Update: MH-370 Search – Report: Initial Flights Do Not Find Wreckage – Two Merchant Ships Enlisted/Diverted Also Arrive To Assist In Search….

malaysia flight 370AUSTRALIA – As the sun rises over the southern Indian Ocean the search resumes for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 with possible objects discovered in the water deemed the “best lead” yet.

Four aircraft were tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to focus on a 23,000 square kilometre area about 2500 kilometres southwest of Perth.

The search planes set set off from Perth at 4am local time (7am AEDT) and it is expected they will take four hours to reach the search area.

They are investigating satellite data imagery which identified two objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board.

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The first day of the search found nothing conclusive, but the effort will be bolstered by the arrival last night of the Norwegian car carrier, Hoegh St. Petersburg.

Another merchant ship is en route to the area, as is HMAS Success, a Royal Australian Navy ship.

The images were captured on March 16 but due to the volume of imagery being searched, and the detailed process of analysis that followed, the information was brought to the attention of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on Thursday morning.

One of the objects was 24 metres in length and the other was 5 metres.

The images have been assessed as being credible but it is possible they do not relate to the search.  (read more)

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hoeghKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – A freighter used searchlights early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected possible pieces from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

In what officials called the “best lead” of the nearly two-week-old aviation mystery, a satellite detected two objects floating about 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia and halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic.

The development raised new hope of finding the vanished jet and sent another emotional jolt to the families of the 239 people aboard.

But Australian authorities said in a statement early Friday that the search had turned up nothing so far.

One of the objects on the satellite image was 24 meters (almost 80 feet) long and the other was 5 meters (15 feet). There could be other objects in the area, a four-hour flight from southwestern Australia, said John Young, manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s emergency response division.

“This is a lead, it’s probably the best lead we have right now,” Young said. He cautioned that the objects could be seaborne debris along a shipping route where containers can fall off cargo vessels, although the larger object is longer than a container.

Four military planes searched the area Thursday without success and planned to resume Friday morning, Australian officials said.

The Norwegian cargo vessel Hoegh St. Petersburg, with a Filipino crew of 20, arrived in the area and used searchlights after dark to look for debris. It will continue the search Friday, said Ingar Skiaker of Hoegh Autoliners, speaking to reporters in Oslo.

The Norwegian ship, which transports cars, was on its way from South Africa to Australia, he said. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said another commercial ship and an Australian navy vessel were also en route to the search area.

Satellite imagery experts said the lead is worth investigating.

“It would be very nice if you could see a whole wing floating there, then you could say, ‘OK that’s an airplane.’ When you’re looking at something like this you can’t tell what it is,” said Sean O’Connor, an imagery analyst with IHS Janes.

But another analyst said the debris is most likely not pieces of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. There have been several false leads since the Boeing 777 disappeared March 8 above the Gulf of Thailand en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

“The chances of it being debris from the airplane are probably small, and the chances of it being debris from other shipping are probably large,” said Jason Middleton, an aviation professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. (read more)


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23 Responses to Update: MH-370 Search – Report: Initial Flights Do Not Find Wreckage – Two Merchant Ships Enlisted/Diverted Also Arrive To Assist In Search….

  1. Stormy says:

    Crazy like a fox.


  2. doodahdazee says:

    Did they find the Net Yet?


  3. auscitizenmom says:

    The poor families. SMH


  4. doodahdazee says:

    I hope they have their fishin rods. When they find the net it will be all you want. Tuna, Ono, Mahi. Load the boat.


  5. justfactsplz says:

    I thought sure they would have “found” it by now. On Fox tonight Greta was asking a panel about the Pakistan, northern route. A couple of the panel members said they did not believe it crashed in the Ocean.


    • goodkathie says:

      I thought these planes have some kind of electronic devices in the nose and tail that sends out info when/if the plane crashes on land or in the water. Is that correct???


      • justfactsplz says:

        Yes, and none of them went off. That’s why I think it was hijacked and landed or the pilot was in on it coming up missing.


  6. John Galt says:

    Maybe the cover up plan is to release an endless series of red herring stories until everybody becomes sick of hearing about MH370.


