MH370: Investigators ‘Watch TV Inside Hotel’; Search Goes Back to Where First Ping is Located
By Athena Yenko | May 12, 2014 2:48 PM EST
"What they're doing now [in Canberra], that's the proper way to do it," he added.
But he noted the Malaysian government's initial reaction in handling the tragedy was "a mess." This led the investigation to the level of obscurity it has now.
"They didn't follow well-established international procedures from the very beginning, and it took weeks before they started to. And that got them off on the wrong foot."
The International Civil Aviation Organization, an affiliate for the United Nations, has regulations that the country of registry of the aircraft should be the one to call international team of investigators to work together. But as NTSB and FAA and other nations sent in their representatives, the Malaysian government stuck them in a hotel room and didn't give anything. They sat there "watching TV."
'The Proper Way'
On April 5, a ping was first located about 1,600 km northwest of Perth. The search for the missing MH370 was focused on the second ping also heard on April 5, about 314 square kilometers, as this was what the search operatives identified as their strongest lead. The search turned zero results.
On May 10, the Ocean Shield was deployed, this time to where the very first ping was located. Speaking in a press conference in Perth, U.S. Navy Captain Mark Matthews justified the team's decision.
"What you do is you go look at your best indications and you pursue them until they're exhausted. These things don't happen fast. These searches don't happen on the hours or days cycle. These happen on the weeks and months cycle."
"They'll either find something or they won't, that's about all I can box in, but what you do is you go look at your best indications and you pursue them until they're exhausted. That whole area has not been fully surveyed so they're continuing work there. Concurrently there's a team in Canberra that includes ATSB, NTSB, Boeing and Inmarsat looking at the satellite data, just to take a fresh look, make sure they refine as much as they can the broader search area."
Ocean Shield is due to return by May 30 and all new results will be analyzed by Malaysian, Australian and Chinese authorities.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- 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)
- Global Aviation Accidents: UN to Form Safety Task Force, Gov'ts Should Share Intelligence Info to Avert Future Incidents on Flying Over Warzones (PHOTOS)
- Lunch with the Gods: Pope Francis Eats with Vatican Workers in Cafeteria
Join the Conversation
- Canada’s Anti-Prostitution Law Soon: Critics Call it Draconian
- ACT Party's Demand to Re Consider Maoris Privileges Evokes Reprimand
- Opinion Poll in New Zealand Shows National Party Far Ahead in Popular Support
- “Women should not laugh in public” - Turkish Deputy PM says
- Iran Leader Asks Muslims to Supply Arms to Palestine, Calls Israel ‘Rapacious Wolf’
- Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish Can't Play in the U.S. Open Due to Drug Testing Issues
- Billy Bob Thornton Want to Play Hodor in Game Of Thrones
- Fukushima Radiation Tests on Waters Along U.S. Coast Yield Negative Results
- Zac Efron Equates Boozing to a Social Stimulant, Admits Why He Checked into Rehab Last Year
- Celebrities Who Stripped Naked for Women's Health