Search Suspended For Possible Plane Debris Off Australia

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(Sydney, Australia) A day that began with high hopes ended with uncertainty late Thursday in Australia as darkness put an end to the search for two objects captured on satellite and described as possible debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Aircraft from Australia, New Zealand and the United States will resume the search Friday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.

Sailors aboard a massive Norwegian cargo ship summoned to join the search will continue to work throughout the night, said Erik Gierchsky, a spokesman for the Norwegian Shipowners Association.

“All men are on deck to continue the search,” he told CNN. “They are using lights and binoculars.”

Hindered by poor weather in a wild, remote area of the southern Indian Ocean, neither the surveillance planes nor the Norwegian ship had managed to spot the debris photographed Sunday by a commercial satellite.

John Young with the Australian Maritime Authority said the largest piece appeared to be about 70 feet.

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4 comments

  • Ahad

    What I thought from day one. Those experts that said the plane had landed in some country will be wiping the egg off of their faces. However, they did get their 15 minutes of fame.

    I think the pilot killed the first officer and then crashed the jet into the ocean. Then again I could be wrong.

  • Don

    It seems that NASA could pinpoint the exactly of a 70 ft. piece of debris and direct ships to the area to find out if this is part of the plane.

  • R. E.

    Don – …problem with that thought. The ocean area is “wild”, meaning that the sea is turbulent, winds are strong, and any object floating will change position frequently. By the time anyone gets a “fix” on that position, the object can be tossed around within a matter of a few hours and disappear again – especially at night. Nice try, though.

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