Possible debris field found for missing Malaysia jet

Added by on March 10, 2014

A 777-236ER used for a Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing on March 8 2014, is pictured during takeoff at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris

A 777-236ER used for a Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing on March 8 2014, is pictured during takeoff at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris

Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department confirmed on Monday a report of a large amount of debris spotted off the coast of Vietnam as initially reported by a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The report was published by The Aviation Herald, an authoritative source of aviation incidents.

The missing jet, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 on flight MH370, was en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China when radar and radio contact was lost just as the aircraft was scheduled to make contact with Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh air traffic control.

A search and rescue operation was initiated with dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 countries participating. Security was brought into question when the flight’s passenger manifest revealed passengers on the flight were using passports reported stolen years ago. Interpol reported at least two passengers used stolen passports.

As part of the search, the United States said it searched imagery taken by its satellites for a midair explosion in an effort to determine whether the missing jet may have disintegrated while in flight; however, the US reported they did not find any evidence of a midair explosion in the area.

Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens about an hour into its flight to China; the Boeing 777-200 was at a cruising altitude of 35,000 ft (about 10,600 m). Experts say the jet experienced a catastrophic failure or explosion since the crew did not send a distress signal.

The Boeing 777 has an excellent safety record with its only crash involving fatalities occoured on July 6 2013 when an Asiana Airlines flight landing at San Francisco airport struck a sea wall, killing three people. The accident’s investigation continues.