Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 Goes Missing 2 Hours After Take-off, 227 Aboard Including 3 Americans (VIDEO) (Update: Oil Slicks Spotted)(Update: Terrorism Not Ruled Out) (Update: Two Stolen Passports)

An entire Malaysia Airlines 777 goes missing …

ABC News is reporting that a Malaysia Airlines 777, Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12:55 a.m., and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m has gone missing two hours after take-off. Flight MH370 simply vanished from the radar.  There are a total of 239 aboard, that includes 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. including three Americans.

A Malaysia Airlines flight with 227 passengers on board – including two adult Americans and an infant – has gone missing and a search and rescue team has been deployed to locate the aircraft, a spokeswoman has confirmed to ABC News.

Flight MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:55 a.m., and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., the airline said. It went missing two hours into the flight and disappeared off the radar at 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).

The airline said there are 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

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Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident :

  • Media Statement – MH370 Incident released at 7.24am: Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014). Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.
  • 2nd Media Statement: We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. Subang Air Traffic Control reported that it lost contact at 2.40am (local Malaysia time) today.
  • 5th Media Statement: Sepang, 8 March 2014:  The families of all passengers on board MH370 are being informed. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members.

An international search and rescue mission was mobilized this morning. At this stage, our search and rescue teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam have failed to find evidence of any wreckage.

The sea mission will continue while the air mission will recommence at daylight.

For the passenger manifest of MH370, click here.

The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on-board are Malaysians.

 The plane last had contact with air traffic controllers two hours after it took off 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the airline said on Saturday

UPDATE I: Planes spot oil slicks in search for missing flight.

Vietnamese air force planes on Saturday spotted two large oil slicks close to where a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 went missing earlier in the day, the first sign that the aircraft carrying 239 people had crashed.

The oil slicks were spotted late Saturday off the southern tip of Vietnam and were each between 6 miles and 9 miles long, the Vietnamese government said in a statement. There was no confirmation that the slicks were related to the missing plane, but the statement said they were consistent with the kinds that would be produced by the two fuel tanks of a crashed jetliner.

UPDATE II: Terrorism not ruled out in disappearance of Malaysia Airlines jet.

Malaysian officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane Saturday said they were not ruling out terrorism — or any other causes — as reports emerged that two Europeans listed on the passenger manifest were not aboard and may have had their passports stolen.

Malaysia’s director general of civil aviation told a news conference Saturday night that authorities had reviewed closed-circuit TV footage of passengers and their luggage and hadn’t seen anything of concern. But Prime Minister Najib Razak cautioned that it was “too early” to come to any conclusions, and other officials said nothing was being ruled out of consideration at this point.

CNN VIDEO – Odd to lose contact while cruising

UPDATE III: Full manifest published online by the Malaysia airline listed the American passengers aboard Flight MH370 as 51 year old Philip Wood, 4 year old Nicole Meng, and 2 year old Yan Zhang.

CNN VIDEO – Plane loses contact with airline, Tim Tilman, Aviation Expert … This Sounds Bad.

UPDATE IV: Austrian Ministry: Passenger on Malaysia Flight Used Stolen Austria Passport

A passenger on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was traveling with a stolen Austrian passport, Austria’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

A 30-year Austrian whose name was on the passenger list for the flight wasn’t on board. His passport was stolen in Thailand in 2012, a ministry spokesman said, confirming a report in German newspaper Die Welt.

The airline contacted the Austrian embassy in Kuala Lumpur about the one Austrian listed as a passenger, but an embassy check showed the man’s passport as stolen. The man is currently in Austria.

From NBC News, Stolen Passports Prompt Terror Concerns in Missing Jet, Officials Say

A terrorism analysts stated, “It is unusual for one person to board a plane with a stolen passport and very rare for two to do it.”

U.S. officials told NBC News on Saturday they are investigating terrorism concerns after two people listed as passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet turned out not to be on the plane and had reported their passports stolen.

The officials said that they had found no clear link to terrorism, and that there are other criminal reasons, for example drug smuggling, that stolen passports might be used to board a plane.

But the revelations, hours after the jet disappeared over the South China Sea without sending a distress signal, significantly changed how U.S. officials looked at the disaster. U.S. officials said they were checking into passenger manifests and going back through intelligence.

