Sunday, April 6, 2014

Did They Find The Missing Malaysian Jet?

From Fox News:
The Australian official coordinating the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said Monday that a search ship had detected more signals consistent with those emitted from aircraft cockpit voice and flight data recorders -- so-called "black boxes" -- in an area of the Indian Ocean nearly three miles deep hundreds of miles off the western coast of Australia.
Retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston told reporters at a news conference in Perth Monday that the latest detection of signals was "very encouraging" and "the best information we have," but stressed that the new findings did not constitute discovery of the plane, which disappeared early on the morning of March 8.
"In very deep oceanic water," Houston said, "nothing happens fast." He said the ocean depth in the area is approximately 14,800 feet.
The Ocean Shield had been using a U.S. Navy towed pinger locater when it detected the sounds on two occasions over a period totaling more than two and a half hours in the northern part of the defined search area. The first ping was detected for approximately two hours and 20 minutes, and the second for 13 minutes on the ship's return trip over the same area.
"I would want more confirmation before we say this is it," Houston said. "Without wreckage, we can't say it's definitely here. We've got to go down and have a look and hopefully we'll find it somewhere in the area that we narrowed to."
These pings could have been the pings from the airplane or a whale farting.
Call me a pessimist, but since there is no weckage or oil spills in the area, I have serious doubts that they found the plane or even close.

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