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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Door, burned suitcases, add to debris being associated with MH370

Revised Suddenly the list of objects retrieved from the coastline of La Reunion and associated with missing flight MH370 is growing, but so are doubts about their relevance.

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Vital MH370 mystery clues might have been burned on La Reunion

Some terrible possibilities that evidence that could help solve the MH370 mystery have inadvertently been burned in beach cleaning operations on La Reunion island in the Indian Ocean have been raised in media reports.

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Confirmation of MH370 wing flap discovery comes with consequences

There are consequences from the confirmation this evening by Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi that the wing flaperon recovered from La Reunion in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday is from a Boeing 777.

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Gold Coast tourism to be boosted by Hong Kong Airlines

  The Gold Coast Bulletin has the scoop on Hong Kong Airlines starting seasonal holiday flights to its airport from next January.

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MH370 search finds more fools in CNN newsroom

The news directors in CNN (if there are any) have again shown they have the attention span  of goldfish that are constantly surprised by finding themselves in a fish bowl.

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More details emerge of massive Chinese hack on US airline

There are more detailed claims in Bloomberg and Forbes in recent days as to the depth and true intent of massive Chinese computer hacking attacks on US companies, including United Airlines, that have obvious implications world wide.

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Suitcase found near suspected MH370 wing discovery on La Reunion island

A suitcase has been found in the same area of La Reunion island where a suspected part of the wing of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was found yesterday.

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How might Qantas use its new long haul aircraft?

Although Qantas is careful not to say it will actually go ahead and take delivery of optioned Boeing 787-9s from 2017, the overwhelming support by its pilots for a new long haul EBA allows speculation as to how it might use them.

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Doubts linger over possible MH370 wreckage on remote island

Update Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi says it is “almost certain” that the debris washed up on La Reunion island in the southern Indian Ocean belongs to a Boeing 777 aircraft.

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Wing fragment possibly from MH370 found on remote island

Update 2  While the only missing 777 is MH370, some older 777s have been scrapped and their parts sold, a factor causing delay in identifying the origin of this part found on La Reunion island.

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Virgin Galactic crash raises risk realities for space flyers

Virgin Galactic’s rocket rides have been about to happen for close to seven years, and the report of the US investigation into the destruction of the first of a fleet of five spacecraft intended to carry six passengers and two pilots to the edge of space tells us that there was a lethal design error [...]

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Virgin Australia cuts losses sharply in fourth quarter filing

In a curtain raiser to its full financial years result to 30 June Virgin Australia has this morning filed greatly improved fourth quarter results.

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Design rather than pilot error blamed for Virgin Galactic crash

The probable cause of the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital joy flight craft last October lay with its design and not the pilot who prematurely unlocked a device intended to stabilise its re-entry from the edge of space according to the NTSB.

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Delta buys symbolic stake in China Eastern, but why?

After making a huge fuss over the alleged unfairness of sovereign ‘subsidies’ in Middle East carriers, US behemoth Delta is buying a symbolic stake in China Eastern, widely regarded as the most subsidised state owned airline of current times.

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Safety and financial concerns close in on Thai International

The ‘real’ news about Thai International is getting worse as safety and financial performance concerns generate negative headlines in Bangkok.

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Virgin Galactic rocket engine explosion precedes NTSB report

With only days to go before a crucial report into the inflight destruction of SpaceShipTwo is released Virgin Galactic is reported to have confirmed that its newest and most powerful liquid fueled engine recently blew up on a test stand.

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Boeing’s galvanic response to 787 costs is an eyebrow raiser

For an airliner that touted the advantages of carbon composites over aluminium alloys, Boeing’s latest cost cutting move to put that metal into its Dreamliner 787s may seem contradictory.

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On far Pluto, vast nitrogen glaciers flow

Pluto’s great white heart is alive and pumping, bleeding vast glacial flows of nitrogen ice outwards to fill and bury the surrounding ancient craters of the dwarf planet on the edge of the central solar system.

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