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April 2nd, 2014
08:44 PM ET

Malaysia: Missing jet probe "criminal"

CNN Aviation Correspondent Richard Quest and Retired Royal Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Kay discuss the criminal investigation aspect of the search for Flight 370.

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  1. Concerned LEO

    I am intrigued by the fact the anchorwoman quite quickly threw out the fact and wanted to debate the idea of a criminal investigation. She adds there is a lack of evidence, to which my comment is directed. With any missing person(s) or death (and in this case the plane's crew and passengers are considered dead) then there is an automatic investigation. Call it criminal call it whatever, the point is there are often times when very little evidence or indication is available. It is through comprehensive investigation, looking for clues, digging for answers, and staying persistent with the investigation as a whole that answers or evidence begin to emerge. I am slightly beside myself that someone that appears to be knowledgeable would be as bold to say 'well there isn't any evidence so why in the world would they call it a criminal investigation'? Put yourself in the shoes of the family members and others left behind seeking questions. If, and possibly a big if, there is foul play involved, would you not want law enforcement looking into this and calling a criminal investigation? I am not sure how other countries, outside of the United States, deal with death investigations, but a death is a homicide until the manner and cause of death are determined. This in and of itself is a criminal investigation. It always amazes me how the media twists topics, ideas, and/or stories to fit their own agenda versus stating the truth and not their own opinion.

    April 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Mark

    Maybe the plane was already empty when it crashed. All passengers jumped when they knew something was wrong. Is it not worth it to trace the aircraft travel path to see if there are survivors floating in the sea?

    April 3, 2014 at 1:46 am |
  3. John U

    Ships involved in the search are now 600 miles north of the search zone and heading north at high speed following the reverse of the assumed flight path. The includes Ocean Shield, HMAS Toowoomba and HMASSuccess.

    April 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm |
  4. Norma

    I have never done anything like this before and i am a 53 yr old women living in Canada. For the better part of my marriage I lived on Canadian Military bases. After listening to Brooke's interview with a military member posted to Fort Hood that said the base is like a "black hole". Everything this women said in this interview regarding what the public hear and what being a member of the armed forces who is dealing will difficulties after deployment......it true. My experience living on a active deployment base is very different than what the "PUBLIC" hear and think.
    You can not go for help without being labelled in a negative way. Suicides are for for frequent.....the upper ranks don't have a daily grasp of the difficulties the member goes through. It has been my experience is that what this women said was totally the same case as what I lived through with my husband for over 10 years.
    Looking for help for PTSD is a bad label you carry with your career and this detours the member from looking for help.
    Absolutely everything this women in the interview said was more than true to my experiences with the Canadian Military and I want to thank her for being so brave to speak the truth.
    Things like this have to change or all deployment bases will continue to have issues always......and the "generals" etc are so far out of the loop it is sad.......hope things do change but after 20 years of dealing with military bases it really doesn't seem like anything will ever change.

    thanks for being honest

    April 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm |
  5. Susan

    It may be that the plane did not turn at all. I agree with some that we should be looking at some point where the plane had its last transmission. It could be as some have said that we are looking in the wrong ocean.

    April 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm |
  6. Susan

    Regarding the turn on radar. It seems like such a sharp turn. Never saw anything like that before.

    April 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm |
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    April 3, 2014 at 3:55 pm |
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    April 3, 2014 at 3:56 pm |
  9. dbaxtell

    I read a article written by a pilot and tend to believe. He says there was prob a fire on board, the realized this pulled the fuses on the electronic transponders, etc to isolate the bad circuit. He turned the plane toward the nearest airport the huge 777 could land at. The crew were prob consumed by heavy smoke from the fire and the plane continued on autopilot until it ran out if fuel. This scenario explains everything except re the Theplane is now. writer says no use looking anywhere except along the path of the left hand turn being made to the nearest airport.

    April 3, 2014 at 6:52 pm |
  10. Vahlsing

    To find missing airliner 370 the search teams should drag through the ocean many super large Neodymium Magnets.

    April 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm |
  11. Vahlsing

    I think Malaysia Airlines is insured for about a billion dollars; and can most definitely cover all expenses regarding this effort to search and to investigate the missing airliner 370.

