fate as Payne Stewart Learjet in 1999? (see theory below)
If the crew and passengers were rendered unconscious by hypoxia the plane could have continued on auto-pilot for thousands of miles, reaching any of Japan, Korea, Somalia, India, any of various bodies of water or even up into the Himalayas. Have radar logs throughout the region been examined? ~ Google
plane on auto-pilot running until fuel ran out (see theory below)
a defect, a skin tear, loss of oxygen, loss of communications, zombie plane:
carefully reasoned, this appears to be the current most plausible explanation
After four days of fruitless searching, the consensus among aviation experts seems
to be that searchers haven't looked in the right areas. Whether the plane broke up
in mid-air or dropped largely intact into the water, various pieces would have
been left behind. ~ WSJ
it made U-turn and flew at lower altitude for up to an hour
Hunt for Flight MH370; Was it an attempted or successful hijack? Mega-failure? Theories abound.
questions: is it a 'whodunnit' or a 'whatwentwrong'
were they simply escaping Iranian regime by any means possible?
These are the two men police say were travelling on stolen passports aboard missing
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, taken just before departure at Kuala Lumpur International
Airport, March 11, 2014. ~ handout Malaysian Police
"The Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Korea is a 21st Century trade agreement that will strengthen our trade and investment ties across the Pacific, translating into increased export opportunities, innovative partnerships, as well as creating jobs and economic opportunities for Koreans and Canadians alike..."
others to help search satellite photos for missing plane
This is the type of high-definition satellite imagery DigitalGlobe is asking the public for help in scanning at home for any
sign of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
to help analyze high-def images of area where plane went missing
Malaysian civil aviation director general Azharruddin Abdul Rahman says one of the two passengers with stolen passports aboard flight MH370 resembles an Italian fooballer. International security agencies will soon release security video of the two men who used stolen passports to board the Malaysia Airlines plane.
seize military hospital in Simferopol and base in Bakhchisaray
Were the Petronas Towers the target of a terror sequel to 9/11?
A Cathay Pacific airliner en route to Hong Kong Monday reported via radio that its pilots saw a large
field of debris at a position about 92 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.
oil slick not from plane, no terror 'chatter', stolen passport syndicate?
one of stolen passport users has been identified, no debris found
Vietnamese military personnel prepare for search mission. ~ Le Quang NHAT/AFP/Getty Images
Violence has erupted at a pro-Ukrainian rally in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. About 100 pro-Russians with clubs attacked people who were guarding the rally being held to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet Taras Shevchenko, attended by some 200 people. ~ BBC
Ukraine navy stays defiant [video]
Russia has deliberately sunk three of its own ships to block Ukrainian navy vessels entering a lake off the Black Sea, highlighting Moscow's determination to wear down the morale of Kiev's forces in Crimea. The Ochakov -- a Soviet-era warship decommissioned in 2011 and set to be sold for scrap -- was towed to the entrance to Lake Donuzlav on Crimea's western coast from the Russian base at Sevastopol on Thursday and blown up. "It is blocked so we cannot get out," said Captain Viktor Shmyganovsky, second-in-command at the base in Novoozerne, one of the four biggest in Crimea. "If it wasn't blocked, we could have taken our ships to Odessa and it would stop them being seized by Russian forces. We would be more powerful in alliance with ships in Odessa." ~ AFP
media, as truck convoys complete full occupation of Crimea [BBC video]
[top] OSCE observers from Canada, U.S. and Europe were again turned away by armed Russians hiding their uniform insignia, in breach of international law. [bottom] The Russian trucks, their license plates covered, keep rolling into Crimea from amphibious landing craft. ~ BBC
as forces face off across 25 km buffer; Russians embed land mines
[top] Note Russian flag deep inside Ukraine. Everyone here is armed. Some combatants are wearing Ukrainian police uniforms, the same uniform that Berkut riot police officers wore during clashes in Kiev. Others are dressed in pixel camouflage uniform, that is said to be available only for Russian army. The location is north of the Crimean border close to Sivash on the Yalta-Kharkiv roadway. [middle] The Ukrainian army is hunkered down near Chonhar about 25km north of the Russians. [bottom] Both sides appear ready for the worst. Here is the Ukrainian checkpoint. They have weapons but they are not loaded, to avoid any pretext for escalation. ~ Evgeny Feldman Mashable
first sign Malaysia Airlines plane may have crashed
The last recorded position of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was 150 km, or 93 miles, northeast of Kuala Terengganu, a port on the northeast coast of peninsular Malaysia, according to Fredrik Lindahl, the chief executive of Flightradar24, an online aircraft tracking service. ~ NY Times
intensive search underway, terrorism raised as possibility;
no distress signal, indications of rough weather, or other signs of trouble
soon after dark on Friday, ramming gates with a truck & rushing inside
pretext for a full-scale Putin invasion?
