According to the most recent reports, a large piece of debris has been found in the Atlantic Ocean prompting official’s indication that this could be the remains of the missing Malaysian plane. Saying that they’re unsure on if this is the case, it could take up to two days to determine definitive results due to its remote location.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing an entire 13 days ago and as the grueling search went on, a few remained hopeful. That is until a U.S Navy P-8 Poseidon spotted something and announced, “’there is something down there.”
It appears as if the flight diverted off course and flew until it ran out of fuel as it crashed into the ocean. Found in an extremely remote location, 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, it is said to take ships a full two days to just get to the point of interest.
The Daily Mail puts things into perspective saying that distance is equivalent to the distance between London and Moscow. Because of this fact, planes are only able to spend a short while above the location before having to head back to refuel.
This is not hindering search efforts however as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conveyed that this find is, “credible and potentially important.”
Apparently sometime earlier in the search, a Royal Australian Air Force surveillance plane had fully completed a sweep of the area but was able to come up with nothing. Saying that their efforts were remarkably hindered by weather conditions, the wreckage could have also floated there with the current.
Andrew Nelson, a reporter on the Australian search plane explained, “’From what we saw at the time there was no debris visible to us in that area.”
Since discovering the plane, authorities have divulged that the missing Malaysian flight had enough fuel to fly a full 2,500 miles leaving the search equivalent to that of finding a needle in a haystack. Where the wreckage was located is within that diameter and are now considering the possibility of a hijacking and a terrorist attack.
The planes transponder was switched off at approximately 1:21 a.m. along with the Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, that sends out a signal every 30 seconds regarding miscellaneous data from the plane (i.e. altitude and speed). This has led investigators to believe that those responsible had extensive knowledge pertaining to Boeing 777-200ER and commercial aviation.
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Wrapping up a press conference, John Young of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority relayed, “I must emphasize that these objects may be very difficult to locate.” Until the ships are able to conduct a search and salvage mission, the rest of the world will just have to sit in anticipation.
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(H/T: Daily Mail)