Australia Fails to Locate Assumed Aircraft Debris
   2014-03-21 07:39:31    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang

Photo released on March 20, 2014 by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) shows satellite image of objects that may be possible debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean. Australia announced on Thursday that it had spotted two objects possibly related to the search for the missing Malaysian flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean and had sent four aircraft to the area to assess. [Photo: Xinhua/AMSA]

A day of searching yesterday in the waters off the west coast of Australia has so-far failed to detect any sign of possible debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight first spotted by satellite imagery.

CRI's Jordan Lee has more.


 

Reporter: As darkness fell, the day-long air search for two objects that could be part of missing flight MH370 ended without any success.

Flight Lieutenant Chris Birrer with the Royal Australian Air Force is one of the pilots of the four airplanes involved in Thursday's search.

"AMSA revised our search areas, so we searched a particular area that AMSA asked us to today. Unfortunately, with the weather conditions as you experienced on the flight, we were unable to locate any wreckage or debris, but other aircraft are continuing the search up until last night tonight."

The four planes were checking to see if two large objects spotted in satellite imagery four days ago are, in fact, debris from the flight MH370, which disappeared on March 8th.

One of the objects is said to be 24 metres in length.

The other is estimated at just 5 metres.

A series of marker buoys have been dropped in the area, which will provide information about the currents and help crews create a more precise search grid.

Meanwhile, Norwegian ship has been diverted from its journey from Madagascar to the area where the two floating objects were spotted.

In Kuala Lumpur, the authorities are moving to try to play down expectations surrounding the discovery of the two objects.

Acting Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein is warning it may take a long time to find the objects, let alone confirm whether they have any connection to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

"Right now the information that we have received from the Australian authorities was actually corroborated, to a certain extent from other satellites. This is something that we can bring our ships across. This is something that two prime ministers spoke to. That makes it slightly different from the earlier lead."

In the wake of the possible discovery, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot have held a telephone conversation, with Abbot updating Xi Jinping on the latest developments.

For his part, Xi Jinping has asked Abbot to inform Chinese authorities of the latest developments as soon as new information comes in.

At the same time, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has confirmed MH370 did not enter Chinese territory before its disappearance on March 8th.

There have been numerous false leads and no confirmed wreckage found from Flight MH370, since it vanished from air traffic control screens off Malaysia's east coast.

The plane departed Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8th with 239-passangers and crew onboard, including 154 from China.

It's since been revealed the plane's transponder and communications systems were shut down deliberately shortly after takeoff, with the plane then diverting away from its assigned flight plan.

For CRI, I am Jordan Lee.

For more on what we can expect as far as the search today is concerned, we are joined live on line now by Wang Xiao, our Australian correspondent in Sydney.

Related:

Xi, Abbott Hold Phone Talks over New Findings on Missing Jet

Australia Covers 23,000 sq km in Searching Flight MH370

Chinese Vessels Head South For MH370 Search 

Possible Debris of Malaysia Airlines MH370 Found in Indian Ocean

China Confirms MH370 Did Not Enter Territory of China


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