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Clues suggest ‘catastrophic failure’ on Malaysia flight

An aviation lawyer who worked on cases with problems similar to the Malaysia Airlines disaster said Saturday the lack of warnings about a problem aboard the aircraft suggest a catastrophic failure while flying at altitude.

Steve Marks, a partner at Podhurst Orseck law firm in Miami, represented relatives of victims in the SilkAir crash in Asia in December 1997 and the Air France crash in the Atlantic in June 2009. He said finding the wreckage — if the Malaysia plane did crash — and identifying a cause are complicated and difficult.

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