A multinational team tasked with finding the debris of Flight MH370, which vanished from radar two nights ago, with 239 people an board, and is believed to have exploded. Vietnamese navy planes reported seeing fragments that could be debris from the Boeing 777, and the team is now examining the photos taken to get to the location of the possible debris.
Family members of the passengers and crew members have been told to prepare for the worst as far as the fate of their loved ones. The plane crash would be one of the deadliest in history if all of the passengers died, which is widely believed to have happened, since the plane likely exploded over the ocean.
Late last night (in the US) a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared from radar. After the plane never appeared, and an oil slick was found off the coast of southern Vietnam, the plane is believed to have crashed in the region, with all 227 passengers and 12 crew members almost definitely dead.
Passengers came from 14 countries, including three Americans, two of which were toddlers. A terrorist attack has emerged as a likely cause of the crash, because of the sudden disappearance, as well as the fact that two passengers had been traveling on the plane with stolen passports.
Assemblyman Richard Hershel Bloom of San Diego is introducing a bill that would make the use of orcas for “performance or entertainment purposes” illegal. The bill would also ban the captive breeding of the animals, also known as killer whales.
The bill comes in response to the 2013 film “Blackfish” and is directed at SeaWorld, since the company’s location in San Diego is the only place in California that owns orcas. “Blackfish” centers on SeaWorld’s treatment of killer whales and is highly criticizing of the company. SeaWorld released a statement saying the bill represents “out-of-the-mainstream thinking.”
The European Union has slammed a scheduled referendum for the Ukrainian region Crimea to join Russia, calling it “illegal.” The vote has been set for March 16th by Crimean leaders, and is widely expected to pass, with ethnic Russians making up about 59% of the population. Russian troops have already taken de facto control of Crimea.
The Crimean parliament said it had asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to “begin the process” of Crimea joining Russia. The European Union warned Russia that there would be “serious consequences” if Russia did not attempt to defuse the Ukrainian crisis. US President Barack Obama said the proposed referendum would “violate international law.”
Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has compared Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea to Adolf Hitler’s actions in the late 1930′s. Clinton also slammed Putin as a “tough guy with a thin skin.” During a speech at a fundraiser, she clarified that Russia’s actions were similar to Nazi Germany’s invasions of Czechoslovakia and Romania, but she was not making a direct comparison.
“I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective. I am not making a comparison, certainly. But I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before,” Clinton said during her speech. Vladimir Putin has been using the need to protect ethnic Russians in Crimea as a reason for the invasion.