MH370: U.S. Refutes Claims Plane Lands in Diego Garcia; Aussie PM Confident Detected Signals From Black Box
By Rachelle Corpuz | April 12, 2014 5:41 PM EST
The U.S. has vehemently refuted new claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 landed in Diego Garcia, an island situated south of the equator of the Central Indian Ocean.
After the Flight MH370's disappearance on March 8, there were increasing difficulties in searching for the jetliner. Several theories and speculations surfaced. One of the recent speculations suggested the missing Flight MH370 could have landed in Diego Garcia. But a spokesman of the U.S. embassy based in Malaysia denied such claims, The Mirror reported.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) addresses reporters about the missingMalaysia Airlines flight MH370, as Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (L) and Department of Civil Aviation's Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman (R) stand by him, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 15, 2014. Najib said on Saturday that the movements of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were consistent with a deliberate act by someone who turned the jet back acrossMalaysia and onwards to the west.
"There was no indication that MH370 flew anywhere near Maldives or Diego Garcia."
The spokesman said the missing jetliner "did not land in Diego Garcia." He added the U.S authorities are working with Malaysia and Australia and other countries who are striving hard to locate the Malaysian Flight MH370 based on the areas identified by the Malaysian and other international aviation officials.
During Abbott's visit to China, he told the media reporters the search team had detected a series of pings and signals that could pertain to the jetliner's black box. He said the recent findings have helped them narrowed down the search.
"We're getting to the stage where the signal from what we are very confident is the black box is starting to fade," Abbott added.
"We are hoping to get as much information as we can before the signal finally expire," he noted.
A plane's black box can apparently emit signals for 30 days before the built-in battery dies down. Some experts said a black box can continue to work for two more weeks but it depends on the condition of the batteries installed to it. It has been more than 30 days since the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has disappeared, with a total of 239 passengers on board. Up to this day, there are still no significant leads that could tell the whereabouts of the jetliner.
Abbott and the rest of the search team are optimistic they are close to finding the black box that could somehow shed a light on the mystery.
He said they are certain that the black box is situated "within some kilometers." But still, it wouldn't be enough to fully explain the fate of the missing jetliner.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima Hold Solemn Reception Ceremony for Victims
- Jennifer Lawrence & Nicholas Hoult Allegedly Split: Mad Max Actor Cheats with Kristen Stewart & Riley Keough - Reports
- Taylor Swift Named Forbes' Second Highest Paid Country Musician [PHOTOS]
- Forever Lost: Indescribable Anguish for Malaysia Airlines MH17 Families, Remains of Some Victims May Never Be Found (PHOTOS)
Join the Conversation
- 2014 Meteor Shower: Where to Watch Delta Aquarids July 28-29 Peak Online, NASA Cameras Spotted Start of Perseid Meteor Shower
- Viral Wedding Photo: Amy Hicks Reveals True Story behind Viral Photo that Created Trending Hashtag on Twitter #westillcoming
- Six-Year-Old Canada girl Dies after Hit by Sedan in Crowded Store
- New Zealand-Born IDF Soldier Killed in Gaza Attack Amid Ceasefire Promises
- Volunteer Teen Rapes Orphans during Mission Trip
- Apple iPhone 6 on Two Confirmed Release Dates, New Parts Leaked Suggesting Bigger iPhone to Come
- Google Nexus 6, 8 with Android L on Release Date Promises Killer Mobile Device Experience
- iPhone 6 Release Date Relevance to iOS Newbies: Specs Meaning, Price Considerations
- HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Roll Out, Introducing the HTC One Remix
- Killer Whales Gobble Japanese Whaling Crew
- The Pirate Bay Releases ‘The Mobile Bay’: Mobile Torrent Download Made Easier but Remains Illegal
- Shocking Video of Pedigree Dog Culling in Bali Emerges [Video]