes and what’s left.

Kind of an expensive proposition considering these things cost about a quarter billion dollars each.

26 posted on 04/02/2014 12:41:42 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: livius

No ransom demand? No ransom demand the Malaysian government publicized?


27 posted on 04/02/2014 1:23:32 PM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: livius

Yeah - messing with China isn’t like messing with the USA.


28 posted on 04/02/2014 1:36:22 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Mr. K

Not sure. Like I said, I’m guessing at this. But with all the geeks that try to hack their way into financial services companies every day, or government intelligence agencies, or power plants, I’m pretty sure there’s someone out there who could figure out how to take over a jet.


29 posted on 04/02/2014 1:38:24 PM PDT by irish guard
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Probably as valid as anything else we have heard, in fact, that is even more likely.


30 posted on 04/02/2014 1:40:26 PM PDT by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

This story is almost done and over with. The next step is “legend status”.

It’s getting into “DB Cooper” territory now, with all the crazy speculation. This will join DB Cooper in the mystery hall of fame.

For a list of Freeper articles on it ...
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/mh370/index


31 posted on 04/02/2014 4:16:13 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: grania

Well ... because in spite of the perception by many that mankind is infinitely powerful and capable, it’s not - but is puny and incapable, compared to our Creator God and the world that He has made, that we live in.

That’s one of mankind’s infinite failings - thinking that it is bigger than it really is.


32 posted on 04/03/2014 1:38:01 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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