“Most Promising Leads” In Malaysian Flight MH370 Debris Search Turn Out To Be Fishing Gear And Jellyfish
The last week has seen a large number of possible objects in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but once the debris is found and identified, it keeps turning out to be false leads. Four orange objects pulled from the Indian Ocean this weekend - Flight Lt. Russell Adams called them the "most promising leads" - have been confirmed as "fishing equipment and other flotsam," reports the New York Times.
CNN adds that other items have turned out to be dead jellyfish and trash. Nevertheless, Australia began today's search undaunted, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying "We can keep searching for quite some time to come. ... If this mystery is solvable, we will solve it." We just wonder if it actually is solvable of if there is a larger story behind the perception.
As for Abbott's statement that "the magnitude of our operations is increasing, not decreasing," the most vessels yet are on the hunt today, with some 10 ships and at least 10 planes out searching a nearly 100,000-square-mile search area roughly the size of Poland. But because the debris is in rough water it keeps moving and making the task of locating it extremely difficult.
An Australian ship outfitted with a US ping detector is expected to join the search on Thursday, but its chances of finding the black boxes are extremely thin since it has to be within 1 or 2 miles of the pinger and in an area of 100,000 square miles that task seems nearly impossible.
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