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New Satellite Images Show 300 Objects in Indian Ocean

 
Posted Thursday, March 27th 2014 @ 5pm  by KFBK News

Captain Peter Moore is silhouetted against the southern Indian Ocean aboard a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean on March 27, 2014. Thunderstorms and gale-force winds grounded the international air search for wreckage from Flight MH370, frustrating the effort yet again as Thailand reported a satellite sighting of hundreds of floating objects. AFP PHOTO / POOL (Photo credit should read Michael Martina/AFP/Getty Images)

New satellite images show a much larger suspected debris field where the doomed jetliner is believed to have crashed weeks ago. 

The images provided by Thailand show some 300 floating objects in a remote section of the southern Indian Ocean.  

The problem now is reaching the location where the debris field was spotted. 

The forecast for the area calls for severe turbulence, icing and near zero visibility.

It's so bad, search planes have been grounded for the day.

"Weather conditions are going to continue to be rough. There may be an opening that allows them in 24 hours to get out there and take a look, but again that weather system is going to be heading in and could cause more problems by Saturday," Meteorologist Rob Carolan said. 

Meteorologists say the situation isn't likely to improve as quickly as search crews would like.  

The Southern Hemisphere is now entering the fall season, so storminess in the southern latitudes is just going to become more frequent..." Carolan said. 

Several ships are still on the hunt, but it's not even clear if they'll be able to reach the target zone today.

Was the Pilot to Blame?  

The son of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet pilot says his father wasn't suicidal or a hijacker.  

Ahmed Seth, 26, told a Malaysian newspaper today that he's ignoring speculation about his father's politics and his state of mind.  

Seth said he knows his father better than people putting out anonymous theories. 

Some reports claim that pilot Zaharie Ahmed Shah was upset about the trial of Malaysia's opposition leader, or about trouble in the 53-year-old pilot's relationship with a woman he'd been seeing.  

Terrorism Can't Be Ruled Out Yet

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says terrorism cannot be ruled out in the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner.

"I don't think at this point we can rule anything in or out. I think we have to continue to search," Hagel said. 

Hagel says the United States remains committed to the search.

"We're doing all the things we could possibly do in the area of search. We also recognize that the humanity of this is important, as well," he said. 

The U.S. Navy has sent a "Towed Pinger Locator" to Australia to aid search efforts.  

The equipment, which arrived in Perth Wednesday, will help search for the plane's black box.  

 

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