Malaysia Airlines retires MH 370 and MH 371 flight numbers, 9M-MRO may have flown for four hours after losing contact, no debris found

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) has retired the affected flight numbers and issued this statement:

As a mark of respect to the passengers and crew of MH 370 on March 8, 2014, the MH 370 and MH 371 flight codes will be retired from the Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur- Beijing-Kuala Lumpur route.

With effect from March 14, 2014, the new flight number to replace MH 370 and MH 371 will be:-

MH 318 – Kuala Lumpur – Beijing

MH 319 – Beijing – Kuala Lumpur

There are no changes to the frequency of our services and we will continue to operate double daily services to Beijing.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of our colleagues and passengers of MH 370.

In other news, the Wall Street Journal is reporting U .S. investigators helping to probe the disappearance of MH 370 now believe the Boeing 777-200 may have flown for four hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers due to the engine date. If true, this would dramatically require the widening of the search area.

However this information seems to be in dispute, as Reuters is reporting Malaysia Airlines has said previously that the Rolls-Royce Trent engines stopped transmitting engine condition reports  when contact with the missing 9M-MRO was lost.

Meanwhile planes and ships were searching an area of the South China Sea where Chinese satellite images had shown what could be aircraft debris, but had so far searchers have not found any debris from MH 370.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

The Australian explores the question of whether the crew passed out due to oxygen starvation because of a possible fuselage leak. The Australian  looks at Helios Airways crash in Greece. Read the full article: CLICK HERE

In summary, there is a lot of conflicting information and reports out there and really no one as this time knows the true location of the lost Boeing  777-2H6 ER 9M-MRO (msn 28420). No debris from the aircraft has been located despite some interesting reports. The direction the aircraft may have taken after losing radio contact and the distance it may have flown are all in dispute among the parties involved. Hopefully we will soon have closure on this tragedy.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/ Where in the world is 9M-MRO? As incredible as it seems in this modern age, this missing airplane is becoming reminiscent of the long-time search for the much smaller Amelia Earhart’s missing Beechcraft in the South Pacific Ocean.

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4 thoughts on “Malaysia Airlines retires MH 370 and MH 371 flight numbers, 9M-MRO may have flown for four hours after losing contact, no debris found

  1. Capt. Henry Veeris

    I have a big question on the mystery of the missing Malaysia MH370 airplane, I am questioning if a new kind of terrorism was used by unknown factions, that might have used some kind of spray during the flight, through the secured doors, making the pilots fall asleep/lose consciousness behind the controls and the airplane kept flying for hours until the fuel exhausted. Who can answer this question??? its a thinking!!!!

    1. Bruce Drum Post author

      It is as good any theory out there right now Captain. However most of the cockpit doors I have seen are very secure and mostly airtight. Thank you for constructive comment and input. The mystery gets deeper.

      All the best.


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  3. E.A.C.

    It is kind of strange on how they decided to retire the Flight Numbers, considering that they are still using those numbers for around a week after the incident. What is even more amazing, usually in this sort of thing, there is a hold on both the Flight Route and the Aircraft Model, at least until the cause had been determined.

    What exactly happened to MH 370?

    Assuming that one is willing to ignore many of the current official sources. It landed on Nanning, like the VERY EARLY report once said (that was immediately denied). Much like on how KAL 007 was once reported to have landed at Sakhalin island (Soviet), before they finally agreed that the Soviet will took the blame (willingly) for (imaginary) shooting it down.

    However, both the Chinese and the Vietnam authorities are not willing to state that MH 370 had crossed their airspace. (Under normal flight, 2 hours into flight would put it around the border between Vietnamese and Chinese airspace)

    This caused MAS along with their fellow associates to look elsewhere for their ‘missing flight’. Because the rest of South East Asia are not willing to cooperate, they had to put their ‘search area’ in the Indian Ocean. Thailand did cooperate at a later time (‘it crossed our airspace’), but they are not willing to host a ‘plane crash’ in their area.

    Even in the Indian Ocean, it is still not smooth sailing. For example, Diego Garcia with their vast radar capability are also not cooperating by stating that they had it on their radar.

    So the search on where to put MH 370 continues, and continues, and continues… And if they are desperate enough, they might even put it down at the Bermuda Triangle. Though recently, it seems that they are more willing to put it in the polar seas.

    Anyway. Despite the 777’s huge size, it actually can land on a quite moderately long enough runway. As it was once shown by a C-17 (2012), a Dreamlifter (2013) and a 737 (2014).

    As for the passengers. The official manifest seems to be fictional. A Night Flight that was somehow booked near its capacity? At the weekend? If MAS had more flights like MH 370, they certainly would be making a lot of money.

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