Skip to comments.Missing MAS flight: Debris near Tho Chu Island not from MH370, says DCA
Posted on 03/09/2014 11:21:43 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
SEPANG: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has denied that the debris found near Vietnam's Tho Chu Island was from of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 airplane.
DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said authorities have confirmed that the objects spotted floating in the sea about 100km south-southwest off the island did not match the body of the missing aircraft.
It was spotted by the Singapore search team.
"In the meantime, we are still verifying if the oil slick it matches the MAS Boeing 777-200 with relevant authorities," he said.
He added that the search radius has also been expanded from 20 nautical miles to 50 nautical miles.
"At present, we have 34 aircraft and 40 ships currently combing the search and rescue areas," he said.
Azharuddin said authorities did not rule out the possibility of the aircraft being hijacked, but asserted that the priority was to locate the plane.
The aircraft disappeared with 239 people on board, including 12 crewmembers, early Saturday morning while on its way to Beijing.
This is one strange search so far.
It took two years to find the Air France jet (pilot error due to external sensors corrupted by ice). I think this is shallower water though.
No ELT (unless it was purposely disabled) likely means it is down over water. The question is where, and when.
Apples and oranges.
Finding floating surface debris and locating the wreckage at depth are two separate and disparate events.
Yes, if it went down in the Gulf of Thailand, which is 250 feet at its deepest. It's unlikely that it went down in the Gulf of Tonkin, but for comparison that is 985 feet at its deepest. It's also unlikely that it went down in the South China Sea since it dropped off radar one minute before it entered Vietnamese airspace, but the South China Sea has an average depth of 4000 feet and maximum depth of 18,264 feet.
Air France 447 went down in the mid-Atlantic in area that ranges from 2600 feet to 14,250 feet. Its wreckage was found at approximately 13,200 feet.
Agreed. They found surface debris from Air France 447 five days after it went down.
Is this aircraft largely composite materials that would blow to bits unlike a metal skinned aircraft? So many questions!
We don’t know that there isn’t surface debris.
I’m starting to think maybe aliens took it.
There are satellites that saw it happen, and if nobody’s talking about those sat pics it can mean it landed (most likely, hijacked) or it was blown apart (less likely, since weather geeks would have pinpointed the explosion).
To me, this is a political problem, not a aircraft failure problem.
Looks like a fire on the ground.
That was my thought also.
They found floating wreckage of Air France almost immediately as they got to location. The delay was getting to the middle of the Atlantic.
Of course that is worth looking into.
The debris spotted by a Singapore search team about 100km south-southwest of Vietnam's Tho Chu island, was not from the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, said the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.
ugh . . .misread the thread . .. sorry.
Big jets also carry sturdy emergency transmitters to identify an aircraft's location in the event of a mishap, so rescue teams can quickly reach the site. These devices, designed to be activated by impact on land or water, haven't sent any signals that were picked up by searchers, Malaysian aviation regulators said over the weekend. "Never have I seen an aircraft losing control and losing all communication" simultaneously, said Mark Martin of aviation consultancy Martin Consulting.
So for now, I am staying with hijacking..
It took five days to find surface debris and two years to find the wreckage.