This apparent loss of this flight caps a horror year for commercial aviation, coming after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the shooting down of MH17, and similar tragedies in Mali and Iran.
The world now knows that grave fears are held for the safety of that flight and the 162 passengers and crew on board.
Update: 8:41 p.m EDT – Eight boats, two aircraft and three helicopters have been deployed to search for the plane.
Update: 5:40 a.m EDT – First Adm. Sigit Setiayana, the Naval Aviation Center commander at the Surabaya air force base, said 12 navy ships, five planes, three helicopters and a number of warships were taking part in the search, along with ships and planes from Singapore and Malaysia. The Australian Air Force also sent a search plane.
Update: 5:08 p.m EDT – A senior Boeing 777 captain, Simon Hardy, believes he has calculated exactly where the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean.
Update: 2:21 a.m EDT – Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said that 30 ships and 15 aircraft were taking part in the search and that any ships in the area and “even fishermen” were being asked to join in.
The position is S38.082 E87.400 (latitude and longitude using decimals rather than minutes).
According to David Learmount of FlightGlobal arguably the world’s most respected airline safety editor the location given by the experienced captain “is not fundamentally at odds with the present MH370 search assumptions, being in much the same part of the southeastern Indian Ocean.”
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