Is it Even Worth Mentioning that Debris "May" Have Been Spotted from Missing Plane?

I don't know if this is something or nothing. Reading the whole article, there's so much hedging that it sounds to me that the fact that "debris" has been spotted by satellites doesn't mean much at all:

Complicating the search -- which the Australian Maritime Safety Authority suspended Thursday night -- is the fact that the debris field is probably far away from where it was when it was spotted in satellite images shot four days ago. "It could have drifted a thousand miles," he said.

And he noted, too, that the debris may be unrelated. "It could be just a false lead," Taylor told CNN's "New Day."

John Blaxland, senior fellow at Australian National University and an an expert on Australian radar, agreed. "I'm a little bit pessimistic," he told "New Day."
He said the debris might be one of the ubiquitous cargo containers carried by ships around the world.

I guess it's not all that uncommon for big piles of trash to be floating around out in the ocean. So, hopefully this is something, but probably not. Also, if it is the wreckage it could have already drifted a thousand miles from where the plane went down which would mean, what? 1,000 miles is the radius, so square that and then times by pi = 3,141,592 .... that's a search area of 3 million square miles!

So, you know, good luck with that.

(Did I do the math right on that?)

Posted by: Rusty at 10:43 AM


1 I doubt that 1000 mile number. That would give you a 10 knot drift rate, which is very unlikely. In the southern ocean it would most likely drift west to east. And I suspect the speed would be a one or a little over knots. Maybe 100 miles max. I heard estimates of up to 250 miles of drift from the original 'crash site' over 11 days. If indeed this has anything to do with that 777.

The weather is usually bad or awful down there. Like you my first thought was trash off a cargo ship. I would put the possibility of it being from that plane at well below 50%.

Posted by: Agesilaus at March 20, 2014 10:59 AM

2 According to what my grandchild shows me of common core, you have to show lots of little marks on the paper to show how you arrived at that number.
Grade: F- No little marks for all those numbers.
I are be common core teach math now.

Posted by: Kafiroon at March 20, 2014 11:01 AM

3 Amazing journalism!
The Turd Estate at their finest hour...

A plane disappears en route without a trace, in a remote location, surrounded by ocean. It's got great flight range, good pilots, and not too nefarious passengers... 290-something souls aboard, bound for China. It checks in on schedule and reports "good night", turns off beacons/ transponders, and changes course.

Extremely few facts remain. For certain, this plane has disappeared. Lost. Crashed. All lives lost. Sharkshit.

Now, here comes up CNN and gobbles up all the sharkshit and starts round the clock hysteria/ sensationionalist, spinning yarns after yarns on crap they will never know
Incredibly, Anderson cocker's ratings spike
They run this non stop, and ratings keep climbing

I really loved where people called in asking experts options on scenarios and outcomes
Something twitched in my brain a our dungeons and dragons.
Damn. Is AC the Dungeon-mastery CNN?

They have now (few) facts, but dig up paid witnesses to create scenarios. ( I particularly love the "Tom Clancy" type play outs, like [ sum of all fears scenario] where jet leaned in big guy territory , will be outfitted with ABomb, and return!
Great plot, and greater players... Take your pick and bend over and kiss your ass goodby..... Not quite like bohica, but not a surprise

To those watching, anyhow

And cnns rating went sky high

Very boring, indeed!

Posted by: Larro at March 20, 2014 11:37 AM

4 Listening to Rush this morning and a female caller
offered an interesting theory. She claims that
the plane flew off and landed on Michelle Obama's

Posted by: Leonard Jones at March 20, 2014 12:38 PM

5 OKAY. I will now present my theory of the BIG STORY that is to come.

The malasian transport minister has probably known since the third or forth day what happened to the aircraft, who took it, why they (he) took it and whether the passengers are alive. The crime is bad, but he didn't want to destroy confidence in the malasian airlines or tourist industry; the cover up will be much worse as it demonstrates just how utterly corrupt that pestilent, soggy patch of islam is. (As rush says, no one will believe the truth when it comes out so what the heck.)

