Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilot, Flight Lieutenant Russell Adams from 10 Squadron, steers his AP-3C Orion over the Southern Indian Ocean during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force March 20, 2014. Aircraft and ships ploughed through bad weather on Thursday in search of floating objects in remote seas off Australia that Malaysia's government called a "credible lead" in the trans-continental hunt for a jetliner missing for 12 days. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/handout
The mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 with 239 passengers and crew on board was enough to keep the world glued on for latest developments about the search that now involves about two dozen nations.
After more than two weeks of investigations, global interest on the subject matter started to wane, until Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced last week the sighting by an Australian satellite of two objects on the southern Indian Ocean floating, which could possibly be the debris of the missing Boeing 777 jet.
On Monday night, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed, based on analysis of satellite data, that the ill-fated flight indeed crashed at the Indian Ocean.
Despite the confirmation, interest on the aircraft will likely continue to be sustained as people want to know more details what really happened, and the fact that the Aussie military pilot who leads the search operations from the Australian side is a handsome chap.
Lieutenant Russell Adams became an instant celebrity, much like the way Crimean Attorney General Natalia Poklonskaya became an Internet sensation last week, spawning cheesy tweets from swooning female and gay fans.
Here are some examples:
"Capt. Russell Adams. I think I lost myself. Pls help me search. Myself." - Anna Maris Igpit @annaigpit
"From now on I only want to hear updates on MH370 from Flight lt Russell Adams of the Australian Airforce! - Dee @DeirdreDowney
"With all due respect to "Flight370... Australian Flight Lieutenant Russell Adams is swoon-worthy." - Veronica @vevecurl
"The only good thing about the missing plane search is Russell Adams can stay on our screens a little bit longer." - Kelly Ross @Kelstarrx
"Thanks #CNN for my morning eye candy. Hello Fllight Lt. Russell Adams of the Royal Australian Air Force." - Lynne P. @Ennlynne
"That Royal Australian Airforce Pilot, Russell Adams, is a total catch." - Olga @im_o_k
"I'm moving to Australia, you boys down under are hot! Add Russell Adams to the list!" - Christian Dega @dega4u
For the pilot's fans who have not enough yet of his movie-actor looks, here are some pictures of Mr Adams in action.