Malaysian authorities says that satellites have spotted around 122 objects, which could be the wreckage of Flight MH370 — missing since March 8 — in the Indian Ocean where rescue efforts are currently focused.
On Monday, the PM announced that analysis of data provided by a British company assisting in the search for the lost plane, indicated that Flight MH370 had “ended in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
The news — which comes after families have agonized for more than two weeks — was met with some skepticism, since not one piece of evidence has been recovered from said waters thus far.
Even though, the data analysis based on pings sent from Flight MH370’s ACARS system to a stationary satellite above the Northern Indian Ocean, indicates a path that indeed ends in the location announced by the Malaysian PM, there are other theories that indicate the plane could be located in a different area altogether.
In any case, the massive mulit-national search is now focused about 1,500 miles west of Perth, Australia, in the unforgiving waters of the Indian Ocean, where not even satellites can easily locate debris.
On Tuesday, the search efforts had to be suspended due to poor weather conditions and choppy seas, not uncommon in that part of the world.
The latest satellite images — provided by France — follow the spotting of two objects which are consistent with something that could belong to Flight MH370 and were found by crews scanning the sea.
Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s acting transport minister made the announcement, calling for caution, as the debris has not been linked to the missing Malaysian airliner, but is “the most credible lead that we have.”
In the past, similar images — provided by China — have resulted in frustrating dead ends for those desperate to find the wreckage of the doomed Flight MH370.
Hishammuddin said the objects were anywhere from one yard to 25 yards in length and that some seemed to have bright colors, which suggest they could be made of solid materials.
The US Navy has sent a highly sophisticated device — the Towed Pinger Locator (TPL-25) — that can listen to pings from the black boxes in a depth of 20,000 feet, according to Commander Chris Budde.
In other news related to the fate of Flight MH370, a friend of the pilot — Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah — revealed he was devastated after his wife left him and was having problems with another woman he was seeing.
“He’s one of the finest pilots, around and I’m no medical expert, but with all that was happening in his life Zaharie was probably in no state of mind to be flying,” the unidentified pilot told the NZ Herald.
Contradicting reports that the pilot of Flight MH370 was somehow involved with terrorism, the friend said Shah was anything but and loved “food, family, and flying.”
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