ABC: Search area for Flight 370 drastically narrowed to area off of Australia

ABC is reporting that the search area for missing Malaysia Air Flight 370 has been drastically cut down to an area the size of Arizona, located 1,400 milies off of western Australia.

The size of the search area was, at one point, as large as 2/3 the size of the mainland US.

But ABC says that British and American aviation officials have refined the search area based on the satellite “pings” having far more information that was previously thought.

Specifically, they’ve narrowed it to two possible flight paths that lead them to believe the plane might be found in an area about 1,400 miles west of Perth, Australia.  This is my very rough map based on ABC’s map. The search area is at the bottom left of the map.

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The story is at the top of ABC’s home page, and the other networks are now picking it up.

ABC did not give any information as to why, even if the two search paths were narrowed, this small area in particular is expected.  Also, they didn’t indicate why we aren’t searching a similar area along the possible northern path, unless it’s over land and land radar would have caught it.

Keep an eye on this.


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  • 2karmanot

    No more free peanuts would do it.

  • 2karmanot

    The Atlantian vortex!

  • 2karmanot

    Because Benghazi!

  • makayli verran

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    part time online. imp source C­a­s­h­D­u­t­i­e­s­.­ℂ­o­m

  • PeteWa

    underwater stargazes are the most deadly!

  • citizen_spot

    Australian Broadcasting Corp.

  • mario tester

    we have it!!! http://qnap-server.de

  • Thom Allen

    The area they’re searching now is the antipode of the Bermuda Triangle. The plane encountered a floating large, functioning Stargate. Endora thought Darren was aboard and made it disappear. Someone had some Tribbles on the plane.

  • YCK

    wasnt the “good night” call made after the fact? thisis the only thing that has me confused? why the all right good night if the electronics are already on fire?

  • pricknick

    Damn John, I hope this time you’re reporting is something other than gossip.

  • pricknick

    But we’re still allowed to make conjecture, wild dreams, fabrication, pontification, and all around bazaar guesses. Right?

  • pricknick

    You’re welcomed to do better.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Is that really the best acronym you could come up with?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Desmond Hume and an unpushed button

  • MichaelS

    Must be because of Obamacare.

  • txiconoclast

    Australian PM says possible debris has been found in the Indian Ocean.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-20/abbott-says-possible-objects-found-mh370/5334314

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’m not a precog… ;-)

  • blogmob

    my guess: the US intelligence agencies know quite well where the plane is, and have been attempting to allow/guide the malaysians and other involved countries to find it, so as to not look like we know everything, and to bolster those other governments prestige with their own people, for stability’s sake or because we are in bed with them. and our agencies know that there’s really no rush…

  • pricknick

    All aBout Crap

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    The Business Week article seems most plausible. Something went wrong out of radio/radar range. The pilot turned the plane around to head for the nearest airport to try to land the plane. They passed out (perhaps smoke from a fire) and the plane continued flying on auto-pilot until it ran out of fuel. There are many other possibilities and this one way be wrong, but it seems plausible and fits the fact that the plane had turned around.

  • RepubAnon

    The super-wide search area never did make much sense, given the hourly updates. Plotting the hourly satellite pings, plus the cruising speed, plus the fuel burn rate, and assuming the plane wasn’t flying in circles, one should be able to come up with a reasonable guesstimate such as the one we’re seeing now. This is especially true if some of the hourly updates would put one or the other position arcs in radar range of someone that was actually paying attention (or recording the radar data).

    For example, each satellite ping is on a broad arc – but the plane could only travel 590 miles per hour at top speed. Thus, (as many have noted) marking a 500 mile circle from the last known position, drawing the satellite arc, and seeing where the circle intersects the satellite arc gives a better position that the broad arcs alone. Repeating this for each ping would yield a rough course.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    The part of me that enjoys watching the procedurals (tv shows where they solve crimes like Law & Order) is fascinated by this story. I can’t be the only one.

  • BillFromDover

    Where?

  • BillFromDover

    Langoliers.

  • RepubAnon

    Ia! Cthulu fhtagn!

  • Bookbinder

    Seems like the new timeline indicates everything happened in one swell foop, as if a meteorite or debris hit took out the transponder and ACARS at 1:22 while disabling the crew from explosive decompression…leaving them just enough time before succumbing to hypoxia to click the loop back protocol. Similar to the Greek flight in 2005.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Perhaps. I still don’t think we’ve seen a definitive, confirmed, “there’s the evidence right there” timeline yet.

  • PeteWa

    one word: aliens.

  • MyrddinWilt

    The course was typed in before their last communication to the tower.

    But it is still a possibility. They might have entered the alternative course into the flight computer just to see if it was working right while trying to trace the issue then executed it somehow when a bigger problem hit.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    You can’t possibly be serious.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    At a time when airlines and aircraft manufacturers are trying to come up with ways to pack passengers in like cord wood for more cost-effective transport?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Short of finding out something deeply incriminating evidence regarding one or both pilots, I’ve been leaning in that direction since the beginning.

    Electrical fire takes out communications and, after a time, the transponders, but the autopilot remains more or less operational. The pilots punch in a course directly west, to get back over land — and to one of the nearest airports available, on the western coast of Malaysia. However, the fire continues and there’s decompression or toxic smoke disables those pilots and probably, soon after, also the passengers. The plane turns south on its own because that’s the last direction change programmed into the autopilot. Plane flies on its final programmed heading, going south until the fuel ran out.

  • http://liberawheeler.blogspot.com Elijah Shalis

    I am thinking maybe we should restrict the amount of passengers allowed on one plane so that we don’t loose several hundred people in case there is a crash.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    At least now we know where R’lyeh is.

  • AnitaMann

    No landing strips out thata way. That would make catastrophic failure more likely than hijacking. Or the ghost of Buddy Holly?

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