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Debris found near Australia being investigated as possible link to missing Malaysian jet

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/20/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Area, 1,550 miles from Perth noted for debris in water

The lack of hard, physical evidence from the missing Malaysian passenger plane has hindered search efforts. Now, Australia is investigating two objects seen on satellite images that could potentially be linked to the aircraft.

The anxious, bereaved relatives of the Chinese passengers on board MH370 watched announcements from Australia on monitors set up at the Beijing hotel.

The anxious, bereaved relatives of the Chinese passengers on board MH370 watched announcements from Australia on monitors set up at the Beijing hotel.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
3/20/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Australia, Malaysian missing jet, debris, satellite images


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Search attempts include a Norwegian ship, as well as planes from Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. The debris was discovered 1,550 miles from Perth. Bad weather conditions hampered their efforts, and the search was called off come nightfall.

Two pieces of wreckage that are possibly from the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 - one estima

Two pieces of wreckage that are possibly from the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 - one estimated to be 78 feet in size - have been found to the west of Australia, it was announced today. Pictured: Satellite pictures released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority of the object thought to be related to the search for MH370.


Flight MH370 was carrying 239 people when it disappeared on March 8, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it lost contact with air traffic controllers and disappeared from radar.

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Recovery mission begins: John Young, pictured, of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said at a

Recovery mission begins: John Young, pictured, of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said at an afternoon press conference that one aircraft is already on scene searching the area, and three others were on their way to help with the search.


The possible sighting of debris on satellite images, was described by Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin as a "credible lead." The largest object appeared to be 24 meters in size, but authorities warned they could be unrelated to the plane.

The debris was spotted on satellite imagery and a total of four aircraft have been sent to investiga

The debris was spotted on satellite imagery and a total of four aircraft have been sent to investigate the sighting, some 1553 miles off the coast of Perth.


"The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite information of objects possibly related to the search," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament.

"Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified."

This picture, taken on Thursday morning on board a Royal Australian Air Force Orion plane, shows how

This picture, taken on Thursday morning on board a Royal Australian Air Force Orion plane, shows how very poor visibility is hampering the search.


Two Australian Orion aircraft searching the area on were joined later by aircraft from the U.S. and New Zealand. The authority said the aircraft had covered an area of 14,000 square miles but confirmed that they had found no debris.

Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines, MH370 gather at a hotel ballro

Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines, MH370 gather at a hotel ballroom as they wait for a news briefing by the airlines' officials on Thursday.


The search thus far has been fruitless - and most frustrating. ABC News reporter David Wright on the P-8 Poseidon said all the sophisticated plane had spotted was "a freighter and two pods of dolphins."

Royal Australian Air Force Flight Engineer Warrant Officer Ron Day keeping watch for any debris or w

Royal Australian Air Force Flight Engineer Warrant Officer Ron Day keeping watch for any debris or wreckage during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean.


The objects identified in the images were of a "reasonable size", the authority's general manager John Young said. The largest object appeared to be about 78 feet in size, he said.

The anxious, bereaved relatives of the Chinese passengers on board MH370 watched announcements from Australia on monitors set up at the Beijing hotel.

"I don't believe any of this. I think my son is still alive," one relative told BBC reporters.

This map shows the possible routes that Beijing-bound MH370 may have taken after it took off from Ku

This map shows the possible routes that Beijing-bound MH370 may have taken after it took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8. It disappeared from radar contact at 2.14am while heading west, far off course


Whatever the case, everyone believes that the amount of debris close together in the ocean waters is significant and worth pursuing. "If they have a strong feeling or indication that the debris belongs to the aircraft, one of the first things authorities will do is drop sonar buoys in the water," Michael Daniel, a former U.S. Federal Aviation Administration official says.

"If the black box is there, the buoys should be able to pick up the signals. This could take up to 48 hours but it all depends on how near or far the ships and other assets are."

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