CNN is reporting it now.
If the Australian Prime Minister is making the announcement....he's not going to stick his neck out for something that's trivial. Hopefully the objects will shed some light on this situation.
Although....what's out there? Why would the plane head in that direction?
So sad that we are using words such as "hopefully" and "optimistic" when discussing the possible location of debris from the plane...my heart is breaking for the families.
I have the television on now. They're mumbling and bumbling at the moment but they have a small box in the corner showing the setting up for AMSA's briefing.
There's a map. That, to my naked eye, looks to be more or less the last direction we knew the plane was flying in.
- They do not yet know that these objects are related to the plane.
- There is an RAAF aircraft that should be on scene about now
- Three more aircraft (two RAAF and one RNZAF) are en route
- A merchant ship has been redirected
- An RAN ship HMAS Success is en route to the area prepared to recover anything that may be from the plane
- The satellite has picked up two objects, the larger being approximately 24m in length (fuselage?)
- The weather around the area is poor, with little visibility, so the planes may not be able to see much
- Commercial satellites are being redirected to take photographs of the area
- An RAAF C130 is en route to drop marker buoys that will record drift and other things that might affect the potential sighting/recovery of these objects
- The imagery provided by satellites was spotted by the Australian Geospace Authority (I think? They only said it once and then reverted to the acronym AGO)
- They are firmly repeating that it is CREDIBLE information, credible enough to divert considerable resources to the area, but NOT CONFIRMED
- The journalists are trying to draw the two people out on whether it is the aircraft, but they are refusing to answer
- Now the journalists are asking about other countries' satellites, but the Air Commodore is holding firm, he is refusing to speculate and says more imagery will be available when it is available
- A P3 Orion will take four hours to fly to the area and will be able to search for two hours when it arrives before having to return
- This journalist is an asshole and trying to basically say that these people are being cold hearted because the families want to know
- I really like these two guys, the journalists are trying every trick in the book to get them to speculate, and they are refusing to
- "This is A lead, it is possibly the best lead we have, but we have to get there, find them, see them, assess them, before we will be able to go any further."
- Australian Defence has had offers of military assets from other countries. Defence is working to facilitate any extra assistance, bearing in mind it is a long way off the mainland (and any help is probably going to have to be based off the mainland).
- All of our search resources are now being poured into this area
- lol dumb question from Kiwi journalist about "how often would we see a large piece of debris in the ocean?" Shipping containers, duh.
- It is the size and the number of objects in the same area that has sparked their interest.
- He really is refusing to speculate. It's great, but I'll bet some of the fool reporters aren't seeing it that way.
- The AMSA guy is reinforcing that this area is FOUR HOURS off the main coast of Australia as a P3 Orion flies
- lol give it up journos, he is not going to speculate or say that it's from an aircraft
- They are going to release the images to the media at the earliest opportunity
- Information will be released in media statements as usual
- "It is in the nature of search and rescue operations that I cannot say when we will have more news"
- "We will continue until we are certain we can no longer find them"
The Australian PM was cautious in his announcement. I am not getting my hopes up too high yet. Let them get the objects first, then figure out what they are. If they happen to be pieces of flight 370, at least the relatives will have closure, to some extent. It will be painful but it's still better than eternal uncertainty. They may never know the reasons behind it though, but if they do recover the black box, perhaps some questions will be answered. I am already getting ahead of myself though.
The new theory is mechanical failure. Apparently the auto pilot was set to that general location...so the cabin could have de-pressurised, they could have all died, and the plane flew on autopilot until it ran out of fuel.
The reality is that we may never know. The black box only records the last two hours of the flight...
One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.
Makes total sense to me that the debris in the ocean, some of which is about 100' long, would be in that ocean to the west of Australia, if it's true the plane made a left turn and flew directly until it ran out of fuel. Now I am making it simple to say they just have to find that black box to figure out who was flying it.
They've called off the search, due to nightfall. They'll continue looking for this debris again upon sunrise. They are saying it could take several days before they are able to tell what these objects are, and visibility in the area is not good, due to rough seas and etc.
Use Yah Blinkah!
If this is the location, it would make some sense as most of the time they'd be over open ocean at night, and by the time it (perhaps) crashed, they're in a very, very remote area that is well off standard shipping lanes and flight paths.
Don't forget there are ocean currents and where any debris might be now may be a much different location than where it was days ago.
For the sake of the families, I hope that this effort provides some concrete information.
God, this is so depressing and frustrating. I hope the passengers and crew didn't suffer.