This program is 28 minutes long
(Washington: Tom Costello) Data indicating that the plane’s disappearance was intentional examined; details given about the analysis of pings; statement from Inmarsat quoted; search zone map shown. [Acting Malaysian Transportation Minister Hishammuddin HUSSEIN, former NTSB investigator Tom HAUETER, voice of US Navy Commander William MARKS, NBC News aviation analyst John COX- comment.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.
(Kuala Lumpur: Keir Simmons) The investigation of the crew and passengers reviewed; details given about the experience of pilot Zaharie Shah and co-pilot Fariq Hamid; scenes shown of prayers at Hamid’s mosque and the message board at the Kuala Lumpur airport. [National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia Ismail NASARUDDIN- comments.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Live conversation held with former NTSB investigator Greg Feith about the investigation. [FEITH – offers analysis.]
(Simferopol, Ukraine: Richard Engel) The tension in Ukraine in advance of a referendum on Crimea, where Russian forces are in control, featured; scenes shown of a pro-Russian demonstration under a statue of Lenin in Simferopol, an anti-Russia protest on a roadside, clashes in eastern Ukraine, and Secretary of State John Kerry with Russia’s foreign minister; details given about support for Russia in Crimea and the massing of Russian troops along the border. President Obama’s threat of sanctions noted.
(Lake Superior: John Yang) The mission to break the ice on the Great Lakes featured; scenes shown of the US Coast Guard cutter Alder on Lake Superior and ore carriers frozen in place. [Coast Guard Lt. Commander Anthony MAFFIA, Duluth Shipping News Ken NEWHAMS, University of Minnesota at Duluth professor Jay AUSTIN- comment.]
(No location given: Ann Curry) The emotional reunion in Denver of Amira Ali with her daughter Tina Deng after being torn apart by war in Sudan 24 years ago featured; details given about how they found each other through Facebook. [ALI, Ali’s English teacher George BROWN, DENG – comment.]