It’s been 13 days since plane MH370 went missing during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, but slowly the pieces are coming together. During a new search, a U.S. Navy jet spotted debris of ‘significant size.’
Could the search be coming to a tragic end? While flying over the Indian Ocean in one of the many searches for the missing Malaysian plane that disappeared on March 8, a crew member on U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon said “there is something down there.”
Malaysian Flight — Pieces Found?
ABC News’ David Wright of ABC News was on board the search flight, and shared that when something appeared in the water below of “significant size,” his crew told him that they needed to check it out. However, it’s too early to tell if the radar hits are related to the Malaysian flight that disappeared with 239 passengers on it heading to Beijing.
Another jet was sent out on search as well. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) surveillance plane did a full sweep but due to poor visibility, did not see anything. So, they set out an Australian naval ship to try and find what they objects in the water could be and if they had any connection to the missing plane.
On March 19, two objects were spotted by satellite about 1,500 miles south of Perth, and they appeared to be “awash with water and bobbing up and down,” John Young of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.
Another passenger on David Wright’s plan was Andrew Nelson, a reporter for A Current Affair on Nine Network Australia.
“From what we saw at the time there was no debris visible to us in that area,” he said. The RAAF crew was “very confident they will get a result,” Nine reported, after they found the objects.
The Search Continues Despite Original Suspension
An Australian naval ship has sent investigators to search again, but results are still “some days away,” Malaysia’s interim Transportation Secretary Hishammuddin Hussein said. “At least there is a credible lead,” Hishammuddin sad. “That gives us hope. As long as there’s hope, we will continue.”
Since the visibility was limited, search parties were going to call it a night and begin again on March 21, but instead, they will not stop searching.
“We will continue searching during the night at reduced speed and with all spotlights available, and we will increase the speed again when the light comes back (around 2300 GMT),” Ingar Skiaker, Chief Executive of Hoegh Autoliners, said in a news conference. “We have not had any report of any finds, but if or when they find something… the captain will report to the Australian authorities first.”
— Emily Longeretta