  7. LetJusticePrevail" says:

    I guess the only thing left to do is wait for the searchers to say:

    1) We found the objects in the satellite photos and they are part of FL370
    2) We found the objects in the satellite photos and they ARE part pf FL350
    3) We searched the area but could not locate the objects in the satellite photos or any debris that could have come from FL370

    Unless there’s more news. from the searchers or other investigative sources, what is left to discuss?


  8. JAS says:

    Way this seems to be going someone is going to find Nessie before anyone finds this plane. Hope I’m wrong and they do find something today/


  9. justfactsplz says:

    I was just watching the Kelly File show. They had the man whose satellite communicated with the airplane for about seven hours after the transponders were turned off. He said it would only ping if the plane was powered up and the engines running. He gave his findings early on but Malaysia took days more to mention it. It was his satellites that showed the plane flew westward instead of east across Malaysia. Also Boeing says the transponders had to be turned off manually.


  10. sundance says:

    Megyn Kelly just had the Inmarsat Vice-President on her show. It was the Inmarsat satellite pings which created the directional arcs in the map above.

    He said:
    – the Inmarsat system only works when the engines are running.
    – the Inmarsat system cannot be disconnected from the cockpit, only a few of the AP’s can.
    – there were 7 “pings” each of them 60 minutes apart.
    – there was no 8th “ping”.
    – there would have been an 8th ping if the engines were running – even if it were grounded.
    – the connection (communication) stopped between the 7th and 8th flight hour.
    – the 777 had 7.5 hours of fuel on board
    – Inmarsat gave the investigators the information on the first Tuesday following the disappearance.


    • LetJusticePrevail" says:

      I would like to see the exact time of each “ping”. Was the first “ping” logged the moment the engines were started, or was it exactly one hour after they were started, or some time in between? (I know that aircraft maintenance is based on “hours in service/flight” so is it possible that the a portion of an “in service” hour had been logged during a previous period of use, and the first “ping” was not sent by engines until the remainder of the hour of service was completed?

      Also, how do we know that the plane had 7.5 hours of fuel on board? Was it actually measured and noted prior to take off? Or is this a measure of the amount of fuel that was actually added prior to takeoff? Could there have been additional fuel remaining in the tanks after the previous flight?


    • ctdar says:

      So if that information was known 10 days ago…which means the China debri was definately a false story as the plane flew for @7 1/2 hrs.

      Cover up by how many countries?


  11. aprilyn43 says:

    The “Truth” is out there, and the people of the world are not getting it. With every piece of information the mystery deepens. The only “sure” thing is that this was deliberate, done by “Islamic terrorists” and it was done to strke terror .. fear into the hearts of the people of the world.


  12. aprilyn43 says:

    I’d like to know the truth; I believe the passengers are dead and they deserve a funeral, but I doubt Muslims will be that “humane”.

    So…. let’s talk reality. The problem is Islam and its followers, Muslims. The world “must” wake up and realize “Islam” is at war with us. Since, we have an enemy who’s purpose is to annihilate us, we must act accordingly to save our loved ones and country! Anything less is suicide …


  13. Free Agent says:

    I believe your map of “Global Sea Currents” is misleading for the task at hand, that being which way things will drift at sea surface. Your map is the global thermohaline circulation, driven by differences in salinity, water temperature, and water density. At sea surface, it’s wind-driven currents that dominate. The important difference is that in the Indian Ocean the average basin-wide wind-driven current circulates counter-clockwise, opposite the direction on the thermohaline map. If there is wreckage at the purported site, prevailing wind-driven surface current should transport it roughly northward, not southwest or south as the thermoline circulation gives the impression.

    Here’s an introductory paragraph from a reference on currents: “Currents may be referred to
    according to their forcing mechanism as either wind driven or thermohaline. Alternatively, they may be classified according to their depth (surface, intermediate, deep or bottom). The surface circulation of the world’s oceans is mostly wind driven. Thermohaline currents are driven by differences in heat and salt and are associated with the sinking of dense water at high latitudes; the currents driven by thermohaline forces are typically subsurface.”

    That reference has a global map of wind-driven surface currents, but a better one is slide 8 in a Powerpoint presentation I found by keyword searching. I’ve extracted a .gif file but see no way to post it here, so I’ve emailed you a copy. For those who can open Powerpoint, here’s the link:


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