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at March 20, 2014 12:49 PM

Don't have to read it, we all lost interest in it over all the other BS news articles, like the erasing of flight data on the simulator. So what?
We all have erased data on our PCs, phones, cameras, etc.!
Tell us its news when they find something of importance!
I might get interested again when they find people who know how to write real news about real stories and not a bunch of (give us clicks) new articles!

Posted by: Phil at March 20, 2014 02:34 PM

7 It was a long time ago that I took geometry, but I think that the area of a circle is pi times the diameter. Think about it. If it was a square with the sides the same as the diameter, the area would be one side times the other. Pi just rounds off the corners. For rough reckoning I always took the diameter, squared it and took 3/4 of the result as the circle's area.

Posted by: faboutlaws at March 20, 2014 04:17 PM

8 It's been debunked! Whatever they saw not MH370 debris. Airplane might have been repainted by the country whose operates hijacked the plane.

Posted by: James Lee at March 20, 2014 05:08 PM

9 With so few facts this stuff is just a distraction from everything else Obama/IRS/DOJ/CIA/etc should be answering for.

From the photo didn't look much different than the other blobs around it. It reminded me of waves reflecting light back at the camera, maybe at that instant more from that one spot but so what? There were other clusters of pixels that could also have been something....

I think this is now also being used as a distraction, hence all of the coverage and stupid theories.

Posted by: Pete at March 20, 2014 05:13 PM

10 Go to Google Earth. Search for Davis Montham AFB, find the 'Boneyard" of stored aircraft zoom in, notice the clarity and detail of all the aircraft. Why are all the images of the so called "debris" so bad? Hmmmmm??

Posted by: B Dixon at March 20, 2014 06:20 PM

11 Yeah, you got the arithmetic correct. Area is always pi X radius squared.

But 1000 miles of drift in four days? IDTS.

Posted by: MAKAYA at March 20, 2014 06:44 PM

12 I really don't think we are going to find this thing using satellite images of the ocean. The ocean is so big it's almost beyond comprehension to most people. I figure some day someone is going to be walking along a beach and find a piece of wing, or luggage, or something that connects it with the plane. Until then, you just aren't going to find it in the ocean unless you have an idea of where to look. Or they get lucky and find the black box transponders.

Posted by: PaterNovem at March 20, 2014 07:09 PM

13 Shipping containers do not "float" conventionally.

An intact, empty 40' container with no leaks, "floats" with its top about 2 feet or so BELOW the surface. It is for this reason that they are a total nightmare for the yachting fraternity.

Imagine you are ploughing across the ocean , OUTSIDE a major shipping route, radar reflector bright and "sparkly", riding lights on. Set the "auto-pilot" and go below for a nap.

Sometime after half-past-dark, the hull of your yacht slams into a corner of one of these submerged horrors.

You have a minute or so before your bunk-space is underwater.

Even worse, if you hit one that is a bit deeper and you are going flat-out, the container will probably rip your keel and ballast off: instant capsize with ZERO chance of righting.

Posted by: Bruce at March 20, 2014 09:31 PM

A CNN talking head stated his knowledge of the world saying the distance is so great pilots will have to fly hours and hours and hours to reach the area 1540 miles at sea, Yet a Jet doing 500 mph can get there in three hours.
The object is believed to be a wooden pallet.
This area is nowhere, 3 or more miles deep, the seabed looks like West Virginia hill country and there is an unmentioned amount of silt and mud above the actual sea floor.
The sea gyre carries everything thrown in rivers such as the Ganges and the coast of Africa west to east to north to south and is composed of everything.
Unless something solid and proved to be from this aircraft, crew or passengers the case can be made for hijack/hostages and covert sneak attack.

Posted by: obsidian at March 23, 2014 11:47 AM

15 Obviously, this can't be debris. I heard from a very reliable source...I think it was CNN... that some experts think that the plane was sucked into a black hole, and we all know a black hole wouldn't leave debris. If anything, it would have spit out an anti-matter plane filled with negaverse zombies. And that's why there is a government cover up. They don't want us to know about the negaverse zombies.

Posted by: T.Y. at March 23, 2014 07:17 PM

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