Malaysia Airlines jet search: As it happened on Thursday

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on Thursday informed that the search activities for the missing Malaysian jet were underway with 11 aircraft and 5 ships engaged in the mission.

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7:10 pm: Search area a rough piece of ocean, mission difficult

Throwing light on the extent of difficulty in the MH370 search, an expert has called the search area a "very rough piece of ocean", which might put those involved in the mission, in trouble.

Kerry Sieh, director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore told the AP news agency, "This is a really rough piece of ocean, which is going to be a terrific issue...I worry that people carrying out the rescue mission are going to get into trouble".

4:10 pm: I know my father better: Pilot`s son on media speculations

Rubbishing media speculations over pilot`s possible role in jet crash, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah`s 26-year-old son Mr Ahmed Seth has defended his father, saying he better knew his father.

"I`ve read everything online. But I`ve ignored all the speculation. I know my father better," Malaysia`s New Straits Times quoted him as saying.

"We may not be close as he travels so much. But I understand him”.

03:00 pm: Malaysia to launch royal commission of inquiry into MH370

According to a local Malaysian news website (Malaysiakini website) report, a royal commission of inquiry will be launched for investigating the MH370 tragedy, but only after the Black Box data has been retrieved, Malaysian minister Shahidan Kassim has told the parliament.

01:40 pm: Now, Thai satellite images spot 300 objects

After China, France and Australia, now Thai satellite images show 300 floating objects about 2,700 kilometres from Perth of Australia and about 200 kilometres from the international search area, reports The Nation.

The images are taken by Thaichote satellite or Thailand Earth Observation Satellite, on March 24.

The objects were identified by Thailand`s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency which said that the objects varied in size from two to 15 metres in size.

12:20 pm: Ships staying in the search area, planes leave

An update by the AMSA said that the 5 ships that were involved in the search operation were not leaving because of rough weather. A tweet by AMSA news suggested that while ships will strive to continue search, the planes would be leaving the area because of bad weather which will not better till next 24 hours.

11:40 am: Black Box batteries might be dead?

While US Navy`s Towed Pinger Locator 25 (TPL-25)has arrived in Perth to help locate the Black Box of the ill-fated plane, experts warn that the batteries of the Malysian jet`s flight recorders might already have expired, reported the CNN.

Talking to the CNN, David Soucie an aviation expert said that the batteries` life depends upon maintenance and temperature. And Malaysia being a hot country, if the batteries hadn`t been stored in cold, it is possible that they might be dead by now.

According to an AP report, experts says that Malaysian jet`s Black box pinger could keep sending pings clearly till April 7 as the life of the batteries are supposed to be one month. But the pings will fade after that and will go silent completely by April 12.

10:10 am: Search operations suspended for today

Rough weather has forced search operations to be suspended, reported the AMSA. All rescue planes and ship were said to be returning to Perth as bad weather will not allow further search operations.

9:30 am: `Flight MH370 was a ghost plane for many hours before it ran out of fuel`

A US -based law firm has said it will file lawsuits for millions of dollars per passenger against Malaysia Airlines and Boeing over the MH370 tragedy.

Chicago-based Ribbeck Law Charteredsaid that the lawsuit was filed against the aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co and operator Malaysia Airlines in Illinois Court. The law firm says that expects to represent families of more than half of the passengers on board the ill-fated plane, believes that the disaster might have been caused by some possible design defect and mechanical failure.

"Our theory of the case is that there was a failure of the equipment in the cockpit that may have caused a fire that rendered the crew unconscious, or perhaps because of the defects in the fuselage which had been reported before there was some loss in the cabin pressure that also made the pilot and co-pilot unconscious," the Reuters quoted Monica Kelly, head of Global Aviation Litigation at Ribbeck Law, as saying.

"That plane was actually a ghost plane for several hours until it ran out of fuel," she added.

9:00 am: Bad weather expected later in the day over search area

After a full day of search yesterday, the mission may get hampered later in the day today as the weather is expected to worsen, stated the AMSA.

8:30 am: Search on for Malaysian jet, 11 aircraft and 5 ships roped in for today`s hunt

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on Thursday informed that the search activities for the missing Malaysian jet were underway with 11 aircraft and 5 ships engaged in the mission.

AMSA added that today’s search is split into two areas within the same proximity covering a cumulative 78,000 square

Those flying sorties throughout the day will be two Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orions, a Chinese Ilyushin IL-76, a Japanese Gulfstream jet, a US Navy P-8 Poseidon and a Japanese P-3 Orion.