Flight 370 update: Unknown debris field spotted by satellite

I’ve been avoiding updates on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight, #370, since there really haven’t been any substantial updates in about a week or so.  Today things potentially got more interesting.

French satellites have spotted a debris field that includes 122 floating objects, some as small as a “seat” (three feet), and others as large as a “wing” (75 feet), according to press reports.

The objects were spotted in an area that already was being searched by ships, about 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that they found debris in this area simply because this is the area in which they are searching.  Meaning, no matter where you look, if you look hard enough, you might just find garbage in the ocean.

Unidentified adult man writes messages and prayers for Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER MH370 on March 19, 2014 in IIUM Library, Kuantan Pahang, Malaysia. (Shahrul Azman / Shutterstock.com)

Unidentified adult man writes messages and prayers for Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER MH370 on March 19, 2014 in IIUM Library, Kuantan Pahang, Malaysia. (Shahrul Azman / Shutterstock.com)

The satellite images were taken this past Sunday. Since that time, I believe I heard the debris could have moved around 150 miles.

In other Flight 370 -related news, William Dermody of USA Today, appearing on CNN, says Malaysian police have found nothing suspicious in looking into the background of the pilot and copilot.  Still, USA Today says the Malaysian authorities still think the captain is to blame.

Michael Schmidt of the NYT wonders whether the Malaysians are simply just making stuff up in order to cover their behinds.

Schmidt also raised the question of why the pilot, if he were to blame, would take the blame all the way down to Australia to ditch it in the water.  Why not just ditch it along its original path.  I’d also add, why make so many turns – and why wait seven more hours to ditch the plane, what was gained by waiting so long?

The NYT has a number of interesting graphics that are worth checking out as well.


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