Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Malaysia flight 370: possible wreckage in Indian Ocean west of Australia

Could this be where flight 370 went down?  Reported just an hour ago, there are reported pieces floating on the surface, they may be parts of the Boeing 777, they may be something else.  A US Orion plane is en route and will arrive tomorrow afternoon, along with two other aircraft to begin a search of an area more than 100,000 square miles in size.

We may have an answer soon.

From CNN March 19 by Jethro Mullen, Chelsea J. Carter and Mitra Mobasherat

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Australia says possible objects in Indian Ocean

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) -- Authorities have spotted two objects in the Indian Ocean that are possibly related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday.

"New and credible information has come to light in relation to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean," Abbott said in the the Australian House of Representatives in Canberra. "The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search.

"Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified," he said. "I can inform the House that a Royal Australian Air Force Orion has been diverted to attempt to locate the objects."

Three other planes will carry out a "more intensive follow-up search," he said.

Australian search teams have been at the forefront of the hunt for the missing plane in the remote southern Indian Ocean.

The announcement from Abbott raises hopes of finding parts of the plane after a huge search that is now in its 13th day. Previous reports of debris found in the sea have not turned out to be related to the passenger jet, which vanished over Southeast Asia earlier this month.

But those reports came before the search area was massively expanded into two large arcs, one that heads northwest into Asia, the other southwest into the Indian Ocean.

Other pieces of information related to the investigation into the plane's disappearance had emerged Wednesday.

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