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Rover used to help find Colorado plane crash victims PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2014 13:04

RIDGWAY, Colo. (AP) — Boats and dive teams were using a remote-controlled rover on Monday to help them find five people feared dead after their plane crashed into the murky, cold waters of a southwestern Colorado reservoir.

The single-engine Socata TBM originated in Gadsden, Ala., and was headed to Montrose, about 25 miles north of the reservoir, when it crashed into the water at Ridgway State Park on Saturday. Officials say it crashed about 90 feet from shore in 60 to 90 feet of water.

Sonar and dive teams have helped searchers locate the wreckage, which is believed to be intact except for the tail, which was recovered Saturday. However dive teams can only see between 5 and 10 feet ahead of them in the reservoir, which contains sediment washed down from the mountains, Ouray (yoo-RAY') County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said. They are using the rover to help them zero in on the plane, she said.

Authorities haven't released the identities of the presumed victims.

Official: 108 names on list of missing in mudslide PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press   
Monday, 24 March 2014 13:02

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — There are 108 names on the list of people who've been reported missing or unaccounted for in the weekend mudslide in Washington state, authorities said Monday.

Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington said that's the consolidated list from various sources that authorities are working from, and it doesn't mean there are that many injuries or fatalities.

"It's a soft 108," Pennington said at a news conference.

Among the possible missing are construction workers coming into the neighborhood and people just driving by. Pennington added the slide occurred on a Saturday morning, when more people were likely to be home.

(Updated) Malaysia: Missing flight crashed in Indian Ocean PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by EILEEN NG, Associated Press TODD PITMAN, Associated Press   
Monday, 24 March 2014 10:15
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during the press conference for the missing Malaysia Airline, MH370 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, the nation's prime minister said Monday night, citing a new analysis of satellite data. The statement was the first major step toward resolving a 2-week-old mystery that has consumed the world.

But with the location of Flight 370 itself still unknown — most likely somewhere at the bottom of the sea — profound questions remain about what brought down the aircraft and why.

Dressed in a black suit, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the news in a brief statement to reporters, saying the information was based on an unprecedented study of data from a satellite that had received the final known signals from the plane.

He said the data indicated that the Boeing 777, which took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew, flew "to a remote location, far from any possible landing sites."

"It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 13:09
Australians, Chinese spot objects in Indian Ocean PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ROB GRIFFITH, Associated Press TODD PITMAN, Associated Press   
Monday, 24 March 2014 08:53

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Ships rushed to the location of floating objects spotted Monday by Australian and Chinese planes in the southern Indian Ocean close to where multiple satellites have detected possible remains of the lost Malaysian airliner.

One ship was carrying equipment to detect the plane's vital black box, but it remained uncertain whether the vessels were approaching a successful end to the search or another frustrating dead end.

"They could be flotsam," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in Canberra. "Nevertheless we are hopeful that we can recover these objects soon and that they will take us a step closer to resolving this tragic mystery."

In one of two new sightings Monday, Abbott said the crew on board an Australian P3 Orion had located two objects in the search zone — the first grey or green and circular, the second orange and rectangular. The crew was able to photograph the objects, but it was unclear if they were part of an aircraft.

Obama aide: 'Possible' Russia could enter Ukraine PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2014 07:56

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide says it's possible that Russia could invade eastern Ukraine, and even U.S. military assistance would be unlikely to prevent it.

Deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken says Russia seems to be trying intimidate Ukrainians by massing thousands of troops along the border.

But Blinken also tells CNN's "State of the Union" that "it's possible they are preparing to move in."

He says the U.S. is looking at providing military assistance to Ukraine. But he also says "it's very unlikely to change Russia's calculus and prevent an invasion."

Russia's defense chief has told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russia had no intention of crossing into Ukrainian territory.

Blinken says economic penalties are working to isolate Russia.

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