How Finding Debris Could Quickly Solve Mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight
After a long search, answers could come quickly. Here's how.
As a 12-nation hunt for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane spread out Saturday across the Indian Ocean and reached over land toward Kazakhstan in Central Asia, some experts raised the incredible possibility that a 250-ton Boeing 777 might never be found.
“If that triple seven flew for four hours, and you look at that four-hour radius, you could spend a lifetime looking and not even cover a fraction of the area you are searching,” said John Fish, vice president of American Underwater Search and Survey, who has been involved in multiple ocean searches for missing aircraft. “But if they can get more information from the navigational system and other satellites, they could narrow the search.”
And if the plane is located and