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Flight MH370 was flown off course deliberately; duty staff responsible: Report

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The interim report on the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH370 has heaped the responsibility of the unfortunate accident on the ‘Airline`s duty staff,’ reported The Independent.

The report released by the Malaysian Transport Ministry on the anniversary of the incident, reveals that the flight`s transponder was turned off by someone on board the plane, making it invisible to the civilian radar.

A transcript of the communication with the flight before its disappearance shows that the flight was over Cambodia before vanishing. The official story however changed the place to east of Vietnam’s coast.

The plane was scheduled to fly north at 35,000 feet and communicate with the controllers at Ho Chi Minh City, but the military radar data has revealed that the flight was turned west to fly over northern Malaysia and the island of Penang.

The Independent has quoted the report saying that had a distress phase been declared sooner the aircraft might have been intercepted using the military radar.

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A nest of endangered turtle found in Mekong river in Cambodia

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A nest of endangered turtle found in Mekong river in Cambodia.
A nest of endangered turtle found in Mekong river in Cambodia. wikimedia
  • An endangered giant turtle was found in Cambodia
  • The turtle was transferred to Wildlife Conservation Society
  • The turtle is taken to breed and all the eggs hatch and the hatchlings are released into the river.

Phnom Penh, Dec 20, 2017: A nest of the globally endangered Asian giant softshell turtle was found on a sandbar on the Mekong river in Cambodia, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said.

This is the only remaining area in the country where these huge turtles still breed. This nest was now being protected by native communities until all the eggs hatch and the hatchlings are released into the river.

The Asian giant softshell turtle or Pelochelys cantorii is listed on the IUCN Red List as globally endangered.

It was thought extinct in the Cambodian portion of the Mekong river until its rediscovery in 2007 in a 48-km river stretch in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces.

The Mekong Turtle Conservation Project, formerly managed by Conservation International, was transferred to the WCS this year, with collaboration from the Fisheries Administration and the Turtle Survival Alliance.

The community-based protection programme encourages the participation of the communities living in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces by hiring former nest collectors to search for and protect nests, instead of harvesting the eggs.

Since 2007, a total of 378 nests have been protected and 8,528 hatchlings released.

“From now until June is the breeding period of the Asian giant softshell turtle. This is the first nest we have found so far this year. We will work hard with the Fisheries Administration and local communities to find more nests along the Mekong river and protect them from egg collection,” Som Sitha, WCS’s Technical Advisor to the Turtle Conservation Project, said.

“The Asian giant softshell turtle is a very rare species that will become extinct in the near future if we do not take proper action to conserve them. There are not many individuals left. Everyone can help conserve the species by not buying or eating their meat or eggs.” (IANS)

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