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Malaysia Says No decision On Offers to Search for Missing MH370

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Boeing 777, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
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Malaysia said on Tuesday it has received proposals from three companies offering to continue the search for the missing MH370, Malaysian Airlines flight, but no decision has been made yet.

Three years somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean, the missing MH370 is being searched since then, which was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard. Its disappearance has become one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said proposals were received from U.S.-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity, Dutch firm Fugro and an unidentified Malaysian company.

“We wont be deciding anything now on whether we are embarking on a new search or not,” Liow told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Kuala Lumpur.

“We have to discuss with the companies. It will take some time as it’s some detailed discussions,” he said.

Liow was commenting on media reports from Australia that said Malaysia could resume the search of Missing MH370 as early as this week.

Australia, Malaysia and China called off a A$200 million ($159.16 million), two-year search for the plane in January, amid protests from families of those onboard.

Liow said the proposals would eventually be presented to the other countries in the tripartite committee – China and Australia – before a decision was taken.

Representatives for Ocean Infinity have said the company would only want to be paid if the aircraft was found.

The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared on March 8, 2014, and is thought to have been diverted thousands of miles off course out over the southern Indian Ocean before crashing off the coast of Western Australia.(VOA)

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Emirates flight from Kerala in India catches fire in Dubai

An airport official said in Thiruvananthapuram that the flight EK521 took off at 10.25 am, 20 minutes behind schedule

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Emirates plane crash. Image Source: www.newsx.com
  • “Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport at about 12.45 pm,” the airline tweeted
  • An airport official said in Thiruvananthapuram that the flight EK521 took off at 10.25 am, 20 minutes behind schedule
  • Dubai airport was immediately closed for landings and take offs. Flights headed to Dubai were diverted

An Emirates plane flying from Kerala with 275 people on board caught fire after landing here on Wednesday, August 3, leading to the closure of Dubai airport, officials said.

“Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport at about 12.45 pm,” the airline tweeted. It said all passengers were evacuated and there were no reported injuries.

Emirates aircraft catches fire after landing. Image Source: globalnews.ca
Emirates aircraft catches fire after landing. Image Source: globalnews.ca

But Dhanya Rajendran, Editor-in-chief at The News Minute, an online news portal, posted a photograph of the plane billowing smoke on the runway and said, quite a few passengers had been injured.

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Emergency vehicles rushed to the aircraft.

An airport official said in Thiruvananthapuram that the flight EK521 took off at 10.25 am, 20 minutes behind schedule.

Another twitter account said one of the engines appeared to have fallen after the violent landing.

Emirates Flight EK521. Image Source: www.newsweek.com
Emirates Flight EK521. Image Source: www.newsweek.com

Dubai airport was immediately closed for landings and take offs. Flights headed to Dubai were diverted.

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The aircraft involved in the accident is a Boeing 777-300 that was delivered in March 2003. (IANS)

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MH 370 search: Second piece of wreckage found

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Gunner Richard Brown (L) of Transit Security Element looks through binoculars as he stands on lookout with other crew members aboard the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth as they continue to search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 10, 2014. The hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is on track to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, becoming the most expensive search in aviation history with 26 countries contributing planes, ships, submarines and satellites to the international effort. A month into the search for the jet, estimates compiled by Reuters show that at least $44 million has already been spent on the deployment of military ships and aircraft in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea by Australia, China, the United States and Vietnam. The figure is based on defence force statistics on available hourly costs of various assets, estimates by defence analysts and costs reported by the Pentagon. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters (MID-SEA - Tags: MILITARY TRANSPORT DISASTER MARITIME) ATTENTION EDITORS ? THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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A second piece of wreckage, suspected to be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370, was found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, media reported.

The object, resembling a plane door featuring Chinese symbols, was discovered by a passer-by in Saint Denis, the island’s capital, The Guardian reported.

The news about the finding of the plane door came from Freedom Radio station, which was informed by a caller that he had found “a large metal object with foreign writing.”

The new wreckage was found 25 km from Saint Andre, where the first piece of debris — a two-meter, barnacle-encrusted flaperon or the wing component of an aircraft — was found on July 29. It has been sent to the French city of Toulouse for further analysis.

Preliminary results are expected by Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines on Sunday said the flaperon has been confirmed as being from a 777 plane.

“We know the flaperon has been officially identified as being part of a Boeing 777 aircraft. This has been verified by French authorities together with aircraft manufacturer Boeing, the US National Transportation Safety Board and a Malaysian team comprising the department of civil aviation, Malaysia Airlines, and Malaysian ICAO annex 13 safety investigation team for MH370,” Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said.

A church service was held at Cambuston church in Saint Andre on Saturday in memory of the 239 people on board the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight which mysteriously disappeared from the radars on March 8, 2014.

Over 400 people attended the service at the church, which is located close to the beach where the first piece of wreckage was discovered.