Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370: 100 Days Later

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By Anne Lu | June 17, 2014 7:25 AM EST

It has been 100 days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has gone missing on March 8, and yet authorities are still no closer to finding out the truth about its disappearance. As efforts to search for the vanished plane begin to wane, the frustrations of the 239 passengers and crew members’ families increase.

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The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion maritime search aircraft can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 31, 2014.

Let’s take a look back at some of the stories that made an impact on the case of the MH370 mystery.

7 Aussies, 2 Infants Among 239 People Aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Feared Lost Over Vietnam Airspace – Reports
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, has been announced as missing after the air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft’s radar and radio signal. The plane was flying over the northern part of Vietnam when the signals mysteriously dropped. It took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 at 12:21 am local time, and was supposed to land in Beijing at 6:30 am.

Malaysian Airlines MH370: Families of Passengers Claim Their Mobile Phones Continue to Ring
Reports began surfacing that the mobile phones of the passengers of the ill-fated MH370 were still ringing when called. The families of the passengers then urged telecom companies to track the signals from the mobile phones.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Update: Passengers Travelling on Fake Passports; Terror Links Feared But No Evidence Found
With as many as four passengers onboard the aircraft having stolen passports, officials have feared that terrorism acts were involved in the disappearance of MH370. There had been no evidence of terror links found, but the authorities still couldn’t rule out the possibility.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Conspiracy Theories Abound Missing Plane
Conspiracy theorists have offered their thoughts on how an aircraft carrying 239 people has completely vanished on air. They looked into the possibilities of the Boeing 777 jet being hijacked or simply being hidden by officials.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Update: Search Becomes Wider; Two Men Provide Clues About Missing Boeing 777 – Details
Two men from different places in Malaysia have provided almost similar eyewitnesses accounts about what they claimed was the missing MH370 flight, both claiming “bright light descending at high speed.”

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Update: Mystery Deepens, Last Words of Pilot of Missing Jet Revealed; CIA Investigating Possibilities of Pilot Suicide
The last words of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah became part of the investigation on the missing MH370. The seemingly innocent “All right, good night” suddenly sounded so ominous after some theorists claimed that the pilot committed suicide during the flight.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: New Zealander Mike McKay Saw Plane Go Down in Flames, Officials Investigate Email Details
A Kiwi worker in Vietnam claimed in an e-mail that he saw the missing flight go down in flames. Mike McKay wrote that he tried to contact authorities in Vietnam and Malaysia to tell them about the plane’s directions when he saw it burning at high altitude for about 15 seconds.

Malaysia Airlines MH370L Search Moves Closer to Australia; AU to Lead Search in ‘Southern Vector’
Australia now leads the search for the missing jet. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has instructed all agencies to help with the search.

Malaysian Airline Flight 370: Is There a Cover-Up by the CIA, Malaysian Government? Did the Plane Land in Diego Garcia and Disembark the Dead Passengers, Crew?
Another theory was offered by the Web site Presstv.ir, which claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is involved in the disappearance of the missing MH370. It alleged that he Boeing 777 jet could be controlled remotely by the CIA.

Malaysian Airline Flight 370: Significant Last Words from the Pilot of Boeing 777 Get a New Version – Details
“Good night Malaysian three seven zero” were the last words of either the pilot or co-pilot of the missing MH370 plane, and not “All right, good night,” as was previously announced. The Department of Civil Aviation of Malaysia revealed the new version along with the full transcript.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: U.S. Navy Acknowledges Pings Are Not From Missing Plane
The U.S. Navy has admitted that the pings that the search teams had been following in the past were not from the MH370 black box, but from other man-made sources.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: Oil Rig Worker Who Claims Seeing Malaysian Airlines Jet Crash Fired From Work
Mike McKay, the New Zealand oil rigger who worked in Vietnam, has been fired from work after his e-mail recounting what he claimed was the burning MH370 became viral. His company apparently couldn’t handle the number of calls resulting from his eyewitness account, and had to let him go.

MH370: Tony Abbott Under Fire for ‘Fruitless Seach’ on Top of $90M Budget
Family members of the missing MH370 passengers have expressed their grief to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The grieving families claimed that the preliminary report of the flight that has been released to the public was just “skimpy” accounts of the truth behind the aircraft’s disappearance.

MH370 Disappearance Involves ‘Stray Bullet’ That Was Fired During Hijack 'Struggle,' Suggests British Pilot; Scientist Claims Pings Were Not From Missing Malaysian Aircraft
British author and pilot Sylvia Wrigley has presented a new theory on why MH370 has gone missing, claiming that the plane went down after a “stray bullet” was fired in a possible struggle during a hijack. Scientists have also questioned the investigation of the flight’s disappearance, and suggest that the “pings” that the Australian search team have been following were not from the flight.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: Australian Officials Say Missing Jet is Near 7th Arc
Australian officials have revised their search of the missing Boeing 777 jet from a defined area of the Southern Indian Ocean to a zone identified as the 7th arc. The new search zone was based on the further analysis of the satellite data gathered from the flight path of the plane.

MH370 Families to Pay $5 Million to ‘Whistleblower’ Who Will Reveal Details of Missing Flight
Desperate for information about the vanished carrier, the families of the MH370 passengers and crew have launched a campaign to raise $5 million payment for a whistleblower who would leak details about the doomed flight.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: Families of Missing Jet to Get Initial $50,000 Each from Air Carrier’s Insurer
The families of the 239 passengers and crew of MH370 have received $50,000 each from the airline’s insurer. They could be entitled to receive $175,000 each if the aircraft is proven to have crashed, but the Malaysian government is not yet fully prepared to declare it lost.

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The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion maritime search aircraft can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 31, 2014.
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