Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370: Australia, NZ and US Temporarily Stop Search; New British Satellite Info Released

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By Reissa Su | March 21, 2014 2:46 PM EST

The search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was halted due to bad weather. Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. planes have abandoned the search overnight, according to officials. Bad weather conditions have hampered the search efforts in the area which is 1,550 miles south-west of Australia's Perth. The search will continue after weather conditions improve.

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A tourist from Vietnam writes a message expressing hope for family members and those onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur March 12, 2014.

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The latest reports of possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were being checked by four planes. Based on satellite images, two objects were spotted and believed to be from the missing plane.

More than a week after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, angry families of Chinese passengers threaten to go on a hunger strike unless the Malaysian authorities are willing to tell them the truth about their missing relatives. Chinese representatives sent by Malaysia Airlines were on the receiving end of the families' frustration and anger when they met on March 18. In protest, the families said they were going on hunger strike.

According to Malaysian Prime Minister Naijib Razak, the Boeing 777 aircraft had disappeared more than a week ago and believed it turned back to fly over Malaysia and headed toward the Indian Ocean.

Various reports have noted Malaysian military radar signals, including satellite data, suggested the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had radically changed its course to head northwest which was the area searched by New Zealand's plane.

More satellite information revealed

Meanwhile, according to BBC, a British satellite firm said there were "very strong indications" 10 days after the plane went missing that the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may be found in the southern part of the Indian Ocean or Central Asia.

Inmarsat, the British satellite company based in London, said the missing plane was not in South China Sea or the Malacca Straits where Malaysian officials had searched. The firm's engineers had realised early on that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane may have stayed in the air for several hours on a southern or northern track. Inmarsat said it was "very unlikely" that the Boeing 777 could have flown north to head to countries with sophisticated air defence systems.

According to Inmarsat, the company had informed the Malaysian authorities using an intermediary company on March 12. However, Malaysian officials did not make it public until March 15.

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A tourist from Vietnam writes a message expressing hope for family members and those onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur March 12, 2014.
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