“We are aware of the reporting on the two stolen passports,” one senior official said. “We have not determined a nexus to terrorism yet, although it’s still very early, and that’s by no means definitive.”

UPDATE V: Time line if events for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370:

  • 12:41 a.m. – The Boeing 777-200, carrying 227 passengers from 14 countries along with 12 crew members, takes off from Kuala Lumpur.
  • 2:40 a.m. – Air traffic control in Subang, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, loses contact with the plane about two hours after takeoff. According to the Vietnamese military officials, the plane was just about to enter Vietnam’s airspace when its communications systems went silent.
  • 6:30 a.m. Saturday – The flight is scheduled to land in Beijing.
  • 7:24 a.m. – Malaysia Airlines announces it had lost contact five hours earlier with the flight.
  • 11:14 a.m. — Malaysia Airlines holds a news conference confirming the loss of contact with its aircraft.

UPDATE VI: Passenger list adds to questions – Two men whose names appear on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 manifest had reported their passports stolen.

CNN:

Uncertainly over the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was further compounded Saturday by reports that two men whose names matched those on the passenger manifest had reported their passports stolen.

Malaysian authorities apparently did not check the stolen documents on an international law enforcement agency database, CNN has learned.

After the airline released a manifest of the 239 people on the plane, Austria denied that one of its citizens was on the flight as the list had stated. The Austrian citizen was safe and sound, and his passport had been stolen two years ago, Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss said.

Similarly, Italy’s foreign ministry confirmed that no Italians were on the flight, even though an Italian was listed on the manifest. Malaysian officials said they were aware of reports that the Italian’s passport was also stolen but had not confirmed it.

UPDATE VII: Malaysia says debris spotted off Vietnam not from missing plane.

The debris spotted by a Singapore search team about 100km south-southwest of Vietnam’s Tho Chu island was not that of the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, said Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

Azharuddin however, said that though oil spills were found but there has been no confirmation yet.

“There was oil spill found but we are in the verification process now as to whether the oil spill came from the missing aircraft. However, we have not received a report yet,” he said during the press conference in Sepang on Sunday.

Search Continues for Missing Plane in Idaho … Those Aboard: Dale Smith and his Family, son Daniel Smith, Wife Sheree, Daughter Amber Smith & her fiance Jonathon Norton

The search continues for the missing Beech Bonanza airplane that took off Sunday, December 1, 2013, from Baker City, OR, where his family had been spending the Thanksgiving holiday, en route to Butte, MT. However, the plane disappeared over Idaho’s vast wilderness. The pilot, Dale Smith, had  reported engine problems and asked air traffic controllers for coordinates to land at a nearby back-country country landing strip. Then, controllers then lost radio and radar communication with the plane. Those on board the plane have been identified as Smith’s son Daniel Smith and his wife, Sheree, along with Dale Smith’s daughter, Amber Smith and her fiance Jonathon Norton.

VIDEO – CNN

Authorities have finished their second day of searching for a small plane and five passengers that disappeared two days ago in the mountains of central Idaho.

Crews on the ground along with National Guard helicopters and airplanes have been scanning the remote backcountry for a Beech Bonanza piloted by Dale Smith, a 51-year-old software executive from San Jose, Calif.

Smith took off Sunday from Baker City, Ore., where his family had been spending the Thanksgiving holiday, en route to Butte, Mont. But while flying over Idaho’s vast wilderness, Smith reported engine trouble and asked air traffic controllers for coordinates to a backcountry landing strip near the tiny town of Yellow Pine, about 150 miles northeast of Boise and along the border of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Controllers then lost radio and radar communication with the plane.

Authorities identified the others on board as Smith’s son Daniel Smith and his wife, Sheree, along with Dale Smith’s daughter, Amber Smith and her fiance Jonathon Norton.

UPDATE I:  Cell phones, weather may help find private plane missing in Idaho.

The search for a plane that was carrying a software company president and members of his family when it disappeared from radar over Idaho was set to resume Wednesday morning after would-be rescuers were forced to suspend their efforts because of nightfall, authorities said.

Search and rescue teams detected a weak signal from an emergency locator transmitter that allowed authorities to narrow the search to the area south of Johnson Creek, near Yellow Pine, where the plane is believed to have gone down.

