Missing Malaysia Airlines MH370: New debris sightings, storms ground missing plane`s air search

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 19:09

Bangkok/Perth: A Thai satellite has detected 300 floating objects in southern Indian Ocean that could possibly be the debris of the missing Malaysian plane, even as bad weather on Tuesday grounded multination air search for the aircraft`s wreckage.

Thaichote satellite detected the objects in the Indian Ocean on March 24 at 10am local time, Anond Snidvongs, executive director of Thailand`s Geo Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, said.

The site was about 2,700 kilometres from Perth and about 200 kilometres from the international search area where the flight is thought to have come down.

Some objects were more than two-metres long, Anond said.

The missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people on board, including five Indians, crashed in remote southern Indian Ocean with no survivors and their families have been informed, Malaysia had announced on Monday.
The Thai report was the second in two days suggesting a possible debris from the crashed jet.

Yesterday it was reported that 122 objects were spotted in remote southern Indian Ocean by French satellite.

However, an international air and sea search has failed so far to find the wreckage of the plane, which went missing on March 8.

The images of 300 floating objects have already been submitted to the Thai government which will forward them to Malaysia to examine if they were of the debris of the plane.

Thaichote or Thailand Earth Observation Satellite is a remote sensing satellite for natural resources observation.
Earlier, Australian and Chinese satellites had also detected unidentified debris.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) today called off the air search because of thunderstorms and gale-force winds. Ships will try to continue the search, Australian officials said.

"Bad weather expected for next 24 hours," the agency tweeted.

Earlier today, AMSA said in a statement, "Search activities today will involve a total of 11 aircraft and five ships. Today`s search is split into two areas within the same proximity covering a cumulative 78,000 square kilometres".

Eight planes reached the zone but faced zero visibility and returned to base.

Obama said: "The Malaysian government is working tirelessly to recover the aircraft and investigate exactly what happened. I can`t speak for all the countries in the region but I can say that the United States and other partners have found the Malaysian government eager for assistance.

"Obviously, we don`t know all the details of what happened but we do know that, if in fact the plane went down in the ocean in this part of the world, that is a big place and it is a very challenging effort and laborious effort that`s going to take quite some time."

Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, leading Malaysia`s efforts to determine the fate of the plane, said he spoke to Obama briefly after he arrived in Kuala Lumpur.

"He said he knows it is a tough, long, road ahead. We`ll work together. There is always support," Hishammuddin said yesterday, adding: "I`m very happy to hear (this) because it is a long journey."

The mystery of the Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 - that veered off from its route after taking off from Kuala Lumpur - has continued to baffle aviation and security authorities who have so far failed to trace the aircraft despite deploying hi-technology radar and other gadgets.

Faced with anger and frustration from distraught families of 227 passengers on the ill-fated flight, Najib on Thursday promised a preliminary report on the mysterious disappearance of the plane will be released to the public this week.

Najib`s assurance, however, did not stop dozens of relatives of the Chinese passengers - who comprised 153 of the 239 on board the ill-fated plane - to protest in front of the Malaysian embassy located opposite the Indian mission here yesterday.

China has shut down the diplomatic district housing both the Indian and American embassies following the protest.

Australia is mulling deploying a more powerful sonar equipment similar to the one that found the wreck of the Titanic 29 years ago in the next phase of the search to locate the wreckage of the plane.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 19:09

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