Aviation

Chinese spot more potential missing plane debris

Chinese officials believe they have spotted remnants of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane that been the subject of a two-week, multinational search, The Associated Press reports.

The lead from the Chinese follows the release of satellite images from French and Australian officials that have led investigators to believe the missing plane crashed into the south Indian Ocean.

The Chinese officials said a crew of its pilots spotted a white object in the water when they were flying over the area of the ocean that was identified by the previous satellite images, according to the report.

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Week ahead: Lawmakers to review LAX shooting

Lawmakers will return their focus to he shooting that occurred at the Los Angeles International Airport last fall when they travel to the airport to conduct a field hearing this week.

Officials with the House Homeland Security Committee said the panel will hold a hearing at the Los Angeles airport on Friday that will be titled "Lessons from the LAX Shooting: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies at Airports."

The hearing follows the release of a critical report by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) reviewing the circumstances that surrounded the Nov. 1 shooting, which resulted in the first death of an on-duty Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since the agency’s inception in 2002.

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Sen. Chambliss: FBI ‘laser focused’ on plane search

The FBI is “laser focused” on analyzing information that was seized from a computer that belonged to one of the pilots of the jetliner that has been missing for two weeks, the top Republican on the Senate’s intelligence committee said.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said during an interview on Thursday evening with Fox News that he has been in contact with the FBI about its efforts to gleam information about the potential whereabouts of the missing plane from a flight simulator that was found on the jet’s pilot’s computer during a search of his house last weekend. 

“I actually spoke with them this afternoon,” Chambliss said. “And what I can tell you.. is that they not only have the simulator box but they also have some other assets that they are reviewing in great detail.

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WH: ‘Excellent cooperation’ from Malaysia on plane search

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday that the U.S. is receiving “excellent cooperation” from the Malaysian government in the search for the jetliner that has been missing for two weeks. 

Republicans in Congress have sharply criticized Malaysia’s handling of the search for the plane, arguing that the country has issued conflicting reports about the potential whereabouts of the jet and been slow to look into the backgrounds of its pilots. 

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