A Chinese satellite has located what might be the missing Malaysian passenger jet with 239 people on board, near where a New Zealander on an oil rig reported seeing a plane burning in the sky.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on Saturday, but a massive search and rescue operation has failed to find any sign of the crash site. Conflicting information and a lack of any evidence has frustrated families of those on the plane.
The announcement of the suspected crash site was made by China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) today. It included images of what were ''three suspected floating objects and their sizes'', CNN reported.
The photos were taken on March 9. They measured 13m by 18m, 14m by 19m, and 24m by 22m, CNN reported.
Co-ordinates would put the suspected crash site in waters northeast of where it took off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and south of Vietnam, CNN reported.
The site is near a Vietnam oil rig where a New Zealand worker claimed to have witnessed a burning object in the sky about the time the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is believed to have crashed.
However, previous hopes of finding wreckage have been dashed. An oil slick was found to be bunker oil from a ship. And Vietnam scrambled helicopters to check reports of a floating "yellow object" that rescue teams suspected could be a life raft from the plane, but it was merely another false alarm.
In a massive crowdsourcing effort, DigitalGlobe, which operates commercial imaging satellites, made available high-resolution images from the weekend of the area where evidence suggests the plane may have crashed.
It was asking volunteers to log onto its Tomnod website and comb through images in the hope of locating something of interest.
Post by Andy Wright on Mar 13, 2014 10:57:12 GMT 12
You'd think something like an eyewitness' account of "a plane burning in the sky" would have been jumped on by now. Here's hoping it's finally given the attention such a claim deserves in a case like this.
That said, that's the first I've heard of the Kiwi eyewitness. Fingers crossed.
Because having twenty aircraft (which can't actually confirm the makeup of the vast majority of floating objects) from several nations sprinting to each possible sighting in the order that they get reported is a good use of assets?
Post by baronbeeza on Mar 13, 2014 16:34:02 GMT 12
Yep, the Vietnamese are not flash on privacy matters. Whenever I go into Vietnam the 'pre-Visa' application letter (Visa on arrival) has the full details of all the other travelers who apply/enter in the same time-frame. You get to see the names, date of birth, passport number, and nationality of a sizable group. Often between 10 to 15 people. Complete details of a batch of strangers with only one thing in common, all entering Vietnam on that type of Visa that week.
It is also one of those countries where the hotels like to keep the Passport during your stay. They are not alone there of course.
For all this we have still to see any claims of anything tangible from the missing aircraft. Given the amount of marine craft normally in the area it has to be just a matter of time now surely.
I have to imagine the coverage chart is for the civil SSR in the region. It does give an idea of the civil installations in the area and we can all well imagine the military stuff about.
Engine Data Suggest Malaysia Flight Was Airborne Long After Radar Disappearance, U.S. Investigators Say
By Andy Pasztor
Udated March 13, 2014 12:30 a.m. ET
U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky.
Aviation investigators and national security officials believe the plane flew for a total of five hours
Last Edit: Mar 13, 2014 18:16:07 GMT 12 by baronbeeza
Post by baronbeeza on Mar 13, 2014 17:38:20 GMT 12
A thought Dave. At the moment we are struggling to find two people reporting the same thing. Their comments are just all over the show. Personally I have been baffled since Day One. The MSM and blogs are just meandering from from one end of the field to the other. If you asked me to place a pin on a map, say a $10 guesstimate to win $50,000 I would be thinking long and hard. I would be tempted to place my marker 300 miles out to the West of Sumatra.
That 4 hours comment has me concerned though, if that is correct then the aircraft could have flown anywhere. Diego Garcia would have seen it if it managed to get that far though. This must be double agony for the families, I am sure there will be changes made to the data feed/black box technology after this. As if the Air France one was not bad enough.
I wonder where your psychics would place their pins ...
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That's the aircraft's "chief pilot", not the airlines'.
Police sources have confirmed that officers have gone to the pilot Capt Shah’s home to question his family but stress it is a normal part of their investigation and there is no suggestion at this stage of anything untoward or of anything wrong with the pilot.
I've just been watching the News Conference on the BBC. The basic line is that the aircraft has just vanished. No matter what rumours are about and released by others, the Malaysians are checking them out. They are searching in other places mainly because the cant find anything where the aircraft should be. What they did say that the engines send reports to Rolls Royce or MAS and the last package of datta they got from engines was 0107. The last known location was I think 0135. So what they are saying that if the engines were still going after 0135 someone at MAS or Rolls Royce would know about it.
Concerning the missing Malaysian Airlines flight (yes, sorry, again).
If the 0600 14 March 2014 RNZ news is to be believed, the Malaysian's have now discounted both the Chinese satellite and Rolls Royce engines data as being of no consequence, which, given Rolls Royce's international reputation specifically, is very surprising. The very specific map references and other information given by the New Zealander, are also apparently being dismissed as being of no value.
To quote the famous line in Hamlet, there is very definitely 'Something rotten in the state of Denmark' in this regard, almost to the point of willfullness on the part of the Malaysians.
Conspiracy theorists are, of course, now gathering in their droves.