Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Possible MH370 Debris Found on Beach in Augusta, Australia

Image: A beach near Augusta, in Western Australia. 

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Australian authorities are investigation if debris found on a beach near a town in the south-west of Western Australia is form missing airline Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

 Local media in Perth reported Western Australian state police had sealed off an area of beach near Augusta, 310 kilometers south of Perth, where possible unidentified debris has been discovered earlier Wednesday afternoon.

The debris was found on a beach near at the small town of Scott River.

Australian Federal Police are now in charge of the investigation.

Nine News Perth said a beach walker discovered the derbis on an isolated stretch of beach 10km to the south-east of Augusta.

Possible MH370 aircraft debris found washed up on beach near Augusta (red marker), in Western Australia. 

Perth media said images of the debris had been taken by local police, sent to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and then onto authorities in Malaysia for analysis.

JACC Statement: "WA Police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material." 

Unidentified material washed ashore

Western Australia Police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining the photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370.

The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.

No further information is available at this time.

Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available

 The ATSB said they could not confirm nor deny the debris was from the missing Boeing 777-200 Malaysian Airline jet.

The debris was now at the nearby Busselton town police station, where it would be handed over to investigators, who were driving south, in a few hours.

Busselton police station, an hour drive north of Augusta, where debris was found.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Flight VS44 Virgin Atlantic Emergency Landing in London

update: VS44 has landed at London Gatwick

LONDON- An emergency has been declared by a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flight VS44 from Las Vegas to London. According to Flight tracking site Flight Radar 24, the Virgin aircraft began squawking 7700.

 The aircraft declared a general emergency over the United Kingdom.

 Breaking News... This post updates with additional details of Virgin Atlantic Flight VS44 when they come to hand.

 Reports said Virgin Atlantic Flight VS44 was a medical emergency.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mount Everest Landslide, Many Climbers Missing in 2014 Disaster

Image: Mount Everest today, via Twitter user @VSRIVATSA

Update: 10 people may have died on Mount Everest, CNN reports.

Earlier update below:

KATHMANDU, Nepal- At least 9 Nepalese guides have died on the slopes of Mount Everest, with 9 more still missing.

There was a massive landslide that buried the victims on Mount Everest, just after dawn Friday morning, April 18 local time.

Officials said a search and rescue operation was underway.

The climbing season does not start until May 15 this year, however, those killed and injured were in the area setting up camps for the coming climbing season.

Update: Officials in Nepal say at least 5 climbers on Mount Everest are buried after a landslide hit early Friday morning local time.

The landslide happened just below base camp 2 on the world's highest mountain.

Other climbers were reported injured in the incident.

The landslide swept across the path used to ascent Everest, AP reported.

Breaking News on Mount Everest landslide... More to come

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Australia Finds MH370 Black Boxes - report

PERTH, Western Australia- Australia has found the black boxes of Flight MH370, over a month after the Malaysian Airlines 777 went missing, with 239 passengers and crew from 14 nations

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will announce the news to the world Friday April 11, local time in China, where the PM was travelling on an official visit.

Perth based aviation journalist Geoffry Thomas broke the news on twitter.
239 people perished when MH370 entered the Indian Ocean on the morning of March 9, 2014.

The Flight is believed to have run out of fuel before crashing into the ocean, over 2,500km from the coast of Western Australia.

Yesterday, a PC3 Orion RAAF jet heard pings from the Ocean Floor, two days after Australian Navy vessel the Ocean Sheild also detected signals far off the Western Australian north-west coast.

The news will bring some initial closure to the families of victims, who have endured weeks of speculation over the fate of the Boeing airline.

This is breaking news updates soon

Update: Abbott statement to Australian media moments ago. PM Abbott said in China: “We have very much narrowed down the search area and we are very confident the signals are from the black box.”

Abbott noted he would speak to the President of China before he made more comment.

Updates to come soon.... Come back for more.

Update 2: Abbott speaks again: "We are confident that we know the position of the black box flight recorder to within some kilometres."

 "But confidence in the approximate position of the black box is not the same as recovering wreckage from almost 4.5 kilometres beneath the sea or finally determining all that happened on that flight," he added.

"I grieve with all the bereaved, especially the family and friends of the 154 Chinese victims, and I offer them the assurance that Australia will not rest until we have done everything we can to provide comfort and closure," he said.

Confirmed: MH370 Pilot spoke last words

CNN reports pilot was last person to speak on radio before MH370 changed course, before disappearing from civilian radar.

Confirmed: Pilot was the person who said "Goodnight, Malaysian airlines Flight 370."

According to CNN reporter Nic Robertson, 5 pilots have all listeners to air traffic recordings and "can identify the last person to speak on radio - who said goodnight, Malaysia 370 at 1.19am" Was the pilot of the 777z

CNN also said that after the aircraft flew over the Malaysian peninsular it disappears from radar view.

Then in reappeared 120 miles north-west on military radar.

They believe this disappearance correlates with the plane dropping to 4000-5000 feet above sea level, to possibly avoid a commercial airplanes in that area.

Australian Aircraft Picks Up MH470 Signal in Indian Ocean

The Ocean Shield and a PC-3 Orion in the southern Indian Ocean on Tuesday, via the Australian military.


PERTH, Western Australia- An Australian PC-3 Orion has picked up a possible signal from MH370 over the defined search zone in the Indian Ocean, off the north-west of Western Australia.

 The "possible signal" by the Australian Air Force plane was detected in the vicinity of the Ocean Shield Navy vessel. The Ocean Shield has previously picked up 4 "man made" signals from the bottom of the Indian Ocean since last week.

The pings were relayed to the aircraft via buoys that had been previously dropped into the zone where authorities believe MH370's wreckage lied.

Australia's lead in the search for MH70, Angus Houston, said the signals heard by the PC-3 Orion included "acoustic data (that) will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a made-made source."

More from the Australian authorities: The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd), has confirmed that whilst conducting an acoustic search this afternoon a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft has detected a possible signal in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield.

 “The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a made-made source,” Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret'd) said.

Press Release

 “I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Frankland Regional High School Stabbing, Pittsburg 7 students suffer life-threatening injuries

TV news chopper above Frankland Regional High School emergency... 

At least 20 students have been injured in a stabbing attack at a high school in Pittsburg.

7 of those students were suffering "life-threatening" injuries.

Reports said the attacked occurred just before the start of classes at Frankland Regional High School in the suburbs of Pittsburg.

From Twitter: "At least 20 people wounded in stabbing at a high school near Pittsburgh, one suspect student in custody say emergency services" via CNN