Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search Moves Again
Forget all those satellite photos showing promising patches of debris. The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has moved again.
Graphic shows where possible objects relating to Malaysia Airlines flight 370 were found in relation to each other. A new analysis of satellite data showed the plane could not have flown that far south, they said.
The new zone is 680 miles (about 1,100 kilometers) to the northeast, closer to the Australian coast.
In what could be a sign the search is on the right track, or possibly yet another letdown, the agency said five of the 10 planes dispatched to the new search zone had spotted objects in the waters below. Navy P 8 search plane Friday, said the crew of that plane spotted white objects, orange rope and a blue bag.
one point, sure, everybody on board got a little excited, but it impossible to tell from that distance what anything is, she said Abercrombie .
Exactly what the planes had found was unclear, but if the finds turn out to be something other than plane debris, it would not be the first time.
A Chinese aircraft reported spotting possible aircraft debris early in the search, but that sighting turned out to be nothing.
have not seen any debris developments cap three weeks of frequent false leads in the search for the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people aboard. A Abercrombie nalysts who relied on sophisticated mathematics to come to their conclusion couldn offer a specific impact spot, however.
The decision to move the search zone came after additional analysis indicating the plane didn fly as far south as previously thought, acting Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Friday.
The old area had seemed promising after repeated satellite images showed multitudes of objects floating in the water.
regards to the old areas, we have not seen any debris, he said, adding that he would not classify anything satellites or planes have spotted as debris. just not justifiable from what we have seen. conditions
The new zone remains vast roughly 123,000 square miles (319,000 square kilometers). It is still Abercrombie also remote 1,150 miles (1,850 kilometers) west of Perth.
But Young said conditions there are to be better more often than they were in the old search area, where poor weather has grounded flights two days this week.
Planes will be able to spend more time in the air because the new search zone is closer to land, Young said. flight crews involved in the search aren frustrated or disillusioned by the sudden change in the search, said Cmdr. 7th Fleet.
the pilots and the air crews, this is what they train for, he said. understand it. time?
Some analysts, however, raised their eyebrows at the sudden shift.
That much debris and we not going to have a look at it to see what that stuff might be? said David Gallo of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who helped lead the search for the flight recorders from Air France Flig Abercrombie ht 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009.
Others lamented the amount of time, money and resources that were spent in the old search area.
is time that has been wasted, there no question, said CNN aviation analyst Miles O disputed that suggestion.
don think we would done anything different from what we have done, he said.
CNN safety analyst David Soucie said it was good sign that experts had adjusted their assumptions.
are the key to all of this, he said. you assume something and you end up with a final conclusion, you have to constantly review that. evolving search