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Australia Says Missing Malaysia Jet Ran Out of Fuel

A board written with messages for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is seen at Lido Hotel in Beijing, China, May 2, 2014.
A board written with messages for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is seen at Lido Hotel in Beijing, China, May 2, 2014.
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Australia has concluded that the Malaysian passenger jet missing since early March likely crashed into the Indian Ocean after running out of fuel.

The Australian report Tuesday said the conclusion was based on analysis of the final brief data exchange between the jet with 239 people aboard and a satellite monitoring air traffic.

The report came as Malaysia released 45 pages of raw satellite data collected by Britain's Inmarsat telecommunications company used to calculate the suspected crash site, believed to be off the western coast of Australia. Flight 370 had been headed from  Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared in the early hours of March 8, but weeks of intensive air and sea searches have found no trace of the Boeing 777.

Relatives of the missing people had demanded the release of the satellite data, so independent analysts can try to determine whether searchers have been looking in the right location. But some air safety analysts said the newly released information is still incomplete. A relative of a missing passenger, Steve Wang, also found the new information lacking.

"Well, since I have already looked at the report, it only contains the data, but what we want is the full version of the Inmarsat report including the data, and also the way how you calculate. The method and the formula you use. That is also very important, because only simply data means nothing. Only data cannot lead to the conclusion, only data cannot lead to the ending. There must be other analyzing and we want to see the full version of the report," he said.

A Malaysia-led international investigation team used the data to determine the plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia.

The plane disappeared without any distress calls, about half an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian officials believe someone with knowledge of flight systems intentionally diverted the jet.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Giger from: Hollywood FL USA
May 28, 2014 2:00 PM
Today we learn CHINA has military drills .Let think - yes 365 days a year anywhere in the world.Spray water cannons at those ,who also want to hieve out the wreckage of B777 and the fighterjet that collided with it.Culpit Australia because Butterworth AFB is
also Australian Air Force Tower must have visually identify the LOGO (lit Tail-rudder) of the alleged B777 renegade.Inmarsat SITA is a HOAX.Distress call 02.43 was not Capt Schah,Mode S abeam VHSK (Hongkong British station SSR)FL 390 was also an 8 minutes HOAX.Oil slick samples ,magic trick among the chain of sample handlers-a HOAX,it certainly was jetfuel. And finally : seismographs had the exact position of impact at 02.55 of wreckage. That's where currently the skirmish continues.
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by: giger (Capt & Eng) from: Hollywood Florida USA
May 29, 2014 8:15 AM
US Navy Blue fin ,immediately gulf of Thailand to the seimologically asserted site. Pinger still has power! Both wrecks are there theB777 and the fighter jet that collided.Somebody had nightly picked up surface debris and lied about jetful on the oil slick seen next morning.

by: Ogwang-giji from: Ontario, Canada
May 28, 2014 5:40 AM
It is possible for such a plane to fly on autopilot till "dry weight". A lot more can be done with the autopilot as well. If the autopilot it linked to GPS, it is possible for the plane to follow a pre-ptrogrammed "route" as well. What this means is that, if the plane was deliberately diverted from course, It does not necessarily mean that the piloting crew was on board. They may as well have parachuted off that plane prior to the plane's disappearane.from the radar screen. You can peculate on that! As for the lack of SOS allert from th plane, there are many possible explanations too.We can peculate on these too. What if the plane lost compression gently and the crew were not aware of that? In such a situation, lack of oxygen would send everybody in the plane to sleeep and eventually to their death (incluing the crew). The crew would be too incapacitated to raise an SOS alarm. It would then be left to the autopilot to continue flying the plane, as I explained above.
I find the data set collected by satelitte from airlines in flight curious, especially since the purpose does not seem to include the monitoring of the progress of that flight or the possiblity of troubleshooting problems that might develop while the plane is already in flight.
I do not "buy" the suggestion that the plane was kidnapped. The TRIANGLE idea is unscientific.
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by: giger(Captain) from: hollywood FL USA
May 28, 2014 10:03 PM
re.: 45000 feet , no one is now alive ,who was up at 45000 feet
in collision debris and torn apart wings ,vertical stabilizers Cabin slashed open, the kinetic energy of 4 engines 2 RR and 2 on thuds fighter jet spool at 18000 rpm, when stopped by colliding debris,they
transfer 90 degree to it enormous forces in one particular direction.
The collision was caused by uneven control,fighter jet used thumb toggle to control his altitude,Capt Shah used Alt Hold RVSM which
controls by atmospheric pressure FL350. This sensor gets disturbed easily by other aerial close traffic,especially in case of a sound barrier boom. The B777 autopilot makes a pitch correction and the collision occurs with 450 Knots. Stochiometry at FL350 may not be met to have the explosion's fire light up.
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by: Informed from: USA
May 28, 2014 12:13 PM
You put to much into all this. Lets keep it basic. The plane was kidnapped and all the passengers were brought up above 45,000 ft to die, then the plane landed in a air strip. China would have done anything to get there hands on this Boeing 777 it is a known Fact.

by: scott from: thailand
May 28, 2014 1:59 AM
And Elvis is alive! In fact, he was on that plane! In fact, he was flying it! And it was sucked up by a UFO! And the rapture is coming! For crying out loud, people, public opinion on this looks like it was elicited from the early Middle Ages...

by: Joe from: Marshall Islands
May 27, 2014 1:42 PM
Running out of fuel is the most ludicrous statement that could have been made about this plane.

by: atomblack from: CA
May 27, 2014 12:48 PM
This is an obvious lie, making Australia look like a culprit or they are about the most ignorant country on the planet. The plane was obviously diverted and if there was a fuel problem there would have been a distress call... There is no crash... Only a cover up to detract from a future terror attack.

by: Informed from: USA
May 27, 2014 12:04 PM
If this ran out of fuel then why the pilot did not send out an SOS? You think the people will believe everything? I know what happened and if I know then there are a lot of people that know. I can start by saying that this Flight 370 did not crash at all, but landed at an air strip. The plane was dismantled to make a badly needed copy. One day in the future China will have the same Boeing 777 and the people will all forget what happened
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by: Informed from: USA
May 28, 2014 12:15 PM
It is also a known fact that china has JUNK planes and needed this Boeing 777, I have heard this for as long as this plane was created.
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by: Informed from: USA
May 28, 2014 12:06 PM
No it is not a stupid comment, in fact it is a INFORMED comment. It is a known fact that China has been after Boeing to make the same 777, and Boeing refused to do so. Why don't you look it up if you don't understand? I happen to have a few inside connections and know what I am saying. OR there is another explanation: did you ever watch the twilight zone?
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by: Joe from: Australia
May 27, 2014 4:22 PM
What a stupid uneducated comment!
Why would China steal a plane to make a copy and not use one of the hundreds owned by Chinese airlines.
Why did no one put out an SOS? Well I guess for the same reason the pilots didn't notify any one the plane was going in the wrong direction.

by: Peaches from: Atl, Ga
May 27, 2014 11:56 AM
May God have mercy on their souls.
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by: Marry from: NY
May 27, 2014 10:45 PM
May God bless them!

by: Calmargarita from: Davenport Iowa
May 27, 2014 11:56 AM
Please convince me and the world the airliner is not or WAS not hidden on Diego Garcia Island. But.... that of course is a top secret installation

by: Thomas
May 27, 2014 11:51 AM
I think that they should release all of the data. Someone might be able to figure it all out.

by: sophie
May 27, 2014 11:50 AM
Didnt the plane go down shortly after take off? How could it have run out of fuel? Maybe i don't have all the details correct. It's truely sad though.
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