Friday, March 14, 2014

Global Impact: Reuters: Fate of MH370 Increasingly Turning Investigators Toward Foul Play

According to Reuters, an investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 increasingly is focusing more and more on a suspicion of foul play, as evidence suggests it was diverted hundreds of miles off course, sources familiar with the Malaysian probe said.
 
If the flight deviated toward the Indian Ocean, could only have been set deliberately, either by flying the Boeing 777-200ER jet manually or by programming the auto-pilot.

One of the most baffling mysteries in the history of modern aviation remains unsolved after nearly a week.

There has been no trace of the plane nor any sign of wreckage as the navies and military aircraft of more than a dozen countries scour the seas across Southeast Asia.

COMMENT: If the jetliner did stray into the Indian Ocean, a vast expanse with depths of more than 7,000 meters (23,000 feet), the task faced by searchers would become dramatically more difficult.

The US Navy was sending an advanced P-8A Poseidon aircraft to help search the Strait of Malacca, a busy sealane separating the Malay Peninsula from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It had already deployed a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft to those waters.

US defense officials told Reuters that the US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Kidd, was heading to the Strait of Malacca, answering a request from the Malaysian government. The Kidd had been searching the areas south of the Gulf of Thailand, along with the destroyer, USS Pinckney.

India had deployed ships, planes and helicopters from the remote, forested and mostly uninhabited Andaman and Nicobar Islands, at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, military spokesman Harmeet Singh said on Friday (March 14).

China, which had more than 150 citizens on board Flight MH370, has deployed four warships, four Coast Guard vessels, eight aircraft and trained 10 satellites on a wide search area.