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/AirlinersGallery.com. 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.