Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: Lack of Plane Debris Should Be Cue to Look for Missing Jet Elsewhere
By Vittorio Hernandez | April 23, 2014 8:26 AM EST
Over a week of searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 jet, even using sophisticated unmanned submarines from the U.S. Navy has yielded zero plane debris.
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The question if searchers should move their operations elsewhere is gaining traction among relatives of the ill-fated Flight 370 passengers as speculations continue to move around, including theories that the plane did not actually crash in the Indian Ocean but landed elsewhere such as the nearby Diego Garcia military base.
A report by Daily Mail backs the theory that the aircraft actually landed elsewhere, which would fuel fresh round of hope from the kin of the passengers that their loved ones are still alive despite being missing for 45 days.
The report said that if no debris would be found in the next few days, it would be back to the drawing board for the international search team and move the search to a new location, the New Straits Times quoted its sources from the International Investigation Team.
The search has also been made difficult by the absence of the ping from the black box that would help pinpoint the location of the jet. This is probably due to the batteries of the pinger going dead after one month.
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Meanwhile, efforts of a high-level delegation bound for Beijing made up of Malaysian government and Malaysian Airlines management officials could possibly be wasting its time since relatives of the passengers, now presumed dead given the 45 days the aircraft has gone missing, have rejected the offer of meeting.
Rather than government and airline officials, the relatives want to meet with technical experts from satellite operator Inmarsat and plane maker Boeing.
Without the technical panel, kin of MH 370 passengers said, "Now is not an appropriate time for other delegations to meet us," The Malaysian Insider quoted Steve Wang, a relative of one of the passengers of the ill-fated flight.
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