MH370 families protest as pilot suicide raised as a cause of plane

first_imgIRATE CHINESE RELATIVES of passengers aboard the crashed Flight MH370 scuffled with security personnel outside Malaysia’s embassy last night, demanding answers about the plane’s mysterious and lonely demise in the stormy Indian Ocean.Malaysia — decried as “murderers” by the Beijing protesters — defended its decision to release new analysis of satellite data that determined the plane had plunged into the southern seas far off western Australia.Gale-force winds and huge waves halted the ocean search for wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines plane, deferring relatives’ quest to attain closure with definitive physical proof of the plane’s destruction and the loss of its 239 passengers and crew.Mark Binskin, vice chief of Australia’s Defence Force, underscored the dangers from the weather — as well as the enormous size of area under inspection by aircrews using a mix of high technology and binoculars to scan the waves.“We’re not trying to find a needle in a haystack, we’re still trying to define where the haystack is,” he told reporters.The Boeing 777 went missing on March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, dropping off air traffic control screens in what has become one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.PA Graphics/Press Association ImagesAustralia pledges welcome Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said they would be warmly welcomed in their “desperately difficult time” should they make the trip. Australia will facilitate travel for Chinese relatives by waiving its standard visa fees, officials said.Numerous sightings of suspected debris, by satellites as well as aircraft criss-crossing the southern Indian Ocean, had raised hopes that wreckage would be found. But none has been retrieved yet.The US Navy has sent a specialised device to help find the “black box” of flight and cockpit voice data, along with a robotic underwater vehicle that can scan the ocean’s depths.Those efforts will be crucial in determining what caused the Boeing 777 to deviate inexplicably off course and fly thousands of miles in the wrong direction.Malaysia believes the plane was deliberately diverted by someone on board. But the lack of evidence has fuelled intense speculation and tormented families.“Terrorism, pilot suicide and a complex set of mechanical failures never seen before are now the likely possibilities. A simple failure such as a simple fire or structural failure is becoming very unlikely,” said aviation consultant Gerry Soejatman. © AFP, 2014Read: Malaysia Airline sends text message to MH370 familiesRead: Malaysian PM confirms that flight MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean west of Perthlast_img read more

Wear sunscreen today could be the warmest day of the year

first_imgTEMPERATURES COULD REACH 27 degrees today, as a heatwave continues.Met Eireann is forecasting high temperatures today, but is warning that some areas will be hit with thundery showers.“This morning any mist or fog will soon lift but may linger in a few coastal areas. It will be dry and sunny for a time, but cloud will build up as heavy thundery showers with the risk of hail develop over the western half of the country in the afternoon and evening.“It will be very warm again with top temperatures reaching between 22 and 27 degrees and winds will be light variable or easterly.”Showers will die out tonight, but the west will see some fog. Almost perfect at 7.15am.Tomorrow will be largely the same as today, with scattered showers and warm weather, with highs of 27 degrees.Saturday will start mostly cloudy and with outbreaks of rain gradually clearing eastwards during the day.The rain could turn heavy or persistent for a time in the north but drier and brighter weather in the southwest will extend further eastwards later.It will be a cooler and fresher day with top temperatures of 18 to 23 degrees with light breezes.Sunday will see some showers and it will be cooler and fresher.Read: Coast Guard warns people to stay away from sea fogRead: Man reacts excellently to sudden lightning strikelast_img read more