“We’ve done a ping on the cell phones, and we’ve narrowed it down to a 4- or 5-square-mile area that we’re searching right now,” Valley County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dan Smith told CNN affiliate KGO.

Posted December 4, 2013 by
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Search & Rescue Underway for 4 Individuals of Learjet 35 that Crashed into the Ocean off Fort Lauderdale, FL Beach Tuesday Night (Update: 2 Dead, 2 Missing)

According to Flightaware, a Mexican-registered Learjet 35 took off from the airport in Fort Lauderdale, FL on Tuesday; however, crashed soon after in the Atlantic Ocean about 3 miles from the coast. The FAA said that the jet went down about four miles off the coast. The Learjet had a tail identification of XAUSD.   The jet was a medical flight was bound for Cozumel, Mexico after having dropped off a patient. There were four people on board, including 2 pilots, a doctor and a nurse. As per CNN, the two medical staff members worked for Air Evac International and the pilots worked for a chartered company.

According to their website, at AirEvac International, our aircraft are configured as airborne intensive care units specifically for air ambulance transports. AirEvac International provides the highest level of medical transportation care by combining the best medical resources and efficient response times. Our services include:

•Air Ambulance Service
•Bedside-to-Bedside Service
•Commercial Medical Escorts
•Ground Ambulance
•Specialty Care Teams
•Repatriations

Facebook: Air Evac International.

Shortly after take off there was a distress call (audio) from the jet.

A distress call from one of the pilots came just moments after takeoff.

“We have an engine failure,” the pilot said.

An air traffic controller asked him to turn left and keep a certain altitude.

“Not possible,” the pilot responded. “We’re going to do a 180, and we’re going to land.”

But seconds later, he said: “Mayday, mayday, mayday.”

The Coast Gard began an immediate search. A helicopter and 9 vessels were sent out by the Coast Guard and other agencies. More than 50 people are involved in the search. They soon found a debris field.

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Pic from Coast Guard – Follow WSVN-TV on Twitter

UPDATE I: The Coast Guard is confirming that two people are dead.

The U.S Coast Guard said that two of these people are confirmed dead while the search for the other two continues.

The pilots reported mechanical problems after takeoff. The plane crashed after taking off from the the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Intl. Airport.

The jet went down about three miles off the coast.

A helicopter and 9 vessels were sent out by the Coast Guard and other agencies. More than 50 people

UPDATE II: BNO – Two people confirmed dead as search for plane crash survivors continues.

MIAMI — Two people are confirmed dead as Coast Guard and partner agency rescue crews continue to search for possible survivors of a plane crash approximately three miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

At approximately 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center received a report of a possible plane crash off the Coast of Fort Lauderdale from the Federal Aviation Administration. Search and rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale and Coast Guard Air Station Miami were immediately dispatched to begin the search for the aircraft and possible survivors. The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark and a Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue boatcrew were also launched to assist.

UPDATE III: Miami Herald releasing possible names of some on board the jet that went down off the Fort Lauderdale coast.

The flight carried two pilots and medical personnel, including a physician tentatively identified by friends as Fernando Senties Nieto and a nurse, Mariana González Isunza, both of Cozumel. Senties’ Facebook page began to fill with condolences early Wednesday.

Mexican media identified the others onboard as pilots José Hiram Galván de la O and Josué Buendía Moreno.
It’s unclear if the pilots were employed by the plane’s last registered owner, AirEvac International. A company spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

Senator Jim Inhofe’s Son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, Dies in Plane Crash Near Owasso, OK

Dr. Perry Inhofe, the son of Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), has died in a plane crash near Owasso, Oklahoma. Perry Inhofe was an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa. Our prayers and condolences go out to the Inhofe family.  The plane crashed around 4 p.m. in a wooded area about 5 miles north of the Tulsa airport, shortly after the pilot of the plane issued an alert at 3:45 p.m. Sunday asking for immediate assistance. The plane that crashed Sunday is a Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 twin turboprop that was built in 1974 according to the FAA.

A source close to Sen. Jim Inhofe has confirmed that his son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, was on board a plane that crashed near Owasso, Okla. on Sunday. Perry Inhofe was killed in the crash.

The NTSB is holding a news conference at 5 p.m. KOCO will air the news conference on KOCO News at 5 and will livestream the news conference on KOCO.com.

