Wednesday May 22, 2019

AV8 News Aviation News & Analysis


No sightings in search for MH370

The sun has set on the southern search area at the end of the second day of an international hunt for the missing Malaysian Boeing 777, without any sightings of debris.

The operation is due to pick up again at dawn; and extra vessels and aircraft are expected to join the search.

On Friday, up to five aircraft took part in the search for MH370. The aircraft vanished on March 8th.

Australian authorities believe they have identified objects that could possibly be parts of the missing airliner.

Poor weather conditions delayed the search on Thursday, which is reliant on good conditions in order to spot any potential debris on the ocean surface.

The aircraft are searching a 23,000 sq km area, about 2,500 km (1,550 miles) south-west of Perth, Amsa said.

The search has proven problematic for all parties concerned, the southern search area is some 2,500km from the western coast of Australia. The lengthy transit times for search aircraft means some can only achieve 2-3 hours of searching for every 8 hours in the air.

On Thursday, Malaysian authorities described the debris sighting as a "credible lead".

The largest object appeared to be 24m (78ft) in size, the Australian authorities said.

Correspondents say many families are hoping the objects are not debris from the plane, as they are holding on to hope that their relatives could be alive somewhere.

Wen Wancheng, whose 33-year-old son Wen Yongsheng was on the plane, said: "What wreckage? In a few days they are going to say it's not true.

"[The Malaysian authorities] need to stop giving us false information. I simply don't believe them any more."

News Navigator

Newsletter Signup