    April 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm |
  12. Vahlsing

    If we as consumers that use commercial airline travel want a safe future; we must look towards the insurance companies to force all airline companies to use (install) any and all technologies (trackers and cameras with audio, WI-FI, etc, throughout) on their airplanes now and in the future… and Boeing (etc.) should not sell to any consumer any airplanes without these technologies included in their overall products.

    April 3, 2014 at 7:51 pm |
  13. Vahlsing

    Airline companies cannot continue to run on “cheap and greed” logistics that put their consumers at risk for injury.

    April 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm |
  14. greg

    I believe it has landed somewhere. There should have been some type of debris found by now. I would think this is being looked into presently. Unsure if we (US) or any other county (not involved) has the rights to snoop.

    April 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm |
  15. Jeff

    Your coverage focus on flight 370 is misplaced.

    The key aspect to this investigation that deserves more attention is the fact that no one has disclosed the data they used to determine the "area of highest probability" for the flight to have gone down. Consider you are "the authorities" and the truth is you have no idea whatsoever where the plane is. You have families of victims, their countries, their attorneys, etc. all frustrated, and disappointed if not irate regarding the handling of the investigation. So consider the situation purely from a public relations standpoint. If you were the authorities, realizing that you cannot search the entire Indian Ocean, why not define an "area of highest probability" so that you can have a search area that you can search in a way that the families and such will consider you did a "thorough" search, at least in this area that you have defined. So then when you don't find it you can say "we tried your best." Now consider the alternative in this hypothetical situation: telling the truth; which is to confirm they have no data that can give them any degree of confidence as to where the plan might be, so, it would be foolish and a waste of resources (akin to a "wild goose chase" or "shot in the dark") to perform any search at all. But the latter would be such a PR (a probably legal) nightmare that the authorities have no choice but to give the illusion that they know approximately where the plane should be. They can't make the area to small because then that would indicate they have concrete data as to the plane's location, which they don't, but they can't make the area too large as it would be obvious they have no clue and will never find the plane. This reminds me of the scene in the movie "A Few Good Men" where Jack Nicholson says "you can't handle the truth!" That, in my opinion, is the situation we have here with the "highest probability" of being true.

    April 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm |
  16. Patricia

    I remember watching an interview with a retired Leiutenant General who does no necessarily believe it crashed. Rather what if the plane was taken and brought to a secret location, then hidden. Then after sometime re -mechanized to carry bombs etc to attack another country. I thought this to be quite interesting considering they have no trace of this plane anywhere. He also mentioned that it may be hidden in Pakkistan where Bin Laden was hidden. Israell is on high allert after that and supposedly the Usa is also. Why if it only crashed?
    Very interesting theory...

    April 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm |
  17. Patricia

    Condolences and blessings to all the families who may never know what happened to their loved ones, it's so unfair......

    April 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm |
  18. Cynthia Diane Everhart

    Exceptional interview with Iranian mother concerning her son's use of false passport. As a retired airline employee I reacted strongly to lack of screening-security process of MH 370. Our company lost a flight several years ago due to mechanical lapses. Whatever the cause or lack thereof of this tragedy remains secondary to the loss of life. My heart broke for this woman who may never know what her son experienced at the moment of his death. All my prayers for everyone involved.

    April 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm |
  19. Fred Griswold

    The Indonesian investigators are playing their cards pretty close to the vest. They don't want to release the information. If they don't tell us anything, then the info to file a lawsuit against Malaysia Airlines won't be available, so no one can file one. No wonder they want to keep it all hid. Just a thought. But my favorite theory is that they made it all the way to Antarctica, where they're dining on roast penguin now. At least the millions they're spending will help clean out the Indian Ocean a bit.

    April 5, 2014 at 3:37 am |
  20. gizmo1125

    Need to change the name of CNN to The Plane, The Plane. I turn on CNN to get some news or weather and it is all about The Plane, The Plane. Never have seen anything like it in my entire life.

    April 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm |
  21. Vahlsing

    Why don’t the search teams construct “Cell Phone Towers” on their ships and try to use the passengers cell phones GPS coordinates to find the missing airliner 370. Those cells phones must have plenty of battery life as they haven’t been used since March 8. …and I have to repeat my earlier comment: To find missing airliner 370 the search teams should drag through the ocean many super large Neodymium Magnets (or other types of heavy duty commercial magnets). A very large powerful magnet can attract the metal wreckage and pick it up easier from the ocean floor than other excavating procedures.