Dr. Perry Inhofe was an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa. According to his biographical information on the Central States Orthopedics website, Inhofe attended Duke University and studied biomedical engineering and electrical engineering. He graduated in 1984.

From FOX 23, Dr. Perry Inhofe is remembered as a man of great integrity, skilled as a surgeon.

“The city of Tulsa shares our deepest condolences with the Inhofe family for their loss of Dr. Perry ” Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. said

“It is with deep sorrow that we give our condolences to Tulsa’s former mayor Jim Inhofe and his family. Dr. Perry Inhofe was a man of great integrity, skilled as a surgeon, and an example for all of us. His love for his family and of his profession will always be remembered. I am asking all Tulsans to remember Dr. Inhofe and keep his dear family in our prayers.”

Posted November 11, 2013 by
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Daily Commentary – Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – Firefighter Who Ran Over and Killed Asiana Airlines Passenger Cleared

  • Cleared of criminal charges in the death of 16-year-old Chinese student Ye Mengyuan in responding to plane crash.

Daily Commentary – Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Download

Two People Missing After UPS Cargo Plane Crashes Near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama (Update: 2 Crew Memebers Confirmed Dead)

A UPS cargo plane, A-300 Airbus, tail number N155UP, crashed around 5:00 am just outside the fence of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama. The flight originated from Louisville, Ky. At this point there has been no word as to the condition of the two crew members aboard, they are considered missing; however, this does not look good.

A UPS cargo plane with at least two people aboard crashed early Wednesday just outside the fence of the Birmingham, Ala., airport, and FAA official confirmed.

A UPS spokesman confirmed to MyFoxAL.com that the plane was a UPS A-300 Airbus, tail number N155UP, with two crew members aboard. The flight originated in Louisville, Ky., and crashed upon its approach in Birmingham. UPS said the crew has not been located.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew,” the spokesman said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told The Associated Press that the plane crashed before dawn Wednesday.

UPDATE I: Two crew members dead.

Sadly, the two crew members aboard the cargo plane that crashed this morning at dawn are considered dead. The Mayor’s office have confirmed that the pilot and co-pilot have been found at the crash scene dead.

The Birmingham Mayor’s Office has confirmed that the pilot and copilot of the plane have died in the crash. We’ll continue to update this story as information is confirmed.

Pranked Fox Affiliate KTVU TV Station Reports “Sum Ting Wong “Ho Lee Fuk,” “Wi Tu Lo” As Asiana Llight 214 Crash Pilots

Are you kidding me that some one actually fell for this prank? And the media criticized blogs for not fact checking and editing … LOL!!!

As reported by Deadspin, San Francisco Bay area Fox affiliate KTVU learned the names of the flight crew of Asiana flight 214, which crashed last Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, killing two, now three. They went on air and stated the four named of the pilots: “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow”. HUH?  What made it even worse was the newscaster’s serious reading of the names that puts it over the top. Good grief. I am sorry, but how new a news station not get what was a 4th grade telephone prank when I was a kid? How could no one have realized that this was an obvious spoof?

How long will it take for some one to call KTVU and ask whether their refrigerator is running?

Video via The Gateway Pundit

KTVU offered an apology after they realized they had been had.

On Friday, July 12, during the KTVU Channel 2 Noon newscast, we misidentified the pilots in the Asiana Airlines crash.

We made several mistakes when we received this information. First, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out.

Then, during our phone call to the NTSB where the person confirmed the spellings of the names, we never asked that person to give us their position with the agency.

We heard this person verify the information without questioning who they were and then rushed the names on our noon newscast.

The NTSB said late Friday that an intern had confirmed to a California news station the fake names of the pilots aboard the crashed Asiana flight in San Francisco. NTSB Press Release on the incident:

The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.

Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.

The NTSB does not release or confirm the names of crewmembers or people involved in transportation accidents to the media. We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today’s incident.

Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated.

Amateur Raw VIDEO of the Asiana Flight 214 Plane Crash at San Francisco International Airport … “Oh my God, oh my God, it’s an accident … Oh Lord have mercy”.

With the advent of the Internet and technology, in the 21st century, everyone is a journalist.

Check out the amateur raw VIDEO below of  the Asiana Flight 214 plane crash that happened yesterday at the San Francisco International Airport. Fred Hayes was videoing the landing of planes a the San Fransisco International airport when suddenly he noticed one plane was coming in a little different with its nose up and then it crashed … “Oh my God, oh my God, it’s an accident … Oh Lord have mercy”.