A2355, reports Interfax-Ukraine [translated]
international military observers there to confirm/deny Russian allegations
Ukraine's border guards say Russian troops pour into Crimea
The fireball exploded over Yellowknife at around 2 a.m. MT Thursday. It was so bright it turned the dark
night sky blue. ~ Yuichi Takasaka CBC
Between 1975 and 1999 Line 9B was approved for sending oil from Montreal to refineries at
Sarnia. It was reversed in 1999, and now, 15 years later, Line 9B has been approved to revert
to its original directional usage. ~ NEB
Line 9B pipeline back to original West-East flow direction
in a region currently under illegal military occupation"
A Ukrainian serviceman peers over a wall at uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, standing
guard at a Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye, outside the Crimean capital,
Simferopol, on March 6. ~ Reuters
Crimean referendum to join Russia
Parliament vote to be followed by referendum in 10 days
Will Ferrell's comedy website 'Funny or Die' is behind the viral marketing video for the HUVr board first seen in 1989
movie 'Back to the Future II' in which a hover board was used by actor Michael J. Fox in the year 2015.
grants from EU budget & EU-based financial institutions: Barroso
country free from Russian influence—but it can’t be both'
battle group and 3 subs said to have passed through Aegean Sea today
The George H.W. Bush is carrying 90 aircraft including helicopters of various types, and several squadrons of F-22 Raptors, the most advanced combat aircraft in the world. The submarines each have 24 missile silos, with each silo housing a missile armed with 8 separate nuclear warheads which operate as MIRV's (Multiple Independent Re-Entry Vehicles) that can be independently targeted. The George H.W. Bush is the first and only aircraft carrier in the world that has successfully sea-launched and landed an unmanned X-47b Stealth Drone which can be used for long-term surveillance or for offensive attacks. The number of ships accompanying the George H.W. Bush in this strike group is significant: 17 ships and 3 submarines. Aircraft carrier Strike Groups are assembled as-needed so there is no particular number of accompanying vessels. However, the graphic above gives readers a sense of the types of vessels that accompany a U.S. Carrier which is being sent into battle.
Kerry visits Maidan, promises respect for sovereignty & more assistance
The incredible moment unarmed Ukrainian troops marched towards heavily armed Russian
forces, who fired warning shots.
as protesters gather at Russian embassy
The Ukrainian flag is flying on Parliament Hill between East and Centre blocks of Parliament Buildings.
The Northrop Grumman B2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses. The bomber can drop up to 80 500-lb (230 kg)-class JDAM GPS-guided bombs. The B2 is the only aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration. It was designed to evade Russian air defenses. The U.S. has 20 of these and they can fly return sorties from Missouri day and night. It's estimated the Russian fleet could be sunk in less than a day. Then there's cruise missiles and B52 bombers...
Black Sea Fleet chief sets deadline and threatens attack "across Crimea"
of old USSR empire whose loss ex-KGBer Putin so laments?
How will Russian 'adventurism' be resolved?
Ukraine has substantial military resources, and backed by the West's military might,
Putin has good reason to blink—and withdraw, if it comes to that. Sky News
clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine..."
Ukrainian Maria, 23, right, and Vanui, 22, hold posters against Russia's military intervention in Crimea,
in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday. The poster in the right side reads in Ukrainian: "I am from Russia, please
protect me and remove the weapons and soldiers from Ukraine." ~ Emilio Morenatti Associated Press
military base in Crimea, blocking soldiers from leaving
Ukrainian soldiers show their faces, unlike the Russians, and stand at the gate, backed by a tank. They are blocked in their Perevalne base by hundreds of armed Russians who arrived in 13 troop vehicles each containing 30 soldiers, and backed by four armoured vehicles with mounted machine-guns. The vehicles — which have Russian license plates — must withdraw, according to the Ukraine government and the international community.
and U.S. to come to its rescue as Russia accused of 'invasion'
Russian President Boris Yeltsin, left, American President Bill Clinton, Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma,
and British Prime Minister John Major, extreme right, sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
—The Budapest Memorandum— during the CSCE summit in Budapest, Hungary in 1994.
Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, on situation in Ukraine.
A man holds the Russian flag in front of a statue of Lenin in Simferopol, Crimea. Russian President Putin
wrested control of the Ukrainian Black Sea region of Crimea from Kiev on Saturday, citing a threat to
Russian citizens and servicemen of the Russian Black Sea fleet based there. Adolf Hitler used the same
pretext to invade Germany's neighbours in the 1930s. If Crimeans want to live in Russia, leave now;
lots of room there, it's the largest country in the world. ~ David Mdzinarishvili Reuters
"Russia will try to Balkanize Ukraine"
in separatist move, asks Putin for help
Ukraine's State Border Guard says coast guard base surrounded by about 30 Russian marines.
improvement of $1.832B over December 2012
picks up steam; grows at 2.9% in final quarter of 2013
Vlad the Putin starring as Dr. Evil
airport of Crimea's capital Simferopol
exercises on border have nothing to do with political upheaval there
demonstrators storm Crimean Parliament
as new Ukraine leaders warn Russia over Crimea
Ready for his close-up - Polar Bear approaches Google buggy in Churchill, Manitoba.
barricade themselves inside and raise Russian flag; invasion coming?
Rival protesters clashed in Simferopol, Crimea’s regional capital. ~ Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times
slow naming of new cabinet as mourning continues
Mourners and demonstrators remain in Independence Square. Ukrainians honour with flowers the protesters who were killed last week, and opposition leaders have urged thousands of demonstrators still in Independence Square in Kiev to remain for now to guarantee that changes won’t be reversed.
ex-President said to be holed up near Soviet-era submarine base
Independence Square has been filled with tributes to those gunned down just days ago.
Yanukovych for "mass murder of peaceful citizens"
Protesters say they will not leave the Maidan (Independence Square) until elections are held in May.
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