    April 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm |
  22. Gary

    Would someone be able to ask the on-air experts if the crash of flight 370 may have been caused by a Military Experiment gone "terribly wrong or god forbid terribly right " .....it seems almost impossible a plane that size would not have been detected by some Military Radar in any of the areas that it flew over or under the radar

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    April 6, 2014 at 6:46 pm |
  23. kathy

    When the transponder was turned off , why did air traffic controll not question it? Also, do other aircraft know who should be in the area when their aircraft is flying; If there were a fire or explosion seen it would have been reported. Lastly, where is the jir in relation to the search areas?

    April 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm |
  24. JSmith

    Richard Quest and Michael Kay are the reasons that I watch CNN.

    April 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm |
  25. Barry

    As much as I have enjoyed the excessive reporting of the disappearance of Flt MH370 I'm now wondering why Michael Kay who is ex UK forces retired, says he is an ex Lt Col of the Royal Air Force when Lt Col is a UK Army rank. Anyone who can check the rank system for officers in the UK should know that. Am I the only one who believes that facts should be checked before CNN starts reformatting the UK's military forces rank system.

    April 7, 2014 at 12:19 am |
  26. Vahlsing

    The airliner 370 landed and or crashed into the Indian Ocean at around 8am in the morning on March 8. It was daylight. I don’t know the weather conditions for that hour on that day; otherwise if it was a nice clam day, the aircraft might have had a soft landing and might be pretty much intact.

    April 7, 2014 at 3:41 am |
  27. Vahlsing

    Boeing 777 Manual: http://www.deltava.org/library/B777%20Manual.pdf

    April 7, 2014 at 3:55 am |
  28. Shirley Stiffler

    With the recent change in flight course, isn't it posible that the pilots knew the plane was going down and deliberately avoided flying over land to avoid more death and destruction?

    April 7, 2014 at 10:06 am |
  29. TRenee

    Would it possible to have a drone carry a blackbox in order to lead the investigation away from where the plane really went? Could it be that only the blackbox and a drone are at the bottom of the sea?

    April 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm |
  30. Vahlsing

    Then, since the search teams are having difficulty finding floating wreckage from airliner 370; and that they seem to concentrate their search in the southern areas of the Indian Ocean; and that the Indian Ocean giving the impression of being a circling motion of counter-clockwise; I would like to see the search teams start to look two-hundred to one-thousand miles north-east of the black boxes ping discovery location.

    April 7, 2014 at 8:36 pm |
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  33. Dr .A Jagannadham

    It will be able to find the location of missing plane and members through distance Bramhic vibration .i request that some family member or relative who knows any one of the passengers boraded in the missing plane ,if contacts me over net through e-mail by givenging his/her voive vibration i will try to contact through vibration (bramhic). my mail address jagan_nadham2000@yahoo.com

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    April 9, 2014 at 12:35 am |
  34. Diane Gosselin

    Most people have cell phones . Why wasn't anyone on flight370 able to communicate what was happening to there loved ones?

    April 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm |
  35. greg

    "Would it possible to have a drone carry a blackbox in order to lead the investigation away from where the plane really went? Could it be that only the blackbox and a drone are at the bottom of the sea?"
    My similar thoughts, or just a boat dropping off a couple black boxes overboard, or a tone generator to replicate the same ping. Why on earth don't they put a pinger locator on a sub and get the hell down there? (unless of course they're doing this) Rediculous. I understand it's deep, but haven't they the technology to rig up a sub to steer itself (autopilot) to the emitting source? If not, they will after this.

    April 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm |
  36. Brian Richard Allen

    .... Mr Kay is a Retired Royal Air Force (RAF) "Lt. Col" ....

    Bull. There is no such RAF rank.

    Believe Mr Kay retired after 20 years as a Squadron Leader (Major, equivalent) – although he has been known to claim that at the time of his mandated age/rank termination of his service career, he had been "chosen for" or "selected for" promotion to Wing Commander (Lieutenant-Colonel equivalent) rank.

    November 7, 2014 at 11:44 pm |

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