The VIDEO below is of the crash and the CNN interview with the man who video taped the plane crash.

Amateur video obtained exclusively by CNN on Sunday shows the plane approaching the runway and striking what appears to be a seawall before spinning counterclockwise and coming to a stop. Fred Hayes said he shot the video about a mile from the crash scene.

BREAKING: Boeing 777 Asiana Airlines Flight from Seoul, South Korea Crashes at San Francisco International Airport Runway (Update: 2 Dead, At Least 61 Injured)

BREAKING NEWS: CBS News is reporting that the FAA has announced that a Boeing 777 Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea to San Francisco, CA has crashed while making an emergency landing on the  runway at San Francisco Airport. The airlines stated that 291 people were on board, including a group of vacationing Korean school children, but there was no official word on any casualties. According to reports, witnesses said they heard a loud bang, the tail came apart from the plane and black smoke billowed into the air, visible for miles. According to a witness via PJ Media, around 11:20 a.m. the plane was just about to land — its landing gear had come down — when the tail of the plane came off,” San Francisco airport is currently closed, not accepting any inbound planes or allowing outbound traffic.

A federal aviation official says an Asiana Airlines flight has crashed while landing at San Francisco airport. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Lynn Lunsford says the Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco Airport while landing on Saturday.

Asiana Flight 214 was arriving from Seoul.

There has been no official word yet as to the passenger injuries.

Photos and video of the aircraft show fire and smoke from the aircraft

RAW VIDEO can be seen here.

More LIVE VIDEO feed from CNN.

UPDATE I: As reports at KTVU, the San Francisco Fire Dept. indicated it was aware of at least 12 passengers transported to local hospitals.

Meanwhile, according to dispatcher for the San Francisco Fire Department at least 12 people crash victims have been taken to local hospitals. It was not known how many passengers have survived the crash.

Firefighters and emergency crews from San Francisco, Redwood City, San Mateo responded to the airport and dosed the burning plane with foam to extinguished the fully engulfed aircraft.

Meanwhile, officials have closed all access to the airport and arriving flights were being diverted to nearby Oakland International .

UPDATE II: Many more updates and pictures of the accounts at PJ Tatler.

Pictures posted to Twitter.

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UPDATE III: At least two dead, 12 injured in Boeing 777 crash at SFO. Now being said that up to 48 injured. many have been treated for burns. Has been updated to 61 injured.

UPDATE IV: Two dead, 130 hospitalized, many missing in San Francisco plane crash.

Posted July 6, 2013 by
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Air Show Tragedy: Pilot, Wing Walker Jane Wicker Killed in Fiery Crash as Crowd Watches at the Vectren Air Show in Ohio (VIDEO)

Air Show Tragedy in Ohio.

Two people are dead, the pilot and wing walker Jane Wicker, after their aerial stunt went terribly wrong at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Ohio. Pilot Charlie Schwenker was also killed in the crash; however, no one on the ground was injured. According to the Dayton Daily News, stunt walker Jane Wicker’s 450 HP Stearman plane burst into flames after it hit the ground at about 12:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Jane Wicker Airshows Facbook

It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing at the Vectren Dayton Airshow. We ask for your prayers for the families and privacy of all involved and allow them time to grieve and work through these events.

No one else was involved in the accident.

CBS News:

A plane carrying a wing walker crashed at an air show and exploded into flames Saturday, killing the pilot and stunt walker, authorities said.

The crash of the 450 HP Stearman happened at around 12:45 p.m. at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton in front of thousands of horrified spectators. No one else was hurt.

A video from CBS Dayton affiliate WHIO-TV shows the plane turn upside-down as the performer sits on top of the wing. The plane then tilts and crashes to the ground, exploding into flames as spectators screamed.

“All of a sudden I heard screaming and looked up and there was a fireball,” Stan Thayer of Wilmington, Ohio, told WHIO-TV.

Shawn Warwick of New Knoxville said he was watching the plane through binoculars.

“I noticed it was upside-down really close to the ground; she was sitting on the bottom of the plane,” Warwick told WHIO-TV. “I saw it just go right into the ground and explode.”

 

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