Bad weather foils air search for possible debris of missing Malaysian airliner
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 01:33
March 20 - Poor visibility foils the search for possible debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, after satellite images suggest large items found in southern Indian Ocean may be from the missing airliner. Mana Rabiee reports.
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An Australian military plane flying over remote seas in the Indian Ocean Thursday.
Its crew, searching for possible debris from Malaysia Airline flight MH370, missing now for nearly two weeks.
New satellite images suggest large debris in the waters below.
A credible lead, the Malaysian government said, in knowing the fate of the missing plane and its 239 people on board.
But rough seas and high winds hampered Thursday's search.
There was no sign of the large objects, not today, said the crew's flight Lieutenant.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) FLIGHT LIEUTENANT CHRIS BIRRER SAYING:
"Unfortunately with the weather conditions, as you experienced on the flight, we were unable to locate any wreckage or debris, but other aircraft are continuing the search up to last light tonight."
The satellite images were from one of the most remote parts of the globe.
But their time stamp is four days old and the objects could have drifted far away.
At a Beijing hotel, families of the passengers - many Chinese - refuse to believe the images could be the plane's debris.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) MAN WHOSE SON WAS ABOARD MISSING PLANE, WEN WANCHENG, SAYING:
"I don't believe it….Why would I believe that my family is gone? Why would I believe that my family is under the sea?"
Investigators think someone with deep knowledge of the aircraft deliberately switched off the plane's communications systems before diverting it thousands of miles off its flight path on March 8.
Officials say it could take days to confirm if the satellite objects were parts of the missing plane.
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