This whole thing is such a terrible tragedy for the families. You know some are holding out hope for the best, but I have to think after almost two weeks and the potential that it is in the deep depths of the Indian Ocean means it will never be located.
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So, a course change programmed, then a calm communication, then the course change, indicates the pilots were in control at that point and there was no emergency and they were deliberately changing course without informing ground control.
However....winding up in empty ocean west of Australia does seem like a "ghost plane" situation that might have occurred from depressurization killing the people and the autopilot taking over until the fuel ran out.
I feel so badly for the family and friends of those on the plane. It must be horrible to not get closure, and I fear they won't for years.
They're saying part of the issue of looking at this debris is that it's 1500 miles from Perth, and it takes four hours to fly there, so the planes go there, and only have two hours to search before they have to return to Perth, due to fuel limits. This morning's weather isn't all that great out there, they are saying, but the flights have started.
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The Hoegh St. Petersburg, a Norwegian cargo ship, is in the area, and has volunteered to help in the search. It's the only ship in the area, and they are not required to help, but they are. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/mis...stralia-n57496
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I have a question about the black box. I have read they are in a race to find it because it only has so much battery life. Once that life runs out then it no longer sends "pings" or what not. If it is sending pings now, why in the world aren't they being picked up and used to find a location?
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I think ocean-goers are nearly always willing to lend a hand; they know how easy it is to get lost out there.
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The Southern Ocean looks like a very rough place. Six to ten foot waves on a good day.
I am getting discouraged about ever finding out what happened and it's so important for the world to know and understand, not to mention the families--this must be acute torture.
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Isn't the place where they're looking now almost down by the Roaring Forties? I can't imagine that being an easy area to search...
It's a very difficult area to search, and the currents are so strong that the debris (whatever it is) is being moved quite quickly. They may soon just have to rely on ships to search because if the debris moves further in the same trend as it has over the past week, it'll be even harder to get there by air.
I just hope they find some answers soon, for the families. I don't want this to be an enduring mystery which leaves those bereaved completely unable to come to terms with their loss.
One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.
I think it was CBC that quoted an authority saying the currents moved a meter per second. That is fast.
Following on from yesterday's sightings from both China and France, SKY is now reporting that more objects have been sighted in the sea off the coast of Perth. Also that the wife of the Pilot is facing investigation and questioning 'supported by the FBI' and information coming through about the phone call made to the pilot prior to the flight leaving (but no further details).
My daughter's partner was scuba diving way off the coast of Perth yesterday and he said there was a lot of 'oil or something' in the water there (not on the surface) - whether fuel or oil would have travelled so far over the past 2+ weeks I don't know, but over the past four years' diving it's never happened before. Could obviously be something or nothing, from boat or plane I guess.
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Did he tell any kind of authority about the oil? Could be worth looking into.
Malay government is meeting with families now and then holding a press conference at 10:00 EST