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Is MH370 found? Satellite image and ground sighting

March 14, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The greatest aviation mystery of the century may be nearing resolution, with a New Zealand oil rig worker claiming to have seen flight MH370, the missing Malaysia Airlines B777, burning at high altitude and descending.

The news comes as Chinese satellite images have been published showing possible wreckage in the South China Sea. The pictures were taken on 9 March 2014 but only released yesterday. It can take some time to collate satellite images, or there may have been other reasons for the delay. Chinese satellite

In an email tweeted by ABC New York’s Bob Woodruff, Kiwi oil worker Michael Jerome McKay wrote: “From when I first saw the burning plane until the flames went out still at high altitude was 10-15 seconds. There was no lateral movement, so it was either coming toward our location, stationary, or going away from our location.”

The plane appeared to “be in one piece,” he added.

McKay is working on the oil rig Songa-Mercur off the southeastern coast of Vietnam near Vung Tau. It is an area searched earlier by the Vietnamese, although they apparently found nothing. McKay gave full and precise compass coordinates for his sighting.

The Chinese satellite has captured images of possible wreckage taken near the location of where MAS flight 370 vanished and in the area suggested by McKay.

The New York Daily News quoted CNN reports that the satellite “observed a suspected crash area at sea”. Its cameras captured what seems to be a triangular shape near where the flight’s transponder is said to have turned off.

“Three suspected floating objects” were also sighted, according to China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

Immediate investigations will be launched to search for debris. Whether it really is the crash site, or another red herring, should soon be clear.

At latest report, the prospects of finding wreckage are not looking good.  Malaysia’s civil aviation chief Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman says planes have already searched the location.

“We went there. There is nothing,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

A search by two Vietnamese aircraft responding to information provided by a Chinese satellite has also failed to locate wreckage, according to a Reuters reporter aboard a search plane.

Written by : Peter Needham

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