French Satellite Images Show Possible Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Debris, But No New Sightings
Another day ended Sunday with no new findings in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The plane has been missing 16 days, the longest any commercial aircraft has ever been lost. Even new satellite images showing possible debris from the plane did not seem to help reconnaissance efforts.
Malaysian authorities announced earlier on Sunday that French satellites had taken pictures of what could be debris from the plane about 1,430 miles from Perth, Australia. One of the pieces of possible debris from the images may be as long as 79 feet. The images were not released for general consumption, though the possible findings corresponded with similar images released by China on Saturday and Australia on Thursday.
China's satellite images of possible plane debris were quickly dismissed, as Australian authorities had searched the area earlier with no luck. History appears to have repeated itself on Sunday, as eight reconnaissance jets returned with no new discoveries. This time the weather was blamed, as foggy conditions bookended the day, obscuring sightlines and making it all the more difficult for volunteer searchers to make out possible debris.
Although the search will continue Monday, the trail is quickly growing cold. The longer a plane – or anything – is lost at sea, the more unpredictable its location becomes. With winds and waves tossing it in all directions, there's a small chance that MH370 may never be found.
But authorities are far from giving up. "Our plan is to continue seeking -- to make sightings from the visual search, looking for the objects identified in the satellite imagery," said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's John Young after the search ended Sunday. China and Japan will contribute four more planes when the search resumes on Monday.