Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/14/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

An oil slick, a failed cell phone call, searchers taunted by clues.

International search efforts for Malaysia Air Flight 370 continue in the Indian Ocean, over a thousand miles off the coast of Perth Australia. Although investigators believe the batteries that power the data recorders are likely dead, other tantalizing clues about the fate of the airplane abound.

The Bluefin 21 submersible will scan the seafloor for any signs of wreckage. Each mission will take about 24 hours to complete and another day will be needed to prepare Bluefin for a second mission. The search could take weeks.

The Bluefin 21 submersible will scan the seafloor for any signs of wreckage. Each mission will take about 24 hours to complete and another day will be needed to prepare Bluefin for a second mission. The search could take weeks.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/14/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Flight 370, Malaysian Airlines, hijacked, black box, pinger, locator, beacon, oil, clues, tantalizing


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - International search efforts for missing Flight 370 entered a new phase as the Bluefin 21 underwater mapping probe was deployed from an Australian ship this morning, local time.

The Bluefin 21 has been at work for nearly a day already, and now close to the end of its first 16-hour run at the bottom, will soon come up for retrieval by the Australian ship, Ocean Shield. After that, the data will be downloaded and a painstaking review process will begin. Even if Bluefin 21 detects wreckage on the sea floor, it may be at least another day or more before the discovery is announced. The process of mapping the seafloor is very painstaking.

Pray for those affected by this tragedy.

The Bluefin 21 was deployed after five days of silence during which searchers came to believe that the underwater pingers on both the black box and voice data recorder went quiet. The batteries for both devices had a guaranteed lifespan of just 30 days. Searchers were hoping for one more ping, to help triangulate the position of the underwater wreck. This never came.

Other tantalizing clues have come to light.

First, it has been revealed that Flight 370 rounded the northern coast of Indonesia and climbed as high as 45,000 ft., and as low as 5,000 ft. This has been known for some time, but now the pattern has been confirmed by Malaysian officials who say it is definite evidence suggesting the plane was hijacked.

Last week rumors also surfaced that suggested the co-pilot, 27-year old Fariq Abdul Hamid may have attempted to place a cell phone call while in flight. It is believed he powered his cellphone on and may have attempted a call. Was he calling to warn of trouble? It's difficult to know because no call came through.

Another tantalizing clue is in the form of an oil slick that was found just a few miles away from where pings were detected earlier in the month. That oil has been sampled and sent for analysis. If it belongs to Flight 370, it will confirm the plane's likely location in the vicinity.

Still, finding the actual crash site will take time and luck because the search area is still vast, spanning an area hundreds of miles square. The Bluefin 21 vehicle takes two hours to descend to search depth, and another two hours to return to the surface. The vehicle has about 16 hours of time to search slowly under the waves.

Finally, once the location is found, recovery efforts will likely focus on the flight recorders and possibly any bodies of the deceased, which are expected to be present deep underwater. How this will be accomplished remains unclear, although submersible craft will be needed for all efforts.

It is unlikely that any announcements will come within the next day or so, however by the end of the week we should have analysis of the oil slicks complete and it is a distinct possibility that Bluefin 21 may have located the wreck by then.

Otherwise, the search could continue for weeks until the entire area in question has been canvassed. If the wreck isn't found after that, the case could become cold with nations unable to spend unlimited money on recovery efforts.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Military combats return to Japan after seven decades of strict restrictions Watch

Image of

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the first time in 70 years, Japan's military will now have limited powers to participate in military activities concerning conflicts, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe triumphed over public demonstrations and oppositions against the new legislation. The Prime Minister ... continue reading


Tibetan Monk Delek Rinpoche cremated in Chinese prison against family's wishes Watch

Image of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died in prison and was then cremated against public wishes.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Tibetan Monk, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's body has been cremated against the will of his family in a secret Chinese prison. Prior to the cremation, protests erupted after news that the Monk was killed while in prison. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Famous Siberian 60-meter deep crater mystery solved Watch

Image of Yamal crater B-1 not caused by meteor as previously thought.

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A "never observed" process that has puzzled Russian scientists is now understood. Through an expedition last week, researchers found out that the massively large holes, appearing in Siberia, are not actually caused by large meteorites but a former mound of land covered ... continue reading


Indonesia's rumbling volcano causes flight cancellations and panic for tourists Watch

Image of Mount Raung has been heating up over the last few weeks.

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An active volcano in Java, Indonesia has been rumbling and spewing ashes over the last week, causing flight cancellations to tourist hub Bali and other destinations. Transportation authorities decided to suspend flights because the amount of volcanic ash could be ... continue reading


Inspiring story of a homeless nine-year-old Filipino boy who does his homework on the streets Watch

Image of Daniel Cabrera went viral over social media for his intense motivation to do well in school.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Nine-year-old Daniel Cabrera has inspired people around the world with one heart-warming photo. In the viral photo, the child is shown doing his school work on the street, using an improvised bench as his study desk and a dim light from a McDonald's restaurant.  ... continue reading


Christianity not prevailing religion with China's youth -- The reality may shock you Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The prevailing faith among young people under the age of 30 in China is not Christianity, but Islam, according to a new study that was released by the National Survey Research Center and Renmin University in Beijing, China. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Chinese stunned as $2.8 Trillion is wiped from markets Watch

Image of Chinese stocks fell again earlier this week, with the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen ending down 1.8 percent.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The stock market goes up - but it eventually must come down. Over the past three weeks, the Chinese stock market has taken a beating. This comes as distressful news to many retirees, who placed their life savings in the stock market. Whatever measure Beijing ... continue reading


HORRIFIC PHOTOS- Filipino children forced to scavenge through rubbish for pennies a day Watch

Image of Shocking photos depict a boy struggling to stay afloat in water clogged with rubbish. In another photo, a young girl balances on a makeshift Styrofoam raft.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a horrific example of child labor that should not be tolerated in any developed nation, Filipino children scavenge through polluted rivers for trash to resell. The heavily polluted water endangers their lives - all in exchange for work that equals little ... continue reading


Same-sex unions by Filipinos abroad will go unrecognized in Philippines Watch

Image of Representatives of the Filipino Catholic Church say they will not discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Filipinos who marry members of the same sex while abroad will not see the perceived legal benefits in their native Philippines, a government representative says. "Our laws are clear. The Family Code only recognizes the marriage between a man and a woman," ... continue reading


Successor to Mother Teresa dies at 81 Watch

Image of The second among 11 children of a Nepalese Hindu family, who settled in Bihar state of India, Sister Nirmala was born on July 23, 1934. She later graduated from Patna Women's College, managed by Apostolic Carmel nuns.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The successor to Mother Theresa, Sister Nirmala Joshi has died at the age of 81. People all over the world remember her for her selfless dedication to helping the poorest of the poor, as the leader of Missionaries of Charity, or MC, for two consecutive terms. ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28
7 Moses used to take the Tent and pitch it outside ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
6 Yahweh acts with uprightness, with justice to all ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:35-43
35 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 28th, 2015 Image

St. Innocent I
July 28: Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter