Skip to comments.MMEA finds large oil slick off Tok Bali, Kelantan
Posted on 03/09/2014 4:25:09 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
BACHOK: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) found a large oil slick 100 nautical miles off Tok Bali, Kelantan.
MMEA director-general Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish said an MMEA patrol ship had been ordered to collect samples.
Samples will be analysed to determine if the oil came from flight MH370 or a passing ship, he told a press conference at MMEAs Search and Rescue (SAR) operations centre at the agencys Tok Bali base here.
He said MMEAs SAR mission was focusing on the path taken by flight MH370 up to the point where it lost contact with Malaysian aviation authorities.
Mohd Amdan said that almost all MMEA assets comprising five ships and Royal Malaysian Navy ships had been deployed to 123km east of Kota Baru and 100km north of Terengganu.
He said all helicopters and planes involved in the search mission would operate from the RMAF airbase in Gong Kedak, Terengganu.
Meanwhile, in Sepang, Malaysia is under the spotlight of the international media eager to uncover the mysterious disappearance of the MH370 flight.
Press conferences by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) scheduled every two hours at a hotel located adjacent to the KL International Airport here saw a packed auditorium with little standing room each time.
The foreign press was joined by personnel from the local media.
Every statement made by the DCA or other authorities addressing a press conference was quickly followed by an intense flurry of questions by journalists.
Many members of the press had also booked rooms at hotels near the airport in order to provide extensive coverage.
From what I’ve heard and seen that seems about the right spot. Prayers for the pax and crew.
For some reason, some are saying it may have turned back.
Hmmm... what do you bet there was some mechanical failure and they attempted a water landing?
Maybe both engine cut out due to contaminated fuel — or a computer malfunction.
No distress call because they were too busy trying to save the plane.
“what do you bet there was some mechanical failure “
Ben, don’t forget that this is the same plane that lost a wingtip in an on the ground collision with the tail of a Chinese airliner. What if the wing failed, and broke up?
I had to google that one.
Live and learn.
When I lived in Saudi Arabia, I learned that the two WRETCHEDEST climates in the world were Saudi Arabia and southeast Asia. I can attest to both of those!
The former is one of the driest. We had ONE day of rain in FIVE years.
The latter is one of the wettest with bugs the size of BUICKS. I wondered why all the curbs were two feet high off the street. Then it rained. Then, I figured it out. That is how hard and fast it rained!
If I had children there I would have named them WET and CLAMMY.
I would have been Clammy's mammy.
Sorry, I couldn't resist.
Ben, dont forget that this is the same plane that lost a wingtip in an on the ground collision with the tail of a Chinese airliner. What if the wing failed, and broke up?”
Certainly can not be discounted, but while it would certainly haved pulled a lot of G's to lose a wing, it shouldn't have wiped out electronics and communications immediately. Nothing from the Pilots assuming, they were not out of the cockpit, or asleep. Hell what do I know, they probably were pissing their pants as would I would be when the SHTF.
I would hope both pilots were still awake and alert just 41 minutes after takeoff. That’s when the plane disappeared, after 41 minutes of flight.
There’s not enough oil on board to make huge slick.
There’s plenty of kerosene based fuel to make a large slick, but it would evaporate pretty fast.
There is lots of shipping and quite a few oil rigs in the area.
“Nothing from the Pilots”
If the wing were lost, the plane would probably have flipped over so fast, that there may not have been time to do anything, assuming the flight crew was still conscious. I have no clue.
Thanks again BuckeyeTexan. Re-ping. Map link.
You’re not the only one who felt that way about Southeast Asia:
“Some of the world’s worst country, breeding the world’s worst diseases, and having for half the year at least the world’s worst climate.” — British general William Slim, describing Burma during World War II.
And just west of the Burmese-Indian border is Cherrapunjee, the world’s wettest city.
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