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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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March 12th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

Fmr. NTSB official: New satellite images 'point to aeronautical problem,' not a human one

(CNN) – A Chinese satellite looking into the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 "observed a suspected crash area at sea," a Chinese government agency said – a potentially pivotal lead into what has been a frustrating search for the Boeing 777.

Echoing several aviation experts, former National Transportation Safety Board managing director Peter Goelz said the satellite images of floating objects offer the most promising clues yet.

"It's where it's supposed to be," said Goelz, who added that investigators must get vessels and aircraft to the area quickly, and track where the possible debris has drifted.

"This opens up the door back to an aeronautical problem, and not a human problem," said Goelz.
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March 12th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Fmr. FAA official: Chinese satellite images are 'the only credible lead'

(CNN) – Newly released Chinese satellite images may show the crash site of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Images of three floating objects were sighted and captured on Sunday, March 9, the day after the plane vanished, a Chinese agency said Wednesday.

This is not just the number one lead, "it's the only lead. The only credible lead," said aviation consultant and former Federal Aviation Administration chief of staff Michael Goldfarb.
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March 12th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Fmr. NTSB official: Malaysian officials are the 'worst I've seen'

(CNN) – There has been misinformation and corrections from the Malaysian authorities on whether wreckage of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 had been spotted where the last radar detection of the plane was, whether passengers checked in but didn't board the plane, on how the men who were using stolen passports.

At best, Malaysian officials have thus far been poor communicators, at worst, they are incompetent.

"This is the worst I've seen it," said former National Transportation Safety Board managing director Peter Goelz.
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March 12th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Could FAA warning be key to mystery of flight 370?

(CNN) – The missing Malaysia Airlines plane, a Boeing 777-200ER, has long been considered one of the safest types of airliners around.

But the Federal Aviation Administration approved an order asking that hundreds of 777s be checked for cracks and corrosion issues. The concern? That if these problems were to go undetected, they could possibly lead to decompression problems or a -quote- "loss of structural integrity of a plane" – meaning an aircraft could essentially break-up mid-air.

FAA former chief of staff Michael Goldfarb breaks down what prompted this directive for CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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March 12th, 2014
05:12 PM ET

Satellite looking into missing Malaysia flight detects 'suspected crash area'

(CNN) - A Chinese satellite looking into the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 "observed a suspected crash area at sea," a Chinese government agency said - a potentially pivotal lead into what has been a frustrating search for the Boeing 777.

China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the discovery, including images of what it said were "three suspected floating objects and their sizes."

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