Skip to comments.Search for Flight 370 is a global struggle
Posted on 03/30/2014 11:52:51 PM PDT by blueplum
(Higham reported from London. Jia-Lynn Yang in Kuala Lumpur, Chico Harlan in Seoul, Annie Gowen in New Delhi and Joel Achenbach and Ashley Halsey III in Washington contributed to this report.)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - ....On Saturday, March 8, the Orions 11 crew members were on standby duty at their base on the Japanese island of Okinawa. At 8 p.m., they were told to get ready. A passenger jet en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had disappeared northeast of the Malaysian peninsula early that morning.
Within a few hours, the Orion crew known as Naval Patrol Squadron (VP) 46, or the Grey Knights was in the air. The Orion carried life rafts equipped with food, water and flares to drop to potential survivors. By that afternoon, on March 9, they were over the South China Sea northeast of the Malaysian peninsula, searching the waters.
Some countries were upset at Malaysias chaotic and contradictory release of information. But morale was high among the Grey Knights. They followed their orders to shift to the new search zone, which gradually expanded west into the Indian Ocean
On Friday, March 28, the U.S. Navy announced the Grey Knights would be returning to Okinawa. They had covered more than 145,000 square miles of search area.
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I think the world's sentiments are summed up well by CWO Guilloty: Everyone is motivated to make a difference we have been here since Day One. We really want to help these families, said Chief Warrant Officer Jorge Guilloty, 34, from Puerto Rico.
Hats off to the Grey Knights. Thanks, guys and gals!
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The politics involved is ugly because in order to switch the search area from the South China Sea to the waters off Australia they had to have Malaysia’s permission to search there — and Malaysia did not want to go there because it would rule out mechanical error or fire.
Then to begin searching this new area they needed Malaysia’s permission again.
There is a plane missing?
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They needed Malaysia’s permission to search international waters? Sit back and have someone else read to you what you just wrote.
Wow... How many weeks have you been out of contact with the world??
Sad but true as events of the last 3 weeks have borne out.
Because it is a Malaysian airline and it is in international waters international law means that that Malaysia is in officially in charge of the search for the plane and the subsequent investigation of the cause.
Anyone officially part of the search had to search where Malaysia had approved because they are in charge.
That was the purpose for the release of the Inmarsat data showing a southern route. It was done to persuade Malaysia that the plane went down in the waters off Australia so they could officially move resources into that area and officially begin a search of that area.