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June 26th, 2014
06:32 PM ET

Australia: MH370 likely on autopilot with unresponsive crew in flight's final stage

(CNN) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 likely flew into the southern Indian Ocean on autopilot with an unresponsive crew, Australian authorities said Thursday, divulging new details about what they believe happened during the missing plane's final hours.

The information emerged as officials announced a southward shift, as expected, in the underwater search for the Boeing 777, which disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board.

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April 21st, 2014
05:03 PM ET

South Korean President: Actions of sunken ferry captain 'akin to murder'

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Jindo, South Korea (CNN) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday likened the actions of the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry Sewol to murder, as police made more four arrests and divers continued searching the submerged vessel.

The captain of the South Korean ship, Lee Joon-seok, is already facing a series of criminal charges for his role in last week's sinking, in which at least 87 people have died and 215 others remain missing. Many of them are students and teachers on a field trip from a high school near Seoul.

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March 26th, 2014
04:18 PM ET

Best lead yet? Satellite spots possible debris field in search for Flight 370

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) - New satellite images provided by a French defense firm show 122 objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean, not far from other satellite sightings that could be related to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Malaysian transport minister said Wednesday.

When photographed by the satellite on Sunday, the objects were scattered over 154 square miles (400 square kilometers), acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Bin Hussein said. That's about the size of Denver, Colorado.

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March 25th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Uncertainty haunts Flight 370 relatives as weather delays search

(CNN) - Malaysian officials say they can tell you how Flight 370 ended. It crashed into the Indian Ocean, they'll say, citing complicated math as proof.

They can tell you when it probably happened - on March 8, sometime between 8:11 and 9:15 a.m. (7:11 to 8:15 p.m. ET), handing you a sheet with extraordinarily technical details about satellite communications technology.

What they still can't tell you is why, or precisely where, or show you a piece of the wreckage.

All those uncertainties are too much for relatives of the 239 people aboard the plane, some of whom marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing to denounce the airline, the country and just about everything involved with an investigation that has transfixed the world and vexed experts.

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March 18th, 2014
04:29 PM ET

Officials: No sign from search that pilots planned Flight 370's route change

(CNN) - Investigators hoping past communications from the pilots could explain why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 veered off course came up empty-handed, U.S. officials said.

An initial search of the pilots' personal computers and e-mails found nothing to indicate that the sudden deviation in the aircraft's route was planned, U.S. officials said Tuesday after being briefed by Malaysian authorities.

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